James is the founder and owner of Infinite Body Piercing. He fell in love with body piercing in the late 80s after discovering Gauntlet and PFIQ magazine while studying jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of the Arts. After several years of practicing on himself and friends, he started piercing professionally in 1993 (shortly before receiving his BFA), founded Infinite Body Piercing, Inc. in late 1994, and went on to open the studio in its current location on February 1, 1995.
Over the two decades James has been in the industry, he’s been actively involved at an industry-wide level in legislative, educational, and public relations projects. He has taught numerous classes at the annual Association of Professional Piercers Conference and Exposition, spoken on body modification at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, talked about writing as a life skill to students at Temple University, and lectured on body piercing at events and locations as diverse as the APP/LBP seminars in Mexico City and BMXnet in Essen, Germany.
James served two consecutive terms on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). In 2005 he was elected as the APP’s medical liaison, and then went on to serve as president of the board from 2008 to 2011. While part of the board, he oversaw projects as diverse as the update to the APP’s graphic identity and copyright licensing, to a thorough review of the legal aspects of the organization from election protocol to parliamentary procedure.
From 2005 to 2012 he served as editor (and for several years co-editor, with Elayne Angel) of The Point: The Quarterly Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers. Over seven years and twenty-seven issues he was responsible for taking The Point from a black-and-white newsletter to a full-color, printed trade journal. He has written extensively for the APP, and in addition to The Point his articles have been reprinted in many publications, including Pain Magazine and BME.com. James continues to write for infinitebody.com.
In January of 2014, James became a member of the Board of Directors of the South Street Headhouse District, the business improvement district (BID) that encompasses the historic South Street and Fabric Row shopping districts where the studio is located. He is currently chair of the Design Committee, working to define and preserve the classic character of the area and ensure that future urban planning meets the needs of the community.
James is no longer scheduled for regular piercing shifts at the shop, instead devoting his time to shop management and to overseeing Infinite’s website. He still pierces occasionally—especially when adventurous clients request a Princess Albertina, a piercing for which he is particularly well-known. He also blogs occasionally at explicitbody.com, and his photo work with partner Andi Grushka can be seen at eclecticbody.com.