Tell us about yourself.
I am a born and bred Zimbabwean. I love alternative artwork (as anyone who comes to my studio can see) and I am passionate about piercing and the body modification industry! I am really a bit of an introvert, until it comes to talking about piercing or Pokemon!
When did you start your career as a piercer?
I started piercing at the end of 2010 and have been at it for just over 7 years now. At the moment I have 24 piercings – picking a favourite is close to impossible since I love all of them but I can narrow it down to a few; my daith and 3 lip piercings.
Who is your favorite piercer of all time?
There are so many incredible piercers out there who I have great respect for, especially Jef Saunders, who is the current president of the Association of Professional Piercers. Aside from the amazing piercings he does, his dedication to improving the industry as a whole really inspires me to improve myself as a piercer every day!
What has been your favorite moment in your career, so far?
The moment I cherish the most is when I decided to exclusively use Implant Grade Titanium, Internally Threaded jewellery for the piercings. That was the big one for me. I am now the only piercer in Africa who uses only that quality jewellery for initial piercing (as far as I know). It was a huge step forward in providing my clients with the high-quality jewellery and piercings they deserve.
What is your favorite part of being a piercer?
The things I enjoy most are when a client says “that didn’t hurt nearly as much as I thought it would!” and when someone looks in the mirror at their new piercing and their face just lights up when they see it. Happy clients = Happy piercer!
If you could describe your art in one word, what would it be?
I would like to think of my art as “different”. I love being able to provide my clients with a wide range of jewellery options to choose from, a variety of colours and styles so there’s something for everyone. I used to pierce myself all the time and I have a few friends who do not mind me poking holes in them now and then.
Tell us about your first piercing?
I had my first ear lobe piercing done when I was 13. Looking back, I wish I’d done my research and learnt about what should and shouldn’t be done. I put my health at risk with the actual piercing process and healing those days was a nightmare! If anyone would like any info on what to look out for or how to properly care for a healing piercing, please don’t be shy, get in touch!
Are you, or do you think you will ever reach a point where you will start mentoring other artists?
I am honestly not sure yet about mentoring those who want to enter the business. The piercing industry is evolving and developing constantly and I do not believe I’ll ever stop learning. I wouldn’t be comfortable having an apprentice at the moment, maybe in the future but definitely not any time soon.
Does your work attract a specific type of clientele?
I have far more female clients than male, but aside from that I meet and pierce clients from all walks of life, races, and ages. The diversity of pierced people is truly amazing!
What is your actual piercing process like?
The process itself first consists of cleaning the area and making a mark where the piercing will be going. Once the marking is done, I will ask my client to either sit or lie down depending on what and where we are piercing. Once everything is prepped and ready, I ask my client to take a deep breath in, a slow breath out, and the piercing itself is done! One more deep breath in and out is plenty of time to transfer the jewellery in, then I screw on the end and clean up the fresh piercing if there’s any blood (there usually isn’t). It’s all over very quickly!