David "DaVo" Wilkins' Professional Biography
In the spring of 1994, I began to apprentice under Chuck Hayes of Xotics in Omaha, Nebraska. Do to the fact that he was at the time active full time in the Air force, we worked mainly on the weekend which meant a great deal of driving back and forth from Des Moines to Omaha.
After checking out on piercings,I began piercing at Creative Images in May of 1994. I always felt that my apprentice was rushed and as soon as I started piercing at Creative Images, I began to revise Chuck's methods of Piercing, sterilization and cross contamination preventions. I learned very quickly that piercing like all arts, is an ongoing education. To look back to the beginning it is amazing how much I have learned and developed over the years. Still to this day I research as much information as I can find on an almost daily bases.
The Axiom Body Piercing Studio on E. 5th St opened it's doors on March 28th, 1995 after I left Creative Images (May of 1994 through February 1995). The idea behind the new studio was simple, an open environment that offered professional body art (Body Piercings and Tattooing), to fill the needs and voids in the community but also not be afraid to educate and enlighten the public.
On January 1st, 1997 the Axiom became the first Piercing only studio in the state of Iowa. There is a great deal of reasons why I decided to end tattooing but the bottom line is, that it was to allow me to focus on piercing. In the spring of 1998 the Iowa State House of Representatives passed a bill regarding Body Piercing and it was sent to the Iowa Senate. I wrote a 5 page letter to all the Studios in the State practicing Tattooing and Piercing, my state representatives, The Iowa Department of Public Health, and members of the sub-committee working of the bill. Though the law failed to pass through the Senate, I feel and have been told that my letter did help to end the passing of a bill that would have for the most part not effective.
On October 13th, 1999 I moved the Axiom in to Skin Kitchen Tattoo. I did this for a number of reason. One being a better space and increased traffic. The other being that I greatly respect the ability of the artists there. It just made sense. Please feel free to stop by and visits during normal business hours Tuesday through Saturday 3pm to 9pm. We are located inside the Skin Kitchen, on Douglas Ave, just west of MKL JR. PKWY on the North side of the street at 2607 Douglas Ave. It's the lower southeast corner of the Plaza Lanes Building.