Tuesday November 24th, 2009 @ 6:14 PM
I became vegan about a year ago and wanted to get some form of body modification to mark this change in thinking. I have a pair of leather boots i bought three years ago when i still ate meat etc, they cost $300 (idiot) and after a week they got a hole in the toe. I wanted to cut some skin, just a little patch to cover the hole in the toe of the boot. This is for an artwork, i was wondering if it is possible to turn skin in to leather, well more to the point i was wondering how thick the skin is that you remove? I did want to remove the skin from my foot but apparently that would be a terrible idea. How much will the skin shrink once it has been removed. Any suggestions??
p.s i am totally sane until diagnosed otherwise
While I am a proud meat eating, leather wearing heathen, I find this idea oddly intriguing enough to answer.
I would suggest reading the information here on vegetable tanning since I imagine your vegan politics would preclude using the traditional ground up brains for the tanning process. Generally, you need the full hide for tanning much deeper than your average flesh removal. It could be done, probably from your thigh or somewhere meaty and hidden, but it would be much riskier than a standard depth removal.
If you insist on doing this, do you research before hand. Study the tanning process, so you can preserve the skin right after removal. Fid a reputable practitioner comfortable with doing this deep of a removal and make sure you have means (insurance or money) to cover you if you need to seek a doctor out in case of infection.
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Monday November 16th, 2009 @ 2:22 PM
This may come across as a bit of a strange question, but I got my ears scalpalled yesterday. The procedure itself went well and the healing has gone well so far (as well as a day’s worth of healing can go anyway), but I do have one minor problem. During the procedure there was, as expected, some bleeding. Unfortunately some of the blood ended up inside my left ear canal making it difficult to hear out of that ear. Its comparable to when you get water stuck in your ear. I have been trying to remove it, mainly through use of water and a cutip but I can’t seem to get the dried blood out of there and its starting to become REALLY annoying. Any advice on how to remove the dried blood from the inside of my ear would be greatly appreciated.
You’ve got to be very careful about allowing blood to stay in your ear canal as it can cause a pretty nasty inner-ear infection. Which is incredibly painful.
If you cannot pull it out with a Q-tip, I would try standing in the shower and focussing the shower-head spray to the ear and see if the blood could be irrigated out that way.
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Monday November 16th, 2009 @ 2:12 PM
after building up the courage i went to my piercer today and asked for a PA. he took me through the procedure and we got ready. as the piercer pulled down my foreskin he had a quick examine and told me i had too many large veins on both sides of my penis and that it would bleed too much if he pierced me. is this factual? he said its a round 1 in 10 that have too many veins.
I have never not been able to pierce a PA due to blood vessels in the way. The thickness of the tissue being pierced in a standard PA is so thin and flexible that even if there were prominant blood vessels, they could be rolled out of the way for the piercing to be done.
The penis is a pretty vascular area. I’ve done some piercings in the area that have done some pretty impressive bleeding afterwards. Besides some swelling and a bit of residual bleeding, it’s not that big of a deal.
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Monday November 16th, 2009 @ 2:09 PM
Ive had my VHC pierced for a couple months now and it really hasnt given me any trouble. Here lately Ive seen this red mark (sore maybe?) appear. Ive noticed it comes and goes and its not right in the piercing hole its more on the “hood” next to the hole. What could this be? Like I said it comes and goes.
Without seeing a picture it’s kind of difficult to see what the sore could be.
My immediate guess would be an STD of some sort. Obviously check with your doctor on that…
Otherwise it could be pressure from the jewelry rubbing on the area, a sore spot from manually rubbing the area?
If it were a jewelry allergy, it would likely be progressing and spreading and getting worse. Jewelry allergies don’t really come and go.
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Monday November 16th, 2009 @ 2:06 PM
Does a lip tattoo bleed through your flesh and show on the outside of your lip on your face if done only once? I heard it can bleed through the skin and flesh of the lip and stay on your face forever.
You’d have to go see a pretty terrible tattooer in order for that to happen.
If the tattoo was applied too deep and you had a blowout, I imagine there IS a possibility that it could be bad enough to show through the lip on the face… but the liklihood of this being acheived with a normal tattoo machine would be pretty impossible.
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Monday November 16th, 2009 @ 2:04 PM
Is it a good idea to take business management before opening up my own shop??
I’d say it’s good idea to educate yourself in any way possible before opening your own business.
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Sunday November 15th, 2009 @ 4:19 PM
I’m 13 and I want to get my lip pierced. My older brother told me to go on here and as questions about consequences for getting my lip pierced, infections, it closing up, allergic reactions. I wanna know if it would be smart to get it done being so young or if its not a good thing to do? Ive wanted to do it for a long time now and I think im finally ready to. My cousin did hers herself and its healing nicely. Would it be smart if i did the same? What are consequences of doing it yourself? What would happen if it got infected? What kind of metal should i get? tons of questions sorry
I usually don’t do oral piercings under 16 at my shop.
That being said, I’ve made exceptions for seemingly intelligent minors before. Despite your young age which many piercers are uncomfortable piercing, you’re off to a great start asking relivent questions. Nicely done, smart kid!
My biggest concern piercing people at an age I’ve personally decided is “too young” is that piercings are a lot of work. You’ve got to look after your body as well as a fresh piercing and it’s quite a big responsibility.
Oral piercings are almost like two piercings in one as far as aftercare goes - an oral piercing as well as a body surface piercing. They both require different aftercare regimes at different times.
It’s also pretty common for younger kids who want piercings to be more concerned about how rad they’re gonna look in the end, how much it hurts (it hurts, btw) than the actual issues that need to be discussed before opening the skin up and taking care of a fresh wound.
To address some of your questions:
Infection comes from introduction of foreign bacteria to the piercing. Contrary to popular belief, piercings don’t just become “infected” for no reason. They have been touched, kept unclean, played with, etc. Infection is also much more likely if you pierce yourself and don’t know what you’re doing as far as keeping everything clean during and after the procedure. Should the piercing become infected it would become quite swollen and sore. At this time, I suggest my clients seek medical attention for the best course of action which can sometimes include a dose of antibiotics.
Irritation is much more common and can happen to anyone who may not be wearing properly sized jewelry or jewelry made of implantable materials. It can also be caused by improper placement.
Allergic reactions can occur from wearing low-quality jewelry. Many people have nickel allergies and nickel is used to harden most metal jewelry. If you don’t have a nickel allergy now, chances are with prolonged exposure to it you will develop one over time.
You can prevent this from happening by wearing implant grade steel or titanium. This is different than “Surgical” grade steel or titanium. A reputable piercer will be able to provide you with the appropriate jewelry for your piercing.
If you remove the piercing later on, it is very likely to grow over and heal up so that you may not put jewelry back into it. Another concern of mine as far as piercing younger people go is that facial piercings can leave a pretty good scar. Nothing too significant, but not unlike a large pore or pockmark. This may be a factor in deciding to pierce yourself that you may not care about now, but may regret later on. Not all people appreciate the scars they inflicted on themselves when they were younger.
I hope that helps answer some of your concerns. I think it’s pretty rad that you’re asking the right questions before going ahead with the piercings without some thought.
Do I think you’re too young? I don’t think that really matters.
Do I think you appear to have the mental capacity to make an informed decision? Absolutely.
I hope you’ll be able to find a piercer in your area you can talk to firsthand who will be able to help you make a final decision.
Good luck to ya!
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Wednesday November 4th, 2009 @ 6:24 PM
This is for the sake of a fiction story, NOT actually doing it, but I like my fiction to be realistic. For instance, if the skin were to be cut away from the lips, and the lips sewn together and left to heal, would they heal together? I know this is how vaginal infibulation works, but was unsure if it’s universal to the human body. I was sort of surprised that no one had attempted, say, connecting a few fingers or something, so maybe this doesn’t really work this way?
Assuming the tissue being closed has sufficient blood flow and there is no pressure that would cause separation most areas would heal together under “ideal” circumstances.
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Wednesday November 4th, 2009 @ 6:13 PM
My name is Bianca and I was wondering how I could go about deleting a story I submitted several years ago.
When you submit a picture, video or text to BME, these submissions become property of BME. You acknowledge this when you make the submission, plus you are “paid” for your submission with BME or IAM membership.
A lot of thought should go into what you post on the internet, especially instances where you sign over the rights to your picture (or story or whatever), because one day they may come back to haunt you.
To answer your question, you can not delete any content from BME because it is no longer yours to delete. If you have a very good reason for wanting the story removed email [email protected] and plea your case, however they have every right to deny the deletion.
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