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Hey, long time no post, huh? This is your good friend Pokee here again. I know it’s been a while since I chirped in and gave my ‘two cents’ worth, but I’ve been pretty busy lately trying to make the money to support my facial hair-style. Let’s skip forward now and get past all the niceties you are probably thinking with these brief answers; I’m fine, yes I’m still single, no I wasn’t fired from the bodypiercingnews.com, and the big one, again – I’ve been BUSY – ok?
I might have stayed busy and off the radar detector completely but lately I’ve had a little time to surf the web and what I’ve seen is a bit upsetting. For instance, this guy in Australia (of course it’s always Australia, right?) talked a tattoo artist into inking a giant penis on his buddy’s back (see link and pic above) as a joke or something. Well, I bet he stopped laughing real quick when the cops arrested him and put his wise-cracking ass in jail for a year. That’s right, you heard me right: A YEAR! Now, while I think it was very marjorly fu*ked up to do this to a buddy, but I think a year is a little harsh. I personally know someone who ended up with a penis (shaded and everything, much more complex than the outline here) from a SHOP artist who charged him over $300 for it to boot – and there was no one bribing him or anything – the artist did it because he could. And know what happened to him? NOTHING! Not only that, but the customer I know never even got his money back. Now THAT is not right and if I owned a shop and one of my artists did something like that I would have to take appropriate measures. Without giving up game here let’s just say that it wouldn’t surprise me if the next day such an ‘artist’ was found kneeling on the floor, naked and drowned with his head in a toilet bowl full of ink. (Not sure where that image came from but it just seemed appropriate in an Italian type of way!)
So what do you do to prevent yourself from getting ‘dicked’ over like this? Well, I have a couple suggestions for you on this. First, DON’T BRING A FRIEND with you – period. There’s no reason to make getting your tattoo a spectator sport, and more bodies actually get in the way besides contaminating the sterile field your tat guy or gal is supposed to be trying to create. Secondly, USE A MIRROR to check your work as it’s being done and after to make sure it’s right. If you ordered a cobra tattooed on your back and it ends up with a big bulbous head (with a ridge around it), has only one eye, and you see two large round things at the base of it – don’t pay for it and GET THE HELL OUT OF THAT SHOP! The truth is that such a place that is even capable of producing something like that is somewhere you and your money should not be at. Remember, bad artists are found in bad shops and they are probably cutting corners in other ways as well and probably not using sterile body piercing supplies or tattoo equipment either. My advice to you is to only go to a shop or artist that has good word of mouth (around it) and never ever take your eyes off what someone is doing with, to or on your body.
Now that I’ve knocked the dust off my keyboard I feel better. And I’ll try to contribute more often if my customers will leave me alone for a bit to do it.
That’s all I got for now,
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.
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.
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Hello sports-fans and fanaticals, it’s Pokee, and I’m back to bring you this little shard of curiosity. Now as a card-carrying member of the heterosexual male race, and a sporting fan to boot, I try to keep an open-mind about things I see going on around me. I mean if a guy like Dennis Rodman wants to put on a little make up for a night out, or wear a dress around the house while he smokes a cigar watching re-runs of Friends, that’s his monkey-business, and he’s entitled to a little strangeness after being arguably one of the most ferocious defensive players to ever play in the NBA.
But when it comes to a guy who claims to be a member of Raider Nation showing off a Hello Kitty tattoo on the inside of his mouth, I have to draw the line. Are you kidding me? Not only is this a bad place to get a tattoo (was he trying to impress his dentist?), but doing this could be hazardous to this guy’s health – especially if he opens his mouth at a home game. If you don’t already know, Raider fans are the craziest and most violent fans anywhere, and they take their team very seriously and tend to frown on things that are feminine and unusual. This guy’s chances of surviving his next Raider game are worse than if you or I decided to take a bath in gasoline and then set ourselves on fire as we slid down a 300 foot razor blade! Seriously, have you SEEN the creatures at Raider games? It’s so bad, they call it ‘The Black Hole’ and inside those stands it is common to find rabid pit bulls, animal carcasses, skeletons with swords, and swash-buckling two-headed Darth Vaders packing M16’s. This is enough to make Al Davis turn in his grave! This guy either has a death-wish, or was talked into doing this by his girlfriend. Come on man, have some self-respect. Now that you’ve done this what’s next – getting a body piercing kit and letting her use it to turn Mr. Tadpole into a mini hoop-steel christmas tree? My advice to you is the next time your lady comes up with some bright idea like this, grow a pair and say no. Oh, and if I were you I would not go to any more Raider games, unless your idea of fun is becoming the first person to be killed during a live sporting event for utter stupidity.
You know the drill. Cast your vote and be heard; Is this guy Cool or Fool?
That’s all I got for now,
Let’s face it, body piercing is a very personal experience. Once you’ve worked up the courage to get it done, the next big challenge becomes who/where do you get the piercing from? If you are not fortunate enough to live in an area where there are dedicated body piercers (that means they ONLY pierce and aren’t inside a tattoo shop), you will undoubtedly be dealing with a tattoo guy/girl.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is not an issue of competence (in most cases) but personal preference. The problem with tattoo shops (and tat artists) is that the shop is usually located in a bad part of town and employs ‘unique’ body artists that are usually difficult to deal with when they find out you aren’t spending 500 on a tattoo. No matter where you go to get it done make sure the person doing your body piercing is qualified, licensed and registered with the local health department. If these credentials are not clearly posted in plain sight (as required by law), leave immediately and find a place that does obey the law. You may spend a few more dollars for a legitimate body piercing, but it beats getting an infection (or worse) by someone that is not qualified to work as a body piercer.
As body piercing continues to grow in popularity and practice, the demand for competent body art technicians has grown exponentially. The popularity of body piercing has created such a demand for trained body piercers that in many areas of the country, the prices of getting pierced have skyrocketed.
Although many types of body piercing require sophisticated techniques and experience to perform safely and successfully, you can learn to perform basic body piercings within a short time with the proper guidance and a starter body piercing kit that can be purchased from respected sellers of body art supplies online for under $200.00. If you are thinking about changing careers, or have had trouble finding a job in this economy, becoming a body piercer may prove to be an enjoyable and profitable new career. We have found the best way to do this is through an apprenticeship with a master body piercer. You will also need to purchase a starter body piercing kit (click on link) such as this one, from the top-rated seller of body piercing kits anywhere.
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,
Being a body artist is like being part of a brotherhood. What’s the ‘brotherhood’ you ask? It’s like what the cops have but without the pension, or the respect they get. Mainly, one of the unwritten rules of being a body artist (especially a tattoo artist) is that you never, ever help someone become an artist unless you can exploit them yourself. What I mean when I say ‘exploit’ is just that. The old way of learning how to tat or pierce was that you would go under the wing (more like armpit if you ask me) of a shop artist who would teach you how to do it. What you mostly learned was how to clean up, take out trash, dispose of bloody needles and towels, etc. etc. If you were lucky, after about 6 months of this slave labor (without pay of course) you would get to watch your mentor tattoo (with you cleaning up afterward, of course). Maybe after a year or two you would actually learn some basic stuff and be able to do a tattoo or body piercing yourself, or be allowed to perform body art on a paying customer (with you not being paid, of course). This would go on until one of two things happens; you get fed up working a full time job without pay and quit, or you are offered a job somewhere with pay.
The problem with this system is that the economy has kicked the ass of the tattoo shops so hard (even the ones that have been around for years are hurting) that many shops have actually gone to charging (up to $5000.00 in most cases) people for the privilege of being a shop apprentice! Wait a minute, you’re going to charge ‘me’ so I can hang out with a bunch of guys who are going to be having me taking out the trash, cleaning toilets and making donut runs? Are you kidding me? What moron is going to pay someone to empty their trash, clean up their shop and be exploited and used like a mindless idiot for a year or two before he ever gets to see a tattoo gun or body piercing needle? You would be better off with that 5000.00 opening your own tattoo shop and bringing in an experienced tattoo artist to work for you, that way, you would get your apprenticeship and own your own business to boot! Then if you want, you can bring in apprentices to empty your trash and work for free while you get your private tattoo lessons from your employee tat artist. That sure beats being an ‘apprentice’ the old-school way, I think. I just wish I had come up with this idea BEFORE I did my old-school apprenticeship!
That’s all I got for now…
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