Paul King has a B.A. degree with highest honors in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. In 1991, he apprenticed at the Gauntlet under Elayne Angel, author of The Piercing Bible. He worked for Gauntlet in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, with time managing LA and NYC. In 1996 Jim Ward, Founder of Gauntlet, awarded Paul King with the honorary title of Master Piercer. He has lectured at universities and conferences on aspects of body modification since 1993.
In 1999, Paul King and Grant Dempsey started Cold Steel America, tattooing and piercing services in San Francisco. In 2007, he received the APP’s President’s Award for contributions to the Piercing Industry. He has served as treasurer of the APP periodically since 2005. In 2014, he helped launch the Body Piercing Archive.