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Check Out Jesse Kirzner’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesse Kirzner.

Hi Jesse, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
A few months before I first started body piercing, my mother had died, I was dealing with many mental health issues, I was out on bail for drug offenses, I honestly had no hope for my future at this point. However, I walked into a tattoo studio one day looking to get some work fixed. I explained my situation to my tattoo artist and was hired on as front counter shop help for a year.

After that, I had earned a piercing apprenticeship and immediately started bettering myself. I started working on my mental health, coming to terms with the fact that my mom passed away, I got clean from harder drugs that were ruining my life. I also found a sense of belonging In this industry and an urge to make others happy through my art. I use to feel like I didn’t belong anywhere but I have found a home in the world of Piercing.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Like any art, there are many challenges and hardships when trying to establish a name for yourself. They were many weeks where I didn’t make any money, bills didn’t get paid, and I was struggling to eat a proper meal. Not to mention the mental health struggles of being an artist such as self-doubt, being hard on myself after messing up a piercing which does happen even to the best of piercers also the fact I was working as counter help and a piercer for a long time I was feeling overworked and had many burn out days.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a professional body piercer. I specialize in philtrum and septum piercings. The piece that I am most proud of is a set of piercings where I had two industrial piercings crossing over one another in the same ear.

What sets me apart from other piercers is my strive to constantly learn new practices in the piercing world. I am always betting my skill set with knowledge I gather from others who do quality work. I offer a safe space for all people in my work and I make sure to make everyone feel comfortable and welcomed in my studio no matter what.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Do not give up, consistently strive to for doing better than the day before. Do not listen to that voice in your head telling you negative things. Try your best every day, focus on many small goals and your one big goal will get accomplished one day, I promise you. Be patient with yourself you are constantly growing. Know your worth do not settle for less.

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