Suspension in Scotland

Tuesday July 24th, 2012 @ 1:20 AM

Filed under: Suspension

For the past 17 years i have been into body mods and have always wanted to try Suspension but i can’t seem to find any groups in Scotland only in England. Could you tell me if there is any groups Scotland and how i could go about doing it?

Well i dont know of any groups in Scotland, However, you are right! There are groups in England which is very close to you and worth travelling the short distance there for. I would recommend giving Matt Kirk a ring over there. (He can be reached at Fools Gold, 011 44 1892 522275).
If you dont want to head to the land of the queen, Id also recommend heading over to Ireland and meet up with the PMP suspension team for some fun. I was just over there working with them and man, is it beautiful over there. Definitely worth a trip to suspend. You can reach them at

Hope this helps!!!!

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Improper terminology

Saturday July 21st, 2012 @ 7:52 PM

Filed under: Piercing

Since when had “gauging” become the common terminology for stretching piercings and jewelry? If I would have even though about that word when I started stretching my piercer would have whacked me upside the head. Yet everyday I find myself correcting some kid who “like your gauges man!” Are pier era now using this word? Has it become acceptable to use it? And am I allowed to strangle people who use this evil word??

This has been taking place for years now. I am one of those artists that would love to slap everyone upside their heads, but I have come to tolerate it, even though I will not use the term. There is a point when enough people misuse a word that it actually becomes what they meant. This is how language works and evolves. All of us in the industry need to accept these changing terms and phrases. You will go mad if you try and correct everyone saying “gauged” “gauges” and “gauging”.

On a side note “tattoo gun” and labret pronounced /ləˈbreɪ/LƏ-bray are still unacceptable.

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Collar-bone microdermal rejecting

Saturday July 21st, 2012 @ 7:49 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

The other day I noticed both the sides of the microdermal anchor under my skin and knew they were going to reject. I pulled slightly on the diamond and the short side of the anchor came out. I tried to pull it out by myself, but the anchor has 2 holes in it that my skin in attatched to so I couldn’t.

There is no tattoo shop where I live. What should I do? Let it completely reject by itself?

You need to find yourself a reputable tattoo shop to take them out for you. Leaving them in will just cause unneeded problems in the long run. They may eventually reject on their own but will probably be ripped out before then.

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Careers in Heavy Modification

Saturday July 21st, 2012 @ 7:45 PM

Filed under: Extreme Mods

Dearest BME,

I’m finishing high school at a rather prestigious science school in a few months and although I love my science very, very much, my heart lies in body modification. I want to spend the rest of my days piercing and tattooing to my heart’s content. But I also want to perform scarification, brandings, implants, minor surgeries (ear cutting etc.), suspensions and basically push the limits of body modification. I want to tour the world making people extreme and become renowned worldwide as a true master of the art!

I understand the process for apprenticing under tattoo artists/piercers and all the necessary courses required, but how on earth I go about progressing beyond that I have no idea. Would I need training in medicine or surgery in order to perform some of the more extreme mods? Or would I have to find a heavy mod artist to apprentice under??

Thankyou, Penny <3

I would recommend the later. Find yourself a heavy modification artist to apprentice under and you will be a lot better off in the long run.

Alternatively if you can not find that artist you need to start slow anyway. Finish a proper apprenticeship and spend years striving to be better every day. In time you will have either made industry connections and find someone to teach you or you’ll have worked with people that share their knowledge and you can start furthering your skill set on your own.

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Interesting Navel Piercing Jewelry

Friday July 13th, 2012 @ 3:08 PM

Filed under: Navel

What type of jewelry is this? Are there any complications with having such jewelry?

This style of jewelry is referred to as a slave ring. the two piercings in the picture were probably done separately with the intention of wearing a slave curved barbell after healing.

If the angles of the piercing are not correct then the new piece of jewelry can cause one of the older piercings to start to migrate and or reject.

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throat dermal anchors

Tuesday July 10th, 2012 @ 7:59 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hi! I just had a quick question… I was just wondering if it is possible for doing a little dermal project on the throat. I am wanting to possibly do a dermal corset on a customer and I guess my main question is, Is it safe to do that sort of piercing on that location? And are there any spots that shouldn’t be touched/ or unsafe to do that piercing? The placements would be more towards the side of the neck, I guess. But is it a safe/good idea to do the project with dermals?

Thank you.

I can only assume that you are a body piercer since you didn’t mention it specifically.

I have one answer for you, Self education. The internet being what it is nowadays, you should be able to find the answer to this one yourself with a little studying.

I’m not going to tell you “yes its safe” or “no don’t do it” because these are things as a body piercer you should be able to deduce for yourself.

Take your time and research the skin structure of the neck, find out where all major vascular builds are and become an expert on the subject. This is the type of thing that can help separate professionals from people with eBay piercing kits.

I have faith in you BME reader!

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piercing a 6 month olds ears

Tuesday July 10th, 2012 @ 7:46 PM

Filed under: Ear

i have been asked today if i will pierce a 6 month olds ears, i explained to them that i only pierce with needles and do not use the gun and that it would be unlikely the baby would sit through both ears being done.

what are your thoughts on this? unfortunately in the uk we have no age limit on who can get pierced as long as they are either over 16 or have parental consent and the parent agrees to it. i feel i should refuse to the child being only 6 months old, surely the childs immune system isnt up to healing a piercing at that age? or am i wrong?

any help would be really appreciated, thanks

This is a question in our community that has been debated back and forth for years, so I wont get into what is right and what is wrong, I’ll just help you decide for yourself.

Talk with the parents and keep in mind that if you aren’t willing to do it there will always be someone out there willing to take their money and not consider the consequences. Even some pediatricians offer infant earlobe piercings. If a parent wants their child’s ear pierced they will do it with or without you.

Personally as much as I want to help and provide a good clean process I can not bring myself to make a child cry. I do as much as I can to try to talk them out of going to the mall or using a piercing gun but If they are still insistent I recommend them to another shop in the area I trust that provides the service.

My rule for earlobes is the child has to be old enough to ask me for the piercings and smart enough to understand what they are getting themselves into. Id say this is usually around the 10-12 year old mark but I’ve had a few sharp 8 and 9 year olds over the years talk me into it. All with parental consent and presence of course.

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