…remove my top/bra to get a surface piercing on my sternum?

Wednesday September 12th, 2007 @ 12:03 AM

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Will I need to completely remove my top/bra to get a surface piercing on my sternum?


Out of the numerous cleavage surface piercings I’ve done I’d say maybe 25% have to remove their shirt, and maybe only 10% have to remove their bra. Just wear a low cut top, as long as the piercing isn’t very very low you should be fine keeping your top on.

- Ryan Ouellette

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…1,6mm needle have been compatible with the 1,6mm jewelry?

Saturday September 8th, 2007 @ 11:35 AM

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Got bored, went to bathroom, grabbed a 1.6mm needle, prodded ear, failed miserably at inserting 1.6mm jewelry. I usually insert the jewelry into the needle and push them back through the meat of choice, but the jewelry was too thick. I guess I should have bought a 2mm needle, or should the 1,6mm needle have been compatible with the 1,6mm jewelry? What size needle should I use to get a 1,6mm jewelry through…?


1.6 mm (14 gauge for us non-metric system folks) jewelry should eb able to follow a needle of the same size. If not, one or the other is incorrectly sized or……….you just don’t have the proper jewelry following technique down.

- Sean Philips

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Is there anything i can do?

Saturday September 8th, 2007 @ 9:21 AM

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my ears are stretched to only an 1 1/8. i want to go bigger but my left ear looks too thin while my right ear is perfectly fine. is there anything i can do?


Scalpelling may be an option. Consult with an experienced practitioner.

- Sean Philips

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…sun (back/stomach/underside of arm) make it last longer?

Friday September 7th, 2007 @ 11:32 PM

Filed under: Scarification

I have a small ice branding on my left hand, which was done by pressing dry ice directly to the skin. (Yes, this was done backstage at a play that used dry ice for fog effects, no we weren’t drunk)

It healed really quickly, and left a really beautiful lily-white scar on my dark olive skin, but apparently I tan too readily, as after a few weeks, the thing has all but disappeared.

So, my question is this… I’m planning on getting a larger ice branding, so would putting it somewhere less exposed to sun (back/stomach/underside of arm) make it last longer? Is there anything else I could do to preserve the scar?


From the sounds of it, you may have only damaged the superficial layers of skin and not actually generated any long term scarring. Cold branding is an imperfect form at best, but if you want to try it and can’t access liquid nitrogen try this:

Make a sollution of dry ice and 90% isopryl alcohol. Dip a piece of copper in this and use the copper as the strike branding implement. It will take several prolonged strikes to do any substantial scarring.

Don’t expect any detail,amazing results (or possibly even scarring period) and you won’t be disappointed.

- Sean Philips

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…it even possible to heal surface piercings there?

Friday September 7th, 2007 @ 9:56 PM

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I will send you homemade cookies, if you send an address. =] [They're orgasmically delicious and will sit nicely on your thighs]

I used to cut myself, quite alot, exclusively on my left shin. Over the past 6ish months though, I’ve stopped cutting, discovered I’m bipolar, started seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist, taking medication, and am actually emotionally stable. [Wow.]

My question is: On my shin, I’d like to get an arrangement of surface piercings in the shape of a star. Is it even possible to heal surface piercings there? Would the amount of scar tissue affect healing all that much?


The basic rule of surface piercings using surface bars is this. Make dots where the entry and exit points will go. If at any point in your bodies movement the spacing between the dots varies, it will not likely heal.

Tygon can be used to allow some flexibility, but that’s not a real likely heal either.

Your current scarring could be detrimental or it could be used for some OLD SCHOOL scar and brace surface piercing (look it up on BME if you aren’t familiar with that concept).

It’s not likely to heal at all, but if you go in it knowing that and accepting the fact it will likely cause more scarring, go for it. Far less likely things have healed.

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PS: All cookies are tested by my apprentice for taste worthiness and possible poisoning.

- Sean Philips

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I have a question regarding an established…

Friday September 7th, 2007 @ 9:07 PM

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I have a question regarding an established piercing. I have had both of my earlobes pierced for about four months now. About two weeks ago, my right earlobe started acting up. There was a bump near the piercing, it felt like ther was a knot where the bump was, but it was not hot or discharging. Then about a week later, the left one started in with the same problem. Both of my lobes are better (sea salts). Just recently, about two weeks ago, I started taking up a new task at work. It requires me to put a headset on my head and take customer’s orders. Other people use this headset as well. What I am wondering is if there is a link between this new task and the piercings acting up.


If the head set is putting pressure on the jewelry, then yes that could be the culprit. Just pay attention to how you are putting the head set on, and how it hits the piercing.

- John Joyce

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Can you recommend a tattoo shop in Omaha, Ne.?

Friday September 7th, 2007 @ 7:53 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Can you recommend a tattoo shop in Omaha, Ne.?


I bet QOD’s very own sexy man beast, Monte, can. Try asking him.

- Sean Philips

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Also, what are the risks?

Friday September 7th, 2007 @ 11:30 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I am thinking about getting eyeliner tattooed on me, but I’m not not sure if I should go to a tattoo place or get it done by some type of a “beauty spa”. also, what are the risks?


You should go to someone who specializes in cosmetic tattooing. No, Johnny tattoo on the corner should not do this for you and no, your average beauty sap should not either. Find a specialist, look at their portfolio and ask to see healed results.

- John Joyce

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…should I just go to the GP for some cortisone injections?

Friday September 7th, 2007 @ 3:24 AM

Filed under: Piercing

I have some unsightly hypertrophic scarring on some dermal punch work I’ve had on my ears for a couple of years (see pics). I am wondering, are the over the counter scar removal creams worth looking at, or should I just go to the GP for some cortisone injections?


Downsize the jewelry, do some hot compresses to increase circulation, and make sure you aren’t sleeping on that side or doing anything else to it that will put any pressure on it at all.

- John Joyce

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…is telling me how long an average suspension will last?

Thursday September 6th, 2007 @ 7:04 AM

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I’ve started a little research on suspension, but nothing i’ve found is telling me how long an average suspension will last???


I’ve seen 2 seconds to 2+ hours.

- Shawn Porter

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