Learning to Pierce- A Piercing Apprentice
I got a question from an aspiring piercer:
I really love all that you do for the piercing industry. And with that being said i am just starting out in the piercing industry. I've just recieved my piercing license. And was wanting to know where you get your tools and piercing supplies from. And if you would know of anyone in the Lincoln or Omaha Nebraska area who you would recommend to try to get an apprentership with.
Thanks for your message and your kind words.
I'm curious about what is involved in getting a license in Nebraska and how you can have one without already having had an apprenticeship? That seems backwards to me. Normally you must be trained before you can become a piercer (have a license to pierce).
In all honesty, if you haven't had an apprenticeship yet, then you shouldn't be buying tools. That's because they specific tools you'll be using are the ones that your mentor uses--the ones you willl be trained to use. Individual preferences for tools and styles of piercing vary from piercer to piercer. In essence, if you don't have someone to show you how to use the tools, then you shouldn't be using them.
If you haven't already done so, I would absolutely recommend that you read my book as your next step. It isn't a "how to pierce" book per se, but every page will have useful and helpful information, and everything in there is something you will ultimately need to know. There's also a chapter entitled "A Career in Professional Piercing" and that has lots of crucial information for you too. I can say I'd be surprised if you didn't think it was the best $20. you ever spent toward learning about body piercing.
To order, locate the book cover in the right-hand column then select your shipping method from the drop-down menu. Click the "Buy Now" button, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll free: 888 888-1APP. Orders are being filled by the Association of Professional Piercers. I serve on the Board of Directors as President of the organization. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the organization, and you will receive a signed copy of my book.
I can think of a few other resources that might be useful for you:
The blog archives, which contain hundreds of posts about piercings.
The APP website FAQ contains all kinds of good information
The updated (2013) APP procedure manual is available in print or download from the APP website. It is a MUST read for any aspiring piercer, apprentice, and even experienced piercers will benefit from its updated information and over 100 references!
Back issues of The Point, the quarterly journal of the APP, are all available for free download.
If you'd like to see me performing piercings, and demonstrating exactly where they should be placed, I've got videos available here. They're not "how-to" videos, per se, but they do show a lot of information about what I do and how I do it.
There are free archives available of all the columns I've written for Pain Magazine (answering piercing questions). My article is always on page 16.
A good resource for anatomy is The Human Body Book
I teach at the annual educational conferences of Association of Professional Piercers. You don't need to be a member to attend. It is a truly amazing event and it is wonderful to network with other piercers, and there is always more to learn.
In terms of studios or piercers in your area, there is one member of the Association of Professional Piercers in Omaha, Mike “BigMike” Coons. And in fact he's the only member in the whole state! I haven't personally trained or worked with him. But obviously, that would be the best place to learn since the studio meets the industry minimum standards set by the APP.
I wish you the best of luck on your journey.