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No Piercing Gun

Arguments in favor of gun control (piercing guns, that is)…Part 1

One question asked by clients regularly is if we use a gun for piercings. While piercing guns may seem to be a quick, easy and convenient way of creating holes, there are major drawbacks when it comes to tissue damage, sterility, and inappropriate jewelry design. Though slightly pointy in appearance, most ear piercing studs are quite dull. Piercings must therefore …

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Do You Wanna Funk

Do you wanna funk???

Sometimes you may discover that your healed piercings smell…funky. Something akin to sweaty old gym socks, or possum road kill cooked in mustard gas. It’s enough to make your Sure deodorant confused. Make your Secret tell on you. Make your Right Guard go left. Make your Speed Stick slow down. Make your Ban come off strike. (Somebody stop me!!!) It …

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Emu

That’s emu-zing!!!

“Snake Oil Salesman.” The phrase conjures up images of seedy profiteers traveling the old West in Conestoga wagons trying to exploit an unsuspecting public by selling it fake cures. And when I was presented with emu oil recently, that’s exactly what came to my mind. However, after using the product myself, I am no longer a skeptic. Devotees of the …

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Which Side

Which side are you on???

Right ear or left? Left nostril or right? Whenever a client comes in, it’s one of the first questions we ask. Which side should you have pierced? The answer is one of anatomy and personal aesthetics. Ears Your first consideration is the anatomy of your ears. Ears come in a tremendous range of shapes and sizes—no two are alike, and …

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Bargain Basement

Bargain basement piercings…

We get calls daily from people who want to know how much a piercing will cost. And that’s great; people should look for the best price. But the best price is not necessarily the person who charges the least. And conversely, just because a shop charges more, it doesn’t mean that the practitioner is worth that price. Cost is but …

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Baby Ear Piercing

Rockin’ the cradle…

When it comes to piercing your child’s ears, it has been our policy, our philosophy, to only pierce when the child was of an age to knowingly ask for the procedure, and also show that they could comply with our aftercare suggestions. However, every society has its own customs and standards of beauty. Some parents wish to get their children’s …

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Pain Scale

Do you really want to hurt me?

When it comes to piercings, one of the first questions almost everyone asks is, “Is it going to hurt?” The simple answer is yes—I mean, c’mon, we’re putting a sharp needle through your flesh. However, the degree of pain is individual. Some people are more and some people are less sensitive than others, so there’s really no way to say …

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Bubbles Soap Dish

Soap dish…

Here’s the dish on soap—whatever you use to clean your piercing, make sure it helps more than harms. New cells have to grow to form the fistula, the internal “skin tube” that connects the two ends of the piercing. But if you’re killing new cells with harsh products, you’re decelerating the healing time. Few soaps are designed for long-term use on …

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Nose Bump 1

Things that grow bump in the night…

So you finally made the decision to get your nostril pierced! But even though you’ve been following proper aftercare instructions, a couple of days or weeks down the road the unthinkable has happened; a red, ugly, pimply, wart-looking thing has formed next to the piercing. Don’t panic, this complication is somewhat common. These unsightly bumps are quite often hypergranulation tissue …

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Talk Dirty To Me Image

Talk dirty to me…

Hygiene is imperative for a fresh piercing. You’re at risk for infection every time you expose the wound to bacteria. The first rule of piercing hygiene is to never touch your piercing with dirty hands. Always wash your hands before touching your new adornment. But hands are not the only conduit for bacteria. We take for granted many everyday objects. …

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