Sunday December 28th, 2008 @ 5:42 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek


My labret is about 6 months old. It’s beautifully healed and pierced with a labret stud. I was recently thinking about switching to a ring. How do i measure the diameter of the ring firstly, and secondly will this switch make me more prone to migration?


Two measurements - the length of the piercing and the distance between the piercing and the top of your lip. The larger of the two measurements is the diameter you require. A good studio should be able to provide this service for you as it’s easier with a pair of verniers.

If it is fully healed, you are good to go with a ring without fear of migration (providing you have the correct size).

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Suspension & sprituality

Sunday December 28th, 2008 @ 4:10 PM

Filed under: Ritual

Hello All,

I am doing an expository essay for my Psychology class at University of Phoenix. The topic of my essay is the spiritual side of suspension. I have read a lot of material on the subject but I am looking for some first hand information on the reasons one would seek out to become involved. My hope is to educate and show that the judgements most of the population make based on physical appearence is not only wrong but untrue as well. I realize there are many different reasons one might seek out to become involved in this practice, but I am mainly interested in the spiritual or mental growth that one feels from engaging in the suspension itself.

Are the main reasons spiritual or are there other mental or physical drives in play? I am heavily pierced myself but to be honest the idea of hanging from hooks scares the shit out of me.

I am not looking to ridicule or pass any sort of judgements; but I really want to show others that beyond the shock value that most of society sees; and judges on, that there are deeper and more meaningful motivations behind this practice.

I would truly appreciate any input that can be provided. Please let me know if it is okay to quote your responses; and if you would like a copy of my completed essay I will be more than happy to provide one to you.

Thank you , Michael Dionysius

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Seasonal ears

Saturday December 27th, 2008 @ 10:45 AM

Filed under: Ear

Hi there,

I’ve had what could possibly be termed as helix piercings, but are really more orbitals from where they are situated (the flat part of the ears, but circling the rim)

In any case, it’s been two years, and they still give me trouble. In the summer it’s just fine, and I never have any problems with it, but in the winter, every time the snow comes down, I find my ears take a beating, and they grow bumps and are painful.

Is there possibly a way for me to protect my ears, or should I just do sea salt soaks like I normally do?

You mean outer conch piercings ;)

The only thing you can do, really, is keep your lugs warm. Woolly hats, ear muffs.. whatever it takes. Warm seasalt soaks will help but prevention is way better than cure, so keep ‘em toasty.

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Can u pierce Nipples at 8G?

Wednesday December 24th, 2008 @ 10:33 AM

Filed under: Nipple

My friend would like to have her nipples pierced at 8G rather than have it done smaller then stretching. Is it possible to do this?

This is one of those “boy, times have changed” sort of questions that reminds me that there’s been a shift in the Piercing community since I was a fresh-faced (and far less jaded) youngin’….

When I first started getting pierced, 8g was fairly common and usually recommended for nipples. The larger gauge provided a more stable piercing. Not to mention a (generally) quicker healing time.

So, now that my “back in my day we walked 20 miles, barefoot, in the snow to get our 8g nipple piercing” story is finished: Yes. It’s possible and a good choice!

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genital worries

Tuesday December 23rd, 2008 @ 12:55 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

Hey, I dont remember where I heard it but is it possible to become impotent from piercing your penis through the corpus cavenous(sorry about the spelling)?

The corpus cavernosum is one of two ‘chambers’ made from erectile tissue that fill with blood to help create an erection. Piercing through it is highly unlikely to make you impotent but can create an interesting bleed out situation if you get excited as they do contain arterial blood.

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Tuesday December 23rd, 2008 @ 12:50 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

hi all

I’m opening a piercing parlor and i need to know swell bar sizes. i know whats she doing opening a parlor and dosn’t know that simple not the piercer ha ha, but yeah any help would be brilliant much thanks

This question has confused me a little. When I moved to this studio that I am at currently, the person responsible for making sure I had all the necessary consumables, jewellery etc actually consulted me with regards to what I needed. This is a question that you would be better off asking your piercer.

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Tattoo tipping etiquette

Monday December 15th, 2008 @ 3:35 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

Just a question about tipping etiquette:

I recently got a tattoo, and the artist did an AMAZING job, so I gave a good sized tip. I am scheduled for a follow up/potential touch up in a couple of weeks, and my question is if I do end up needing a touch up, do I tip the artist again? Or is tipping just at the time of the tattoo okay?

Am I going to seem like a jerk if I dont tip a second time?

If the touchup session is free, drop a $20 or so on them to cover supplies.
It’s never wrong to tip.

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your favorite tattoo client

Saturday December 13th, 2008 @ 9:46 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

This is a question for the tattoo artists and the people that love them. I want to write an article on the subject of how to treat your tattoo artist. A shop etiquette if you will. But not just the standard “don’t dicker prices” and “don’t come drunk” and “don’t forget to tip!” kind of stuff. I want to know the kinds of things that a tattoo artist loves about their client. What are the things that make a tattoo artist excited to work on the piece and put a little extra pizzazz into the work?

Not to say that a good artist doesn’t always give their best effort, but there must be some things that a client can do to really give some extra love to the artist, and thus see a reciprocation.

Anyone who feels like helping out…. post away.

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From an idiot

Thursday December 11th, 2008 @ 5:26 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek


well I pierced my lip yesterday(like an idiot) because my mom didn’t want to take me to get it pierced, because she doesn’t approve. So my plan (at the time) was to buy a stud for it (which I’m going to do today if I don’t change my mind) and simply take it out when I’m with her. Though I know constantly removing it and putting it back in will cause it to not heal correctly. Last night (since I don’t have the correct jewelery, I simply put an earring in it) it fell out and I figured , eh whatever I’ll just put it back in tomorrow. Btu when I woke up my lip was ridiculously swollen (as pictured). I was sure to continuously clean it and stuff, but i’m still worried about infection. So yeah now to the question… If I were to just not put anything in it, would it heal over without any issues? And if I were to buy the correct jewelery, would there be any way (while it’s healing) to hide it from my mother?

You cannot remove jewellery for any length of time during the healing process or it will close and the wound will start to heal. The healing time for a lip is around four to six months. You cannot just put anything in your piercing. You have already risked infection by not using sterile jewellery (I don’t know what you used to pierce yourself with). If you continue dow this route you will at the very least end up with scarring which may affect the appearance of any future, professionally done piercings. My advice - don’t put anything in your lip. Do twice daily seasalt soaks until the wound closes off and wait until you are old enough to legally consent to a professional piercing.

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Ear stretching

Thursday December 11th, 2008 @ 5:22 PM

Filed under: Ear

My ears have been at a 2g for about two months now and today when i tried to stretch to a 0g my ears started to bleed. I went back down to a 2 but i wanted to know if you guys have any advice on what i can do to get my ears ready to go to a zero. I also tried taping but after the first piece of tape i waited a while and the second piece of tape wouldn’t fit.

The simple answer is to give it more time. Patience is the key. You may find that visiting a piercer and having them use a lubed-up taper helps but certainly give it more time. Time is the best advice I can give you.

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