Archive for October, 2010

Scarification: Extreme Body Modification

10 19th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Scarification (or Scarifying) is the process of etching, scratching or cutting designs, pictures, symbols or words into the skin.  This type of body modification is considered more permanent than tattooing or body piercing and  is considered quite risky for numerous reasons.

The two main types of scarification involve cutting or branding of the skin.  Scarification is usually done for aesthetic, social or religious reasons, signifying a sacrificial practice involving extreme discomfort and pain.  Sometimes, endorphins can be released during the process that create a euphoric state for the devotee.  The various techniques for achieving this body modification are varied and do not universally work for all people.  Scarification carries a high risk of infection and trauma to the skin, and should not be conducted by anyone that is not experienced with the process.

Should you buy a body piercing kit off ebay?

10 18th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Un-sterile piercing kit sold on ebay

If you are an apprentice body piercer or have decided to pierce yourself rather than pay someone else to do it, you will need to find a body piercing kit that is sterile and includes the tools, prep and instructions you will need to do the job right.

A fast search will yield many results online and it may appear that the kits offered are all the same.  In fact, body piercing kits vary wildly in price and what they provide.  The main difference (besides price) is that the vast majority of online body piercing kit sellers (ebay included) do not offer the body jewelry pre-sterilized (which is required by law for body piercers in every state).  As of this writing, only two sellers on Ebay offer kits that include sterilized body jewelry, with the rest offering kits that do not include sterilized body jewelry.  Besides the condition of the body jewelry, the other difference is the type of forceps offered; either steel (unsterilized), plastic (usually already sterilized), or the tweezer-type (also may resemble a clothespin) forceps that are not sufficient for most piercings.  Make sure the kit you purchase has sterile body jewelry included, as well as a good pair of professional-grade forceps that are sterilized as well so you will not contaminate the piercing with dirty forceps.  Lastly, try to purchase a body piercing kit that includes video instructions and comprehensive aftercare guidelines to insure a safe and successful piercing.

Aftercare: Getting it right

10 17th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

One of the leading factors in complications associated with body piercing is complications that occur after the piercing.  These problems include; infection, severe swelling, discomfort, discoloration and outright rejection.  If your body piercer used sterile tools, prep and sterile body jewelry, these problems are usually from improper (or total lack of) aftercare instructions, or neglect on the client part in following them.

Since aftercare is the most important step in a successful and fast healing process, it is crucial that the client receive clear and accurate aftercare information.  Certified body piercers should always provide comprehensive aftercare instructions at the time the piercing was performed, and if they do not, they are jeopardizing their clients and breaking the strict rules laid down by Health Departments everywhere.  If you recently had a body piercing done and were not given adequate aftercare instructions, or do not know what you should be doing to aid your new piercing’s journey in healing, you can easily find printable body piercing aftercare guidelines here.  If you went to a professional body piercer for your piercing and were not given clear and concise aftercare instructions, you should find another body piercer that does.

Titanium Ear Tunnels

10 16th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

For the look and durability that only Titanium body jewelry gives, try wearing Titanium tunnels that either are slightly flared (as shown) or that offer a screw-fit option.  The screw-fit option allows you to insert the tunnels without stretching, and may be slightly more expensive than the flared variety.

Make sure you purchase your body jewelry from a respected seller and that they stand behind their products with an iron-clad guarantee against defects.  Also, make sure you are not paying too much for shipping, or that the company you buy from offers free shipping without order minimums or other stipulations.

Should a re-piercing be free?

10 15th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

The question whether or not a re-piercing should be free depends upon the reasons it needs to be done.  In many cases, a customer will require a second body piercing after it has been determined (by the customer themselves) that the position of the piercing is wrong.  This problem is particularly common with facial piercings, such as snake bites, when they are not positioned symmetrically.  Other piercings can also have complications due to improper positioning, or other problems that are related to slow healing or displacement/migration of the body jewelry from natural causes.

If the reason a re-piercing is needed is due to a change of mind (on the client’s part) or neglect (lack of proper aftercare by client or voluntary removal of initial jewelry, etc.), it is really up to the piercer to decide whether to charge for the piercing again or not.  However, if the reason for re-piercing is due to improperly sterilized body jewelry, improper materials or tools used, or the piercing was done in a way other than requested by the client, a re-piercing should always be complimentary, and without hesitation.  Basically, if your body piercer made a mistake in any way, he/she should re-pierce you for free.  Likewise, if the reason you want a re-piercing is because you removed the body jewelry, didn’t follow the aftercare instructions given, or just because the spot you chose to have pierced doesn’t look right to you, you should expect to have to pay for it.  But in all cases where a piercing was not done properly by the piercer, you are entitled to be pierced again for free.  If they are not willing to do so, it’s time to find a new body piercer to give your business to.  Usually body piercers that specialize in body piercing (and are not tattoo artists first and foremost) will stand behind their work and re-pierce for free, even in some cases where it was not their fault.

The Steel Receiving Tube

10 14th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Professional body piercers know when it comes to using the proper tools and piercing supplies, using the right piece of equipment can make or break the success of a body piercing.  Finding a company that sells top quality tools and accessories at reasonable prices is crucial in today’s economy and provides you with the competitive edge to keep your liability and costs down throughout the year.

Receiving tubes are used to pierce various areas of the body and act to guide or ‘catch’ the needle as it exits the skin during a body piercing.  Receiving tubes are made of either plastic, metal (usually stainless steel as shown in photo) or Pyrex glass.  Tubes made of steel and glass are the usual choice of professionals, although steel tubes are more popular due to their durability.  The main problem with Pyrex glass is that if dropped, it will break.  Make sure you find a reputable source to purchase your body piercing supplies from that offers quality tools and accessories and who stands behind their products with a replacement guarantee for defective merchandise.

How to Safely Change Out Body Jewelry

10 13th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

No matter what kind of body jewelry you have had recently put in (by your piercer), it is necessary to observe a few important things when going to change out the initial piece into a more stylish one.  The first thing to do is to properly disinfect the new piece of jewelry with either a benzalkonium chloride pad or other anti-bacterial cleaner you have available.  While cleaning this piece, make sure to thoroughly clean and wash your hands.

Make sure that the initial body piercing jewelry you had put in during your body piercing is able to move freely and that there is no swelling or signs of infection in the surrounding skin.  If everything looks good, carefully remove the initial piece and fit the new piece into place.  If the new body jewelry does not slide into place easily make sure you do not force it through.  If you are unable to easily make the transition it may be necessary to stop by your body piercer’s shop and have him/her assist you.  Most piercers will gladly help you change out your body jewelry and will welcome the opportunity to inspect the area to insure the healing process is moving along properly.

Paraphimosis in Piercing

10 11th, 2010 Author: SirStab

Paraphimosis is a medical condition that is caused by the male foreskin remaining retracted from the glans penis for an extended period of time. This condition relates to body piercing, particularly for placements such as the Apadravya, Ampallang, foreskin, PA, and reverse-PA on intact males. Paraphimosis can become extremely serious, sometimes necessitating partial or complete amputation of the penis.

As professionals, it is our duty to inform our clients of the potential risks associated with the services we offer. When next you begin working with an intact male client that has requested any of the foregoing placements, make certain that your client knows that this complication is something to be avoided!

Using the Right Body Piercing Jewelry

10 10th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

The first piece of body jewelry that is inserted into a fresh piercing is the most crucial.  Using the wrong type can lead to irritation, infection, migration or even total rejection by the body.  Initial body jewelry, above all else, should always be autoclave sterilized and pouched to insure sterility, only opened immediately before insertion after the piercing has been done.

The standard type of piercing jewelry used in the United States is 316L Surgical Stainless Steel.  For customers that have severe allergies to nickel, PTFE or Titanium should be used.  In fact, in most parts of the United Kingdom, Titanium has become instituted as the material used for initial piercing jewelry.  If your customer has any reactions or known allergies to metals, it is always recommended that you used either PTFE (a type of teflon, also known as bio-flex) or Grade 23 Titanium body jewelry.

When to use a Body Piercing Kit

10 9th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Most body piercings are best left to the professionals, as they require an expert hand and years of experience to get right.  Also, most body piercings are difficult to do yourself due to the angle of attack and lack of visibility.  Even professional body piercers won’t attempt many of the more difficult piercings on themselves, preferring instead to ask an associate to do them.

There are instances where either it is an economic issue (lack of money) or personal modesty (as in nipple or genital piercings) that compel many people to pierce themselves.  If you decide to undertake your own body piercing, make sure you purchase a body piercing kit that includes sterile needles, sterile forceps (if called for), gloves, skin preparation materials, and most important of all, sterile body jewelry that is already autoclave sterile and pouched for use.  Unfortunately there are very few companies even offering body piercing kits that include sterile body jewelry.  Make sure you know what you are getting and purchase a body piercing kit that includes sterilized body jewelry, otherwise, if you use a sterile needle, sterile forceps and then shove an unsterilized piece of jewelry into the open wound, you are risking infection, injury, or worse.