New York-based piercer Janeese Brooks was, like many individuals, impressed by her mom — particularly, the dread her mom felt round something involving needles. That worry drove Brooks to develop a piercing approach to cut back the utterly regular uneasiness many consumers expertise forward of and through an appointment, whether or not it is their first, second, or tenth time getting pierced. “Do all the pieces you’ll be able to to make folks really feel sturdy for a way far they acquired [by making an appointment],” Brooks informed herself. “Even coming within the door a number of occasions, is an ordeal, particularly for folks and piercings.”
At Live by the Sword Tattoo in Brooklyn, New York, Brooks presents a “mild” piercing technique, as she calls it. It isn’t a separate add-on service; compassionate therapy is central to all the pieces she does. It is constructed into all of her appointments, which retains her clientele coming again for extra.
Affirmations are shared all through the piercing course of to assist console her shoppers as they expertise ache and apprehension. You possibly can even usually hear Brooks telling them, “I like you” or “You’re sturdy,” as she punctures their pores and skin. In the event that they’re used to the fast in-and-out environments of a tattoo store or sales space on the mall, some might discover this surprising and awkward. However Brooks’s precedence is guaranteeing her shoppers’ consolation and emphasizing that she would not intend to trigger them ache. “I inform folks [these affirmations] after they wince, cringe, or [show] different small [signs] of ache,” she says. “I like to bolster the truth that I do not like hurting anybody. I am not right here to harm you, in truth, if I might do all of it with none ache in any respect I’d.”
By sharing optimistic statements, Brooks additionally hopes to assist those that have had destructive and traumatic piercing experiences up to now heal — which is she says accounts for “so many” of her shoppers. By means of instance, she mentions shoppers of shade who had been informed their noses are too thick or huge for a piercing or people who handled inappropriate touching from a piercer whereas getting their nipples or stomach button accomplished. There are additionally shoppers whose apprehension merely stems from a technical piercing error, just like the gun getting caught. Listening to these tales up to now made her assume, “How can we construct an area the place individuals are secure, all the way in which round?” Now, Brooks does her finest to validate their experiences and construct belief with them.