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James Weber

James Weber, photographed by Andi Grushka

James Weber fell in love with body piercing in the late 80s after discovering Gauntlet and PFIQ magazine while studying jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of the Arts. After several years of practicing on himself and friends, he started piercing professionally in 1993 (shortly before receiving his BFA), founded Infinite Body Piercing, Inc. in late 1994, and went on to open the studio in its current location on February 1, 1995.

Over the two decades James has been in the industry, he’s been actively involved at an industry-wide level in legislative, educational, and public relations projects. He has taught numerous classes at the annual Association of Professional Piercers Conference and Exposition, spoken on body modification at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, talked about writing to students at Temple University, and lectured on body piercing at conferences in locations as diverse as Mexico City and Essen, Germany.

James served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). In 2005 he was elected as the APP’s Medical Liaison, and then went on to serve as its President from 2008 to 2011. From 2005 to 2012 he served as editor (and for several years co-editor, with Elayne Angel) of The Point: The Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, overseeing twenty-seven issues. He has written extensively for the APP, and in addition to The Point, and his articles have been reprinted in numerous other publications, including PAIN magazine, BME and BME/News.

James is no longer scheduled for regular piercing shifts at the shop, instead devoting his time to shop management and to overseeing Infinite’s Website. He still pierces occasionally—especially when adventurous clients request a Princess Albertina, a piercing for which he is particularly well known.

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