Things You Should Not Do Before Getting a Piercing

You might think that it won’t hurt to go out drinking the night before a morning piercing appointment or that skipping breakfast the morning of isn’t that big of a deal. But when it comes to getting pierced these are just some of the major things NOT TO DO before getting pierced. They will put you and maybe even your piercer in danger. Some of it is legally required and others are just common sense. You don’t have to make these mistakes!

Not Doing Research!

It’s important to look into your piercer’s practice before getting a body piercing from them to make sure they’re using gloves and sterilized equipment. Don’t forget to look into the piercing itself to find out exactly what you are to expect and the aftercare you will need. Even something as simple as the price needs to be researched!

Getting Drunk or Drinking at All

It’s actually illegal to pierce or tattoo anyone that appears to be under the influence. Even if your piercer just ends up smelling a beer on you! Alcohol thins out the blood and may make you bleed more when being pierced.  This actually works for caffeine and energy drinks as well. Lots of drinks will thin your blood!

The above are reason enough before even mentioning that alcohol may impair your judgment! No one wants to wake up with a spur of the moment piercing that they didn’t actually want.

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Body Piercings Easy to Hide

Do you want an awesome piercing that will really add to your look, but don’t want to spend half your day wearing clear retainers to hide them? Don’t worry! Here are our suggestions for awesome piercings that you will want to show off, but can easily hide your piercings if you need to for work or school. 

Back of the Neck Dermal Piercings

Dermal piercings are great because they can be done on almost any place on the body. As long as there is skin, you can pierce it! The back of the neck is a great place to get a couple dermal piercings because you can easily hide it with clothing or longer hair and easily show it off!

Just be careful, because this is an extremely sensitive place to be pierced and dermal piercings often reject. But other than that, we’re in love with this look!

Frenulum Piercings

Frenulum piercings – including smiley piercings and frowny piercings - are still on the cusp of popularity in the piercing community. They are piercings that are attached to the webbing between the lips and the gums. But don’t let that description stop you from realising how cute and versatile they really can be!

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Organic Plugs & Gauges

Organic jewelry that is jewelry made out of horn, bone, wood, stone, antler and etc – are great options for plug wearers that have reached their desired size. There are so many options out there of sun flower wooden plugs and horn septum rings, but how do you take care of these kinds of organic jewelry? You can’t autoclave it or just wash it under water!

Here’s how to take care of your organic jewelry, without depreciating the quality.

The First Step

The first step to cleaning any kind of piercing jewelry is to make sure your own hands and the site itself are properly cleaned using antibacterial fragrance free soap. Otherwise you’ll be adding bacteria to the organic plugs anyway!

Wooden Plug Care

Wooden plugs are prone to drying out. So after using a gentle cloth with water to remove any debris and dust, make sure to massage the wood with jojoba oil to make sure it doesn’t crack or dry out. Drying out and cracking is a death sentence for wooden jewelry. Then with the olive oil applied shine the wood using a soft dry cloth.

Over time wood will darken and especially when applying oil often.

Do not soak wood as it will swell.

Organic Wood Plugs / Gauges

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5 Gorgeous Nipple Piercing Jewelry Trends 2017

Nipple piercings are on-trend for 2017. We’re seeing them being pierced and worn by so many celebrities – especially in the popular one sided style, where only one nipple is pierced! Whether you’ll be rocking your own nipple piercing in celebrity style underneath mesh t-shirts and chiffon dresses or you like to keep this perfect piercing to yourself, we think you should be rocking some gorgeous jewelry to go along with it.

Here are five styles that will truly accent your nipple piercing while staying on-trend in 2017!

Go classic with this double blue opalite nipple ring barbell! We’re obsessed with opalite as a trend for 2017. But really, it’s a classic look that will work as a beautiful accent to your skin every day of any year. The gems aren’t really opals, but the color & design is an interesting one that will have your skin glowing along side it.

Blue Opalite Nipple Ring

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Surface Piercings

Surface piercing are similar to microdermal piercing as they both lay underneath a layer of skin, rather than piercing entirely through a part of the body. This means they can be done almost anywhere on the body. The surface piercing however often shows itself as two (or sometimes three) piercings atop the skin, while a metal bar sits below the surface connecting them and holding them in place.

Popular Placement for Surface Piercings

Hip piercings, eyebrow piercings, nape (back of the neck) piercings, bridge (between the eyes) piercings are all types of popular surface piercings that use a bar to connect two points above the skin.

But basically any piercing that goes underneath the skin to join two points rather than through the body itself (such as a cheek or nose piercing) can be considered a surface piercing whether that means it’s on your wrist or leg! Just keep in mind that many parts of the body are more conductive to a surface piercing, while others like the fingers and hands are more prone to rejection.

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Septum Jewelry 2017

Septum clickers, even fake ones, are still going strong for 2017! We love them, do you? Check out these ten epic septum jewelry styles we’re in love with for this year. Don’t be fooled, they’re all stainless steel and safe for healed piercings!

While you’re at it check out our post all about septum piercings, how they heal and how they’re pierced.

Check out this black tribal stainless steel septum clicker, for a look that’s dark, vampy and will bring a touch of darkness to your jewelry!

Black Septum Clicker

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How to Clean Your Body Jewelry

3/30/2017 12:08 PM

How to Sterilize Body Jewelry

You may think that a piece of body jewelry you just bought online or from a piercing jewelry shop is ready to wear, but actually it’s important to take the time to clean it first! There are several ways you can clean your body jewelry with a piercing shop’s help or at home. Because you don’t want to introduce anything nasty into your piercing that might cause infection!

For New Body Jewelry or Jewelry Already in Your Collection

This process is for cleaning non-organic materials only. Non organic materials include everything from titanium, acrylic, glass, stainless steel, etc. Basically the harder materials that can stand up to a good cleaning! This is a good option for jewelry bought online or at a piercing store because often times these will still have leftovers of production dust and bacterial from handling and packaging on them.

You Will Need

You’ll need anti-bacterial soap (make sure it’s fragrance free), a sink with running water, a sink plug or face washer, and paper towel.

The Process

First, wash your hands with the soap very thoroughly to get rid of anything that might be hanging on there. You might be surprised with how much bacteria we pick up with our hands on any given day with everything that we touch whether at home or while out of the house!

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Type of Nose Piercing Jewlery

While technically you can use any most kinds of piercing jewelry in a nostril piercing, it’s best to stick to the traditional forms of nostril jewelry because, well, they’re created for your nose! They don’t bulk up the inside of your nose so that it’s still easy to breath like some jewelry with large balls might, they don’t allow nostril gunk to stick to the piercing in a way that may make it uncomfortable or irritable to remove, and they have so many varieties.

Traditional Hoop

A traditional nostril hoop differs from a circular barbell or a captive bead ring as it’s a long seamless rounded bar with a simple metal plaque that when the entire hoop is threaded through the nose sits on the inside edge, holding it in place. 

When first getting a nose piercing it is not advised to begin with a hoop as your starter jewelry. Hoops can easily spread bacteria into a newly pierced wound if you change positions on the curved bar, allowing anything that pressed against the open side to slide in direct contact with the wound.

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Microdermal Piercing Information

Microdermal piercings also known simply as microdermal, dermal piercings or single point piercings are a versatile piercing that can be placed almost anywhere on the body! Here is exactly how the procedure is done, all about the jewelry and important notes of aftercare. Keep reading to find out all you need to know.

The Jewelry

When it comes to microdermal jewelry you have less versatility in terms of hoop versus stud that most other piercings have. The jewelry is shaped almost like a ‘j’ or half a ‘h’. On the outside of the body sits the head of the piercing that is screwed onto the anchor. This part is easily changed depending on the style or image you’d like to be shown. Underneath the layer of skin sits the anchor which keeps the piercing from easily falling out of the punched hole.

This anchor is not simply a metal plate that sits within the skin, but includes several holes along it that allow the microdermal layer of skin to grow around it naturally. This continues to help the jewelry from being accidentally removed.

The Cost

This piercing should only be done by a professional piercer. A dermal piercing is not something you want to try and be cheap with. In the United States the average price is $45 up to $100 depending on how many are being done.

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Materials for Body Jewelry

When it comes to piercing jewelry we have so many options to choose from! It’s important to read up on all of the different kinds because often piercers won’t give a crash course in metals when you first get pierced. You’ll need to find out for yourself – whether that means having an allergic reaction to a material that doesn’t fit your piercing or taking a couple minutes to read our easy guide!

 Surgical Stainless Steel

This material is often used in new piercings and while stretching, but it is also a little controversial. It has a small percentage of nickel in it (the better quality, the less nickel) which can be irritable, often causes allergies and does not help infections heal! Yet, it’s still used by most piercers because it can be autoclaved, inexpensive and is easy to find in a million styles.

Stainless Steel Body Jewelry

Titanium

Titanium is what is considered to be the all-end-all of piercing materials. It’s able to be properly sterilized, is light to wear, is more durable than surgical steel, it’s rare to have an allergic reaction to it, and gives off a beautiful metallic shine or anodized to create a range of pretty colors. What more could you want?

Titanium Piercing Jewelry

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Tragus Piercing Questions

The tragus piercing – as we discussed in our post on all of the kinds of ear piercings – is located on the round cartilage flap right outside of the ear canal, partially covering it. It’s hard to miss, it’s usually the first thing you feel when you go to reach your ear! 

The Anti-Tragus Piercing

The anti-tragus is the lesser known sister piercing of the tragus. It sits on the major ear fold opposite the oval flap of cartilage that holds the tragus. It’s important to be sized for an anti-tragus piercing before committing to an anti-tragus as sometimes the section of ear where it sits is too small to be pierced.  

Tragus Piercing Jewelry

Almost any kind of piercing jewelry can be used in a healed tragus piercing. But most commonly used as tragus piercing jewelry are curved barbells, studs and small hoops are worn.

Studs are perfect for a simple, understated look and are great if you’re worried your ear is growing too crowded with piercing. This is a major problem for a healing tragus piercing as it might mean rubbing against other piercings and even catching on them too. Studs can help deal with.

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All about Ear Weights

3/13/2017 1:07 PM

Ear Stretching Ear Weights

Ear weights look so cool, don’t they? But when it comes down to weights there’s a lot more to know than you might think. Not knowing what’s a misconception and what is a fact may lead you down the road of blood loss to your ear lobe, awkward and uneven stretching and even shrinking your ear altogether! Keep reading to avoid wearing ear weights the wrong way!

And if videos are more your style, be sure to check out our video on the topic for another easy guide to wearing ear weights.

They are Not a Stretching Tool!

A common misconception about ear weights is that they’re made for stretching your ears. All ear weights are is another accessory for your ear. If you’re looking to stretch your ears you’re better off using plugs or tunnels.

The way ear weights work in terms of stretching, is that they will only stretch the skin on the very bottom of your ear lobe.

When stretching your ear you would want to avoid this. Stretching the entire diameter of the ear is super important because otherwise this may lead to breakages when the skin begins to thin and even scarier loss of blood flow which may lead to the skin dying off.

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