2 Day

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Piercing Training
 Holly Hourigan


Holly Hourigan

My name is Holly Hourigan I'm a professional body modification artist. I am originally from North West London and I have been working within the tattoo and body modification industry for 10 years now, I have been based in Sheffield for the last 5 years.

I currently work at one of the busiest studios in the UK, where we are regularly performing up to 50 piercings per day. I have worked extremely hard in order to develop and hone my skills over the course of my career. I have experience performing all body piercing and numerous modifications such as earlobe reconstruction and scarification as well as silicone implants and magnetic implants.

From a very young age, body piercing and body modification was something that intrigued me and as soon as I found out that this was something people are able to do for a living I was hooked! I would regularly spend my weekends going to get new piercings as a teenager and this is something that continues to this day. I have even pierced myself on occasion!

I have attended numerous seminars on body modification and I am constantly learning and evolving throughout my career. I am now working in collaboration with the UK Official Tattoo Academy to teach students on our piercing courses. The piercing course will give you a solid foundation on which to progress and build a career for yourself as a body piercer.

Needless to say this isn't something for the squeamish or faint hearted but for those of you who have a genuine passion, a desire to learn and dedication to progressing within the industry, this is the course for you.

I will teach the essentials such as cross contamination prevention and sterilisation techniques as well as some basic piercing. This will include, ear work, oral piercings, nostrils, nipples & navels. I will go through the correct jewellery gauges/sizes, styles and placement and cover the do's and don'ts for each piercing covered. Customer care is of the upmost importance to me and I will be showing each and every student the best ways to put people at ease in a piercing room as well as how to deal with the potential risk of fainting and what to do should this scenario arise.

I hope that you will take the opportunity to join us on this course and allow us to start you on your way to a shinier future!

You will learn: studio hygiene, sterilisation, be shown examples of basics piercings, customer care, Septum, Diath, Conch, Tragus, Rook, Nose, Scaffold, Navels, Nipples, Ears, Eyebrow, Labret, Madonna , Lip, Labret, Tongue, Erl. Use of piercing gun is also covered.

The course does not have a maximum age restriction, however, you need to be 18 to attend it.

Our students also get to do theory and practical (piercing on live models) and its certified.

The sterilisation process, from beginning to end:

  • Disinfectant soaking
  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Autoclave sterilising

How to pierce properly:

  • * How to deal with clients
  • * The names and locations of all piercings
  • The correct placement / application / Jewellery
  • How to prepare and mark all the piercings before you perform them
  • Which piercing tools and techniques to use for each individual piercing
  • The quality of the jewellery being used
  • The correct diameter and length of jewellery, appropriate to the piercing placement.
  • The best/most appropriate type of jewellery for each piercing.

Healing times and appropriate after care for each piercing

  • Ear Lobe
  • Ear Cartilage (Helix, Tragus, Anti-Tragus, Conch, Daith, Snug, Rook, Industrial)
  • Eyebrow (& Anti Eyebrow)
  • Nostril
  • Bridge
  • Septum
  • Labret / Medusa / Madonna / Monroe / Snakebite / Spider bite
  • Smiley
  • Male Nipple(s)
  • Female Nipple(s)
  • Navel (Belly Button)
  • Tongue
  • Surface Piercings
  • Dermal Piercings
  • Clitoral Hood (VCH)
  • Inner Labia
  • Outer Labia
  • Prince Albert (Reverse Prince Albert)
  • Frenum

Legal Formalities

  • Age Limits, Consent and Consent Forms
  • Licensing and Registration
  • Infection Control
  • Hazardous Waste Management