We have some very exciting changes happening around the shop, so make sure to take a peek at our Facebook page, Instagram, or right here to keep up to date. We have some things in the works that y’all are sure to love! After all, we adore and appreciate all of you who have entrusted TRX to decorate your body.
CANCELLATION: We are so sorry folks, but Butch Patrick had something come up in his travel plans and had to cancel. He feels very bad and will be sending autographed photos to the shop for people to come by and pick up for free. He is going to re-schedule with us for a later date and for a bigger event. Thank you for the support!
UPDATE: We are going to give tickets at the door for the chance to win one of two gift certificates also!
1-a free piercing with standard jewelry 2-$100 tattoo gift certificate good for any horror-themed tattoo (Munsters encouraged!)
TRX will announce the winners live, on our Facebook, and the blog on our website. So, don’t forget to grab a ticket, hang around for the drawing, or check online to see if you won.
SHORT NOTICE!! We are hosting a Meet & Greet with Butch Patrick (AKA Eddie Munster) at TRX this Sunday. We will be open from 7pm-8pm, and y’all can come meet the legend! After all, it is the 50th anniversary of The Munsters. Check it out!
CHANGING MYSELF WHILE CHANGING OTHERS
BY Jezebel Voulé
“What is your favorite piercing moment?”
This is a question which has haunted me since the first time I was asked. An echo that makes the voice in my head always think, “Maybe this piercing will be the one that defines my piercing career.” Several people have shared with me their defining moment. Some turning points may have been meeting a piercing idol . For others, it may be a studio at which they got to work, a client, or even a paycheck; the ways in which people have been affected by their careers are as unique as the individuals who experienced those moments. Most days there aren’t moments that change me, or at least affect me in a drastic way. I take clients in, bond with them, then let them go. I am hoping that we connected enough for them to return to me for their next piercing experience or, better yet, remember my name–bringing more clients to bond with and release.
When asked about my favorite moment, I find myself reliving the moment. An older lady, somewhere in her late 70’s, came in to get her earlobe pierced. We took a moment chatting, but as I started to get set up for the piercing, she stopped me. “I need you to know that I have Hep C. I understand if you can’t pierce me.” After asking if she had talked to her physician about getting a piercing, I smiled and said “Thank you for telling me, but I have no problem piercing you. I take many precautions so that both my safety and yours are taken care of.” She was shocked that I didn’t respond as she had expected. She thought I would react poorly and then proceed to treat her as a leper, sending her on her way. Both she and her wife were overcome with joy. It was something she had wanted to do for a long time but had been afraid to get because she would have to expose a secret which had given her so many other bad experiences before. I later found out how much the experience changed her perception of herself. She, for a moment, felt like she was human rather than a disease, not worthy of common decency. I had felt like I had changed the world, and, for her, I had.
Recently a new experience came into my life. While working at Omega Red Studios, a man came in asking questions about his daughter. His daughter had cancer and, as a result, had made a bucket list. On that list was a lip piercing. He wanted to help her fulfill her wishes and asked if I would be willing to perform such a task on her. I had replied that I would be willing after I knew it was okay with her doctor. The next day he came back with a handwritten doctor’s note. Skeptical that the doctor was in on this idea, I Google-searched the doctor and found out everything I could about not only her but the entire hospital. I talked to lawyers, her doctors, and the parents about what I expected, what they should expect, and the young girl’s expectations. I did not hold back on making demands concerning what I would need to make a safe and positive environment for her and me. Many of the demands were personal things to increase my comfort. After all, my safety is just as important as the client’s safety.
It took three days to reach an agreement regarding my piercing her. After talks with her doctor, we decided the nostril would be a more acceptable piercing rather than the lip. I learned that the reason there was so much passion behind her parents’ desire to get this one thing done was she had just received a dire prognosis. The likelihood that she would be alive long enough to even see her piercing healed was slim. She had 15 things that she wanted to do before she died. Her parents chose the task that was the most obtainable and went in search of me. Completing one of her bucket list tasks was important in helping her fight the feeling that all was lost for this 14 year old whose life was on a countdown. The before and after effect on her life was immediate. She went from a child who looked and acted sickly, to a young girl who wanted to walk around with her father. She felt a kind of rejuvenation.
Those two particular moments have stuck with me as my favorite experiences in my career. Those moments pushed me to realize how much I could help the world just with a tiny prick of my needle–changing my regular experience of the lady getting a navel piercing into a celebration of a woman reclaiming her body after a bad break up or losing 20 pounds. Most people have a reason for choosing a body modification. For them it is a life experience that could, without any prior knowledge, become a life event. It amazes me how much a person can be changed from a thing that for me is just a way of life. The impact of one life on another is why I love my job. The knowledge that I gain being invited to share a private and extremely personal moment of their life. The privilege that they chose to share it with me. Everyone has different reasons for loving his/her job. So, please take a moment, and relish yours.
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