Kookie was the first member of Infinite’s Baltimore team when we opened in 2020. A New York native, she has pierced across the United States since 2010 in notable studios such as Body Manipulations in San Francisco, Kolo in Atlanta, Deep Roots in Seattle, New York Adorned in Manhattan, Black Hole in Reno, and Honolulu Piercing Co. in Hawaii among others. No matter where she is, her primary focus is cultivating safe, inclusive and trauma-informed spaces for clients to explore the world of body piercing. She approaches the act and ritual of marking the body as a means of liberation, empowerment, body reclamation and cultural/gender identity affirmation.
With so much of the modern piercing industry stemming from indigenous and tribal practices, Kookie is fiercely committed to the inclusion of BIPOC piercers and clients alike. Engaging in anti-racism and environmental activism work since high school, and after nearly a decade of navigating the industry as a Black & Queer person, she decided to use her experience to launch crowd-funded grassroot programs. In 2019, she launched the Piercers of Color Scholarship to counteract financial and systemic barriers to education and experience in our field. In 2022, she narrowed her scope and established Black Piercer Party to focus specifically on Black people. Inspired by the Black Panther Party and its tenets of revolution, power and community, it serves as a locator map and resource platform for Black piercers, clients and jewelry makers.
Kookie is also an active member of the hook and rope suspension communities. She enjoys everything from dainty curations to kink-aware, large-gauge piercing projects. She’s been a member of the Association of Professional Piercers since 2021 and she currently serves as head piercer and studio manager of our Baltimore location. She still travels often to pierce around the country. Follow her on Instagram to see if and/or when she’ll be in a city near you!
When she’s not in a studio, or suspended in the air, she’s probably at a metal show, shooting film photography, figure modeling, tending to her plant collection, or watching anime with her partner and their family of pet boas. If you have the pleasure of getting pierced by her at the studio, feel free to tip her with plant cuttings that she can propagate!
Piercing gallery coming soon!