BYO Jewelry

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Thursday July 31st, 2008 @ 1:56 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I’m interested in getting a sternum surface piercing. I had an appointment with a piercer at a local studio a few months ago. I had called ahead of time and asked questions about their technique and jewelry and was told that they use surface bars and a standard needling procedure (since dermal punches are illegal for piercers in MO). Once the piercer started showing me the needles in the packages and such, he explained that he would be bending a straight barbell into shape for the piercing. This set off alarms in my head.

It’s been a while, so I don’t remember for sure, but he bent it right in front of me so I’m guessing he had to have used some sort of pliars. (Creating small scratches in the bar.) I didn’t really think about the pliers at the time, but when I looked at the jewelry, the bends looked very round, and the rise didn’t seem very long for initial jewelry. I can’t think of a better way to explain it, but they just didn’t look like sharp 90 degree bends like pre-made (machine-bent?) surface bars. This is what concerned me the most. I just didn’t feel right about that jewelry, so I opted out and decided to wait.

My question is… Is it common for piercers to hand-bend straight barbells into surface bars? Also, I’m thinking about ordering my own implant-grade internally threaded surface bar, (possibly the new flat kind, rather than round), and bringing that to the studio to be autoclaved and pierced with. If I decide to do this, I will definitely speak with the piercer first to make sure this would be alright with him, but I was just wondering if anyone on here had any thoughts on the matter. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help or offer suggestions.

Is it common for piercers to hand bend straight barbells into surface bars?

Simplistically answered: No, No and No.

No its not common…No it should NOT be done. And NO you should not buy jewelry and bring it to them.

It’s obvious with what you stated that the piercer doesn’t fully grasp the concept of surface piercings and how they should properly be done. So if they cannot grasp that concept, why buy proper jewelry to bring to them and put it in? Why not FIND a qualified/experienced piercer who knows what they’re doing and will use the proper jewelry to begin with?

Because why give these people your business when they don’t care enough to do the proper research and educational training/understanding to fully comprehend these types of things?

Each time a client gives in and goes to places like this, you’re actually helping the “negative” portion of the industry stay alive and actually THRIVE. Yet those of us who put the effort in and do things the best we possibly can,etc. Have to struggle and dealing daily with these types “botched” work.

Go to a professional that knows what they’re doing…Get it done 100% properly…


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One Response to “BYO Jewelry”

  1. I had a feeling you’d tell me that. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t overreacting. I’m looking for a different studio now. Do you have any suggestions for good surface work in Missouri? I’m looking at A1 in Kansas City right now, trying to get some photos of healed piercings and such. Any input is appreciated.

    Kaycee on July 31st, 2008 at 6:55 pm

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