zaterdag 3 december 2016

Interview Joan

Name: Joan / Miss Scarrific piercer bij Classic Ink&Mods and Dare2wear in Amsterdam (NL)

Can you describe yourself in one sentence?
Kimbe raid pa moli’ (creole quote)

How long have you been piercer?
About 8 years
How long have you been piercer?
Piercing came on my path when i was studying art, it started as a a part-time job. I became very fond of it and aimed at learning scarification… it is still my biggest passion next to my other activities. I enjoy working with great artists in an international environment. Everyday is different, it s also a great human experience if i may call it so…It can be demanding at times but always rewarding too.

How or from whom did you learn the skills?
In a piercing and tattoo studio, i keep learning and training by attending body modification conventions and this year for the first time went to the APP Convention in Las Vegas. It is not something ‘you have learned’ but a continuous learning process, exchange experiences with co-workers…which makes it very fascinating.

Your first piercing was a?
A surface piercing on myself

Who or what inspires you?
So much! Although not fond of social media, it is a very handy tool to look at the work of many great artists worldwide…from piercers to jeweler, performers…the people i work(ed) with ...books … travelling experiences…the evening conversation with the owner of the small grocery store near my house…

Can you tell something about your studio/workspace?
A traditional tattooshop that also offers other professional bodymodification (piercing, scarification, beading and other bodmod projects). The tattoo artists are internationally renowned, the piercing is done professionally with the highest quality jewellry…always with personal attention. A place buzzing with creativity! The studio is located in the heart of Amsterdam, on top of our faithful customers we get to meet an amazing diversity of people from all around the globe! A great place to be!

What type of piercing do you prefer?
"Ear projects’ can be great fun , I also like to perform the more ‘extreme’ piercings…

What's the best piece of advice you ever got when you started out and think it would help other starters in this industry?
Take your time

Do you have a nice or weird experience as a piercer you want to share with us?

Sometimes ago a beautiful tiny chinese lady of about 65 years old, carrying tons of grocery bags, came in the studio curious about the jewellry in the window. After an interesting conversation she decided to get her ears pierced…and came back regularly to stretch her earlobes, she now wears beautiful hangers. When she came she brought these delicious homemade pastries telling me special life stories…and how her grandchildren didn t understand why she was doing it. Her visits always gave the day a magic twist!

Does your work involve more than just piercing?
Scarification, procedures like magnet/rfid implants and body suspension. I got ‘addicted’ making pictures of special jewellry so i do this regularly too

How do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working on combining bodymodification and other passion like celluloid film performance, body suspension…more collaboration work…and somehow doing something with my jewellry photography.

Do you have a tip or do you want to add something to this interview?
Thank you Angie!

-Answers and photo's: Joan
-Published Tattoo Planet eMagazine 116/ December 2016