All Vendors are invited to

our 19th Annual Conference and Exposition

  on June 8-June 13, 2014

The information posted here is preliminary for the 2014 event, once more details have been finalized our Conference website will go live with all the information!


Our educational-based Conference is the only one of its kind, dedicated solely to Body Piercing, attracting 800-1000 participants every year. Nowhere else will you be able to talk with as many piercers at one event, nor meet with the leaders in the industry. Our attendees know that this is THE event to meet the best of our Industry’s vendors of jewelry, products, and industry related services. Piercers come prepared to purchase stock for their studios, try out new products, and meet the Vendors face to face. We encourage those Vendors who may not be in the Piercing Industry, but whose product(s) are of interest to those in the Body Modification Industry to consider vending with us as well. Our speakers, attendees and vendors gather just this one time a year to share information, discuss innovations in the industry, and socialize at this week long event, please come join us!

We are happy to announce next year our conference returns to Bally’s after an excellent time in 2013. Join us in the heart of the strip for comprehensive dining, unwavering service, and a signature style that attracts high-rollers from around the world. Spend your time outside of conference in one of their numerous restaurants or shops. Relax and treat yourself to a day at the spa, or in a private cabana next to the Bally’s Blu pool. While still embodying the classic spirit of Las Vegas, Bally’s is centrally positioned on the Strip to keep you close to all the finest in shopping, dining, gaming, and nightlife. Located next to Paris and across from the Bellagio, Bally’s is a Vegas value in a convenient location.



Bally’s Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Ph: (877) 603-4390


Take me to the APP Room Block with Ballys!

Hotel Rates and Information



Where can I stay? Do we get a reduced rate at the host hotel?
Bally’s Las Vegas is our host hotel, and the APP reserves a block of rooms for attendees of the Conference. When making your reservation, request rates for The Association of Professional Piercers. By booking in the APP room block you are supporting our event. The APP is able to expand its budgets for Conference instructors, perks, and events when the room block is filled. Staying in the host hotel fosters a bigger sense of community at the event and keeps you close to your “home base” for the week!Please support our Conference by staying at Bally’s!

If you plan to stay at the hotel the weekend before or after conference book as soon as possible, weekend rates are subject to availability.


Or contact Bally’s at 800-358-8777


EARLY BIRD RATES! 2013/2014 nightly room rate per double occupancy
These rates are only good from December 1, 2013- March 1, 2014

 Early bird rates are good until Midnight on March 1st or until the room block sells out (for any given night/type of room). 



REGULAR RATES – March 2-May 7, 2014



The South Tower is now the Jubilee Tower and are luxury rated rooms, available outside of the room block rates.
We hope you will take advantage of the special early bird rate.

We hope you will take advantage of the special early bird rate. Please note that special requests such as non-smoking room, connecting or adjoining rooms, room location, king or double-double bed type, etc. are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Rates are net, non-commissionable and will be subject to Clark County Room Tax

ADDITIONAL PERSON (for above double occupancy)
Additional persons will be charged at a rate of $30.00 per person, per night, with a maximum of four (4) persons per guestroom.

South Tower Rooms – Save a little money but a little further away
North Tower Rooms – Closest to the Conference area, recently renovated
N. Grand Suite and N. Celebrity Suite also available

Important Hotel Policies:Individuals must identify themselves as part of Group to receive the special Group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a deposit for the first night’s guestroom and tax charge. If reservation is guaranteed to a credit card, the first night’s guestroom and tax charge, per guestroom, will be billed immediately to the cardholder’s account. Hotel allows individual cancellations without penalty up to seventy-two (72) hours prior to the attendees’ scheduled arrival date. Hotel shall charge the individual attendee one (1) night’s guaranteed guestroom rate plus tax for cancellation within seventy-two (72) hours of the scheduled arrival date or failure of the individual to check-in on the scheduled arrival date. Any remaining nights of a “no-show” reservation will be canceled. It is policy to require a credit card or cash deposit for incidental charges.Hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diners Club. Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Any departures after 11:00 AM are subject to the full day charge.

 Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest twenty-one (21) years of age or older. [See Minor Policy]


Early Registration Opens: Preferred Vendors (for vendors who vended in 2013)

ALL Vendor Registration opens
Registration Opens Attendees

February 1, 2014
Deadline for Point Ads – Issue #66 (Issue due out in March)

March 7, 2014
Deadline for Booth Location requests
Deadline to be included in Program
Deadline for early Registration Discount

Week of March 10th
Expo Floor Layout – Booths assigned to all Vendors who have registered.
Any Vendor registering after this date, will only have the remaining booths to choose from.

March 15
Deadline for Program Ad Submission

March 22
Deadline to get a 50% refund if canceling

Deadline for Point Ads –Conference Issue (#67)
Released early June

May 7
Deadline for Raffle prize submission

May 10
Deadline to submit Badge names (if after May 10, changes will need to be made onsite)

May 21
Deadline for Innovator’s Award form submission



June 9th 6:00-8:00pm    Registration /Check In Opens


June 9th, 6:00 a.m.-1p.m. Shepard (Exhibitor Services) Set up

June 9th 9:00 a.m. Conference Orientation / Classes Start

June 9th 11:00 a.m.-12noon  Vendors Meeting

June 9th 1p.m.-5p.m.  Vendor Move in Starts – Shepard onsite

June 9th, 5:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.  Vendor Set up – In order to use this set up time you MUST have already moved in all materials

June 9th 8:00-Midnight  Opening Party


June 10th 8:00a.m.- 11:00a.m.  Vendor Move in and Final Set up

June 10th 9:00 a.m.        Deadline for delivery of Stand Up Banners

June 10th  12:00p.m.-1:00p.m   Expo Floor opens – Members Only

June 10th 1:00p.m.        Expo Floor opens – All Attendees

June 10th 2:00p.m.        Deadline for ticket purchase Tuesday Raffle

June 10th  After 2pm     First Raffle Draw

June 10th  8:00p.m.       Expo Floor closes


June 11th 11:00 a.m.     Expo Floor opens to Vendors

June 11th 12:00 noon    Expo Floor opens to Attendees

June 11th 6:00 p.m.       Deadline for ticket purchase Wednesday Raffle

June 11th 7:00 p.m.       Expo Floor closes


June 12th  11:00 a.m.    Expo Floor opens to Vendors

June 12th 12:00 noon    Expo Floor opens to Attendees

June 12th 6:00 p.m.       Expo Floor closes

June 12th  8:00 p.m.      Banquet Dinner

June 12th  10:00 p.m.    Deadline for ticket purchase for Grand Prizes /Raffle

June 12th  10:00 p.m.    Open Meeting and Final Raffle Draw


June 13th  10:00a.m.     Expo Opens to Vendors and Attendees

June 13th 2:00p.m.        Expo Floor closes

June 13th 2:00p.m.-6:00p.m.     Breakdown/Move out Expo Floor

Registration Information


Please read the following – even if you have vended with us before – our policies are updated every year and may have changed!


Booth  Details

Expo booth spaces are 10’ x 10’. Each booth includes one 8ft table, and two chairs. Each booth will be separated by sidewall drapes 3ft high, and backwall drape 8ft high. Basic Id signs are provided. Any additional furniture, cases, chairs, services, accessories will need to be brought by the vendor or ordered from Exhibitor Services or in the case of electrical, phone or data lines, obtained through the host hotel or its service providers.


Registration – 

Please note: no registration materials will be mailed out to Vendors this year. If you need the registration form and information mailed to you – please contact the office.

Preferred Vendor Registration Starts – Mid December 2013

All Vendor Registration Starts – Mid January 2013

We encourage all vendors to register online through this website.

If you prefer you can register by mail (Registration form pending).


Early Registration (before March 8)

With Raffle Donation: Initial booth $700.00, each additional booth $625.00

Without Raffle Donation: Initial booth  $750.00; each additional booth $675.00

- Raffle Donation must be worth $50/wholesale per booth

Late Registration (March 8 or later)

With Raffle Donation: Initial Booth $750.00, each additional booth $675.00

Without raffle donation:  Initial booth $800.00, each additional booth $725.00

- Raffle Donation must be worth $50/wholesale per booth

The APP recognizes that your first year vending for new vendors can be financially challenging.  In 2014 APP will have 1/2 booths available at the back of the hall for vendors who are new to our show.  These booths will be $350.00 each with raffle donation or $375 without.  These booths are available only to new vendors and will be limited in number.  Vendors opting for this location can only rent a single 1/2 booth space.  Booth spaces will be 5 x 10 with a table and chairs provided. BEFORE YOU REGISTER – Contact the APP for your discount code!


Special Rates exist for Non-Profit; or Educational Based Companies – please contact the APP


If a Vendor cancels before March 22, 2014 the APP will refund 50% of the contracted space. After said date, the exhibitor forfeits the entire payment.  This policy is FIRM. Please make sure you are able and willing to make the show prior to booking and committing to your booth(s).
Sharing Booths:

Vendors can share individual booths – but pricing for “sharing” multiple booths will be as follows:

  • Company A and Company B share a single booth: They split cost of initial booth price
  • Company A and Company B “share” two booths: They each pay the initial booth price for their booth.
  • Company A and Company B “share” three booths:  Companies are charged for 2 initial booths; with one additional at the reduced price.
  • Companies are not allowed to book secondary booths which are not connected to their initial booths without paying initial booth pricing for the separated location (unless there is no room next to their other booths).


  • Companies are allowed to host/sponsor other companies within their own booths (no matter the number of booths) but secondary companies will not be listed or promoted in Conference materials.
  • Companies who are getting educational rates can only host other educational companies in their booth(s); any non-educational companies will be charged the pro-rated regular vendor rates.
  • For example: Educational Company A hosts non-educational Company B in a single booth; Company A pays ½ of the educational discounted rate; Company B pays ½ of the regular initial booth rate.


Sharing and Sponsorship:

In order for companies to receive the benefits of sponsoring – if they are sharing more than one booth with another company AND they want to listed/promoted in Conference Materials – both companies must sponsor.

Booth Assignments

Booths are assigned based on the following:

  1. Sponsorship (paid for in full) – as indicated in the sponsorship description (not all sponsorships provide this benefit)
  2. APP Corporate Sponsor designation
  3. Preferred Vendor status (were a vendor in 2013)
  4. Date registration completed (paid for in full).

The APP will consider all location requests and do their best to accommodate all vendors. Decisions by the APP are final. Requests for a specific location or “neighboring” vendors must be received by deadline. Booth Assignments will be announced via email. A map of the booth assignments will be available soon after booths are assigned, upon request.

Map of Venue: Coming at a later date.

Exposition Rules, Restrictions , and Regulations

The APP requests that vendors who choose to attend our Conference are mindful of the APP standards for initial piercing body jewelry and bring jewelry that meets or exceeds this standard if selling jewelry which can be used in initial piercings. The APP encourages all its vendors to be respectful of their fellow vendors and to act professionally at all times**

See our information here on initial piercing jewelry:

The APP reserves the right to refuse or rescind vending space at its discretion. During the Expo the APP reserves the right to restrict or relocate, at the exhibitor’s expense, any exhibit that because of noise, method of operation, traffic congestion, or any other reason, becomes objectionable. Exhibit demonstration must be confined within the boundaries of the respective booth(s).

Companies selling products must comply with all state and local sales permits, and requirements. All product and jewelry materials, in particular natural or wildlife, must have been legally mined, harvested, imported, obtained and/or fashioned. Booth holding vendors are welcome to offer private product showings from their hotel room, however, no vending from hotel rooms will be tolerated.

The APP requires that its vendors remain open during the hours of the Exposition. Leaving early on the closing day or failure to adequately “man” your booth during the Exposition can result in a $100.00 fine per booth space. If a vendor must leave due to illness/family emergency, they must discuss this matter with a Board Member prior to departure in order to avoid potential fines.

Violation of the regulations as set out may result in eviction from the Conference, the expo floor, the hotel and/or restriction from future Conferences. In the event of vendor restriction or eviction, the APP is not liable for any damages, nor will it refund exhibit fees or expenses.


No one will be allowed on the Exhibit Floor without a badge. Vendors receive (3) three free badges for the initial booth space. Vendors are allowed (2) two additional free badges for each additional booth space. Vendors are allowed to purchase (1) one additional badge per booth space at the rate of $15.00 per badge. If a Vendor is also a Speaker, they are allowed one additional free badge.

Temporary Badges will be issued during set up and breakdown. Temporary badges can only be used during set up and breakdown. They will not be valid to work at the booth once the floor is open to attendees or during the week during vendor only hours. No one is allowed on the floor during set-up and breakdown without a badge.

Vendor Badges are NOT transferable. Vendors caught transferring badges may be evicted from the expo floor.

All booths must be staffed when the Expo is open to attendees. Vendor badges do not allow you access into classes, those tickets/badges must be purchased separately.



The APP hires security to guard the Exhibit Hall after the floor has closed. Once the hall closes no one is allowed back in. Vendors are responsible for making sure all necessary belongings are taken with them when the hall closes for the night.



The Exhibitor Services company, Shepard will be in charge of shipped materials. They will provide a kit which has information regarding shipping, storage and additional services (electric, computer lines, and AV information will be provided by them but are contracted through other agencies).


Onsite Labor

All work involved in the erection, touch-up painting, dismantling, and repair of all exhibits when done by persons other than your full-time company personnel will fall under union jurisdiction. This work is to include wall coverings, floor coverings, pipe and drape, painting, hanging of signs and/or decorative materials from the ceiling, placement of all signs, and the erection of platforms used for the exhibit purpose.


Materials Handling /Freight Handling

All work involved in loading and unloading of all trucks, trailers, and common & contract carriers as well as the handling of empty crates and the operation of material handling equipment is under union jurisdiction.  The Union also has the jurisdiction of the unloading, uncrating, unskidding, leveling, painting, and assembly of machinery and equipment as well as the reverse process.  An exhibitor may “hand-carry” material provided they do not use material handling equipment (nothing with wheels).  When exhibitors do choose to hand carry they may not be permitted access to the loading dock/freight door areas.  Another entrance will be assigned.  All exhibitors are expected to comply with any union requirements in effect.  Further information can be found in the Exhibitor Service Kit.

(Subject to minimal changes until the kit is posted)


In the past the Cart Fee was a mandatory fee for all booths whether used or not.  Shepard has modified the policy for the 2013 contract.

If a vendor can hand-carry in a single trip his/her materials no matter how many booths he/she has, no cart fee will be incurred (no carts/no multiple trips/single person/one box).  Violation of this policy is a violation of union rules.   If the policy is violated either the Cart Service Fee or Standard Material Handling will be charged to the vendor.

For those vendors with more materials,  a Cart Service will be available for materials which are 200lbs or less per 10 x 10 booth space at the rate of $65.00 per load (each way).  If any 10 x 10 booth goes over the 200lb limit the entire shipment for that vendor will be converted to Standard Material Handling Rates.

For vendors whose materials are over the 200lb limit per booth space, Standard Material Handling Rates will be applied to the entire lot of materials.

We encourage all our vendors to consider shipping in advance to the warehouse which assists Shepard in moving in materials onsite in a timely manner.  For vendors who will not be shipping in advance to the warehouse, Shepard will be contacting you in order to discuss the move in process – in order to eliminate large wait times, etc.

The APP and Shepard have worked together in order to negotiate a contract which will secure pricing and policies for the next three years (2013, 2014, 2015).  We hope this will assist vendors in better planning with regards to shipping and material handling.

Exhibitor Services Kit: Exhibitor Service Information will be posted later


Orientation packets will be sent to all registered vendors with additional information regarding the schedule of events, sponsorship opportunities, advertising specs, NEW policies and procedures, and updated information regarding the innovators award process etc. You will be sent a separate packet from Shepard on shipping/receiving/handling; electric, phone, & computer lines; furniture, etc. If you have not received your Exhibit Service Provider packet within 10 days after registering, please contact the APP office.



Benefit/Event Sponsorship allows the Vendor to show their support of the Conference and the APP through sponsorship of events/benefits found at the Conference. Most event sponsorships are available to multiple parties. The APP has added two new EXCLUSIVE sponsorships in 2013. No benefits will be provided until sponsorships are paid in full.

Vendors receive the following for their support:

$1,500.00: The Banquet Dinner

Sponsor(s) receive full page ad in the program, 4 tickets to the Banquet, and first choice of booth location, in order received.

$1500.00: The Attendee Lounge – Exclusive Sponsorship

Sponsor receives promotion of the lounge as The [Vendor Name] Lounge;Sponsor can schedule one event during the week at the lounge – which will be promoted by APP in Conference materials (deadline must be met);Sponsor can place banners, carpet cling, and vendor materials in the lounge area.

$1,000.00: The Opening Party

Sponsor(s) receive a ½ page ad in the program and second choice of booth location, in order received.

$1,000.00: The Volunteer Dinner – Exclusive Sponsorship

Sponsor receives 2nd choice of booth location, in order received (along with opening party sponsors);Sponsor is promoted in APP materials for sponsoring this key volunteer event

$500.00: Exposition Food & Beverage

Sponsor(s) receive a quarter page ad in the program and third choice of booth location, in order received.

$300: Al D. Scholarship

Sponsor(s) receive two banquet dinner tickets, honorable mention in the program, and fourth choice of booth location in order received.


Advertisement provides a visual reminder of your presence at the Conference, and can be used as a reference for attendees after the show. Vendors are encouraged to advertise both in the Conference Point Journal and the Conference Program. Details will be in your orientation packet from the APP.



Raffle Donation shows you care. The Raffle is the APP’s second biggest financial support after Conference class sales. Crucial to our annual budget, and the best gamble in Vegas – attendees buy 1000’s of raffle tickets because of our Vendors’ generous donations. Promote your Company’s support of the industry, name, and products by supporting this event!

Innovator’s Award

Launched in 2009, the Innovators Award proved to be a welcomed addition to the APP Exposition.

Innovators Award program is a chance for Vendors and Attendees alike to showcase new and innovative designs they want to promote at the show – test at the show – or gain recognition for from the people in our Industry.

Whether it is a single item showpiece, an introduction to a new line, or a new idea an amateur jeweler has developed – we welcome your submissions!

If the submission comes from someone other than a (paid) full conference pass Attendee, or a Vendor (with a booth on the floor) – there is a submission fee of $300.00.

The vendor or attendee who wins an Innovator of the Year award, in addition to the formal recognition of their contribution will be given an interview in the Point.

Each Vendor/Attendee is allowed one entry into each of the two categories: Technical Innovation & Creative Innovation.

Vendors/Attendees will need to fill out the enclosed descriptive form. Submission of this form will be the confirmation of the vendor’s participation.  The confirmation must be received by May 8th with no exceptions. This form will include creator’s name; whether it is submitted as a technical or creative innovation; materials used; name of design, piece, or product. 

Vendors/Attendees will need to bring their items to the APP Raffle/Auction Booth – before the floor opens on Tues June 11th..  It is not the responsibility of the APP to collect the item from the Vendor/Attendee.

Award Ballots will be issued at the time of registration with each individual badge.  Voting will be allowed by anyone who is issued a badge.  A ballot box will be located by the display and the ballots tallied at 3pm on Thursday; the winner(s) will be announced at the Banquet Dinner.

It is the Vendor/Attendee’s responsibility to pick up the item between the hours of 2pm-2:30pm on Friday (close of the expo).



Educational Opportunities

As a Vendor we encourage you to attend the many class and roundtable selections if possible. We believe that educating our vendors is part of the mission of the APP Conference. In support of that, the APP will provide each Vending Company with a free class ticket to the class of their choosing. Additional class tickets/passes can be purchased – see the registration link above. Please note there are classes held the Monday before the Exposition opens, and some evening classes will be available.

APP Corporate Sponsors

The APP encourages you to become a Corporate Sponsor of the Association. Formerly titled  “Associate Corporate Members” this supporting group traditionally has been made up of the best of the best of our industry’s jewelry/product manufacturers, educators, and service providers. We are honored that all of our former Associate Corporate Members have converted to this new designation! Many of these Companies have been longtime supporters of our organization, and cornerstones of our industry. The APP’s mission and standards should be taken into account prior to submission of your application for Corporate Sponsor status.



Can I get pierced at the Conference or do piercings in my hotel room?

Absolutely not! To maintain space in our host hotel and comply with insurance requirements, absolutely no piercing, scarification, branding or implants; or any other form of body modification from hotel rooms will be tolerated. Any APP members participating in these types of activities risk losing their membership. Any member or non-member risks expulsion from the hotel and/or Conference. This type of behavior contradicts everything the APP represents and promotes in its educational outreach and mission.

Smoking Policy: Important News!

The Clear Air Act now prohibits smoking in all public spaces except for the casino proper, bars in the casino area, and designated outdoor smoking areas by the pool. No smoking is allowed in any of the Convention areas, or any of the corridors, lobbies, restaurants, special meeting rooms in the Hotel. The APP supports this change and encourages all attendees to comply with the new regulations.


Opening Party: Please join us on Monday evening for the opening social event of the Conference.  Food and a Cash Bar provided.

Banquet Dinner: Be prepared to be entertained, eat, and mingle! The Conference’s awards presentation, open meeting, and top prize raffle selection will be held after 10pm, and the hall will open to non-ticket holders at that time.

Yoga – Available daily to all attendees free of charge.

Members Annual Meeting

Open to APP Members only. Members who attend will receive a special gift!

International Attendees Meeting

Open to all international attendees and those interested in international issues.

Vendors Annual Meeting

Open to Vendors only. The APP requests that all Vendors attend this informative meeting and open discussion with representatives of the APP Board of Directors.

*ALL information posted here subject to change until such time that Registration Opens

**Please see the Vendor Statement of Conduct in your orientation packet. The APP is more concerned than ever that all our participants act in a professional and respectful way while at the Conference, and during their stay in Las Vegas.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Caitlin McDiarmid, Administrator




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