About Mad Malc
Malc has been in the tattoo and piercing industry for over 16 years.
Malc opened his studio in February 2006 and has enjoyed great success ever since.
We asked Malc a few questions concerning body piercing and his body piercing course.
Q. Malc, tell us how you first got involved in body piercing.
A. Well, when my business partner and I first opened our studio, I had no interest in body piercing what so ever. As time went on, I got a lot of enquiries about body piercing and whether I did them or not.
I realised from a business point of view it made sense to expand the business to include body piercing, so I did a course run by a very nice lady by the name of Ely Wilson.
I've never looked back since.
Q. How did you get into teaching body piercing?
A. I started getting a lot of people coming to me asking whether a certain piercing that they had done by friends, boy friends, friends of etc. had been done right. What I saw wouldn't go amiss in a Hollywood horror movie.
How some of these people didn't end up in A&E I'll never know.
The people doing these piercings had got their equipment off auction sites and were piercing people with absolutely no training what so ever. That's like asking a mate to pull a bad tooth, all because he happens to have a pair of pliers.
I realised that there was no way of stopping this practice (not for lack of trying, article in the local paper, contacting the auction sites etc.), so I thought that if they are going to do it anyway, they may as well be trained properly and at a reasonable cost.
Q: How long have you been teaching body piercing?
A: I started teaching body piercing in 2007 and touch wood, will be continuing to do so for many years to come.
Q. Why is your course so cheap (compared to similar courses costing between £1,500 -£2000) and is there a catch?
A. I don't think £500 is cheap. I think it is reasonable, and as for a catch, the only catch is that my students enjoy the course as much as I enjoy teaching it.
Q. What sort of people attend your course?
A. I have people from all walks of life attending my course. From tattoo studio and beauty salon owners wanting to expand their businesses to individuals wanting an exciting career change.
Q. How many people attend each course?
A. I don't like to teach more than four students at a time. Some courses being run by other companies, teach up to twenty or more students in a classroom. With that many people trying to learn at the same time, the students aren't getting the full benefit of the course.
Q. How many piercings do you're students get to learn?
A. Some courses only teach you a few piercing and then charge you extra if you want to learn more. I teach my students how to do nearly 40 different piercings at no extra charge.
Q. We noticed that on the third day of your course, your students get to pierce volunteers, why's that?
A. Well, I've always said that its one thing knowing it on paper, but it's another thing doing it. Most courses don't allow you to pierce people. I insist on it. When my students perform their piercings, I'm with them every step of the way. The experience and knowledge gained by my students while performing live piercings is worth a thousand words.
Q. Do your students have to supply their own volunteers?
A. No. I supply all the volunteers. The people who volunteer are your average person off the street, just like your future customers. We never know what piercings we will be doing until the volunteers arrive, thus keeping it real.
Q. We noticed that you say you are setting a standard. Can you explain?
A. At the moment there is no set standard in the body piercing industry. I teach to a set standard i.e When we perform an eyebrow piercing for instance, we use the same size jewellery, pierce to the same depth and position, so every eyebrow piercing is exactly the same as the one before and the one before that and so on and so forth etc thus setting a continuous standard.
Q. At the end of your course, your students receive a certificate. Can you explain about this for us?
A. At the moment there are no government recognised certificates or diplomas for body piercing. The certificate awarded to our students is associated with the good reputation of this studio. It can be used to prove to local environmental health officers that the holder is fully trained in body piercing, as well as being used to obtain public liability insurance. We are always happy to give references as well as advice to all our students, should they need it.
Q. We recently heard that you have achieved International Status and even appearing on BBC radio, could you elaberate?
A. Yes. I'm please to say that we have taught not only students from the United Kingdom, but also from various parts of the world, such as France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Pakistan and Thailand.
Q. Well thanks for taking the time out to talk to us Malc, and congratulations on your achievements.
A. Thank you very much, and it was my pleasure.