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Welcome to The Holy Mackerel, St. Paul’s Premier Precision Piercing and Custom Tattooing Studio. Here at The Holy Mackerel we strive to create a destination for people, for art and for self-expression all while maintaining a fun and friendly environment.

Verno is not only the Owner/Operator of The Holy Mackerel, but also our seasoned, precision piercer. The Holy Mackerel has one of the Midwest’s largest selections of body jewelry, and Verno strives to have something for everyone. Looking for something unique? We specialize in designing custom jewelry using only the finest materials (14k white/yellow gold, 316 LVM implant grade steel, titanium) along with genuine and synthetic gemstones. We are now piercing minors, 15+ with parental consent and witness and of course proper identification.

If you’re looking for help with a tattoo, we want to help you design it. We are a full custom studio and pride ourselves on making a work of art specifically tailored to you. You won’t see any flash on our walls, but rest assured we do maintain plenty of reference material to help you make your decision. We have five amazing artists for you to choose from, each with their own styles and strengths.

Your safety at The Holy Mackerel is of the utmost importance to us. Precautions have been taken on every level from education to sterilization to ensure that your safety is tantamount.