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The 2017 APP Conference

2017 APP Conference Review
APP conference
The APP’s 2017 piercing conference has finally come and gone. Each summer piercers from around the world are trying to find the money to spend a week in Vegas and studio owners are trying to figure out how to keep their studios open while their hometown piercers are away. This event is the best option many piercers have for continued education requirements their home state’s have in their body art regulations.
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New Flower piercer John Johnson is on the committee that organizes the event with a crew of eight others and the hotel’s event services representatives. In the weeks leading up to conference New Flower Studio receives enough shipments of conference supplies that nearly every inch of the car gets taken up.
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Once onsite, the week is full of meetings and last minute arrangements and changes. Every room and facility the association reserves from the hotel is theirs for the entire week. This requires constant management and planning. John serves as a liaison between the APP and hotel.
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This photo shows New Flower piercers John and Vanessa Jo at the Thursday night formal banquet. They’re rarely in the same place at the same time.
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This event brings piercers from everywhere there’s professional piercing. This gives piercers the chance to meet new friends and colleagues and reconnect with the old. Above Vanessa Jo poses with Elayne Angel. Elayne and John served on the Board of Directors of the APP together for three years. They’ve worked together on many projects and Elayne has even pierced with John at Outer Limits in Long Beach and at New Flower.
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Of course the most important part of the 2017 APP conference was education. Conference is a week of classes mostly oriented towards piercing safety. If there’s ever a week during the summer where finding a good piercer seems hard to find, they’re probably sitting in a room like this with like-minded professionals. John and his New Flower Studio business partner Dave Casper from Lynchburg, VA met at conference in 2011.

John Johnson
John Johnson is a professional body piercer at New Flower Studio in Long Beach, CA. He's also a Red Cross instructor and authorized OSHA trainer. He manages the online curriculum for the Association of Professional Piercers and is a member of ASTM International.