Association of Professional Piercers

Class Descriptions and Schedule 2008

SUNDAY, APRIL 20th

 6:00-9:00p.m. Onsite Registration and Check-in for pre-registrants and vendors

Start conference off on the right foot! Register and/or pick up your badge and information if you pre-registered tonight and sleep an extra hour tomorrow morning!

 

8:00-Midnight Staff Welcome “Meet and Greet”

We invite the Board of Directors, Vendors, Members and Staff for a get-to-know-you social event. This event is not open to all attendees to allow the people who will be working at Conference the time to get to know each other.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 21st

8:00-9:00 YOGA

Free to all. All levels welcome!

 

8:30am- 6:30pm Onsite Registration and Check in for pre-registrants and vendors

Pick up your conference information and your badge which is required to enter ANY classrooms or the Exposition. Do not lose your badge!

 

9:00-10:00 Orientation

Instructors: Derek Lowe

Orientation is for all new attendees, designed to help you to utilize the schedule, network with other attendees and to help you decide which courses are most suited to your needs. Entertaining enough to draw repeat Attendees – this is where to start your week. Derek Lowe is a Trustee and past board member, both are happy to answer any of your questions throughout the event.

 

10:15-11:45 Woods

Instructors: Michael Sims and Todd Farnbach (James Weber)

The woods class will discuss important information concerning the use of wood as jewelry. Topics we will cover will range from responsible use of wood, toxic woods, proper finishing, water and wood, and proper care and storage. This class will be directed to shop owners and buyers but will also have useful information for anyone interested in wood jewelry. The wood jewelry industry is very misunderstood and we hope to share our wisdom to help you make informed decisions when buying wood products.

 

10:15-12:45 Wound Care

Instructors: David Vidra and Betsy Reynolds

In this class the anatomy of a wound will be discussed, how it heals, and what products are appropriate/inappropriate to promote good healing. Full body and oral surgical preparations and exactly how the skin regenerates itself will be included along with how jewelry affects wound care.

 

10:15-11:45 Improving Your Retail Environment

Instructor: Crystal Sims and Noah Babcock

This workshop will discuss the tremendous impact your retail environment can have on your sales and the growth of your business. Merchandising and ethically sound sales techniques will also be covered. Attendees are invited to bring pictures (saved to CD) of their own studios and displays for discussion.

 

12:00-1:00 Roundtable: Handling Hacks in Your Area

Facilitator: Chris Glunt

Discussion will focus on positive ways to handle unprofessional piercers in your area. What can be done to successfully change clients’ minds regarding “cheaper is better” and how can you as a professional assist other piercers into becoming responsible members of the industry.

 

12:00-1:00 Meeting: Friends of Bill W.

 

1:15-3:15 Glass

Instructors: Ryan Kremp and Jason Pfohl

This class will examine glass as a material for body piercing. Topics will include the properties of glass, comparison of glass types (soda-lime, borosilicate, quartz, obsidian), a brief history of glass piercing jewelry, guidelines for caring for glass, and the debate about glass for initial piercings. Bio-compatibility and breakability will be discussed as well as the impact of the new lead law in California.

 

 

1:15-3:45 Surface Anchors (First Offering)

Instructors: Didier Suarez, Eric “Sque3z” Anderson, & Luis Garcia

The industry has been abuzz with talk about surface anchoring and with good reason; it is one of the most interesting new procedures to come about in the industry in some time. Pocketing is a procedure that has had various incarnations over the years, but in recent years techniques have come about to make it much more viable. This class will cover the ethics, placement, jewelry sizing and style, and technique for both procedures. We will also cover the overall viability of these procedures.

 

1:15-4:15 Studio Inspection

Instructors: David Vidra

This workshop is designed specifically to assist public health inspectors gain a better understanding of the inner workings of a piercing establishment. This course offers health inspectors the opportunity to become familiar with industry-specific terminology, equipment, and procedures utilized so that piercing studios may be thoroughly evaluated and inspected. An overview of how to effectively interpret and enforce existing federal regulations is also covered. Assistance in developing a responsible regulation program is also available. Open to all but designed with the health inspector in mind.

 

4:30-6:00 Initial Piercing Jewelry: Size & Style

Instructors: Ed Chavarria and Christopher Glunt

What jewelry goes where and why? This class will focus on the different style of jewelry available to piercers as well as appropriate sizing for initial piercings. This class is intended for the beginning to intermediate piercer and will cover the basic APP standard for initial body piercing jewelry.

 

4:30-6:00 Precious Metals & Gemstones (The Evolution of Fine Jewelry for Bod Mods)

Instructors: Adam Block and Nick Martin

Dedicated with love and respect to the memory of “Wild Bill” Krebs, Graduate Gemologist and industry pioneer.

 

This class will take a walk through the history of Precious Metals and Gemstones as it pertains to Body Modification. We will discuss in length the materials used, such as Platinum, Gold, Silver, and new breakthrough materials such as Palladium. This straightforward discussion will also feature selling techniques, proper verbiage usage, hallmarks, Gemstone descriptions and a round table with some of our industries most successful Precious Metal retailers.

 

4:30-5:30 Roundtable: Being a Professional vs. Rockstar

Facilitator: John Johnson

Points of discussion will include the image we project to our clients of ourselves and performing work beyond our training and abilities.

 

6:30-8:00 Public Speaking and Professional Presentations

Instructors: Elayne Angel and Betsy Reynolds

This class will help you gain the self-confidence and skills to succeed in any environment a piercer may be called upon to lecture before an audience. It will provide solid techniques, hints, and tips and for developing and presenting a program that you can deliver like a professional. Topics include planning and organizing a presentation; dealing with stage fright; vocabulary, tone, and personal appearance; developing a relationship with the audience; appropriate use of humor, and more.

 

 

6:30-7:30 Meeting: Vendors

Open to Vendors only. The APP requests that all Vendors attend this informative meeting and open discussion with representatives of the APP Board of Directors.

 

6:30-7:30 Meeting: Health Inspectors

Open to Health Inspectors only. A chance for Health Inspector attendees to meet each other and discuss pertinent issues related to the Conference, Piercing Studio Inspection, etc.

 

OPENING PARTY – YEEEHAW!

8:00-Midnight

Top of the Riv

Sponsored by Safe Products

 

Our Opening Party is a great way to meet new people, touch base with old friends and have some fun! This year’s event will kick off our Country and Western theme with bull riding and olde tyme-y photos. Dress in yer casual western git-up or come in yer regular clothes and use the prop clothing to put together your photo! Save your fancy clothes for the Banquet dinner and join us at this relaxing event. There will be plenty of food and a cash bar.

 

TUESDAY, April 22nd

8:00-9:00 YOGA

Free to all. All levels welcome!

 

9:00am- 7:00pm Onsite Registration and Check in for pre-registrants and vendors

Pick up your conference information and your badge which is required to enter ANY classrooms or the Exposition. Do not lose your badge!

 

9:00-2:00 Expo Floor Set-Up – Vendors Only

 

10:00-12:30 Anatomy: Oral & Facial

Instructor: Betsy Reynolds and Didier Suarez

The head and neck regions of the body contain numerous neural, muscular, ductal, and vascular structures that impact piercing strategies. This course will provide an overview of anatomical structures to piercers in an attempt to familiarize participants with head and neck structure and function considerations that will influence piercing techniques. Presented in a relaxed multi-media format, the course will provide information on tissue differences in healing dynamics, inflammation and its consequences, strategies to minimize damage to oral structures secondary to piercings, and aftercare recommendations.

 

10:00-12:30 Medical Risk Assessment & Troubleshooting (First Offering)

Instructors: David Vidra and Derek Lowe

A look at some of the medical risks, infectious diseases and other skin disorders that can affect the healing of a body piercing and whether or not a piercing should be performed. This class will address the medical limitations of professional piercers and how to document them. It will include how to work with medical professionals in order to provide body piercings to clients that may be at high risk.

 

10:00-12:30 Philosophy and Styles of Piercing (Members Only)

Panel: Fakir, Elayne Angel, Raelyn Gallina, James Weber, and more!

This Moderated Panel discussion will seek to explore the varying piercing styles and philosophies that some of our more well known piercers in the industry use in their practices. This class will include the presentation of individual differences; discussion among the panel participants; and attendee participation through questions/answers.

 

1:00-2:00 Meeting: Members Annual (Members Only)

If you are a member please attend this annual meeting. This is your chance to participate and be informed about issues which effect membership and the organization as a whole. Introductions of our new Board Members will be made, along with reports and announcements. Members attending will receive a special gift.

 

2:30-4:30 EXPOSITION OPENS TO APP MEMBERS ONLY

 

2:30-5:00 Male Genital Piercing Basics (for everyone!)

Instructor: Elayne Angel and Danny Yerna

Male genital piercings will include a PowerPoint Presentation with lecture, video, and a question and answer period. Topics to be covered include: client communications, evaluating individual anatomy, optimal jewelry sizes and styles, piercing placements, aftercare, healing tips, and follow-up (Including bleeding, urinating, sexual activity, shaving/trimming, and more). Piercings covered include Prince Albert, Frenum, Lorum, Scrotum, Guiche, and Foreskin.

 

 

4:30-8:00 EXPOSITION OPENS TO ALL ATTENDEES

 

5:30-6:30 Roundtable: Communicating with your Health Inspector

Facilitator: Karl Schiemann

Join Karl, APP Patron Member and Denver’s Inspector of Piercing studios, for a discussion on how best to facilitate communication between Inspectors and Piercers. This is a timely discussion for anyone in our industry, especially those interested in establishing or updating legislation, and promoting better inspection of studios in their area.

 

5:30-6:30 International Meeting

For all International Attendees or those interested in international piercing issues.

 

6:45-7:45 Roundtable: Legislation for Piercers and Health Inspectors

Facilitator: Eric “Sque3z” Anderson and Nate Sextella

This is a roundtable discussion on how and when you should get involved with the legislative process. There has been a significant amount of activity in the legislation arena in the last year regarding laws, regulations, and legislation in general. This will be a good time to familiarize you with the upcoming laws, laws that have passed and are ongoing in the nation respectively.

 

Specifically, we will touch on the all popular “Lead in Jewelry Law” that has passed and gone into effect in California, new laws that pertain to Illinois, and also new Arkansas laws that are going into effect that relates to piercing and tattoo schools.

 

The Legislation Roundtable is a great starting point to get some insight on how to start the legislative process and how to get involved with your local health departments. This roundtable will also allow you to get some good pointers on how to deal with and effectively communicate to lawmakers and government officials.

 

This class is historically attended by a number of health officials that oversee the laws in particular areas of the nation. Also, if you are active in the legislative process, we encourage you to come and share your experiences with others in the discussion. Come and get the inside scoop on what is happening in the nation pertaining to piercing legislation in this roundtable discussion that is open to everyone.

 

 

6:45-7:45 Roundtable: Get tested/know your status (First Offering)

Facilitator: Sheila James

The National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign is a national effort to promote HIV testing. Do you know your status? Do you know how to assist a client who wants to know theirs? What are the local and national resources available to you, your clients, and your community? What can you do in your community to promote discussions about this important health issue.

 

Expo Closes: 8:00p.m.

 

9:00-10:30p.m. Movie Night

Host: Paul King

Some real gems will be presented featuring traditional religious practices of body modification for your pleasure. This will be fun, totally informal and best of all, FREE. So please dress comfortably, (PJs, negligee’s and pillows encouraged) and byob!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, April 23rd

 

8:00-9:00 YOGA

Free to all. All levels welcome!

 

9:00am- 7:00pm Onsite Registration and Check in for pre-registrants and vendors

Pick up your conference information and your badge which is required to enter ANY classrooms or the Exposition. Do not lose your badge!

 

10:00-11:45 Steel and Titanium

Instructors: Tom Brazda and James Weber

An in-depth look at Stainless Steel and Titanium, the materials used most often in our industry. The history of these materials will be explored along with the importance of the implant grades of these materials used. Comparison between the implant materials and their commercial counterparts will also be included. Time will be taken to present and discuss the new California based jewelry laws which effect the body jewelry and piercing industries.

 

10:00-11:30 Statim 101

Instructors: Brian Skellie and Eric “Sque3z” Anderson

These autoclaves have been “in vogue” in our industry for approximately 7 years. Statims are still fairly new to the piercing industry and some professionals have had a love-hate relationship with them over the years. This is a class on why that is and what these popular machines are and are not. In this class we will explore how they should be handled in our daily routine.

 

Statim 101 is a class regarding the proper use of a Statim and how to properly maintain these machines in your everyday operation. This will NOT be a “Statim Selling” class. Nor will this class be a “condoning the use of the Statim” class.

 

If you operate and use a Statim in your studio or you plan to invest in one, this is a class that will be an objective stance on these autoclaves you won’t want to miss!

 

 

10:00-11:30 Bedside Manner

Panel: Alicia Cardenas, John Johnson, Elayne Angel, Arturo Aguirre

A rare look inside the minds of well known professionals who stand out for having excellent bedside manner. From the first moment a client enters the shop and thereafter a professional piercer has an obligation to care for and be aware of the needs of a client. Good bedside manner is not just about what happens in the studio but encompasses how a professional acts all the time. Ideas and tools will be given to help best facilitate the kind of experience you want to provide to your clients.

 

12:00-8:00p.m. EXPOSITION OPEN TO ATTENDEES

 

12:00-2:00 Medical Risk Assessment & Troubleshooting (2nd Offering)

Instructors: David Vidra and Derek Lowe

A look at some of the medical risks, infectious diseases and other skin disorders that can affect the healing of a body piercing and whether or not a piercing should be performed. This class will address the medical limitations of professional piercers and how to document them. It will include how to work with medical professionals in order to provide body piercings to clients that may be at high risk.

 

12:00-1:30 Aftercare Basics

Instructors: Tom Brazda and Steve Joyner

Understanding the Basics: This class will teach the practitioner how to tailor aftercare for individual clients, by understanding the impact of specific regions and different environments. Fundamental knowledge about the healing of piercings will help the practitioner understand the “hows” and “whys” of adjusting aftercare and removing any unnecessary instructions.

 

12:00-1:30 Studio Set-Up

Instructor: Danny Yerna and Ed Chavarria

This class is ideal for studio owners, piercers and health department inspectors and will address all aspects of studio set up from practical to aesthetics. The presentation will include information about APP membership application criteria and what to look for during a regulatory inspection. Bring a drawing or pictures of your shop and we can give some suggestions if necessary.

 

2:30-4:30 Anatomy: Body

Instructor: Dr. Jamie Hall

This year’s Body Anatomy class will focus on the anatomy of skin, and the physiology of wound care and healing, including complications that may arise. It will also include basic anatomy of the torso, extremities and genitalia. This is a great class for first time attendees as well as seasoned piercers.

 

2:30-4:30 Autoclave Usage & Maintenance

Instructors: Sky Renfro and Alicia Cardenas

The industries leader in Autoclave repair and maintenance will discuss table top autoclaves and the importance of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly care for the most important tool in a professional piercing studio. The autoclave class will cover the basic principals of steam sterilization, the need to maintain the machines in proper order, proper placement in the studio, choice of water, run times, psi vs. temp, packaging and handling of sterilized packs.

 

2:30-4:00 Community Outreach

Instructors: Eric “Sque3z” Anderson and Ed Chavarria

If you are a professional in our industry, it is your duty to do your part to educate your communities. These efforts will overall raise awareness and safety. When education is part of your daily practice, your community can only grow stronger and safer.

 

This Community Outreach class will explore ideas for you to get out of the shop, stretch your legs, and do your community a service by educating those who are not familiar with what we do. This class will also explore the steps you need to take in order to open lines of communication with your local high schools, colleges, and community organizations. You will learn how to prepare for a speech and how to appropriately approach your audience. You will be given basic information on how to formulate a question and answer session, and how to communicate in such a way that an audience can easily grasp the pertinent details. This is a class that you would benefit from if you feel your community needs an educated contact or if you want to be in the public’s eye in relationship to the piercing industry.

 

Being involved in the community can be very rewarding! Join us in this first ever Community Outreach class offered to those who are interested in getting out there in the world!

 

4:45-6:45 Anthropology: Women in the Industry- First Offering

Instructor: Raelyn Gallina

From Modern Primitives to modern day – one of the industry’s most important piercers, scarification artists and master jewelers – discusses modern piercing anthropology from a woman’s perspective. Please join the APP in welcoming this very special guest speaker!

 

4:45-6:15 Grounding – First Offering

Instructors: Alicia Cardenas and Fakir

With the help from the Industry’s first educator on Grounding, Fakir, this class will be a hands-on exercise in how to be grounded for your clients and offer them grounding techniques for the anxiety in the piercing room. The amount of stress that can be produced from a piercing situation can leave both the client and practitioner feeling scattered, uneasy and upset. This class will address ways to ground your clients and yourself so the piercing happens without any complications of the mind or spirit.

 

4:45-5:45 Roundtable: Drug Resistant Staph (MRSA, VISA, and VRSA): What makes your skin crawl? (First Offering)

Facilitator: Karl Schiemann

After a brief presentation on the most notable drug resistant strains of staphylococcus infecting skin these days, our discussion will talk about controls and concerns in keeping your clients safe. We will talk about sources, incubation periods, treatment options, and aftercare concerns. All in an effort to increase your knowledge as drug resistant bacteria keep changing the face of public health and how you help your clients in their aftercare.

 

5:45-6:45 Roundtable: Get tested/know your status (2nd Offering)

Facilitator: Sheila James

The National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign is a national effort to promote HIV testing. Do you know your status? Do you know how to assist a client who wants to know theirs? What are the local and national resources available to you, your clients, and your community? What can you do in your community to promote discussions about this important health issue

 

7:00-9:00 Suspension – Ritual and Performance

Panel: Steve Joyner, Allen Falkner, Corey Lolley, and Ed Chavarria

Join some of the leaders in the Suspension community in a discussion and presentation on the dynamics of ritual and performance within the experience of suspension.

 

7:00-9:30 Surface Anchors -2nd Offering

Instructors: Didier Suarez, Eric “Sque3z” Anderson, & Luis Garcia

The industry has been abuzz with talk about surface anchoring and with good reason; it is one of the most interesting new procedures to come about in the industry in some time. Pocketing is a procedure that has had various incarnations over the years, but in recent years techniques have come about to make it much more viable. This class will cover the ethics, placement, jewelry sizing and style, and technique for both procedures. We will also cover the overall viability of these procedures.

 

8:00p.m. Expo closes

 

THURSDAY, April 24th

 

8:00-9:00 YOGA

Free to all. All levels welcome!

 

9:00am- 6:00pm Registration Desk

For any additional registration needs; late check-in, badge pick up etc.

 

10:00-2:00 CPR

Instructors: Red Cross

Required annually to maintain APP membership. Re-certification no longer offered.

 

10:00-11:30 Stretching

Instructors: James Sens and Jamie Clark

With the enduring popularity of piercing, stretching and enlarged holes continue to be a popular and conspicuous practice. As piercers, we are often responsible for preparing our clients for a journey more intimate and of a longer duration than just a simple piercing. What are the best ways to make sure this is accomplished safely and with a minimum of complications and trauma?

 

This class will cover not only the enlarging of ear piercings, but techniques and considerations for stretching everything from cartilage to nipples to genital piercings. Techniques for increasing the size of piercings, strategies used in minimizing tissue damage, and jewelry materials used will also be covered. Particular attention will be given to the discussion of natural materials such as wood, stone, horn and bone, in addition to glass and metal.

 

10:00-11:30 Grounding – 2nd Offering

Instructors: Alicia Cardenas and Fakir

With the help from the Industry’s first educator on Grounding, Fakir, this class will be a hands-on exercise in how to be grounded for your clients and offer them grounding techniques for the anxiety in the piercing room. The amount of stress that can be produced from a piercing situation can leave both the client and practitioner feeling scattered, uneasy and upset. This class will address ways to ground your clients and yourself so the piercing happens without any complications of the mind or spirit.

 

10:00-11:30 Roundtable: Gender Issues

Sky Renfro

How does your gender affect you in the workplace? How does it affect your relationships with co-workers and clients? Does gender play a part in your success as a piercer? How you are perceived as a modified person? This discussion has been extended and expanded from women to all genders to allow even more time and space for this important topic.

 

12:00-2:00 Anthropology: Women in the Industry – 2nd Offering

Instructor: Raelyn Gallina

From Modern Primitives to modern day – one of the industry’s most important piercers, scarification artists and master jewelers – discusses modern piercing anthropology from a woman’s perspective. Please join the APP in welcoming this very special guest speaker!

 

12:00-2:00 Knowing the Nose: Members Only

Instructors: Bethra Szumski and Didier Suarez

An in depth exploration of both traditional and non-traditional nose piercings including placement, technique and jewelry options.

 

12:00-6:00 EXPO OPEN TO ATTENDEES

 

2:15-3:15 Roundtable: Ethics: Investigating New Techniques

Facilitators: Didier Suarez and Luis Garcia

This roundtable is geared towards any piercer that likes to experiment with new techniques. We will discuss how to use common sense and ethics when trying new techniques, how to avoid trying techniques just for the sake of doing something new, and how to properly inform your clients that you are experimenting on them with a new technique

 

2:15-3:15 Apprenticeships

Facilitator: Ed Chavarria

In this roundtable we will openly discuss apprentices, the different methods of apprenticeships, as well as other issues that arise from having an apprentice at ones shop.

 

3:30-6:00 Aseptic Technique & Infection Control

Instructors: David Vidra and Ed Chavarria

We will explore Medical Asepsis; Personal Protective Equipment; Needle Safety; and Basic Infection Control. Using hands-on demonstrations, we will address the importance of proper donning and removal of Personal Protective Equipment. We will also discuss the importance of Infection Control in a body piercing studio and how to implement better and safer practices.

 

3:30-5:30 Natural Aftercare

Instructors: John Johnson and Brett Perkins

This class will focus on how to care for piercings and customers without using synthetic chemicals. We will discuss antimicrobials, scar treatments, soaks, oils and teas: what works, what doesn’t, what might, and what we can say within liability. A portion of the class will include an overview of nutrition, its role in wound care and relevance to body piercing, and how to share this information with clients.

 

3:30-5:00 Aesthetics of Body Piercing

Instructors: Alicia Cardenas and Tyler Floren

A class made to utilize the special tool of a professional piercer’s artistic eye and vast experience to help guide clients to the best possible piercings to fit their face and body, life, and evolving style. With the vast amounts of jewelry options available on the market, many piercers are taking their clients and projects to the next level aesthetically. This course will map out simple ways to offer you clients all the options and combinations that make them really stick out from the rest. The body is a temple and it is often needs the advice of a professional to adorn it in the best possible way.

 

5:00-6:00 Roundtable: Drug Resistant Staph (MRSA, VISA, and VRSA): What makes your skin crawl? (2nd Offering)

Facilitator: Karl Schiemann

After a brief presentation on the most notable drug resistant strains of staphylococcus infecting skin these days, our discussion will talk about controls and concerns in keeping your clients safe. We will talk about sources, incubation periods, treatment options, and aftercare concerns. All in an effort to increase your knowledge as drug resistant bacteria keep changing the face of public health and how you help your clients in their aftercare.

 

6:00p.m. – Expo Closes

 

6:00-7:00 Meeting: Friends of Bill W.

 

BANQUET DINNER AND HO’DOWN

8:00-Midnight

Top of the Riv

Sponsored by Industrial Strength Body Jewelry and LeRoi, Inc.

 

The Dinner and fun will start at 8pm (get there early to get your seat). Come and enjoy Big Sandy and his Flyright Boys, “since forming in 1988, they have emerged as one of the world’s most respected practitioners of American roots music—western swing, rockabilly, and traditional country—playing it like they invented it.” Eat some Cook-out style food, wear your finest country, swing, or rockabilly outfit – and dance! Additional Raffle ticket sales will take place – bring your cash – only cash accepted!

 

Awards/Announcements and Final Raffle 10pm

Awards for the best booth(s)- Single and Multiple will be awarded Wednesday afternoon and announced tonight. The President’s Award will be given at this time, along with announcements, and the official transferring of the Board of Directors. The top ten Raffle prizes will be drawn and given out. Those attendees who do not have tickets for the Banquet are welcome to join us for these events.

 

Friday April 25th – it’s Friday but we’re not done yet!

8:00-9:00 YOGA

Free to all. All levels welcome!

 

9:00am- 2:30pm Registration Desk

Final Expo ticket and class sales

 

10:00-1:30 Bloodborne Pathogens

Instructors: Kris Lachance

This course has been updated and completely revamped specifically for the piercing practitioner through a collaborative effort of APP’s Board of Directors, Health Educators Inc. & Professional Piercing Information Systems. The course meets federal training requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and features a comprehensive update on the very latest changes in OSHA rules and regulations as they apply to the piercing industry.

 

10:00 -2:00 Raffle Prize claim at the APP Booth

 

10:00-2:00 EXPOSITION OPEN TO ATTENDEES

 

10:00-11:30 Roundtable: Ritual Experience

Facilitator: Corey Lolley

As piercers we practice a very ancient craft which dates back to the beginning of man. In the ancient days piercing was often practiced as a rite of passage, a form of shamanism or a marking of importance. Living in modern society it is easy for us to forget the roots of what we do. Join us in a discussion about what we can do as practitioners of piercing to honor the roots of piercing not only as a craft but as an ancient form of ritual. We will also discuss different ceremonies happening within our communities, personal ritual and bringing ceremony into the piercing room.

 

10:00-11:30 Roundtable: Being a Pierced Parent

Facilitator: Patrick Bogdanich

Being a pierced parent is a roundtable discussion for parents who are related directly or indirectly to the piercing industry/community that may or may not face everyday challenges and stigmas associated with being a parent in today’s society. This is a discussion on how you can be proactive in overcoming those obstacles in a positive way, instead of maybe having a negative reaction. In addition we will address the question: What about when my child wants to get pierced? Age appropriate piercings and how to talk to your kids about limitations and restrictions.

 

This will also be a great opportunity to network with other parents in the industry too!

 

11:45-12:45 Roundtable: Life Beyond Piercing

Facilitator: William Spencer

This roundtable is an open discussion about what you do outside of your industry to benefit the community you live in. We will be discussing volunteering, activism, community involvement, fund raising etc. We will talk about how to get involved in these sorts of activities and why you might want to. We will talk about how extracurricular activities can affect your community, your life, and your business; the positives and some negatives. Please keep in mind that this is a NON-political discussion, leave your biases at the door. Please bring your stories, ideas, and enthusiasm for participation. A Heath bar would be nice as well.

 

1:00-2:00 Roundtable: Conference in Review

Facilitators: Members of the APP Board of Directors

This is an informal way to share your input about the Conference in 2008 and ideas for Conferences in the future!

 

2:30 EXPO closes

 

2:30-4:30 Meeting: Members Annual (Members Only) – Part Two

Topics discussed will be in part directed by suggestions taken in writing at the first part of the Members Meeting held on Tues.

 

2:30-5:30 First Aid

Instructors: Red Cross

Required renewal every 3 years to maintain APP membership.

 

2:30-7:00p.m. Vendors break down and move out