Episode 20 – Curated Piercings : A Sharp Eye for Trending Fashion

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In this week’s episode, we interview someone who I met early on in my piercing days that helped shaped the way I look at my display cases and more importantly taught me the value of a sharp outfit that includes a bow tie. That individual is Mr. Miro Hernandez. Miro has been an individual in the industry that is well known for his upbeat personality and the way he creates beautiful combinations of gold and genuine stones in his jewelry. We invited him on this week’s episode to talk about a growing trend that just appeared recently in social media, Curated Piercings.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about the positively that this trend can bring, the hottest new color in fashion, and why taking everything at face value can leave you in the past.

Miro can be found smiling and helping customers at the beautiful Dandyland Tattoos and Piercing located in beautiful sunny San Antonio, Texas. You can visit their website or follow the shops Instagram at Dandylandtx. For more gold and well-done piercings, you can also follow Miro’s Instagram at Piercermiro.

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Episode 20 – Curated Piercings : A Sharp Eye for Trending Fashion

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Episode 19 – The Things They Did Not Tell You : Why it’s OK to Ask Why

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In this week’s episode, we interview a name that many people recognize in the industry, that name is Prysm Body Piercings very own, Rob Hill. Rob is a veteran of the piercing industry with over 15 years of experience and is well known for many of his unique ear projects. Rob has recently started to travel and teach to other piercers in the industry. During robs travels, he started to notice a few things that every piercer should know were being left out of many piercer’s skillsets and not being taught to the current generation of our industry. Which coincidently is this weeks topic.

So without further ado, listen in as we give Rob a platform to discuss why asking questions is never a bad thing , the pros and cons of having a studio in the mall and the things they did not tell you.

Rob can be found wearing awesome hats and helping the fine folks of Des Moines, Iowa at Prysm Piercing. You can also follow him on his Instagram as PrysmPiercing or on his website PrysmPiercing.com.

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Episode 19 – The Things They Did Not Tell You : Why it’s OK to Ask Why

Episode 18 -We Need to Talk: What We Don’t “Like” About Social Media

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In this week’s episode, I decided to spend some time reflecting on a topic that is part of our modern day lives.  Social Media. Tobias Vallone of Pure Body Arts in Manhattan, messages us and gives his unique perspective on the pros and cons and the life changing events that made him unplug from the network.

So without further ado, listen in as we discuss how social media can be a valuable tool to your business, what things come with online notoriety and how to tear down the invisible wall that it creates around you.

Tobias can be found at Pure Body Arts in Manhattan, New York. You can also follow his piercing work on his Instagram as Tobiasxva or his website tobiasxvallone.com.

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Episode 18 -We Need to Talk: What We Don’t “Like” About Social Media

Episode 17 – Real Talk: Hearing the Things you Don’t Want to Hear

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In this week’s episode, we have a very important conversation with a person that I am lucky enough to call one of my best friends. That gentleman is Adam Richins of Amory Body Arts in Santa Cruz California. Adam has been a mentor to me for most of my professional piercing career and has earned a reputation in the industry as a person that will tell you things with blunt honesty. Sometimes this can change careers and other times it can cast a shadow of doubt onto the person that hears it.

So without further ado, listen in as we discuss the three most commonly heard reasons for complacency, why those are just excuses and how the podcast earned its name.

Adam can be found being an extremely positive person while piercing at Amory  Body Arts in Santa Cruz,California. You can also follow him on his Instagram as adam_richins.

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Episode 16 – Handcrafted and Humble: An Interview with Alan of Origins Handmade

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In this week’s episode, we get to interview our most requested guest. Alan of Bella Fine Jewelry and Piercing and his company, Origins Handmade. Alan has been a veteran of the body piercing industry for a number of year’s .But while piercing; he has also been designing handmade body jewelry with locally sourced stone and minerals that highlight it’s natural features.

So without further ado, listen in as we discuss how having a jeweler at your studio can affect your business, how classic jewelry styles are being used in modern pieces and how sharing information is key to our success as an industry.

Alan can be found handcrafting jewelry and piercing at Bella Piercing & Fine Jewelry in Asheville, North Carolina. You can also follow him on his Instagram at Origins Handmade. His Jewelry can be purchased in person or through bellapiercing.com

 

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Episode 16 – Handcrafted and Humble: An interview with Alan of Origins Handmade

Episode 15 – Preventing Burn Out: Taking Care of What Truly Matters Most

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In this week’s episode, we wanted to take some time to talk about an important thing in our industry that is largely skipped over when we reflect on our careers and ourselves. That thing is Self-Care and knowing when to stop burning the candle at both ends.

Our guest for this episode is a veteran of the body modification industry and someone from my home state of New York, John Joyce. John is the owner of Scarab Body Arts, located in Syracuse, NY.  He piercers, preforms scarification and has several employees for whom he is responsible for. This in itself is stressful on many levels but John explains how he handles the ever-present pressure that comes in our industry from this occupation.

So listen in as John Joyce and I discuss the hardships that come from always working, and learning when it is OK to have a day off.

John can be found at his shop, Scarab Body Arts in Syracuse, New York or on his Instagram.

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Episode 14 – Visual Media & Standing your Ground : A Talk with Luis Garcia

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In this week’s episode, we wanted to take some time to talk with someone who I’ve looked up to for many years. Luis Garcia. Luis is an APP Board member and piercer at NoKaOi tiki tattoo in Philadelphia, PA. He has been an experienced veteran of the piercing industry since the 1990’s and has helped teach and develop piercing techniques that are used by many people. He is well known for his amazing ear projects and willingness to help other professionals in the industry.

His recent success with his Youtube channel has been a refreshing take on what many piercers view as a negative for the industry. His videos show properly done piercings, and proper techniques. While In the past piercing videos have caused anxiety in clients and mostly been done by improperly trained individuals or just to show the worst our industry has to offer.

Listen in as we discuss how visual media can positively reach clients, a reminder of where modern piercing came from and how to handle difficult customers.

Luis can be found piercing at Na Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo in Phildelphia or on his Instagram as LuisgPiercings. You can also view his Youtube channel here.

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Episode 14 – Visual Media & Standing your Ground : A Talk with Luis Garcia

Episode 13 – Building your Brand : Help from an Expert

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In this week’s episode, we wanted to take some time to talk about something that is a very important part of our businesses and careers. That is Business Branding. This is something we do to promote ourselves as individuals and as a way for clients to find out where to find us or where to catch us on our travels. Branding is so much more than just an image placed on a business card or dropped onto a photo for social media.

I ask my longtime friend, Sara Czernowski from Dorje Adornments back onto the show to give us an expert opinion on this topic. She designs and executes all of Dorje’s photos, ad campaigns, and printed media. Sara has been a designer for many years and carries a degree in Photography .She has created trends in social media that are copied by many studios throughout the world and has turned a studios brand into what many studios try to strive for.

Sarah can be found  helping you find the perfect piece of jewelry, answering questions, or making sure the piercers stay on task at dorje adornments in Rochester,New York.  You can follow her adventures on her personal Instagram at Szcerno or follow her amazing work at Dorje Adornments Instagram or DorjeAdornments.com.

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Episode 12 – The Permanence of Stone: Combining Skills to Create Jewelry

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In this week’s episode, I wanted to take some time to time to speak with another body piercer turned jewelry maker. We sit down with the forever smiling, Mateo Way.

Being a former studio owner, Mateo sold his business a few years ago and begin investing his time into his other passion, creating stone body jewelry. His stonework is well known throughout the industry for not only its quality but for his thoroughness in ensuring the piece is perfect.

We take some time to discuss the trial and error of crafting stone, the transition of becoming a jewelry maker, and the how the unique perspective of being a piercer can possibly make better body jewelry.

Mateo and his company “The Stone Demuhn” can be found on his Instagram.

For questions about orders or create custom jewelry, you can email him at thestonedmuhn@gmail.com.

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Episode 12 – The Permanence of Stone: Combining Skills to Create Jewelry

Episode 11 – Working with Jewelry Companies : Tips from a Man on the Inside

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In this weeks episode, we speak with a familiar face and voice in our industry, Stephen DeToma. Stephen’s worked in our industry as a body piercer and as an employee of Anatometal for nearly a decade. Recently, he made the decision to step away from the industry to pursue his other passion in life, working out and inspiring others. We take some time to discuss good jewelry ordering practices, bonding through physical suffering, and  the importance of realizing that there is another person on the other end of the line.

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