Crystal Sims, Co-Owner
I have been a lover of all forms of body adornment for as long as I can remember. Before piercings and tattoos it was make-up and fashion. Pierced ears in the 80’s led to a pierced nose and navel in the early 90’s (though I couldn’t find anyone qualified to do them at the time so neither healed properly). My first real piercing experience at the hands of a trained professional was so powerful that I immediately wanted to learn everything I could about the history, ritual, and psychological aspects of body modification and adornment.
I began my career in the body art industry in early 1994, apprenticing for two years under piercer Kent Fazekas in Indianapolis, IN. Eager to learn as much as I could about the trade, I continued my education by attending classes and workshops hosted by industry leaders such as the Gauntlet, Fakir Musafar, the Association of Professional Piercers, Al D Sowers, David Vidra of Health Educators and Sky Renfro of Professional Piercing Information Systems. I was greatly inspired by the passion of these individuals who were changing body piercing from a risky underground business to a respected profession. Once Evolution Body Piercing (which I opened with Shawn Taylor in 1999) was established enough that I could take time away I started to look for ways I could contribute to this cause.
In 2002, I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Piercers, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information to the body piercing industry. In my three-year term on the Board, I processed membership applications from all over the world, attended conferences of other health and safety organizations, wrote articles for the APP’s quarterly newsletter, and helped with the planning and execution of three APP educational conferences in Las Vegas, NV and two in Amsterdam, Holland. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be of service to the piercing community on an international level.
While I am no longer piercing, I’m still very involved in the industry. I’m the current Chair of the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists (the state regulatory body that regulates body art in New Mexico) and have been very active in working towards improving the safety of body art through state regulations. I also teach health and safety classes to body art professionals locally and continue to serve as an instructor at the annual conferences of the Association of Professional Piercers.
While I love to work, I am also a firm believer that people who pursue their creative interests lead happier, more fulfilled lives. I’ve gotten really into photography lately, and I also like sewing, music, and planning fashion shows. I travel as often as I can, too, but Evolution Body Piercing is still my first love and first priority. Managing the business is truly the most rewarding and fulfilling career I can imagine for myself, and I enjoy working with my business partner and our staff to make Evolution Body Piercing the best it can be.