How to Get Started as a Body Piercer

The body piercing industry is one of the very few industries that has actually grown during the recent recession.  More and more people of all races, ages and walks of life are sporting body piercings, tattoos and are stretching their ears.  The demand for professional body piercers has never been greater than now.  The question we get many times here at the Body Piercing News is ‘How Do I Get Started?’

First of all, there is no ‘license’ for body piercing (neither is there a ‘license’ for tattooing).  You must only fulfill the requirements of your city, county and state regarding blood borne pathogen training and Hepatitis B vaccinations (consult your county health department for the exact requirements).  Once fulfilled, you must then get two things; the proper body piercing tools and supplies (which can be obtained in a starter body piercing kit), and of course, experience (preferrably through apprenticeship to an experienced body piercer).  After that it’s up to you to decide whether you want to work in a shop environment or as a freelance independent body artist.  Remember, the more experience you have before you begin piercing professionally, the better for your client and yourself.

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