Chux started piercing when he was sixteen years-old while living on the South Side of Chicago alongside his best friend Juan Felix. While piercing the neighborhood kids—mostly young and Latino, who only knew gangs and the streets—Chux and Juan Felix aspired to think and live differently. Since then, Chux has acquired fourteen years of piercing experience, honing his skills in various Chicago-area studios before settling in at Topnotch Tattoo in Elgin, Illinois (made famous by Inkmaster Cleen Rock One). Chux recently left that studio and has been focusing on traveling a guest spots, and we’re happy to be able to have him for two weeks here in Philly.
Next, Jake Hardman will be joining us at Infinite from October 28 through November 17. Jake is the owner of Drift Piercing Studios in Eustis, Florida. By way of introduction, Jake writes, “I am basically a muppet that came to life. Born and raised in Florida, I started my piercing career in 2009 and haven’t looked back. Piercing has taken me all over the country, from Portland, Oregon to Grand Rapids, Michigan and back to Florida, where I now own my own studio called Drift. I spend most of my time outdoors swimming in springs with local wildlife or at the beach. I take full advantage of living where many vacation.” This is Jake’s first time guesting here at Infinite, so please stop by and help us welcome him to Philly!
Hika writes, “I consider myself a feminist and philosopher, and live vegetarian (mostly vegan). I basically spend most of my free time baking cookies while listening to audiobooks and speeches—all while trying to keep my cats from doing a mess with the rest of the house. Oh. And horror movies; if people want to get distracted from their nervousness before piercing, just get me started on talking about splatter films—and I won’t ever stop! I even wrote a paper on the depiction of the 21st century through the topic of the epidemic zombie!” Hika recently completed a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature, so there are plenty of topics she can cover while making you feel comfortable during your piercing. (more…)
Jussi started learning about piercing in 1999, and he began piercing professionally in 2003. His older sister was a body piercer when he was growing up, and according to Jussi, “I thought that her piercer friends were so cool. So, I started to hang out more and more with them and got sucked in.” In 2003 he rented a chair in a piercing shop in Helsinki. He worked there for two years, learning as much as he could, meeting all different kinds of clients, and in 2005 he decided to use his skills to open his own studio.
Also a performer, Jussi has an extensive background with suspension. “I think my specialty is body suspension, I like hanging people from hooks. I’ve been doing this for a bit over 15 years and have hung hundreds of people. I do some heavy bodmods also, tongue splits and implants. My own tongue was split fifteen years ago. It was the first split tongue in Finland.
“I started doing solo shows around 1999 and in 2000 I met Circus Mundus Absurdus, the legendary Finnish freak group. I joined the group in 2001 and was a member to the end, until 2007. Since that time I have been involved with few different groups and done some solo shows too.”
Despite living all the way in Helsinki, Jussi has done several guest spots at Infinite. He is a sweet-natured guy with a great sense of humor, and we are excited to have him back again.