Body Piercing News
Archive for February, 2011
Many people believe (incorrectly) that it is a good idea to have a few drinks before getting a piercing or tattoo, and that it will lessen the pain felt. While having a few drinks can indeed numb out some of the discomfort associated with tattoos or body piercings, alcohol also thins the blood and can lead to excessive bleeding, or loss of consciousness.
Professional body artists know that mixing alcohol and getting a tattoo or piercing are not a good idea, and will usually refuse to work on a client that is obviously drunk. Instead of having a few drinks to ease the pain, a better solution would be to take an over-the-counter pain reliever called acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol). Acetaminophen will help lower the pain you will feel without thinning your blood. Remember, whether you are getting a body piercing or a tattoo, make sure you consult the services of a professional body artist that is in full compliance with health department rules and regulations and who uses the proper body piercing supplies for the job.
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Piercing yourself can either be a money-saving task or a nightmarish experience. Depending upon the type of body piercing you are wishing to carry out on your body, and the experience the piercing requires will determine your chances for success or failure. Although it is always recommended that you consult the services of a professional body piercer, self-piercing, when done properly and with the proper body piercing supplies, can be simple and successful.
Some piercings should never be attempted because of their difficulty. Piercings that lend themselves to piercing yourself are; navel, eyebrow, nose, septum, lip and even tongue piercings. When at all possible, you should always have a professional body piercer do your piercings. If you are determined to pierce yourself, make sure you have researched the technique required for the piercing you are going to do, and purchase a sterile body piercing kit that includes the proper tools, needles, skin preparation and of course, the most crucial factor of all, sterile body jewelry.
The question of whether you should get a name of a special person tattooed onto your body is an often asked question. Tattoos, unlike body piercings or other body modifications are more permanent, and because of that fact, must be given more thought than other body art decisions.
If the name of the person you wish to have eternally inscribed onto your skin is a romantic element in your life, or a spouse, it can be a loving tribute to your sincerity. Of course, if the relationship does not last, it cold also be later viewed as a ‘mistake’, and serve as a glaring reminder of a painful time in your life. A body piercing can be removed, and usually will heal itself. A tattoo, once done, cannot be reversed without the use of painful and expensive procedures, if at all. If you must etch a name onto your body of a dear person in your life, make it a name that is not transitory, like the name of a parent, sibling, child or friend. That way, you will not regret it in the end.
A very popular type of body piercing now is the Auricle piercing. Also, known as a ‘rim’ piercing, the Auricle piercing is a piercing of the cartilage that is found along the outer edge of the ear at the furthest point from the head.
The most common form of jewelry worn for this body piercing is a captive bead ring (shown to the right of a daith piercing in photo). This type of body piercing can be easily done with a body piercing kit, or by a professional body piercer. Healing time for this type of piercing is generally between 2 to 3 weeks.
If you are looking for out-of-the-ordinary nose jewelry, you can find it online from select respected sellers. A new style that is currently very popular is the new line of Playboy body jewelry, which includes nose screws with flat semi-dome bunny logos.
This type of body jewelry is made of the finest quality 316L Surgical Stainless Steel and is as functional as it is stylish. Make sure the Playboy body jewelry you buy is authentic licensed body jewelry. Look for the holographic logo on the packaging to insure quality and authenticity.
There is an ongoing debate amongst body art devotees and apprentices alike as to which gender makes for better body piercers. On the one side, men can make a strong argument for having a possible slight edge in coordination over women (at least the hand-eye kind), while women are more nurturing and respond to crisis better than most men (i.e. when a customer faints or has other issues like bleeding…).
The truth of the matter is that what makes a great body art technician is not whether they are male or female, but the dedication they have for their craft, along with their experience and training. For example, many people are piercing out there that have fulfilled only the basic requirements for being registered. Far better prepared are those piercers that have undertaken first aid and/or survival training, so they are prepared and ready to act if a customer goes into shock, faints or has a seizure. The next time you get a body piercing, ask your body piercer if he or she has any medical training, CPR or first aid knowledge. You never know when that training will be called upon.
The numbers of people choosing to self-pierce at home with body piercing kits is growing every day. This trend has been noted and followed the last few years and may be a result of several factors; the tough economic times, lack of competent professional piercers, and safer reasonably priced body piercing kits available.
If you are amongst the people that choose to pierce at home, make sure you are careful when choosing the body piercing kit you use. As anyone that has looked for a piercing kit knows, the types, quality and price of body piercing kits vary widely. When choosing a body piercing kit, make sure first and foremost that the kit includes sterile body jewelry (most kits offered on ebay and on the web do NOT include sterile body jewelry). Next, make sure the kit you purchase has the proper tools and jewelry for the type of piercing(s) you wish to complete. Lastly, look for kits that also include how-to video instructions and aftercare materials so you will not be left in the ‘dark’ on how to carry out the piercing, nor will you be at a loss on how to take care of the piercing to insure you will not get an infection. Remember, with anything else, you get what you pay for – the cheapest kits are not always the best – use what is actually included to determine what body piercing kit you purchase, and then follow the directions by the word. Good luck!
Like other fashions, body jewelry is constantly evolving and changing. What started out decades ago as basic steel shapes bent to be worn in noses, navels, nipples and lips, has become thousands of different colors, styles, and materials that offer almost unlimited variations.
If you are looking for the latest style adaptations in body jewelry, you can find them at finer sellers of body jewelry online. Make sure that the company you order from stands behind the quality of their body jewelry with clear return and/or exchange policies to protect you against defective merchandise.
What is shocking today becomes common tomorrow. It used to be that having a tattoo meant you had a ‘wild’ side to you, since the vast majority of people did not have them (back in the 70’s and 80’s). Now, it seems more of a statement not to have a tattoo. Body piercing hit the public awareness in the early nineties and was taken seriously as a tried and true form of personal rebellious expression around the turn of the millenium, where it has enjoyed immense popularity since. But now that body piercing has joined the ranks of tattoos as just ‘average’ forms of body modifications, what is next on the horizon for today’s adolescent youth looking for their own form of body modification?
Clues to what lies ahead for us in body modification can be found at the cutting edge of modifications being done now; procedures such as scarification, branding, implantation, and eyeball tattooing may be foreshadows of the next big crazes. In a recent news story, a man had attached a camera to the back of his head only to have his body later reject the item. Similarly, people are now experimenting with implantation of interface ports that mimic their computer peripherals (i.e. computer usb ports or cell phone inputs). For now, these mock ports are for appearance and are not functional in any way. But functional interfacing of the body to computers is not something so far fetched, and could yield great advances in education and entertainment once accomplished. It could be that today’s extreme trends in body jewelry extremism may be giving us glimpses of what is coming for all of us in the years ahead.