Professional body piercer since 1999.
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I pierce at 5 Point Studios in Clive, IA
Also own and operate relicstoneworks.com with my wife Kate.
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Anonymous asked: Why are many piercers hesitant to post their prices online?
Because just saying a piercing costs $X doesn’t fully explain what you get for your money. Let’s break it down.
- Has a medical grade autoclave that cost thousands of dollars. And they pay hundreds of dollars to have it tested and monitored to make sure it works correctly.
- Attends training conferences and/or completed a quality apprenticeship to be sure you are getting pierced safely. Understands anatomy, cross contamination, sterilization, aftercare, and troubleshooting.
- Uses only high quality jewelry to be sure you won’t have an allergic reaction to cheap materials. Takes the time to explain your options and gets you the best possible fit for your anatomy and lifestyle.
- Performs your piercing with a quality technique to be sure you have a healthy and happy piercing. Understands the theories behind the piercing you selected, and knows how to explain the aftercare best suited for it.
- Charges $75 for their services
- Bought 100 belly barbells out of the back of a magazine. Not sure what its made of or who made it, but hey its cheap.
- Totally “certified”, not sure by who. Can’t verify any training, you don’t see any training certificates anywhere. Asked how long they’ve been piercing and they said “years”. A tattooer friend showed them everything they need to know.
- Didn’t tell you how to clean it, but that’s ok. You already have peroxide at home. When you called with a problem they told you its probably just infected, and to just put some ointment on it.
- The clamps hurt pretty bad, and it bled a lot. Its pretty straight though, if you look at it just the right way.
- Only charges $30!! What a deal!
See where I’m getting at? When you ask someone how much a piercing costs online you’re not comparing something static like the same shoe at different stores. I don’t like to answer price questions online because its part of a greater conversation. So how about instead of asking how much something costs, you ask what you get for your money.
Anonymous asked: Thank you for your answer (regarding sterile gloves). I was in no way implying you are irresponsible; it's pretty obvious you're not. I was just sincerely curious and wanted to know your point of view. One of the prime arguments I've came across in favour of using sterile gloves is the concern of whether regular gloves are actually clean or not, as well as "dirtying" sterile needle and jewellery (since they will go through the body) when they come in contact with the gloves.
I see that as a minimal risk, no more of a risk than piercing in open air. I’ve performed thousands of piercings with standard exam gloves, I have noticed absolutely no difference when piercing with sterile gloves. I still use sterile gloves on occasion, but they are not part of my minimum standard, or even that of the APP.
Where do you draw the line of rational need? Lots of piercers who use sterile gloves aren’t wearing a facemask when they pierce, and I consider that to be a minimum standard in my studio.
Again, I really need to emphasize that I would never tell a piercer to NOT use sterile gloves. If they want to take that extra step I fully support that, but I do not agree that it is a minimum standard. I think the point I’m trying to make is that many piercers using sterile gloves aren’t using them correctly. It frustrates me when a piercer tries to make themselves look good, or superior in some way, by doing something above minimum standard while at the same time trying to make piercers operating at an acceptable standard look bad.