Archive for October, 2010

How to lessen the pain of a body piercing

10 30th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

All body art requires the endurance of some level of pain.  Both body piercing and tattooing share the use of a needle to complete the task at hand.  Where tattoo machines utilize a rapid succession of penetrations through the skin (at relatively shallow depths), a body piercing involves the use of a hollow needle pushed completely through the tissue.  The pain experienced during each of these procedures can be quite different; the tattooing pain is more steady and drawn out, while the piercing is a much sharper jolt felt instantly.

There are many factors that determine the pain experienced during a piercing, with many of them associated with the skill and experience of the piercer.  A competent piercer should pierce quickly and smoothly, inserting the body jewelry immediately behind the needle once through the skin.  Some people believe drinking alcohol before a piercing will lessen the pain.  While this may work in theory, drinking alcohol is really a bad idea, as it can lead to excessive bleeding or fainting.  Something that can be taken that lessens the pain is over-the-counter pain reliever (as prescribed) about 30 minutes prior to piercing – this can lower the pain felt substantially.    Another way to drastically reduce the pain is through the use of Pain Reducing Pads, available from finer online sellers of piercing supplies.

As we continue to observe and report the developments of this case in North Carolina, we should all cast anxious eyes upon this matter.  Under the guise of ‘security’, we have allowed many of our sacred constitutional rights to be perverted or lost completely.  In the name of  ‘security’ we have seen our expectations of privacy altered to the point that we now assume every detail of our lives, habits, movements and words are being observed, recorded and studied.  We routinely acquiesce to providing proof of identification in dozens of ways daily as we willingly submit our personal information to strangers in supermarkets, at work and at terminals that we travel from.  We allow the sensitive details of how we live, love,  and spend to be shared, compiled and analyzed, without compensation or explanation.

And now, even our simplest and most fundamental right to religious expression is being threatened.   Most recently, we have allowed others to determine our individuality to the point that our children can no longer wear a body piercing to school, even if it is part of their religious expression.  How much further do we allow this to go?  America was known as the world’s showcase for free-thinking individualists.  But now we are mostly seen as a nation obsessed with quelling our own militaristic paranoia through mass surveillance and regulation.  Those few individuals who dare voice concern over these shameful changes, or who try to challenge these catastrophic losses of freedom are slandered and bullied into silence.  Since when is it okay to dictate what, whom and how another human being may worship?  How much more must be taken away from us before we awaken to this travesty?  Freedoms are won with the lives and blood shed by those before us.  History has shown that freedoms lost are never regained.  How much more must we lose before we awaken?  Or is it already too late?

Throughout the years, learning a form of body art has been something taught exclusively through apprenticeship with a master tattooist or body piercer.  While body art is a technique that can be taught and perfected to a great degree, it is best to develop the skills necessary over a long period of time, in an unhurried and stress-free atmosphere.  Body piercing (as with tattooing) should also be done only when the adequate knowledge gained can accompany strict guidance by a peer or mentor, until one has the confidence and ability to carry forth on their own.

The concept of offering courses for body art online is new and a direct product of the tough economic times and the desire to start a new career quickly that guarantees a good wage.  Unlike the courses (or apprenticeships) that are conducted in person (live) with the students at a shop or classroom where hands-on teaching and supervision can be offered, several online companies have sprung up that promise competency in body art as well as enabling you to fulfill the requirements mandated by health departments nationwide – all without ever leaving your computer.  These online courses may inform you and give you some insight as to how certain techniques are performed, but they cannot prepare you completely for actual body piercing, nor will they count towards any requirements you must meet to become certified.  If you do take any online courses for body art, keep firmly in mind that before you will be able to legally perform body piercings, you will still need direct, hands-on experience to supplement your online knowledge, as well as pay for and attend (in person) an accredited course in bloodborne pathogens that has been approved by your county health department.  You will also need the correct tools, sterile body jewelry and skin preparation found in a starter body piercing kit.

What is Freehand Piercing?

10 26th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Freehand Body Piercing Kit

If you have experience piercing, sometimes all you need is a rudimentary freehand kit to do the job.  Freehand body piercing is piercing without the use of forceps.  Freehand piercing kits are available that include a hollow piercing needle, skin preparation pad (to disinfect the skin), and of course, a piece of body jewelry.

Since freehand piercing kits do not include forceps, they are cheaper than kits that have forceps.  Just make sure that the freehand body piercing kit you purchase includes sterile body jewelry, so you won’t put yourself (or your client) at risk of infection or injury.

Exotic Saddle Plugs for a different look

10 26th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

For an exotic look in organic ear wear, try out a fresh set of saddle plugs made of organic buffalo horn.  There are many styles to choose from that are made of hand finished buffalo horn, offering light weight and durable wear characteristics.

Organic ear plugs feature pleasing textures and styles without being overbearing.  These plugs shown are made of buffalo horn and feature a hollow bone insert that is a contrasting white color.  These buffalo horn ear plugs offer attention-getting style without going to extremes.  You can find these pieces and other exotic ear wear at finer retailers that specialize in body jewelry.

Septum clamps

10 25th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Professional body piercers know that some types of body piercing require specialized tools.  One example of such a piercing is a septum piercing, which is the piercing of the base area of cartilage that separates the nostrils in the nose.  This piercing requires the use of a special type of clamp, called a septum clamp.

The septum clamp features two small aligning ‘tunnels’ that when positioned, actually create a guide for the needle.  Although a septum piercing may be done with success as a free hand piercing, it is generally inadvisable to do so since the septum clamps provide almost fool-proof piercing.  Septum clamps are available from companies that sell piercing supplies online and can be purchased made of steel or disposable plastic.

What should be in a Body Piercing Kit?

10 24th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Body Piercing kits come in a wide-range of sizes, prices and configurations.  The basic body piercing kit consists of; a pre-sterilized hollow piecing needle, a piece of body jewelry (suitable for the piercing desired), and some form of skin preparation (like alcohol or benzalkonium chloride) pads.

If the type of body piercing you are doing requires forceps, you should look for a kit that includes them.  Beware of kits that offer tweezer-type forceps (on the cheap end of the spectrum) or un-sterilized metal forceps (that are more expensive and risky).  If you are only piercing a single area, try to find a kit that includes a single-use plastic set of forceps (steel forceps are not only over-kill and un-sterilized, but expensive).  Most importantly, make sure your body piercing kit includes sterile body jewelry.  Remember, if it does not say the body jewelry is pre-sterilized, it isn’t.

Extreme Body Jewelry

10 23rd, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

If you are one of those people that enjoy getting that extra bit of attention as you go about the day, there are many types of extreme body jewelry available.  You can choose between extreme ear gauges that are either exceptionally large in size, massively heavy, or intricately made so that they hang far below the ear.

Extreme choices in facial body jewelry are usually large pieces of bone, wood, or steel that accentuate stretched tongues, lips, or septums.  Another type of extreme body jewelry is over-size labrets that resemble claws, or talons, that can extend beyond the bottom of the chin when worn.  You can find these types of body jewelry from finer sellers of body jewelry online.

How to hide your body piercings

10 21st, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

With the upcoming holidays just around the corner, there are more than a few of us that have body piercings that need to be concealed from relatives and family members that do not share in our enthusiasm for body art.  Although it may be impossible to completely conceal our piercings from the prying eyes of those that know us best, it is possible to drastically reduce their overall visibility.

The most common way to conceal body piercings is by using retainers.  Retainers are clear, soft silicone pieces of body jewelry that feature small, clear 0-rings (or donuts) that secure the piece in place.  Unless someone gets extremely close to you, retainers will usually provide concealment while keeping the hole from closing.  This is especially important for tongue piercings, as some people’s tongue piercings will close within minutes of taking their tongue jewelry out.  Retainer body jewelry is available for a modest price and come in styles that fit nose piercings, lip piercings, navel piercings, nipples and tongue piercings.

Tune into your client before body piercing

10 20th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Every experienced body piercer knows that when it comes to piercing, no two clients are the same.  Each client approaches their piercing with a unique perspective and with different expectations.  Not only does each customer have their own unique reasons for wanting to be pierced, but they have different reactions and  pain thresholds that must be sensed by the piercer prior to the procedure.  Even if your client has had piercings before, each new piercing should be treated as if it were the first, especially if it is in an area the client has never pierced before.

In the medical field, having a good ‘bed-side manner’ is a doctor or nurse that develops an inner ‘sense’ of how to approach their patients in stressful situations.  In body piercing, you must also develop that ability to tune into your clients in a way that will enable you to know how to approach them.  The ability to relax a client properly before being pierced is a crucial factor in a piercing being successful.  Some clients want o know, or be warned, when the needle will go through, while others are best left without that knowledge.  Treat each situation differently and always listen to your customer so that you will make their body piercing experience a good one, instead of one they will regret.