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This video illustrates the technique used to piercing a wrist. The wrist piercing is a type of surface piercing and has high chance of rejection and migration due to it’s proximity to the hands. Although the name ‘wrist piercing ‘ implies it would be located on the wrist, this surface piercing is actually located about a third of the way up the exterior surface of the forearm between the wrist and the elbow indentation.
Some enthusiasts may wish to purchase a body piercing kit and do this piercing at home themselves. However, due to the importance of positioning and the sensitivity of the tissue involved, it is strongly recommended that the devotee seek the services of an experienced body piercer instead. Please note, this video is not for the squeamish. Happy piercing!
Depending on many factors, the cost of getting a professional body piercing varies. In some parts of the nation, a single body piercing can go as high as $80.00, and not even include the jewelry. In major cities (where there are many shops competing against each other) the cost can go as low as $20.00.
Whether you decide to have your body piercing done professionally, or you decide to do it yourself at home with a sterile body piercing kit – make sure you are using safe, and sterile needles, tools and body jewelry. If you aren’t sure if the body jewelry being used for your piercing is not sterilized, ask. It’s always better to be safe than sorry 🙂
Across America, health departments all over are cracking down on renegade tattoo parlors and piercers for not adhering to county and state hygiene standards. If your shop has been recently visited (or cited) by your local health department for violating codes, you are not alone.
One of the recommendations being made by many county health departments is to use sterile, one-time (disposable) forceps, pre-sterilized body jewelry and needles. Rather than the time and cost of purchasing an autoclave (not to mention the time and work needed to pouch and cycle items) you can purchase online guaranteed sterile body piercing supplies and body jewelry from respected online suppliers and avoid fines, scrutiny or worse. Be safe, sure and NEVER take chances with your client’s safety and well-being!
Many industries have certain times of the year that are busy or slow for them. For the body art industry, it is safe to say that the spring and summer months are the best times to get and show off new piercings and tattoos.
Although spring and summer are prime times for new body art, many body piercings are performed in the fall and winter months, many times in dorm rooms where students are kept indoors due to inclement weather. Whatever time of the year, it’s always a great time to get a body piercing or tattoo – whether you buy a sterile body piercing kit online and do it yourself or go to your local shop to get it done. Just make sure you are using sterile body jewelry and proper technique when piercing and if you are a piercer, make sure you buy your body piercing supplies and body piercing kits from a reputable supplier.
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In many areas of the country, there is a shortage of qualified body piercers. As with all things, a short supply leads to increased prices. At the Body Piercing News we have heard of people charging as much as 85 USD for piercings in some areas.
Because of this shortage, more and more people are turning to purchasing body piercing kits and doing the piercings themselves. Although this is not recommended for many piercings (which are difficult to do by novices), there are many piercings that can be done with a good chance of success at home. Just make sure the body piercing kit you purchase includes sterile body jewelry, proper skin preparation and how-to instructional videos. This company offers the best quality sterile body piercing kits we have found along with streaming videos and aftercare guidelines, at the most affordable prices.
Let’s face it, body piercing is a very personal experience. Once you’ve worked up the courage to get it done, the next big challenge becomes who/where do you get the piercing from? If you are not fortunate enough to live in an area where there are dedicated body piercers (that means they ONLY pierce and aren’t inside a tattoo shop), you will undoubtedly be dealing with a tattoo guy/girl.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is not an issue of competence (in most cases) but personal preference. The problem with tattoo shops (and tat artists) is that the shop is usually located in a bad part of town and employs ‘unique’ body artists that are usually difficult to deal with when they find out you aren’t spending 500 on a tattoo. No matter where you go to get it done make sure the person doing your body piercing is qualified, licensed and registered with the local health department. If these credentials are not clearly posted in plain sight (as required by law), leave immediately and find a place that does obey the law. You may spend a few more dollars for a legitimate body piercing, but it beats getting an infection (or worse) by someone that is not qualified to work as a body piercer.
If you think a split tongue looks great and are seriously considering doing it, you need to be aware of a few important things. As you may already know tongue-splitting can be done in a few different ways; by using a taught string (over time – which is the safest procedure), by cutting (absolutely NOT recommended), or by a combination of these methods. The truth is that although if successful, tongue-splitting can be an interesting effect, it is extremely dangerous and not recommended. Not only are the chances high that you could have a bleed out, nerve damage (paralysis), and/or encounter other infections or complications, it is not usually reversible, and if it can be reversed requires surgery.
Unlike the task of self-piercing (with a sterile body piercing kit), tongue-splitting is much, much more risky. The photo shown is a case in point of some of the hazards of tongue splitting (known as tongue bifurcation) and is a very common result of this type of self-procedure. We here at the Body Piercing News take the unanimous stand that this procedure is NOT recommended, under any circumstance, and should not be attempted by anyone.
Body piercing has evolved into a mainstream form of self expression. People of all ages are getting body piercings as often (or more often) than any other form of body art. The average body art enthusiast often has more piercings than tattoos or any other form of personal adornment. But with the increase in popularity of piercing, has also come a demand for qualified body artists that has led to an overabundance of people piercing that have no business doing so. Many novice piercers believe incorrectly that just because they have multiple body piercings that they are qualified to pierce others. This is an unfortunate and dangerous trend that is resulting in more instances of infections and injuries.
A professionally registered and trained body art technician knows the questions that need to be asked prior to a procedure. Along with proper pre-procedure and post-piercing aftercare information, your piercer should be asking you most or all of the following questions: are you pregnant, do you take medication for seizures, are you prone to fainting, have you eating anything recently, are you on blood thinning medication or intoxicated, to name a few. If you are getting a body piercing (or tattoo) and you are not being asked these questions, you should leave immediately. Not only is your body artist putting you in danger by not asking you these questions, but probably cutting corners in other areas such as sterility of body piercing supplies or in other ways that can jeopardize you. Remember, always ask to see your piercer’s county health department permit and current blood-borne pathogen certification before you get started. You should never get a piercing from someone that makes you feel uneasy, or who is evasive when asked those questions. A legitimate body artists will be glad to answer any question you have because he/she has nothing to hide.
Using the correct body piercing tools and supplies is crucial to the success of any body piercing. Finding a dependable source for your body piercing supplies can be a daunting task among the many choices available to piercers. Body piercing requires that the needles and body jewelry you use be sterilized up to the highest standards, as well as the various forceps, receiving tubes and other items necessary to perform a piercing.
When choosing a source to purchase your body piercing supplies from make sure the company is a respected one and that they adhere to strict safety standards. Also inquire about their return policy and if they stand behind their products with a satisfaction guarantee. Lastly, find a company that publicly posts their spore test results on their autoclave equipment so you know without a doubt that what you are getting is the safest possible choice for you and your clients. We found only one such company that fits all the above criteria that carries professional-grade body piercing kits and body piercing supplies (click on link) and who also offers true free shipping on all products within the USA.