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How to Choose Your Piercer - Body Piercing Basics EP110

In the 110th episode in our Youtube series Body Piercing Basics, DaVo continues with his series Beginners Guide to Piercing with How to Choose a Piercer. He covers how to research a piercer and find the one that is best for you.

Show Notes

  • Easy to claim that you are a professional

  • It Doesn’t mean they are skilled

    • If they have a license

    • Membership in a professional organization

    • Completed a class

    • Are really expensive

  • How to find a piercer

    • visit the studios

    • research them online

    • ask pierced people

    • schedule a consultation

  • What should you look for

    • Online professional bio with:

      • Where they apprenticed

      • How long they have been piercing

      • where they have worked

      • Their background

    • Training

    • Experience

    • Established

    • Licensed if it is required

    • Pride of ownership

    • the portfolio should include healed piercings

    • References and reviews

    • Professional

    • Passion

    • Willing to answer questions

    • Wants to educate you

    • Gives in-person consultation

    • Gives written and verbal aftercare instructions

  • What should a consultation include left cam

    • Aftercare

    • Lifestyle changes

    • risks

    • anatomy

    • metal allergies

    • allergies

    • Health issues

    • Medications

  • Professional organizations(APP):

    • Must pay an annual membership

    • Minimum requirements have to be met

    • No reflection on the person ability, skill, or experience

    • All most all is done online and not in person

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