Preparing for an apprenticeship

Tuesday April 27th, 2010 @ 1:36 AM

Filed under: Culture

Hi, my piercing artist said they’ll be having an opening for an apprentice soon and for me to apply when I’m ready. I’m taking a Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, CPR, and AED class, to start. I’m thinking of buying a few books or other media to read up on. Any recommendations on books/media or other ways to prepare for an apprenticeship?


“How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie. Any books on conflict resolution and organizational management. There’s a lot more to being a piercer than putting holes in people for money!

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 8 Comments

microdermals vs. skin divers?

Tuesday April 13th, 2010 @ 1:21 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

A local piercer does skin divers, and says he prefers them over microdermals as far as healing time and ease goes.

I’m considering getting one or the other, but I haven’t had any luck finding information on skin divers. I’d like to know more before diving into it (har har!). What exactly is the difference between the two?

Some piercers swear by skin divers. However, myself, and most of my piercing colleagues do not. There are several issues with skin divers, the most obvious being the sharp point at the base. Honestly, using nothing but common sense does having a sharp point under your skin sound like a good idea? Obviously, the answer is no.

Also, who is making these skin divers? Are the made out of implant grade metals? Are they finished well? None of the top US companies even make skin divers, that should tell you something right there.

One large concern of mine, is the procedure required to insert them, the practitioner MUST use biopsy punches. Technically, I do not see this as an issue. However, legally it can cause some issues. In several areas dermal anchors are being made illegal because of the “implant procedure” required to insert them. Also, biopsy punches are not legal for use by non-medical practitioners in a lot of places. The microdermal can be inserted with a needle, which makes a lot better case for it being a piercing procedure and not a medical procedure.

Then there is also the issue of the ends not being interchangeable. That may be only a vanity issue, but really if not for vanity most people wouldn’t be considering either procedure.

So why do some piercers prefer them? The most obvious answer would be ease of insertion (as your piercer mentioned). It requires FAR less skill to insert a skin diver, in fact, it’s pretty idiot proof. Another reason and a COMMON motivator is price, these skin divers are CHEAP compared to quality micros and well, this is a business, lots of piercers may put the almighty dollar over the’r clients well being.

As I mentioned previously though, some piercers who I do respect use these and swear by them, so I welcome their comments on the subject. I, however, am convinced on the superiority of quality microdermals over skin divers.

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