Body Piercing – A CAREER

Body Piercing – A CAREER

This newest blog post is more of a general information post regarding Body Piercing as a career and what that entails.

Many people see Body Piercing as a stepping-stone to becoming a Tattooist. We can’t even count how many times we’re asked every week, questions like: “So do you do tattoos as well?”, “When are you going to learn to tattoo?” and “Don’t you want to be a tattooist?”.

Not only does this frustrate the living hell out of us, but it’s almost degrading to our jobs which aren’t just ‘a job’ to us, but a passion and life-long commitment.

To be a professional Body Piercer, it’s not just about learning how to poke holes in different body parts and put some jewellery in. Nor is it a profession that you can just pick up and put down when you feel like it.

Body Piercing is a CAREER. You need to have a genuine passion and love for body piercing – which is why we put 1000% into everything we do, from the piercing itself to the service we give our clients. In our eyes, if you don’t LOVE piercings and want to put your all into what you do, you need to put down the needles and find a different career. This is people’s bodies and health we’re entrusted with, not just their gas & leccy bills or grocery shopping.

In short, if your dream job is to be a Tattooist – go for it! Practice your art, develop your portfolios, spend time in studios, get tattooed, research, learn and enquire with studios if they’re looking for apprentices. Don’t apply for a piercing apprenticeship and assume that once you’ve learnt how to pierce, you’ll be automatically handed a tattoo machine – They’re COMPLETELY different professions!

A great analogy: 

You want to be a Nail Technician. You looooove doing nails, you practice on yourself and your friends and have perfected the art of nails. Awesome! You’ll do great, I’m sure. 

Now, you then wouldn’t apply to be a Hairdresser at a beauty salon, then expect to do nails after you’ve cut a few layers and coloured a few bobs. How can you put your all into hair when all you’re waiting for is the possibility of moving onto nails in the (unpredictable) future.

They’re COMPLETELY different professions!

Put your heart and soul into WHAT YOU LOVE DOING!

So no, we ain’t gonna pick up a tattoo machine once we hit X amount of piercings or piercing experience. We love piercing people! We’re sticking this out till we’re old and wrinkly because we LOVE IT! Through literal blood, sweat & tears (which, most of the time, is not our own)!

If you’re reading this and thinking “I would absolutely love to be a piercer, learn the trade and make it a long-term career!” – please send us a message!

If you’re reading this and thinking “Well, my dream job is to be a tattooist.” – AWESOME! Develop your portfolio and ask around for a TATTOO apprenticeship!

Thanks for coming to our TED Talk ❤ ❤ Love y’all!

I can get it cheaper somewhere else.

I can get it cheaper somewhere else.

You probably can. Same with any service, there’s always gonna be deals for a fiver – but is that really the best option?

We’ve all seen hair & nail fails online where someone’s price shopped and got poor-quality service for a bargain price. But what happens next? You go through a right faff paying more money to get them fixed.

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That’s all well and good, nails can be removed and hair grows back. Tattoos and piercings however… That’s for life!

 

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*photos taken from various sources online. We do not own any of these photos, nor have we performed or fixed any of the piercings shown.

 

Improperly placed piercings and incorrect piercing procedures can cause permanent damage that may require medical treatment!

One thing we like to remind people is that you get what you pay for.

 


 

“Their shop was clean though..”    “S/He’s a professional in a studio though…”

Unfortunately, a license to pierce just ISN’T enough sometimes. If someone’s out to make a quick buck, they aren’t going to care if your piercing heals well or be there to help if something goes wrong. License, experience and reputation don’t always equate to QUALITY. This is why we always stress the importance of RESEARCH. Look at portfolios, have a gander on social media – are those photos piercings they’ve actually done, or are they stock photos? (or better yet, stolen from another piercer…)

Salons & high street stores often undercut professional studios to lure clients in with their fabulous deals and cheap prices, but then what happens? A few weeks down the line, they have some problems/need some advice… Has this piercer spent time researching and bettering themselves in the industry to be able to provide you with their knowledge and help you throughout your piercing journey? Many times the answer is NO.

If a piercer can offer piercings at dirt-cheap prices, how are they cutting costs on their part to be able to offer these prices to the client? Are they skipping important steps such as sterilisation, quality jewellery or proper hygiene? Supplies for any service costs money, that’s just a fact of life, so the cost of the service reflects that… Plus the piercer’s time!

Wouldn’t you want to know that the service you’re getting is the best that it can be?

Wouldn’t you hope that your piercer will be there to help you throughout your piercing journey?

Wouldn’t you hope that your piercer loves the job they do and spends personal time and effort bettering themselves and researching to give YOU the quality you deserve?

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Just some food for thought. We hate ranting and raving about this stuff, but far too often, we’re told “I can get it cheaper elsewhere” (fair dos) and then are asked to fix these screw-ups. We’re happy to help with any piercing problem, from any piercings, from any studios in any town/city/country – we just want to try and educate so that you can make the right piercing choices FIRST TIME.

Thanks for coming to the Taattoo Body Piercers TED talk.

SDSJAGBSETHIRHJ

Is it infected, or just irritated?

You wouldn’t believe how many times a week we get messages, phone calls and visits from clients with ‘infected piercings’.

9.9999 times out of 10, their piercings are simply irritated.

Signs of infection in piercings include:

  • Excess swelling
  • Redness around the piercing
  • Bleeding
  • Pus (brown, green and/or bloody secretion)
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • Pierced area is hot to the touch

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If you have an actual infection, trust us, you will know about it! The only way to get rid of an infection is with treatment from a doctor or healthcare professional, usually with a short course of antibiotics.

If you’re unsure if your piercing is infected PLEASE SEE US BEFORE SEEING THE DOCTOR (unless all signs of infection are present).

Doctors aren’t trained, educated or knowledgeable when it comes to piercings. They WILL tell you it’s infected, whether it is or not.

Antibiotics should only be used if you really need them, and unfortunately, too many piercees are prescribed antibiotics for infections that aren’t even there.

Okay. So, you’re worried about your piercing. It’s a little sore, red, has some crusties and is hard to sleep on. This means it’s either still in the early stages of healing, or it’s simply irritated.

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Common reasons for piercings getting irritated include:

  • Touching and playing with the piercing
  • Using harsh soaps and or products on the piercing (e.g: TCP or alcohol)
  • Irritation from skin or hair products (creams, shampoos, hair spray, perfume, etc)
  • Sleeping on the piercing
  • Wrong jewellery type, style, material or length
  • Changing jewellery too soon or too often
  • Improper placement or angle of the piercing

Irritated piercings that are left too long without an intervention can later lead to problems such as migration, rejection and hypertrophic scarring (bumps).

Different piercings take different lengths of time to heal, so it is always best to research your piercing beforehand and/or have a chat with us about the piercing you want, prior to having it pierced. We provide full aftercare information on how to best look after your piercing to avoid irritation and infection.

All piercings in our studio are performed by trained professionals who, from constant up-to-date research, are extremely knowledgeable in all forms of body piercing. Use them! Ask them questions, ask to see portfolios! All piercings are performed in a high-standard hygienic environment, using one-use sterile blade needles, sterilised tools and pre-sterilised high-quality jewellery for ALL clients. Your jewellery and needle/s are just for you and have never touched another body, giving you peace of mind that you are safe from potential infections.

Not just in our studio, but in any piercing studio, 99.9% of the time, an infected piercing is down to poor aftercare, not the piercer/studio. 

Your body heals the piercing, cleaning it simply removes any germs and dirt which have gathered throughout the day.

Hands off, keep clean and have a happy piercing!

Updates on the madhouse called Taattoo!

Lots of changes have happened since we started blogging here, so we thought we’d update you guys on what’s happening at Taattoo as of 2017!

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You guys remember our two tattoo apprentices, Sam and Jack (Pablo)? They have both flown the nest – Jack late last year and Sam as of the beginning of this year. We wish them the best of luck in their futures, wherever life takes them!

In our tattooing department, we, of course, have our experienced and talented Andy who is the main tattooist in the studio at the moment. Under his wing are our newest additions to Taattoo – Ellis and Kris! They are soon to be Taattoo’s new tattoo apprentices, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media to see their progress as they’re training, practising and eventually getting unleashed onto the public!

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In our body piercing department, we have Senior Piercer, Sophie! She is currently nearing the THIRD year of her life sentence! She is fully experienced in all things body piercing and is always up for a challenge! Under her wing is Junior Piercer, Poh. She started her piercing apprenticeship here at Taattoo late summer 2016 and has been gaining more experience and knowledge every day! She has now completely all her training and is competent and confident in ALL piercings performed at Taattoo. She is absolutely loving her journey to becoming a piercing master and welcomes any and all piercings, from ears to nips to bits!

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Our piercers are still offering BOGOF piercings every Tuesday for #twofortuesday – and have recently introduced the 1/3 off Thursday offers! Every 3rd Thursday of every month, ALL piercings are available for 1/3 off the price!

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Lumiere Professional Laser Clinic (@Taattoo) offers laser tattoo removal and carbon facials and is run by the fabulous Ema. Lasering and carbon facial treatments are now available by appointment ONLY, as Ema now only comes into the studio for her clients’ appointments. As with tattoo bookings, a deposit is needed to make any bookings with Ema!! Find Lumiere’s page on social media to keep up to date with special offers or discounts Ema will be offering on both lasering and carbon facials and don’t miss out on a mega deal!

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And I think that’s it for today, guys and ghouls! Thanks for reading and see you next week for our next blog post…..