Dec 27, 2012
Unfortunately the piercing industry is severely under regulated and just about anyone can pick up a needle and claim to be a piercer. The problem with this is with improper training they can be putting you at risk. Health regulations are upheld for professional piercing shops, but schooling is not required of the piercers themselves. Luckily, those who are passionate about piercing want to be professional, and will give you the safest and best overall experience, will proactively seek proper training. I personally have gone the extra mile to be the best piercer I can be. I have had over a year apprenticing side by side with a professional piercer of over seventeen years. I am First aid, CPR, and AED, certified. I have also completed training on blood borne pathogens.
This year Blue Boutique paid for me to attend the APP conference in Las Vegas. “The Association of Professional Piercers” (APP). APP is an international health and safety organization and is a nonprofit voluntary alliance dedicated to the dissemination of information about body piercing. The APP is “Governed by a voluntary elected Board of Directors, the APP is a united group of piercing professionals that freely shares information to help fellow members, piercers, health care professionals, legislators, health inspectors, and the general public, get the best and most up-to-date information about body piercing.” – Safepiercing.org
I took classes to better my education about safe piercing from about eight am to ten pm every day for a week. Some of the classes included male anatomy, facial and oral anatomy, sterilization, BBP, stretching, modern surface piercing, and many more. In many of these classes professional piercers and health care providers worked together instructing the classes bringing their knowledge together to make the classes the ultimate experience on the medical professional side.
I think when choosing your piercer it’s important to ask their qualifications and experience. There are piercers out there who take this industry seriously and as professionals and we would like to see the industry improve. Make sure that your safety and needs are their first priority.
Things you can look into when selecting a shop/piercer include; checking to see if they have an updated health inspection certificate. Check to see what types of jewelry they are piercing with, and what training they have. Check if they are properly sterilizing everything with the proper machines such as a Statim or Autoclave. Any professional piercer would not shy away from these questions and should be more then happy to walk you through their process. I love when clients are concerned about their safety and I am more then happy to assure them.
Do your research, armed with good information; you can go to a piercing shop that will give you the best quality piercing, and a treasured display of personal expression for years to come. Feel free to e-mail or comment if you’re not in the area and would like a shop suggestion.