Episode 32.3 – 2018 APP Board Nominees: Luis Garcia of NoKaOi

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Our election nominee’s continue, this episode we feature Luis Garcia of NoKaOi Tiki Tattoo and Piercing. Listen in as we learn about each candidate, hear their unique responses to our questions and why that person deserves your vote.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry, Gold Heart Woodworks and Amory Body Arts.

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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 32.3 – 2018 APP Board Nominees: Luis Garcia of NoKaOi

Episode 32.2 – 2018 APP Board Nominees: Cale Belford of Piercing Emporium

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Our election nominee’s continue, this episode we feature Cale Belford of the Piercing Emporium. Listen in as we learn about each candidate, hear their unique responses to our questions and why that person deserves your vote.

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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 32.2 – 2018 APP Board Nominees: Cale Belford of Piercing Emporium

Episode 32.1 – 2018 APP Board Nominees: Becky Dill of Cold Steel

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In the first of several mini episodes, we will be featuring candidates for the upcoming APP board election. This episode we feature Becky Dill of Cold Steel. Listen in as we learn about each candidate, hear their unique responses to our questions and why that person deserves your vote.

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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 32.1 – 2018 APP Board Nominees: Becky Dill of Cold Steel

Episode 31 – Freehand Versus Tools: Why can’t we just get along?

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In this week’s episode, we have a casual discussion with some good friends of mine about a topic that always seems to stay relevant in the industry. This week we are discussing freehand piercing versus using tools. This topic is one that comes up constantly. Whether it be in job interviews, guesting opportunities or on the internet, it is something that comes up every day. Nevertheless, if the client is happy and the piercing is done safely and is well done, does it really matter?

We sit down for this round table with three different guests, each presenting their own unique view on the topic. Luis Garcia of NoKaOi Tiki Tattoo and Piercing in Philadelphia gives his brutally honest view as a long time veteran of the industry. Dana Dinius of Dorje Adornments in Rochester, New York gives us some insight into working in shops of various different volumes.  Lastly, Kelly Carvara of Monarch Body Piercing in Chattanooga, Tennessee gives us a shocking look into being a shop owner of a fully freehand and disposable business in a climate where “freehand” means something different to everyone.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about if tools are the devil, if one is better than the other, and what happens when your attitude writes a check that your skills can’t cash.

Luis, Dana and Kelly can all be found on their Instagrams or in their studios respectively.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 31 – Freehand Versus Tools: Why can’t we just get along?

Episode 30 – The Elephant in the Room: Racism in the Industry

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In this week’s episode, we talk about an obvious problem that many people do not want to discuss. This week we are discussing Racism. It is something that is happening all around us and sadly, unless you are affected by it, you may not realize it’s happening.

We sit down for a round table with three different guests, each presenting their own unique view on the topic. Alicia Cardenas of Sol Tribe Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing in Denver, Colorado gives her views as a body piercer, tattooer and shop owner.  Miro Hernandez of San Antonio’s Dandyland Custom Tattoo and Professional Body Piercing presents his observations over multiple years as a board member and piercer .Lastly, Trevor Thomas of BrainDrops Body Piercing in San Francisco, California offers his perspective as a male African American business owner and body piercer.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about what it’s like to be a person of color in our industry, catering to different clientele, and what we can do to help heal the industry and change our outlooks.

Alicia, Miro and Trevor can all be found on their Instagrams or in their studios respectively.

#inclusivity #jewelryinclusivity #bodypiercinginclusivity

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 30 – The Elephant in the Room: Racism in the Industry

Episode 29 – What is that Called? : Communication and Language in the Industry

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In this week’s episode, we decided to talk about a topic that we use everyday whether we admit to it or not. That topic is Communication and Language. This is how we share ideas, convey emotions and understand those around us. One of the things that language does is it changes rapidly. So why is that as an industry we get so upset when things are not called what we perceive are correct? Maybe because we are not right but do not want to admit it.

We sit down this week with Brett Graham of Luna Piercing & Jewelry of Vernon, Connecticut. Brett is not only an old man like myself, but is also a teacher of Public Speaking and a student working on his PhD in Communications at the University of Connecticut.  His unique perspective of being in this industry but also academically dealing with communications allows us to sit down and discuss how communication evolves and adapts in our industry.

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about shared meanings, how we are old men drinking lemonade on the porch, and how language can change overnight.

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Brett can be found on his Instagram as “sender_receiver” or at his studio respectively. Also, please consider taking some time to read and possibly donate to Zentastic. This is where this week’s audio clip came from. The website is incredibly important to our industry and deserves more attention as it is a great source of information and history to the body modification culture.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 29 – What is that Called? : Communication and Language in the Industry

Episode 28 – Making the Cut: What Employers are looking for Part.2

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In this week’s episode, we pick up right where we left off last time with Nick SanGregory of Six16 Body Piercing & Fine Jewelry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Shelby and Adam Richins of Amory Body Arts.  I really had a great time chatting with these fine people. One of the things we strive for here at Real Talk is to give you direct honest conversations. Even if they are ones that people may not agree with. They are just different viewpoints. We do this to start conversations and get topics in the open so that people can discuss them. The podcast acts as a springboard for discussions and with this we are continuing our conversation on what some business owners look for with pure honesty. Let the discussions begin!

So without further ado, listen in as we talk about how admitting shortcomings is not a weakness, the hard truths of face tattoos in our workplace and if it is resume or Résumé.

Nick can be found on his Instagram or at his website, Six16Piercing.comAdam and Shelby Richins can be found on their Instagram respectively or at AmoryBodyArts.com.

This episode sponsored by Other Couture Jewelry and Amory Body Arts.

Episode 28 – Making the Cut What Employers are looking for Part.2