How to Become a Piercing Artist

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Becoming a piercing artist is best done by getting an apprenticeship under a licensed piercer, who will teach the ins and outs of body modification over the course of six months to a year. Check in with the local health department before attempting a piercing career with information from an experienced tattoo artist in this free video on body modification.

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Hi I'm Brandon Pearce with Foolish Pride Tattoo Company in St. Petersburg Florida, I'm here to talk to you about, how to become a piercing artist. The first and foremost thing you need to do is actually get a proper partnership from a piercer. A license piercer is going to teach you everything you need to know about the dermis, about vascular systems, everything that's important, so that way you're not hitting the wrong vessels or anything like that when you're actually piercing an individual or a client. Also you're going to have to become licensed through the city and/or the state. Most states have classes that you have to take, they can range anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days. So you need to check with your local health department and find out when those classes are, sign up. You always have to pay for them, they're usually not too expensive. But the most important part is spend the solid 6 months to a year learning exactly what it takes to pierce the locations on the body that you can, cannot pierce, and how to do it properly. There's a lot of people going around with bad piercing, and that's because they try to do them themselves. You never want to do that, you always want to go to a licensed professional and learn from a licensed professional if that's something you're interesting in doing. So again, I'm Brandon Pearce with Foolish Pride Tattoo Company in St. Petersburg Florida, if you're going to become a piercing artist, go to a licensed piercer, learn how to do it and you will be on your way.

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