Archive for Piercing and Aftercare Information

Jul
01

Stephanie’s Angel Bite Piercings

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See our friend Stephanie getting, not one, but two new piercings! Her work is being done by our best piercing buddy, James, of American Skin Art located in Buffalo, NY.

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What are Angel bites?

This piercing is two monroe piercings, which are located off to each side and just above the upper lip.

The Process

The areas are cleaned and sterilized, then marked with a temporary ink. The piercer may also use a type of measuring device to be sure the placement will exactly symmetrical. The piercings are done one at a time, the clamp is applied to the first side and the area is inspected to see where the back of the jewelry will sit against the gums. This ensures the jewelry won’t be damaging teeth. Once ready, the piercer will the pass the needle through the desired spot, cork off the pointed end, then proceed to follow the needle out with the jewelry. The post is trimmed and the ball end is placed and secured. The process is then repeated on the other side. After a bit of clean up, we’re all done!

Healing

These piercings take about 6 to 8 weeks to be healed. Be sure to see your piercer for complete care information!

 

Jun
25

H2Ocean Aftercare

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What is H2Ocean?
H2Ocean Spray is an all natural cleansing product used for oral and surface piercings, as well as tattoos. The ingredients of H2Ocean Spray are Purified Water, Sea Salt, Lysozyme and Sodium Benzoate which are naturally occurring inside the body. This makes these products great because they are non-irritating to your healing skin.

How it Works
“H2Ocean safely removes dried discharge and lymph secretions when used every 3-4 hours on Body or Oral Piercings. H2Ocean spray helps increase the circulation to the body piercing and assist in the acceleration of the healing process. H2Ocean Piercing Spray will also help reduce lumps, scar tissue and itching. The active ingredient in H2Ocean is Lysozyme which helps kill over 650 different types of bacteria, diseases, viruses and fungi. Lysozyme exists in our bodily fluids naturally to protect us from airborne bacteria. The Coral Reef Sea Salt contains over 82 essential trace elements and minerals used to help in healthy cell regeneration.”

H2Ocean products are also:

  • Antibacterial
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Water Based (Petroleum Free)
  • Safe for all Skin Types
  • pH Balanced and Enriched with Over 82 Trace Elements and Minerals
  • Gluten Free
  • Remains sterile from start to finish

So if you’re looking for an easy and effective way to maintain your piercings and tattoos, H2Ocean is definitely worth a try!

Jun
13

Body Jewelry vs The Sink

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We’ve all done it. In a hurry to change out an earring or a belly ring, without thinking you lean over the sink and you hear that dreaded noise of a piece of your jewelry hitting the bottom of the sink, then it disappears. Followed by some yelling, obscenities, angrily tossing the rest of jewelry into the trash… BUT WAIT, don’t do that!

There’s a whole world of replacement parts out there ready to save the day. Most often it’s just the ball end of a piece of jewelry slips through your fingers and is gone forever. Why waste a perfectly good piece of jewelry? Get yourself a replacement ball.

These pieces work with externally threaded body jewelry, and are available based on gauge size. (14 or 16 gauge)

For those accidents with a captive ring (or BCR), you’re going to need a different type of replacement ball that will hold the jewelry ends in place.

For those of us who have a nasty habit of losing the ball ends more frequently, we sell bonus packs of replacement balls, available in both 14 and 16 gauge.

In the unfortunate event that you lose the shaft of a stainless steel or bioplast piece of jewelry, we also have those replacement parts available, as well as o-rings for plugs!

Jun
11

Litany’s Monroe Piercing

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What is a Monroe Piercing?
Also known as the Madonna or Chrome Crawford, this is a piercing that resembles a beauty mark that is placed off to one side and directly above the upper lip. Placement is towards the corner of the mouth and about 5/16 to 1/2 inch above the lip line.

The Process
The piercer will begin by cleaning and marking the area. Often the client will be asked to smile after the temporary marking has been placed , to see how the piercing will sit in other positions than neutral and make sure it will look good. The piercer will use a set of clamps to grasp the upper lip and pull it straight up vertically away from the mouth. This ensures a straight piercing. Consideration must be taken with this piercing as to where the back of the jewelry will sit, as to minimize the risk of damage to the teeth and gums. The needle will be pushed through, corked, and then followed through from the underside of the lip with the desired jewelry. Depending on the client’s taste this could be a plain ball or gem. The area will be cleaned again and then the piercer will give the client their care instructions.

After & Healing
The upper lip has the tenancy to swell for a few days after, this is common and subsides quickly. This piercing takes about 2-3 months or longer, depending on the client’s natural healing capabilities and the care given to it. Initial jewelry is usually a 14 gauge but can range between 16 – 12. The post will be fairly long to accommodate the swelling, your piercer may tell you to come back in a few weeks to switch it out to a shorter one!

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- Illegal to perform on any minor.

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

May
08

Maureen’s Septum Piercing

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Where is a septum piercing located/ What is a septum piercing?

The septum is the anatomical name for the piece of flesh that divides the nasal cavities or nostrils. Made mostly of cartilage this section of flesh has what is called ‘the sweet spot’ within it. The sweet spot is a soft, membranous bit of tissue just below the cartilage and above the skin. It’s located up and towards the tip of the nose on most people. You can locate it if you reach up into both nostrils with your fingers and gently press them together, you should be able to find a section of skin that feels thinner. This is actually some of the thinnest skin that is pierced on the human body. As everyone’s anatomy is different, each person’s sweet spot may be larger or smaller in diameter, and higher or lower in placement.

The Jewelry

Many people find that they cannot openly wear a piece of jewelry on their face due to work, school, or other circumstances. For this reason it is very common for the initial jewelry to be a retainer. A retainer is a “u” shaped piece of metal. The open end allows the jewelry to be flipped upwards into the nasal cavity for easy concealment. If you are lucky enough to be able to sport a septum piercing openly, a curved barbell (horseshoe) or captive ring (bcr) is a good first choice. This piercing is usually done at a 14 or 12 gauge, but can be done minimally at 16 gauge and conversely at a 10 gauge maximum on larger anatomy.

The diameter for septum jewelry ranges like so: 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″ from smallest to largest. The diameter you choose to wear is all up to your taste in aesthetics and what your body will allow. 1/2″ diameter is a reasonable maximum for most people so as to not interfere with eating and minimize the risk of the jewelry swinging about and hitting your lips or teeth which could cause some damage if done so with enough force i.e. jumping or running.

Once your piercing is healed a popular jewelry option is a septum clicker. Many people find these are easier to put in than a bcr and they come in a massive variety of materials, colors, and designs.

The Process

Typically the piercer will clean and mark the area with a line going across the underside of the tip of the nose to ensure a straight piercing. Then clamps with open loop ends will be applied inside the nasal cavity to hold the area steady and improve the accuracy of the needle as it passes through the clamps and septum. After the needles is passed through the piercer will follow the needle out with the desired piece of jewelry and then clean the area again. It’s a very quick piercing which most people find is not terribly unpleasant. The feeling is similar to a pinching sensation which will commonly cause tearing or watering of the eyes. The feeling passes very quickly though.

Healing Time

This piercing takes about 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Soreness is very common during healing and as it heals you may find your new piercing has a particular smell to it. Don’t worry, this is very normal and will go away as you heal. Regular cleaning will help speed the healing process and minimize smell. Don’t worry, only you can smell it!

Apr
24

Nick’s New Nose Piercing

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Nick gets his nose pierced by James of American Skin Art in Buffalo, NY.


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The Process

The area is cleaned and sterilized then marked for correct placement. Nick checks it out to make sure it’s in the spot he wants and gives the go-ahead. James uses a hollow metal recieving tube on the inside of the nostril so when the needle is pushed through it does not accidentally injure the nose cavity by travelling farther than intended. The needle is pushed through the nostril and then followed through with the jewelry piece behind it. In this case, it’s a nose stud. Other jewelry options include a ring and nose screw, this piercing is typically done at a 20 gauge and higher up to 12. The fresh piercing is cleaned of any excess bleeding and Nick gets to go check out his new piercing!

Healing Time

This piercing takes about 3 to 4 months to heal. Do not rotate the jewelry as this will cause more damage to the surrounding tissue that’s healing.

 

Apr
18

The Piercing Gun Debate

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Many people’s first experience with piercings happens at a small kiosk in a mall, with a piercing gun. The question is often presented, “Why can’t I get other piercings besides my ears done with a gun?”.

The Truth of the matter is that piercing guns are not a good option for any piercing, let alone ear piercings.

Why?
Piercing guns have plastic parts and cannot, and often are not, sterilized. This can put the customer at risk for bacterial infections or other blood-borne pathogens like Hepatitis B and C.
The process by which a piercing gun operates is actually unhealthy for your body. A piercing gun actually inflicts blunt force trauma to the area which increases the chance for infection and makes the healing process all the more difficult. If you plan on stretching your ear lobes, you run a higher risk of blow-outs due to the scar tissue formed from the healing process. Also, often on women the ear piercing is not placed centrally on the lobe to make room for possible future other ear piercings. A centrally located ear piercing is crucial for an even stretch. Piercings should be performed with a hollow, surgical steel tribevel needle.

The second problem has to do with the shape and the material of the jewelry that is used . These guns were first made to tag livestock, and inflict unnecessary blunt trauma to the tissue. The earring studs used by the guns have clasps which can trap bacteria and which, when combined with the post generally used which is too short, compress the tissue. This does not allow for any swelling, which makes the healing process all the more painful and difficult. Also with no room between the flesh and jewelry, cleaning the wound is very difficult. The jewelry commonly used in this process is often of inferior quality and can irritate the skin and cause dermatitis and nickel-allergy reactions.

In conclusion; your best option is to seek out a professional body piercer. An Association of Professional Piercers certified piercer goes through months of training and be approved by the association. These people are knowledgeable in the anatomy of the human body and blood pathogen safety. Unlike a clerk at the mall, who receive little training. Professional pierces use proper sterilization techniques and good quality jewelry, and sharp single-use needles.

Next time you wonder why piercings are so expensive, consider the time and training as well as cost of materials and machinery for sterilization. Ensure you get the best experience possible, find an APP certified piercer near you at www.safepiercing.org