January 30th, 2010
The Board of Directors for the Association of Professional Piercers met at my home in the Yucatan of Mexico this week (they left yesterday). We had a very productive meeting. One important task that got accomplished is that the new brochures I wrote for the organization have been posted on the Association of Professional Piercers website. Here's the link to one on Jewelry for Initial Piercings, and the other on Jewelry for Healed Piercings. This is material that was never previously available from the APP. You can download a .pdf file of all of the available pamphlets. It is so great to have brochures in print form, too. They can be purchased from the APP office. From the APP website:
January 25th, 2010
It has been quite some time since I posted as I was on the road without internet access. I had a fantastic trip to Milan, Italy where I taught a 3-hour course on oro-facial anatomy and basic piercing at the APTPI Congress. The audience was comprised primarily of piercers from Italy, though there were individuals from other countries as well. I taught the class (which included a PowerPoint presentation containing over 250 slides, and video of me performing piercings) in English. They provided professional interpreters and the audience listened to the translation on headphones. It was really cool, but I had a little bit of stress while we tried three different computers and couldn't get my PowerPoint to play. Finally they got it working. Whew! While in Milan I had the pleasure of visiting the Duomo, which was incredible. (Photos below.) The host hotel was great, but it was located a little bit outside the city, so we didn't get to see much of Milan while there. Bethra Szumski was my travel companion. She is the owner of Virtue and Vice in Atlanta, Georgia; and Pain and Wonder in Athens, Georgia. She's also the secretary for the Association of Professional Piercers, and she taught a class in Grounding and Bedside Manner. Following the conference we caught a ride with some friends from Slovenia and went for a visit in their home town of Koper. We had an incredible whirlwind trip and they showed us Piran, a beautiful old beach town on the Adriatic Sea, and also gigantic caves in Postojna, Slovenia.
December 13th, 2009
I'm finishing up the PowerPoint presentation I'm going to be giving in Milan next month at the APTPI (Association of Professional Italian Piercers and Tattooists) conference. It will be a 3-hour class on oro-facial anatomy and piercings, and I'll be covering LOTS of specifics and details. The Conference is for individuals who are already piercers, but apparently some of them need a great deal of basic information, so I'll be supplying it. At the moment it contains 254 slides, but I have to run through it now and see how long it takes to present them. I'm excited, though nervous about the cold weather. It is snowing there right now!
October 14th, 2009
I was out of town for the past week in Mexico City for the Association of Professional Piercers Seminars. It was the 4th annual seminar there, but the first one that I attended. Following the seminars, the Board of Directors had a meeting. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed Mexico City. I taught two classes there and participated in a round table discussion on piercing techniques (forceps vs. freehand). The first class was on Male Genital piercings and my co-instructor, Danny Yerna, led the class. I'd created a PowerPoint presentation for the class, and he and I had translated it into Spanish. I'm super excited and proud that I led the second class on Female Genital Piercings, and it was the first time I've ever taught a seminar in Spanish. I know my vocabulary is pretty good, but having learned from immersion (rather than in a classroom), my verbs are not conjugated properly, and I'm lacking a lot of the small connective words. But the important part is that the students said that I was clear and easy to understand. I'd sent 20 copies of The Piercing Bible to Mexico City, but between the shipping costs and duties that had to be paid, the cost came out higher than the cover price! Still, Danny (the APP International Liaison who organized the seminars and owns a studio in Mexico City) had sold them all before I even arrived! I wish I had a Spanish language version, as I know it would have sold very well there. Hopefully someday there will be versions in multiple languages!
October 3rd, 2009
I know this isn't along the lines of my usual piercing-related topics, but I wanted to share this with you. Since I live in the Yucatan in a Mayan pueblo, it is definitely of interest to me, and hopefully you will find it interesting too. The Shift of the Ages film is a docudrama: a timely, artistic and inspiring expression of ancient wisdom and prophecy proclaimed by our Indigenous Elders. The Shift of the Ages is a true account of the Mayan prophecies, the life and mission of Grandfather Cirilo and the momentous evolutionary shift currently underway in our cosmos.
September 9th, 2009
I was interviewed by a website called "Embracing My Journey" and I talk about what keeps me moving forward, offer advice to people who want to live in a world of their own creation, reveal who I'd like to be stranded on a deserted island with, tell who inspires me, and much more. Check it out here.
August 14th, 2009
For me personally, piercing has never been a fashion statement. I was driven at a very early age to pierce my own body, and the inspiration seemed to come from deep within, rather than the pages of a magazine or anything I saw on TV. That said, I have always defended aesthetics as being a perfectly acceptable motivation for getting pierced. It was one of the many historical reasons for piercing among tribal and primitive peoples, and--of course--it is still common today. Still, it was a little odd to find The Piercing Bible shown on this site along with books on knitting, sewing, and Coco Chanel!