248 episodes

Join host Ryan Ouellette as he discusses the professional body piercing industry with friends and colleagues.
Ryan Ouellette is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers with 20 years of experience in the field. He is an international safety and technique instructor and is always up for a good industry talk.

Piercing Wizard Podcast Ryan Ouellette

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 58 Ratings

Join host Ryan Ouellette as he discusses the professional body piercing industry with friends and colleagues.
Ryan Ouellette is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers with 20 years of experience in the field. He is an international safety and technique instructor and is always up for a good industry talk.

    248 - Is the "all gold" business model sustainable?

    248 - Is the "all gold" business model sustainable?

    Lola and Ryan are heading to Las Vegas for the A.P.P.'s 2024 conference, come say hi at the Piercing Wizard expo booth. We'll have exclusive shirts, pins, and hats that you can grab including a special shirt for supporters at www.patreon.com/ryanpba.

    On this episode Lola brings up an issue we think more piercers should talk about, is the "all gold" business model sustainable? To be clear both of our studios use gold daily, but we also want to make sure that safe piercing can be accessible across a wide range of demographics. We're putting some thoughts out and encourage the professional piercer community to continue the discussion.

    Now available at patreon.com/ryanpba is a new video showing exercises you can utilize to grow your confidence and skills with bevel theory. Check it out on the arch-mage tier, while you are there keep your eyes peeled for details on how to grab a conference exclusive shirt!

    • 39 min
    247 - Ask-Us-Anything part 6: Guest Spotting, Jewelry Ordering, and Bad Apprenticeships

    247 - Ask-Us-Anything part 6: Guest Spotting, Jewelry Ordering, and Bad Apprenticeships

    Ryan and Lola are back with another Ask-Us-Anything episode where we answer your burning questions.
    00:45: How do you grow your online presence?
    12:15: How to go about guest spotting.
    23:15: Using a Statim with reprocessed tools / clean item bulk storage.
    31:25: Efficient jewelry ordering methods and systems.
    43:20: Advice for piercers that went through a "bad" apprenticeship.
    52:20: What made you realize you wanted to teach?
    1:05:50: If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be and why?

    Are you going to be at the 2024 APP conference in las Vegas? Come stop by the Piercing Wizard booth in the expo and say hello to Ryan and Lola. There will be all kinds of fun stickers, pins, and shirts. If you are a subscriber at www.patreon.com/ryanpba you can come snag an exclusive t-shirt!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    246 - Forward Helixes, Teaching in Spain, Building the New Shop(s)

    246 - Forward Helixes, Teaching in Spain, Building the New Shop(s)

    Hola! Ryan and Lola sat down with frequent guest Jef Saunders while they were all in Zaragoza Spain to instruct at the 2024 APPE conference. They talk about teaching through a translator and how the conference was going after day 1. They also discuss forward helix piercings, how they perform them, and some educational content they have made about forward helixes. The show wraps up with a discussion about opening new studios. Jef is currently working on a new Gamma Piercing shop in Milwaukee and Lola recently opened her new Forest Piercing studio in Glasgow. Enjoy.

    If you'd like to get more info about forward helix piercings you can find Jef's presentation at www.patreon.com/piercingnerd. You can find Ryan's upcoming video on double forward helix and triple forward helix piercing at www.patreon.com/ryanpba, while you're there you can also find Lola's video showing a single forward helix piercing with a fully disposable method, as well as how she "reverses direction".

    You also still have time to sign up for Ryan's may 20th 2024 webinar about bevel theory, get more info or sign up at www.ryanpba.com.

    • 59 min
    245 - Walk Ins Return (kinda), Constructive Critiques, and talking about Mental Health and Help

    245 - Walk Ins Return (kinda), Constructive Critiques, and talking about Mental Health and Help

    Please be aware this episode ends with a memorial to Canadian piercer Deacon Matheson who recently passed. Starting at 46:00 will be some thoughts from Ryan and Lola about mental health. Starting at 57:30 there will be some highlights from episode 232 featuring Deacon's voice.

    The majority of this episode will be Ryan and Lola talking about their regular piercer bullsh*t. Walk ins are starting to creep back in to both of our studios. We talk about what lead us to give walk ins another chance after settling in to an appointment-only comfort zone. We also talk about how to give and receive constructive critiques. Its not as easy (or as common) as you might hope.

    You're probably going to hear us being a bit more open about mental health issues throughout future episodes. Like any health and safety issue in piercing industry, mental health is easier to manage with more information.

    Ryan also has another webinar coming up in may, which feels weird to plug in this description, but hey everybody has to pay bills I guess. You can get more info about the May 19 2024 Bevel Theory online webinar & workshop with this google form (https://forms.gle/58x6YnJhuiVL1HjKA) or by visiting www.ryanpba.com.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    244 - Managing Jewelry Repairs, Lola gets scarification, and BME news

    244 - Managing Jewelry Repairs, Lola gets scarification, and BME news

    In this episode Lola and Ryan talk about how to manage jewelry repairs in the studio. It may seem like a simple thing to get broken jewelry fixed, but like many other aspects of the studio we pick apart all the little complications. We also talk about Lola's experience of having scarification performed by Ryan, and we have some exciting news about BME activity!!

    Ryan also has a new video breaking down his method for piercing earlobes with a back-to-front technique. The 25 minute long narrated video includes seven examples of piercing an earlobe, along with two helpful exercises you can practice with. Available now on the arch-mage tier at www.patreon.com/ryanpba.

    • 59 min
    243 - Shadowing and observation, do's and don'ts

    243 - Shadowing and observation, do's and don'ts

    Who knows what secrets lurk in the heart of piercers? The Shadow knows. On this episode Ryan and Lola talk about setting healthy boundaries and expectations for shadowing (typically, observation outside of your home studio). We discuss some of our experiences with shadowing and how they can helpful for others, either as the host or as the shadowing piercer. We give our opinions on chamomile tea bags for aftercare. We also chat about labret piercings, reverse Prince Albert piercings, and our roles at the 2024 APP conference.

    Ryan has a new video covering and demonstrating a labret piercing (done with clamps) available now at www.patreon.com/ryanpba.com. Enjoy.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Jon the Piercer ,

This is amazing to listen to

I don’t have a lot of time to spend listening to pod cast but I make sure that this is the one I have downloaded and ready to go!!! Coolest podcast ever!

Joey pierced hearts ,

!!!

Love this podcast! Thank you so much for putting out great content!

Jedwards601 ,

Love!

I’m a new piercer (only been piercing about 6 months) & this podcast really makes me excited for my journey as a piercer. I’ve listened to every episode at least twice.
This podcast is insanely informative. Ryan and his guests break down & articulate subjects so well. All subjects are relevant & help you think about things in different manners.

I Can’t wait to hear all the new content in the future!

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