The shop I work for is a bit of an oddity – we not only pierce and tattoo people but we also sell the supplies and piercing kits to do it yourself. I get hit up all the time with the same question: Can you teach yourself to body pierce or tattoo? Well, there isn’t really a clear answer on that one. It really depends on YOU. I mean, either you are a smart, self-motivated perfectionist (like me :)) or you aren’t, and if you aren’t, I suggest you don’t quit that lawn-mowing job just yet.
I began my career buying a starter body piercing kit online that had videos and information on how to get registered with the health department. I began poking myself first, and then talked a few of my loved ones into being guinea pigs. Even though I didn’t know what I was doing yet, word got out and before I knew it I had everybody and their sister coming at me for piercings. (FYI: You’ll find there’s never a shortage of takers in this world when the word ‘free’ is involved – and with the country’s economy on it’s ass, there’s more out there than ever that will let you practice on them.) Once I got the hang of it I apprenticed myself at a shop and put the fine-tuning on the now world-famous Pokee technique. About the only people that are going to tell you that you can’t do it yourself are the guys that see you as a threat to their livelihoods – they would rather have you doing shit work for free at their shops, sweeping floors, getting donuts, making coffee and cleaning up bloody messes, rather than doing what you should be doing with your time – piercing. Even if you don’t mind being exploited like a sweat shop suzy and get an apprenticeship, you’ll still need to get your own starter body piercing kit so you’ll have the right equipment for the job. (Click on the link to go to the one I got mine at.)
Good luck and let me know how it goes.
That’s all I got for now,
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