Nicholas Formato (aka Nicky Holes) was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He hails from Elmont. Nicky graduated high school in 2001, and went on to college earning a business management degree from Five Towns College in 2005. Since I was about 16, he dreamed of becoming a piercer. At the time, he thought it would be an awesome, fun profession. Today he realizes his passion is much more rewarding than he ever imagined.
It all started In February 2005, a few months before he graduated college, Nicky received a great opportunity, a piercing apprenticeship. The rest as they say is history. Nicky has over 20 piercings, but for him piercing is not just about making some money or passing time doing something he likes. It is his life, a fantasy come true.
Nicky sees his work as doing a lot more then just piercing people. In his words, "I help transform them." Nicky told us, "there are many people out there who get piercings for purely aesthetic reasons. Then there are people who are doing it for a deeper meaning. For nearly as long as he can remember, Nicky felt that something was missing in his life. For him getting pierced or tattooed, is a metaphysical catharsis akin to solving a psychological mystery, restoring something the he felt was missing.
The more accomplished he has become in his craft, the more satisfaction and contentment he realizes. Nicky has also done body suspensions and flesh pulls, along with a scarification. He realizes that for most people, this all sounds painful or weird, but according to Nicky "once you realize that you are in charge of what your body is going through, that changes everything. You never really know what you are capable of until you challenge yourself." These marks, he explained, "you have to earn them."
As of 2014 Nicky has been piercing for 9 years. Even now he explained, "I still get a big rush when I pierce someone. I can’t think of any other profession that could give me that same feeling." Nicky also loves animals and the outdoors. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, camping, and practicing outdoor skills. He has competed in several marathon/obstacle courses, and plans on taking his physical abilities to the limits even more in the near future.
Nicky currently pierces at Vibes Tattoo in Brunswick, ME.
Stop in and see Nicky, just tell them MO sent you.