Body piercing is a way for a person to express his or her individuality. Once thought of as taboo, body piercing is a rapidly expanding industry that has quickly evolved into an art form. More and more people want to break into this industry because it can be an exciting career with new and interesting customers every day. As body piercing has gained acceptance and popularity, there has been an increased demand for knowledgeable, certified body piercers. With determination and hard work, you can have a new and exciting career in the art of body modification.
Learn the tricks of the trade from a local shop. Ask around in your community and see where the locals like to go. Most people who have had body modifications will be honest and tell you about their experiences. Find a shop with a great reputation, and see if it offers an apprenticeship there so you can learn directly from the experts.
Learn the craft. Becoming certified won’t happen overnight, so take time to really learn the business from those who are willing to teach you. You may make little to no money while you are an apprentice, so make sure you are willing to put forth the time and effort. An apprenticeship can take as little as three months or as long as one year.
Be aware of all the latest rules and regulations regarding health safety, sterilization, and safe practice with the instruments involved. Contact OSHA or the Red Cross to inquire about taking classes regarding blood borne pathogens. This job will involve some contact with bodily fluids, so safety should be a main priority.
Take CPR and First Aid classes so you can be fully prepared in case of emergency. Not everyone handles body modification the same way, and some have extreme responses to pain and/or the sight of blood. Your customers will be in good hands, and you will feel more confident that you can handle an emergency situation should one arise.
Watch every type of body piercing procedure multiple times before trying them yourself. You may be nervous to perform your first procedure, and this is normal. Under the watchful eye of a licensed expert, you’ll be more confident if you’ve watched every procedure done many times so you know exactly what to expect.
Talk to your customers. The customers you serve may be nervous, especially if it’s their first time getting a body piercing. Know how to talk to customers to put them at ease, and be knowledgeable about the store’s selections of piercings offered. Tell your customers how to care for piercings at home to avoid infection.
Get a certification from the Association of Professional Piercers so you will be recognized as a professional in your chosen career as a body piercer.
Check with your state regarding apprenticeships and legal rights to perform body piercings without a license.
If you travel out of your home state for this profession, be sure to research that state's laws regarding body piercing as well.
This profession involves contact with bodily fluids and customers who may have unanticipated reactions to physical pain. Keep hygiene and personal safety a main priority at all times.