I.S. SMP is created and established by Noel Padua Gomez, a seasoned and brilliant tattoo artist since 2004. He started training in SMP as early as 2008 under a certified SMP expert trained in Sydney, Australia. Eventually, after learning the craft and after being confident with his skills, Noel then decided to also order specialized SMP equipment from his teacher which was purchased all the way from SMP U.K.
The business venture.
Initially, Noel and his mentor planned to setup an SMP clinic in Manila, however, his teacher’s services got very much in demand in Australia and so their partnership did not push through. Also, back then, there wasn’t much of a market for SMP locally because many believed that the process was no different from ordinary tattooing. It was also seen as a cheap procedure, not to be trusted.
But Noel was very determined and so to ensure that his training and investments were not wasted, he continued with the business and offered his services to those who were interested. Then after a while, and mostly through word-of-mouth and referrals, people started to seek for his SMP services. He was performing the procedures in Bulacan during those times.
The breaking point.
In 2012, a television show called “iJuander” which aired on GMA7 did a feature on the new vanities of Filipino men. Noel was luckily chosen for an interview. The TV network probably found him because he was the foremost expert and pioneer of SMP treatments during that time. The fact that he offers SMP services in Bulacan, a far flung province in the outer Manila area, and was still chosen for the interview, gives us a clue that he was one, if not the first, to offer such services. Hence, it is also not far-fetched that I.S. SMP was the first SMP clinic in the Philippines.
SMP and Tattoo.
The interview for the TV show was delayed because Noel could not find a customer who’s open-minded enough to undergo the procedure and show himself on TV. Because of that, the particular segment supposedly specific for SMP got aired later BUT in the skin tattoo episode. Noel became worried that people might misinterpret this as an ordinary tattoo procedure and not SMP.
Nonetheless Noel was thankful for that TV show because customers started demanding for SMP. As a result, he opened I.S. SMP’s very first branch outside of Bulacan. That branch still stands today and is located in Quezon City. Eventually, I.S. SMP expanded to Pasig City and opened the Ortigas branch.
As early as 2014, I.S. SMP has received and accepted dissatisfied customers from other “so-called” SMP clinics. Noel and his team of SMP experts professionally repaired and restored the ruined scalps of these people. Due to the emergence of these mediocre and fake SMP clinics, I.S. SMP is on a mission to educate people the proper identification and procedure of genuine SMP. By doing so will put a stop to these fake SMP practitioners and prevent possible association of genuine SMP services to the fake ones.