do you ever stop and realize that people probably discuss you from time to time when you aren’t around to witness it
not even in a specifically positive or negative way just like
people mention you, or think of you, you occur to people sometimes
thats the most unnerving thing that i can think of, thats so weird, that i exist to people when im not even interacting with them
Asked by Anonymous
That’s a fair question.
First, you do not HAVE to tip your piercer. We do not expect it, but it is appreciated when it does happen.
But you know I’ve got to break down the other part of your question. So, here goes.
Good piercings don’t cost a lot. For the level of service a good piercer provides, and the steps needed to achieve a good piercing experience I really think most of us are selling our services short. If you’re comparing prices of a good studio to one of those “$25 includes everything studios”, well that’s not really comparing piercers. A person poking holes in somebody doesn’t make them a piercer anymore than me changing my cars oil makes me a mechanic.
Cost of jewelry: We pay wholesale. Yep, cheaper than what you’re paying retail. That’s how goods work for any business selling things. BUT, that nice navel curve you see and like? We didn’t buy one. We had to buy a dozen (at least) so we have them in stock for customers. And then there’s that whole tax we have to pay quarterly because in most states we charge sales tax on the jewelry we sell, which means we owe the government. I don’t mind sharing a little personal info so I can tell you what my last quarterly bill was. $3,000+. Quarterly. That’s going to happen four times each year. The busier I am and the more jewelry I sell, the more that bill goes up.
Next, "equipment": Okay, I got your jewelry in, so I should get it ready for you. First I will bulk sterilize that in my big autoclave. It’s an M9, I like it. I bought it new for right at around $4,000 if memory serves. Now I’m going to store your jewelry until you’re ready to buy it. When you come in for that, I’m going to sterilize it in my other sterilizer before I pierce you or sell you the jewelry. That other one cost me about $4,000 as well.
Now, I need to know that my sterilizers are working properly, so I have them spore tested every week. Those kits cost me a little over $200 (each) to get me through a year.
I won’t bore you with the details of rent on my studio, liability insurance, monthly expenses (electricity, water, etc.). And now with all that aside, I’d love it if I could take some of that money to buy my groceries, get gas for my car and I still need to pay the rent on my little place (not the studio, my home). Then there’s my annual flight and hotel for The APP conference so I can take classes (which aren’t free) to keep improving on my knowledge in hopes of providing you with the best piercing I can.
And the last part of your question, “Is it necessary because not a lot of people go to get piercings?”
I think this blog alone shows there are many, many piercing enthusiasts out there. We’re in no shortage of awesome clients to take care of.
So I know my response (which is not an official APP response, this is me talking to you as a piercer and business owner) may sound rude. And I do apologize. But hopefully my little rant has shed a little light on what things are going on behind the scene to provide you with a nice clean studio to go to that cares enough to stock quality body jewelry and a large selection of it for you to choose from.
I don’t expect a tip. I certainly don’t think any less of a client that doesn’t tip. But I simply had to give a long response to the other statements.
Okay. I’m done. Don’t hate me, I love you.
A quote I recently heard from another piercer has really stuck in my head,
"It’s only expensive if it isn’t worth it."
Cody Vaughn - This ones a personal response, not an official statement or view approved by or from The APP
Asked by Anonymous
Congratulations, it’s not your body and you have no right or reason to tell someone this shit. Don’t fucking follow me then. I don’t want to hear what you think about my body or my face or my modifications, ever. Learn some manners. Believe it or not, I DIDN’T GET THEM FOR YOU!
Just a reminder, you don’t have to follow me. But if you do you’re in no way entitled to tell me every little thing you think about me.
jokes about Dylan Sprouse’s nudes make me uncomfortable b/c women get their lives and careers ruined or tainted if something like this comes out but dylan gets commended for “handling it well”
Give me one actual example of a woman’s life getting ruined due to leaked nude photos. I’m waiting.
that took about 3 seconds to find on google
A great interview with Mark Stewart of Forever Tattoo by our good pal Alex Kass of Electric Panther is now live on the site. Check it out http://www.swallowsndaggers.net/interviews/entry/mark_stewart_interview/