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.
Jade 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 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.
Noorann moved to Philadelphia from Baltimore, Maryland in late 2017 and was delighted to join the Infinite crew shortly after. Her love of body modification stems from many things, and began to manifest as a young teenager reading body modification forums on her laptop under the covers at night. Noorann studied traditional darkroom photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and outside of body modification she harbors a great love for film cameras, vintage clothing and home goods, and record collecting. Noorann loves to talk about astrology and often reads her coworkers charts for them—which they sometimes tolerate. Noorann is also the proud mother of a 2008 Volkswagen rabbit and loves nothing more than playing pop punk very loudly with the windows down in the summertime. Most of all she is so excited to be apart of an industry that she has loved and connected with for so long.
On any given day you can find her playing AFI behind the counter and feeling very strongly about it.
Charles Benefield’s first interest in body modification began like many others: in the iconic style of celebrities like Lisa Bonet and Tupac. Charles’s childhood being spent mostly in a choir stand, covertly humming songs by The Clash as the service commenced, it felt as if even wanting to get a piercing was like an act of rebellion. Because of this barred-off interest, their first piercing was their nostril at 19 and it was like a spark had ignited. And then- just as quickly as the journey began- it had to be put on pause by the ever-relatable corporate idea of presentable as they became the manager of a used bookstore brand soon after (as well as the birth of their daughter Stokely, which is notable because: diapers). So when Charles dreamed and planned for their family’s move from small town North Carolina to Philadelphia, a big part of that dream was transformation, and in that, picking up on their body modification journey that they had lived vicariously through friends and loved ones. They found Infinite during this process and serendipity had it that they also were hiring, the culmination of a few dreams at once.
Charles’s interests bounce around freely but gain the most focus when it comes to literature, ‘70s Jazz and Funk, punk music of any era, and comics/graphic novels. They write poetry and prose, and are generally juggling three stories at once. Ask them about Fela Kuti, and what they’re currently reading whenever you stop in.