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Dustin Spence

Dustin

Dustin Spence was born in New Jersey, and has been working at Infinite since 2013. Dustin has been seriously modifying himself since 2008, when God spoke to him and She told him he must modify his body. His first piercing (other than his lobes) was a septum piercing. After this, he started learning about the history of modern body modification and the people that came before him that opened the paths that led him to where he is today. Part of what he loves about his body modification journey is traveling to get new work and meeting new people. As a result, he has acquired various forms of body modification from artists all over the world.

In his free time Dustin enjoys creating art. He enjoys working on various projects from painting and sculpture to crochet and other crafts. Over the past year, Dustin has grown a strong interest in quilting. (He feels that in a past life he must have been very involved with needle work.) When Dustin is not sewing (and often when he is), he is probably watching his favorite genre of TV, as his love for teenage dramas may outweigh anything in his life. Anything pre-2006 is his jam, but he can sometimes get down with some newer shows.

Dustin would categorize himself as a hopeless romantic wandering the galaxy searching for his one true love. If you see Dustin in public and he doesn’t say “Hi,” don’t take it personally.

Maddie Akers

Maddie

Maddie’s appreciation for body modification began when she was just a kid, when her older sister introduced her to punk rock. She remembers seeing photos of all of her favorite bands from the 70s and 80s, and was transfixed by pictures of her idols adorned with rings, chains, and safety pins through their skin. As a teen, Maddie discovered BMEzine.com, and it was this discovery that nurtured an already growing love of body modification and taught her about its history. Being exposed to all of these new ideas further fueled her own desire to modify herself. Maddie’s first significant piercing she had done was her labret, at 15 years old. She fondly remembers the experience as a significant right of passage. It gave her a sense of control over her body, and showed her what she was capable of.

After graduating from Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School in 2008, Maddie moved to Philadelphia for a brief stint at Temple University and at the Community College of Philadelphia. It was at this point that she discovered Infinite Body Piercing. Maddie started as a frequent customer of Infinite, adding more to her collection of piercings, jewelry, and knowledge about the industry. After a short time it became apparent to her that she had found a community she could call her own.

In addition to body modification, Maddie also has a passion for recording collecting, video games, and playing bass guitar. Come by the shop and talk to her about Frank Zappa and alien conspiracy theories.

Raphea Hill

Raphea

Raphea was born in South Philadelphia. Since the age of 10, she has been influenced by goth and punk rock. Dancing in the living room with her brothers to Linkin Park is one of her fondest memories. Raphea found a deep love for Japan in the form of Visual Kei, a genre where men wear flashy outfits, hair, makeup, and play rock music. While modeling herself after the genre, and alternative culture in general, she decided to get her first piercing. When Raphea asked her mother to get the piercing, she searched the city for a reputable piercing shop. After being pierced at Infinite, it became the only place she would go for all of her piercings over the next 8 years, and counting.

Raphea is a nature-loving person. She loves taking photos of flowers, sitting by the river, and digging in the sand. She also has an obsession with antiques, the Victorian era, the architecture of cathedrals, and the color blue. Stop in and chat with her about Japan!

Jade Schweitzer

JadeJade was born in Northeast Philadelphia and spent most of her childhood in the Mt. Airy neighborhood. She has had a fond relationship with body modification her whole life, growing up being influenced by her heavily pierced and tattooed father. As a child she really fell in love with the spiritual significance and history of piercing after watching Dee Snider's Strangeland. It was this film that also sparked her lifelong love of all things horror and special effects makeup, and planted the seed for her VHS tape collection.

Jade's first piercing (other than her earlobes) was a nostril piercing. Unfortunately, the experience as a whole wasn't great, but it was this experience that brought her to Infinite for her next piercing. After her first trip to the shop, she knew she had found her go-to place and kept coming back for all of her piercing and jewelry needs.

Jade is currently enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia with a focus in Mass Media. Soon after, she'll be enrolling in cosmetology training for special effects. Outside of work and school, she spends most of her time reading Stephen King novels, practicing painting faces, and watching her fish swim around their tank.

Kristie Cepparo

Kristie CepparoKristie has had a love for art since before she can remember, but her body modification journey began as a young teen when she first started stretching her ears. For her, body modification is a form of art in so many ways, from the creation of the jewelry itself to adorning one's body with it.

Kristie has had a love for stone jewelry for over a decade, particularly since discovering the work of Jared Karnes, owner/creator of Onetribe. She's a gem and crystal hoarder as well as a jewelry enthusiast, and enjoys all things sparkly and flashy—with labradorite being her favorite stone. She's also one of those people who believes that stones have healing powers and, apart from working at Infinite, she is also an energy and body-worker. Helping others heal and connect with their bodies is a true passion of hers, and she sees a lot of parallels between body modification and the holistic world.