My Wings Logo as a Tattoo on a Piercer

This photo shows me with Rich Hartwick, a Detroit-based piercer with whom I have worked for many years. He asked me a while back if I would be okay with him getting a tattoo of my wings logo. He's not the first to ask, but I do think it may be the largest tattooed incarnation of the iconic wings. Of course I said yes; he's a dear friend, an excellent piercer, and a wonderful human being.

In fact, Rich was among my inspirations for becoming vegan. He has always been encouraging and supportive, but never too forceful about it. The photo was taken at Iconic Tattoo and Piercing, which had just opened in September, when I was there. It is a beautiful studio!

Rich is also among the piercers I refer to. His information is here:

Rich Hartwick at XS - 248.656.5740 & at Iconic Tattoo and Piercing 313.818.0078 (Contact for schedule)

105 E Second St., Rochester, MI 48307 & 3401 Cass Ave., Chinatown/Detroit, MI 48201

[email protected]


Me with piercer Rich Hartwick showing his tattoo of my wings logo

Lenny Kravitz and Piercing

Lenny's ornaments: nostrils, nipples, and pubic piercing

Lenny Kravitz has more than just one piercing. But a particular and very special ring came before the public eye during a wardrobe malfunction when his leather trousers ripped open as he jammed on his guitar during a concert in Stockholm, Sweden on August 3, 2015. The pubic piercing I did on Lenny's private parts many years ago became public.

The concertgoers in his audience, along with a huge quantity of lookie-loos all across the Internet gawked and talked. I guess they call such areas "private parts" for a reason, but celebrities are not afforded the same courtesy as the rest of us mortals. He had been quite public about being into piercing and had previously been professionally photographed showing off his nipple and genital piercings. But this exposure brought a whole new level of scrutiny and gossip.

Lenny was not only a repeat client, but also a good friend. We met initially at Gauntlet in Los Angeles (circa 1991) when he came in to get a nostril piercing to match the one he already wore on the other side. I pierced it for him then, and some months later I also pierced a friend he brought to the studio. We later we became reacquainted after he bought a home in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where I had moved and opened my studio, Rings of Desire. He saw me in a restaurant and came over to my table.

Client Testimonials

I added a Client Testimonials page to my site so that the positive feedback I've received from my clients can be shared with others--especially prospective clients. 

So if you're thinking about getting pierced by me, I suggest taking a look there to read about the experiences of people who have come to me for their piercings.

To get you started, here's the most recent posting:

"Every question anyone could have about the piercing process is answered in this book"

That's a pretty great quote from a wonderful and thoughtful review of The Piercing Bible. This was another 5-star review that was recently posted on To date, as of June 3, 2015, there are 157 reviews of my book with a 5-star average!

Here's the one dated May 26, 2015:

Fantastic Review of The Piercing Bible

Here is a GREAT review of The Piercing Bible that I found posted on the Barnes and Noble website. I always feel especially delighted to hear that my book was interesting to people who were not actually into body piercing:

The Piercing Bible is a fascinating book, even for people who have never considered piercing

5 green stars (5-star rating book review)

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