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For some, the only obstacle keeping them from getting a body piercing is the pain they imagine that comes with the process. True, there is always a certain amount of pain felt in almost all body piercings, there are ways that one can ‘minimize’ or reduce it.
One way NOT to do this is drinking alcohol beforehand – alcohol thins the blood and can cause bleed-outs or feinting. Some people have found that taking Tylenol (acetaminophine) before a body piercing can reduce the pain felt. (Note: do NOT take Aspirin, as this (like alcohol) will thin the blood and you will be exposing your client to greater risk of injury or bleeding.)
When it comes to numbing sprays or gels, we cannot endorse fully the use of these producdts as their effectiveness seems to differ from individual to individual. Lastly, the use of sharp piercing needles reduces the pain felt during a piercing. You can find ultra-sharp needles, supplies and body piercing kits and this fine online seller of body piercing kits and supplies.
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!
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Depending on where you live, it seems that everywhere you look there is a tattoo shop. Once considered a ‘fad’ in the 60’s and 70’s, tattooing has established itself firmly in the mainstream of societies around the world and is definitely here to stay.
Thanks to the increased awareness brought by recent TV reality shows like ‘L.A. Ink’ and ‘New York Ink’, it seems that everybody wants to get into the business of owning a shop of their own. The problem is that it takes more than artistic talent to operate a complex business like a tattoo shop and many artists come up short on the necessary requisites. In Los Angeles county, for example, there seems to be a constant flux of shops going in and going out, and the trend does not seem to be slowing down.
So how (as a customer) are you supposed to know the difference between a quality tattoo shop and a ‘fly-by-night’ operation that may not be there in a week? For one, you can ask how long the shop has been there. Secondly, ask to see the shop’s health department permit (if they are legitimate they will have it prominently displayed and not mind if you copy down the permit number for verification). Third, make sure they are using only sterile body piercing supplies and tattoo supplies with color-changing indicators and proper dates stamped clearly on the packaging. If the shop you are in has any problems with your questioning, simply leave and find one that is legit.
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.
The holidays are believed by some to be the worst time to get pierced or tatted. The reasoning behind this is that having a pink (still healing) piercing or fresh tattoo visible at the holiday dinner table may be the catalyst for ‘prickly’ conversation from relatives.
Although that may be true in some respects (depending upon where you get the body art), it may actually be the best time (economically) to get work done since traditionally many shops are slow at this time of the year. So if you are thinking about getting that new body piercing and the cat is already out of the bag (that you do such things), you may be able to get rock-bottom deals on getting it done right now. So treat yourself to that tattoo or body piercing you want and just keep the conversation moving during those long holiday meals 🙂
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.
Once you have found a body piercing kit that includes sterile body jewelry, and sterile one-time use needles, tools and skin preparation, make sure the kit includes proper aftercare guidelines. Many novice home piercers purchase piercing kits from inferior sellers that either do not include sterile body jewelry, instructions or aftercare guidelines.
Don’t suffer through longer healing times or an infection because the body piercing kit you bought does not include aftercare guidelines. Before you buy, compare and shop carefully so you don’t get stuck with having to guess what to do after the piercing has been done. For more information on complete quality sterile body piercing kits click on the link provided.
Belly piercing is one of the simplest body piercings to perform, as long as you have the proper tools and sterile body jewelry. There are two schools of thought as to the position you should be in when having your navel pierced. Many body piercers prefer their clients to lie down flat on their backs, while others prefer to have them stand. You can successfully pierce a navel in either position, but standing is preferred to lying down since the skin does change position somewhat when you lie down, and what you want is a perfectly centered piercing while standing.
If you are overweight, or your body weight fluctuates drastically, you may want to re-consider a navel piercing until your weight stabilizes. This is not to say that only bone-thin people should have one, it’s just common knowledge that weight affects the position and appearance of the piercing. Also, if you are planning on having a child, it would be much better to wait until after you deliver before getting your belly pierced. For more information on proper aftercare guidelines or to purchase body piercing supplies or a body piercing kit, click on the link provided in this article.
Perfectionism in body art can be a daunting task. From the client’s perspective, a successful piercing may only require that once finished, the body jewelry is in the position desired. From the other side of the equation, a piercer seeking perfection will be judging the experience on many more levels, and with a more critical eye. Proper positioning is only part of it, there is also minimizing the amount of pain experienced by the client, and fast, proper healing. If the client is new, the piercer is especially hoping for that elusive ‘perfect’ piercing that is fast, pain-free and heals properly.
If you are fortunate enough to have found a body piercer that is a master piercer (and who specializes in body piercing only), you will usually find that they are much more skilled and knowledgeable than other body artists that tattoo, or do permanent make-up. If you do not have a dedicated body piercer in your area, try to find an artist that is concerned with your safety and satisfaction, and that make sure that body artist is permitted through the county health department. Ask to see the sterile (pouched) tools, body jewelry and needles that will be used beforehand as well. If the piercer cannot product a valid body technician permit (with permit number), or is unwilling to prove that the body jewelry and tools he/she uses are sterile and pouched, leave immediately. It is crucial that you always feel safe, and at ease with your body artists, and not being pressured into something you do not want (like a tattoo). The exact position of your body piercing should be marked and approved by you before it is done, so if things are moving too fast (and without your input) make sure to speak up, or leave altogether. When it comes to your body, and your health, finding a registered body piercer that takes the time to listen to you and is operating legally (using pre-sterilized tools, body jewelry and piercing supplies) will save you time, money and maybe even the cost of a hospital stay.