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Evolution Body Piercing
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Type of business:
Body Piercing Studio

Owners:
Crystal Sims and Shawn Taylor

Business Address:

Business Email:
evolutionpiercing@mac.com

Business Website:
www.evolutionpiercing.com

Number of Employees:
6


What is your business philosophy?
Our motto is "Setting A Higher Standard" and we strive for that each day with each decision we make and each client we interact with.
What is your company's greatest asset?
Without a doubt that would be our dedicated employees who love our company and share our vision. Our head piercer, Noah Babcock, has been with us for 11 years and in that time has pierced tens of thousands of our clients and become nationally known for his outstanding work. Our newest piercer, Chris Jennell, comes to us with over 10 years of experience working in some of the nation's finest studios. Neither piercer could do their job as well as they do without the help of a good support team working the front, and Angela Gonzales and Sarah Rivali-Jones are our superheroes at keeping the studio environment clean and welcoming.
What do you offer that the competition doesn't?
Since opening in 1999, Evolution has been Albuquerque's only studio dedicated solely to the art of body piercing. We are Albuquerque's first members of the Association of Professional Piercers, and we continue to set ourselves apart by offering the highest quality products and safe, accurate procedures performed by piercers with no less than 10 years of experience. We serve a vastly diverse clientele and remain dedicated to maintaining a positive environment and to offering guidance through each client's individual piercing experience.
How do you maintain your competitive edge?
By evolving (pun intended). We stay abreast the latest developments in our industry by attending training workshops at the annual conferences of the Association of Professional Piercers. We also serve our industry as instructors at these conferences and offer courses in preventing disease transmission for body art professionals locally.
What contributions to the community are you most proud of?
Because we are creative people in a creative industry, we like to encourage others to pursue their creative interests as well. To that end we've organized and sponsored an annual benefit fashion show called Craft Punk where local artists and designers can share and sell their work. Between three shows we are ecstatic to have raised $7,000 and donated all proceeds to local art-related nonprofit organizations such as the OFFCenter Community Arts Center.
Anything else you would like to add?
Our clients are really the ones who make our business grow each year. We are so grateful to everyone who has given us the opportunity to earn their trust, come back to us, and told their friends about us. You are the reason we are still in business, and the reason we love our job.

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