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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.


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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.




223 - Matias (fka Rata) Tafel

Matias Tafel (formerly known in the industry as Rata) is a heavyweight piercer and educator from Argentina. Matias has been a leading educator to the Latin piercer communities in Central America, South America, and Europe for decades. I've wanted to get him on the show for a long time. This interview was recorded in August 2022 at the GEP conference in Brazil. Check out my new first aid video about what happens when a client faints during a piercing, and I have a gem of an example to show...


222 - 2023 APP Conference Legacy Scholarship Info

If you are a professional piercer looking for financial assistance to attend the 2023 Association of Professional Piercers conference listen to this episode. If you know someone who might benefit from applying, share this episode with them. APP administrator Caitlin McDiarmid comes on the show this week to talk about the Legacy Scholarship, the minimum requirements involved, and how to apply. I have seen this scholarship changes careers and lives for the better. Give it a listen. Find more...


221 - Blake Perlingieri of NOMAD

In the early days of the professional piercing industry there were big shop names and even bigger personalities. NOMAD was a studio pushing boundaries in a time when body piercing couldn't be defined by one name anymore. Blake Perlingieri, founder of NOMAD, was exploring and sharing a new aesthetic to the piercing community and helping to create a new branch on our piercer family tree. Like the podcast? Ryan also makes educational videos for piercers online at www.patreon.com/ryanpba. Get...


220 - Spooktacular scary stories from the piercing room

Enjoy this haunted episode where Ryan and Lola talk about scary stories for piercers: fainting clients, bleeding, creeps, and more (content warning; brief mention of stalkers and inappropriate client behavior). We threw this together for you early Halloween morning. Check out my new video on vertical labret piercings at www.patreon.com/ryanpba.


219 - Here comes trouble(shooting)

Regular guest Jef Saunders comes on to talk about troubleshooting and how troublesome it can be. As piercers we all have our preferences for aftercare, but problems can and will still come up. How do we handle troubleshooting? Reinforce our aftercare? Try to figure out what is the root cause of the issue and adapt to resolve it? What things can be helpful or harmful in these scenarios. Tune in to this very episode to hear more!! I have a new subtitled and narrated video about nipple...


218 - BMXNET & UKAPP conference round up 2022

I needed to take a few weeks off because I was way over-extended, partly because of what I was doing when I recorded this episode. I went to Essen for the BMXNET conference, and Manchester for the UKAPP conference. Lola and I instructed a combined 11 classes over two weekends and it really wiped me out. I'll get back to editing and publishing all the great content I got at the GEP conference in Brazil back in August, and some additional content soon. For now enjoy this recap episode where...

217 - Becky Crossan on building your business

Becky Crossan is a piercer from the northeast of England and is currently serving on the board of directors for the UKAPP as their public outreach liaison. Becky talks to us about growing a business through planning and dedication. Getting involved in the local business community, curating a jewelry inventory, and making upgrades to your studio layout. We also talk about the UKAPP's upcoming conference from 25-27 September 2022. Get more info or get registered at www.ukapp.org.uk. I have a...

216 - Ryan and Lola make-up some answers

Watch the video version on any tier at www.patreon.com/ryanpba. Lola gives Ryan a makeover and they discuss: -central eyebrow and bridge piercing safety -how long does it take to write a class -navel rejection and re-piercing -anodizer safety -comparing staple items from different vendors -how often do you disinfect -industrial piercing viability -safe ways to cut costs After you watch on patreon check out my new videos about VCH piercings, needle bending, and more. Stay tuned for a new...

215 - Brian Skellie on mill certificates and material verification

Do you have a complete understanding of what a mill certificate is, how to read and verify one, and how it relates to quality body jewelry? Don't worry, I don't either. Fortunately, we have some very smart and engaged people in our industry who can help explain it to us. Brian Skellie is a current board member for the Association of Professional Piercers, a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and is a leading subject matter expert on safe body jewelry...

214 - Royce Green 2022 legacy scholar

One last conference episode for you, legacy scholar Royce Green comes on the show this week. We talk about Royce's week in Vegas and the connections he made. Royce is a great follow on social media. ig: rollsroyce09 tiktok: HeyItsRoyce_. I have a new narrated video about Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercings available at www.patreon.com/ryanpba. And don't forget that I have a Aug 14 2022 webinar on Bevel Theory, and a live day of classes and workshops outside Chicago on Sept 5 2022. Get...

213 - Pablo Perelmuter has the eye of the tiger

APP board of directors member Pablo Perelmuter comes the show to talk about how much of a nerd he is (in the best way possible). Pablo grew up in Argentina and had quite the journey to be where he is today. If you're looking for your daily dose of inspiration here it is. We also talk about the APP's new jewelry certification program and how it will benefit our industry. I have lots of news and information for you at www.ryanpba.com. Get updates on all of my new video content, seminars, a...

212 - Rivka Chavi speaks on career longevity and well being

Rivka Chavi has pierced for thirty years. It takes a lot of thought and self care to make it that far in a career, especially one that can be so taxing on the body and the mind. We talk about longevity, ergonomics, boundaries, more. We also talk honestly about imposter syndrome and how even after decades in an industry you can still feel like an outsider. I have two classes open for registration now. Sunday August 14 2022 will be my online bevel theory webinar & workshop. Monday September 5...


211 - Fatma Tarek 2022 APP Legacy Scholar

My next 2022 APP conference episode is with legacy scholar Fatma Tarek. Fatma grew up and started piercing in Egypt, now she is living and working in Dubai. Fatma received a scholarship to conference this year and we talk about her journey to get there and her experience as a volunteer. I have two classes open for registration. Sunday August 14 2022 will be an online webinar on Bevel Theory. Get more info or sign up at: https://forms.gle/LwEAj52Bef4dBz2f9. Monday September 5 2022 I will be...


210 - Piercing kids with Jasper Valke

The first of my 2022 APP conference interviews is with Jasper Valke. We talk about piercing younger children and how to make it a positive experience for the child, the parent, and ourselves as the piercer. We walk through our processes step by step and share some of the valuable experiences and insight we have picked up along the way. Whether you pierce younger kids or not this is a great episode to expand your perspective. Check out my new website at www.ryanpba.com/education and sign up...


209 - Recapping the 2022 APP conference

The Association of Professional Piercers conference 2022 has came and went, and I thought it was a great success. I took some classes, I instructed some classes, I saw old friends and made new ones. Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible. This week I recap some of my conference experience and give you a preview of the upcoming episodes I recorded while I was there. Now lets all go catch up on our sleep and get back to work. More coming soon! Check out my new website at...

Ryan and Lola will see you at APP 2022!

Ryan and Lola are going on an adventure! Join us at the 2022 Association of Professional Piercers conference in Las Vegas for a week of classes, fellowship, jewelry, and fun! If you can't be there in person we will capture some of the conference magic for you. If you are in Vegas stop by the Piercing Wizard Podcast booth at expo and say hello! If you are a new or existing arch-mage supporter at www.patreon.com/ryanpba you can also get yourself a FREE Defend Piercing shirt. First come first...

208 - APP conference 2022 prep-isode

The Association of Professional Piercer's annual conference is back after a three year gap! The APP conference will have loads of changes this year due to covid, no on-site registration, scheduled expo sessions, and more. Ryan is joined by Cale from the APP's board of directors to go over some helpful info. Topics include: checking in and getting your badge, orientation and the mentor program, expo tips, the silent auction, and different resources you can use get the most out of your week in...

207 - Aftercare is puzzling

Ryan went all the way to Glasgow to see Lola and all you got was this lousy (quality audio) podcast. Ryan and Lola talk all about aftercare while they have mimosas and work on a puzzle. Piercing aftercare evolves year by year and we talk about how our understanding of aftercare and wound healing has evolved with it. Why don't we suggest cleaning a piercing with soap? Why don't we suggest mixing your own sea salt solution? Why do we suggest saline? Bust out a puzzle and listen along as we...


206 - Ryan and Lola talk about anatomical variations

Ryan and Lola talk about anatomical variations this week, and more importantly how to discuss them with a client respectfully. Ryan got a suggestion for this topic from a patreon supporter after he posted some new videos on the subject (floating navel, inverted nipples). Sometimes it can feel awkward or difficult to talk to a client about their body or the viability of a particular anatomical feature. Lola shares some insight as they discuss their approach to informing clients about...

205 - Lola Slider interviews Quentin of Kalima Emporium UK

Frequent co-host Lola Slider takes over the show this week to talk with longtime UK piercer Quentin of Kalima Emporium. Quentin made a connection with ritual during his travels through India, Nepal and beyond, and now he works to share that connection in his body art career. Quentin and Lola also discuss how priorities and perspective can change over a nearly 30 year career. After the interview Lola checks in with Ryan to get his thoughts on the chat, updates on Ryan's projects, and other...