Archive for July, 2011

Can You Really Teach Yourself To Pierce?

07 31st, 2011 Author: Pokee

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,

Pokee

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Body Piercing Supplies Part VIII (aftercare guidelines)

07 24th, 2011 Author: justhurtabit

Once you have found a body piercing kit that includes sterile body jewelry, and sterile one-time use needles, tools and skin preparation, make sure the kit includes proper aftercare guidelines.  Many novice home piercers purchase piercing kits from inferior sellers that either do not include sterile body jewelry, instructions or aftercare guidelines.

Don’t suffer through longer healing times or an infection because the body piercing kit you bought does not include aftercare guidelines.  Before you buy, compare and shop carefully so you don’t get stuck with having to guess what to do after the piercing has been done.  For more information on complete quality sterile body piercing kits click on the link provided.

What Your Body Piercer Should Know About You

07 22nd, 2011 Author: justhurtabit

Body piercing has evolved into a mainstream form of self expression.  People of all ages are getting body piercings as often (or more often) than any other form of body art.  The average body art enthusiast often has more piercings than tattoos or any other form of personal adornment.  But with the increase in popularity of piercing, has also come a demand for qualified body artists that has led to an overabundance of people piercing that have no business doing so.  Many novice piercers believe incorrectly that just because they have multiple body piercings that they are qualified to pierce others.  This is an unfortunate and dangerous trend that is resulting in more instances of infections and injuries.

A professionally registered and trained body art technician knows the questions that need to be asked prior to a procedure.  Along with proper pre-procedure and post-piercing aftercare information, your piercer should be asking you most or all of the following questions: are you pregnant, do you take medication for seizures, are you prone to fainting, have you eating anything recently, are you on blood thinning medication or intoxicated, to name a few.  If you are getting a body piercing (or tattoo) and you are not being asked these questions, you should leave immediately.  Not only is your body artist putting you in danger by not asking you these questions, but probably cutting corners in other areas such as sterility of body piercing supplies or in other ways that can jeopardize you.  Remember, always ask to see your piercer’s county health department permit and current blood-borne pathogen certification before you get started.  You should never get a piercing from someone that makes you feel uneasy, or who is evasive when asked those questions.  A legitimate body artists will be glad to answer any question you have because he/she has nothing to hide.

What Should A Body Piercing Kit Include?

07 9th, 2011 Author: justhurtabit

A body piercing kit should always include the correct needles, tools, skin preparation materials and body jewelry needed to perform any given piercing.  Some kits are sold as single piercing kits and have only enough materials to do a single piercing, while other kits have enough needles, jewelry and supplies to perform multiple piercings.

A general rule of thumb is not to buy more piercings than you need.  Not only is it extra money to over buy on piercing supplies, but sterilized items should be used within the suggested time (according to their sterilization dates which should be stamped on the sterile pouch itself).  The most important thing to make sure of is that the body piercing kit you buy includes STERILE BODY JEWELRY that comes in a dated, sterile pouch.  If you are not sure if the kit you are buying includes pre-sterilized body jewelry, ask the seller, or find a kit that does.  Don’t risk injury to yourself or your clients by using dirty body jewelry.

The Big Question: Is It Sterile?

07 8th, 2011 Author: justhurtabit

Sterile Body Piercing Kit

When it comes to choosing the right supplier for body piercing kits and supplies, the most important consideration is this: Is it sterile?  You may assume that the companies that offer body piercing kits all provide  the same quality materials in their kits and that they are all sterilized to health department standards.  This could not be further from the truth.

Professional body art technicians that contribute to the Body Piercing News were asked to look at the different companies offering body piercing kits and supplies and found that the vast majority do NOT include sterile body jewelry in their kits!  Kits that do not offer pre-sterilized body jewelry were prevalent on auction sites (such as ebay and amazon.com), as well as on independent web sites.  These kits should be avoided at all cost!  Using un-sterile (dirty) body jewelry inside a fresh piercing will lead to at best, delayed healing times, and at worst, infection, injury or even death.  Make sure the body piercing kit you choose has sterile body jewelry included.  If you are not sure if the body jewelry offered is sterilized or not, ask before you buy.

Finding the Right Body Piercing Supplies

07 6th, 2011 Author: justhurtabit

Using the correct body piercing tools and supplies is crucial to the success of any body piercing.  Finding a dependable source for your body piercing supplies can be a daunting task among the many choices available to piercers.  Body piercing requires that the needles and body jewelry you use be sterilized up to the highest standards, as well as the various forceps, receiving tubes and other items necessary to perform a piercing.

When choosing a source to purchase your body piercing supplies from make sure the company is a respected one and that they adhere to strict safety standards.  Also inquire about their return policy and if they stand behind their products with a satisfaction guarantee.  Lastly, find a company that publicly posts their spore test results on their autoclave equipment so you know without a doubt that what you are getting is the safest possible choice for you and your clients.  We found only one such company that fits all the above criteria that carries professional-grade body piercing kits and  body piercing supplies (click on link) and who also offers true free shipping on all products within the USA.

Your Vote Counts: Cool or Fool?

07 3rd, 2011 Author: justhurtabit

In the never-ending race to impress other people, sometimes one can take a good idea too far.  This photo is of a self-professed former geek, who after a few dozen facial tattoos, piercings and stretchings, now believes to be a card-carrying member of Club Cool.  The problem with such excess (espeically tattoos on the neck and face) is that they tend to attract the attention of law-enforcement, and have the opposite effect on potential employers.  What do you think?  Is this guy Cool or Fool?

While most body piercings are reversible (except micro-dermals and hyper-stretching), tattoos are permanent.  Make sure you give very careful thought to anything you undertake and that you seek the services of a licensed and trained body artist who uses sterile body piercing supplies at all times.