How do I become a piercer?

Question by q: How do I become a piercer?
I am interested in becoming a piercer but have no idea of how to go about this. I have heard of piercing school but do not know of any in Arizona. If you have any ideas or tips on how i could get on the track please let me know.

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Answer by christinaCRIMESCENE
You could visit a local piercing studio and see about doing a 1-year apprenticeship to get a feel for the career.
Seeing as how most piercers are usually "duel", which means they do both piercings and tattoos, you better have some sweet artistic talent.

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  1. Find a reputable piercer willing to take you on as an apprentice, or a good shop that will hire you as counter help (HTC in Arizona is top notch). Most places will start you out working counter regardless. You will learn about CPR, first aid, bloodborne pathogens/cross-contamination, heal times, aftercare, jewelry sizing and all that good stuff. Most likely, you will also get to do all the crappy jobs that no one else wants to do (clean tools, mop floors, fetch lunch). Work counter for a year or two, prove that you want to be a piercer, and then maybe they will give you an apprenticeship. Piercing apprenticeships can last around two years or longer. Stay away from “piercing schools.” They exist purely to rip you off and don’t teach you the skills you need.

    Be aware that a good portion of your apprenticeship will be spent watching others work. You will not start piercing right away, nor should you expect to.

    It can be difficult to find a shop that is willing to take you on. Start hanging around the shop, become a regular, bring them cookies, etc. Be prepared for a lot of rejection and no instant gratification. Don’t try to get a “head start” by piercing yourself or your friends – mentors don’t want to waste their time correcting your bad habits. It’s best to present yourself as a blank slate, someone who will absorb all the information that they have to offer. Good luck!

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