- 21 Oct 2017
WKochi had a chat with Jerish MJ, the owner of Body Art Estudio
It was seven years ago, after he had completed his MBA in Retail Management, that Jerish MJ decided to start something of his own in Kochi. He decided to combine his passion for drawing and his desire to start a new venture in Kochi, which lead to “Body Art Estudio’“There have been individuals in Kochi, who did tattoo work before I started this shop, but never in a professional way like we do at our studio”, says Jerish.
The Body Art Estudio started in 2011 at Oberon Mall, and it now has a new branch at Edapally. “The new shop is mainly for skin and hair treatment”, says Jerish. “The minimum age to get a tattoo is 18 years and we usually have customers belonging to the age group of 18-40.”Talking about the equipment, Jerish said, “We import the equipment from the US and a new batch comes in every month. The safety and the quality of the treatment is something with which we do not compromise here at our studio. We also do all kinds of piercings”.
“There are some customers who come back to the parlour with their family or friends to get a tattoo and that shows how much our clients trust us and are satisfied with our work.” There are people who want to get a tattoo, but they are afraid of the needle. When asked how they manage people like this, Jerish said that, “We use a numb spray and that reduces the pain. The ink is getting filled at the same moment when the needle pierces.We also tell caution who come to us to get a tattoo on their neck, face, or wrist, if they really want to get a tattoo there as these areas are exposed the most and don’t really get covered with clothing. There are some organisations that are against employees sporting exposed tattoos, so we check with customers on their decision.”
Text: Nikhil Wilson Photos: Anand A N