BEYOND THE PAIN
BODY ART IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT MEANS TO SELF-EXPRESSION AND IS ONE OF THE WAYS PEOPLE CAN PAY HOMAGE TO THEMSELVES AS INDIVIDUALS, BY ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR EXISTENCE THROUGH AESTHETIC REPRESENTATION. SINCE TRIBAL DAYS, BODY ART HAS BEEN A WAY TO MARK ONE’S ACCEPTANCE OF ONE’S SELF, AND IN SO DOING, HELPING ONE TO UNDERSTAND, ACCEPT AND RESPECT THE INDIVIDUALISM OF OURSELVES AND OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. THE WORLD AT LARGE SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS IN ITS QUEST FOR CIVILIZATION AND HAS INADVERTENTLY TURNED US INTO SAVAGES WHO JUDGE RECKLESSLY, WITHOUT REGARD FOR AN INDIVIDUAL’S ACHIEVEMENTS AND ABILITIES.

Studio 57 – 57 6th Street Parkhurst – Johannesburg
Mobile: 083 475 0524
E-mail:conrad@beyondthepain.co.za

Jessica Sheppard

Services Offered: Jewellery Sales | Standard Piercing |

For as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with body modification. At the age of 13 my dad took me to a tattoo and piercing studio to get what I called my first  ‘proper’ piercing. This was the most exciting experience, and I continued to feel that same excitement every time I got  a piercing after that. 

When I finished  school it was expected of me to study further and obtain a higher qualification. I started my studies at a culinary school and quickly realized that , as much as I loved cooking , it was not my passion. 

I now had to decide on another career option, which led me back to my interest in body piercing.  

I was told that Conrad was the only person to go to if I really wanted to learn about body modification. I had never been pierced by Conrad or even met him before I went to talk to him. It took all the courage I had to ask him if he would take me on as an apprentice. Much to my surprise , he offered me a job as the studio receptionist until he was able to take on a new apprentice.  I started my apprenticeship and have never looked back. In piercing and working with clients I have found were my passion lies.