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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
In this tough economy, the competition for the available jobs is fierce. No longer is it enough to have the requisite education or experience for the position – now employers are asking for credit histories and combing the social networking sites to get a gauge on prospects.
Although tattoos and body piercings have been accepted by mainstream society, in some cases, they can prevent you from being hired into certain types of work. The food industry, for example has many regulations regarding facial jewelry and many employers will either demand removal of body jewelry or just pass over applicants that have facial tats or piercings. Facial tattoos impose a different type of scrutiny from piercings as many conservative managers and business owners may assume you have a criminal background or affiliation. The benefit of body piercings is that they they can always be removed and will usually heal back up. Even so, if you are currently out in the job market it may be a good idea to put off getting that facial tattoo or buying that body piercing kit until after you have talked it over with a new boss. Of course, you could always get that tattoo or piercing in a place where it doesn’t show 🙂
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Depending on where you live, it seems that everywhere you look there is a tattoo shop. Once considered a ‘fad’ in the 60’s and 70’s, tattooing has established itself firmly in the mainstream of societies around the world and is definitely here to stay.
Thanks to the increased awareness brought by recent TV reality shows like ‘L.A. Ink’ and ‘New York Ink’, it seems that everybody wants to get into the business of owning a shop of their own. The problem is that it takes more than artistic talent to operate a complex business like a tattoo shop and many artists come up short on the necessary requisites. In Los Angeles county, for example, there seems to be a constant flux of shops going in and going out, and the trend does not seem to be slowing down.
So how (as a customer) are you supposed to know the difference between a quality tattoo shop and a ‘fly-by-night’ operation that may not be there in a week? For one, you can ask how long the shop has been there. Secondly, ask to see the shop’s health department permit (if they are legitimate they will have it prominently displayed and not mind if you copy down the permit number for verification). Third, make sure they are using only sterile body piercing supplies and tattoo supplies with color-changing indicators and proper dates stamped clearly on the packaging. If the shop you are in has any problems with your questioning, simply leave and find one that is legit.
In many areas of the country, there is a shortage of qualified body piercers. As with all things, a short supply leads to increased prices. At the Body Piercing News we have heard of people charging as much as 85 USD for piercings in some areas.
Because of this shortage, more and more people are turning to purchasing body piercing kits and doing the piercings themselves. Although this is not recommended for many piercings (which are difficult to do by novices), there are many piercings that can be done with a good chance of success at home. Just make sure the body piercing kit you purchase includes sterile body jewelry, proper skin preparation and how-to instructional videos. This company offers the best quality sterile body piercing kits we have found along with streaming videos and aftercare guidelines, at the most affordable prices.