Career a good idea?

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Sunday August 24th, 2008 @ 7:49 PM

Filed under: Culture

I’m 28 years old and while I’ve always been fascinated by body modification, I’ve only recently begun to take a more serious interest. I’m wondering if it’s a little too late for me to look into a career in the industry. It’s obviously something that would take years to master and I wonder if, in your experience, most customers would be hesitant to get work done by somebody that “old” who’s just starting out.

I’d also like to add, after reading a rather long argument about whether or not it’s necessary to have mods to do them, that I don’t really plan on getting that many mods myself. As it stands, I have a few tats and a few piercings and while I intend to get more work done(including some microdermals) I’m not really into extreme mods for myself. That being said, I love extreme mods on other people and nothing would make me happier than to be able to help others get the mods they want. Although I’m obviously not an expert, I have done quite a bit of research about body modification and I think I know more about it than your average layperson. I’m very passionate about tolerance through education and whenever I hear people talking about “self mutilation” or calling people “sick” for getting mods, I make it a point to talk to them and try to help them understand more about it. I’ve actually managed to help change quite a few people’s views about the subject, despite not having any mods myself. I’ve also helped a few people to overcome their own fears about body modification to a point where they were able to get mods they’ve always wanted but probably wouldn’t have had the courage to get without somebody to help them understand it better. Er…not really sure where I’m going with this at this point but yeah…there you have it. Any advice/comments/info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I think that as long as the clientele could sense your commitment to their well being your age wouldn’t be much of an issue. Added to that I think that I’d personally be more comfortable with an apprentice who’s had a few more years under his belt than with one still wet behind his/her already massively stretched ears. Life experience is not a liability.

As to being modified? Have the mods you want to have. Do the mods you want to do. Steve Haworth doesn’t have horn implants. Brian Decker doesn’t have a split tongue. One doesn’t need to have a specific modification to be able to perform it.

The advice I always give goes for a person of 28 or of 18:
Classes. First Aid. CPR. Anatomy. Humility and Patience come in handy too. If you’re going to become someone’s apprentice they’re going to be teaching you a marketable skill- THEIR marketable skill- that will hopefully be the last job you ever get. Earn that. They tell you to wash forceps all day? Wash them. Two sugars in that coffee you ran to get for the fourth time today? Make sure you bring a third just in case. Above all- ask what you can GIVE to the community and not what you can take from it.

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One Response to “Career a good idea?”

  1. On the subject of be modified in the industry: At my shop, we have 3 piercers. And of all of us, only one has a tattoo that you can see when he’s wearing a t-shirt and jeans, and I’m the only one of the 3 who has piercings other than lobes- (a tiny little septum piercing, and a few cartilage piercings at that! pretty tame) Our shop has been around for 14 years, and mind you our original piercer, who is still with us, is 53. And we have been nothing but successful and the shop has grown exponentially. So I really don’t think age and mods have anything to do with it. People go to someone who, is sane, safe, skilled, and knows how to work well with clients regardless of there background or personal preferences. Thats it.

    ckaje on August 30th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

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