Hair removal before a tattoo or scar.

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hello! I have a quick question.

I plan on starting a large tattoo project on my leg in a few months. What’s the best way to remove the hair from the area beforehand?

I’d rather get it waxed, but would that interfere with the tattoo healing at all? If waxing is ok, what’s the best amount of time to do it before the tattoo work begins?

What about in between tattooing sessions? They’ll be about 4 weeks apart.

I may also be getting a scarification done on or near the pubic area at some point down the road. Would waxing be ok in that case too?

Thanks!

Waxing can cause a lot of trauma to the skin which can be bad for tattoo application.
Your best bet would be to consult with your artist. My artists request that you leave the hair removal process to them in the case of low-hair-concentrated areas (like backs, upper arms, etc)
but surfaces like pubic areas, armpits, lower arms and legs may stand for a gentle at-home shaving as per your regular regime to avoid cuts and razor burn the night before your appointment.

Remember not to use any aftershaves, creams/lotions, numbing agents or go tanning for at least 24 hours prior either.

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Proper Jewelry

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 9:38 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

So this is probably a really dumb question, but I wanted to ask just to make sure.

Can you not get your cheeks pierced if you have big cheeks? Or is it just a matter of getting proper jewelry?

Aside from the multiple possible issues that can stem from the piercings themselves, I can’t see any reason why simple anatomy would be cause for a cheek piercing not to work out.
Barbells come quite long, afterall!

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just a question on jewelry

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 9:34 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

just a simple question for those who may know the answer:

I’ve recently recieved and healed a frenum piercing, and I’ve experienced some discomfort and slight swelling after intercourse. I currently have a curved barbell as jewelry, I was wondering if possibly a strait barbell may be a better solution to solve this problem.

any suggestions?

Most guys will tell you that straight barbells feel much more comfortable than curved barbells do in a frenum piercing.
Also, be sure your piercing is worn at an appropriate gauge - I do frenum piercings at 10g and up. As I’m sure we all know, genital piercings tend to take a beating considerably more than any other piercing would so a thick anchor is key.
And of course, implant grade jewelry will definitely increase the longevity and comfort of your piercing.

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monroe.

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 7:45 PM

Filed under: Piercing

I know that peircing yourself is really unprofessional.

But today I gave myself a monroe.

I stearlized evreything I used.

So I peirced it, then I took the pin out & put the earing in, only thing is… its too short & the earing won’t go through the other side…

I mean it feels finee & evreything is okayy buh it just doesn’t go out the other side.

Well my question is…

Is their anything bad about this?

Will it be okayyy to wear it like this?

&& if I keep it in for a long time, then take it out. Will it close?

Soo… you didn’t give yourself a monroe piercing. You poked a hole in your face and set a piece of barbell into it.
Bad idea.
Take it out, see a doctor to make sure you haven’t made yourself sick by piercing yourself at home and then see a piercer about having it re-done properly.

Reputable piercers have extensive training on aseptic technique (how to NOT make you sick and injure you during a piercing) piercing placement, acceptable body jewelry size and quality to make sure things go off without a hitch and you don’t end up with potentially life-threatening infection, disfiguring scarring and a wasted piercing attempt.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 8 Comments

Full Lips

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 7:43 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I want to get snakebites but I have really full lips. I’m not really sure if they’ll look okay. Do lips rings still look good on people with full lips?

I personally do not offer captive bead rings for initial lip piercings. If you were to have your lips pierced with barbells for the initial healing time you should be able to be fitted with CBRs later on with no problem.

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Sutures as temporary bodymod?

Thursday October 30th, 2008 @ 7:36 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I’ve been considering suturing on an armband, but I’ve never done any piercings before and I can’t find anything like this on BME or other sites, so I’d like some advice. The plan is to shave the area which the armband will cover (although that might not be necessary if I’m only leaving it in a few weeks?), and basically sew the armband to my skin on both edges. I’d tie the sutures loosely to reduce pulling.

Is this a terrible idea? What hazards should I be looking out for?

I guess the idea is only terrible depending on the desired end result.

Suturing a design around your arm to leave in for a few weeks and then remove will leave you with a pretty festering-looking wound as if you got a sliver and left it in your skin.
If the sutures didn’t reject in that short period of time (which is likely) you could still be left with very uneven scarring (which tends to be permanent)

I personally don’t think it’s a brilliant idea to leave something like that in for a long period of time. However, I think it could look nice for a very temporary stay for a few photos and then removed in the same day.

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Sterilization

Sunday October 26th, 2008 @ 4:48 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I was wondering if using a pressure cooker set for an hour on the maximum temperature setting is suitable to sterilize jewellery that only myself will wear?

I usually boil my metal pieces of jewellery but I was told by a friend (who recently started working at a not so good piercing place just to get his foot in the door) that boiling was not the best option and can still leave a lot of bacteria on the jewellery.

Also what is a good way to clean acryllic jewellery? I’ve just been running them under tap hot water then leaving them in a shallow bath of 25% Hydrogen Peroxide overnight.

Keep in mind that the best answers to these questions may vary depending on some specifics on your end. If you are planning to sterilize new jewelry to use for a piercing procedure, you can likely go to a professional piercing studio and pay to have them process/sterilize it on your behalf. I don’t condone re-sterilizing used body jewelry that has been in another person’s body for your personal use.

I’m not sure about your location, but in Canada a pressure cooker does not meet Canadian Health Standards for sterilization for professional use in studios. Regulations will vary from place to place, so check with your regional municipality to find out your local standards.

As for private personal use, I don’t see why sterilization can’t be achieved with this equipment. If you go this route, be sure that the pressure cooker reaches a temperature of 132 degrees celsius for a full 30 minutes.

In regards to cleaning (not sterilizing) your acrylic jewelry; an ultrasonic cleaning machine will do a great job. Many different types of detergents and cleaning agents can be used in an ultrasonic cleaning machine. Professional piercing studios will likely have these on hand as well.

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Posted by Russ Foxx | Permalink | 5 Comments

Pierce and Taper

Sunday October 26th, 2008 @ 4:33 PM

Filed under: Ear

i’m planning on getting my outter conch pierced at a 00ga. i went to theclosest shop that i trust and he said he could pierce it at a 4ga and taper it to a 00ga. thats a huge stretch i know and it would hurt alot but in terms of safety is it alright to do that? i’m not sure if he is going to pierce it with a needle or a biopsy punch since that makes a diffrence and now that i think about it i’m not sure if he meant taper it immediatly or stretch it over time.

Piercing or punching at 4g and immediately tapering to 10mm is not a practical idea in my opinion. Doing this will be likely to hurt a lot; not to mention having that kind of pressure on a fresh wound will carry the likelihood of excess scarring and prolonged healing times.

If you want to go big right off the hop, have an experienced piercer punch at maybe 8mm (respectively, your anatomy allowing) and immediately taper up to 9mm or 10mm jewelry. A little bit of pressure (1mm or 2mm) will minimize bleeding and shouldn’t instigate any excess scarring. Bigger tapering jumps will likely become more problematic and painful.

Stretching cartilage piercings to large sizes can be completely fine, but it should be undergone slowly with caution and care. Stretching too quickly can cause the same problems mentioned above, even if the piercing has some age.

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Keloids

Thursday October 23rd, 2008 @ 9:43 AM

Filed under: Ear

I had my ear pierced about a month ago, and I am developing keloids around almost every piercing. The keloid on the bottom is looking really bad. I originally was using castille soap and saline solution to clean it, but lately i’ve been using just saline soaks bout 2-6 times a day. They barely hurt. The rings look like they are tight against the ear, but they’re not very tight. I am switching them to barbells today because the ear is starting to swell slightly (not from blood, but from these keloids) and the rings are starting to get too tight. Any ideas? My piercer has said that he is not sure what is going on, because besides these keloids, everything else is fine.

Other pics:

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http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2vs0shh&s=4

Judging by those pictures I’d say that the jewellery is too small. The major problem I see here, though, is far too many not-that-easy-to-heal piercings in one sitting. As you are having issues I’d be inclined to say you’d be better off retiring three and concentrating on healing the remainder. The bloodiness of the bottom one has me concerned a little. Do you suffer from any kind of nickel allergy? Getting your piercer to switch out the jewellery is a definate must. Either for barbells or oversized rings. Ditch the soap and stick with seasalt soaks and stay off that side.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 13 Comments

binding breast with pierced nipples

Tuesday October 21st, 2008 @ 10:20 AM

Filed under: Nipple

My question is two fold, and I have not been able to find any information about anyone having a problem similar to mine. I got my nipples pierced almost six months ago, and I wear 12 gauge straight barbells in them. They are still healing, and I haven’t had any problems with them, my issue is this: I preform as a drag king, and to do so I have to bind my breasts with medical tape. I’ve found that even with a thin foam pad over my nipples the tape still pulls on the jewelry, and thus the piercings, in painfully ways and causes them to remain sore for a couple of days afterwards. I cannot put thicker pads on because it would negate the binding. Do you have any recommendations for jewelry that would not get pulled on as much? I know that straight barbells are best for healing (and I like the looks of them best) but would putting in CBRs or something help to keep them from getting pulled on? Because they are still healing I don’t want to take the jewelry out to preform and I don’t want to experiment with other pieces of jewelry without someone else thinking I should. My second question is this: can taping my breasts delay the healing of my nipples? Thank you.

Your second question is easier to answer so I’ll start with that one. In a word - yes. Taping your breasts will lengthen the healing time.

As for your first query. I deeply doubt changing the jewellery will make a difference. This is one of those cases whereby lifestyle conspires against healing. Unfortunately, you have chosen a piercing that has a lengthy healing time (12-18 months). All I can suggest is experiment with different methods of binding to try and find the most comfortable with regards to the piercing and if it looks like your piercing is becoming irritated, it may be a case of having to decide between the piercing and the performance.

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