PRESERVATION PUB/SCH BARTENDER AND PROFESSIONAL PIERCING ARTIST MARCUS MAHLER
How were you introduced to the world of body modification?
My mom first introduced me to some of her tattoo artist friends several years ago. And the whole idea — the whole subculture, really — of working in a tattoo parlor really appealed to me. I’m a big fan of piercing and tattoos. But piercing was something I had a lot more of when I was younger.
What did you have to do to begin working as a piercing professional?
I get certified through the health department. I apprenticed for one year in Miami, Fla. That’s how I became a professional. Now I work for Synergy Tattoo on Clinch. I work by appointment only, usually a couple days a month.
How many piercings do you have yourself?
I only have four left. At one point I had 14.
What’s the most extreme, or interesting thing you do as a piercing professional?
I do single point piercings, which allows you to put a piercing anywhere you want. It gives you the ability to decorate any area of your body, bedazzle it and have permanent jewelry. It’s a newer practice, and a safer one.
Have you pierced many, um, you know…
Yeah. It’s a pretty common practice. If you’re going to advance in the industry, you have to be open-minded and advance to all areas.
What do you enjoy about piercing as a profession?
People walk out of a studio happier than they were when they walked in. If they’re insecure about their nose, they’ll usually feel better about their nose when they leave.