Annie talks about her perspective on what it takes to become a piercing apprentice
Annie: Yes, and that's what I've always told people when they asked me about apprenticing them is that I have a ton of people asked me, I have friends and family asked me, I have strangers asked me, people ask me all the time, so why are you more qualified than all these other people that have asked me? So if it's something you really want to do, you need to make an impression as to why you're serious and why you really want to do it not just because like, Oh, you think it's cool or you heard they make a lot of money, you need to have a better reason than that for someone to choose you.
Jessica: Yeah, no, it's true. Piercing is as fun as it is and as exciting as it is. It's very much a spiritual practice as well.
Jessica: Those who hold the needle, hold the grave responsibility.
Annie: It's not something just anybody can do. It's something most people can't do.
Jessica: Yeah, exactly and even if you think you can do it, I'm not a piercer, I just manage the studio that we're at but I've considered wanting, asking our piercer like, hey, would you train me? But it's something that before I make the decision to be serious about it, there's a lot of things to think about like, if you hold the needle to someone's skin, can you actually go through and pierce through the whole procedure?
Jessica: Like that's something to really think about because I think a lot of people think, Oh, well you just pierce and put some jewelry in. Well, there's blood, there's bodily fluids, there's sterilization processes, there's, what are you going to do [inaudible 07:17] Pardon me?
Annie: There's a ton of factors.
Jessica: Yeah, there's a ton of factors and I think that a lot of people don't really consider all of them.
Jessica: But when you do and it is right, I see the piercer smile and when I interview anyone who comes into the shop, I'm always asking them like, Okay, why do you do what you do? Why do you love it? And that's what I'm looking for. I want to know if you truly love it, because if you truly love it, then it's going to be an amazing experience for anyone who walks through my studio's doors.
Jessica: That's so cool. I love that you just told the manager like, no, I'm wanna work here whether you pay me or not.
Annie: I mean, it was a different time. I think if people do that now, they might put a restraining order on you or call somebody to have you removed if you were just basically like doing a sit-in like, no, I'll see you tomorrow and yes, I will work here but it was a biker shop and it works for them, they were like, oh, okay, yeah, you could work here.
Jessica: That's awesome. So what is your absolutely favorite aspect of piercing?