Asked by Anonymous
Because just saying a piercing costs $X doesn’t fully explain what you get for your money. Let’s break it down.
- Has a medical grade autoclave that cost thousands of dollars. And they pay hundreds of dollars to have it tested and monitored to make sure it works correctly.
- Attends training conferences and/or completed a quality apprenticeship to be sure you are getting pierced safely. Understands anatomy, cross contamination, sterilization, aftercare, and troubleshooting.
- Uses only high quality jewelry to be sure you won’t have an allergic reaction to cheap materials. Takes the time to explain your options and gets you the best possible fit for your anatomy and lifestyle.
- Performs your piercing with a quality technique to be sure you have a healthy and happy piercing. Understands the theories behind the piercing you selected, and knows how to explain the aftercare best suited for it.
- Charges $75 for their services
- Bought 100 belly barbells out of the back of a magazine. Not sure what its made of or who made it, but hey its cheap.
- Totally “certified”, not sure by who. Can’t verify any training, you don’t see any training certificates anywhere. Asked how long they’ve been piercing and they said “years”. A tattooer friend showed them everything they need to know.
- Didn’t tell you how to clean it, but that’s ok. You already have peroxide at home. When you called with a problem they told you its probably just infected, and to just put some ointment on it.
- The clamps hurt pretty bad, and it bled a lot. Its pretty straight though, if you look at it just the right way.
- Only charges $30!! What a deal!
See where I’m getting at? When you ask someone how much a piercing costs online you’re not comparing something static like the same shoe at different stores. I don’t like to answer price questions online because its part of a greater conversation. So how about instead of asking how much something costs, you ask what you get for your money.
Continuing to bring you friendly advice to help you put your best foot forward- this week, I speak not to my regular audience, but to the owners of tattoo shops that also do piercing. Many piercers want to do a better job than they are, and YOU, tattoo shop (or indeed any business that has a piercer) are in a perfect position to help make that happen. As a piercer and shop captain, I tell you truthfully- the investment you make pays for itself VERY quickly, and not just monetarily!
Asked by anatomy-of-a-gh0st
Oh boy- please don’t take my following answer as a personal attack against you.
For myself, and many of my colleagues, we have dedicated our lives to this industry. We eat, sleep, and breathe body piercing. We underwent lengthy, arduous apprenticeships. We spend our free time talking to other piercers. We spend our vacations with other piercers. We date other piercers, marry other piercers, we hate other piercers. Our blood flows for body piercing. When we’re not piercing, we’re looking at jewelry for piercings, or wondering what we can do to make the next piercing we do quicker, safer, cleaner, more attractive, or easier for the client. Our studio is our home, our sacred space. Our industry is our first love. We live to pierce.
As I’ve said before, the sole act of piercing someone- poking a hole in someone’s body- it’s not hard. It’s super easy, really.
But here’s the deal- when you pierce yourself, when you push a sewing needle you’ve held over a lighter through your ear and shove some jewelry from Hot Topic in there- you’re not doing what I do. You don’t understand how sterilization works, you don’t understand how a needle cuts, you don’t know about the hours we’ve argued over how to prepare the skin beforehand. You don’t how that jewelry works, you don’t know who made it, you don’t know what it’s made of at an elemental level. You don’t know how to breathe, you don’t know how to open your soul and share an experience. You don’t know how to care for it, how it heals, why it isn’t healing. You don’t know how to keep yourself safe- physically, biologically, mentally, emotionally.
You’re not doing what I do. You’re trying- and for that, I’m flattered. But just like a person holding a pen can’t easily touch Da Vinci’s work, you holding a needle does not make us equals. What’s even worse is you thinking it does. When you strut into my studio, my home, my safe place, and you show me a complete abomination of a “piercing”, and you smile in my face, and then have the nerve to ask for my advice, or worse, my critiques, and get upset when I remind you that I have training, tools, knowledge, and passion- that is the biggest insult of them all.
We charge what we charge because we believe that while our job is extremely rewarding, we deserve to be able to do it comfortably. We should be able to charge for the access to our passion. In a world where the highest paid people are the ones who manipulate the most, or run the fastest, or jump the highest, we, as lowly body piercers, should be able to pay our rent and buy groceries. We should be able to eat lunch and dinner on the same day. We should be able to wear the jewelry you want too. We should be able to support a family, if we want one. We should be able to run small businesses, and be a cog in the wheel of our global economy. Trust me- if we didn’t have to spend money to live, we wouldn’t ask for yours. I’d love nothing more than to give myself - my services - away, but unfortunately, our society doesn’t give me a place to live, food to eat, or free movie tickets. So for now, I have to charge you for that.
As long as you’re spending money on iPads and Coach bags and Whole Foods and Lush shampoo, I don’t think it’s unfair to charge for what I provide. I think my fee is quite a deal. In the end, you get what you pay for, and if you didn’t pay anything, you probably didn’t get anything worth having.
Asked by Anonymous
No. Never. This is a serious profession and I take my job seriously.
Re-blogging this in case anyone has gone to a piercer and had inappropriate things happen/be said. This is not cool! Your professional piercer should be just that, A PROFESSIONAL! Seek one out or contact me and I can find someone close to you.
I had to stop eating my lunch when I read this. Oh god, a thousand times this. Your piercer should NEVER made sexual comments, or behave in any kind of inappropriate manner when piercing you!
This needs to be re blogged a million times.
Piercers are performing a service for their clients, and the client is always putting their faith in the piercer to respect their bodies and do them no harm. I take that extremely seriously. If your piercer disrespects your body, they should be reported to the BBB, the health dept, and potentially to the police. This isn’t a laughing matter.
This is the sickest shit I’ve ever seen
I desperately need a watercolor tattoo like right now.
Oh yeah. Definitely loving these designs.watercolor tattoos amaze me
watercolor tats…me wants!
Let’s talk for a minute about the vast majority of commercially available jewelry marketed for pierced ears.
Below you will see a picture of 14K gold jewelry that supposedly is safe and comfortable.
1. The edges of the jewelry appear sharp and the finish is less than mirror finish. Open grooves in the backing and the rough, sharp edges can damage piercings and harbor bacteria and debris.
2. The wonderful 14K gold stamping. The stamping is on the post of the earring, and the crevices and edges are a perfect breeding ground for nasty pathogens.
3. Super sharp threading on the post. I have seen this sort of threading go as far up as 3/4 of the way up the post, essentially causing the piercing to constantly be irritated and damaged. Rubbing this threading even against normal skin can cut into the surface… OUCH!
4. The 14K gold means quality, right? WRONG! The karat only tells you of the percentage of gold in the jewelry in GENERAL. It does not specify if the post, backing, front design or any other part of the jewelry is gold, or even if it is plated! Plated gold can flake off and cause rough edges and expose the wearer to the metals under the plating, which can contain lead (toxic), nickel (a common metal causing reactions), copper and other “stuff” to make the jewelry harder, brighter and more “gold looking”.
Long story short, the jewelry going through your body should ALWAYS be implant grade, with a mirror finish and no rough edges, and not have imprints or other marks where bacteria can colonize. We love using neometal threadless titanium labrets, which come in many different lengths (for chubby or thin lobes) and tons of threadless top choices! Stop by today and pick up some truly safe, implant grade quality jewelry and see what a wonderful difference it makes!
The Greatest Tattoo Artists in the World, and where to find them.
Love the different styles
Tattoos are fucking art i don’t care what anyone else says
THIS ONE HAS LINKS MUST REBLOG AGAIN
Some folks might remember that I got my favorite part of Middle Earth tattooed on my head a while ago, but now there’s more! The whole side has been done that stretches all the way to Erebor, and I’m not even done yet.
(Many continuous thanks to Ed Dempsey in Woodstock, Ny)
And the best tattoo award goes to…