Favorite piercing to perform:

Eyebrow! Bring Em’ back I say!

What you enjoy the most about piercing:
I enjoy that I get to be apart of an industry where I can help people express whoever the heck they want to be! Being a piercer makes me feel as though I have a purpose its freaking rad!

Funny anecdotes/quotes/experiences in the studio:
“We always need a bit of therapy” “It won’t hurt as much as a heartbreak” “You didn’t punch me, faint or bleed… much! Come back anytime” are a couple of my goodens.
Its always great bonding with nervous clients over piercing, tattoos Vs. injections! I am a huge injection freaker as well, yes, even though I sling needles for a living... I’m pretty patient with these clients and I bloody LOVE when they jump up saying ‘it wasn’t as bad as they thought’ when they came in convinced they’d faint.

  

 

 

I am the senior/advanced piercer and Store Manager here at Off Ya Tree Hobart.
I have been piercing for roughly 8 years now and have been with Off Ya Tree for 3.5 years.

Favourite piercing to perform:
My favourite piercings to perform are any interesting ear work. Triple forward helix, industrial, anti-tragus, transverse lobe etc. I love the control you have with doing ears and cartilage, and the fact you can get up close and really get those angles poppin.

Piercing I'm most proud of:
I have included a picture of 5 helix piercings I did on one clients ear, all with ball captive rings. I am especially proud of this piercing as its very aesthetically pleasing, the way the rings flow and wrap around the ear and the way they are spaced apart.

I have also included a picture of triple dermal anchors I did on our very own Chloe G’s nape. This procedure was performed when Melissa was here for training and it was a lot of fun, plus the results were great. Chloe took it like a champ, and they have healed up really well. I am especially happy with the spacing and the colour choice, it really stands out!

Funny anecdotes/quotes/experiences in the studio:
One time I was piercing a lady’s nose and her toddler daughter was sitting in the room with her. My client did not want to leave her alone because she might run off. The girl was sitting quietly in the corner when I went to mark up the nose on my client with a toothpick, the little girl exclaimed loudly “Mummy I see the needle, it’s made of wood!” I was like Oh God No I will not pierce you with this toothpick!! A wooden needle sounds like the worst idea ever lol.

What you enjoy the most about piercing: 
The thing I enjoy the most about being a body piercer is helping people embody their creativity and adorn themselves with rad sparkly things. Piercings are a great and healthy outlet to blow off some steam and destress. The ability to experience a minimal amount of physical pain can be a great distraction from emotional pain, and it helps someone realize how strong they really are.
Bad break up? Get a piercing! Lost your job? Piercing! Global warming? You guessed it, piercing!
As piercers we always say that its like a mini therapy session every time you get jabbed. I like to help my client get through all their fears and worries and give them an overall positive experience and an amazing piece that compliments their anatomy and turns heads.

   

 

 

 

What you enjoy the most about piercing:
My ultimate favorite thing about piercing is seeing the clients smile when checking out their new metal in the mirror. Another cool thing is that some clients come in to get a piercing for a release or after a breakup and it is so awesome to assist them in getting that release. 
I always had a major phobia of needles before working at Off Ya Tree, so doing my piercing training and slinging needles has really helped me with that. I am super empathetic to anyone who are a little nervous for their new stab. 

Piercings I am proud of:
Bottom Navel: I love doing these piercings as it is challenging to do the line up and ensure everything is going to line up straight. You also must be super aware of where the needle is entering and exiting. It is so satisfying when you get a perfect bottom navel done.

Daith: With a daith piercing, not everyone has the same anatomy, so you must line up and pierce accordingly to their ear shape. This is one is so damn satisfying when you get it on point and I always feel super proud.

Septum: I found septum’s quite difficult when I was first starting out piercing. If someone has a deviated septum it can be challenging to figure out how you are going to go about getting it nice and straight. My manager showed me a few wicked tricks to help me out.

Funny anecdotes/quotes/experiences in the studio:
I was piercing this older punk rocker chick, she was telling me that back in her day they all used to pierce each other. One of the tools they used were echidna quills… mad!

Favourite piercing to perform:
One of my favourite piercings to perform would be a Tragus, it is one that makes you really assess the angle that your piercing and slow down. I love getting that bar perfectly straight and it tends to be a little bit fiddly to feed the jewellery through too.