It’s no big surprise that the most of the people you know have some kind of piercing. Ears are the big ones, with a whopping 83% of Americans having their lobes pierced. And not just the lobes, but tragus, cartilage, and daith rounding out some of the other areas where ears tend to attract holes. Some of the other popular piercing spots are the belly and nose, both of which require a little bit of commitment to maintain (not to mention the pain factor when it comes to actually getting the piercing). But what if you want to be on top of what’s trending without making a sometimes-irreversible hole? 

Fake it, friends. And do it flawlessly.

In this post, we’ll talk about the trend that has really run away like a freight train, and the non-pierced alternatives: septum clickers.

While the number of people with pierced ears is high, only about 19% have their nose pierced (the stats don’t differentiate between a nostril piercing and septum piercing; while the nostril piercing is currently more common than a septum piercing, by what percentage? That’s anyone’s guess). So what’s an otherwise cool individual supposed to do if he or she wants to rock the look and avoid any long-term consequences? The answer: clip it on. No pain, no needles, no messy break-up when it’s apparent the relationship just isn’t working.

Thanks to a new batch of non-pierced septum rings and hangers, it’s possibly the easiest thing in the universe to replicate the style of your modified chums. Using the imitation septum ring is as easy as stretching the piece as wide as necessary to insert, then pressing the ends gently together to create a comfortable fit. And with metals ranging from silvery stainless steel to warm rose gold IP – bejeweled or unadorned – stealing the look also has options for just about anyone. Added bonus: giving the not-as-open-minded relative a minor shock, which never, ever gets old.

 

For people like me who love tattoos and body art, it’s a fun activity to flip through pages and pages of tattoo photos considering and researching the symbolism in every design. It also gives me a chance to think of the future in general and my own future in particular. Where will I be in 20 years? Will I still like this design? Permanence is part of the overall appeal of a tattoo. At the same time it is also part of initial doubt and anxiety for newcomers to the scene. Temporary tattoos are a great way to discover what kind of design is right for you and also let you experiment with different placements.

Henna decoration is one of the oldest forms of body art in the world. Like all forms of body art, it was once a localized form of decoration in the Middle East and Asia for ceremonial purposes. But with the spread of globalization more people around the globe are decorating themselves with henna. Here is a breakdown of traditional and modern henna decorations:

Ceremonial henna: In India, a girl’s wedding day is the most important day of her life and there are numerous ceremonies involved with grooming the bride so that she looks her best. The bride’s hands and feet are decorated with intricate henna designs with the groom’s name hidden somewhere in the pattern.

The bride’s hands and feet are decorated with intricate henna designs that will last anywhere from a week up to several weeks. After the wedding the bride is expected to move into her husband’s home with his family. Tradition holds that so long as the henna on the bride’s hands and feet were still visible, she was not required to contribute to the work in the household.

Henna in the West: Henna artists can be found at any major summertime music festival, county and state fairs, and along the beaches of tourist cities. Teenagers especially are drawn to henna art because of the strict age and parental consent laws in each US state. The wide appeal also allows for a lot of creativity in the designs: why limit yourself to Indian ceremonial patterns? I have seen Celtic, tribal, celestial, and all other kinds of henna designs at concerts I have attended.

Many people are drawn to henna tattoos for their detail, their traditional designs, and the temporary effect. If you love traditional henna designs, go for it! Most cities have henna artists who advertise for personal decorations or gatherings.

If you are interested in getting a tattoo, but want to experiment with different styles and placements, temporary tattoos offer a lot of creative options for your body decoration. For the really creative, adapting temporary tribal tattoos can be a way for you to incorporate your own creativity into your body art before you are ready for something more permanent.

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.” – Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants

Here in the city that houses the BodyCandy HQ, we have never, ever been so happy to know that spring is coming. It’s been a brutal winter with record-breaking cold and wind chill, and we’re ready to give all that nonsense a good kick in the butt. As a result, we’re more than a little bit ready to celebrate the season associated with birth and renewal.

The vernal equinox officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, 2015, at 6:45 PM EDT. While the word “equinox” translates to “equal night” and “vernal” means “spring,” this is supposed to mean the entire world experiences day and night for roughly the same length of time. (Science does add that because of the size of the sun and how the Earth’s atmosphere reflects sunlight, some points on the planet never experience a true equinox. Sadness).

But getting back to the happy talk: spring! While it seems like all we’ve been doing since about November is dreaming of spring and all it entails, now we can revel in the fact that it’s arrived. And no one can deny that some of the most beloved indicators of spring are flowers – posies in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

There’s actually lots of folklore connected to spring, and one of the sayings having to do with flowers is “Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.” If stepping on them seems a little mean, why not cheat a little and adorn yourself with these pretty white blossoms anywhere you see fit?

This leads almost seamlessly – thanks to a quote from R.H. Heinlein – to another sure sign of spring: the butterfly. Even though Mr. Heinlein’s wheelhouse was science fiction, he realized that in all actuality “Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” And BodyCandy fans sure do love their self propelled flowers.

This guy's a fan, too.

But spring doesn’t have to mean just flowers and butterflies. For many, dreaming of beach vacations and all kinds of other warm-weather activities are a natural next step. So dream away, everyone. Just don’t forget to take time to smell those flowers along the way because as much as we love spring, it’s usually here and gone in the blink of an eye. A very happy equinox to one and all!

 

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig!

What color do you generally think of when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around? Green, of course. But one of the most iconic otherworldly creatures surrounding St. Pat’s is the leprechaun, and what does he covet most? Gold! What could be better than chasing after that rascally leprechaun, hoping against hope he’ll lead you to his well-hidden pot of gold? Finding all the tasty gold bargains yourself, and getting them for super cheap.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy the lure of real gold. Unlike the leprechaun (whose pot of gold by today’s standards would be worth somewhere in the vicinity of $700k – hardly a millionaire himself), most human-type creatures aren’t coveting their belongings in hidden spots, just waiting to be hypnotized into submission. However, many human beings enjoy the beauty and luster of gold; this precious metal signifies wealth and status, and adorning yourself with gold pieces says “Hey, I’m pretty successful.” Add some gems to white or yellow gold, and others will definitely take notice.

But what’s a typical citizen to do if he or she just doesn’t have that kind of disposable cash just lying around? Thanks to different techniques and super shiny metals (such as gold plating vs. solid gold and anodized titanium), looking like close to a million bucks has never been easier. And even real gemstones can be swapped for the much more reasonably-priced cubic zirconia – and no one but a trained professional will ever know the difference. Unless you tell. And just like that trickster leprechaun, you can use a shillelagh to scare off the overly-curious. Better yet, give a broad St. Patrick’s Day grin, quaff the green beverage of your choice, and party like it’s no one’s business. Go n-eirí an t-ádh leat!

Every year it is the same; in the cold of winter your blood begins to heat up, your toes start a nervous tap, your eyes constantly dart to a clock checking the time. You become an expert in braketology. You can hear the squeak of sneakers on the hardwood in your sleep mixed with the sweet bounce a basketball dribble. You only wear the colors of your favorite college team and glare at people sporting the colors of your team’s rivals with a hatred that can feel instinctual.

Ladies and Gentlemen, March Madness is here.

The 76 year old tournament is four weeks of non-stop action. School teams are celebrated, hearts are broken, nets are cut down from the hoops, memories are made that last forever. Many college basketball teams have regional appeal; you don’t have to be a student or alumni to be an ardent fan, and rivalries between schools can extend beyond the campus. In honor of the 2015 tournament, let’s take a look at the teams which make up the hottest rivalries in college basketball.

UNC Tar Heels & Duke Blue Devils

The campuses of the University of North Carolina and Duke University are separated by only ten miles. Students and alumni living in Durham and Chapel Hill come into contact with each other on a daily basis which fuels the fiery rivalry between these two teams. The rivalry is fueled by the great game performance of both teams; each school has made it to the Final Four over a dozen times. Televised games between these two rivals are always entertaining; impressive basketball skills are highlighted by the rabid loyalty of fans decked out in Carolina Blue and Duke Blue. Don’t try to confuse the colors.

University of Louisville Cardinals & University of Kentucky Wildcats

When the Cardinals and Wildcats meet for a basketball game it’s called the “Battle for the Bluegrass.”Lexington and Louisville sit 75 miles apart and neither city has a professional sports franchise, so fans pour all their energy into their loyalty for each school. Team colors make it easy to spot fellow fans or team rivals. The colors for the Kentucky Wildcats are blue and white while the Louisville Cardinals are red and black. Even if the teams do not match up during the March tournament, fans are guaranteed a thrilling game every winter when they play each other.

No matter your school, no matter your team, regardless of the rivalry, March Madness is about the beloved sport of basketball.

Q. What’s the absolute greatest thing about Friday the 13th this month?

A. While it’s a day considered super unlucky by the superstitious set (roughly 20% of Americans), St. Patrick’s Day and the “luck o’ the Irish” is close on its heels. Fun fact: thirteen is not an unlucky number in Italy, ancient China, ancient Egypt, or to pop chanteuse Taylor Swift. So there’s also that.

Why is a decent chunk of the western world still hung up on something that seems out-of-place in modern life, i.e., viewing seemingly innocuous things like black cats, broken mirrors, and inverted horseshoes as bad luck? For starters, there are those who legitimately suffer from a fear of the number thirteen (triskaidekaphobia) in general, or a fear of Friday the 13th (paraskevidekatriaphobia) in particular. Whether these fears are biology or cultural, I’ll leave up to the experts; maybe it’s a little bit of both.

As to where humanity began to fear the number thirteen or Fridays in a cultural context, that’s not easy to pin down. Like most things that have their roots hundreds or even thousands of years in the past, it’s almost impossible to assign blame to any one person or event. One of the earliest mentions linking Friday to badness can be found in the 14th century within Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, but then a large gap occurs before more examples pop up in the 17th century. Then in the 19th century, Friday really gets dragged through the mud. And that’s not even attaching the thirteen to it yet. Despite the many theories that this began because of bad things happening to good people in the Bible (such as thirteen guests being present at the Last Supper, for starters), these ideas were never actually verified by the Bible itself.

To flip that bad luck upside down, just look to the modified set. Like Ms. Swift, those with piercings and/or tattoos have adopted the viewpoint that Friday the 13th is actually a lucky day. As a result, many piercers have reported that more business than usual on Friday the 13th, and there are tattoo parlors all over America which specialize in giving $13 tattoos on this date. Who else loves thirteen? Magicians and gamblers, thanks to each suit in a deck having thirteen cards.

But if you’re one of the 2.1 million Americans who just can’t get past the fear that each Friday the 13th generates, superstition dictates you can do a myriad of things to combat bad luck, such as knocking on wood, avoiding black kitties, throwing salt over your left shoulder (bathing in it is also an option!), burning incense, and carrying protective charms. Lucky for you – those four-leaf clovers will be just about everywhere in a few days, so get some early and give Friday the 13th a smug smile of triumph!

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Come see Maggie get her lower back dermals done!

What is a Dermal?

A dermal is a piece of jewelry that sits beneath the skin and has a decorative top that sits on the surface. Also knows under the term surface piercing, dermals are done using a dermal punch. The dermal punch is a hollow needle with an angled end that is used to remove a section of the skin to make way for the dermal anchor. The dermal anchor itself has flat base or ‘foot’ with holes in it which allow the flesh to grow through as it heals. This helps keep the jewelry in place and prevents it easily being ripped out. The exposed end has threading and the tops can be interchanged.

 The Process

Our friend James begins by cleaning the area and then marking and measuring for the placement of the dermals.  He then pushes the dermal punch through the skin, then slides the anchor into place and secures the top. He finishes by cleaning up the area and the end result is two lovely gems and one happy customer.

 

Aftercare
Caring for dermals requires keeping them dry and clean. Cleaning them once daily is sufficient, no more or you can dry out your skin and further irritate your piercing. Doing sea salt soaks accelerate the healing process and reduce irritation. Dissolve 1/4 tsp sea salt into 8oz of warm water. You can use a shot glass or cotton ball and hold this against your body for a few minutes to soak the area. Full healing takes about 2-3 months.

Despite what you may think, this does not refer to the 90s popular Alaska songstress and poet Jewel Kilcher (please don’t say “Who?”). On the contrary, just in case Valentine’s Day didn’t have you tapped out on the concept of jewelry (although the modified set never gets tired of jewelry, right?), along comes a day to celebrate all that is blingy and beautiful.

Yet another unofficial “national holiday” whose origin is murky, National Jewel Day takes place on March 13th of every year. As seems to be the case with many of these fun, one-off days, they function on multiple levels. For National Jewel Day, you can use it to surprise someone with pretty things, buy some for yourselves, or (this one might be a little bit of a stretch) honor your favorite jeweler. That said, we do have an amazing staff of artisans here at BodyCandy who would love to hear your thoughts on all of the hard work they put into creating new pieces. It’s easy to tell which are BodyCandy originals, as their product numbers begin with HC and titles usually included “handcrafted” (for example, the lovely HC-5540, or Handcrafted Ring of Keys to Your Heart Dangle Industrial Barbell), which is just one among many, many others.

It’s also a great day for those who’ve aspired to create their own jewelry to take a whack at it themselves. If you’re not sure where to start, a jewelry-making class is as good a place to start as any; many craft stores (such as Michael) offer such classes, and those adult education catalogues that many school districts mail out twice a year offer local sessions. Or if you’re loath to learn with a bunch of other people, go completely 21st century and look up any number of online tutorials available on YouTube.

So whether you’re in it for yet another token from a significant other, want to give to your best friend or any other loved one, or want to explore the meaning behind your birthstone, just remember that – according to poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Beauty is whatever gives joy.” Use this day to express yourself as the unique beauty that you truly are and will always be, even if it comes from a plastic ring from a bubblegum machine. Make it a happy day!

 

Mar
09

Spring Break 2015

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Spring break dates back to the 20th century, a very exciting time in our history. The 19th amendment was revised, giving females the right to vote. The Equal Rights Act was passed, stating “Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.” And with that, females students entered the higher education system.

During spring, well-to-do college kids fled their academic campuses, and took to the coast for a few days of co-ed interaction. It was probably a wild time!

The first olympic-sized swimming pool was built in Florida in the 30′s, which drove hundreds of collegiate swimmers to the sunny state.

By the 60′s, the Fort Lauderdale “spring break” tradition had grown so large that it inspired the movie Where The Boys Are. Groovy!

In true 70′s style, spring break took a turn for the raunchy, more closely resembling traditions of today. The city of Fort Lauderdale grew tired of the antics every year, and enforced stricter laws during the 80′s, so college kids found new places to party.

The annual excursion became a household term in the mid 80′s, thanks to everyone’s favorite music television station – MTV’s Spring Break was born! I remember being a kid, watching No Doubt perform at MTV’s Spring Break ’96 and telling my dad, “I can’t wait until I can go to that!” (My parents did everything in their power to prohibit my early onset YOLO attitude, so I never made it.)

Spring break destinations have expanded since the tradition started. From domestic spots like Daytona Beach and Panama City, to international getaways like the Caribbean and Mexico, travel agencies market their Spring Break specials heavily to the 18-22 year old population.

But before you go, you’re gonna want to look the part. Fully embrace that week of summer, before you hit the books hard to finish out the semester and get to the real summer. Let us help!

Got any exciting spring break plans? Comment and share yours!

Mar
07

How to Change a Captive Ring

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Captive rings are one of the standard types of jewelry worn in many piercings such as; cartilage, septum, nipple, daith, and nose. Also commonly known as a BCR or CBR; they come in a number of sizes, colors, and styles. As cute as they are, wearing them can be a challenge, but with the proper tools and knowledge, it can make things a lot simpler.

Here our Team member, Janna, demonstrates how to remove the ball on a captive and how to replace it.

Janna starts by showing a basic removal and replacement by hand. She holds the jewelry by the ring and simply pulls the ball out. The ball has two circular indents which is where the end of the ring secures into. The next ring has a slightly different end, which is jeweled. This too simply pops in and out, and has two slots for the ring to secure into. Sometimes though, the ball end is in too snugly to be easily removed, so special pliers with notches that open outwards are used to spread the ring to allow easier removal. This though, can spread the ring too far. Another pair of pliers either with rubberized gripping ends or metal ends with indents can be used to press the ring ends closer together for a snugger fit. Janna uses tweezers with round, flat, gripping ends to hold the ball to prevent it from sliding or spinning in her finger tips to replace the ball back into the ring.

Thanks for watching! We hope this video blog has been helpful!