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New Health Department Rules: Are you in compliance?

05 17th, 2013 Author: justhurtabit

Across the nation counties and states are tightening regulations designed for a safer body art experience for customers.  From Oregon, California and Nevada to other states eastward, shops are seeing new regulations and procedural changes that can be complicated at times.  The aim of these new regulations is to standardize an industry that for decades has resisted standardization.  The end result, it is hoped, will be a safer experience for customers whether they are getting a body piercing or a new tattoo.

If you own or work in a shop that has been hit with new changes and tightened regulations, you are not alone.  Thousands of shops in California have been impacted by the implementation of AB-300 (a bill passed by the state legislature last year) that calls for increased oversight and regulation of body art establishments.  One of the mandates calls for the use of safe metals and alloy materials for body piercing, like the body piercing supplies offered here.  If you are in doubt if your shop is in compliance, speak to the shop owner for clarification.  Remember, as a body artist it is ultimately your responsibility to be in compliance at all times.  You may also contact your county health department for clarification.

What’s Your Tattoo Parlor’s Shop Minimum?

05 13th, 2013 Author: justhurtabit

A very misunderstood fact about tattoo shops is what is called the ‘shop minimum’.   While most tattoo shops will not admit to having a ‘shop minimum’, almost all of them do.  What a shop minimum represents is the least amount of money they charge for their body art services.

This is not an  hourly amount (which may be higher) but in plain terms, it’s the least amount of money you will have to show them for them to bother with you.  If this sounds bad, it is, and represents one of the only types of businesses that work this way left.  We found one shop in Southern California that does not charge a shop minimum, nor does it charge by the hour – the price you are quoted is all you will ever pay – and best of all, if you aren’t completely satisfied, they will make it right at no extra charge.  To check this shop out, click on this link here.

Why Body Pierce at Home?

08 22nd, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

Sterile Body Piercing Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many people are choosing to pierce themselves rather than pay for a professional to do it at a tattoo or piercing shop.  The reasons for this are primarily economic (to save money) or personal (intimate areas that require piercing).

We ALWAYS recommend you seek a professional body piercer for your piercings which is safer and surer than doing it yourself, but if you choose to pierce at home make sure you purchase a body piercing kit that includes safe and sterile tools, needles and body jewelry from a respected seller.  We found such a seller of body piercing kits that offers professional-grade and sterile body piercing kits for professional and home use.

The Hitcher Piercing

07 19th, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

Hitcher Piercing

In the never-ending competition to invent (or discover) new and unusual ways to pierce one’s body, we have noted a body piercing that is gaining notice, called the “Hitcher” (short for Hitch-Hicker).  “The first time I did one was when a customer came in for a tattoo and mentioned he had hitch-hiked his way to our shop”, reports Robin Ryan of Lancaster, California.  “We were running a special that included a free piercing with a tattoo and he said he wanted something that would be different”.

Robin not only performs the procedure at her busy shop in Southern California, but has a hitcher piercing of her own.  “It just made sense for him to have a piercing where it might be seen while hitch-hiking”.   This piercing may or may not lead to more success in getting rides from strangers, but we do know that (as with all surface piercings or all other body piercings) you should make sure proper sterilized body piercing supplies and tools are used and that you seek an experienced piercer to perform them.

How Well Do You Know Your Piercer?

06 23rd, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

With the many multitudes of shops that offer tattooing and piercing services these days, body piercing has almost become routine, and with that, you might assume you are in good hands.   As with many other growing industries, body piercing has seen a tremendous demand increase over the past five years.  This has caused many beauty shops, boutiques and other businesses to ‘add’ body piercing services, some of which are not qualified or properly trained to do so.

The best places to find qualified piercers is at shops that offer body art services like tattoos or body piercings specifically, not shops that offer massage, manicures, or other non-related services.  If you are unsure of the qualifications of your body piercer or tattoo artists, ask to see their health department permit BEFORE you agree to have them do any work on you.  It also helps to ask to see the sterile body jewelry in the sterile pouches as well as the tools that should be pouched in sterile color-changing pouches (like those that are available at leading online sellers that offer quality body piercing supplies).  If the body artist is legit they will not have any problem showing you their credentials and sterile equipment.

In a glaring example of what can go wrong on any given day in the body art business, this seller of body jewelry in Palmdale, Ca. had the unpleasant experience of seeing a car smash it’s way through the front of their store on Saturday April 28th.

Although this store is not exactly known for customer satisfaction, what happened here is a bit over the line.  Thankfully, no one was injured, including the large parrot that is always present inside the store.  When it comes to purchasing body jewelry or body art supplies, make sure the company you are dealing with puts your satisfaction first like this seller of body piercing supplies and kits that we found online.  It also helps if the supplier you choose does not allow animals near the products they offer.  Hopefully, after this incident, these people learned something from this and will treat their customers with respect and appreciation.

Wrist Piercing Video

04 16th, 2012 Author: justhurtabit


This video illustrates the technique used to piercing a wrist.  The wrist piercing is a type of surface piercing and has high chance of rejection and migration due to it’s proximity to the hands.  Although the name ‘wrist piercing ‘ implies it would be located on the wrist, this surface piercing is actually located about a third of the way up the exterior surface of the  forearm between the wrist and the elbow indentation.

Some enthusiasts may wish to purchase a body piercing kit and do this piercing at home themselves.  However, due to the importance of positioning and the sensitivity of the tissue involved, it is strongly recommended that the devotee seek the services of an experienced body piercer instead.  Please note, this video is not for the squeamish.  Happy piercing!

For some, the only obstacle keeping them from getting a body piercing is the pain they imagine that comes with the process.  True, there is always a certain amount of pain felt in almost all body piercings, there are ways that one can ‘minimize’ or reduce it.

One way NOT to do this is drinking alcohol beforehand – alcohol thins the blood and can cause bleed-outs or feinting.  Some people have found that taking Tylenol (acetaminophine) before a body piercing can reduce the pain felt.  (Note: do NOT take Aspirin, as this (like alcohol) will thin the blood and you will be exposing your client to greater risk of injury or bleeding.)

When it comes to numbing sprays or gels, we cannot endorse fully the use of these producdts as their effectiveness seems to differ from individual to individual.  Lastly, the use of sharp piercing needles reduces the pain felt during a piercing.  You can find ultra-sharp needles, supplies and body piercing kits and this fine online seller of body piercing kits and supplies.

How Much Should You Pay for a Body Piercing?

04 8th, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

Depending on many factors, the cost of getting a professional body piercing varies.  In some parts of the nation, a single body piercing can go as high as $80.00, and not even include the jewelry.  In major cities (where there are many shops competing against each other) the cost can go as low as $20.00.

Whether you decide to have your body piercing done professionally, or you decide to do it yourself at home with a sterile body piercing kit – make sure you are using safe, and sterile needles, tools and body jewelry.  If you aren’t sure if the body jewelry being used for your piercing is not sterilized, ask.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry 🙂

Is Your Health Department Cracking Down?

03 16th, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

Across America, health departments all over are cracking down on renegade tattoo parlors and piercers for not adhering to county and state hygiene standards.  If your shop has been recently visited (or cited) by your local health department for violating codes, you are not alone.

One of the recommendations being made by many county health departments is to use sterile, one-time (disposable) forceps, pre-sterilized body jewelry and needles.  Rather than the time and cost of purchasing an autoclave (not to mention the time and work needed to pouch and cycle items) you can purchase online guaranteed sterile body piercing supplies and body jewelry from respected online suppliers and avoid fines, scrutiny or worse.   Be safe, sure and NEVER take chances with your client’s safety and well-being!