Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota
— B.S. in Education, Northern State University, M.A. Degree San Francisco State University (with California Teaching Credential)
— U.S. Army, Instructor in Demolitions & Explosives
— Over 40 years experience in body piercing & branding, 30 years commercially
— Conductor of Shamanic Rituals since 1990
— Photographer & artist
— Spirit+Flesh photobook
— International speaker and television personality on body modification and spiritual explorations
— Father of the Modern Primitive movement.
May 2018: A Farewell Letter.
Ken Coyote, Director, Lead Instructor
Native of California
— B.A. University of California
— Attended Fakir Basic Course 1993
— Advanced work with Fakir & Erik Dakota in 1994-1996
— Primary professional experience in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California.
— Developer and innovator of course instruction and materials including the Advanced and Comprehensive Body Piercing curricula, Health & Safety Guidelines, and Aftercare for Body Piercing
— Photographer, Diver, Writer.
Jori Zan, Instructor
Native of Oregon
— Professional piercer since 1989
— Attended Fakir Basic in 1993, Fakir Advanced in 1997
— Owns, operates, and pierces at Jori Zan's Body Piercing in Salem, Oregon, since 1994
— Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) Proctor for Body Art Practitioner licensing and testing
— APP Business Member
— Loves to play in dirt, water and/or fire at any given chance
— Cheer Captain for Fakir Intensives.
Ian Bishop, Instructor
Native of Tennessee
— Middle Tennessee State University and student of Herbal Medicine
— Attended Fakir Basic 1994, Fakir Advanced 1997, Fakir Basic Branding 1996
— Owns and operates ICON Body Piercing in Nashville and Murfreesboro
— Guest piercer in Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, Oklahoma City, San Jose.
Tod Almighty, Instructor
Native of Dallas, Texas
— College work in communications
— Attended Fakir Basic and Advanced in 1994 and 1997
— Tod has pierced professionally for 15 consecutive years in Dallas, Santa Barbara, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles
— Currently staff member at Anatometal in Santa Cruz
— Expert in male genital piercings and Innovator of many techniques.
Dustin Allor, Instructor
— Began her piercing career in 1994 at age 17
— Attended Fakir Basic in 1997, Advanced in 1998 and apprenticed under Ken Coyote in Santa Cruz
— Professional piercer in California, Texas, Tennessee, and Australia
— Associates Degree in Jewelry From Austin Community College
— Owner/Designer of Phoenix Revival Jewelry
Jef Saunders, Instructor
Native of Rhode Island
— Attended Fakir Basic 1999, Fakir Advanced 2000, Fakir Branding 2000
— Professional piercer since 1999
— Owned and operated Rockstar Body Piercing in Providence, Rhode Island
— Innovator of piercing techniques and expert instructor
— Guest piercer and educator all over these United States
— Blogs body piercing insight and social commentary
— APP Business Member and APP Board of Directors.
BettyAnn Peed, Instructor
Native of Maryland
— Attended Fakir Basic and Advanced courses in 2003 and 2005
— Owns and operates Dahlia Fine Jewelry & Body Piercing in Nashville
— Associate degree in Business Administration from the College of Southern Maryland
— Aesthetics license in Tennessee since 2007
Cody Vaughn, Instructor
Native of California
— Attended Fakir Basic in 2007, Fakir Advanced in 2008
— Professional piercer since 2004
— Owns and operates Vaughn Body Arts in Monterey California
— APP Business Member in good standing and elected to APP Board of Directors 2014
— Guest piercer gigs in California, Oregon, and Rhode Island
— Super organizer.
Laura Jane, Instructor
Native of Michigan
— Attended Fakir Basic 2010, Fakir Advanced 2012
— Professional piercer since 2010
— Veteran of several popular piercing studios, including Rockstar Body Piercing in Providence, RI, Adorn in Portland, OR, and Jori Zan's Body Piercing in Salem, OR
— Guest piercer at several shops around the US
— Cool Mom (not a regular mom)
— APP Business Member At Large
Becky Dill, Instructor
Native of California
— Attended Fakir Comprehensive Piercing Intensive in 2015
— Professional piercer since 2003
— Works in San Francisco at Cold Steel America
— APP Business Member since 2009
— Founder of the Bay Area Piercers Group
— Volunteer for the APP's Body Piercing Archive
— Loves painting, arts and crafts, learning spanish.
Neo Collett, Instructor
Neo is a native of New York State, and an ardent branding and tattooing enthusiast
— Neo attended Rensselaer Polytechnic in New York in 1989 and currently works in Accounting for Whole Foods Market
— She completed Fakir Intensives in 2000 and was a shop assistant at Black & Blue Tattoo in San Francisco
— Neo's passion is the art of branding where her skills excel in multi-strike work.
William (Grin) Grindatti, Instructor
Grin is a native of Michigan and recent transplant from Detroit
— Graduate of Michigan College of Art and Architecture and licensed architect
— Ardent branding, tattooing and scarification enthusiast with 20 years of practice in these arts
— Graduate of Fakir branding and piercing schools
— Currently scarification and tattoo artist in the San Francisco area plus instructor at Fakir Intensives.