We love piercing! We are passionate about placement, jewellery and having you love your new piece. A big part of that passion goes into training. Our piercers are dedicated to honing and refining their skill set.
All of our piercers have internationally recognized training through the Fakir Intensives. Fakir Intensives is the longest running accredited body piercing school in the world and offers certificates in Basic, Comprehensive, and Advanced Body Piercing. www.fakir.org
The Association of Professional Piercers offers industry related seminars and workshops at their annual conferences.
Our piercers at Instinct also hold up to date First Aid, CPR, WHO Covid 19, and Bloodborn Pathogen training certificates
The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) is an international health and safety organization. It is a nonprofit voluntary alliance dedicated to the dissemination of information about body piercing. Governed by a voluntary elected Board of Directors, the APP is a united group of piercing professionals that freely shares information to help fellow members, piercers, health care professionals, legislators, health inspectors, and the general public get the best and most up to date information about body piercing.
There is not a "certification" program in British Columbia, or even Canada, for body piercing.
To be a "professional" only means that this is how we make our livings. Instinct Adornment holds a valid business license showing that we meet or exceed the Interior Health Board requirements for a body piercing studio.
Our insurance providers require that we each hold a certain level of experience and work with specific materials using procedures that they deem "safest practice" within our industry.
To counter this lack of explicit certification we invest heavily in training. Our piercers are up to date in fundamental and advanced techniques, health and safety, and meet criteria to be members of the Association of Professional Piercers.
We provide ongoing training opportunities and mentor-ship to our experienced piercers, as well as our apprentices.
Jenna, born and raised in Kamloops, but loved her time fruit picking in the Okanagan! She has been a professional piercer since 1999. Jenna is a founding member of Instinct Adornment.
She has completed Basic and Advanced training through Fakir Intensives (1999, 2012, 2018), has her level C First Aid, WHO Covid19 and Bloodborn Pathogens certificate, as well as having attended seminars and workshops at the Association for Professional Piercers annual conferences (2004, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and member's retreats (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019).
She is known for her skill and dexterity as much as for her dedication to beautiful, quality piercings and jewellery. (Also known for being a bit less stoic, Jenna treats all of our studio's clients as she would want to be treated- that includes seeing the test strip that runs in the autoclave before a procedure, juice boxes, sterile cold compresses, stickers for bravery and treats.)
Jenna is a proud member of the Association of Professional Piercers and is dedicated to continuing to learn and develop her knowledge.
Jenna can be found in both our locations.
Theo has been a consultant to the industry since 2012, and has completed Fakir Intensives Basic and Advanced Piercing training in 2014, and has attended seminars and workshops at the Association of Professional Piercers 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, 2018, 2019 conferences. He is pleased to have been invited to, once again, teach Body Anatomy at this international conference in 2020 with Elaine Angel.
Theo, a paramedic (2006-2018), brings his strong medical background as a health care professional to the studio. (Also a lover of dad-jokes, he routinely has clients laugh-groaning). He holds up to date First Said, CPR, WHO and Bloodborne Pathogens certificates.
Theo is a proud member of the Association of Professional Piercers and is dedicated to continuing to learn and develop his knowledge.
Theo was raised in 100 Mile House and has lived in many communities in the area. He can be found working in both locations.
Shanda Rae joined the studio in 2008 and after spending nearly 2 years abroad she returned to Kamloops in 2014. Shanda Rae completed Fakir Intensive's Basic Body Piercing Training in 2011, Fakir Intensive's Body Piercing Comprehensive Training in 2015, and the school's advanced training in 2018. She holds First Aid, CPR, WHO, and Bloodborn Pathogen certificates. Shanda Rae attended the Association of Professional Piercers Conferences in 2009, 2015 and 2018.
Shanda Rae grew up in Westsyde. Her energy, enthusiasm and experience add to a wonderful piercing experience.
Shanda Rae is a proud member of the Association of Professional Piercers and is dedicated to continuing to learn and develop her knowledge.
Shanda works in our Kamloops studio.
Ken has been piercing professionally for 26 years and has completed basic and advanced training through Fakir Musafar's world-renowned piercing school in San Francisco. He is also an active volunteer with the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), and has attended the APP annual conferences for years to help hone his craft. He holds First Aid, CPR, and Bloodborn Pathogen certificates.
He moved to Kamloops from Barrie, Ontario to join Instincit in 2018. He's pretty ok for an old guy.
Ken is a proud member of the Association of Professional Piercers and is dedicated to continuing to learn and develop his knowledge.
Ken runs Instinct Adornment South Pandosy, and can be found full time in Kelowna doing what he loves best!
We were excited to have had Maddy Sawchuk join Instinct in October 2019, Maddy has made the move back to BC from Edmonton with their adorable feline companion.
They had been piercing professionally since 2014, having done their apprenticeship in Vancouver (2013) and has attended Fakir Intensives basic, and advanced training in body piercing. Maddy holds up to date certificates in First Aid, CPR, WHO and Bloodborne Pathogens.
Maddy is also a wonderful jeweler. Maddy can help you pick up the perfect pieces to build and complete your look!
Maddy brings their positive attitude, experience working in busy studios and kind bedside manner to Instinct.
Maddy is a proud member of the Association of Professional Piercers and is dedicated to continuing to learn and develop their knowledge.
Maddy primarily works in our Kamloops studio.
Angie has completed the Fakir Intesive's Basic Body Piercing course and is working as a junior piercer as she continues apprenticing at the studio.
Angie has been with Instinct since the spring of 2017. She works with clients with a calm, welcoming and knowledgeable presence. She has been helping clients with jewellery changes and trouble shooting since the spring of 2018, and can often be found piercing ear lobes and nipples- two of her specialties!
Angie holds certificates for First Aid, CPR, WHO, and Bloodborn Pathogens and is a licensed piercer in the state of California.
We're often asked why we don't have longer hours, the simple answer is that we want to give you the best team possible whenever we're open.
Work life balance is something we hold dear, and do our best to accommodate early and later requests, just ask!
If you'd like more information on our experience and training we're always happy to chat!
"Quality is never an accident;
it is always the result of high intention,
sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives"
William A. Foster