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Quote theartofnecro Replybullet Posted: April/10/2008 at 2:58am
well said montana
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Quote shehateme Replybullet Posted: April/19/2008 at 11:42am
Originally posted by b2spirit

Montana, thanx for the useful post, I've been searching the web to find out about piercing courses in South Africa and I can't find a thing, so for now, I've decided to take an online course, better than nothing.

Was wondering if you could tell me if you think this course is worth the fee/or if there are better online courses I should look at instead?
http://www.universalclass.com/i/subjects/personalcare.htm
(scroll down to number 8)

I would really appreciate your help.
 
yes, exactly how do we #1 find these courses and #2 judge them to be reputable and worth our time and money?
well cut me in half and call me a munchkin...
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Quote Jinglexiv Replybullet Posted: May/04/2008 at 4:47am
always good to see someone helping out. i had an apprenticeship, but the artist quit and moved out of state before i could even get my machine set up. so i have everything, just can't get it running. Montana, great info for everyone. i know scratchers are highly looked down on, but sometimes years of practice on your own time tattoo skin from the butcher shop or on the poly vinyl skins are the only way you can start.
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Quote BadSeed Replybullet Posted: May/04/2008 at 7:10am
It's nice to see someone taking the time to give a bit of insight into how to prepare yourself to get into the industry.
 
I've been "counter girl" in the studio for over a year now and i've been learning things i didn't even know i didn't know. Cross contamination, contraindications, basic first aid - like being able to spot a fainter, understanding why certain medical conditions and medication can prevent someone from getting pierced. I've studied human biology and anatomy and physiology for quite a while but applying it in a studio environment can be very different.  
As well as that i've started getting my hepatitis vaccinations to make sure i have clean blood before i start, i'm not sure if this is a problem in other contries but i've had to get mine done in walk in clinic as having a record of the injections in my medical file can affect my ability to get a morgage or insurence in the future.
 
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Quote you-fail-me Replybullet Posted: May/05/2008 at 4:35am
Where are you from badseed?
 
I had hep b shots when I worked in a studio...
 
In the UK, apparently if you go for HIV tests it can affect your ability to get life insurance or a mortgage.
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Quote CheeseStix Replybullet Posted: May/05/2008 at 6:54am
Just vaccinations?  here we get those in school... Hep A and B
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Quote you-fail-me Replybullet Posted: May/05/2008 at 7:12am
Not in the UK!
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Quote Jeeennnnniiiii Replybullet Posted: May/05/2008 at 7:33am
Originally posted by you-fail-me

In the UK, apparently if you go for HIV tests it can affect your ability to get life insurance or a mortgage.

why is that?
well i might have somethin' to say about that, space man!
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Quote you-fail-me Replybullet Posted: May/05/2008 at 7:41am
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Originally posted by you-fail-me

In the UK, apparently if you go for HIV tests it can affect your ability to get life insurance or a mortgage.

why is that?
Apparently if you have been so 'careless' as to need an HIV test it looks bad...this is only what I have heard, a friend was going to go for one as he is a piercer/tattooist but he was told that by the nurse. Although this is going a few years back so not sure if it is still the case.
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Quote Jeeennnnniiiii Replybullet Posted: May/05/2008 at 8:06am
i've just looked and apparently it could only affect you if you're HIV positive.
well i might have somethin' to say about that, space man!
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