As the owner of Onyx Piercing Studio, Matt Bavougian made the decision to close his shop even before the State of Nebraska and Lincoln-Lancaster County Public Health Department issued directed health measures in March of 2020. He agrees that this was the right choice for our community at the time. Matt has always been passionate about health and safety in his profession and this pandemic was no exception. He has spent much of his career developing safety laws, protocol, and guidelines for the piercing industry. Matt is a:
- Current member of the A.P.P.’s Legislation and Regulatory Affairs Committee
- Volunteer on the National Environmental Health Association’s Model Body Art Code Work Group
- Volunteer on the Association of Food and Drug Officials’ Sub-committee on Body Art Materials
- Nebraska’s first member of the Association of Professional Piercers
When Matt isn’t busy ordering jewelry and talking to customers about all things piercing related, he can often be found reading medical journals, reports, and textbooks to further his understanding of the human body and how body piercings affect them. A good portion of his time is spent helping lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and health inspectors become more knowledgeable about the health and safety concerns of the body piercing industry. He has helped write code and laws involving body art in several states across the country and internationally.
Matt has been working in the Lincoln community for about 12 years, he has consistently worked to make sure body art is being performed safely, as well as working with other studios and owners, health inspectors, and legislators. He appreciates the Lincoln-Lancaster Public Health Department because they see themselves as part of the community; a partnership rather than a controlling entity.
Through this partnership, he had support and a sounding board when he decided it was time to bring employees and customers back into the studio, safely.
How Onyx Piercing Studio is Safely Moving Forward
Matt expressed how fantastic, patient, and understanding his customers have been during this trying process and he wanted to make sure they were as safe as possible when they returned. In his studio, Matt assures his customers and employees:
- Masks are required at all times
- He and his employees maintain as much distance as possible before and after piercing and 6 feet between all stations
- Surfaces are regularly disinfected, even more than before the pandemic
Matt is comforted by knowing that his profession already pays close attention to safety, especially with regard to cleaning and disinfecting. Due to these COVID-19 guidelines that both Onyx and the Public Health Department have established, the customers he serves are happy and as excited as ever to be back in the studio.
For Matt and his team, they are happy to be back in the studio as well. They say it’s been nice to reconnect with customers after the shutdown and they pledge to continually recommit to safe health practices so they can stay open.
Reconnect to Re/Cover Our Community
Matt wants the community to know that it is more important than ever to take the time to reinvest in the community; to go out and support local businesses that are taking the necessary safety protocols; to know that the health department has our best interest in mind.
Onyx Piercing Studio encourages community members to reconnect and stop in and see Matt and other committed businesses for high quality, safe goods and services.
You can register your business, like Onyx Piercing Studio, by pledging to be a business that is committed to safely recovering our Lincoln economy and community. Or you can access the business directory which lists businesses who have pledged to recover Lincoln together by following directive health measures.