I just received this email from a piercer:
I am a regular reader of your advice in Pain Magazine and I am a huge fan of your recent book. You have made me a better piercer...
I'm one of the only piercers in my area not looking for a quick buck. My question to you is, how do I stop all this negativity in the profession in my area? I believe that what really matters in this is our clients. I want to see them get the safest best piercing the first time around. I am often fixing many of these piercings these guys are doing and coming to find out that I'm being bad talked about, but in the end, I'm the one who is fixing their work. I appericiate your time and again your book was an amazing source of information that all piercees should read prior to getting pierced.
Thanks again, Jeff
This is my reply:
Thanks for the positive feedback--I appreciate it, and I'm glad to know that my work has been helpful to you.
Unfortunately, the problem you describe is very common. I actually had a nearby piercer telling people that my studio reused needles and didn't sterilize anything, and that we were filthy and didn't know what we were doing! He told people that if they'd been pierced in my studio, they probably had AIDS and Hepatitis from it! My "bad neighbor" piercer had actually maligned me so much that I had people who had been fed the slanderous statements sign affidavits about what he said, and contacted an attorney who issued him a "cease and desist" letter!
When people came in--sometimes concerned about what they'd been told, I simply behaved my usual professional way and educated them about the hygiene and sterilization procedures that were used in the studio.