Archive for January, 2012

Will You Support the Body Piercing News?

01 30th, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

Since our launch in May 2010, the Body Piercing News has been enjoyed by many thousands of body art enthusiasts.  As some of you may have noted recently, our site was down for 32 hours due to ‘excessive bandwith usage’.  Basically, what this means as that our popularity has exceeded our bandwith alotment, and therefore, we are facing higher costs to accomodate our valued readers, such as yourself.  In response to this, we have added a “Paypal’ Donation button in the left column of the site, just under the category listings.  So if we have made you laugh, learn or think a bit while meandering our articles, hopefully you might show your appreciation by donating to our cause from time to time.  It’s not required, but it would be immensely appreciated and help us continue bringing  you the most interesting, thought-provoking and strange oddities from the body art world.  Also, please visit our sponsor links, as these also help us to continue with our mission to inform and entertain you at all times.

And of course, we will always answer any and all comments, questions or concerns you have regarding body piercing supplies, kits, body art techniques and all other inquries we receive regarding the wonderful world of body piercing and body art.  Thanks again for making The Body Piercing News such a popular place on the web.  We truly hope you will hear our call for support and take the opportunity to show us your appreciation, no matter the size of the gift.  Thanks again for your time, your interest and your support.

Should You Buy Body Piercing Kits on ebay?

01 17th, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

As with just about everything else you can think of, there are people selling tattoo and body piercing kits and supplies on ebay.  Basically, ebay is the largest garage sale in the world.  Although you can sometimes find things on ebay for a few dollars less than you would from respectable companies, it may not always be a good idea to buy there for some items.

When it comes to tattoo and body piercing supplies (especially ones that are supposed to be sterile) you may be taking a chance and putting yourself (and your clients) at risk by buying ‘sterile’ items on ebay.  The problem with ebay is that they are more about ‘commerce’ than safety, and there are few (if any) quality controls in place in regards to safe-guarding people against fly-by-night operations that may be selling inferior goods.  Your best bet when buying tattoo or body piercing supplies is to avoid buying from sellers that do not have a web-site or physical store locations – in other words, make sure the people you are entrusting with your (and your clients’) safety is established and can guarantee the sterility of their products.  We found a leading supplier of body piercing kits and supplies that offers both low prices and top quality guaranteed sterile products.  You might find what you need for a little less on ebay, but is it really worth that dollar or two you will save if you or your clients get infections?

Are There Too Many Tattoo Shops?

01 14th, 2012 Author: justhurtabit

Depending on where you live, it seems that everywhere you look there is a tattoo shop.  Once considered a ‘fad’ in the 60’s and 70’s, tattooing has established itself firmly in the mainstream of societies around the world and is definitely here to stay.

Thanks to the increased awareness brought by recent TV reality shows like ‘L.A. Ink’ and ‘New York Ink’, it seems that everybody wants to get into the business of owning a shop of their own.  The problem is that it takes more than artistic talent to operate a complex business like a tattoo shop and many artists come up short on the necessary requisites.  In Los Angeles county, for example, there seems to be a constant flux of shops going in and going out, and the trend does not seem to be slowing down.

So how (as a customer) are you supposed to know the difference between a quality tattoo shop and a ‘fly-by-night’ operation that may not be there in a week?  For one, you can ask how long the shop has been there.  Secondly, ask to see the shop’s health department permit (if they are legitimate they will have it prominently displayed and not mind if you copy down the permit number for verification).  Third, make sure they are using only sterile body piercing supplies and tattoo supplies with color-changing indicators and proper dates stamped clearly on the packaging.  If the shop you are in has any problems with your questioning, simply leave and find one that is legit.

When it comes to finding quality body piercing supplies, it can be difficult to find a qualified supplier that is reputable.  The problem is that at first glance, many body art suppliers sites and products look the same.  They aren’t.  Most body piercing kits, for example, are offered by supply companies that do not specialize in body piercing and are just in it to make a buck.

Such inferior kits may include a sterile body piercing needle, but usually do NOT include sterile body jewelry.  How can you tell the kits that have sterile body jewelry from the ones that do not?  It’s easy, if the product description does not SAY it’s sterile, it’s not.  You may ask why a company would offer body piercing kits that have sterile needles and (even) forceps only to provide a non-sterile piece of body jewelry (which defeats the purpose of having anything sterilized) and the answer is that such decision are made out of ignorance (a company does not understand what it is selling) or commerce (sterilizing body jewelry adds greatly to the overall cost of the kit).  Sure, the body piercing kits that include sterile body jewelry might cost a few dollars more than than the unsterile kits do, but aren’t you (or your customers) worth it?