Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewellery may be worn. The word piercing can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to an opening in the body created by this act or practice. Although the history of body piercing is obscured by popular misinformation and by a lack of scholarly reference, ample evidence exists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient times throughout the world.
The Basics in the Body Piercing Business
Training is the most important thing in any service oriented business. This is especially true in the body piercing business. Customer satisfaction is essential and providing quality and healthy body pierces is a must if you want to succeed in body piercing. Make sure you train under an experienced and reputable body piercer. Taking few courses in sanitation and safety precautions during surgeries is also a must. Following health and safety procedures may spell the success or failure of your body piercing business.
It also helps to take a crash course on how to manage a small business enterprise. Look into the local regulations that govern body piercing businesses. Apply for the necessary permits and licenses. You and your piercing staff may need to get a license from the local government or health inspector.
Materials for Your Body Piercing Business
Location is important. Considering that your market consists of people between 18 to 30 years old, you may want to find a location near a university or college. You can also place your body piercing business near other establishments that may draw people that are interested in body piercing. Collaborating with other businesses such as tattoo, parlor or jewelry stores may also lower your starting capital and draw more customers. Arrange your body piercing shop by having at least two absolutely private piercing areas. Display jewelry at the front of your shop and decorate to show the theme of your body piercing business to attract customers.
Investing in a good body piercing equipment is also a must. Make sure they are sterilized and that your staff follows appropriate hygienic procedures. Speaking of staff, hire at least two body piercers, male and female so that your customers will be comfortable no matter which part of the body they want to pierce. Also hire a person to be both receptionist and cashier.
Body piercing business is not that complicated. All you need is the proper skill and training to succeed. Also, the capital needed is not so much as it usually costs only under $2,000 to start your own body piercing business.
Body piercers are often self-employed and will work from a studio or salon which must be registered with the local council. Professional studios will have stringent cleaning processes and dedicated work and preparation spaces. You will likely work normal office hours of 9-5 although some studios may open later and close later. Some studios also stay open later one or two days a week. The working week is likely to include Saturdays. Single piercings are not particularly time consuming but you will need to be able to concentrate for short periods and spend time with clients explaining the risks and aftercare procedures. Due to the semi-permanent nature and risk of infection it is imperative that any piercing is completed in a controlled and hygienic environment.
Types of Piercing
Ear piercing is at the core of the piercing industry. Most young teenage girls have a strong desire to get their ears pierced. But the rest of the body is now fair game for piercing, and we’re talking tongues, eyebrows, nostrils, belly-buttons, lips and even a few places where the sun don’t shine, as they say.
To get started as a body piercer, you definitely need to do your homework. There are many safety, regulatory, liability and aftercare concerns that you must address to be successful. For example, did you know that piercing has been linked to the infectious liver disease called viral hepatitis? Taking the correct safety precautions ensures that you’ll keep your customers healthy, but you need to fully understand what’s required before you set up shop as a body piercing business.
If there are no piercing businesses in your area, you’re in luck. That gives you a big advantage in getting started. But if you do have competition, you’ll need to figure out a way to build your customer base by differentiating yourself from others in some way.
Nose piercing also has a long history. This piercing is sometimes done the night before the woman marries.
Reasons for piercing
Reasons for piercing vary greatly. A 2001 survey in Clinical Nursing Research, an international publication, found that 62% of people who pierced had done so in an effort “to express their individuality. People also pierce to commemorate landmark events or to overcome traumatic ones. According to the assistant director of the Frankfurt University Teaching Hospital for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, some sexual abuse survivors choose body piercing as a means of “reclaiming body parts from memories of abuse”. Piercing can also be chosen for simple aesthetic value, to highlight particular areas of the body, as a navel piercing may reflect a woman’s satisfaction with the shape and condition of her stomach. Some people pierce, permanently or temporarily, to enhance sexual pleasure. Genital and nipple piercings may increase sexual satisfaction. Some people participate in a form of body play known as play piercing, in which piercings may be done temporarily on the genitals or elsewhere on the body for sexual gratification.
Piercing combined with suspension was historically important in the religious ceremonies of some Native Americans, featuring in many variants of the Sun Dance ceremony, including that practiced by the Crow Nation. During the Crow ceremony, men who wished to obtain visions were pierced in the shoulders or chest by men who had undergone the ceremony in the past and then suspended by these piercings from poles in or outside of the Sun Dance Lodge. Some contemporary Southeast Asian rituals also practice body piercing, as a form of spiritual self-mortification. Generally, the subject attempts to enter an analgesic trance prior to the piercing.
Bridging the gap between self-expressive piercing and spiritual piercing, modern primitives use piercing and other forms of body modification as a way of ritually reconnecting with themselves and society, which according to Musafar once used piercing as a culturally binding ritual. But at the same time that piercing can be culturally binding, it may also be a means of rebellion, particularly for adolescents in Western cultures.