This is a dermal punch:
It's used mostly for doing piercing, particularly ears, where the client wants a hole bigger than that made by a needle. It cuts out a small chunk of flesh - it's pressed against the skin and then twisted to cut. Scott had places small rubber O-rings on the punches to ensure evenness of depth for each hole. Once the cut was made, he grabbed the edges with a pair of tweezers:
And used a scalpel to slice through the flesh underneath:
Leaving a small circular hole:
There were 30 holes to make, and once we got into the swing of it, the whole thing was done in less than an hour.
And then he covered them with plasters so I wouldn't bleed all over my clothes on the way home. Looks kind of like I cut myself shaving...
And here is a picture of the leftovers. I could have brought these home but I had no idea what I'd do with them so they have been disposed of.
Scott expressed a little concern about the tattoo lines not having faded out as well as they could have, but wants to wait till healing is complete before addressing that. They may still fade out over the next month or so but if they don't, he has a technique in mind that can be used to remove whatever's left without affecting the shape of the scar -it'll involve more cutting but I think we can safely say that there won't be any more 6 hour sessions.
The punching was more intense than the cutting but didn't last as long and was very localised. Now, I get to run round the house topless for the rest of the day. Needless to say The Kid, who was warned, is hiding in his room. He's ok, he has bacon.
PS Scott and Esther are awesome, I fully recommend them.