Body Piercing News
Archive for November, 2010
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Body art and body modifications vary from location on the body to the extremes they are taken. Certain body piercings are considered ‘subtle’, such as; nose piercings, ear piercings and lip piercings. Other piercings are less common but can accentuate your best facial features, such as; eyebrow, cheek and bridge piercings.
Taking it further into the realm of sensuality are the more ‘functional’ body piercings, like tongue, nipple and genital piercings. Even belly piercings can bring a sense of eroticism to an occasion with the right dangle worn. Likewise, nipples that are pierced offer eye-catching emphasis, as well as heightened sensitivity to the wearer. Ear piercings and stretching are considered quite sexy when worn by either guys or gals. The pinnacle of sexuality is genital body piercing, considered a testament to the sexual act itself, as well as indicating a wild side to the wearer that may not always be readily apparent from the exterior. Just be true to yourself, whatever that leads you, and always revel in the joy of the moment.
Any professional body piercer knows that when it comes to tolerating pain, each client is different and has varying degrees of tolerance to pain (also known as a pain ‘threshold’). It is true that pain (or the experience of feeling pain) is subjective, and in truth, there is no actual pain to fell but an ‘interpretation’ that is done inside the brain based upon varying degrees of nervous stimuli. Just as we do not actually ‘see’ our world around us (and it is interpreted through our brains), it is also true that we do not actually ‘feel’ pain either.
That established, the question posed here is really not so much if men feel more or less pain than women do, but which gender handles pain better. There have been actual studies that show that women possess a higher ‘threshold’ of pain than men do. It is theorized that as a species, we have evolved so that reproduction is not only crucial to our survival as a species, but that (unlike other primates) we are able to procreate at any time (unlike fellow animal beings that must be in ‘season’ to do so) and are able to engage in sexual activities for pleasure’s sake only. This ability to handle (and tolerate) pain better than men is proven on a regular basis in body art establishments the world over. If you are a professional body piercer, you know that it is men (far more often than women) that struggle over how much a body piercing is going to hurt. And it is also men more often than not who choose to forgo the procedure so they might ‘think about it’, promising to come back later. Maybe it’s because women are more practical about making sacrifices for beauty and see the momentary pain as a justifiable means to an end.
So to the wonderful and very necessary creatures we call men, remember this; it will be over before you know it, and afterward, you’ll have a brave story to tell the guys you know that are still putting it off 🙂
In case you think body piercing and tattooing are ‘new’, think again. Body piercing in one form or another has been practiced for thousands of years, and not just by African cultures. For instance, evidence of nose piercing has been recovered dating back to biblical times (2000 b.c.) in the Middle East, as well as mentions of earrings and nose rings (made of gold) are found in the book of Genesis (24:22). In many of the older societies, it was the size of the ring or jewelry that denoted a person’s wealth, with earrings and nose rings of gold given instead of the finger rings of today are to symbolize marriage.
Body piercing and the use of body jewelry in the ears and noses spread to India in about the 16th century. A combination of nostril piercing and ear piercing joined by a chain was common amongst females and was believed to lessen the discomfort of childbirth. In modern times, piercing began appearing in the 1960’s among the hippie movement and was further adopted by the Punk movement of the 70’s and used as symbols denoting rebelliousness against a conservative establishment. During the early 1990’s body piercing began to be seen by mainstream devotees and by the end of the nineties broke through in popularity as an acceptable form of self-expression by anyone in America.
If you are novice piercer, or starting your apprenticeship in body piercing, you know the value of videos in helping you to learn your craft. The problem is, the few sellers of instructional body piercing videos charge as much as 70 dollars for a single 10 minute video that shows you how to pierce a tongue! If you don’t have 70 bucks to spend per video, where can you go to find the help you need?
There is one company out of all the ones we’ve contacted that sells high-quality piercing supplies and body piercing kits that includes unlimited access streaming videos free with any of their body piercing kits. This company’s site can be accessed by clicking on this link for body piercing kits, where you will find the highest-quality piercing supplies, sterile body jewelry and body piercing kits available on the market today. Also, they back everything they sell with a no-questions asked policy and even offer bonus points with every purchase that can be used to redeem free merchandise. Best of all, this is the only company we have found that offers 100% True Free Shipping on all their products (in the USA), with no minimum order requirement and no strings attached!
There is a myth that you must have a ‘license’ in order to purchase tattoo machines, supplies, or piercing supplies. In California, there are no requirements (other than being 18 years of age to purchase needles) for purchasing tattoo supplies and equipment. Now that you have been enlightened to the truth, it’s time to delve into where this ‘license’ misconception originated from, and more importantly, why it has propagated.
Many budding tattoo artists and body piercers in their naivete, have attempted (in vain) to purchase their own tattoo equipment from tattoo shops, not realizing that the tattoo shop considers them future competition and thus, threats to their livelihood. Disinformation and discouragement is the norm for such struggling tattoo shops, and they will outright lie to you to try to prevent you from not only obtaining the equipment you need (that they themselves have), but also to delay and thwart your rise as a tattoo artist. The worst example of this scenario is the recent practice of shops charging ridiculous fees (as high as $5000) for taking on apprentices. This recent exploitative twist seems to have caught on recently with the advent of the recessionary times, and goes even beyond the old-school year-long apprenticeships that were offered (without pay of course). Now, if someone wants to become a tattoo artist or body piercer, the shops demand that they pay thousands of dollars up front, then work for free for months without pay, doing clean-up work or running meaningless errands, in the faint hope that they will be actually taught something valuable during those months. The truth is, there is no such thing as a ‘license’ offered anywhere by any kind of county, state or federal entity. There is a permit required for tattooing and body piercing (issued by the county health department) with additional licensing to operate a business from the city you reside in. If a shop tells you that you have to pay them for an apprenticeship, that shop is struggling and should be avoided at all costs. Real body artists never charge their apprentices any more than the time invested to be there.
Body piercing involves the perfection of a technique by a body artist over time until the process is mastered. Although techniques for piercing each part of the body can be perfected, the results are not always perfect, since a ‘perfect’ piercing is in the mind of the client.
It may be that the level of pain felt by the client was more than they had expected. Or, once, healed, the client may not like the final alignment of the piercing in respect to the position the body jewelry lies. The problem could also be that the final position of a multiple facial or nipple piercing is asymmetrical. Whatever the cause may be of your dissatisfaction regarding a body piercing, you have two choices; either accept your new piercings as they are, or re-pierce. It’s up to you. Just keep in mind that if the reason you have for wanting a re-piercing is purely subjective, and not the fault of your piercer, you may (and should be) re-charged for the piercing. Not only will you endure the original pain (and possibly more if the position of the new piercing(s) are near the original area(s) that were pierced), but the final result may not be any better (or different) than the first time around. Then again, for us body piercing perfectionists in the world, it’s still worth getting it right even if it takes a few tries…
As a professional body piercer, you know that using the correct tools is critical to your success as a body artist. Not only do you have to make sure to use the proper tool specifically designed for any given piercing, but you must also use sterile body jewelry and needles to safeguard your clientele against infection or injury.
Wading through the many suppliers of such products that are online, you will find that very few actually offer sterile body jewelry. Of those few, there is a vast difference in quality and price. Remember, Health Departments across the nation are recommending that body artists use pre-sterilized and disposable tools and body jewelry, instead of shops using their own autoclaves, to avoid problems with malfunctioning equipment and spore testing failures. Not only does using disposable and pre-sterilized body jewelry save you the cost of an autoclave, but it saves you the time of pouching everything yourself, as well as the expense of regular spore testing. We found one respectable piercing supplies company that not only offers the best pricing on sterile body jewelry but actually posts their current spore test results. Remember, taking chances with your piercing supplies is risking your reputation and the safety of your customers!
Nipple piercing (for both women and men) is becoming one of the most performed type of body piercing today. If you are considering having yours done, there are a few things you must know about the process. The first thing is the most obvious; the pain. Piercing the nipples is very painful, one of the most painful piercings you can get. Secondly, the healing time can extend up to and beyond a year. During that time, you will be constantly ‘reminded’ that your nipples are still healing by various ‘brushes’ against clothing, bras, etc. etc. For nipple piercings, it is extremely important to follow the aftercare guidelines given to you by your piercer to the letter, and make sure to not allow contact between your healing nips and your partners mouth, as this can lead to serious infection!
Once the healing process is complete, you can relax and begin enjoying some of the ‘benefits’ that come with having your nipples pierced. First, you will notice that your nipples are actually more sensitive to stimulation, even if you are just walking around or going about your daily movements. During sex, having your partner stimulate them directly will give you sensations you never felt before, with some women reporting the ability to climax just from having their nipples manipulated. Nipple piercing truly gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘No pain, no gain.”
If you intend to be a professional body piercer, you will need a few things to legally conduct business. Your first priority is to obtain a body technician permit from the health department of the county you will be doing business in. This permit can only be issued by the health department after you have fulfilled the requirements they mandate. In Los Angeles County, California, the requirements include completion of an approved blood-borne pathogen class (which must be renewed annually), completing a series of Hepatitis B vaccinations, and paying a fee to the county. If you are approved, you will receive a temporary permit and then be required to pay another fee before getting your official permit (which is good for 3 years).
If you are going to work in a shop or open a shop, you will also need to get a business license to do business in the city you are in. You must post your permit and business licenses publicly where you will be doing your body piercing for all to see. Once you are properly licensed, permitted and approved by the health department in your county, you are ready to body pierce if you are experienced, or you can begin an apprenticeship with an experienced body piercer. An apprenticeship usually lasts between 6 months to a year, and consists of you performing mundane duties most of the time (like shop clean-up and running errands interspersed with actual learning) with little or no pay. Remember, as an apprentice, you should never be charged a fee for working at a shop – they are already benefiting from you enough with having you there for free. If a shop tells you that you will have to pay to learn body piercing (like a school), you are better off going somewhere else.
Body Piercing is no longer considered a fad, or passing phase in body art, but a permanent addition to mainstream culture. People of all ages, races and backgrounds are getting body piercings, and the numbers are rising. Remember, just because you cannot see any ‘visible’ piercings on a person, does not mean they do not have any. Having a body piercing gives cues to your personality and personal style. If you hide your piercings from plain sight, you may have another side to your personality that comes out your partner. If you prefer the ‘in-your-face’ variety of piercings, you are more extroverted and enjoy attention.
While the most common body piercings are ears, noses, navels and lips, other areas of the body are increasingly popular choices for piercings. These areas include; bridge of the nose, eyebrows, surface piercings, tongue piercings and nipples and/or genital piercings. The explosion of the body jewelry industry, along with the ease and access to body piercing kits, has led to a booming phenomenon where body piercing has become mainstream, not just in the United States but throughout the world. Have you got your body pierced yet?