2012 Association of Professional Piercers

Conference and Exposition

 June 17-22, 2012, Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

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Our 17th Annual Conference and Exposition was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 17-June 22, 2012. We are happy to announce next year our conference returns to Bally’s after an excellent time in 2011.  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.

Below please find general information about the Conference.  You can find all the Conference details here: 

Conference Information and Registration

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the APP Office at 888-888- or 785-841-6060 info@safepiercing.org

For a review of the 2011 Conference – please see our Point Journal issue #56

For the most current and up to date information about the Conference – please use the link above to the Conference Information and Registration website!


If you are an APP member, you get some perks each year at Conference. If you are not yet a member, this Fall is the time to join! Applications must be submitted and be complete by February 1, 2012 in order to guarantee processing by Conference.  The Membership Committee reserves the right to prioritize applications for applicants who are attending the Conference in the months just prior to Conference.   Avoid the rush and apply this Fall and Winter.


Everyone! While we hope you are a member – being an APP Member is not and has never been a requirement to attend our Conference! Come join us!

New Piercers, Experienced Piercers, International Piercers, Apprentices, Counter People, Studio Owners, Health Inspectors, Legislators, Researchers, Retailers, Wholesalers, Manufacturers… (restrictions apply to the Exposition, see below)

What kind of classes will Attendees find at the APP Conference?


The APP provides ample course selections for both the new attendee and our returning piercers. All are welcome to attend any classes, with the exception of any courses designated Members Only* (usually only 2 courses a year).

Past Course topics

  • Aftercare
  • Wound Healing & Care
  • Troubleshooting
  • Anthropology – History of Piercing, Body Modification
  • Industry History
  • Head & Neck Anatomy
  • Body Anatomy
  • Initial Jewelry: Size & Style
  • Jewelry Materials:
  • Steel, Titanium, and/or Gold
  • Organics: Wood, Stone, and/or others
  • Marketing, Business, Management, and/or Financial
  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • CPR
  • First Aid
  • Technique Courses: Genital Piercings, Surface Anchors and others
  • Medical Risk Assessment
  • Grounding & Bedside Manner
  • Studio Documentation/Manual
  • Workshops covering: Studio Set Up & Inspection, Cross Contamination Prevention, and Autoclave Usage

*Members Only (must be an active APP Business/Business Member at Large to attend)

There are so many classes offered, how can I take them all?

You can’t in a single year. The APP encourages studios to send multiple representatives to maximize the number of classes and amount of education a single studio can obtain. . Remember, we have many piercers who attend this Conference every year and we try to offer enough variety for everyone to have a unique experience each time they attend Conference.

What are Roundtable Discussions?

The APP believes that much of the education at Conference takes place from peer to peer. In keeping with that belief we encourage you to find time to participate in these more casual, information sharing discussions, mediated by expert piercers and/or professionals. There is no charge to attend these discussions. An attendee/vendor badge, however, must be shown in order to attend.

Topics for Roundtable:

  • Marketing
  • Public Speaking
  • Marking Tips and Tricks
  • Difficult Clients
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Legislation
  • Becoming an Instructor

2011 information brochure :


A California-based, international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public.