Professional Piercer

Discussion in 'Body Modification' started by TiedyeDreams, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

    Okay, so I have decided that I want to be a professional piercer. That's what I want to do with my life and I'm satisfied with my decision. The only thing is, I've looked through and I know what it takes to become one, you know, learning all that shit, becoming an apprentice and stuff...I really want to get a hardcopy of the procedure manual from the APP, it's just so fucking expensive.

    I've looked through ebay and amazon and Barnes and Noble. I can't find the manual anywhere else. I just wandering if anyone knew anything about where I could obtain one of them or something along those lines that would help me move me closer to learning all the things I need to in order to become an apprentice.


    Any advice or knowledge is welcomed!
    Thanks,
    Gaia
     
  2. sarahrei

    sarahrei ~Lover~

    I've never seen one anywhere else other than the APP website.
     
  3. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

    that's what I was afraid of... Thanks though
     
  4. MoonDoggie

    MoonDoggie Member

    Wow, 16 and you got your career picked out already? Cool, cool. Good luck with everything :]
     
  5. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

  6. dixie_pixy

    dixie_pixy Refried Hippie

    How much do piercers make? I know it's not about the money always, but I was just curious.

    In the case of the book. Do you have to have THAT book? If so then I guess you will have to buy it. Maybe you can go to your local shop and talk to them. They may give you the book to study!
     
  7. Dixie APP is pretty much THE standard in the industry. OP should definitely talk to her local shop about apprenticeships.
     
  8. MoonDoggie

    MoonDoggie Member

    A piercer can charge from 40 to 60 dollars for a piercing
     
  9. sarahrei

    sarahrei ~Lover~

    I have two friends that are piercers, both are under 40 both outright own their homes. It's really good money during the summer, not so bad in the winter.
     
  10. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

    I'm not going to lie, money was one of the pros in choosing the job. I mean, I've always wanted to do it but making money is a pretty nice bonus. :p

    I'm sure there are other books and DVDs but I haven't found any. I guess I'll have to break down buy it and quit being so cheap. haha
     
  11. MoonDoggie

    MoonDoggie Member

    Well, your still young so don't stress too much on getting all your learning materials ASAP. You have 2 years to study up on this stuff, and you can pratice on gullible friends (Just kidding..).
     
  12. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

    yeah, you're right. I just know that if I don't take some initiative now and get started, I'm the kind of person that I'll get lazy and just not doing anything that I need to. haha
     
  13. atropine

    atropine Member

    Some piercers can make good money.. Ones who own their own shops may do so. Working as a piercer for a shop.. you generally wont make much more than for making coffee. Youll either work on commission where you can make a lot some days and absolutely nothing some weeks or go on wage which probaly wont be far from minimum wage, especially starting out. Most apprentices dont get paid either. Food for thought.
     
  14. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

    Yeah, I figured I'd go hungry a while as an apprentice. lol

    But, I'm willing to not make much money. I mean, at least I'll have a job. I really want to do this, so I'm not much worried about salary. :)
     
  15. toolmaggot

    toolmaggot Nuts Go Here.

    Good luck even getting an apprenticeship.

    I dunno about Kentucky, but up in Cleveland, it's damn near impossible to get an apprenticeship, and if you do, they're not APP certified... just some dude that decided to open up a shop.

    I was thinking about it for a while, but it's just way too hard to get into.
     
  16. sarahrei

    sarahrei ~Lover~

    ^ true enough.

    Keep in mind that every tattoo parlor probably has applicants everyday.
     
  17. MoonDoggie

    MoonDoggie Member

    Most parlors may only hire 'friends' anyways but if you really want to do it should that thought really hold you back? My friend wants to be a writer and statistics say that the chances of making it big in that field is very slim but he's aiming for it anyways. If you really put your mind to it you can achieve it, eventually.
     
  18. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

    the funny thing is, I want to be a writer as well. :p

    I know it's going to be hard, but I really want to do it. I'll just have to work my ass off.
     
  19. sarahrei

    sarahrei ~Lover~

    I would suggest going to the tattoo parlor that you want to work at and making friends with them. Don't make yourself annoying but go and talk shop.
     
  20. TiedyeDreams

    TiedyeDreams Member

    Yeah man. You got the right idea. :p
    That's what I'm doing right now. I figured, I better make nice while there's still time. haha
     

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