Archive for December, 2010

Are Your Piercing Supplies Sterile?

12 20th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Body Piercers and Tattooists rely on tattoo and piercing supplies for their crafts.  Having the correct tools and materials for each type of body piercing is crucial to a successful piercing.  Forceps, skin preparation materials, sterile hollow piercing needles and sterile body jewelry must be available and in close proximity to the body art technician during the procedure for it to go smoothly.

Experienced body piercers, tattooists, as well as apprentice body artists learning their crafts must have top-quality tools and body jewelry that has been pre-sterilized by either e.o. gas or an autoclave.  Make sure that the company you purchase your body piercing supplies is fully licensed and that they make public their sterilization procedures and spore testing results so you know your piercing supplies are guaranteed sterile (in color-change indicating pouches) and are ready to use.

Should you tattoo someone’s name onto your body?

12 19th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Many people believe emblazoning the name of their boyfriend or girlfriend (or spouse) on their bodies will impress that person and encourage devotion.  The problem is that in reality, over 70% of these kinds of tattoos are later regretted as the relationship, marriage or even friendships dissolve.  Most of the time, the only thing left from the relationship is the tattoo itself, and that presents a problem when entering a new relationship.

Rather than have that name inscribed permanently into your skin, consider less permanent ways to show your devotion, like an engraved ring, bracelet or pendant.  It is true that many tattoos can be covered, or removed but it is still expensive and there are residual traces of the tattoo left no matter how stringent the process used.  If you must tattoo a name or portrait onto your body, at least make it a person who will not fade from your life, someone like a family member, parent or child.  That way, no matter what the future holds, you will never regret the decision to get it done.

Body Piercings or Tattoos: Which Lasts Longer?

12 18th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Reason tells you that tattoos are permanent, while body piercings are reversible.  Yet when it really comes down to it, tattoos, although not reversed easily, may not be as permanent as you may have been led to believe.  Depending upon the inks used, the depth of the work, and add in the factor of ‘time’, tattoos can fade substantially from their original brilliance.  Advances in tattoo removal have also allowed for complete removal of most tattoos from the skin, although at a hefty cost.

Body piercings can usually be reversed by simply removing the body jewelry that ‘retains’ the opening in the skin.  Because of it’s reversibility, body piercings do not have the aura of permanence around them.  However, the fact of the matter is that a body piercing will hold up intact and in the same condition it originally held for as long as you keep body jewelry in it.  Unlike a tattoo, your body piercing will not fade, or change from it’s original likeness, ever.  It’s not that a piercing or tattoo is any ‘better’ than the other, it’s just that they are intrinsically different when it comes to the passage of time.  Just a little food for thought the next time you can’t make up your mind whether to get a tattoo or a body piercing.

Body Piercing: What You Can Expect To Happen

12 16th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Our bodies react to a fresh body piercing as if it were a wound we have sustained.  The usual processes that our bodies undergo begin even before the needle goes through; accelerated heart-beat, breathing and pupil dilation will usually occur before the actual piercing.  This is part of our fight-or-flight mechanism where our nervous system prepares us for ‘flight’, even though we know it is not a critical survival situation.

Part of a professional piercer’s acumen is being aware of their client’s state of mind, as well as asking the proper questions to make sure that a safe and effective body piercing can be accomplished.  Your piercer may ask you questions regarding if you have a history of fainting, or seizures, or if you are currently taking any medications to treat such conditions.  Another question may be (if warranted) if you have been drinking, or if you have eaten that day.  You would be surprised to know the number of clients who faint during a piercing because they have not eaten for two or three days.  Not eating lowers the blood sugar level in your body to the point that almost any form of ‘shock’ to the system will trigger a fainting spell.  Make sure that you have eaten a meal within the last four hours of getting pierced, and if you have a history of seizures or are prone to fainting, make sure you tell your piercer about it.  Remember, body piercing should be routine and does not have to involve violent physical reactions.  It’s always better to over-inform and over-prepare than conceal information and wake up on the floor .

Body Piercing: It’s About The Needles

12 15th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Sterile Body Piercing Kit

The single most important factor for a successful body piercing is that you use the proper piercing needle.  Body piercing needles are hollow, and vary in length and thickness (gauge) between 1/2 and inch and 2 inches in length.  The tip of the piercing needle is angled, or beveled and should be as sharp as possible.  Sharpness is necessary so that the needle penetrates and slides through the skin easily.  Also, never re-use needles, as they lose their sharpness immediately after use, and sharing needles can lead to numerous diseases and heightened risk of infections.

The photo shows a body piercing kit offered by an online company that specializes in pre-sterilized body piercing kits and supplies.  Each needle should always be individually packaged and include a sterilization date and color-change indicator to show it has been sterilized properly.  Always make sure your needles are sterile, and be certain that your clamps (forceps) and body jewelry are also sterile and come in an autoclave pouch (as mandated by law) to insure a smooth, successful and problem-free body piercing.

Down and Dirty Body Artists

12 13th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

There’s an old saying that goes ‘you get what you pay for’. This is true in body piercing, as in life. It’s amazing what some people will do (and endure) to save a few dollars, especially when it comes to body piercing or tattooing. Some people will purchase body piercing kits to save money. This can be a safe answer to saving money if the body piercing kit includes sterile body jewelry, needles and sterile tools, and is purchased from a respected supplier of body piercing kits.  Although it is always recommended to seek out a professional body artist, many people have had success with body piercing kits that include instructions and proper hygienic materials.

There are also innumerable stories out there of renegade body piercers that pierce with dirty (or used) needles, improper skin preparation, or worse, who will take a piece of dirty body jewelry from a display case and shove it into a fresh piercing. It goes without saying these renegade body artists are ignorant, un-registered (with the health department) and callous in how they risk the health and welfare of their clients. More revealing is how many people will allow themselves to be tatted or pierced by these incompetent and uncaring individuals just to save a few dollars. Some renegades that have been cited, shut down, and banned from body piercing by the municipalities they are in refuse to stop their illegal crafts, and will lay low for a few months after a closure or citation only to restart their activities in their blind pursuit of money. Instead of educating themselves with the mandated training and vaccination routines laid down by their health departments and becoming registered to legally work, ignorant people continue to defy the law, offering their illicit trade from homes or cars until they are either sued for liability or arrested.  If you are about to be tattooed or pierced by a new body artist and they cannot show you their health department permit (with permit number), or are not using sterilized body jewelry (that comes in color-changing pouches), leave immediately. Remember, allowing a renegade body artist work on you is like playing Russian Roulette – your chances are exponentially higher for ending up with a terrible infection, injury or worse. There are many recorded cases of people dying from complications from infections related to illegal body piercings or tattoos. Take the time to really know the qualifications of who you are entrusting yourself with before you get your next body piercing or tattoo.  Aren’t you worth it?

Body Piercing Supplies: Using the Right Forceps

12 12th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Forceps are a tool crucial in body piercing.  Forceps are designed in various configurations and act to basically grab and hold skin so that the needle can accurately pierce the desired point.  If a body piercer performs a piercing without the use of forceps, the technique is called ‘free hand piercing’.  However, for most piercings, it is advisable to use forceps to insure a successful piercing.

Forceps come in two basic configurations for piercing; the scissor variety that lock in place, and the clamp variety (which resemble a clothes pin and are much smaller in size).  What differentiates forceps is the end that makes contact with the skin, taking the shape of either an oval, triangle, or in the case of septum forceps (shown in photo), resembles two aligned receiving tubes.  Hemostats are tapered and do not feature either configuration at the end, resembling needle-nose pliers.  Lastly, forceps are either made of steel or hardened plastic.  Usually, disposable forceps are made of plastic and are disposed of after use, while steel forceps are designed to be able to withstand an autoclave so they can be reused.  Make sure when it’s time to purchase your piercing supplies that you buy them from a respected seller of body piercing supplies who stands behind their products.

The Pinna Piercing

12 11th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

The Pinna Piercing, also known as a ‘Helix’ piercing is a type of cartilage piercing that is done through the outer rim of the ear, usually in the top portion.  Because this is a cartilage piercing, the pinna requires a longer period to heal and involves more pain than a regular ear lob piercing.

This type of body piercing is quite common and can be done easily, usually without excessive bleeding involved.  It takes between 8 to 12 weeks for this piercing to heal.  Once healed, a variety of body jewelry can be worn, with the popular favorite being a captive bead ring (shown in photo), or segment rings of varying diameters and colors.

What is a Starter Body Piercing Kit?

12 10th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Starter Body Piercing Kit

A starter body piercing kit is basically a complete kit designed for apprentice body piercers.  These kits are offered by various sellers of body piercing supplies online and vary wildly in both quality and price.  If you are opening up a shop, you will want to find a kit that has the proper piercing tools, sufficient needles and body jewelry styles for you to perform a wide variety of body piercings.

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing an apprentice kit is to find one that offers ample needles and body jewelry to perform many piercings, without paying an overly high price for items that you can readily buy at your local drug store or supermarket.  These ‘filler’ items are usually boxes of gloves, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, or other mundane items that can easily be purchased for less yourself.  What you should always look for is a starter body piercing kit that includes the right gauge needles that are of high quality (pre-sterilized and laser cut for sharpness), as well as a good variety of either factory new or pre-sterilized body jewelry.  If you don’t have an autoclave it is mandatory that you purchase the body jewelry pre-sterilized and ready to use.  Remember, choosing the right starter body piercing kit can make or break your success as a body piercer.

Piercing the Clitoral Hood

12 9th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

One of the most commonly performed genital piercings is the clitoral hood piercing.  This piercing consists of a small gauge (usually no larger than 16g) needle that pierces the small covering of skin that shields the clitoris from direct stimulation (also known as the hood).  There are two types of clitoral hood piercings; Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) and Horizontal Clitoral Hood piercings, or (HCH).  The most preferred procedure of the two is the VCH piercing.  This piercing is generally done by pulling back and upward on the tissue of the hood so that the clitoris is exposed and there is a ‘gap’ created that the needle can slide into so that it will pierce through the end of the hood, creating a vertical piercing that allows body jewelry to be worn the length of the hood.

The clitoral hood piercing is not the most dangerous or difficult genital piercing, but it is tricky and should not be attempted by novices.  Also, this type of genital piercing can easily be done on most women (unlike the clitoris piercing).   Once healed (it takes generally takes up to 4 weeks time) you can wear various curved and straight barbells or other body jewelry that is specifically designed for this type of piercing.  This type of piercing provides minimal pain during the procedure and maximum benefit through increased stimulation and heightened sensitivity.