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Piercing Wizard Podcast
60 minutes | May 31, 2021
184 - The growth and success of Taki Edwards
When I was at a 2019 seminar in Atlanta I met a piercer named Taki Edwards. She had so many questions and a hunger for information. Flash forward to present day and Taki has stepped up her jewelry and sterilization game and is making great strides in body piercing, we talk about how she got there. Taki shares her story and answers the question "what is scarier, being a nurse during covid or being a piercer trying to learn on the internet?". I'll be offering a patreon-exclusive webinar about TAPERS on Sunday June 6 2021. Sign up at www.patreon.com/ryanpba for access to the live session or get on-demand access to the recording on the $15/month tier. I'll be covering different styles of taper pins and their functionality. Coupling pins and threads, piercing with one size and stretching up to reduce bleeding, reopening partially closed piercings, reversing direction for jewelry transfers, and more!
64 minutes | May 24, 2021
183 - Cale DiFrancesco on ear curation and inventory management
APP board of directors member Cale DiFrancesco comes on the show to talk about how piercing demand has changed in recent years. After a year of isolation clients are coming back in force, and they want pretty ears goddammit! Ear curation is something we are all having to learn or refine in today's industry, but with it comes increased demand for jewelry. How do we manage it all? Cale gives her thoughts while Ryan just smiles and nods. I'll be offering a webinar all about TAPERS on Sunday June 6th 2021 exclusively for my supporters at www.patreon.com/ryanpba. Learn more about tapers with pins and threads to connect to jewelry, what their different lengths and graduations can be used for, and more. Sign up to the $15/month tier for instant access to over a dozen on-demand videos on various subjects including the new NEEDLES class.
57 minutes | May 17, 2021
182 - Working disposable as a body piercer with Aiko Hosten
European piercer Aiko Hosten comes on the show this week to discuss a free webinar from the APP Benelux about Disposable Piercing. Some piercers might not understand the concept of working fully disposable since our industry has been based around ultrasonics and scrubbing tools for decades. Aiko explains the value of working disposable, from a financial standpoint but also when thinking green. Listen to this episode then visit the APP Benelux social media for info on how to attend the webinar for free on Sunday May 23 2021. I have gotten a great response to my new NEEDLES webinar available on-demand at www.patreon.com/ryanpba. Sign up to the $15/month tier for access to over a dozen hour+ long educational videos on a variety of subjects. I'll also be doing a live webinar all about TAPERS, their differences and functionality, on Sunday June 6 2021. This will be exclusive to my patreon supporters across all tiers. Sign up today.
49 minutes | May 10, 2021
181 - Gauntlet Founder Jim Ward Talks About Early Piercing Needle Development
As a companion piece to my recent NEEDLES webinar I recorded a chat with Gauntlet founder Jim Ward about his experiences developing piercing-specific needles through the 1970's and 1980's. We talk about how Jim took standard medical needles and cut off the hub to allow an easier jewelry transfer. Flash forward 40+ years and we are using piercing needles based on that same early modification. This is a great view of the history and evolution of piercing as we know it today. Watch the NEEDLES webinar on-demand at www.patreon.com/ryanpba on the $15/month arch mage tier. Sign up any time, cancel any time. You'll get instant access to over a dozen hour+ long educational videos with new content coming monthly. Get your copy of Jim's book, Running the Gauntlet, and other Gauntlet merch at www.runningthegauntlet-book.com/. Watch the video version of this podcast at www.youtube.com/precisionbodyarts or on Ryan's patreon.
63 minutes | May 3, 2021
180 - John Johnson: BBP from the APP
California piercer and longtime APP volunteer John Johnson comes on the show to discuss the updated Bloodborne Pathogens course now available from the Association of Professional Piercers. We talk about the need to freshen up the presentation of this important subject. Lots of hard work went into this course, if you've never taken the APP's Bloodborne Pathogens course this is a fantastic resource for piercers of all experience levels. Visit https://safepiercing.org/online-courses/ to take it today! Like and follow the show at https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Check out Ryan's on-demand educational content at www.patreon.com/ryanpba on the $15/month tier. You'll get instant access to videos about Statim sterilizers, Progressive Considerations for Nipple Piercing, types and materials of Gloves, the differences between brands of Needles, and much more. Follow Ryan on instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/ryanpba/
79 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
179 - Lola gets to reopen + Aftercare Discussion
Lola Slider gets to reopen her shop in Glasgow today! Exciting times for the UK piercing industry as they are back to work after a lengthy lockdown. We discuss managing the stress of reopening after 4+ months of closure. Ryan and Lola also talk about a great aftercare class that Jef Saunders offered recently and the issues it raised. Many of us have been participating in online education over the pandemic. Applying that education can be an intimidating task. We talk about how to effectively enact positive change and grow without trying to reinvent your job. Stick around till the end for a special message from Mick Foley! Ryan will be offering a free class on NEEDLES Sunday May 2, follow: www.facebook.com/staysharpryanpba for more info. You can also catch the recorded version on demand at www.patreon.com/ryanpba along with a dozen other videos on; statim sterilizers, sterile gloves, nipple piercing, surface piercing, bevel theory and more on the $15/month tier, cancel any time. Follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast and https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/.
94 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
178 - Hidden Gems: 1993 UK Piercing Article
Lola Slider found a hidden gem for you. Select Pop Babylon (a music magazine from the UK) published a piece all about body piercing in February of 1993. Lola reads the best bits and discusses with Ryan. This is a great time capsule of what piercing was like in the early 90's. Stories about the Gauntlet Los Angeles studio manager Elayne (Angel), stories from Mr. Lifto, stories from UK piercing legend Mr. Sebastian talking about working with Jim Ward and Doug Malloy. We also discuss how a legal case from the 80's (Operation Spanner) still has reverberations in today's piercing scene. Join the $15/month tier at www.patreon.com/ryanpba for instant access to a dozen on-demand education videos about gloves, statim sterilizers, nipple piercing, and much more! Cancel any time.
58 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
177 - Stuart Hofman - APP Benelux
Stuart Hoffmann comes on the show to talk about the APP Benelux, a new piercing organization in Europe. We discuss how a group of piercers in lockdown started with talks about reopening protocols and eventually decided to start a new local association together. Visit www.appbenelux.org for more information. Visit www.patreon.com/ryanpba for on-demand educational content for piercers. The arch-mage tier gives you instant access to a dozen presentations on various subjects including nipple piercings, statim autoclaves, and the newly recorded class all about GLOVES (publishing in mid March 2021).
99 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
176 - Pandemic Communication Anxiety & Online Side Projects
This week Lola and Ryan talk about how we communicate online, particularly during a pandemic. As we all slowly descend into trauma induced anxiety and exhaustion we can start to lose focus on our communication skills. We can also feel a blur between the internet and reality as so much of our interactions are now online. We have a casual talk about maintaining healthy and professional communication skills. Lola also talks with piercer Kelly Carvara about balancing your personal and professional life as a piercer and adult content creator. Sunday March 7th 2021 Ryan will be offering his Bevel Theory webinar & online workshop, open to professional piercers of all experience levels. Get more info on the fb event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/179765807229311 or jump straight to registration with this form: https://forms.gle/C7WUgsgYXhCsy9wr8. Don't forget about the on-demand educational content available at www.patreon.com/ryanpba. New content available on nipple piercings, statim sterilizers, and much more!
81 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
175 - How much work goes into not working
Lola Slider is back as co host this week. We talk about how much work goes into not working. Lola is currently on her third lockdown but still puts in work every day. We discuss the Prince Albert class Lola is planning for January 24th 2021, as well pay models for piercers, setting boundaries for office hours, and a great social media video Lola made to remind clients to take care of their piercings during a lockdown. You can get more info on Lola's class at: https://www.facebook.com/events/145529093770719 or sign up at: https://forms.gle/YvpgnvHjsyvPbwFH8. Check out my new Piercing Wizard and STATIM KVLT merch at: www.precisionbodyarts.com/shop. Sign up for on-demand educational content at: www.patreon.com/ryanpba. Watch the video version of this podcast on my patreon, or on: www.youtube.com/precisionbodyarts. Rest in power MF DOOM.
38 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
174 - 2020: the worst year ever, in review
Goodbye 2020. This was a terrible year for most of us. I recap the good, the bad, and the ugly from 2020 and look forward to the next year. Thank you for all of your support whether it was attending my online classes, buying a t-shirt, or listening to the show. You kept me going. www.patreon.com/ryanpba for on demand classes and exclusive content. www.facebook.com/staysharpryanpba for Body Art Education by Ryan Ouellette updates. www.precisionbodyarts.com/shop for the merch.
101 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
173 - Ask Us Anything with Ryan & Lola part 3
Ryan and Lola return for another episode answering your questions. Acupuncture and piercing, is there a therapeutic benefit? Time management in the studio. The role of piercing organizations in the industry. Accountability. Music in the studio. The environmental impact of going disposable. And more! Lola and I are offering a day of education on Sunday the 24th of January 2021. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/145529093770719/ or email: email@example.com. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast and: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast.
75 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
172 - Ryan & Lola's new normal part 2, by appointment only
Enjoy another discussion with Scottish piercer, studio owner, UKAPP President, APP member (and also my girlfriend) Lola Slider. Lola leads a conversation about a transition many shops have had to make recently, being an appointment only studio. We both worked for years in fast-paced multitasking walk in businesses. We talk about Lola's proactive experience with appointment systems helping her in today's piercing landscape, and how I had to play catch up and transition reactively. Like and follow for updates at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast and: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. I'm going back under my rock for awhile. Fear not, more shows are on the way, just not every week. Support the podcast and piercing education at: www.patreon.com/ryanpba or pick up some new STATIM KVLT merch at: www.precisionbodyarts.com/shop.
63 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
171 - Monica Sabin, APP updates from the President
Monica Sabin, current President of the Association of Professional Piercers, comes on the show this week. The APP has gotten so much work done in 2020. Some by choice, and some by necessity. Monica gives some updates on how work behind the scenes has transitioned into progress for the industry. Also get information on resources the APP can provide for your growth as a piercer, many of which are free!
60 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
170 - Ryan & Lola's new normal part 1
Well, I'm back. I won't be doing weekly episodes, but I will post new content as I make it. For now enjoy a conversation with Scottish piercer Lola Slider. We talk about bleeding and how we both manage it post-piercing, how to approach aftercare support from a place of preparation and confidence, Statim sterilizers and how crucial we think they are to our studios, and the toxic atmosphere on social media driving mentors away. I have a new 2 hour class called BLOOD available on-demand at: www.patreon.com/ryanpba along with a few others. Like and follow the show at: www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast and www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Grab the new STATIM KVLT merch at: www.precisionbodyarts.com/shop. Stay safe. Stay kind. Stay sharp.
93 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
169 - Ask Us Anything with Ryan & Lola part 2
Part 2 of a 2 part series with Lola Slider. We are back with more questions submitted by you, the listener, on another variety of topics. We cover; our opinions on sterile gloves, the importance of mentoring, body mods vs piercing, where we see the industry going in the near future, predicting and preventing predatory behavior from clients, stretching more than just lobes, and what piercings we find to be the most fun. I'll be taking a short break from new episodes so please enjoy some of my older episodes you may have missed. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast and: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Support the show at www.patreon.com/ryanpba for access to prerecorded webinars on a variety of subjects. Follow my education page at: https://www.facebook.com/staysharpryanpba for updates on future classes. Thanks for listening :)
102 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
168 - Ask Me Anything with Ryan & Lola part 1
Part 1 of a 2 part series with Lola Slider. We answer your questions on a variety of subjects including; How does the APP work, How to be a leader in your studio, How we pierce deviated septums, Advice for piercers needing to move studios, Are nostril piercings safe during COVID, Conch Piercings, and Stretching Lobes. Come back next week for part 2 where we cover even more topics. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast and: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Support the show at: www.patreon.com/ryanpba for access to multiple webinars and my video AMA session on Sunday July 26 2020, live from my shop.
57 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
167 - Vivi Madero explains digital waiver forms and online booking
Vivi Madero of Fox Labyrinth in El Paso, Texas comes on the show this week to give me a lesson about online logistics. I've had to relearn several aspects of my own business in the last few weeks. Efficient utilization of online booking systems and digital waivers have been right at the top of that list. Vivi shares some great insight on digital resources as well as discussing the importance of maintaining a strong internet presence through your shop website and social media. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Support the show at www.patreon.com/ryanpba for access to my live video session on Sunday July 26th 2020 where I answer your questions from my studio.
49 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
166 - John Robberson
John Robberson comes back to the show to talk about how reopening is going in west Florida. We talk about the challenges face masks pose to both new and old piercings, and our thought process on when we start offering nostril piercings again. Submit your questions on any piercing related subject for an upcoming episode via this anonymous form: https://forms.gle/Ti9gMHhhdU6KZwUf7 deadline is July 14. Techniques, apprenticeships, jewellery, whatever. Get your question answered on the show. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and:https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Support the show at: www.patreon.com/ryanpba for access to webinars and additional content. My two hour Ask Me Anything session from May is available now.
51 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
165 - I can't do nostril piercings?! feat. Lee Horton
Ontario piercer Lee Horton comes on the show to discuss reopening limitations and PPE requirements many of us are dealing with. While restrictions against nose or mouth piercings are becoming commonplace, some Canadian piercers are also dealing with restrictions against ear piercing as well. Its a challenging time to be a safe and successful body piercer. Knowing how to effectively communicate with your local health authorities can be the difference between sensible rules and ones crafted for different industries. Like and follow the show at: https://www.facebook.com/piercingwizardpodcast/ and: https://www.instagram.com/piercingwizardpodcast/. Support the show at: www.patreon.com/ryanpba for access to additional educational material.
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