(Original post by ifyougotthemoney)
i'm getting my nose pierced next week; i've researched it and will be making sure it's done with a needle and not a gun, but i was wondering what to expect from the whole process?
i'm also wanting to get a tattoo done in a few months time, once i've turned 18, and was wondering how to go about finding a reputable studio in my area?
sorry for all the questions, just want to make the process of each goes smoothly, and thanks in advance
Well...they'll clean the area, mark it up, you'll say yes/no, then they'll pierce it
Some piercers may use a receiving tube. Tends to feel quite sensitive IMO and nostril/septum piercings can make your eyes water so you might not wanna wear too much eye makeup - mine were absolutely streaming by the end, haha. But I did have it pierced 3 times in a row (had both nostrils done, one was very slightly off so they took it out and re-did it straight away).
About the tattoo studios - just look up the names of ones in your area (BodyJewelleryShop.com have a studio directory, and search BME too), find their online portfolios - most studios will have one on Myspace and/or their proper website too. Find an artist you like and contact them! Depending on the style and how fussy you are, you may want to look in quite a wide area - personally, being the ridiculously fussy person I am, there are probably 10 artists in the entire country who I would go to (that I know of so far, anyway). If you just want something simple then I'm sure you'll find someone nearby you're happy with, but for something complex, realistic work, portraits, etc I'd definitely look around more. Good artists often have waiting lists that may be a few weeks or months, but could be up to a year if they're extremely talented and popular.
What kind of tattoo do you want, and whereabouts are you? Some people here may have suggestions.