June 01, 2022 2 min read
Happy Pride Month from the NeoMetal Family!
This Pride, we’re celebrating with a new collection inspired by the diverse community we are proud to be a part of. The collection, a permanent addition to our catalog, features ten Pride flag flower and trinity combinations.
The LGBTQ+ community has played a large role in shaping the modern body piercing industry, and the relationship between queer identity and body modifications has a long history. In 1975, Jim Ward founded the first-ever piercing studio and body jewelry manufacturer, Gauntlet. As a gay man, Ward learned to pierce as part of the BDSM and leather community, and this community made up a large part of Gauntlet’s customer base. Throughout the ‘90s, piercing continued to be firmly rooted in the gay community. In many ways, through piercing, queer people were asserting their right to bodily autonomy. While piercing and body modifications are more mainstream, queer rights and bodies are still publicly debated, restricted, and demonized.
That is why, in honor of our new Pride collection, NeoMetal is donating $5,000 to Trans Lifeline, and matching this with an additional $5,000 of the profits from this collection, on behalf of NeoMetal Clients. Trans Lifeline is a trans-run organization offering emotional and financial support to trans people across the US and Canada. Their mission is to connect trans people to community support and resources they need to survive and thrive. With over 140 bills proposed in state legislatures that directly target access to appropriate facilities, participation in competitive sports, and the ability to receive gender affirming care, the need to support our trans community has never been greater.
To read more about Trans Lifeline, click here.
Everything we do is rooted in the hope that in some small way, our product will allow those who wear it to express their unique individuality confidently. We are proud to celebrate you and all you are, today & forever.