Piercer gains APP certification in Morehead – The Trail Blazer

Posted in Tattoo Shop on Nov 05, 2020

A local piercer will soon hold the only body piercing APP membership in Morehead.

Kebrie Skurski, a piercer at Back Alley Tattoos, is working towards earning a membership from the Association of Professional Piercers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and safety of body piercings, making her the first piercer to earn the title in the area.

Kebrie Skurski poses for a portrait at Back Alley Tattoos on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Morehead, KY. Photo by Sarah Mitchell | The Trail Blazer.

They generally go above and beyond what the health department and stuff like that want you to do, said Skurski. We just want to ensure that its safe for everybody and that youre going into a sterile environment so that you dont have to worry about getting infections.

She decided to take the steps to her an APP membership to bring respect, professionalism and a higher standard to the industry in small communities.

I think its really important that areas like this, small towns, are able to have places where they can get professional quality piercings, said Skurski. They can feel confident coming down and knowing that theyre in good hands and theyre not with somebody who really has no idea what theyre doing.

Skurski, who has been in the industry for 10 years, said shes always adhered to APP standards to ensure her customers health and safety.

Kebrie Skurskis work station at Back Alley Tattoos on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Morehead, KY. Photo by Sarah Mitchell | The Trail Blazer.

Ive always felt really passionate about my job anyways, said Skurski. I always wanted to do the best that I possibly could in the industry, so this was kind of the next step.

The rules set by the APP regulating the shops layout prevented her from previously earning the certification. Now that Back Alley has moved locations, the opportunity to reconstruct and install the necessary features to meet the APPs criteria.

Requirements include eight-foot tall walls for booths, installing a hepa filtration system and hands-free equipment.

Skurski is anxious to earn the membership.

Its just one of those things where you feel respected in the industry, you feel like youve worked really hard to try and be the best at your job and getting my certification would just solidify that for me, said Skurski.

Once construction and installments are completed, Skurski will send videos of the shop and documentation of her blood borne pathogen, CPR and first aid certifications.

Her APP membership will be determined afterwards.

Piercing selections at Back Alley Tattoos on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Morehead, KY. Photo by Sarah Mitchell | The Trail Blazer.

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