by Simone Peinke
Pic by Karen Crouch
A nervous client stands, fidgeting her fingers, inside the recently opened Grahamstown store, Silverdragon. Both her ears are adorned with silver rings and studs, and now she’s back for more. She sits opposite an aluminium table laden with piercing paraphernalia. Garry Naudé lifts the ominous needle to her face while expressing words of comfort. Less than five minutes later, the blonde Rhodes student leaves a satisfied customer, her eyebrow ring the latest addition to a host of other piercings.
Naudé does not seem to be your typical tattoo artist. Not one noticeable piece of flesh has been jabbed with ink and his face is void of anything magnetic. He has been in the business for 13 years, but operated from home until three months ago. Now he has opened Silverdragon at the bottom end of High Street which has so far proven highly profitable. “Within six months I should be able to make this my full-time job,” he explains, lying sprawled out on a reclining chair in the centre of the store. “There are lots of people wanting to get piercings and tats from a decent place at a decent price. I offer both those things.”
Each item used is sterilised at the store and he uses single service needles to ensure safety for his clients. Prices are reasonable with tongue piercings at about R200 and entry level tattoos between R200 and R300. Silverdragon is currently open on weekdays from 6pm to late.
If you have the guts to decorate your body with piercings or creative designs, venture down to Silverdragon, but keep in mind that tattoos are not to be taken lightly. In the wise words of Naudé, “Think before you ink.”