Billy Mantilla


Billy was born in the jungle. We’re not talking about a resort or tropical jungle-like climate, either. Billy was born in Ecuador, South America. He lived in a bamboo house, with bamboo walls, and used to climb trees to pick papayas. Somehow he ended up in Clearwater, Florida when he was 11 years old. Billy likes to ride his road bike, fish, and he goes to the gym on a daily basis. Billy also used to compete in bodybuilding.

He began piercing in 1994, and attended the Gauntlet seminars with Monique in 1995 and 1997. Billy is an extremely advanced piercer. During one Spring Break at our old Clearwater Beach location, Billy did a total of 4,500 piercings!

It’s safe to say Billy knows "What’s Up". In 1997, Billy started making jewelry for Bella Designs (the body jewelry company he and Monique own) and became a graduate jeweler in 2000.

Billy currently works full time and spends his downtime making all the pretty 14K jewelry that fills our displays.