Body Piercing News
Archive for January, 2011
There is a growing contingent of body artists and body piercers that have done away with re-using tools and materials that require autoclaving and sterilizing. Instead of using steel forceps, for example, they are using disposable, single-use tools that are pre-sterilized and thrown away immediately.
Using disposable sterile tools and body jewelry alleviates the problems and hassle of sterilization, and saves time and money spent on autoclave equipment, pouches and the time and energy needed to pouch and cycle items through autoclaves. The chances of cross-contamination using one-time disposable piercing supplies is almost zero, and using disposable items is endorsed by the Los Angeles County Health Department as well as other health departments around the nation. You can find disposable single use needles, tools and body jewelry in body piercing kits sold by fine sellers of piercing supplies online.
Possibly the most familiar type of body jewelry in use today is the captive bead ring, or CBR. The captive bead ring consists of a ‘ring’ that is circular in design, to resemble a perfectly circular ring. The ring of the CBR is open at one end where a small steel ball that features tiny indentations is suspended, giving the illusion of a solid piece.
Originally, Captive Bead Rings were only available in circular shapes. Now, triangular, square and hexagonal shaped CBR’s are offered. In piercing, CBR’s are used as initial body jewelry for various piercings, including the nipples and for female genital piercings. Before a captive bead ring can be used for piercing, it must be ‘opened’ with ring opening pliers, then closed with ring closing pliers. These types of tools can be found from sellers of professional body piercing supplies.
If you have some experience body piercing, or are a body piercing apprentice, you may prefer to pierce without the use of forceps sometimes. Piercing without forceps is known as free-hand piercing, and is common amongst professional body piercers.
If you are experienced and prefer free-hand body piercing, you can save quite a bit of money off your body piercing supplies by ordering body piercing kits that do not include forceps. Pictured, is a sterile body piercing kit that is a freehand body piercing kit referred to as a ‘mini’ piercing kit available in single or double sizes to perform multiple body piercings that includes sterile body jewelry and needles for piercing.
There are more than a few myths regarding body piercing that need to be dispelled. One of these myths is that having your tongue pierced hurts more than any other piercing. In fact, tongue piercing (when done by a skilled body piercer) actually is one of the least painful piercings you can get, due to the fact that there are very few pain receptors in the middle area of our tongues.
Another prominent myth (spread mostly by body piercers) is that you cannot properly pierce by using a body piercing kit. The truth is, body piercing (unlike tattooing) does not require ‘talent’ as much as a sterile environment and practice to achieve success. Body piercing kits can be found that include everything you would need to perform a simple body piercing. These items include sterile piercing needles, skin preparation, sterile forceps, and of course sterile body jewelry. If you are in the market for body piercing kits, make sure you choose one that includes sterile body jewelry, or you could have a nasty infection on your hands!
Part of the responsibility of being a professional body piercer is not just knowing how to properly perform a body piercing, but also when not to. Sometimes, a client will ask for a piercing that isn’t safe, as in the case of a tongue piercing for someone that is tongue-tied or has overlapping veins under their tongue. Or, it could be a case of someone that is either drunk, or under the influence staggering in with new-found courage who ‘thinks’ they want something pierced. Sometimes, it’s a woman who is showing the early signs of pregnancy that must be turned away.
While these customers may be angry with us when we turn them down, we are actually doing them (and in the long run, ourselves) a great service by exercising restraint and caution. Not all body artists choose to turn customers (and their money) away when they should, and many have come to regret those decisions. There are many cases of drunken clients bleeding out, as well as cases of severe infections jeopardizing unborn infants that have made headlines. What doesn’t make headlines is the quiet professionals that turn down the money and dissuade customers every day from getting modifications that are dangerous. It’s those professionals that place their customer’s safety and welfare first that are the ones that should be entrusted, and their advice followed. To those tireless body piercing perfectionists with a conscience, we at the Body Piercing News salute you.
Body modification is one of the greatest ways to express yourself ever invented. The incredible amount of styles of body jewelry available these days offers us almost unlimited possibilities. Some of those possibilities in both tattooing and body piercing/stretching are illustrated with this photo of a woman often referred to as ‘kitty’ or the cat-lady. This woman’s startling face does indeed resemble a cat, thanks to implants in her cheeks, lips, and forehead areas. Also notice the use of multiple body piercings around her upper lip and lower cheeks areas to give the illusion of metal ‘whiskers’. Tattooed in striped shades of black, blue and red, her feline facial creation is topped off with prosthetic teeth and contact lenses.
While this woman may be the sure winner of any Halloween costume contest, looking this way can have severe drawbacks the rest of the year. For one, it must be difficult to hold a job in any kind of ‘straight’ industry where companies have strict dress codes. Socially, someone like this who has gone so far out with their body piercing and body modifications must find a partner who will accept them and the choice they’ve made. It is said that somewhere out in the world, everyone has someone that is right for them. But what if this woman’s special someone is allergic to cats? With that said, is she Cool or Fool?
Many people are surprised to learn that you can purchase a kit for self, or home body piercing. These kits began appearing some years ago in answer to the rising popularity of body piercing. While most people would not think of piercing themselves, there are occassions where self-piercing, or piercing at home can be a valid choice.
While tattooing is more dependent upon artistic talent, body piercing is basically founded on standard techniques that do not require any talent other than focus and practice to master. Some piercings are so simple that they do not require any special permits or licensing (such as ear piercing) to perform. Most body piercings are more complicated and should not be attempted by the novice piercer without the supervision of an experienced body artist. Even with that said, many people are choosing to pierce themselves or loved ones by buying a body piercing kit online. It may be because of economic reasons (piercing kits are cheaper than having a professional do the job) or because of modesty, but each day more and more people are piercing themselves or loved ones by using a kit. If you purchase a body piercing kit, make sure you are careful to make sure the kit includes not only sterile needles and forceps (if needed), but also sterile body jewelry. Body piercing kits that do not include sterile body jewelry should be avoided. Thankfully, body piercing kits that include sterile body jewelry are available at reasonable prices from respected suppliers of body piercing supplies.
If you are somewhat experienced in self-piercing and looking for a good body piercing kit, there are a few things to keep an eye out for that will help you. First, make sure the kit has the tools, needles and jewelry needed for the type of piercing you wish to perform. Second, make sure the kit you buy has proper skin preparation materials (i.e. benzalkonium chloride towelettes or other disinfecting wipes) and nitrile (non-latex) gloves. Third, make sure the body piercing kit you buy has not only sterile needles and sterile forceps (most kits that offer steel forceps are NOT sterilized) but has also pre-sterilized and pouched body jewelry.
If the kit you are looking at does not list the body jewelry as STERILE or ‘pre-sterilized’, it is not sterile and should not be purchased. The fact that kits are even offered with raw body jewelry is an insult to anyone with intelligence for this reason; what good does it do to use a sterile needle, and sterile forceps if you are going to just shove an unsterilized piece of jewelry into an open wound? Don’t be fooled by companies that try to sell you kits that are not complete, and not sterile – they are unsafe and should be avoided. For truly complete and sterile body piercing kits make sure the body piercing kits you purchase include sterile body jewelry. You can find such kits offered by respected suppliers of piercing tools and supplies.
Since pain is a subjective experience, the amount of pain in a body piercing varies wildly from person to person, and also varies depending upon the type of piercing you are getting. While an ear piercing involves a momentary ‘pinch’, body piercings can involve substantially more pain.
The amount of pain felt increases when you involve more sensitive parts of the body (i.e. nipples, cartilage, genitals, etc.). The size of the needle (also known as gauge) can be a factor as well, with the larger the gauge of needle tends to increase the pain felt. The skill of your body piercer can have a great deal to do with the pain felt, as more skilled piercers (known as Master piercers) will tend to use surer and swifter motions utilizing sterile professional tools and piercing supplies. Your best bet to minimize pain during a body piercing is to make sure your body piercer has plenty of experience with the piercing you are receiving and that you are in a relaxed state. Some people have found that taking a few over-the-counter pain relievers about 30 minutes before getting pierced will lessen the pain. However, drinking alcohol before piercing is dangerous – although it may lessen the pain felt, alcohol thins the blood and can lead to increase chance of extensive bleeding.
If you are looking for a change of pace when it comes to ear-wear, plugs and tunnels made of stone or other materials can provide style along with a timeless sense of fashion. There are many shapes, sizes and materials to choose from that afford those of you that stretch your ears the luxury of choosing between hundreds of style and design combinations. Complimenting the new designs launched this year, ear plugs and tunnels are now made of bone, glass, pyrex, steel and plastic, as well as stone, organic and synthetic materials.
If you are looking for stylish stone ear plugs or tunnels, take a look at tree agate. This is a stone material that features a unique pattern and distinctive coloring that will make you stand out from the crowd. Tree agate plugs offer great durability as well as style. You can find these and other stone ear plugs and tunnels offered from quality sellers of body jewelry.