Wow...its about 100 and hour down here for ink...
i posted that mr cool ice here a couple times i think, but i don't know about him having posted here since he's German. Saw a youtube thing with him on a talk show, subtitled. he's actually a damn tattoo 'artist'... that's scary. gotta feel for anyone who wanders into his shop drunk.
as for piercing... yeah a lot of upper end shops don't bother. it's not a very profitable vertical for good shops (60 bucks for a body peircing vs 180/hour for ink), unless you are a store with a shit load of jewelry to sell. My buddy just brought it back to his shop because a friend of ours needed a new job and he has an empty studio/spot on Saturdays in the store.