Myka Beaudry is very different looking. Wherever he walks, people turn their heads to reexamine what they have just seen from the front and now want to see from the back. He first entertained the thought of full body art when he pierced his ears at age 13. The next year, this young radical of Irish and French decent ran away to experience the homeless lifestyle. He didn't return home to Nanaimo, BC until he was 19 and had decided to get his high school diploma. Now, at age 24 he is a entrepreneur and married. He and his wife Emily are expecting their first child, a boy in June.
Myka respects each person as an individual and also knows firsthand the importance of stepping out to be an example. He said, "We've been very desensitized to variations in people by excessive news media that greatly dehumanizes our distinctiveness. Our judgments of anatomy, colors and embellishments often limit our perceptions and understanding that we're all real people with the same real feelings on the inside." Myka hopes that his body piercing and tattooing business helps others claim their sense of self.
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.