I finished my apprenticeship almost 10 years ago. It has been a weird but worthwhile journey. When I first started piercing I knew that this industry would keep me enthralled for as long as it has and still does to this day. Itâ€™s rare that someone gets to say that they love their job. I love my job. Piercing has brought me more joys than I ever expected.
Iâ€™m not afraid to be honest. You can ask anyone Iâ€™ve ever pierced. I will tell you the truth even if I know it will cost me money. If your anatomy isnâ€™t the proper candidate for a piercing I will make sure you know and understand why. I believe that if I want people to be honest with me, I need to be honest with them. I want you to be happy with me and even more so with your piercing.
I am a firm believer in sterility. This, to me, is the most important part of every piercing. Every piercing I do is sterile. Depending on the clientâ€™s needs, I use sterile latex or nitrile gloves. I do my entire piercing in a sterile field. Every tool or piece of jewelry I use is run through a hospital grade autoclave. Every needle I use is E.O. gas sterilized. When you get pierced by me I make sure you know and understand each and everything I will be using is sterile.
Over the years I have made a lot of friends working in this industry. When I first started piercing I was fortunate enough to work with some of my best friends. Even though it was a new experience it was always fun. My friends were with me every day and made long days shorter. I started managing my first shop shortly after my apprenticeship was over. I had a knack for talking to people and making them feel welcome. I truly do love my job and because of that I feel it pours out into the client. After a few years managing my first shop, I felt it was time to move on. I started working at Hurricane Tattoo on October 8th 2008. It was one of the scariest but proudest moments in my life. I went from working at a well-established shop to making a leap of faith into something brand new. I needed to be the best piercer and manager that I could so we would make it. Well, we made it!
Managing Hurricane Tattoo for almost 6.5 years was a blast. In that time I did my best to make everyone that I could as happy as possible. Iâ€™ve met so many wonderful people and pierced so many awesome folks. When it came time for Hurricane Tattoo to transition into Modern Moose Studios I saw myself at a crossroad. I could move on with my life and leave piercing behind or continue on with the wonderful journey Iâ€™ve been on for so long. After a little deliberation, my mind was made up. I wanted to continue doing what I have loved for so long.
My best experiences in piercing and tattooing have always been when I â€˜m working with friends. I consider everyone at this shop a good friend of mine. I am confident that I am in the best shop I have ever worked in. Everyone here at this shop is truly passionate about their craft. The atmosphere here is almost intoxicating. I look forward to coming to work every day. When you love what you do for a living, it doesnâ€™t feel like work.