…some 18 year old girl know about tattoos period ?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 10:50 PM

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Do you think it is appropriate for a tattoo studio to let an 18 year old girl apprentice there because this may sound judgemental but what does some 18 year old girl know about tattoos period ?


Don’t discriminate over age. If she has the artistic talent she will learn the rest as she goes. I started piercing when I was 16, and most of the tattoo artists I work with all got started before they hit 21. There are some 35 year old tattoo artists who still have no fucking clue about tattooing.

- Ryan Ouellette

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…the cartilage without using jewelry to keep it open?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 10:36 PM

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Is it possible to get a dermal punch through the cartilage without using jewelry to keep it open? I was thinking of going for just the “hole in the ear” look, but I don’t know if cartilage grows back.


You can punch out the tissue, but it would be a good idea to at least wear jewelry for the first month or two. If you don’t put anything in number one you’ll bleed like a stuck pig. Number two the wound will scab up and while cartilage won’t grow back, skin will grow into the wound giving you a much smaller hole.

- Ryan Ouellette

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Can the genital sack be pierced?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 5:43 PM

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1.can the genital sack be pierced? like can guys have say 20mm rings on each side of the genital sack?

2. can guys have 19mm/3mm cock ring with captive beads?


Obviously you don’t frequent the wackier sections of BME. You can do almost anything with the old wedding tackle. Transcrotal hafadas would get you the 20mm side-sack piercings. And the cock ring would just require the cock and a good jewelry manufacturer.

- Ryan Ouellette

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…a thought struck me: what if I ever had to get an MRI?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 3:59 PM

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Hello - I have been interested in microdermals (or dermal anchoring, whatever you want to call it) since the technique’s inception. I have been considering replacing my beloved and much mourned nape piercing with microdermals - it seemed like a good option for a piercing I want to have forever. I had been holding off until my trusted piercer, who is also an RN, decided he was comfortable with the procedure (he has concerns about their long-term viability and potential long-term effects). I was just about to call him and ask if he was ready to consider it, when a thought struck me: what if I ever had to get an MRI? Has this ever come up? Has anyone given any thought to what would happen in this scenario, and has it called into question the viability of a “permanent” piercing?


Unless you have a medical condition pulling out the old “what if I need an MRI” card is a little random. I mean people with transdermals can find some way to get them I’m sure. Also all the good microdermals are titanium which causes little to no problems with an MRI. I’d say to just remove the endpiece, the jewelry itself is extremely wee in size and I doubt it would cause a problem. If it really came down to a pinch they can be permanently removed with minimal effort.

- Ryan Ouellette

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What should i do…?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 3:18 PM

Filed under: Piercing

ive had my lip pierced for about 5 months now and it seems to heal then hurt again as if its not healed at all… it wil be fine for a while and then hurt again…what should i do…? im sick of the crusties and the pain and do NOT want to take it out…. is there anything wrong with it??? it doesnt look infected or anything..


Try changing your jewelry. It could be something common like a metal allergy or a scratch on the jewelry itself causing the irritation.

- Ryan Ouellette

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…how in the world did he manage to do something like that?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 2:50 AM

Filed under: Piercing

that is real awful, how in the world did he manage to do something like that?


It was a work related accident at Subway actually. He was slicing open a loaf of herb and cheese bread when he slipped on some rogue low fat honey mustard sauce. He wasn’t wearing his safety pants and BAM, assblade.

- Ryan Ouellette

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…in becoming a piercier how would they go about it?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 1:35 AM

Filed under: Piercing

hi! i have a quiestion this my sound silly but if people were to be intrested in becoming a piercier how would they go about it?


Not to be harsh, but since I get this question almost daily I’m out of subtle answers. Nobody will just hand you a career in this industry. If you’re serious about wanting to be a piercer you should already have a grasp of how apprenticeship/internship/training goes. If you don’t already have a feel for this industry you have no shot at getting into it unless you take the sloppy way. Hang out in shops until you start to get a grasp of how things work, then you’ll see how people get into it.

- Ryan Ouellette

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…you belive in makin a pircingg as pain free as possible?

Monday September 17th, 2007 @ 1:00 AM

Filed under: Piercing

My piercer is the only piercer in Virginia who is a membr of the APP and he always insists on using a very potent numbing agent. I couldnt even feel my dermal anchor piercing. I was wondering in your professional opinion is pain a part of the process or do you belive in makin a pircingg as pain free as possible? My old piercer says that the pain is the experience and the jewelry is just something to remember it by.


I’m totally not against a pain free modification. That said- Insisting on using something that may be illegal isn’t really a good business decision.

- Shawn Porter

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…5/16 completely inappropriate for a fresh lip piercing?

Friday September 14th, 2007 @ 4:14 AM

Filed under: Piercing

Maybe I’m completely mistaken, but isn’t 5/16 completely inappropriate for a fresh lip piercing? I always use 7/16, occasionally 3/8, but absolutely never 5/16.


I use 16g 5/16″ quite frequently for high placement side lip piercings on females with no complications. I most commonly use 3/8″ for labrets, monroes, and lower side lip placements. I’ve never needed a 7/16″.

- Ryan Ouellette

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…do you recommand, and could I purchase it at BME shop?

Thursday September 13th, 2007 @ 8:05 PM

Filed under: Piercing

What kind of jewellery do you recommand, and could I purchase it at BME shop? Or I should take counsel with the piercer?


It varies on the person. Run it by your piercer and see what they say. Otherwise titanium is the lightest weight metal, and a small diameter and ball size will help too.

- Ryan Ouellette

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