Affordable Jewlery

Friday July 18th, 2008 @ 6:53 AM

Filed under: Ear

I recently made a trip to a new piercing place and i found some fossilized mastodon ivory plugs they are so brutal however they are at 3/4 and im at 5/8 so i was trying to find some cheap stainless steel tunnels to gauge up however given the size it has proven difficult to find an affordable price so i was wondering if anybody had some good links with variety and affordability in mind!

Variety and Affordability…..Hmmmmm….Cheap…..

These are things a Jedi craves not…

The reality is if you want quality, WHICH YOUR BODY DESERVES, you’re going to have to pay a bit more then the Tree Fiddy that that no good Loch Ness Monsta is gonna be axin for!

Steel, Titanium, Gold, most metals are sky-rocketing in price…It’s all apart of that HUGE escalating number that is available to put on websites,etc that shows just how much the wars are costing us. Oil, Metal, everything is going UP UP UP UP UP in price. And sadly we the people of the world have to suffer and cope.

One option for you to look into is pyrex plugs/eyelets, as usually they are priced a bit cheaper then Steel/Titanium. And if I were you I wouldn’t look to variety or various different styles, I’d just stick to plain old clear Pyrex plugs/eyelets until you get to your desired size, which should take roughly 6 months to a year or just even a bit longer, depending on your ears elasticity,etc.

Then after you get to your desired size comfortably, that’s when you can buy your “brutal” Mastadon Ivory plugs…Or you can buy them now and just wait to put them in until you safely get to the 3/4″ size.

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Microdermal Healing

Friday July 18th, 2008 @ 6:38 AM

Filed under: Implants

I have four Industrial Strength microdermals along/below my clavicles. The rise is higher than i expected and I suppose with all the movement in the arms/shoulders the two outer micros sat noticeably higher than the inner two. I was just extra careful with them and they all healed up very nicely.

About a month ago my outer right micro got hit pretty hard and the smaller foot rejected out in 2 days. I decided to take it out myself with a 14g needle, sliding it against the micro to break connective tissue on the larger foot. I went to check my far left micro and noticed that again, the larger side of the foot healed perfectly, but the smaller foot did not heal at all, it had just been sitting there hollow, and since I never had it snagged i never noticed. The smaller foot popped right out! It was mildly horrifying but it wasn’t irritated, infected, or rejecting.I couldn’t leave it in there though so I decided to take it out as well and get them redone at a later date.

My concern is that in the long run micros will keep running in to problems with the smaller foot. I liked that Industrial Strength micros have a hole on the smaller side of the foot for tissue to grow through but it’s such an ittybitty one, I noticed Anatometal has a nice wide hole for the larger foot, but the smaller foot is just a nub. What micros would you recommend? Which have healed the best of your knowledge? Are there ones i should avoid? Any help would be great since i didn’t get them redone yet i’ll wait for feedback.

Thank You!! - maxine

p.s. for anyone healing micros, i picked up on some habits of the things.

Every few weeks or so one or a couple of mine would get irritated. The standard seasalt/water swab definitely helps but most of the time I had to give my micros a little help and push some of the lymphatic fluid out by gently pressing around the micro, (it’s easy for stuff to get trapped in there) then clean them again.

I’ve seen a lot of girls getting them around the chest/clavicle area, and this applies for s

Hi Maxine,

My personally view on IS vs Anatometal for the Surface Anchors/Microdermals is this, I like BOTH styles actually. The one thing I liked about Anatometal and their subsequent creation of the product, is that they actually waited and sat in the background watching/hearing all the issues people were having/noticing with the current versions,etc. They then implemented their product based on what they heard/saw and based on that made alterations based on that.

Personally I have not used the Anatometal ones just yet, they only came out a few months ago. I’ve only ever really used the Industrial Strength ones, which I find work great for me…And I bet if I was to use the Anatometal ones, I’d be just as happy with them, cuz lord knows I got a HUGE hankering for Anatometal, I love them so.

Might I ask though, just how old exactly were/are your microdermals? Based on what I’m reading I’d be inclined to assume that you’ve only had them for a couple months? No more than 6 months correct?

The one thing I’d like to point out with Microdermals is that they realistically take a lot longer to heal, then the projected time frame everyone “THINKS” they take to heal. Just because something isn’t red, irritated, swollen, producing a discharge,etc..Doesn’t mean that it is completely healed perfectly and awesome. Personally I say with Microdermals I advise clients to expect a 6 months to 1 year heal time, with periods of on and off irritation.

But as I said, I’m perfectly fine with suggesting IS or Anatometal for microdermals. There is also of course: Custom Steel Body Jewelry, who is arguably the individual who created the first prototypes of the microdermal/surface anchor design, depending who you talk to. Either way with any of these companies product, you’re safe and secure in the jewelry quality/design. From there it’s just making sure the piercer is experienced enough in knowing how to work with the jewelry. Not to mention its up to the client and piercer to do the research and get up to date knowledge on how to care for them. Because things have changed a bit since the old article that came out two years and a bit ago, as many other piercers started doing them and noting the pros and cons,etc.

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tattoo scabbing

Friday July 18th, 2008 @ 6:31 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

My tattoo is almost a week old and has scabbing on it in some places. I just wondered if scabbing is normal, or if it is a bad sign. Whenever I search on the internet I get completely different answers! Some say scabbing is really bad, and others say that it is normal. I’m kind of nervous about it. I’m being very careful not to knock off or pick at the scabs, at any rate. Thank you for your help!

You most certainly don’t want to pick the scabs off or anything like that. How have you been taking care of your tattoo? There’s MANY different aftercare methods and some work for some people and others for other people.

But scabbing isn’t uncommon, it can happen, especially with how some tattoo artists work…Not just that but also just how some peoples bodies naturally react to being tattooed.

The best thing for you to do is to not pick, allow the scabs to naturally want to fall off. As well as keep the tattooed skin moisturized with a very mild/gentle moisturizer.

Everyone’s different and everyone has their own brands and what not, personally I find Aveeno Moisturizer (Mild/Unscented) works best for my body…

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Friday July 18th, 2008 @ 6:19 AM

Filed under: Ear

I got my tragus pierced 3 days ago, and my jaw hurts, kind of like an ear-ache. I was wondering if that was normal?

Dear Poster of this Question…You’ve had a couple days or so now, since getting it pierced. Has the jaw hurt/ear-ache you’re feeling gone away?


I’m making the assumption that it’s gone away because that’s the wonderful thing about the body, especially when you penetrate it with a needle. It really doesn’t “like” that idea, hence the chaotic ballet of trying to heal the wound begins.

This delightful ballet involves: redness, discharge and even discomfort/pain. Who knew that passing a needle through the body would trigger a “discomfort/pain” reaction in your ear/jaw region? I always thought they felt like angel kisses and fairy bj’s.

Not trying to make light of your situation but the fact is yes pain/discomfort is something to expect, literally 3 days after getting pierced. With tragus and other ear cartilage work you can expect discomfort even upto 6 months to a year after the piercing being done.

However if you ever see/feel something that perhaps doesn’t look/feel right, most definitely visit the piercer who did the piercing and have them inspect the piercing to make sure it’s doing well. If it sounds like they’re just brushing you off and telling you its fine, even though its not…Then perhaps visit a couple piercers to get their opinions on the situation and with all their answers make a educated/informed decision…Or you can even take a good/crisp/clear picture of your tragus and post it here for the AskBME staff to analyze and provide their own opinions/thoughts,etc.

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Subincision Extension / Scrotal Split

Thursday July 17th, 2008 @ 2:49 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I have a subincision which extends to the loose skin at the front of my scrotum. I would like to extend the sub beyond the back of my scrotum which means I need a scrotal split. One way of going about this would be to do a transscrotal, then a scrotal split, then extend the sub, all in separate steps, each with a period of healing. I would like to know if it is possible to skip the transcrotal and go straight to the scrotal split. I also wonder if it is possible to do the scrotal split and sub extension at the same time, perhaps stitching the scrotal split to the split urethra instead of back to front as in a conventional scrotal split.

Doing a transcrotal for the sake of later doing a scrotal split is counterproductive. You will go through the procedure and healing of a transcrotal only to make scar tissue that will make the split more difficult. Extending the sub into the scrotum is a diifficult and potentially dangerous task. It’s worth ding it in stages to make the healing a little easier. Also, the potential for seriously dangerous and possibly fatal infections in the procedure is considerably higher than with the work you allready have done. Please take every possible precaution.

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Shaft Piercings vs Dermal Anchors

Thursday July 17th, 2008 @ 2:45 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

So I’ve been planning a genital project for quite some time now and while reading through AskBME, I read that shaft piercings can cause erections to be painful.

The planned project was a RPA, 4 trans-urethral apadrayvas, and 4 (possibly trans-urethral) ampallangs.

My question is this: Would it be wise to go with microdermals/dermal anchors where I would want the shaft piercings or should I stick with the old school?

If I did go with the anchors, would I have to be more cautious during sexual activity due to the thinness of the skin along the shaft?

Someone asked a similar question just a few days ago. So I don’t feel I need to point out how BAD of an idea anchors in the penis is. I would like to point out a third option that, to me, is a far better choice than either of the two you mentioned. Genital beading or other genital implants. They should provide what you are looking for with none of the downfalls associated with the methods you mentioned.

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Wednesday July 16th, 2008 @ 10:54 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

Let see here I have been reading on meatotomys for a while now and I realize how much I am in love with them,

I am living in the panama city area of florida and dont know where to go for this prosedure, my quistion is whether or not I should go to a urologist?

and if yes how do I bring that up?

and if not where do I go, I am totally for DIY procedures but am too much of a panzy to do that myself,


Most urologist would scoff at this procedure and claim it goes against there oath. Piercers are notoriously against DIY, but I support it if done safely. A meato using the old school clamp method is very simple to perform on oneself. I did mine in the living room of another QOD staff members living room with his guidance a long, long time ago and it was a defining moment in my venture into heavy modifications. Since then I have helped dozens of other perform this on themselves and feel if done with a bit of common sense it is a good rite of passage.

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retainer for Apadravya

Wednesday July 16th, 2008 @ 10:51 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

I am a kidney donor match for a friend. I will have to have a catheter for a few days and don’t want to lose my apadravya, yet they will need to insert the tube up my urethra. Is there a system of two plugs I can insert from the inside out of both holes to allow the catheter to go up my urethra? Where can I get such equiptment?

Your best bet may be Tygon tubing worn as a PA and a reverse PA. Call your local piercing shops to see if they have Tygon in the appropriate gauge.

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Uvula Piercing in the Tristate

Wednesday July 16th, 2008 @ 5:41 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hello: I have two questions regarding this piercing.

1. How difficult is this procedure to get through as the piercee / does it vary wildly from person to person? Is the risk of rejection high? To what extent does it interfere with everyday life?

2. I live near Philadelphia. Can you recommend a practitioner in or near this area that is proficient in this procedure?



Hey Dane.
I was having Tapas with a friend last night, and I actually brought your question up. In this day and age, years after Cobb opened up Pandora’s box with the uvula piercing (Bonus History Moment: Patrick Bartholomew did one predating Jon’s) there’s still not a single piercer I’d recommend you to go to for it.

Furthermore, I’d go as far as saying “avoid anyone who says that they can do it”. This is a piercing that has risks that FAR outweigh it’s benefits. As a matter of fact, the only benefit I can think of is that, having one, you could SAY you had one.

Sorry to be a joykiller, but… again… we’re here to give you practical safe advice.

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birthday horns

Wednesday July 16th, 2008 @ 5:38 PM

Filed under: Implants

i am ninteen years old, and i am already planning my future body mods. i have my heart set on getting a set of horn implants for my twenty-first birthday, but i have no clue how to go about finding someone to preform this. as with all my body mods, i like to research them to the fullest extent, and i want to make sure that the person in charge of the procedure has the proper amounts of experience and knowhow. there are rumors of shops that will preform such procedures around where i live, but i don’t fully trust them. although i live in Pennsylvania, i am willing to travel as far as necessary to get my horns done properly. any suggestions?


Hey fella-
I really admire your patience and desire to get the best, safest mod you can. We need more like you!
Anyhoo; while I consider it bad form to directly recommend someone on such a public forum, I’d advise you to surf around BME. When you see a nice set’a horns… check out who did them! Consider getting a membership to BME’s community site, IAM.BMEZINE.COM. There are a handful of artists who maintain pages there that could help you with your research. Finally, you can contact me privately and I could throw some advice your way.

Good luck!

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