Endy: Hi, everyone! Welcome back to the #iamAvanti podcast and you're here with your host, Endy. Unfortunately, I am solo today, but not really because I'm here with Katie. Say hi, Katie!
Katie: Hi, Endy and hi to all listeners!
Getting to know Piercer Katie Ragon
Endy: Yeah! So I reached out to a couple piercers in this group that I am in called Piercer Babes. It's really awesome. It's a really great resource for just the industry in general and I just asked if there were some piercers that want to come and talk to me about their experiences and how are they feeling and how they're doing right now. If you're not aware, we are doing this episode in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic so we are recording remotely. I'm in my home in Portland and she's in her home. Are you in Ohio right now?
Katie: Yeah. Cleveland, Ohio.
Endy: Yeah, and so we are social distancing so don't worry about that, but we are able to utilize technology in a really awesome way that we can still connect and talk to each other. So I have a couple questions that I wanted to ask. Well, I guess we already talked about the first one already, which is where you're from so yeah, where are you from? If you want to talk about that a little bit.
Katie: I'm born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, for my entire life. So I never really left home. I just kind of moved around the area a bit and I currently actually work in the city that I was born in. So I was born in North Olmsted, a suburb of Cleveland and now I work in North Olmsted again.
Katie: I live in Cleveland, the actual city.
Endy: Cool. Yeah, that was the second question was where you work? So born and raised working in the same place you live - very, very cool. How long have you been piercing for?
Katie: So I've been piercing for three years now and that includes a one year apprenticeship.
Endy: Cool! Awesome. What's the name of your shop?
Katie: The current shop I work for is called Piercing Perfections. We're located inside the Great Northern mall in North Olmsted.