Repierce Tragus?

Saturday October 27th, 2007 @ 8:46 PM

Filed under: Ear

I had my tragus pierced about a year ago, but let it heal up about 6 months ago.

Would I be able to get it repierced, or would there be too much scar tissue?

It should be totally fine to repierce. Go visit your friendly neighbourhood piercer and have a chat with them about it, they should be more than happy to help you out with it. :)

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | Comments

Pregnancy and tattoos

Saturday October 27th, 2007 @ 8:30 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

I’m not sure if this question has been answered or not but here goes: I just recently got a tattoo about a week ago and just today found out that I’m pregnant. Will this have any effect on my baby?

First of all, congratulations! I’ve recently discovered that we’re in the family way as well (I’m just over nine weeks pregnant as of this writing), isn’t it just the most exciting thing? It’s like joining some secret women’s club or something, ha ha!

It’s not ideal to get pierced or tattooed during pregnancy, and most reputable artists won’t even touch you if they know you are pregnant (because, from a liability standpoint, nobody wants to be the last person who did anything to your body before you miscarried, not to put too fine a point on it). Your immune system becomes depressed during pregnancy, and healing will certainly be impacted by that, and it’s just common sense not to put too much stress on your body while it’s working on such an important project - pregnancy is, after all, a temporary condition, and you can easily put off any projects for a few months until Bubs is here!

All of that being said, however, no, the fact that got tattooed before you knew you were pregnant really shouldn’t have any effect on your baby. I’m assuming that you went to a clean and reputable artists and the tattoo was done with sterile equipment, of course, but I can’t imagine any serious risk/trauma/stress to the developing foetus just from the act of Mum receiving a tattoo. I’ve known lots of women who quite intentionally got pierced and tattooed during their pregnancies - I’m reserving comment on that, much as I’m reserving comment on women who smoke and drink throughout their pregnancy - and their babies were fine, at the end of the day. Almost all pregnant women do SOMEthing naughty during their first few weeks of pregnancy, because they don’t know they’re up the duff yet, and their kids are fine and any dramas, if they have them, are unrelated. Don’t worry too much about it, just be good from here on in and take care of yourself and your bub!

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 3 Comments

Tattoos and Dermals

Saturday October 27th, 2007 @ 8:09 PM

Filed under: Implants, Tattoos

Heya, this one’s for Lori or Warren!

Im currently located in Adelaide and was wondering if you know any reputable piercers who you feel would be able to perform dermal anchors.

Also where you suggest going to get tattooed, thanks heaps!

I’m spearheading a movement to get all our Aussie readers to call Warren “Wozza” from now on. C’mon, you know you want to. I’m just trying to help him feel more at home here Down Under, you understand. :) And for all of our other readers all over the world, don’t worry about it, it’s an Aussie thing. ;)

I honestly don’t know who I’d recommend in Adelaide for microdermal/dermal anchors, and I don’t see anyone in South Australia on the Industrial Strength microdermal website. This does not, of course, mean there’s nobody doing them there, just that you need to do some research and call around to the better piercing studios and talk to them about it. Ask them if they do them, how many they’ve done, how the procedure is performed/what techniques are they using, how they learned to perform the procedure, how many they’ve removed and at what point in the healing process, what their success rate is, and for pictures of fresh and healed work.

As for tattoos, shop around - everyone has their favourite artists and I’ve seen good work come out of Adelaide. I’ve also seen some shockers, ha ha, so caveat emptor and all of that! Here’s where the new comments section will come in handy - South Australian readers, please do feel free to pitch in with your favourite artists and links to shops, to give us some help!

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 13 Comments

Microdermal Removal

Saturday October 27th, 2007 @ 7:58 PM

Filed under: Implants

Need some help, urgently…and asking you guys will get me a more informed response than calling my piercer.

My six month old microdermal, in the hollow of my throat, has rejected. The jewelry was IS, and the part that was implanted on top (towards my chin) was the short “heel”. This part, over the course of about a week, pushed itself right out with no redness, swelling, or pain, and there was no trauma to the piercing that I’m aware of.

As I have no access (5 hour one way drive) to a reputable piercer, I’ve removed the rest of it myself by sliding a 14g needle against the lower half of the implant, to slice through the well healed tissue which had grown through the holes in the metal (I figured if I tried myself to re-implant the top, I’d end up with no implant + big scar).

MY QUESTION: I now have the worlds finest fistula. This piercing had healed very well, and there is a nice pocket where it sat. Will the minor trauma of cutting it out make this pocket seal up? I’m not worried about a little external scar, I’m worried about a permanent hole beneath the skin. Any advice?

(and to the professionals who are concerned about the heel on this jewelry being so small; I believe this piercing would have been permanent had it been equal in length either side of the post. That heel seems to have been simply not enough to anchor the jewelry)

I’m sure the fistula will sort itself out (if it hasn’t already) in terms of healing closed, and if you want to try to reduce the appearance and texture of the scar tissue, I suggest you use a scar-reduction product such as Mederma or Bio-Oil several times a day until it looks better. You should begin to see results within a few weeks, depending on how long the microdermal was in place and how much scar tissue your body created.

I’ve removed a fair few microdermals now, and I’ve yet to have to cut any out of anybody - the ones I’ve removed have all been badly abused and on the path to rejection - but they way you did it certainly sounds like the way most people are removing well-healed ones that don’t want to come out easily.

Regarding the foot design of the jewellery, if both feet were the same longer length, they wouldn’t be readily inserted into a single pocket anymore - think about it! I can’t speak for how any other piercers do them, but I put the longer foot facing up, not down, just to give it something to hang on to against gravity.

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | Comments

Blowout :(

Sunday October 14th, 2007 @ 1:55 AM

Filed under: Ear, Piercing

I haven’t stretched for a couple of months, but recently noticed what I assume is a blowout, a little flap poking out the back of my lobe.

I’ve read the encyclopedia entry but I think most of the tips there apply to fresh blow-outs, where this must be a few months old. What can I do?! I have downsized a couple of mms for now.

Can I also add that I feel like an idiot because I was always so proud to have healthy ears.

It is unfortunate, I’m sorry that this has occurred. With blow outs quite often it’s not a result of the last stretch you did, more so it’s a result of a couple stretches before that.

The best option to do with this situation is to take your jewelry out completely and give your lobes a good massages daily.

When the blow out disappears completely find a jewelry size that easily fits into the current size of the pathway, do not try to muscle larger sizes in, put a comfortable fitted size in. From there keep the jewelry in through-out the entire day, but take them out once or twice a day and give the lobes a good massage.

Also I’d advise to maintain your lobes at this comfortable size for at least 6 months to a year before trying to fit the next size in.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 7 Comments

Tattoos and flying

Saturday October 13th, 2007 @ 10:15 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

MY friends seems to think if you fly after getting a tattoo the blood vessles will “explode”. sounds like BS to me?

As someone who has flown on average more than 50,000 miles a year for the past 4 years I can tell you I have never had any blood vessels explode. I’ve even flown thousands of miles specifically to get tattooed and then flown back the very same day!

Tell your friend it’s total “BS” and that they can also drink soda and eat Pop Rocks.

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Posted by Rachel | Permalink | 4 Comments


Saturday October 13th, 2007 @ 2:57 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I’m new to the tattoo world and want to make sure that I am tipping my artist enough. I got 125$ worth of work done one day and tipped her 20$… it took about 30 minutes for the tattoos. Then I went back a few days later and got another tattoo that cost 75$ and I tipped her 15$. That one took about 15 minutes. I tip her about what I tip my hair stylist… thats what I based it on… am I giving her enough???

Tattoo artist generally make far more than waitresses, bartender and whatnot. On average most artist make 50% of the cost of the tattoo. I only mention this because I don’t feel people should feel they HAVE to tip there artist.

That being said, I always do tip my artist and tip them well, just as I feel you did. It’s been mentioned on QOD a bunch, but since this is a new format why not mention this once more: Once you get to know your artist feel free to tip with more personal gifts rather than cash tips, whether it be a gift card, cookies some random collectible they are into these types of tips will probably be more appreciated than the standard cash tip.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 5 Comments

Waiting time

Friday October 12th, 2007 @ 11:30 PM

Filed under: Ear

I’ve always heard that after you get your ears pierced, you should wait atleast 4 months before you can start to stretch the piercings. But, my friend is stubborn and doesn’t want to wait that long. So, he asked his piercer how long to wait, and the piercer said a month and i thought that was way to short. Now for the question, and i know that you should always listen to your body first, but what is the best time to wait after getting your ears pierced before stretching them.

The best time to wait is when your ears are nice and loose. This could take 4 months, it could take six months, it could even take upwards to a year or more.

The faster you push the envelope the most risks that are going to be put in place. The faster you stretch the more you leave yourself open for causing micro-tears in the fistula which can create more scar tissue then desired, not to mention it can also create problems such as blow-outs,etc.

Personally nowadays I’m advising clients to refrain from actively stretching their lobes. Instead I instruct them to simply massage their lobes with some type of oil, ie: Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil Neem Oil,etc. They are to do this every couple of days and simply wait for their lobes to get nice and loose/stretchy. From there all they simply need to do is get one gauge size larger and with a lil bit of water-based lubrication, the jewelry should just easily slip in.

By doing this, you’ll eliminate all the problems/risks that can occur via actively stretching. People are often impatience, they’re going to do what they’re going to do. But that’s also why there are so many people out there with badly complicated stretched piercings.

Patience is a virtue that needs to be implemented when it comes to this form of modification.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 4 Comments

How come…

Friday October 12th, 2007 @ 11:29 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

Why don’t we have the option of choosing who we address our questions to anymore? The recent changes in BME are really disappointing. It was nice to not have to seek out a professional in person every time you had to ask a question about something. This used to be a really helpful place to get information, but I can’t say I’ll be using it anymore.

Well, as said before, we are still waiting for all staff members to get their accounts ready, and we want to be sure they’re perfectly familiar with the new system. Once all staff members have their accounts, and personal information in the staff page (therefore you’ll be able to ask the -right- person the -right- question), there’s no reason why this feature wouldn’t be included, not to mention it’s very simple to implement.

As for your comments on how this ‘used to be a really helpful place’, I really don’t see how it’s changed, all the same information is still available. If anything it’s easier to read, indexed much easier by robots (hello google), and then we have comments, updates to technorati, pingbacks from other blogs.. Shall I go on? Also, given how QOD was not even down for a single day, I don’t know why you’re complaining about having to seek out a professional in person every time you had a question (phone? IAM?).

I hope you change your opinion of AskBME and join us again for some questions and comments.

Thank you.

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Posted by AskBME | Permalink | 4 Comments

Small tattoos

Friday October 12th, 2007 @ 6:06 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I wasn’t able to find this in the wiki or by searching the QOD so I apologize if this has been answered before. I normally hate the “My friend told me…” type of questions but I am really curious about this one. It has come to my attention that there are some who believe that small tattoos are a bad idea and that they don’t turn out as well as larger ones. But of course no definite reasons were given. I know that for detail work you have to have a certain size, but is there any reason not to have a very simple design done on a smaller scale?

The thing about tattoos is that you’re filling cells with the pigment, cells have a finite size. As the body ages the cell walls break down, as it breaks down the pigment in those cells spread/run. Depending on the size of the tattoo will dictate the clarity of the tattoo as your body ages, it might be visible for a couple years, or it might be visible longer.

All work has some manner of detail, unless you’re going for small blob solid colours. You want to make sure that the lines do not get too close because as I said as the skin ages and breaks down the pigment will expand from its spot and blur/blend with what’s close by.

This is why many artists will have a bare minimum size for tattoos they do, based on the detail of the piece. There are however people like Anil Gupta who are internationally known for doing postage stamp size tattoos of Salvador Dali paintings,etc. However he does these tattoos with very small needle groupings (quite often 1 liners,etc), he has a MASSIVE magnify glass. Also your skin must be of a very specific type, if not he won’t do the tattoo. Not to mention in his FAQ on his page the first statement is: 1) Does Anil do coverups, retouch or color enhancement on an existing tattoo? NO.

Letters, Birds, Butterflies, Tigers, Faces all these things require detail. Details that are being etched into a living canvas. Something that ages and decays, which is very unlike a painters canvas,etc.

Now with saying this, this doesn’t mean rush out to get a full back-piece. But the thing to consider with tattoos is to make sure it fits the frame. A small tattoo on a rather large space will simply not look right, visually to the eyes. Case in point look at the body builders who have very tiny suns, tribals,etc on their upper arm region. Their massive bulging muscles over shadow the piece so it gets lost amongst the muscle.

So like I said it doesn’t need to be a huge tattoo, nor small. The thing to always consider is: “Does this tattoo fit the frame of my body

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