Patrick Bartholomew

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Patrick Bartholomew
Birth Date June 10, 1947
Birth Place Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Death Date January 12, 2015
Occupation Piercer, Scarification Artist

Patrick Bartholomew (born June 10, 1947) opened the London Piercing Clinic in the 1980's, and along with his friend and mentor Mr. Sebastian, was responsible for devising many of the techniques still in use by British piercers today. As well as being a pioneer in the piercing scene, he also performed some of the first Scarification and surgical modifications in the country. He was the first piercer to use Titanium for body jewellery in the UK.

Patrick is now largely retired, having sold his shops, and is only doing the occasional piece of interesting work. He remains a trusted friend of BME and the body modification community.

Patrick passed away on January 12, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

History and Trivia

  • Patrick is a former South African mercenary and learned many of his medical skills while working in that field.
  • Patrick is an advanced SM master.
  • He wrote the back cover of the ModCon book.
  • He assisted in the British wing of filming for the BME Uvatiarru movie.


Patrick Bartholomew at age 31, South Africa
Patrick with a slave

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