313 suspension team

Friday June 29th, 2012 @ 6:02 PM

Filed under: Suspension

I am planning a suspension on my birthday in September. I checked out suspension.org and they listed 313 Suspension for the Chicago area. I am just wondering if you had heard anything about them?

Thank you.

Sadly, I do not know their work. I’ve been able to ask around about them but I have no first hand experience with them so I wouldn’t be able to give you a recommendation for or against them.
I can tell you however that if you’re in the Chicago area there are 2 teams that I know that I would feel comfortable referring to.
One of them is NuEthix. Great team in the Chicago area. You can reach them at 414-793-6033.
The other one is Wasteland and the can be reached at wastedyouthtattoo.com.

And trust me, I’ll be yelling at both teams for not being listed on suspension.org!

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applying for a body piercer position at a new shop

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 5:35 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I have been working at a tattoo and piercing shop as a body piercer for a little over a year, including my apprenticeship. Soon I will be moving to another city, and I’m hoping to find another (part time) position. What is the best way to present myself?

I’m working on my portfolio - it’s a bit scant because I didn’t start taking photos until recently, but I think it will be ok.

Should I have business cards made? What Information should they include?

Should I refer to myself as a Piercing Artist, or Body Piercer, or does it matter?

Should I ask to speak to the owner/manager, or lead piercer?

What can I expect in an interview?

A friend of mine (a reputable tattoo artist) advised me to email potential employers a couple of weeks before going in person, including a photo of myself (and of course my resume).

Any advice you have would be so much appreciated!



The two most important things are going to be your attitude and your portfolio. but here are your questions in order

Should I have business cards made? Not necessary
What Information should they include? Basic information, you don’t want to make it seem like your piercing out of your house.
Should I refer to myself as a Piercing Artist, or Body Piercer, or does it matter? Body piercer is the traditional title
Should I ask to speak to the owner/manager, or lead piercer? The owner or manager is usually the one who would do the hiring but talking to the head piercer and any other employees would help make a good impression
What can I expect in an interview? This is probably something your mentor should have discussed in your apprenticeship. There is no set interview but you can expect to answer questions to prove your knowledge and quite possibly need to do a piercing while they watch. So bring a friend.

Emailing In advance would be a good heads up but once you are in town do NOT email or call. Walk into the shop to apply. Personally I don’t take applicants very seriously that just call and ask if we are hiring.

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Apadryva re-piercing

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:31 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

I got an apadryva piercing two years ago and had to take it out for the military a year ago … Now I want to have it back and naturally the top hole closed up but the bottom is still open slightly … I was wondering if I can still get it pierced again through the healed scar tissue or if I am out of luck???

You’ll need to have a consultation with your piercer but I see no reason why you wouldn’t be able to do it again. While piercing through scar tissue can be a little more painful it is almost always possible to do.

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Ear stretching complications

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:24 PM

Filed under: Ear

Okay, I pierced my ear myself about 5 months ago, waited a month, stretched straight to 8g with no problems, then I waited another month & stretched 4g which gave me a blowout & put a tear in my ear. Realising I had torn my ear I removed the jewellery completely and let it heal up, it hasn’t closed yet and my ear piercing is too low, extremely crooked and it is sensitive and painful to touch, what should I do? Is it possible to get it pierced higher up? need help! sorry about the bad picture quality, it looks worse in person than it does in the photo

And what did we learn from this experience???

Yes it is possible to get it re-pierced. You will need to wait a few months until the damage you’ve done to heal. The scar and blowout may never go away but piercing above it should be possible.

Next time go to a professional piercer, they will be able to pierce your ears at a larger gauge and help you skip the time and money of stretching a few sizes. After you’re pierced and healed please only stretch one size at a time and give yourself enough time between stretches or you will just be back in the same situation all over again.

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Jaw piercing

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:19 PM

Filed under: Piercing

Has anyone ever heard of jaw piercing? Specifically, through the bottom fleshy part of the jaw and into inside the mouth?

I would love to hear of someone’s experience and/or get any pics. Thanks!

It is called a mandible piercing. There are plenty of images here on BME and experiences as well. Here is a picture of a mandible piercing I did years ago.

Remember if you get it done make sure to submit some pictures to us.

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Diabetes and Microdermals

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:12 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi, I’m a 27 year old diabetic. I have been for 10 years. I have fairly good control of my blood sugars. I currently have 15 piercings. All in good health. I’m really wanting to get a micro-dermal on my temple or anti eyebrow. Thing is I do not heal very well. I have had a hard time with the last two piercings I got most of all. Which were my tragus and labret. Both took very long to heal. Also both ended up infected despite careful aftercare. I guess I’m asking are my chances of rejection the same as a non-diabetic? Is the aftercare or jewelry different for me? Is there a chance a piercer will turn me away due to my condition? I haven’t come across any other diabetics w/ any mods other than basic piercings/tattoos. So I hope this is the right place for answers. Any other info or comments I would really appreciate. Thanks

While diabetes does create a difficult healing situation it is not impossible by any means. You have a couple of positives going for you, you are in good control of your blood sugars and you have experience healing 15 piercings. There is no reason a competent piercer should turn you down for this but it is something that you should inform them of.

As far as aftercare the only difference would be length of time. While a micro dermal in perfect conditions can heal in several months yours might be longer. Just follow your piercers recommended aftercare and you should be fine.

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Question about placement?

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:04 PM

Filed under: Nipple

I have flat nipples and had them pierced in January to try and fix that, but they’re still flat sometimes. I heard getting your nipples pierced was supposed to make them stick out all the time. Does this mean mine have been pierced too deep? If so how soon could I have them repierced after removing the jewellery?

While piercing a nipple can bring it up or out, this is not the intended purpose of the piercing. If you don’t have the result you were expecting its not necessarily because of improper jewelry placement.

While I have seen great results with piercings help correct inverted nipples (here) I can’t say that correcting flat nipples has ever been something I’ve seen documented although I’m sure its possible.

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Infected lip

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 2:02 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I wish I could provide a picture but all my camera devices suck. Basically I got my lip pierced exactly 2 weeks ago. This is the 4th attempt at double labrets as various things keep happening. The piercer ended up putting these ones too high and now it’s right under my lip but I give up, I want these.

Attempt #1: I had labret studs. Lips swelled too much. Studs started cutting into the back of my lip. Finally when I could no longer see them without pushing on them, I freaked and took them out. I regret this more than anyone will ever know.

Only once did I have an infection before (attempt #2), the piercer pinched a nerve and after several months of having them, I woke up with excruciating pain through the left side of my face and my lip was swollen around the ring which I had to remove with 2 sets of plyers over the course of 3 hours. The doc said I had an infection that just never surfaced and instead went inwards and the pinched nerve was close to being cut off from the swelling. So, I’m a tad paranoid. I don’t feel like looking like a stroke victim.

I’m more than sure that the piercer who most recently did my lip this time is a joke. He’s misplaced my rings twice now (attempt 3-4). I had the right side done to perfection and healed. He completely disregarded the fact that I asked him to match it. Told me to take the old one out “cuz it was done wrong” and when the swelling was done, I was very unhappy. So I took out his ring as well under the agreement that he would fix them for free. Well he once again, failed to place them where I asked. He put them right under my lip instead of where my labrets had been. Tried to tell me they were even when they weren’t and even giggled at me while my eyes were closed. I made him take the right one out because it was right on the edge of my lip, not under.

Anyways, back story done. I have the left side (where the pinched nerve was) done and it was perfectly fine until recently I started sleeping with my mouth closed due to some issues I had with dehydr

It appears your post was cut off so I don’t know exactly what your question is. If you’d like to resubmit it I would be happy to try and help.

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Body Modification Movies

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I have been researching online and haven’t been coming back with much. I’ve watched Modify and even Flesh & Blood but other then those two I haven’t been able to find any other movies that specifically focus on body modifications. Do you know of any others or are there pretty much just those 2?

I would definitely recommend “Dances Sacred and Profane”

Also if your looking for something a little different you could always try Dee Snider’s Strangeland.

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How to handle outsiders?

Friday June 15th, 2012 @ 7:47 PM

Filed under: Extreme

Ever since i’ve decided to get my tongue split, i got some thoughts, fears you may call them. They don’t concern the procedure or the healing of the split but they concern living with a tonguesplit, or a more extreme mod in general.

A tonguesplit can be very subtle and hard to notice, especially when you don’t expect to see one, so that won’t give me much problems. But what about when you go to a dentist, or a doctor? Or any other situation you can’t avoid showing your modification?

Well, my question comes down to this: what is the correct(/best) way to handle a situation where someone (like a dentist or a doctor) sees your split and starts asking questions about it? Questions like “How was it done?”, “Who did it?”, etc…

Thanks for your time!

If you’ve decided to move into the world of extreme modifications this is something that you will have to deal with.

The best way to handle these situations is just being polite and courteous. If someone asks you “how was it done?” then tell them how it was done.You might not have these answers now but you will after your procedure. Just remember patience is a virtue and you represent how people view our subculture.

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