It’s hard not to romanticize the time period that made up my entry into the body piercing/modification world; there were far fewer folks piercing/making jewelry and true eccentrics like Bill Krebs, owner/piercer of New Jersey’s Pleasurable Piercing, really made an impression. He appeared (along with my mentor Jack Yount) in Charle’s Gatewood’s Erotic Tattooing and Body Piercing V as well as a line of instructional videos that PP released back in the 1990s and always stood out in a crowd.
The last time I saw Bill was in Ybor City, Florida; we closed a bar after a night of excess and martinis garnished with smoked octopus and, with a hug, parted ways. When I heard that he had passed, that was the memory that stuck with me.
Will from Pleasurable uploaded this snippet from an unfinished documentary on Bill earlier tonight; if you didn’t know Bill you missed out on a hell of a guy.
In the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction, Harvey Keitel’s iconic character Winston Wolf tells Joe’s daughter Rachel (Julia Sweeny) that “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean that you have character.”
The early days of the western body piercing revival were filled with characters; eccentrics who’s body piercings were often the least interesting thing about them, who could be in a room full of folks who marched to the beat of their own drums and still defiantly stand out.
This photo, taken in 1993 at the Pinns and Needles Convention in Tampa, Florida finds a pair of characters hamming it up for the camera; Wild Bill Krebs (left) and Jack Yount sharing a laugh and a story that would be, no doubt, too risqué to print. At the 2015 APP Conference and Expo a few of use who remember Bill decided that a yearly award should be given to people who exemplify Bill’s legacy; someone who’s heart is big and who’s capacity for getting into the best kind of trouble always ends with a whispered “you won’t believe what happened to me last night” anecdote….
Jack passed away two years or so after this photo was taken on 15th July 1995. Bill passed away July 6, 2007. Both are very much missed.