I started my business Maria Tash in 1993 because… there wasn't a comfortable place you could get pierced in New York that felt luxurious and special. At that time jewellery for different parts of the body that required piercing didn’t feel advanced, so I began to make my own fine jewellery pieces and to pierce people myself. I knew I had a viable business when people started to come to me through Manhattan snowstorms.
When we started out, piercing studios were definitely intimidating… They were either SM oriented, or about sex, which didn’t resonate with who I was. For me, piercing is about beauty, adornment and fine materials. It also has an incredibly rich historical context across Asia, the Middle East and Africa and has been woven into culture for millennia.