Sunday, February 17, 2008

Nomad celebrates 15 years

a worthy headline! it really always has and always will that Blake opened the THIRD piercing shop in the country--and began a movement that still ripples today. the existing shops at the time--Body Manipulations and the Gaunlet--just didn't make the connection that he had (inspired by his Grandmother's travels), that piercing was not merely "play" but ritual and adornment and above all else it was ANCIENT, a practices seen since the earliest civilizations acroos the globe. it has deeper meaning. on Haight Street in San Francisco, his biz partner Kristian and him filled their shop with tribal art and a fountain with trees and birds, walked the streets fliering everyone they saw, and it didn't take long at all--before they knew it they were doing 50 piercings a day.

he definitely hit a chord, and everything just happened at the right place and right time. 15 years later and when i see the grocery clerk with stretched lobes and bone spirals in them, i think "wow, blake impacted this." and i think it works so well for him becasue of his passion. he is dedicated, driven, and intense--but that could have been applied to anything. anything wouldn't do: poking holes, adorning bodies--this is what called him. it's really cool to be even near that kind of passion. i am honored to be "Nomad guy's wife."

the early crowd--KC reads the kids a book in the new "kid zone"

Blake with River, our 8-year-old friend who just got her ears pierced last week

did i mention Nomad has kid zone?
what is the difference between the first nomad party crowd and this crowd--15 years later? um, we all have FAMILIES!

Blake helping Johann (aka the Red King, an old friend and bandmate) pick out something sparkly for his lady

7 comments:

The Noble Fat N Happy One said...

great pics!!!
had a blast celebrating the 15 year milestone with y'all.
without Blake, us piercee's would look like a bunch of leather clad pincusions. lol. glad he brought the sacred tribal aspect into all of our lives.

UrbanHippieMama said...

wow.. reading that post gave me serious chills. we, too, are honored to know this passionate and talented guy.

Hedro said...

Congratulations on 15 years!

-H

angstmonkey said...

Thank you for letting us be a part of your very special day. I hope for continued success in your business long long into the future.

Joi

Lisa said...

Wait, you have a kid zone? That rocks! I keep thinking about doing more piercings, but I guess I have to wait until I'm not pregnant....

Lee said...

It was such a nice time. I'm glad I got my pretty new fire opal!!

Comptons said...

15 years - wow! Congratulations!

And that kid zone looks awesome! I'll have to come back and see it sometime soon.