Episode 30 – The Elephant in the Room: Racism in the Industry

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In this week’s episode, we talk about an obvious problem that many people do not want to discuss. This week we are discussing Racism. It is something that is happening all around us and sadly, unless you are affected by it, you may not realize it’s happening.

We sit down for a round table with three different guests, each presenting their own unique view on the topic. Alicia Cardenas of Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing in Denver, Colorado gives her views as a body piercer, tattooer and shop owner.  Miro Hernandez of San Antonio’s Dandyland Custom Tattoo and Professional Body Piercing presents his observations over multiple years as a board member and piercer .Lastly, Trevor Thomas of BrainDrops Body Piercing in San Francisco, California offers his perspective as a male African American business owner and body piercer.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about what it’s like to be a person of color in our industry, catering to different clientele, and what we can do to help heal the industry and change our outlooks.

Alicia, Miro and Trevor can all be found on their Instagrams or in their studios respectively.

#inclusivity #jewelryinclusivity #bodypiercinginclusivity

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 30 – The Elephant in the Room: Racism in the Industry

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Episode 29 – What is that Called? : Communication and Language in the Industry

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In this week’s episode, we decided to talk about a topic that we use everyday whether we admit to it or not. That topic is Communication and Language. This is how we share ideas, convey emotions and understand those around us. One of the things that language does is it changes rapidly. So why is that as an industry we get so upset when things are not called what we perceive are correct? Maybe because we are not right but do not want to admit it.

We sit down this week with Brett Graham of Luna Piercing & Jewelry of Vernon, Connecticut. Brett is not only an old man like myself, but is also a teacher of Public Speaking and a student working on his PhD in Communications at the University of Connecticut.  His unique perspective of being in this industry but also academically dealing with communications allows us to sit down and discuss how communication evolves and adapts in our industry.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about shared meanings, how we are old men drinking lemonade on the porch, and how language can change overnight.

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Brett can be found on his Instagram as “sender_receiver” or at his studio respectively. Also, please consider taking some time to read and possibly donate to Zentastic. This is where this week’s audio clip came from. The website is incredibly important to our industry and deserves more attention as it is a great source of information and history to the body modification culture.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 29 – What is that Called? : Communication and Language in the Industry

Episode 28 – Making the Cut: What Employers are looking for Part.2

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In this week’s episode, we pick up right where we left off last time with Nick SanGregory of Six16 Body Piercing & Fine Jewelry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Shelby and Adam Richins of Amory Body Arts.  I really had a great time chatting with these fine people. One of the things we strive for here at Real Talk is to give you direct honest conversations. Even if they are ones that people may not agree with. They are just different viewpoints. We do this to start conversations and get topics in the open so that people can discuss them. The podcast acts as a springboard for discussions and with this we are continuing our conversation on what some business owners look for with pure honesty. Let the discussions begin!

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about how admitting shortcomings is not a weakness, the hard truths of face tattoos in our workplace and if it is resume or Résumé.

Nick can be found on his Instagram or at his website, Six16Piercing.comAdam and Shelby Richins can be found on their Instagram respectively or at AmoryBodyArts.com.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 28 – Making the Cut What Employers are looking for Part.2

Episode 27 – Making the Cut: What Employers are looking for: Part.1

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In this week’s episode we held a roundtable with some individuals from this industry that are in a similar situation. All of them own high-end studios and all of them are currently looking for employees to join their teams. However, in this employees market, we have noticed as an industry, that more shops than ever are looking to hire. However, if that is the case, why aren’t the positions being filled? Maybe the work force isn’t what it used to be? On the other hand, maybe it is because the work force isn’t up to current standards.

We sat down with Nick SanGregory of Six16 Body Piercing & Fine Jewelry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Shelby and Adam Richins of Amory Body Arts. Each presenting a view of not only what they are looking for in an employee but also about why the industry may be experiencing this bubble.

So without further ado, , listen in as we talk about what desirable skills an employer looks for, how we can burst the employer bubble and why the explications as an owner are so high.

Nick can be found on his Instagram or at his website, Six16Piercing.com. Adam and Shelby Richins can be found on their Instagram respectively or at AmoryBodyArts.com.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 27 – Making the Cut: What Employers are looking for: Part.1

Episode 26 – From Concept to Reality: An Interview with Jared of Onetribe

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In this week’s episode, we decided to talk to a jewelry maker that we have had many requests for. That maker is Jared Karnes and his company, Onetribe. Onetribe is well known throughout the industry for their high quality products and unique designs that are all made by a small team in Virginia.

Jared sat down with me this past week and we discussed a plethora of different things. His openness to sharing information really gives us a deeper look into how pieces are born.  To say I am excited about this episode is an understatement even though I spent a large amount of time mispronouncing materials.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about how an idea moves from concept to reality, the new designs being shown at conference and how important supporting your community is.

Jared can be found on his Instagram accounts, Onetribe and LithiCoin or at his website directly, Onetribe.nu

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

 

Episode 26 – From Concept to Reality: An Interview with Jared of Onetribe

Episode 25 – Conference Survival Guide 2.0

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In this week’s episode we decided revisit an important topic. As most of us know, the annual association of professional piercer’s conference is coming up on July 15th to the 20th. This conference is one of my favorite things about being a piercer. It allows you the ability to learn, connect and grow as a piercer no matter what skill level you are or how long you have been piercing.

However, with every event, comes some stress. What do I need to bring? What should I not miss? And so on and so forth. Well this episode is here to help make you feel a little more at ease by answering some of these questions and hopefully some you didn’t think about.

So without further ado, listen in as Cale and I talk about what to pack, what not to miss, and how to survive the annual professional piercer’s conference.

Cale can be found on her Instagram as Miss_Cale or on her jewelry store, Uzu Organics. If you are going to conference, you can also find her at her jewelry booth in the expo.

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This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 25 – Conference Survival Guide 2.0

Episode 24 – A Different Road to Success: Transitioning to Other Roles in the Industry

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In this week’s episode we speak to a person that has been piercing since our industry experienced its first boom in the 90’s and helped to pave the way for many of us. Since then he has put piercing on the back burner and currently helps manage one of the most well known studios in the country. This individual is Mr. Derek Lowe of Saint Sabrina’s.

Derek and I have a friendly chat over where the industry is heading. As our industry ages and becomes more legitimized, we have started to see a transition from being a piercer to a manager, a shop owner, a jewelry maker, or something among these lines. These roles are becoming more and more common in the industry as it expands. We also take a trip down memory lane and discuss where things have really changed over the last 20 years.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about managing a team of employees, how the people you surround yourself with can influence your success and the passion our industry has for its livelihood.

Derek can be found being “Shop Dad” at Saint Sabrina’s in Minneapolis, MN or on his Instagram as dereklowe.

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This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 24 – A Different Road to Success: Transitioning to Different Roles in the Industry

Episode 23 – Being a Queercer : Gender Fluidity Part.1

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In this week’s episode, we discuss something that has become more and more prevalent in not only our industry but in society as a whole. The topic we are talking about today is gender fluidity.  By this we mean, the ability to freely and knowingly become one or many of a limitless number of genders, for any length of time, at any rate of change. Gender fluidity recognizes no borders or rules of gender. Not only is it important to recognize this as a sign of respect to those individuals but it is equally important to make potential clients and coworkers feel comfortable within your studio.

So without further ado, listen is as we discuss the differences in pronouns, how to approach conversations about the topic and the comfort that someone can feel from just asking a question.

Reba Knight can be found on social media at their Instagram or in person at Modern Ritual in Canton, Ohio. Jack Kalvser can be found on social media platforms as JackthePiercer and at Leviticus Tattoo in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 23 – Being a Queercer : Gender Fluidity Part.1

Episode 22 – Being a Business Owner: Problem Solver or Problem Creator?

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In this week’s episode, we are going to discuss a trend we are seeing more and more of in this industry. When the frustration of being an employee becomes too great or we believe we can do something better than our employers. We say enough is enough and branch off to the next logical choice.

We sit down with this weeks guest, the wonderful Christina Shull of Integrity Piercing. Chrissy is a body piercer and presenter at the annual Association of Professional Piercers Conference. She also started her own business a few years ago in her hometown of Wenatchee, Washington. Her honest perspective makes us ask ourselves “Does going into business for yourself solve all your problems? Or just create new ones?”

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about the pros and cons of going into business for yourself, the regrets we have as small business owners and how Tetris Syndrome affects us.

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Christina Shull can all be found on her Instagram or in person or online at her studio, Integrity Piercing.  More information about The No Excuses Scholarship can be found by contacting privateappscholarship@gmail.com.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 22 – Being a Business Owner: Problem Solver or Problem Creator?

Episode 21 – What are you Worth? : Wages in the Industry

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In this week’s episode, we host a round table with Jake Hardman, Colin O and Oscar Sandoval to talk about a topic that many people in our industry consider taboo to discuss in the open. What we are talking about today is Wages.  This topic is something that is usually discussed behind closed doors with very close friends. We do this as to not embarrass ourselves or to not seem braggadocios if we are making more than average. Our industry is growing faster than ever and becoming more and more legitimized. However, if this is occurring why have wages seemed to mostly stay stagnant and not grown with the industry?

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about knowing your value as an employee, what hard decisions we face as a workforce and dispelling the smoke screen surrounding this topic.

Colin O, Jake Hardman and Oscar Sandoval can all be found on their Instagrams or in their studios respectively.  Oscars band can be found on their bandcamp.

 

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 21 – What are you Worth? : Wages in the Industry