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2021 Finding Your Piercer - Part 2 - What You Should Know - Body Piercing Basics EP100

In the 100th episode in our Youtube series Body Piercing Basics, DaVo gives you advice on how to find and choose the right piercer for you. In Part 2 he covers what you should know before choosing a piercer

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Show Notes:

EP100 Finding Your Piercer part 2 - What to Look For

What to look for:

  1. Training:

    1. Did they apprentice?

    2. Who did they apprentice under?

    3. How long was the apprenticeship?

  2. Experience

    1. How long have they been piercing?

    2. Where have they pierced in the past?

  3. Established

    1. How long has the studio been in business?

    2. Do they have a professional Website?

    3. Are they represented on Social Media?

    4. How do they interact with reviews?

  4. Know your piercer

    1. If possible schedule a consultation

    2. Research your piercer online

    3. They should have a bio online that covers many of these questions

    4. Most piercers are a public figure

  5. Professionalism

    1. How do they interact with you?

    2. Do they seem pleasant?

    3. Are they open with information?

    4. Are they clean and well kept?

    5. Do they feel rushed?

  6. Educational

    1. Do they volunteer information?
    2. Do they give you a pre-piercing consolation?
    3. Do they cover aftercare instructions in person?
  7. Studio & Pride of ownership

    1. Does the place look clean and maintained?
    2. Is it comfortable and reflects the piercer’s personality?
    3. Does the place seem like an assembly line or a Great Clips?
  8. Quality of jewelry:

    1. Do they have internally threaded or threadless jewelry?
    2. Do they offer Titanium, SSS, and other materials?
    3. Do they stock multiple styles and sizes?

If you have a question you would like to see covered in a future video, please comment or contact DaVo at

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment.

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Suggested Aftercare Products:

  • For Premixed Saline DaVo suggests. NeilMed Neil Cleanse Wound Wash First-Aid Sterile Saline Solution 6 fl oz Each -
  • Band-Aid Brand First Aid Products Tru-Absorb Gauze Sponges for Cleaning Wounds, 4 in x 4 in, 50 ct -

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Shure MV7 - with a Tascam DR-40x -

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Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm