Body Piercing Information

When getting pierced it’s important to find the right studio for you! Not just because you need to be comfortable with the employees and the price, but because choosing the wrong studio could lead to nasty infections or ending up with a piercing you didn’t want in the first place.

Here are the signs you should be looking out for when choosing where to get pierced:

They Don’t Show Examples of their Work

While getting examples of a studios work is often referred to when getting a tattoo, it can be just as important when getting pierced. Why get pierced when you don’t know what you’ll end up with? Who knows if they’re well known for spreading infections or using dodgy piercings?

They Don’t Use Gloves & Reuse their Needles!

Firstly, gross!

If you see a piercing place reusing needles or piercing without gloves, that’s the first and only sign you’ll need to have you walking right out the door. When getting pierced, hygiene is so utterly important that any piercer that disregards simple tactics like wearing gloves doesn’t actually care about your safety.

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50/50 Stone Plugs Collection 2017

These plugs are awesome! The 50/50 plug collection is bound to attract those who love stone plugs with a unique twist to them. Starting with two colors options, we decided to make the first two styles a color combination that everyone would like. However, if these aren't for you, we will be releasing new combinations in the coming months. They are available in sizes / gauges 00G, 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1 inch, 1 & 1/8" inch, and 1 & 1/4" inch.

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Unique Ear Piercings

Wow, did you know there were so many different kinds of ear piercings? And 17 doesn’t even count the differences when stretching certain piercings and the placement can still vary! It just goes to show how underrated ear piercings are.

But don’t take my word for it. Keep reading to learn all about ear piercings you never knew existed.

The Lobe Piercings

Let’s start with the “basic” or not-so-basic ear piercings.

Standard Lobe – this is the lobe piercing many of us get as children. It can vary in placement, and you can get multiples all over the lobe including the...

Upper Lobe – this piercing goes into cartilage territory, which I think dictates its own entry.

Transverse Lobe – this is a bar piercing that sits through the entire lobe horizontally. It commonly looks like two small balls sitting either side of the lobe.

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How to Hide Piercings for Work

2/3/2017 11:25 AM

Jewelry for Hiding Piercings

You get a job to earn money for expensive piercings, and then have to hide those piercings for work to earn money for more piercings. It’s a disastrous cycle! But most modified people have to face this at certain points in their lives.

Don’t be dismayed. There are easy ways to hide your piercings that will take two seconds to undo as soon as you clock off. Here goes!

For Hiding Plugs go Nude

Plugs might seem like a modification that can’t be hidden, but the trick is to work around them. Opt for plugs that match your skin-tone. You might be surprised with how well this works for larger sizes.

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Unique Opalite Plugs / Gauges

Have you worn a pair of opalite glass plugs yet? If you’re looking for a beautiful glass to add to your plug collection you’ve found it. It’s a super popular glass that seems the perfect fit for modern mermaids as it’s often also called sea opal glass.

Just check out our range for some opalite inspiration!

Which Style Fits You Best?

Figure out what kind of style you’re going to be wearing depending on which oplaite design you opt for. Available in solid plugs, single flare plugs, tunnles / eyelets, ear weights, and teardrop plugs

The thing about opalite is that commonly it starts out milky white – like an opal stone - but glows green, blue or even pink when faced with darker backgrounds. We’re one of the few stores that you can find pink opalite plugs!

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Body Piercings

I for one, as a pierced person, am always harking on about how terrible piercing guns are. But what’s really so terrible about them? Well, keep reading to find out!

They Don’t “Pierce” as Much as “Push”

The way a needle works is that it’s actually hollow. That means that when pushed against your skin a circular hole is actually being cut out of the spot you’ve chosen. It may sound scary, but it’s much safer than the piercing gun alternative!

Piercing guns are much faster than a needle. This isn’t for the customer to feel less pain, but because it needs to be fast in order to jam the earring it uses as a needle straight into the ear. Rather than cutting a hole in the skin, a gun pushes the skin aside in order to make room for the earring. This can be really bad for your skin!

My ears were pierced with a gun when I was a young girl, and I can still feel a hard layer around the hole where the excess skin has been forced to reposition itself. Just imagine the damage this could cause to harder cartilage areas like the nose and upper ear?

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Popular Piercings for 2017

1/24/2017 2:58 PM

Popular Piercings in 2017

While there are no rules when it comes to piercings, there are still trendy piercings that come and go. For example, how many people did you see get their septum pierced last year? I saw a lot! It’s crazy to think that a piercing that many of us think of as permanent go in and out of fashion, but doesn’t that make it all the more fun?

Piercing trends make us think about piercings in new and exciting ways. Here’s what to look out for in 2017! Hopefully with awesome new twists.

Septum’s are Still Going Strong

While it seems like less and less people are getting their septum pierced that’s only because we already have! I’m sure this year the septum is not going to go out of style anytime soon. But we might see it have a more elegant and simple comeback in opposition with the bohemian craze of 2016.

Septum Jewelry 2017

Dainty Nipple Piercings

A surprising trend is the uprise in the amount of nipple piercings happening! You might not see it happening but it’s there. But along with other piercings like the belly button – what with the whole nineties craze – it’s getting a dainty make over with rose gold tones, simple jewelry and feminine accents.

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Body Piercing Information

Ah, the mall. It’s the one place that has everything you need: endless choices for food, shopping and there’s even a place to get pierced! But if you’re thinking of ending a fun day at the mall by getting pierced in back of your local Sally Beauty Supply, think again. Here are our five reasons to steer clear.

The Staff are Untrained

Those piercing stalls in the mall or at the back of hair dressers and beauty supply stores, do you know how much training they actually get?

Fifteen minutes and a pamphlet on how to work a piercing gun.

Most of these guys and girls are actually hairdressers or teenagers working part-time. Their lack of training can lead to a lot of issues that you might not see upfront, but trust me, you won’t be able to miss them when they hit!

They Use Piercing Guns!

Piercing guns are the ultimate no-no in regard to body piercings, even ears! Malls often use them because they require little training (just point and shoot) and don’t scare off the little kids that make them most of their money.

The truth is they may seem harmless, but these guns harbour bacteria and you never know what else. This is because the plastic they’re made from can never properly be sterilised and are constantly reused with the help of an alcohol wipe.

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The Frowny Piercing

The frowny piercing, also known as the anti smiley piercing, goes through the bottom web between your lip and your teeth called the frenulum. This is a piercing that’s growing in popularity as it’s so unique. It’s easy to hide for work or other formal occasions and doesn’t overwhelm the face. You might notice a frowny piercing on someone who smiles a lot, peeking out just above the bottom lip. How cute is that?

But be careful! There’s a little to know about the frowny piercing before you head off to the piercer.

 Be Careful When Choosing Your Jewelry

When getting your frowny pierced you shouldn’t go too big. That area of your mouth is very delicate, and usually doesn’t provide much of a landscape for piercing. Some people hardly have any web at all! Getting this spot pierced depends on whether your piercer deems it suitable with your webbing, and the size of the jewellery will follow suit.

Speaking of jewelry, there are certain types of jewelry that are used with frowny piercings. Curved barbells and ball closure rings are common. But beware of how the jewelry will sit in your mouth. It can seriously hurt your teeth or cause receding gums if your jewelry is constantly rubbing against vital parts of your mouth. 

A great suggestion is to stick to stainless steel and titanium bars but opt for softer rubber balls or jewelry without balls at all. These are the part of the jewellery that will cause most harm.

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Septum Piercing Expectations

Septum piercings are such a popular piercing. They’re easy to hide for work, don’t leave any marks if you eventually take it out and bring a beautiful symmetry to any face. With all the varieties of jewelry around, how can you go wrong?

Here’s what to expect if you’re considering taking the plunge yourself. From one septum lover to another!

Does Getting Your Septum Pierced Hurt?

When getting a piercing you are cutting into flesh using a needle, so of course it’s going to include some pain.

But septum piercings are much less evasive compared to getting other piercings like lip or cheek piercings, which need to be pierced through a thicker section of flesh, a septum piercing only cuts through the tiniest piece of skin on the inside wall separating the nostrils called the “sweet spot”.

The amount of pain you experience depends on your personal pain tolerance. For example I felt much less pain having my lip pierced or my nostril pierced than my septum. But the pain was over in a couple seconds!

What’s the “Sweet Spot” Exactly?

The “sweet spot” is named as such because it’s the spot the piercer is aiming for when they pierce your septum. The bridge between the nostrils is made up almost entirely of cartilage. But that generally isn’t the part that is pierced because it can be extremely uncomfortable and takes much longer to heal. Closer to the tip of the nostril is where the soft spot of stretchy skin can be found. Use your fingers and you’ll be able to find it.

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Upper Frenulum Piercing

We can all agree that the most beautiful thing a person can wear is a smile. A sign of happiness or appreciation, a person smiles an average of 20 times a day. The smiley piercing, or equally known as the scrumper piercing, will be noticed when a person smiles or their upper lip retracts. It is pierced through the thin, delicate tissue that connects the upper lip to the gums. Virtually pain free and obviously one of a kind, the scrumper is an up and coming piercing that people are getting done more and more everyday.

Aftercare

This piercing is known to have a quick and easy healing process, but proper care will be needed for a successful scrumper piercing! Since it is an oral piercing, caution must be taken with what one eats. Spicy food and extreme hot or cold food will make the piercing sensitive. Smoking and alcohol consumption will make the healing process more painful and put the frenulum at risk for infection and fall out. Kissing or any oral activity with another person is not recommended. The urge to touch this piercing will be prevalent in even the strongest of wills. Hands should be clean if this urge is too much. The tongue should not play with the jewelry either. Rinsing the piercing with warm salt water after meals and before bed is suggested by most piercing professionals. Avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol. For the scrumper piercing to heal and for you to be on your smiling way expect a month to three months of recovery time. The jewelry used by the piercer should be kept in until it is fully healed! 

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Industrial Jewelry

Industrial or scaffold piercings cross across the ear shell from the helix to the anti helix cartilage. It's popular with both sexes and is usually connected using a long straight barbell. This is technically two piercings and many piercers will actually pierce separately with two pieces of jewelry for ease of healing. A scaffold piercing can actually refer to any two piercings connected with a long barbell.

Depending on your piercer and your anatomy you may be pierced with either a 14g or a 16g barbell. The 14g is a larger barbell than the 16g by a fraction of an inch (0.013).

Most piercers will have a preference between 14 and 16g for industrial piercings and while having a 14g means you can swap out for 16g jewelry you cannot do it the other way around without pain. This piercing does not stretch well so it's unusual to find industrial jewelry that is any bigger then 14g. Since it causes less stress and less pressure on the tissue many piercers prefer to pierce using two captive rings or two studs instead of a single scaffold bar.

When choosing the jewelry you will want to make sure it's good quality. Most body jewelry is made of stainless steel, but not all steel is created equal. For sanitation purposes, you'll want to choose 316L or 316LVM stainless or Titanium. Titanium is actually an alloy of stainless steel which means its equally safe. If you're not a fan of the plain steel look then titanium can also be anodized to create beautiful colors.

Industrial Jewelry

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