…the correct way to ask a customer a request like that?

Friday October 5th, 2007 @ 6:06 AM

Filed under: Piercing

I recently went to a Tattoo/Piercing shop with a friend who was getting her nipples pierced. My friend is pretty big breasted, and when the time finally came to pierce them, the male piercer insisted she `play` with her nipples to make them hard, so that he could pierce them easier. Is it true that hard nipples are easier to pierce, and is that the correct way to ask a customer a request like that?


Tell your friend she was exploited. This is not a professional request. Back in the old school we used to prefer hard nipples to pierce, to make them hard we used alcohol (after the then standard iodine) which stimulated them in a totally non-sexual way. Nowadays, we don’t even keep alcohol in the shop (maybe a bottle of whiskey for after hours, but no rubbing alcohol) and we really don’t need erect nipples for modern piercing technique. In any case asking your customer to play with there nipples should be saved for a party at Xanadont not in a professional shop environment.

- Sean Philips

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…a needle for more than one piercing on the same person?

Friday October 5th, 2007 @ 4:55 AM

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I have a pretty quick question. Is there any contraindication to reusing a needle for more than one piercing on the same person? For example, using one needle to pierce both of someone’s lobes. Seems like a bad idea to me.


Needles are CHEAP. This used to be common practice for lobes because a) “it’s ok b/c it’s on the same person” and b) b/c lobe tissue is soft enough not to dull the needle considerably.

However, reusing the needle increases the chance of cross contamination and deteriorates the cutting surface of the needle. At 25 cents a pop, reusing needles in this day and age is 100% unacceptable.

- Sean Philips

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Php/Dolphin Where would one go to learn more?

Friday October 5th, 2007 @ 2:42 AM

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I was looking for more information on a dolphin piercing. The BME Encyclopedia doesn’t really have much on it.

http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Dolphin


What else would you like to know? Here’s a useless fact though. Before I discovered the internet, somewhere around 1997 I thought I invented the dolphin piercing, I called it a Prince Orbital.

- Sean Philips

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…be able to/willing to accommodate a request such as this?

Thursday October 4th, 2007 @ 5:23 PM

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Im interested in a tattoo, also incorporating scarification within the tattoo. Would you/PBA personally be able to/willing to accommodate a request such as this?


Sure, we would be happy to help you out. Just give me a call at the shop 603-889-5788 or e-mail me at ryanpba@hotmail.com

- Ryan Ouellette

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…visible when I speak, a split tongue wouldn’t be either?

Wednesday October 3rd, 2007 @ 8:29 AM

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So is it safe to assume that if a 7/16″ plug isn’t visible when I speak, a split tongue wouldn’t be either?


I’d say that is a fairly safe assumption.

- John Joyce

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What should I do?

Wednesday October 3rd, 2007 @ 5:45 AM

Filed under: Piercing

I’ve had my vertical hood pierced for almost a week now, and it is still bleeding. What should I do? Should I be concerned?


It’s not uncommon for genital piercings to spot-bleed for a week or more. Definitely do NOT do salt soaks, as that will exacerbate bleeding - just keep it dry and put pressure on it if it starts bleeding excessively. It should sort itself out within a few more days.

- Lori St.Leone

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Not if you’re allergic to adhesive.

Wednesday October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:24 AM

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Not if you’re allergic to adhesive.


Yes, thank you, Captain Obvious - if one is allergic to adhesive (which one would have undoubtedly figured out already from band-aids, tape, etc), then obviously, don’t tape a piece of jewellery to yourself to ascertain sensitivity. If, however, you’re part of the vast, teeming majority of people on Earth who are NOT allergic to adhesive, then this plan should be fine. Duh.

- Lori St.Leone

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