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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.
What started out as a decent idea, customer reviews and the sites that encourage them (Yelp.com, Google+, Etc.) are seeing a backlash from consumers. The truth is that most customers know bogus reviews when they read them and are increasingly not paying attention to them. ”The time has come when customer reviews have become irrelevant” said a leading internet market research firm. This observation is based upon the glaring fact that most positive reviews are posted by the owners of a business or their close friends and family, while the negative reviews are posted by jealous competitors.
As with Ebay and other sites that are dependent upon user reviews, there is no fair and impartial oversight to the review process. Most reviews (either good or bad) that are obviously fraudulent are left as is by the companies that host these reviews, unless of course you decide to pay them to take them down. Our staff has been contacted by numerous shop owners that have alerted Google, Yelp or Yahoo when they were assaulted with bogus negative reviews by competitors only to be offered paid advertising with the implication that if they paid the reviews would disappear. If this sounds like extortion, it is to a certain degree, and it is big business. Fortunately for the hard-working small shop owners out there that have suffered quietly as their public images have been smeared by envious competitors, there is growing evidence that propaganda-weary consumers are ignoring reviews altogether. In an informal survey taken by the BodyPiercingNews.com we found that when asked if business reviews could be trusted at face value, only a mere 11% said they thought they were real. When those that distrusted online reviews were asked who they thought actually wrote the reviews, over 90% believed online reviews were written either by the business owners themselves or by the businesses’ competitors. With over 90% of people already disregarding online reviews, is it any wonder that the revenues and traffic to search sites is dwindling? What do you think about online reviews? As always, we welcome your opinion.
When it comes to tattoo supplies there are hundreds of sites claiming they are the best, the lowest, etc . etc. But how do you separate the men from the boys when it comes to finding who is the best?
We have researched hundreds of body art sites, including sites that offer body art (body piercing) supplies, tattoo supplies and tattoo equipment and found a brand new tattoo supply site that offers the highest-quality tested tattoo equipment at liquidation prices. They don’t have the largest selection but what they do offer is durable and at rock-bottom prices, without an order minimum like other sites require. To check out the site, click this link here . Remember, at the Bodypiercingnews.com we welcome your tips, hints and feedback always!
Since our launch in May 2010, the Body Piercing News has been enjoyed by many thousands of body art enthusiasts. As some of you may have noted recently, our site was down for 32 hours due to ‘excessive bandwith usage’. Basically, what this means as that our popularity has exceeded our bandwith alotment, and therefore, we are facing higher costs to accomodate our valued readers, such as yourself. In response to this, we have added a “Paypal’ Donation button in the left column of the site, just under the category listings. So if we have made you laugh, learn or think a bit while meandering our articles, hopefully you might show your appreciation by donating to our cause from time to time. It’s not required, but it would be immensely appreciated and help us continue bringing you the most interesting, thought-provoking and strange oddities from the body art world. Also, please visit our sponsor links, as these also help us to continue with our mission to inform and entertain you at all times.
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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.
Ever since the first tattoo shop was opened there has been the issue of what ‘side-work’ is, and isn’t. The question (or problem) is this: where is the line between what is allowable when it comes to shop artists having dealings with shop customers outside the shop (or on the ‘side’)? Unlike body-piercing that is relatively simple (where a customer can purchase a body piercing kit online), tattoos are more complex. Many shops are aware that price-conscious customers will frequently ask an artist if they do work outside the shop, hoping for a lower price (which bypasses the shop’s cut – the very shop the met in). Most shops view artists that do work on its’ customers outside the shop (unbeknownst to the shop owner) as stealing and grounds for termination. While many tattooists may disagree, the fact is that if the shop had not existed (and worked hard for their good reputation and invested the hard work, time and money establishing itself in the public’s awareness) such a meeting could not have happened. Every customer that sets foot into a shop is considered part of the shop’s assets, and as with anything else inside that shop that can be taken out of it, taking a shop’s customer and doing side-work is stealing. Of course there can be arrangements or exceptions made by the shop owner to allow for jobs that run past operating hours, or if a customer wants work on days the shop is closed, etc. To avoid any misunderstandings, any such arrangements need to be made BEFORE they happen, where the owner of the shop authorizes it. Otherwise, it will undoubtedly be seen as customer stealing and grounds for firing.
If you aren’t sure of the policy your shop has regarding what is allowed or not, ask. Usually, such rules are discussed in an initial interview with your boss, or mentioned the first day and you may have forgotten. In this day and age of tough economic times, it’s better to be sure when it comes to these things. As always, we welcome your questions and comments at the BodyPiercingNews.com!
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,
The holidays are believed by some to be the worst time to get pierced or tatted. The reasoning behind this is that having a pink (still healing) piercing or fresh tattoo visible at the holiday dinner table may be the catalyst for ‘prickly’ conversation from relatives.
Although that may be true in some respects (depending upon where you get the body art), it may actually be the best time (economically) to get work done since traditionally many shops are slow at this time of the year. So if you are thinking about getting that new body piercing and the cat is already out of the bag (that you do such things), you may be able to get rock-bottom deals on getting it done right now. So treat yourself to that tattoo or body piercing you want and just keep the conversation moving during those long holiday meals
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.