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  1. Back from APP 2017

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    We’re back from APP 2017! Two weeks ago Infinite piercers John, Andru, Robert and Zach, along with Jes and I, left for Las Vegas to attend the 22nd annual Association of Professional Piercers Conference and Exposition. It’s five days of classes, hands-on workshops, and lectures specifically for piercers and piercing studio employees. It’s also home to the APP jewelry exposition, the biggest gathering of body jewelry vendors anywhere. It’s taken us a week to catch up on our sleep and check in, photograph, and get all of the new jewelry into our in-store point-of-sale system and up for sale in our online store. Here’s our report on this year’s incredible event.

    What is the APP Conference and Exposition?

    Jessica Rae and Kellan Smith at APP 2017The Association of Professional Piercers is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public. The organization was formed by piercers from several different studios in California in 1994 (the same year Infinite was founded) in response to proposed body art legislation in that state. The organization has grown from that small group of dedicated piercers on the west coast of the U.S. to an organization with members all over the globe.

    Likewise, the annual conference has grown just as much. The first APP get-together was held at the Luxor in Las Vegas in 1995, in Florida the following year, and then again in Las Vegas every year since. It’s grown from a small social gathering to an education-driven conference that draws attendees from all over the world. This year was the largest event ever, with over 1200 registered attendees.

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  2. Off to APP 2017

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    APP 2017 Conference and Expo ad

    It’s that time again! This coming weekend, Infinite piercers and select staff will be leaving for Las Vegas to attend the 22nd Annual Association of Professional Piercers Conference and Exposition, taking place from June 11 to 16, 2017. This year, all the Infinite piercers—John, Andru, Robert, and Zach—along with Jes and I will be headed out to the urban oasis in the middle of the Nevada desert.

    Pau lEspinoza at Infinite Body PiercingWhile we’re gone we’ll have the amazing Paul Espinoza piercing at Infinite. Paul is our go-to guest to cover shifts during Conference week—and the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He’ll be here covering from Saturday, June 10 to the following Saturday, June 17. We’ll also have retired Infinite piercer Jay McColm helping out on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11 and Friday, June 16. Jay worked at Infinite for five years before leaving in 2014 to pursue horticultural studies while working at Longwood Gardens. We’re excited to have both of them at the shop, and we know our clients will be in good hands. Maddie, Dustin, Stephanie, and Raphea will be staying behind to make sure things keep running smoothly.

    The Infinite staff at APP 2016The Association of Professional Piercers is a California-based, international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public. The annual APP conference is an important event for all of us in the industry, as it’s the biggest piercing-only event in the world. It brings body modification practitioners from not only all over the United States, but from all over the globe for five days of classes, lectures, roundtable discussions, meetings, and workshops. It’s the most extensive and intense week of continuing education our industry has to offer—and that’s why we take as many people from the studio as we can. We’re also there not just to learn, but to give back to a community that has given us so much. During the week, both Andru and Zach will again be working as volunteers. Zach will primarily be found manning classroom doors, while Andru will be spending a lot of his time this year overseeing the APP booth at the vendor exhibition.

    This week will be a lot of work, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun. For those of us in the piercing industry, the year begins and ends with the annual APP Conference, and most of us look forward to the next year’s event as soon as the week is over.

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  3. John Logger Rejoins the Staff

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    Sexy John LoggerAs we announced in last year’s Holiday postJohn Logger is coming back to Infinite to take the position of the irreplaceable Eduardo Chavarria. The time has finally come, and John Logger rejoins the staff officially on March 1, 2017!

    John has quite the piercing pedigree. He began working in the body piercing industry in 2004, and in 2008 completed his apprenticeship at High Priestess Piercing in Oregon. He has worked at many prestigious studios across the U.S., including Enigma and Apogee in Southern California, Nomad in San Francisco, and Iris Piercing in Salt Lake City.

    Kevin ump and John Logger bromantic embraceWhen he first joined the staff at Infinite (after doing numerous guest spots), John came to us from Apogee Body Piercing in San Diego. We had been attempting to lure John to the East Coast for several years, but between his time at Apogee and his trips to Kovalam, India to study yoga with David Garrigues, his dance card was already quite full. We finally convinced him to make the move to Philadelphia, and he joined the staff in September of 2014.

    Unfortunately, John’s nomadic ways got the better of him, and in March of 2016 he left Infinite (and Philly) to accept a job with HTC in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s worked there with Infinite alum Kevin Jump for the last year—until Philly called him back again. Almost exactly a year after heading west, John will be rejoining the Infinite staff. While we’re happy to be able to steal John back from Kevin, we’re a little sad to break up the incredible bromance we’ve seen blossom over Instagram between the two of them. They are kindred spirits, and I know as excited as we are to have John back, he will be missed in Phoenix.

  4. Stelarc’s Stretched Skin

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    Stelarc suspending over Ear on Arm sculptureThis past week, Pain Solution Media launched a fundraising campaign for the publication of a new book from suspension pioneer and performance artist Stelarc, titled Stretched Skin: Obsolete, Uncertain and Indifferent Body. Stelarc’s Stretched Skin is to focus on his suspension performances, from the very first in 1976 to the most recent in in 2012, including the collaborations with Håvve Fjell and Wings of Desire in 2012 and 2013.

    Here at the Infinite Body Piercing blog we’ve profiled several noteworthy and worthwhile fundraisers over the last several years. Many of these were started by people in our community who are working to document and/or preserve the legacy of our industry, and we’ve encouraged our readers to join us in contributing to these projects. PS Media’s first three books were gorgeous publications for anyone interested in sideshow performance (and suspension) as an offshoot of body modification, and this one promises to be another amazing addition to any body modification enthusiast’s library—and is absolutely worth supporting.

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  5. Brian Fowler and Jake Hardman Return

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    It’s easy to get into hibernation mode when it’s cold outside, but we have very exciting news to get you out of the house: Brain Fowler and Jake Hardman return to Infinite Body Piercing in February for two weeks each. They are two of the nicest, most interesting, and fun guest piercers who come through our studio. Both Jake and Brian were here for their first time in 2016, and we are very happy they were both brave enough to face a Philly winter in order to work with us again.  (more…)
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