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Why You Get Pierced Professionally - Body Piercing Basics EP97

In the 97th episode in our Youtube series Body Piercing Basics, DaVo covers why you shouldn't pierce yourself or at home and why you should see a professional piercer. When you need to do it, how to do it, and when is the best time to do it yourself.

Show Notes:


  1. Things You Don’t Have at Home

    1. Autoclave

    2. Space dedicated to piercing

    3. Have access to a large variety of jewelry

    4. The proper tools to do the piercing

    5. The proper tools if something goes wrong

  2. Training in Cross-Contamination Prevention

  3. Procedures, tools and methods for dealing with contaminated items

  4. Have been trained to handle reactions to piercings.


  1. Haven’t done the piercing thousands of times

  2. Have studied anatomy and how it relates to piercings

  3. Can size the jewelry correctly

  4. will pierce quickly, straight, and smoothly

  5. Can insert and close the jewelry without issue

Knowledge & Education

  1. Give you a piercing Consultation including:

    1. What it will take to heal the piercing

    2. What risks are involved

    3. If you have the proper anatomy

  2. Size and help select the proper jewelry

  3. Provide aftercare instructions


  1. There if there is an issue

  2. Answer questions and give advice

  3. Do follow-ups

  4. Sell or help you find the right jewelry

  5. Change jewelry

 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