"I like to be a proud femme piercer, and I do take pride on being Asian, an immigrant and a mother! I like to believe that I can be inspirational throughout all these mediums and help someone find self-confidence and faith in themselves."
Q: Tell us about yourself!
A: I'm a proud immigrant body piercer from Mongolia. I've Been piercing for over 10 years and had my own little studio back home. I came to the States three years ago and I'm still in the works of writing my herstory. I will be turning 28 soon and I am a mother of two beautiful children.
Q: Tell us about your journey - How did you start piercing?
A: I started piercing myself when I was around 14. Masochism (act of implying pain to oneself ) was a coping mechanism I picked up while growing up. Eventually I started doing intentional piercings on myself since I was a huge metal music enthusiast and looking different from everyone was my main goal, you know, like every teenager! Soon my friends and siblings wanted piercings too, and that's basically how I got into body piercing.
Every time I finish this story, I make sure to relay that this is absolutely not an acceptable way to start piercing especially if you're in a country where you have all the needed resources and professionals to help you get started. Don't take these things for granted!
Q: Being a strong woman in your industry - What is your career like now?
A: I would say my career is still in the works of becoming a masterpiece! I've come a long way, a very long way to be where I am right now. Starting in a country with little to no resources and learning forums (where apprenticeships are STILL unheard of) being able to pierce in high end shops and becoming an APP Member is simply a dream come true. All I knew was that I wanted to become a member of the Association and use all the high quality jewelry we use now. Little did I know with determination and hard work that I would come across such a wonderful bonus of representing and modeling for this beautiful company, Buddha Jewelry Organics. I like to be a proud femme piercer, and I do take pride on being Asian, an immigrant and a mother! I like to believe that I can be inspirational throughout all these mediums and help someone find self-confidence and faith in themselves.
Q:How would you characterize your personal style?
A: I would say that I have 2 personalities/styles. My first and foremost personal style would be the "real me." Very heavy in black, chains, metal and leather accessories. The higher the boots and heels, the merrier!
The "professional" Anji on the other hand is well dressed up or "toned down" if you will, to be presentable for my clients. Never working without big statement ear weights or make up. When my clients get pierced by me, I want to give them a sense of ease and trust just based on my aesthetics and it works quite well - Just like I would trust a hairdresser that has a sense of style too!
Q: What are your go-to / favorite Buddha Jewelry designs
A: Right now my jewelry collection is predominantly yellow gold, metally themed. I am sure all the crystals are going to be my next generation of jewelry ;) But for now my go to designs for a fancy night out is 100% the Luminous weights simply pair them up with a black dress and you will see the earring pop with your pretty face!
I love Buddha Jewelry for their designs, yes, but once I got to know who owns and runs the business I loved the company more for the spirit, how they're so down-to-earth, inclusive and how they are genuinely family oriented, easy to relate to and inspirational people!
Style tips from Anji!
My favorite pairs for a dressed up day at work or dinner with bae would be the Deity hoops, Goddess earrings and Inamorite weights. With the timeless bold designs you can give any outfit a big dash of spice and a hint of attitude.
In my opinion, statement jewelry designs are best worn with hair up. That way you can really bring out the best in them and help them frame your face in full effect.
You can follow Anji on instagram: @piercings.by.anji