Guest Artists

Shea Lloyd

shea_lloyd

My piercing career began in 2006, when one of my closest friends offered me an opportunity that changed my life in ways I could have never imagined. To be taught a skill by one of the greatest piercers I have known, Tracy Faraca, was truly a gift. And to later have the torch passed to me to run the piercing portion of Optic Nerve Arts was an honor. That shop will always be a special home to me.

These days I spend most of my time gardening and hanging out with my children; a one year old chihuahua terrier, a six year old kitty and a twenty-three year old ball python. Though I have shifted my piercing practice to part time, it is a great passion of mine. I am especially interested in ears! I love uncommon and challenging cartilage projects and look forward to doing more of them. I particularly enjoy working with natural materials such as stones and gold. I am proud to make Ritual Arts Tattoo and Body Piercing  my new piercing home. This space and these people are the cream of the crop.

I find that, far too often in this industry, that the client almost expects to be treated with cold arrogance by their practitioner. That is terribly unfortunate.When someone walks into an establishment for body modification they are already in a vulnerable position. That client deserves nothing less than a warm welcome from a supportive, informative professional.

During my seven years of professional piercing I have cultivated deep patience and respect for the adaptability of the human form. I am happiest when I can help a client love an area of their body they were uncomfortable with. I am inspired by the celebratory expression on their faces when they no longer see their body parts as a display of imperfections. Through piercing the client can accept their beautiful body for what it is, unique.