Flesh Wound at 253 Cuba Street, Wellington, has a world-wide reputation due to it’s exceptional standard of hygiene, professional technique, and knowledge.

Original Flesh Wound logo by Trevor Brown (1995)

Original Flesh Wound logo by Trevor Brown (1995)

The only studio in the lower-North Island that provides the arts of Piercing, Stretching, Cutting, Branding, Hook Suspensions, and Live Theatre Piercings.

  • Piercings are Needle Applied.
  • Fine Line Branding is done via Medical Cautery Unit.
  • Cuttings are done via Scalpel
  • Hangings are Hooked Up.

Flesh Wound during the 2000s

Flesh Wound was founded by Hamish Robertson Halley in 1995 at Manakau Village, Horowhenua.

Hamish has the kind of reputation sought by many, but earned by few. Passionate about piercing & body modification since a young age Hamish boasts 30 years of industry experience. This shows as he puts jewellery & more into his faithful clientèle – who return time & time again.

Flesh Wound / Intensive Care - Circa 2010

Flesh Wound / Intensive Care – Circa 2010

Flesh Wound has been a Wellington landmark since relocating from the Horowhenua to Cuba Street, Wellington, in August of 1996.

While located in the bohemian paradise of Cuba Street owner Hamish has seen many businesses around him come and go. Even Flesh Wound closed from 2011-2015 to go mobile via an old ambulance, but it wasn’t to be forever.

Hamish’s infallible work ethic and professionalism has kept Flesh Wound alive, and Hamish’s old clients are now excited to see him once again in his old Cuba Street location.

The Flesh Wound Crew – Past & Present

Hamish Robertson Halley – Owner & Operator

Nic Fletcher joined the crew as trainee in 1997-1999 Moving on to Open his own exceptional studio “The Seventh Circle” in Christchurch later Piercing at “Illicit HQ” in Auckland. He is now working in the Photography Industry and has a guest spot in a studio in Auckland’s North Shore.

Fraser Mcleod entered as The big Guy on the counter in 1999 and retired as a self described “Counter Slut” Oct 2000.

Andi/Andrea Thompson brought the Pierced Glamour Puss to Flesh Wound Oct 2000 as a trainee until Sept 2002 moving on with many skills in her hand bag.

Jessica aka Sideshow hit the stage with her many and varied skills from Aug – Nov 2002 as my guest artist from the USA.

Chris Allcock began work on the counter December 02 and left at the end of Dec 2003 to pursue Varsity Studies.


Original “Flesh Wound Baby Doll” logo & animation by Trevor Brown.

Shane O’Neil was set to be our 2nd full time piercer with great potential, but due to family relocations was only with us from March-May 2004.

Pauline Lind aka Polly (Potter) was one of the Counter Girls who would dictate whilst pointing and waving her finger at you when going over the aftercare procedure.

Natalie, with a Phd in Marine Biology was behind the Counter 3 days a week and was always happy to answer any questions and give informed after care procedures. She is now teaching  jewellery making.

Timb (as in Limb Lamb and Climb) was my next apprentice from December 2004 until December 2006. He was quick to learn and adapt to new techniques. His caring and thorough ability to werk under pressure, is an asset he has taken with him to Melbourne, where he pierced at Third Eye tattoo Studio. Timb is now a Paramedic.

Jimbo was the Cockney Voice atF lesh Wound. He has 6 years ov piercing experience, starting in his home town ov London. Jimbo is exceptionally well versed in piercing and healing procedures, his London charm easily instilled confidence in the most nervous piercee.Jimbo has now relocated back to England and we are sad to see him go.

Simon K  moved from Auckland in mid 2009 to hone up his skills at Flesh Wound. He had 2 years of experience in the basic range of piercing’s. He’s a fast learner too. Simon moved back to Auckland December 2009.

William Robinson is the newest addition to the Flesh Wound team. He started working the shop counter in 2017 after numerous piercings performed by Hamish. The baby of the family, he is learning skills and slowly training up.