So sick 😕.
I haven’t felt this shitty in a long time.
You probably will think this is an insanely stupid question but oh my god i am so curious. When you sneeze or blow your nose, is it more difficult because you have those two extra holes? Haha i'm so sorry have a good night
Simple little double helix piercing I did today at Saint Sabrina’s.
2.5mm CZ gems from NeoMetal Titanium Body Jewelry.
Would you be willing to make a photo editing tutorial? I love your pictures!
Eh possibly, I think I’d be more comfortable sending that privately.
I took about 5 years of photo courses to learn to edit and shoot the way I do and personally I don’t think it’s all that impressive even if you were to watch haha. I shoot with a DSLR in a manual setting, so my photos come out the way they do because of the adjustments I make during the actual photo taking process. It’s about understand exposure and lighting, adjusting your white balance to fit the lighting you’re working with, along with understand what aperture and shutter speed you use to get what kind of shot and general focal point that you’re aiming to get with your final product.
I also shoot in RAW so I can make minor tweaks during the editing process. For the majority of my editing, it’s just hiding blemishes, removing stray hairs, and making my piercing the focal point while also not taking away from the rest of the attention to detail of the clients features. Ears for example are completely different from person to person, so when I’m placing their piercing I’m usually trying to accent their anatomical features and show how the jewelry almost flows with their body.
If that makes sense..
I'm an 18 year old who is super interested in becoming a professional body piercer and APP member, any suggestions on how to break into the industry? I've been in college for a few months and it's just not for me. Body modification is the only thing I've ever been really passionate about.
I just answered the last question pretty thoroughly, but I’m going to suggest you stick with school. Finish what you started and then approach whatever you set your mind to. It’s your life and you can do anything that you want with it, but you don’t want to miss out on a good education, no one can take that away from you.
hey so...i know you probably get sick of all the piercing questions, so feel totally free to ignore this if it's annoying, i won't be offended at all...but i was just wondering how you went about becoming a piercer.
I had a very poorly taught apprenticeship in downtown Baltimore when I was 14-15 years old. I took blood borne pathogens courses, cross contamination courses, first aid, CPR, and numerous piercing seminars, really anything that I thought would be beneficial for my education and the future of my career that I wanted more than anything. I spent years researching and meeting with very experienced piercers who were awesome enough to help me better myself and allow me to shadow them and ask a bunch of questions, ones that I should’ve known the answer to had I gone through a proper apprenticeship.
I spent a lot of time traveling the country, driving for days or flying to places when I could afford it. One of my really close friends Shane doesn’t know how much he helped me, but that guy is hands down one of the most influential people that pushed me get to where I’m at. I knew him decently when he lived in Baltimore, then when he moved out west I flew out to Vegas to hang out and work for a few weeks. I don’t want to go on a rant about this one aspect, but I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I was to have such a great friend like him to not judge me by my inexperience at the time, but by my eagerness to learn and excel in this field.
I had piercers invite me from all over to hangout for a weekend or a few days to shadow them and watch them approach piercings in ways I’d never imagined. I don’t think I skipped a single offer when I was invited out. Most of the time I packed up that second and drove 10+ hours through the night. I did this for years until I could grasp this profession the way I do now.
It is in no way shape or form an easy field to work in or learn. There’s no shortcuts, no schooling, and no one to hold your hand and walk you through it. I was truly lucky to have so many people that are passionate about body piercing to allow me into their studios and into their homes to show me how they do things.
All and all, I made some of my best friends during my travels. I couldn’t even put in words how much I love doing this for a living, but what I love even more is that not only are piercers becoming more caring of what they do, but our clients are educating themselves about what is safe and what isn’t. They have grasped a similar passion for what we do and have developed their own collections of beautiful ornate jewelry, and body piercings executed perfectly in the safest manner possible by the best in the world. It’s a wonderful thing really.
If you’re interested in becoming a body piercer, I would strongly suggest looking into attending APP conference in June.
When I went for my first year three years ago, it blew my mind. I was meeting people I’d only heard of of IAM during the old BMEzine days. But beyond that, a few of these people knew who I was already and that was fucking insane to me, completely threw me off and I was this awkward young kid walking around the conference floor running from class to class taking everything in that I possibly could. I still have the notepad that I wrote all my notes in from my first year, I will forever cherish that experience and be in the debt to everyone that helped me get to where I am in this industry today.
Probably a longer answer than you expected, but this is not an explanation that I take lightly. Too many people think it’s just piercing someone, putting jewelry in them, and calling it a day.
When in reality it’s much more than that.
It’s having a broad understanding of human anatomy, the depth of tissue in different areas and what way it moves depending on certain placements, sterile fields, how to properly handle any situation that is thrown your way, what is an appropriate length for initial piercings, what is pierceable and what is not.
Along with just executing the piercing, it’s also how to walk someone through the whole process, make them feel comfortable and relate to them because we’ve all been pierced before, so we want to make it as painless and as easy as physically possible for you.
I could go on and on really, but like I said. Go to conference, take basic introductory courses, network and meet other respected professionals, know that this is not a field you can just half ass. This is our passion and our livelihoods, we love what we do and we love our clients even more. See what you think after all is said and done, if you love it, find a reputable piercer to teach you everything they know. While I learned a lot through my experience, I would’ve loved to have someone to teach me everything and be my mentor that I would forever be able to go to for assistance.
Did some matching Mother and Daughter nostril piercings today at Saint Sabrina’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Both were done with 14k white gold prong set CZ ends from Body Vision Los Angeles.
Big thanks to @anatometalinc for resharing a helix piercing I did the other day with one of their cluster ends.
This lovely client stopped by Saint Sabrina’s the other day and picked up this yellow gold septum clicker from Venus by Mariah Tash.
I didn’t do the piercing, but I did get a chance to take a photo of her sporting it.
Borrowed Courtney today to show some different draping techniques for when I do piercings. I find these work for any application, sometimes even a combination of both cuts.