When did your piercing career start?
My piercing career started in 2011. I was two years out of
high school and a college drop out with absolutely no idea of what I wanted to do with my life. My tattoo artist/friend had been planning on opening a tattoo shop in my hometown, Hutchinson, Kansas. Hutchinson has a population of 40,772 and one tattoo shop. So, needless to say, he thought (and I agreed) that I would be the perfect piercer for his future studio. He pulled some strings and was able to get me an apprenticeship at The Elektrik Chair in Wichita, Kansas.
An apprenticeship that very likely saved my life, gave me a career to be passionate about, and helped teach me to be the type of person I did (and didn’t) want to be. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
What is your favorite piercing that you have?
If I had to pick, I would say that my favorite piercing is my bridge piercing. The reason it gets number one for me is because I preformed it on my own when I was an apprentice just to prove someone wrong who said I couldn’t do it.
How many piercings do you have?
Lucky number 13, baby!
Who or what influences you?
I know this sounds lame, but the internet influences me in multiple ways. The ability to have access/stay connected to some of the piercers I idolize most keeps me up-to-date on the latest techniques and trends, and it overall inspires me daily to be a better piercer than I was the day before.
What is your favorite piercing to do and why?
My favorite piercings are the piercings that someone is getting to make them feel more confident in their own skin. I think if someone has a certain part of their body that they aren’t comfortable with, for some reason, piercing it helps them own it, and sometimes even end up loving it. Nothing is more fulfilling for me than watching someone’s face light up when they see their new piercing for the first time.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not piercing?
When I am not piercing I am am a full time wife and dog mom, anything that involves my husband and my pups is my favorite way to spend my time.
What has been your favorite moment in your career so far?
Man, that’s a tough one! My career has fortunately had a lot of wonderful moments. But, if I had to pick one I’d have to say the day I officially got my license would have to be my favorite of favorite moments. The weight that lifted from my shoulders that day physically made me feel lighter. It was the day that everything I had been through and all my hard work finally came full circle and proved to be worth every drop of my blood, sweat, and tears. It was also the day I proved all my haters wrong, the first day of my dream career, and the first time I felt like I really could be somebody and make something of this life of mine.
What is your favorite part of being a piercer?
My favorite part of being a piercer is, like I mentioned earlier, my ability to help people feel more comfortable in their own skin. I also like the fact that I get to meet so many different kinds of people, it’s not like it was back in 1970 when it was only found in the “punk scene”. Now, every type of person gets pierced. Doctors, nurses, eight year old girls, grandmothers, wealthy people, and people who are broke. I love that I get to meet such a wide variety of people.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
It’s been a long time since I’ve been completely content with where I am in the present moment. Right now I am just enjoying riding this wave without the pressure of the future bringing me down.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?