A Brief history of Blake Perlingieri

May 3, 2015
A Brief history of Blake Perlingieri

By Selene Torres

Body modification, like tattooing and piercing, has always been a tradition among early civilizations. But in contemporary culture it appears new, and so new traditions have modern origins and pioneers that started and contributed to the industry of body art.

Blake Perlingiery, piercer and curator of the Nomad Museum and author of “A Brief History of the Evolution of Body Adornment in Western Culture,” began piercing in 1988 and co-founded the Association of Professional Piercers in 1994. With the new organization (APP) he helped petition the California Legislature for sanitation standards that have been adopted widely in the U.S. His grandmother, Dr. Naomi M. Coval, was a world traveler.  She visited some of the most remote places of the world and its tribes, bringing back artifacts and pictures.  Blake took great interest in these treasures and they were the inspiration for his passion for body modification.  He felt a close connection to the cultural practices of the Dayak people of Borneo. 

In 1990 Blake was working at Body Manipulations piercing studio in San Francisco.  Body modification was growing in popularity at this time as an act of self-expression and life style.  During these early years stretched ear lobes were only beginning to become popular and Blake was the first person to wear plugs as large as 2."   

Modern body art can easily be seen as something borrowed from other cultures. The nomad philosophy and Blake's vision is "the re-infusion of the modern world with tribal customs and beliefs is a means by which we can rediscover our humanity and interconnectedness, and in turn sustain the planet and its race."  Thus, the first tribal studio in the industry was created as Nomad in 1993.  Blake and his partner Kristian both former employees of the world's first two piercing studios (Body Manipulations and Gauntlet) were looking to embody tribal aesthetics and to define and develop new techniques.  By free-handing most piercings (piercing without tools) and performing 1/2" initial piercings they were offering faster and more visually rewarding piercings.  At the time they had to practice their tribal style work in secret.   Nomad paved the way for the future of what is now considered “extreme” body modification.

Blake went on to open Nomad Australia and later Moved to Oregon were he opened the Nomad Museum and piercing studio.  He married his wife Leah in 2001 at the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins and soon after they had his daughter Mayan Grace. His family has continued to grow and so has the Nomad Museum. Today Blake is still piercing at Nomad in Oregon were he makes one of a kind jewelry from organic materials, precious metals, and gemstones, as well as curating the museum, exhibiting artifacts from Africa, Borneo, and New Guinea. Nomad's goal is to continue helping make people aware of the history of body art.      


Ötzi the Iceman and Body Modification

March 31, 2015
By Selene Torres

Body modification has always been a part of the traditions and rituals of many tribal cultures. Ötzi, the 5,300 year old ice man (now the oldest known person with stretched lobes) was discovered in 1991 in the Austrian alps.  We can only  wonder how long ago piercings became a part of his ancient cultural's traditions, and if there were spiritual or healing purpose to his tattoos, piercings, and body modification in general.

In September of 1991 a well preserved mummy was foun...

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Triple Conch at New Flower Studio

March 28, 2015
She's wearing 3 prong set gems from Neometal, the perfect jewelry for piercings like this.
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Gold Septum Clicker from New Flower Studio

March 11, 2015
We've received new gold orders from both Body Gems and Scylla recently.  Here's a picture of our friend Lindsay wearing her new Septum piece.
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Ear Piercing Guns by Selene Torres for New Flower Studio Body Piercing in Long Beach, CA

March 3, 2015

For many people piercing guns are a fast, cheap, and easy way to get their ears pierced. But this method of piercing is not necessarily harmless and can cause serious damage. The mechanism used to pierce is blunt force and they are more likely to expose people to transmitted diseases than professional piercing in a more controlled environment. Ear piercing guns aren't sterilized in between uses and their users are under-trained for disease prevention.

On July 13, 1880 Illinois inventor Edwar...

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Arizona Adventures

February 18, 2015
John and colleague Brett Perkins (Anomaly, Pasadena) took a 1500 mile trip over three days to the world famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and ended up driving going to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Meteor Crater.  They stopped first in Phoenix to spend the night with former APP board member Dana Dinius from HTC piercing,


Next stop was the gem show in Tucson.  Brett Perkins also uses his piercing studio to make body jewelry using stone and gems.  This was his annual trip to the show to stoc...

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Niobium body jewelry in Long Beach, CA for body piercing

February 5, 2015

Niobium Body Jewelry by Selene Torres, February 2015

Many jewelry standards vary in quality but at New Flower Studio in Long Beach we offer jewelry from the biggest names in the industry. From the available materials like glass, titanium, steel, and gold, niobium is one of the most unique metals. Like titanium, niobium can be anodized, and the fact that it’s hypoallergenic benefits its use in jewelry as well.  The selection of niobium jewelry in piercing studios is usually much smaller tha...

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Anatometal Flowers in Long Beach at New Flower Piercing

January 4, 2015
Kenny Crespo is our ear piercing specialist at New Flower Studio.  He proves it again with this perfect Flat piercing with this flower gem end from Anatometal.
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Neometal in a triple flat piercing by Kenny Crespo at New Flower

December 27, 2014
New Flower is the only studio in Long beach that offers Neometal brand's jewelry.  It's incredibly user friendly and made with beautiful Swarovski gems.  Visit the studio and see what we can do with your ears!
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New Amethyst Jewelry in Long Beach at New Flower Studio

December 19, 2014
This pair of genuine Amethyst plugs and Conch pins came today from Heart on Sleeve jewelry.  These are a special order for one of our clients who doesn't yet know he's getting them for Christmas.
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