When moving from one gauge to another, or beginning the process of stretching your earlobes, it’s so important to do it safely and properly. Seriously. Stretching too soon or too fast can lead to bleeding, tearing and permanent damage to the tissue in your lobes.
You can always go to a piercer for help with the stretching process, but many people choose to do it at home. That’s fine. Just make sure you’re smart/hygienic about it.
Are your earlobes already pierced?
If YES, continue to Step 2.
If NO, please read Step 1.
Get your ears pierced. Avoid those kiosks at the mall, if possible. Go to a professional piercer (http://www.safepiercing.org/locate-a-member/) who will use a needle rather than a gun. Make sure you let them know your plan is to stretch your lobes. Some piercers will be willing to use a thicker needle (up to a 10 gauge), which will help you skip a few beginning sizes on your stretching. Also, most earlobe piercings are placed closer to the front of the lobe. You’re going to want one that’s more centrally located when stretching, to allow room for the tissue to expand.
Allow your piercings to heal, and then wait twice the length of that time before you start stretching. This is important because every body heals differently. Twice the amount of time gives a safe window, and ensures you aren’t stretching tissue that’s already damaged.
Get your hands on a stretching kit and a good lubricant or stretching balm. Start at a 14 or 16 gauge taper. Clean your hands before you attempt to push a taper through your lobe. Even if you can’t see any sort of irritation, your tissue is stretching and forming micro-tears, which are just as susceptible to infection as an open wound is. Stretching your lobes in the shower can be helpful, if it’s possible for you to safely do so. Make sure to apply the lubricant to your ear as well as the taper, and then start to push. You may experience some resistance, but it shouldn’t be painful. Once you’ve reached the thickest part of the taper, you’re set at that gauge.
As tempting as it is to jump gauges, DON’T DO IT. As with the initial piercing, it’s good to wait a few months between gauges. Remember those micro-tears? Those need to heal. And blowouts!? Yeah, no thank you. Just be patient.
*Should you experience any swelling, redness, tenderness due to infection throughout the stretching process, you’re going to want to size back down to a comfortable gauge and allow the lobe to heal fully before attempting to size up any further.
Aftercare is crucial. Keep those lobes moisturized to avoid blow outs and scarring. Once you’ve reached your goal size, be sure to continue a routine for keeping them clean/not smelly. Wash them regularly in the shower. You can even apply piercing deodorant (say whaaaaat?) to prevent the funky smells.
Wearing organic jewelry will also help with the aftercare blues. They won’t irritate your ears, and they’re porous, so dead skin cells are absorbed by the material rather than sitting on your plugs.
Always consult with your piercer if you’re unsure about any jewelry changing procedures, including increasing the gauge size.
We’ve all struggled to remove the ball on the end of a piece of body jewelry before. Even the tiniest of hands can shake or be too soft to get a firm grip, and the terrifying end result of dropping the ball and losing it forever ensues.
Now you can eliminate human error with this Body Piercing Ball Removal Tool. Simply push the open end of the tool onto the ball and twist to remove. The silicone ends grasp the ball, allowing for easier removal.
Piercings should be an acceptable part of the work environment, but we know that isn’t true everywhere. Unfortunately many employers still view piercings as “unprofessional,” and may expect you to remove or cover up your body jewelry while on the clock. They can be a health and safety hazard in some industries (fast food, restaurants, jobs that require you to use industrial machinery, etc.) though, and that should be taken into consideration if you decide to get pierced.
If you’re in a field where your safety or the safety of others isn’t at risk due to your piercings, then here’s a few tips on how to hide your piercings and the types of jewelry you can use to make them look less noticeable.
Micro nose rings are a great option if you’re going for the less likely to be noticed approach. Sometimes the reason for covering a piercing is more of a formal appearance standard than discriminating against them altogether. This way you can still be pierced without drawing everyone’s eyes to your piercing. However, if your boss/teacher pays close attention to detail, these might not be the best idea.
If you’re looking for a 100% guaranteed way to hide your piercing, retainers are the way to go. These clear, bioplast rings will make it nearly impossible for someone to notice your piercing. Options like these are also available for tongue piercings, lip piercings and curved barbells for belly button piercings.
Septum piercings are one of the easiest piercings to hide because, depending on the type of jewelry you wear, you can easily flip your septum ring up inside of your nose. Consider choosing from jewelry that is labeled as a septum retainer if you know you may need to do hide your ring for work or school. These rings look awesome when they’re showing too!
Body piercings can be a permanent investment, and for a lot of people, the time and care they have to put into them can determine or detour their decision to get pierced. If you’re considering getting pierced, you should know that you’ll be investing at least a month of your time into the healing process. Aftercare instructions are crucial to healthy healing. If not followed properly, the time it takes to heal can be extended greatly. Before you even read on with healing times, please know the biggest factor in the length of time it takes is you.
While every body is different, if you follow your aftercare directions, you’ll land somewhere within these ranges.
Bridge Piercing (also bindi): 4-6 months
Cartilage (tragus, helix, conch, daith, rook, industrial etc): 3-9 months
Earlobe: 4-8 weeks
Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks
Labret (below the lip, centered): 6-8 weeks
Lip (to the side): 6-8 weeks
Monroe (upper lip): 2-3 months
Navel: 6-9 months
Nipple: 6-9 months (3-4 months for males)
Nostril: 3-4 months
Septum: 4-8 weeks
Tongue: 4-8 weeks
Happy National Thrift Shop Day!
Thrifting has become extremely popular over the years. For those determined individuals with enough patience, thrift shops are a gold mine. The desire to own vintage products is a trend that seems to grow with each new generation. While the dictionary definition of vintage differs from its modern meaning, the commonality lies in time. Vintage refers to the period in which something was made or began.
Most of the time, when someone talks about vintage items, they simply have a distinguished quality that makes them seem old timey. That means grandma’s wallpaper pattern is considered fashionable and cool. Whoa!
Channeling decades past with body jewelry is an easy, fun way to incorporate some vintage feel into your style.
Preseason is upon us! Represent your team, pierced and proud!
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Second tongue piercings are becoming increasingly more popular. Placement of the piercing depends on initial planning. Most commonly the piercings will be one in front of the other down the middle as shown in this video, but either side of the tongue can be done as well (venom bites.)
In this video, Frank adds a second piercing to his already pierced tongue. His tongue is cleaned and sanitized, then temporary marks are made on both the top and underside for placement. The piercer then uses a clamp to hold the tongue steady and align the markings. The piercing needle goes up through the tongue, and a cork is applied to the end to cover the pointed end. The jewelry itself (a 14 or 12 gauge straight barbell) is inserted by following the needle directly through the hole and out through the top. A ball is then screwed onto the end to secure the jewelry and complete the process.
Healing time is about 4-8 weeks for tongue piercings. Venom bites may take longer to heal.
Time for another edition of the Steal The Style! This time we’re featuring two modern takes on some vintage looks.
For the girly girl (maybe with the mouth of a sailor), dress up a classic navy striped outfit with sea friendly themed body jewelry. Anchors away, my friend! If you’re feeling risky, add a bit of red in there to really pull the whole nautical theme together with a punch. There’s so many ways to play dress up with stripes. Need some inspiration? Look no further…
If you’re more of a classic rock, laid back, jeans and a t-shirt woman, you’re in for a treat. Body jewelry goes great with that whole rock ‘n roll look. Whether you’re trying to go full on rocker, or keep it a little more hipster, black and gold body jewelry is an awesome way to accessorize your look. Tie is some steampunk gears for a unique twist, or dress up your septum with something sparkly and… well, black. Rock on! We think you get the idea, but in case you don’t…
You’ve seen our custom belly rings, but did you know we also sell custom tongue rings?
Made from surgical grade stainless steel and ready to be customized with your initials or a photo. Want something other than a plain silver barbell? We offer black and rainbow anodized titanium coated options as well. And the best part? They’re only $11.99.