A piercing shop in Reading has won the prestigious award of “Best Body Piercer” in a regional awards ceremony.

The 1st English Beauty Industry Awards 2023 South East Edition honours the finest professionals and businesses that have showcased exceptional talent in the beauty sector across the South East region.

Body Piercer at Bow Ink Mrs Leah Taylor scooped the award last weekend. “I’ve been piercing for a couple of years now,” she said. “My husband trained me, he had been doing it prior.”

Mrs Taylor works with her husband at Bow Ink Tattoo and Piercing Studio which is situated on Alfred Street in Reading’s town centre.

“We’ve had the shop for a few years now,” she said. “We only opened around 2017.”

Mrs Taylor lives with her husband and children in Tilehurst and has always lived in Reading.

When asked what it takes to be the “best Body Piercer,” Mrs Taylor replied “A strong stomach and a sharp needle.

“Clients come in and book an appointment, I talk them through the healing process and answer any of their questions.”

 Mrs Taylor said that Bow and Ink has a lot of loyal customers who often return and refer bring family and friends.

She said: “I would say I’m good at my job, I’m good at doing all the piercings. I would like to thank all my clients who continue to support Bow and Ink, I look forward to seeing you in 2024.”