Archive for Ear Piercings

Tragus piercings are a popular type of cartilage piercing. The small, projecting part on the inner side of the ear is pierced with a stud or a ring. Many of our cartilage earrings can be worn in both the upper cartilage and the tragus. It all depends on your style and level of comfort.

Confused as to where to look for jewelry specific to your piercing? Look no further!

When in doubt, just make sure you’re looking for something that fits the gauge you were pierced at. 16-18 gauge are the average, but always check with your piercer to be sure.

Jul
15

Mix & Match Plugs

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Have you ever wondered why plugs are commonly sold individually? One reason is that skin stretches at different rates, even on the same person. Not everyone will wear the exact same size in both ears. It’s also becoming more common to stretch other piercings other than the earlobe (ie. nostril & lip.)

Another reason to sell plugs individually is to leave the creativity up to the customer. Mixing and matching your plugs is a fun and unique way to express your pierced pride!

For the brave creative ones out there, switching up the colors can really make a statement! Add a little bit of glitter, you’re all set to start the next trend.

Jul
03

The New Heroes of Body Jewelry

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Who doesn’t have a favorite superhero? Whether you’re a Marvel avenger or holding it down for the DC squad, you can show off your fandom through your piercings.

Even if you just love the movies (X-Men fanatic right here), you can still sport a really cool piece of jewelry that says “Don’t mess with me, I’ve got super strength on my side!”

Jun
15

Bikinis and Belly Rings

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Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to show off all your best belly rings! We’ve assembled a few color coordinated examples to get your creative fashion juices flowing.
Here in this set we have; a classic black suit paired with stunning contrasting gold plated pieces, a Caribbean inspired suit matched with hues of blue that are reminiscent of dreamy ocean waters, and a festive patriotic suit perfect for the 4th or really anytime you’re feeling the spirit! Check out all of our patriotic belly rings here: http://www.bodycandy.com/cgi-bin/category/patrioticbelly and all of our 24kt gold plated bellies are here: http://www.bodycandy.com/cgi-bin/category/goldplatebelly.

In our second set we have; a very feminine, almost pastel pink bikini, paired with sweet pink gems and a cute ice cream cone. The next is a fabulous white bikini that will really accentuate your tan, matched with a lovely opalescent belly and other gorgeous clear gems. The last is a real eye-catching set that mimics the colors of a sunset, paired with luscious and vivid purple hues. No matter what your swimwear choice is for the season, you’re sure to find a belly ring to match!

Jun
05

Rook Piercings

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What is a Rook piercing?

A rook piercing, is a small piercing that is located in the small ridge of cartilage near the upper part of the ear. The area is called the inferior crus of the antihelix.

Image courtesy of The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel

Procedure
This piercing requires a skilled piercer, as this is a very small, dense piece of tissue. The initial jewelry used is usually a ring such as a captive or BCR, or a curved barbell much like an eyebrow ring. This piercing is usually done at 18 or 16 gauge.

Healing
This piercing takes 3-9 months or longer to heal, usually about 6 in most cases though. Be sure to ask your piercer for proper cleaning and care instructions!

Hello lovely readers! Welcome to our updated for 2015 version of our most popular blog post on the age laws for each state for tattoos and piercings. Here you’ll find the most recent laws and updated information on how old you have to be and if you need parental consent to get that piercing or tattoo you’ve been dreaming of.

There is no Federal Law in the United States concerning body modification so each state sets it’s rules and regulations.

Definitions:
Minor : means anyone under the age of 18 in most states, these states have different ages at which people are still minors:

  • Alabama- 19
  • Arkansas- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever is later
  • Delaware- 19
  • Mississippi- 21
  • Nebraska- 19
  • Nevada- 18, or if still in high school at 18, 19 or graduation, whichever comes sooner
  • Ohio- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever comes first
  • Tennessee- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever is later
  • Utah- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever is earlier
  • Wisconsin- 18, or if still in high school at 18, 19 or graduation, whichever comes sooner

Legal Guardian: are individuals that have legal authority to care for another person. This means the person has gone before a court and has been granted guardianship. (Aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings are not considered a legal guardian unless they have gone through the proper legal steps to become a guardian.)

Simply scroll down to find your state by alphabetical order:

Alabama
Both Tattoos and Piercings – Requires prior written informed consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Alaska
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo any minor, regardless of any parental or legal guardian’s consent.

Piercings- Requires prior written approval from the minor’s parent or legal guardian and the presence of the parent or legal guardian during the body piercing procedure.

Arizona
Both Tattoos and Piercings – Illegal to either tattoo or pierce anyone under age 18 without the physical presence of the parent or legal guardian.

Arkansas
Both Tattoos and piercings- Illegal to be performed on a minor without the written consent and presence of one of the minor’s parents, a guardian or a custodian.

California
Tattoos- Illegal, a misdemeanor for any person to tattoo or offer to tattoo anyone under age 18.

Piercings- Requires that the piercing is performed in the presence of a parent or guardian or as directed and notarized by the minor’s parent or guardian. Does not apply to emancipated minors and does not include pierces of the ear.

Colorado
Tattoos and Piercings – Prohibits anyone from performing a body art procedure on a minor unless the artist has received express consent from the minor’s parent or guardian.

Connecticut
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo a minor under age 18 without the permission of the minor’s parent or guardian.

Piercings- The department of public health does not have jurisdiction over body piercing, meaning it is the decision of the piercing parlor of what they will require to obtain a piercing.

Delaware
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires the prior written consent of the adult parent or legal guardian.

Florida
Tattoos- requires also that no individual under the age of 16 be tattooed, except for medical reasons by a doctor or dentist. If you are between 16 and 18 you must have notarized consent from a parent or guardian or be accompanied by your parent / guardian.

Piercings- Requires  written notarized consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian, and an establishment may not perform body piercing on a minor under the age of 16 unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Georgia
Tattoos- Prohibits the tattooing of anyone under age 18 by anyone other than a licensed osteopath or technician acting under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or osteopath.

Piercings- Requires written informed consent from parent or legal guardian.

Hawaii
Tattoos- Requires notarized consent from a parent or guardian or be accompanied by your parent / guardian.

Piercings- Parental consent is not required for a minor to get a piercing in Hawaii, but the state legislature is working to change that. In the meantime, many shops have implemented their own age restrictions.Some shops will perform navel and ear piercings on those age 16+ who present valid photo IDs, and they’ll do any other piercing (nipple and genital piercings excluded) for those 16 or older if they present an appropriate ID and have parental consent.

Idaho
Tattoos and Piercings- Illegal to perform tattooing, branding or body piercing of minors under the age of 14. Those between 14 and 18 need written informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Illinois
Tattoos- Illegal. Minors may not be present at a tattoo shop without parent or legal guardian. Only medically licensed professionals may tattoo a minor.

Piercings- Requires written informed consent from parent or legal guardian.

Indiana
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires a minor’s parent or legal guardian to be present AND have written permission in order to either tattoo or perform a body piercing on a minor under age 18.

Iowa
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo a minor.

Piercings- No current laws on required age but each shop has it’s own requirements.

Kansas
Tattoos and Piercings-  Requires written and notarized consent and presence of the minor’s parent or  guardian.

Kentucky
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written and notarized consent of a parent or guardian.

Louisiana
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written and notarized consent and presence of the minor’s parent or  guardian.

Maine
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo any person under the age of 18.

Piercings- Requires prior written consent of a minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Maryland
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo any person under the age of 18.

Piercings- Parent or legal guardian must provide written consent.

Massachusetts
Tattoos and Piercings- The only piercings for which Massachusetts specifies a minimum age requirement are nipple and genital piercings, which can only be performed on adults age 18 or older. All other piercings may be performed on minors at each piercer’s discretion. Most Massachusetts shops require that a parent or legal guardian be present when a minor is pierced, and each shop sets their own guidelines as to which piercings they’ll perform at which ages.

Michigan
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Minnesota
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written and notarized consent of a parent or guardian.

Mississippi
Tattoos and Piercings- Both illegal to be performed on a minor.

Missouri
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Montana
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires explicit in-person consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.

Nebraska
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires explicit in-person consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.

New Hampshire
Tattoos- Illegal to perform on a minor.

Piercings- Requires explicit in-person consent  and presence of the minor’s parent or guardian.

New Jersey
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

New Mexico
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

New york
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on any minor.

Piercings-  Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

North Carolina
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on any minor.

Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

North Dakota
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Ohio
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Oklahoma
Tattoos- Illegal to perform on any minor.

Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Oregon
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent and/or presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Pennsylvania
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Rhode Island
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

South Carolina
Tattoos- Illegal for those under 21. Those between the ages of 18 and 21 may receive parental consent to obtain a tattoo.

Piercings- Illegal for all minors under 18.

South Dakota
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Tennessee
Tattoos- Illegal to perform on a minor unless it’s for a cover up and the client is 16 or older with parental consent.

Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Texas
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Utah
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Vermont
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent or presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Virginia
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Washingtion
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on a minor.

Piercings- Requires written consent and/or presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

West Virginia
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent and/or presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Wisconsin
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on any minor.

Piercings- Illegal for those under 16. Persons aged 16-17 may receive written consent in the presence of the shop operator from their parent of guardian.

Wyoming
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

May
24

Funk Off! Piercing Deodorant Aftercare

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Anyone who’s modified can tell you that from time to time, certain piercings develop an unpleasant odor. This is a result of a build up of dead skin and other possible residues such as shampoo, make up, or food particles. Keeping your piercing clean is the first and foremost step in maintaining healthy body modifications. But sometimes that’s just not enough, that’s where Funk Off comes in.

What is Funk Off?
Funk Off is a piercing deodorant. It’s all natural and made from plant fats and botanical oils, so it’s vegan friendly! It’s long lasting and very effective in eliminating unwanted odors. Funk Off comes in super cute, pocket sized tins that are great for on the go piercing maintenance. The company who manufactures this product boasts 100% customer satisfaction, so give it a try!

How to Apply Funk Off

  • Remove the jewelry
  • Open the product
  • Use your finger to massage the product, the heat from your body will melt it for easier application
  • Massage the product into the desired skin
  • Wipe off the jewelry and replace it into your piercing

Perfect for summer styling, these pieces feature gorgeous dream catchers, elegant feathers, and arrows. Inspired by Native American culture as well as the bohemian fashion movement.

Arrows have become quite the fashion symbol staple, appearing on everything from jewelry to clothing to skin in the form of tattoos.

Ear hangers and tapers are a fun option to break away from the classic plug or tunnel style. Organic material is particularly great as it’s gentle on sensitive skin and lightweight for all day wear. Natural Stone offers another option for sensitive skin and comes in a large variety of shapes and colors.

Sterling silver is the best of both worlds: high quality and reasonable price. Striking in appearance, these toe rings are a darling accent that exudes the essence of summer.

Pastel colors, plush dolls, and everything cute may seem childish but the kawaii movement is much more. Kawaii is Japanese for cute, lovable, or adorable. This popular fashion movement encompasses personal appearance, behavior, food, toys, clothing and entertainment. Related to this is the Lolita style, which is much like a pastel version of the Victorian look including: lace, parasols, petticoats, bloomers, and bows.

The Kawaii movement is in it’s original form, an act of rebellion. In 1974, Japanese women mostly in the teen aged group, rejected the traditional style of handwriting. They created their own new font called “kitten writing”. The characters in this font were bubbly and often included hearts, much like in English if you were to replace the dotting on an “i” with a heart. The girls began obscuring their words when speaking, mimicking a child learning to talk and often referred to themselves in the third person. Eventually the movement boomed and companies in the ever changing post-war Japan took notice. In particular Sanrio, the creators of Hello Kitty. They began by introducing their line of stationary, which served as a perfect canvas for the new kawaii font or kitten writing. Eventually the market moved into making toys, back packs, and other school supplies.

This big underlying point in kawaii culture is not to cultivate a woman’s sex appeal, but for her to be cute and beautiful rather than sexy. Japan is known for being a very strict culture and kawaii was a way to throw off the strict formalism that prevails over society.

May
06

The Many Gauges of Cartilage Piercings

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So you just pierced a new hole in your ear, but you’re not sure what size jewelry you should be looking for.

If your piercing was done with a needle in a piercing shop, they may have informed you of the size right there, but maybe you just forgot what your piercer told you. Or maybe your piercing was done with a piercing gun instead. Whatever the reason, if you’re curious as to what size a particular hole in your ear is, let me break it down a little simpler for ya.

An earlobe piercing that’s done with a piercing gun is a 22 gauge needle. Any standard size earring or post will fit you. If you’ve been pierced with a needle in a piercing shop, most likely you’re at a 20 or 18 gauge. No worries! The smaller the gauge the bigger the hole, so any standard size earring can be worn in addition to 20 or 18 gauge captive rings, cartilage studs, etc.


Earrings
Cartilage/Tragus Earrings

*NOTE: If your cartilage piercing is done with a piercing gun, it will most likely be a 22 gauge piercing. You will want to look at standard size earring studs (like those shown above) rather than ones made specifically for cartilage piercings. It’s always good to check with your piercer for accuracy no matter what type of piercing (lobe or cartilage) so as not to stretch/damage the tissue.

For tragus, anti-tragus, helix, rook, conch and most cartilage piercings (any part of the ear other than your lobe) a piercer will use an 18 gauge (as seen above) or 16 gauge needle. Depending on the anatomy of your ear, the piercer may use a 14 gauge needle as well. Industrial piercings are typically pierced at 14 gauge. Most of the cartilage and BCR (captive ring) styles we carry come in both 18 and 16 gauge sizes. Captive rings also come in 14 gauge.


Cartilage/Tragus Earrings