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hands-1031131__180You (and I) have asked this question in every clothing store that has ever sold us a damn thing. Why?

Because Johnny Cash wore black in mourning for the lives that could have been.

Because when laundry day comes your dirty clothes mountain the blackest thing you’ve ever seen.

Because counterculture fashion can’t do without dark threads, baby.

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Run, it’s the fuzz!

Counterculture and its love for the color black dates back to prehistoric times (and possibly the world’s first taggers) when 18,000ish years ago our crafty ancestors in France got busy making black pigment from charcoal, ground bone, and various ingredients to leave behind . . . graffiti! – or – “cave art” for you fancy historians out there.

 

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The meme kid is totally not wearing black.

Ancient Egyptians considered black the color of fertility and ancient Romans assigned black dye fabrics to be worn by craftsmen and artists (big surprise, artists in black, amiright!). In Latin, the base word for “black” was associated with all things brutal and is even the root of the English word for “atrocity” (now we know why the metalheads are on board).

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Not all kids who wear black are goth kids but all goth kids love their basic black!

Black was the signature color of the Industrial Revolution and was worn religiously by writers of the Romantic movement (the William Blake kind, not the Danielle Steel kind). The battle between good and evil in Western culture has always been waged between a hero on a white horse and a man dressed all in black.

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For you and me and pretty much every grunge / emo / metal / goth / glam / artsy / pierced / punk / tattooed and delightfully, differently unique kid you know the color black is a life essential.

Black is the color of social defiance, of the battle to preserve individuality, and occasionally even worldwide revolutionary change. If your closet looks like a black hole and your mom is always bugging you to try on something with a little color then rest assured that you are in good company and always remember to wash in cold water.

Comment with your own basic black photos of your colorless closet, favorite outfit, or black body jewelry!

EAR PIERCING ENCYCLOPEDIA

The fourth piercing we’ll discuss in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the Forward Helix Cartilage Piercing.

Location: through the inside of the upper rim of the ear cartilage; placed where the helix meets your head, usually angled parallel to the face

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring or straight barbell ranging from 18 gauge (1mm) to 14 gauge (1.6mm) is usually used in diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 7/16″ (11mm) and lengths ranging from 1/4″ (6mm) to 5/16″ (8mm); jewelry types used can also include BCRs, horseshoe circular barbells, curved barbells, and labret/monroe studs with disc backs

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 3-9 months; may be longer since the cartilage of the ear lacks adequate blood supply, making healing more difficult than areas receiving better circulation

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and always make sure your hands are clean; sea salt solutions and sprays can aid with the process as well; avoid smoking, using public telephones, and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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The BodyCandy excitement continues, as team member Ashleigh goes “under the needle” and gets her nose pierced! Of course, we went and saw our good friend James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY.

Ashleigh’s nose piercing begins, using a hollow receiving tube on the inside of her nostril to prevent the piercing needle from poking the inside of her nose. Once the tube is in position, James pushes the piercing needle through Ashleigh’s nostril, removes the hollow tube, and corks the exposed end of the piercing needle. He slides the remainder of the needle almost all of the way through. Grabbing her jewelry next, James follows the rest of the needle through with Ashleigh’s sparkly new nose ring right behind.

Healing time: 3-4 months

Initial Jewelry: Nose Screw

PIERCINGENCYCLOPEDIA_EAR_standardhelixThe third piercing we’ll discuss in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the Standard Helix Cartilage Piercing.

Location: through the curled outer rim of the ear from the top of the ear all the way down to the beginning of the ear lobe

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring ranging from 18 gauge (1mm) to 14 gauge (1.6mm) is usually used in diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 1/2″ (12mm); jewelry types used can also include BCRs, horseshoe circular barbells, straight barbells, and labret/monroe studs with disc backs

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 3-9 months; may be longer since the cartilage of the ear lacks adequate blood supply, making healing more difficult than areas receiving better circulation

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and always make sure your hands are clean; sea salt solutions and sprays can aid with the process as well; avoid smoking, using public telephones, and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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From the start of the hippie takeover in the 60’s, tie-dye patterns have made a colorful, whimsical fashion statement we’ve had yet to see a lack of. Whether it’s your old white t-shirt in need of an upgrade or a plain pierced ear in need of some rainbow swirls, tie-dye style is the way to go. We have PLENTY of tie-dye products in our inventory just waiting to be rocked out by your groovy pierced self! Some of the jewelry types we have tie-dyed options for include:

Most of the tie-dye jewelry you’ll uncover by clicking on the main image in this post is actually made right here at the Body Candy warehouse, so you’re always getting a unique piece made custom from us to you. Some of our popular styles even come in different looks – such as this cool glow-in-the-dark tie-dye navel ring!CUBNA-486

Thanks for checking out Part Three of “On Pins and Needles.”  After receiving follow up questions to Ann’s March 8 blog post: Can the Daith Piercing Cure Migraine Headaches?” we wanted to delve deeper into piercing and acupuncture. Today’s post focuses on hard data. Click here to check out Part One or Two to see what else I discovered about piercing and acupuncture!

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“I’m an English major, guys. I love this nerd stuff”–Me


Last time I reviewed key points including piercing professionals and acupuncturists studying both acupuncture and piercing. I wanted to follow up on a few things after my research last time:

  • Are there piercing professionals who have trained with a licensed and respected acupuncturist? (If your piercer claims to be trained in both—>DO YOUR RESEARCH!)
  • Are there acupuncturists who have trained with a licensed and respected piercing professionals? 

The gist is this–all roads point to two totally b@d@ss lady professionals and their combined work in piercing and acupuncture.

Enter Kristen Horner Warren∼ a licensed acupuncturist with background training and study in traditional Chinese medicine and physiology, and Elayne Angel∼ an internationally renowned professional piercer who is published in the field and has consistently affected piercing trends across the USA. The two completed a ten-day project where Angel worked with Warren at her practice in Texas to complete a series of ear piercings on individuals who then allowed Warren to track  pain management benefits and side effects. 

  • KHW states that results showed the pain management benefits of an ear piercing on acupuncture points in the ear lasted anywhere from a week or two to one month then faded, often completely. Warren compares this to the relief one might experience with auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) treatments that are nonpermanent and less risky
  • Both KHW and Angel warn that many cartilage piercings take 3 to 6 months or even longer to heal (long after pain management benefits have worn off!) and that proper placement is absolutely imperative to getting a piercing that will not get irritated or migrate. 
  • Above all, Angel warns that individuals should always get pierced by “a professional from the AAP website” to find a piercer who is properly trained and using sanitary, high-quality equipment and jewelry.  

For more information about the study that KHW and Angel completed, check out this blog post on the Live Oaks Acupuncture & Wellness Center website to read Kristen Horner Warren’s full account of her time working with Elayne Angel.


Click here to reach Ann’s original blog post discussing the Daith and Migraines, or here to see Part One or Part Two of “On Pins and Needles!,” or even here to read Kristen Horner Warren’s full blog post on the subject!


Let us know by leaving your comment if you have experience with our topic or know of other studies like the one completed by Elayne Angel and Kristen Horner Warren. We are always interested in the most up to date information!

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Skella decided to get her conch pierced, and luckily she knew just who to ask! Time we took a little trip to see James at American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY.

The initial steps for the conch piercing include making sure that the inner cartilage area will work for the piercing. The last thing you want is a piercing that doesn’t fit properly! James gives the okay, and starts the process. Using a hollow piercing needle, James pushes it through Skella’s cartilage from front to back. To ensure no accidental pokes, he puts a cork on the exposed end of the needle. James then inserts the jewelry, following the piercing needle through the hole. The ball end is screwed onto Skella’s new barbell, and she’s got a brand new conch piercing!

Healing time: 3-9 months, 6 months on average.

Initial Jewelry: 14 or 12 gauge barbell

HONEY BEE VS. WASP

Wasp or Bee? You tell me.

Make sure you’re aware of the differing characteristics between cute little honeybees and their dangerously aggressive cousins. All jokes aside, the two insects are quite the contrast of one another, especially in what they contribute to the world. While swatting down a stray wasp in your house this summer may not ruffle any feathers, do your best to be positive you’re not harming one of our precious pollinating friends by mistake.

While all forms of these insects may be a little scary as they buzz past your ear on a summer day, trust me when I tell you that these fuzzy flying bugs are much more important to us than you may have thought before.

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The use of natural materials in body jewelry fashion is a trend that refuses to be ignored. It’s easy to understand why the modified culture has been turning to organic and naturally derived jewelry considering the current chaotic state our climate is in. These types of materials, which include but are not limited to wood, horn, bone, stone, and shell are not only good for the health of our piercings; they’re also amazing for the well-being of our planet.

But how are plugs for stretched ears or semi-precious stone belly rings going to make you any more eco-friendly…or how will something from nature be any better for your body than something man-made?

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