RIP Dan Kopka

Dan Kopka is one of the seminal figures in Western body piercing and is in part responsible for the industry that we all enjoy. He was one of the first piercers certified as “master piercer” by Jim Ward, and was responsible for most of the piercer training at Gauntlet NY where he trained Keith Alexander, Lauren Pine, and others. I'm very sorry to pass on the following email:

It is my saddest notice to make to those who have known Dan Kopka the Master Piercer. Dan has passed away on Dec. 08, 2005. Always remember him as the charismatic person that he was. For any positive comments on how he has influenced your life please contact me at

- Dorleen Kopka

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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