Saturday, November 21, 2009

kind words

this is a review a client wrote on yelp about her piercing experience....

I walked in to NY Adorned, very attracted by the artistic displays on the storefront and window, immediately looked in at all of the people, who really were adorned with a wide variation of piercings and tattoos. I remember the moment of *midwestern-yuppie-upbringing-judgement" where I thought to myself, this place is totally a punk hangout and maybe I don't belong here. This is one of those experiences in life that humbled me into realizing how narrow my mind could be constricted and consequently re-expanded.

Colby sat with me to speak with me about my nose re-piercing and look at the semi-closed hole in my nose... I was immediately warmed into a state of calm. There are very few people and situations that can evoke this from me, but Colby seems to have that magical intrinsic quality that makes him successful at his trade. (Hmmm.. maybe I should stop in and loiter around him when I can't make it to yoga.. ?) After about 20 minutes, I am called into the 'piercing room', which really resembles apothecary meets modern doctor office. He slips on some surgical gloves, pulls out a tray that holds sanitized surgical equipment and a few cups and begins to mix the sanitizing solutions into those cups like an old alchemist. He then tells me that he is just going to try to slip the nose piece it into the existing hole in my nose, which has only been empty for 4 months, to see if he can avoid using a needle. He approaches me and then chuckles with excitement, but I had no idea what the chuckle meant. It took me a few puzzled seconds to realize that the piece went in without incident. Now, that is talent.

It was mind expanding to witness the level of professionalism manifest itself into this piercing and tattoo studio in a society where we so often reserve these expectations to assess more "traditional professions." Social construct and messaging fools us into taking for granted that perhaps a tattoo or piercing artist does not need to place emphasis on "professional skills", but rather maintain the rough and rugged exterior as rebel identity. On the contrary, I would argue that it these "permanent" procedures really call for an intangible amount of social intelligence, focus and skill-- which really is embodied at NY Adorned. I am (and always will be) a die-hard fan of situations that defy social construct and hence recommend NY-Adorned with 5 stars as possibly the BEST of NY in its industry.

After the re-piercing, Colby relayed that I needed to come back in one week for an adjustment. At this moment, I felt like he saw right through me...into the core of my aloof personality. He questioned, "Do you need a card week... that means next Friday? you get it, right? I will see you in 7 days here?" Needless to say, I only wandered in about 3 weeks later for the adjustment. I guess some of my own intrinsic qualities will never change... no matter how much my mind is expanded.


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