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Becoming a professional

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Forum Name: Q&A for BMod Professionals
Forum Discription: Ask your question's here! Only professional piercers, tattoo artists, and modifiers are allowed to reply to the posts.
Printed Date: December/05/2022 at 9:03am

Topic: Becoming a professional
Posted By: DreadedRebel
Subject: Becoming a professional
Date Posted: November/08/2012 at 5:39pm
I know people have probably posted about this before but I was wonder if the are any higher education classes recommend for becoming a professional in the industry. I know about apprenticing under an artist and things of that nature but what about health classes and state requirment for using tools like scalpels and dermal punchs, I've heard from an artist that you need a nursing degree use these.

Posted By: MontanaPiercer
Date Posted: November/09/2012 at 5:39pm
Depends on the locale of the artists. Some have specific legislation against using medical devices for anything other than healthcare setting situations.  Some have no regulation what so ever. Hard core mod professionals will usually train under someone who has mastery of the technique. The are no college classes for such short of anatomy, and even if you took those, it would not affect the legality of those procedures in your region.  Most states require bloodborne pathogens, first aid, and potentially cpr.  These are taught by groups like the american red cross, or by you local health dept. No one easy answer for your question. 

"A word to the wise isn't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice." Bill Cosby

Posted By: randy flagg
Date Posted: November/09/2012 at 7:52pm
What do you want to do?
Scarification cuttings and other surgical mods

There are a ton of workshops out there from the likes of Fakir Musafar and Sammpa Von Cyborg, plus the APP conference and tons of tattoo workshops.

Please remember what they are though, workshops, not schools.
You will not be qualified to do anything afterwards but your educational level will have increased and you may have a better grasp on certain things but just going to those with no other form of knowledge may do you more harm then  good.

Violence with grace...

Posted By: Cale
Date Posted: November/10/2012 at 2:04pm
APP has a lot of workshops and classes, but they do not teach you to use items deemed medical devices like punches and scalpels. The best way is to learn under someone who is skilled in these specific procedures. My honest opinion though, become a good piercer first, then worry about heavy modifications later. It comes with time and hard work, and over time you understand anatomy and situations and safety, then begin to broaden your horizons. If you're doing heavy modifications right away, chances are you may not even do piercing well, and it's important to do piercing well, as this will be your bread and butter over heavier modification. I see too many "professionals" just going at people with punches and scalpels when they can't even land a navel piercing properly. Be smart, and safe!

Miss Cale
True Blue Tattoo ~ 303-989-6824
305 S Kipling St, Lakewood, CO 80226 - facebook.

Posted By: DreadedRebel
Date Posted: November/14/2012 at 6:03pm
Thanks everyone, i really wanna do scarification, piercing and surgical mods, i really have had no luck find any artist around here that offer scarification work, so if anyone know an artist in Kentucky it would be awesome of you to let me know.

Posted By: BigMikeHOOKED
Date Posted: November/15/2012 at 3:42pm
Good advice is, start with piercing and get that down solid before venturing out to the other disciplines you mentioned. 

"stay true to your obsessions" V. Vale

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