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Join host Ryan Ouellette as he discusses the professional body piercing industry with friends and colleagues. Ryan Ouellette is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers with 20 years of experience in the field. He is an international safety and technique instructor and is always up for a good industry talk.

Join host Ryan Ouellette as he discusses the professional body piercing industry with friends and colleagues. Ryan Ouellette is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers with 20 years of experience in the field. He is an international safety and technique instructor and is always up for a good industry talk.

Location:

United States

Description:

Join host Ryan Ouellette as he discusses the professional body piercing industry with friends and colleagues. Ryan Ouellette is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers with 20 years of experience in the field. He is an international safety and technique instructor and is always up for a good industry talk.

Language:

English


Episodes

166 - John Robberson

7/6/2020
John Robberson comes back to the show to talk about how reopening is going in west Florida. We talk about the challenges face masks pose to both new and old piercings, and our thought process on when we start offering nostril piercings again. Submit your questions on any piercing related subject for an upcoming episode via this anonymous form: https://forms.gle/Ti9gMHhhdU6KZwUf7 deadline is July 14. Techniques, apprenticeships, jewellery, whatever. Get your question answered on the...

Duration:00:49:25

165 - I can't do nostril piercings?! feat. Lee Horton

6/29/2020
Ontario piercer Lee Horton comes on the show to discuss reopening limitations and PPE requirements many of us are dealing with. While restrictions against nose or mouth piercings are becoming commonplace, some Canadian piercers are also dealing with restrictions against ear piercing as well. Its a challenging time to be a safe and successful body piercer. Knowing how to effectively communicate with your local health authorities can be the difference between sensible rules and ones crafted...

Duration:00:51:15

164 - Back to work with Christina Blossey

6/22/2020
Christina Blossey of Atlanta's Piercing Experience returns to the show, this time as a newly elected APP Board member. Georgia was one of the earliest States to reopen for close contact services and Christina talks about adjusting to the new normal. Risks, personal protective equipment, new protocols, and how to manage the flow of an appointment only business. We also talk about the upcoming APP online educational event. Like and follow the show at:...

Duration:01:00:33

The COVID Chronicles 04: back in business

6/15/2020
After three months of uncertainty I am back to work offering piercing by appointment. I talk about some of the protocols and changes I am operating under. This has been a challenging year. Not just at work, but at home. If you have not already listened to the Piercing Wizard Podcast episode 163: BLACK LIVES MATTER (Piercer of Color roundtable) I would urge you to do so. This virus isn't the only toxic threat we are dealing with right now. Like and follow the show at:...

Duration:00:25:03

163 - Black Lives Matter (Piercers of Color roundtable)

6/8/2020
In support of Black Lives Matter this week will be a Piercers of Color panel discussion featuring Cameron Solo, Trevor Thomas, Shwayze, Victoria Rothman, Tenn, Cozmo, and moderated by Michelle Katzelnick. I encourage you to get involved in the discussion and show your support wherever you can. Follow: https://www.instagram.com/_piercersofcolor/ and join the forum at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1965578407075835/.

Duration:00:48:19

162 - Feeling some piercer normalcy with Rogan Eric Watral

6/1/2020
Honestly, I kind of forgot what it felt like to just be a normal piercer and not have to spend my days focusing on a global pandemic. I am so glad I had this interview from February 2020 with piercer Rogan Eric Watral to share. Rogan talked about all kinds of piercer gold; how to mark for paired nostrils, teamwork dynamics to manage a busy day in the shop, and practical aftercare advice for traveling clients. Enjoy the show, and enjoy some normalcy. If you are a professional piercer you can...

Duration:00:53:41

161 - Piercings by Tenn: support your local black piercer

5/25/2020
This week I chat with Deron (@piercingsbyTenn), one of this year's Piercers of Color scholarship recipients. We discuss his start in the industry, the tough choices to abandon his comfort zone and invest in quality for his future, and the steps he has made to access and share new information. I also talk about some surprise news for me, I'm heading back to work (very) soon. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and:...

Duration:00:52:13

160 - Nahuel Burgos shares his Needle Vision

5/18/2020
Nahuel Burgos is a Spanish piercer working in London. He was also selected as one of the Al D. Scholars before the 2020 APP conference was cancelled. We talk about his passion for history and documentation in our industry, his Spanish translation work for Sacred Debris, and his Spanish language piercing podcast Needle Vision. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Support the show at:...

Duration:00:52:21

159 - Zoom & online piercer hangs with Stray Johnson

5/11/2020
Zoom and other video conferencing tools have been an important part of social interaction for piercers during the closures. Piercer and jeweler Stray Johnson comes on the show to talk about the Piercer Hangs group and how they've been spending time together online. We also talk about how challenging it can be to stay connected while still trying to unplug. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/....

Duration:00:46:00

158 - The APP conference is cancelled (with Aaron Pollack)

5/4/2020
Well, most of us expected this announcement. The Association of Professional Piercers' annual conference in Las Vegas has been cancelled for this year. Its a bummer, but it was necessary. I have APP secretary Aaron Pollack on the show this week to give context to the difficult decision and more difficult process to cancel the world's largest event for professional body piercers. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and:...

Duration:00:55:54

157 - Jef Saunders: lets get this bread

4/27/2020
Jef Saunders comes on the show this week to discuss the Association of Professional Piercers' suggested protocols for COVID-19. We discuss reopening issues, and the constantly evolving nature of our decisions and the information we rely on to make them. You can read the APP's suggested protocols for free at: https://www.safepiercing.org/psa_covid-19.php. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Support...

Duration:00:45:34

156 - Lola Slider on crafting a reopening strategy

4/20/2020
Current UKAPP President, APP member, studio owner, and professional piercer Lola Slider comes on the show this week to talk about how much the closure sucks. We discuss how shops shouldn't rush to get back to work. The world and businesses we had are forever changed. We need to carefully craft our reopening strategies and adapt to the new normal. We also talk about the classes we have been focusing on to stay productive, Lola is writing a new class that she details during our talk. Like and...

Duration:01:06:24

155 - Checking in with Leo Ziebol of Mint Piercing

4/13/2020
This week I check in with Leo Ziebol, owner of Mint Piercing in Iowa. We talk about what we're doing to support our staff during the closure, how we're settling in to home life, and the financial programs we are focusing on to support our studios. I've put some of my webinars online at www.patreon.com/ryanpba for anyone interested. Like and follow the how on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/.

Duration:00:43:46

The COVID Chronicles 03

4/6/2020
No guest this week. I'm just giving some updates on COVID issues and talking about the classes I'm working on. I share some news on benefits for people out of work in the US, and I talk about what I'm doing to keep you and I busy. I'll outline my webinar plans, both free and paid options. I also talk about my Patreon page. You can access my previous webinar sessions on Anatomy for the Piercer and Studio Growth Strategies right now at www.patreon.com/ryanpba. I take a few minutes to thank all...

Duration:00:46:44

154 - Mental Health & Self Care for the Career Piercer with Kelsi Siefert

3/30/2020
This week I talk with Kelsi Siefert about mental health focused on the career piercer and their clientele. Kelsi shares her tips and experience on how to maintain self care and switch off from a busy piercing career at the end of the day. We discuss customer care and bedside manner, and taking care of our mental and physical health in a sometimes hectic work environment. I also detail some of the free and paid educational content I will be putting out over the next few weeks. For more on...

Duration:01:22:00

153 - California love with Ciera Baker & Desi Arellano

3/23/2020
I know things are rough for a lot of you right now, so lets just pop back a few weeks and sit in on breakfast with two California piercers named Ciera Baker & Desi Arellano. We met up the morning after one of my seminars and talked about the California piercer community, jewelry selection (and lots of other jewelry stuff), statim maintenance, cold brew coffee, and more. At the end I discuss my plans to offer some free online piercer education over the next few weeks. Like and follow the...

Duration:00:56:57

The COVID Chronicles 02: time to close up

3/19/2020
Welp, I just can't see any argument against it anymore. Its time for us to voluntarily close our shops for the time being. The decision will be taken away from you within days. The best thing you can do is take this as an opportunity to publish a thoughtful statement to your customers. It is in your best interest to be the shop who "closed too early" rather than be the one who stayed open too long. I share some more thoughts in this supplemental episode as well, so please give it a...

Duration:00:28:18

The COVID chronicles 01

3/18/2020
I'm going to post some supplemental episodes to discuss COVID-19 information and tips to stay productive and healthy during this crisis. First is an episode discussing the difficult decisions that lead me to temporarily closing my shop. For studios remaining open I think it is also important to talk about rapidly evolving information and what steps can be made to lower risk to the health of your staff and the public. This is a difficult moment full of difficult decisions. Listen and speak...

Duration:00:28:29

152 - Caronavirus COVID-19 Preparedness with Cale DiFrancesco

3/16/2020
The COVID-19 Caronavirus has caught many of us off guard. I talk with Cale DiFrancesco of the Association of Professional Piercers Board of Directors about what we can do to keep our clients and coworkers healthy. We discuss proper disinfection practices, maintaining supply levels, and planning for the APP's conference this summer. You can read updates from the APP on COVID-19 and their annual conference online at: https://www.safepiercing.org/covid-19.php. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO COVID-19...

Duration:01:11:06

151 - Barry Blanchard, Anatometal CEO

3/9/2020
On a recent trip to California I got to spend a day at the Anatometal facilities in Santa Cruz. Founder and CEO Barry Blanchard gave me an extensive tour then sat down to record this interview. We talked about the origin's of not only his company but of the body jewelry designs, materials, and threading our industry uses today. It was an in-depth discussion on their green manufacturing process, the expansion that helped reduce their wait time from months to weeks, and their future...

Duration:01:30:11