I didn’t have time to write my diary entry last week, so I’ve condensed week 3 and 4 into this post.

So the last two weeks of my body piercing apprenticeship have seen me continuing to assist Richard in the studio by setting up for piercings, observing and starting to insert and fit the jewellery into new piercings under Richards’s guidance. We’ve seen some interesting piercing coming into the studio in the last couple of weeks – I saw my first septum piercing performed and a couple of micro dermals, which were fascinating to watch, and a nice change from the commonly requested navel, lobes and nose piercings.

Watch out, YouTube stars in the making!

Me and our designer at BMG, Gemma also made our fist YouTube video for Real and BMG – along the lines of a tutorial video of how to change different types of jewellery easily. It was a lot of fun to make and definitely a learning curve! We’re just finishing off the final editing of it before we upload it within the next week or so. Stay tuned! I’ve also started to perform simple ear lobe and cartilage piercings on friends and known customers who were happy enough to let me practice my techniques on them, which has been great for me to gain more confidence and allowing me to continue my training. I’m hoping to ask some willing family and friends to come in the shop in the next few weeks, so I can practise my new skills on some more simple piercings to start with, which should mean that my nerves will be at a minimum and I’ll be able to practise my soft skills of explaining the procedure as well as the practical skills. As I said, I’ll keep this short and sweet – and should have plenty to write about come next week, so until then – bye for now! Katie Mitchell Body piercing apprentice @ Real Piercing Studios, Burgess Hill, West Sussex. Part of Body Matters Gold Ltd.