Surface bars

Saturday July 26th, 2008 @ 6:16 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I’ve been looking into surface piercings for a while now, and I really want to get a pair of surface bars just below my clavicles. However, I also want to eventually join a martial arts class, and i know they would get damaged, if not ripped straight out in that class. The only way i can do both is to be able to remove them(and my ear piercings) during the class. Is that even possible? Can you remove and reinsert a well healed surface bar?

It is not wise to remove surface piercings for ANY situation, let alone martial arts. With or without the jewelry in a big enough impact to the pierced location can cause irritation/complication.

This is something what we piercers call: “Lifestyle Choices” where customers must really make a decision on what they’d rather have/do…Would they rather have piercings, or take up martial arts…Because realistically there’s going to be complications on either side.

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Hiding stretched ears

Friday July 25th, 2008 @ 6:11 PM

Filed under: Ear

My ears are at 5/8th and I’m starting nursing school in a couple months. I bought the silicone hider plugs in 2 different versions in 1/2 inch. Neither one was the right color. Is there any other way to hide them. I love my ears too much to let them close. Its killing me that I can’t stretch them bigger than what they are.

Keep stretching them, because, around 1.5″ you can usually pull your lobes over your ear cartilage. You will look mildly deformed, but jobs can not discriminate because of that! If it wasn’t for that pull over technique I surely would have lost my lobes at the Bad Luck 13 show.

Otherwise , go old school, try some solid wood plugs, you could paint the front flesh tone to match your skin. Just be sure to keep the paint away from the wearable surface.

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forced lack of bladder control

Friday July 25th, 2008 @ 11:39 AM

Filed under: Cutting

Is there anyone out there that may know how to self cut the bladder muscle or the urinary sphincter that would force the recepinent to have to wear a collection device 24/7 or some kind of protectiojn 24/7. I know that there are some people here that have done uretral re-routs. I am hoping someone can help me with this. thank you, spankey

The safest way to achieve this is with a urethral stint. The stint is basically a hollow tube with a textured outside that your bladders sphincter will grab onto and not be able to close around.

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Tongue Piercing

Friday July 25th, 2008 @ 11:29 AM

Filed under: Tongue


I have want to get a tongue piercing since the longest time ever. I already have an eyebrow & navel piercing. The eyebrow piercing was done by a professional. I did my navel piercing by myself and did not have any problems with it! I also did my own ear piercings which I also did not have any problems with it. I have 4 piercings in each ear. I was wondering if I could pierce my tongue (self-piercing)? I know that its daangerous and the disadvantages, but Im willing to risk it. I recently bought a Professional Piercing kit for the tongue (which includes the needles). I examined my tongue to see where the thicker blood vessels are. They run along the undersides of my tongue on the right and left side. I was wondering if I could do the piercing in the middle of those blood vessels? because there is a skin line that seperates the left and right side of my tongue. I have done a lot of research and I have seen YouTube videos to get an idea of where exactly is the best part of the tongue to get the piercing. If anyone can help me, I’ll be very HAPPY!

I think that if you were bound and determined to pierce yourself, you could certainly put a needle through your body and fill the hole with jewelry.

But body piercing isn’t always that simple.
First and foremost you’re going to need to have some sort of grasp of cross-contamination prevention which is something that takes professional piercers a lot of practice to grasp and utilize in their procedure. There are bacteria on your hands right now that could potentially kill you if you managed to introduce it to an open wound in your body. Piercing kit or not, you still need to understand how to use that equipment properly.

What kind of jewelry do you get in a piercing kit? How do you know it’s the right size for your tongue and that it will allow for swelling?
Tongue piercings can start to swell immediately after the needle is passed through. If you’re not quick and accurate with the jewelry transfer, you’re going to swell up even more and the jewelry won’t fit.

You said yourself you know it’s dangerous and you know the disadvantages. I think this is one for your piercer to do for you. Exact placement is going to vary from person to person and besides what you’d see in pictures, I’m not going to be able to tell you where you should place yours.

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Peeling Tattoo…That’s Old.

Friday July 25th, 2008 @ 11:20 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

So, as a freelance designer who works from home, my work schedule is not always the most healthy–meaning, I tend to one or two hyper-focused overnighters a week. I’m hoping the physical stress of that is the key to my question, but I’m not so sure–I’ve never even heard of this.

A few days ago, during an intense work night, I noticed that some of the blue line work on my leg sleeve were puffed up slightly. Not all of them, but a few segments of a few lines. I thought it was strange but left it alone.

Today, about 3 days later, I was sort of absentmindedly picking at the skin on my shin, and peeled off a little strip of skin that was about 1/8″ long, and as wide as the line work it came from. When I looked down at whatever gross thing I had just pulled from my body, I noticed it was BLUE. Then inspecting my shin, there was another little line that looked like it was scabbing over slightly, presumably from the irritation the other day.

Um, the thing is, I’ve had this work for over 6 years. I did lots of research into the artist, it was a reputable shop, I have no known allergies at all, and it heeled perfectly without issue. I put mega sunscreen when I go out into the sun, and under direct sunlight like at the beach, I almost always have a towel over it. The colors are extremely vibrant, and I’ve taken a lot of care to keep them that way. I also use an epilady to remove my leg hair in case that’s of any note, but I haven’t in over a month, because, well, it’s just hair.

From my understanding, tattoo ink is much deeper than the thin layer of skin that just casually peels off, right? This NEVER happens, and I will admit, I am a little bit of a picker, so I’ve seen my share of it. There was no blood, and the skin I peeled was very thin.

I’m freaked, thinking that the ink is suddenly rejecting from my skin. Have you ever seen this? Is it a bad sign of things to come? Am I paranoid for no reason?

A lot of people experience some lines and areas of their tattoos puffing up and even rashing under certain stresses (ie. Sunlight exposure/burns, environmental/pet allergies, sensitivity to soaps, etc)
In a healed tattoo it shouldn’t be a big concern if it happens and it should go back down in a day or so.

The part of your tattoo peeling is likely a result of you fussing with the swollen lines three days before… You may have rubbed off the first layer which would have been clear and somehow irritated the tattoo underneath to peel up a bit of pigment.
I, personally, have never heard of a tattoo rejecting after years of healed wear. I can’t see it being physically possible!

The next time you tattoo gets irritated - and it likely will for whatever reason - Just leave it alone. Try gently washing the irritated area and avoid picking at it!

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Permanent makeup

Thursday July 24th, 2008 @ 3:49 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I’ve been looking into permanent makeup for a couple of years now. I was born without eyebrows, and I’ve been drawing them on every day for the last seven years. I’d really like to get them done permanently, and I’ve been reading on BME about permanent makeup, and it seems like kind of a rip off. I’ve only found one reputable place for permanent makeup, but they charge $700 CDN for the procedure. I’m wondering if permanent makeup for my eyebrows is the best option, or if I would be better off going to a tattoo artist. I’m only eighteen years old, and I’m pretty nervous about the whole process being completely permanent. Do eyebrow tattoos generally age well with the shape and what not?

Cosmetic tattooing can be quite expensive! It’s very important to seek out the best artist for the job rather than the best price. (a good artist will have a portfolio to show you!) The longevity of the tattoos will depend on the artist and the aftercare.

Like any tattoo on the face, cosmetic tattooing is prone to blowouts and fading - which is why you’ll see a lot of permanent makeup that looks blue and fuzzy where once upon a time it may have looked crisp and black. Many permanent makeup artists don’t use the same equipment or have the same training as regular tattoo artists do and that can be detrimental to the outcome of your cosmetic tattoos.

I had Mike Loshaw, (a tattoo artist who also studied permanent makeup) who works in Edmonton, Alberta, do my own eyebrows and I am thrilled with the results! We did them initially with a lighter shade of brown than I usually use in pencil so as not to over-do it. We later touched them up after the combination of sun-exposure, natural sloughing of skin on the face and my commitment to finally go darker. Years later my eyebrows have fared quite well and haven’t aged undesirably.

The choice to see a Cosmetic tattooer or a traditional tattooer is yours. There will be pros and cons to each, but the final decision should lie in your gut instinct in response to the the artist’s portfolio and their confidence in the procedure. You can’t put a price on the middle of the your face! Choose carefully!

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Thursday July 24th, 2008 @ 3:35 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

just got nipples pierced about a month ago and decided that it is just not for me so i want to know what the process is to remove them and let them heal

As long as you’re not having any concerns that the piercings may be infected, simply cleaning and removing the jewelry and keeping the area clean as you would a cut should suffice.

Weeping of fluid around the piercing holes for the first day or so could be expected - mind you don’t wipe at it as you could introduce bacteria to the wound and CAUSE an infection. Do not poke anything back through the holes to “see if it’s closed up” as you can really irritate the healing piercing - and open it back up.

You can always go see your piercer and have them safely clean and remove the jewelry for you. Any concerns of possible infection should be brought to the attention of your doctor before removing the jewelry.

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Thursday July 24th, 2008 @ 3:23 AM

Filed under: Tongue

Since I am turning 18 in August, I have been going through my options of which piercings to get done first. I have been running the idea of getting two off-centre tongue piercings (venoms), but I have heard from various people that this can be alot more dangerous than a standard centered tongue piercing. Is there more risks involved with getting venoms?

Besides common risks of any tongue piercing (bleeding, swelling, bruising, tooth/gum erosion, infection, etc) “Venom” piercings shouldn’t pose a higher risk than “standard” or centrally placed tongue piercings if done by a skilled piercer.
He or she will need to examine your tongue to avoid the thicker blood vessels which you can see that run along the undersides of your tongue. Some piercers will opt for different angles in the underside placement of the piercings to avoid piercing through the vessels (which would cause you some serious bleeding)

Ask to see portfolio pictures of other similarly placed tongue piercings when choosing your piercer.

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Nose Piercing Scab and Bump

Thursday July 24th, 2008 @ 3:19 AM

Filed under: Nose

I got my nose pierced about 2 weeks ago and I was cleaning it twice a day and it was healing well until last week. I think I may have accidentally irritated it and a bump and scab formed above my ring. I’ve continued to clean it 3-4 times a day with q-tips and watered down dial soap but it hasn’t seemed to help. A few times the whole scab just starts to bleed. After I’m done cleaning it, the scab has clear liquid coming from it and it’s sticky. Within about 10 minutes my ring gets stuck in the scab and won’t move until the next time I clean it.

I don’t know if there was any other cleaning methods I should try or if I should just go straight to my piercer.

Thanks! : )

1st Nit-Pick: Not a fan of CBR’s in most piercings, especially with Nostrils. The constant rotation of the ring irritates and drags bacteria in the wound thus prolonging the healing time. As well as increasing the chance of complications such as this one. Even though you might have aesthetically wanted a CBR right off the bat, I find often its best to overlook the aesthetic demand and instead go with the better/more efficient way to heal the piercing.

2nd Nit-Pick: Is it just me or does the CBR’s ends not line up when they meet the ball *squints* it sure looks like they don’t.

3rd: Dial Soap is far too harsh for a piercing and should not be used. Nor should you be “watering it down” on qtips. As you’re essentially getting the dial soap inside the piercing and causing it to be further irritated.

Proper Aftercare: The ideal way you should be cleaning this piercing is either using a 0.9% sodium chloride wound wash/irrigation saline roughly twice a day. Or you can purchase Distilled Water and measure out a ratio of 1 cup water to 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. You fill up a clean cup/glass (clean and dry right before you put contents into cup/glass) and literally stick your nose into the cup. Soak the piercing for roughly 5-10 minutes as under 5 minutes you are not flushing the wound out enough and after 10 minutes, you’re just standing there with your nose in a cup. If you feel uncomfortable you can relax and then go back to soaking your piercing this way,etc.

Then and ONLY then after you’re done soaking, you can take some q-tips and gently wipe away the piercings discharge on the entry and exit point.

If you do a search on AskBME I’m POSITIVE you’ll find a lot of information on Aftercare and how to properly care for your piercing.

Also another helpful hint if you’re not allergic, spring time allergies,etc you can try chamomile tea bag compresses. You buy 100% all natural chamomile tea and steep the tea bag in boiled water for a couple minutes. Remove the tea bag from the boiled water and allow it to cool down just enough that you can tolerate the warmth. Then compress the chamomile tea bag against the piercing until it no longer has any moisture to it. The chamomile tea bag has been known to help sooth and relax and reduce problems similar to what you’ve been displaying….But so has making sure you are not pierced with a ring initially ;)

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plug coating

Thursday July 24th, 2008 @ 3:13 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

G’day guys

Im looking at starting to make plugs out of clear resin and embedding them with pretty things…but resin doesn’t sound like a very safe thing to put in piercings. Do you know anything I could coat the wearing surface with that would be safer?

Thanks a lot!


The best option for you to do anything is to purchase Implant Grade Steel or Implant Grade Titanium single flared eyelets and place the resin designs within the eyelets.

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