donderdag 19 januari 2017

Interview Kim van Rensch

Kim van Rensch
Name: Kim van Rensch, owner and piercer at Skin-a-matic in Nijmegen (NL)

Can you describe yourself in one sentence?
Driven, exact and honest, which is not always the most convenient features together ;)

How long have you been piercer?
23 years

Why this profession?
I  rolled in to it, through a jewelry shop where I worked, piercing was still quite unknown and people in the store were asking about this, I started to look in to it.  I've always had an interest in jewelry, as a  child I sat for hours in my room making jewelry. later I started a fashion and clothing training  and from there I got to work in a jewelry shop.

How or from whom did you learn the skills?
In those days there wasn't  much to find and there were just a few shops. I came to the address of a club, that did piercing I wrote a letter and from there, it came together,  I gained contacts. The rest I learned from books, shadowing and travelled  to meet people and learn from them.

Your first piercing was a ? A belly button

Who or what inspires you?
People with a passion for what they do inspire me, I love the feeling of passion if someone talks about his ambitions. Piercing related  are Luis Garcia and Maika Karremans

Can you tell something about your studio/workspace?
My studio skin-a-matic is almost 19 years old. I started with my now-ex husband, after our separation I 've bought him out and  moved on alone. At the moment we work with two tattoo artists and one piercer. It's a relaxed studio we try to help everyone correct but honest. People walk out  with hopefully a beautiful tattoo or piercing and a nice feeling. We are in Nijmegen on the edge of the city centre in a ring street, the advantage is that you can easily reach us on foot, by bike but also by car. It 's a street with mostly stores and catering.

What type of piercing do you prefer?
Ear projects and nipple piercings are my favorite.

What's the best piece of advice you ever got when you started out and think it would help other starters in this industry?
Never gotten any,  but begin this profession or any profession because you love to do it and you would like to continue to develop yourself. You never learn anything if you stand still.

Do You have a nice or weird experience as a piercer you'd like to share with us?
The nice thing about this job, I do so long, is that I now when I get parents in who have been pierced by me now bring in their sons or daughters to be pierced. Nice to know that they still know you after all these years.

Does your work involve more then just piercing?
Yeah, I'm the owner and do everything besides tattoo in the shop I clean, sterilize, get the people in and book the appointments.

How do you see yourself in 5 years? 
I hope that skin-a-matic keeps on going,  and that everyone  still likes to visit / hang out
here,  for those who work here and the customers.

-Answers and photo's: Kim van Rensch
-Published Tattoo Planet eMagazine 117 / Januari 2017