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  • David
    June 03, 2012 - 14:15

    The "body art industry" sure doesn't lack one thing..... pretentious gall.

    • ashley
      June 07, 2012 - 08:22

      I see no "pretentious gall" In trying to better the industry and the safety of those who choose to partake

    • ashley
      June 07, 2012 - 08:24

      I see no "pretentious gall" In trying to better the industry and the safety of those who choose to partake

  • Dave
    June 03, 2012 - 11:30

    These people cannot talk about regulation. they have no training to deal with diseases or anythin else. There has to be regulation I agree to check on equipment and sterility but none have formal training from a regulated school, all start off as scratchers. if they want to do it properly they should create a school and do it properly. I expect some backlash here as these guys have no training in diseases, there is alot more to it than any of these artists understand. They are peircing skin, have no formal trainin on the what ifs and rely on us medics to bail them out when it goes wrong.

  • Christina
    June 03, 2012 - 10:30

    Here in the UK we have very little in the way of regulation also. I have been campaigning since the death of my son Dan in 2002 for stricter government control over this industry. Dan aged 17 had a piercing without my knowledge or consent by an individual who had no medical background or training. She stuck a needle into my son after shadowing for a few weeks in the salon where she worked. I find this so routine for body piercers, most people that work with needles are strictly monitored but not this industry. I now take a teaching workshop into secondary schools to educate teenagers about these risks, so that they can make better informed choices.We are not against self expression it's a rite of passage for many young people. We need better regulation so that these young people can expect a much better and safer procedure, after all knowledge is power and if you are ill informed you cannot make an informed decision. Dan had a right to know the competence, history and qualification of this individual, but for some reason his health and well being were overlooked and he paid the ultimate price for having a 'simple' piercing.

  • baygurl
    June 02, 2012 - 18:38

    Not a fan of tattoos & body piercings, but at least regulations would ensure that butchers and scratch artists are not making a mint, of poor misguided individuals who insist on using their bodies as an etch-a-sketch.

  • Ashley Hiscock
    June 02, 2012 - 15:19

    Actually it can be safe. Just as safe as getting any kind of dental work, or surgery, or even just a needle from a doctor. it all should and NEEDS to be regulated however. Your body can heal itself if taken care of, which in my opinion is the professional who is doing the body modifications job to advise you of. I myself have several piercings and tattoos, all to have come from Daves shop and never a hitch with any of them. I was always advised of the proper procedures in order to take care of them and ALWAYS saw a clean and sterile environment in his shop. I have also been to alot of homes where tattoos and piercings have been done. none of them living up to a standard in which I would ever allow them to touch my body with a needle. I completely agree with the need for such regulations as well as the need for a quality in work as these people do deal with the human body and in most cases blood. if doctors have such health codes, then why shouldn't the body modification industry? Lastly I have to commend Dave in doing what he is doing, it is long overdue that the standards of body modification be raised to meet the ages, Modification is not going away any time soon, (in fact the industry is growing more and more each year in popularity) and so should the safety of everyone involved. Go Dave!

  • Ashley Hiscock
    June 02, 2012 - 15:17

    Actually it can be safe. Just as safe as getting any kind of dental work, or surgery, or even just a needle from a doctor. it all should and NEEDS to be regulated however. Your body can heal itself if taken care of, which in my opinion is the professional who is doing the body modifications job to advise you of. I myself have several piercings and tattoos, all to have come from Daves shop and never a hitch with any of them. I was always advised of the proper procedures in order to take care of them and ALWAYS saw a clean and sterile environment in his shop. I have also been to alot of homes where tattoos and piercings have been done. none of them living up to a standard in which I would ever allow them to touch my body with a needle. I completely agree with the need for such regulations as well as the need for a quality in work as these people do deal with the human body and in most cases blood. if doctors have such health codes, then why shouldn't the body modification industry? Lastly I have to commend Dave in doing what he is doing, it is long overdue that the standards of body modification be raised to meet the ages, Modification is not going away any time soon, (in fact the industry is growing more and more each year in popularity) and so should the safety of everyone involved. Go Dave!

  • Insanse body modification
    June 02, 2012 - 09:23

    Doing anything unnatural to the body is NEVER SAFE.