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Slideshow: Body Electric, insight into the owner Brian Keith Thompson

Editor’s Note: This video contains language and discusses topics relating to crime and gang-related violence which may not be suitable for all ages and readers.

Body Electric is a popular piercing and tattoo shop located on Melrose in Los Angeles. The shop opened in 1992, and the current owner Brian Keith Thompson bought it 18 years ago July 1. Thompson is a renowned piercer with over 150 thousand Instagram followers and has done piercings on television and for celebrities around the country. He has been featured in LA Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Billboard, Forbes and People magazine to name a few. 

Most images taken by senior reporter Sydney Tilles (’26). Some images provided by Brian Keith Thompson.

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Sydney Tilles
Sydney Tilles, Senior Reporter
Sydney Tilles joined the Oracle as a staff reporter in 2022 and became a senior reporter in 2023. She is on the Archer tennis team and dance company. She loves learning about current events, participating in service learning and activism. She has a passion for government, politics, and social justice.

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