In this week’s episode we decided to go against our usual style of the podcast. This episode is a frank and honest discussion between friends about a topic that is an ever-constant thing within our industry. We decided to do this format for this roundtable because myself and our guests have been friends for numerous years and it’s something that deserves brutal honesty to show our listeners that they aren’t alone in their feelings. So what are we talking about then? Internet personas and representations of character, both in person and on social media. With these, we have positives and negatives but which is which? Are we doing more harm than good?
We sit down with some longtime friends, all providing a different perspective on this honest discussion. Former guest, Colin O of Laughing Buddha, joins us again to give a viewpoint on how his persona is handled radically different depending on the platform. Former sponsor and owner of Other Couture Jewelry, Mike Knight, weighs in on his work with celebrities hasn’t changed his lifestyle or business and lastly, Perry Doig of Rose Gold San Francisco asks some questions that really make you think about your situation.
So without further ado, listen in as we talk about how the way you present yourself could actually be hurting you as a professional, how amazing breakfast casseroles are and how your image is not your reputation.
Colin O, Perry Doig and Mike Knight can all be found on their Instagrams or in their studios respectively.
This episode is sponsored by PunkMedics and Amory Body Arts.
Episode 37 – Smashing the Mirror: Being True to our Online Personas
In this week’s episode, we decided to talk about something that means a lot to me personally. This episodes discussion is about something that has affected each and every one of us in this career. It is something that without, we would not be where we are today. As people, as artists, or even as a society. Today’s topic is history, and more specifically the Body Piercing Archive.
The Body Piercing Archive is a committee within the Association of Professional Piercers that is tasked with researching, collecting, preserving and informing our industry for not only the current generation but also for future generations to come. We sit down with the forever-charming Paul King, former APP board member and piercer at Cold Steel America in San Francisco, California and Devin Ruiz-Altamura, committee member of the Body Piercing Archive. Many know that our industries roots are ones that stem from different subcultures and were also hidden out of public view but not many know the work it takes to find that information decades later.
So without further ado, listen in as we talk about the mission of the archive itself, how I now imagine Paul as the “Indiana Jones of Porn” and the future of the body piercing archive.
*Contains Spoilers for APP 2019 Piercing Archive Exhibit.*
Paul and Devin can be found on their Instagrams or at their studio, Cold Steel America in San Francisco, California.
This episode sponsored by PunkMedics and Amory Body Arts.
Episode 36 – All of us have a place in history: The Body Piercing Archive
I would like to proudly announce our newest sponsor of the podcast, PunkMedics.
For those that know Badur and his company, I don’t need to tell you all the amazing things that they make or all the things that they do for our industry. But for those that don’t, PunkMedics is a Canadian based company who has been actively supporting and sponsoring piercer education for over 4 years. You may have met them at the annual APP conference as they have volunteered for the last 7 years. His company has provided our industries very first natural botanical based aftercare system for healing body modification procedures. The entire product line has,is, and will remain vegan and cruelty free.The products have been handmade for the last 14 years and are some of my favorite items for aftercare. Holey Butt’r and Simplecare are not only spectacular items but are ones that many listeners have seen in their friendly local piercing or tattoo studio.
Here at Real Talk, we carefully choose who we align ourselves with for sponsorship. We believe Badur and Punkmedics do so much good for the industry and couldn’t be happier with them choosing to support us and all our endeavors. So please take some time to go over to punkmedics.com and check out all the amazing things they offer and try some out for your next body modification.
Here’s to the start of a beautiful friendship!
In this week’s episode, we are going to be discussing a topic that seems to becoming more and more important. As many individuals strive to become higher end or to improve their situations, the only option for many seems to be taking over a business or starting your own. However, who is going to help? What things should I focus on? How can I create a space when there are no days off?
We sit down with Christy Lillard, Owner of Laughing Buddha Body Piercing and industry veteran of over 20 years, to talk about revamping shops and businesses. Whether you purchased one to renew, taking over the piercing side of a shop or even just starting out. This episode is full of some amazing information from someone who has started multiple successful businesses from scratch and successfully taken over previously owned ones.
So without further ado, listen in as we talk about creative ways to build and create a new space, what we learned in the process and transiting into a new shop family.
Christy can be found at all of her businesses and their social media, as well as on her Instagram as ChristyLillard.
This episode sponsored by Amory Body Arts and PunkMedics.
Episode 35 – Making it your Own: Revamping Studios
Welcome back everyone, in this week’s episode we decided to talk about one of the most dreaded things in our industry, negative customer reviews and unhappy customers. This is something we all know about and we all hate reading or experiencing. However, we know these are an unpleasant fact in this day and age when everyone has the ability to be a reviewer. So how do we handle this? Do we fight back, do we put on a grin and bear it or do we look at ourselves and try to improve?
We sit down with this episode’s guests, piercer and owner of Six16 Piercing in Pittsburgh, PA; Nick SanGregory gives a direct response with dealing with clients and tells us when it’s ok to say enough is enough. While Brianna Sheehan of Mint Piercing gives her expertise as one of the most experienced front-end staff veterans of the industry on how you can change these scenarios by connecting with clients and understanding where they are coming from.
So without further ado, listen in as we tackle unruly customers, talk about the importance of “internet faces” and how to grow from the experience.
Brianna and Nick can be found on their Instagram’s or at their studios respectively.
This episode sponsored by Amory Body Arts.
Episode 34 – You Can’t Make Everyone Happy:Dealing with Customer Criticism
In this week’s episode, we talk about a topic that comes up every year in our industry, the annual Association of Professional Piercers board elections. When this episode airs, voting will be in full swing. Many people think that being a board member is a popularity contest but there is a large amount of responsibility and sacrifice that comes with it.
We sit down with two former board members of the Association of Professional Piercers to discuss their experiences and what it truly takes to be one. Kendra Jane, an extremely experienced piercer who is just stepping down from the vice president position, gives her insight on the sacrifices being of a board member and how rewarding the experience is. Our other guest is a piercer who has worked all over the country, Eduardo Chavarria. Eduardo was not only a volunteer for the APP at several conferences but also a former board member. He gives an honest view on what he hopes to see in the future from candidates and the demand that being a board member took.
So without further ado, listen in as we talk about what it takes to be a board member, the APP helicopter and what we would like to see in future candidates.
Eduardo and Kendra can all be found on their Instagrams or in their studios respectively.
This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.
Episode 33 – What it takes to Lead: Experiences of a Board Member
Our election nominee’s continue, this episode we feature Paul Rainer of Bound for Glory Tattoo. Listen in as we learn about each candidate, hear their unique responses to our questions and why that person deserves your vote.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the candidate on their social media.
Your vote is incredibly important. Please do not waste the chance to shape the APP Board.
This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.
Episode 32.6 – 2018 APP Board Nominees: Paul Rainer of Bound for Glory Tattoo.