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Letting an Apprentice Piercing You, Should You? Body Piercing Basics EP106

In the 106th episode in our Youtube series Body Piercing Basics, DaVo talking about what you should consider and know before getting pierced by a piercing apprentice. 

Show Notes:

  1. How long have they been Apprenticing?

  2. How many of that type of piercing have they observed and done?

  3. Do they have a set program?

  4. How comfortable and confident does the apprentice seem?

  5. Is the more experienced piercer supervising?

  6. If the more experienced piercer needs to step in, will you still get the discount?

  7. If the apprentice mess up and it needs re-pierced will they do it for free even if it’s done by the more experienced piercer?

  8. Do you feel comfortable with the more experienced piercer making observations and suggestions during the piercing?


Apprentice Program:

  1. Observation only for at least 4 weeks

  2. 10 piercings done on volunteers

  3. Complete 10 of each piercing correctly

  4. Monthly evaluation on how they are doing with the piercings they have checked out on.



  1. The more experienced piercer should be supervising during:

    1. The marking of the piercing

    2. The piercing

    3. The jewelry insertion

  2. They should give suggestions on how to refine technique, methods, and bedside manner

  3. After the client leaves there should be a discussion about how the piercing went.

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
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