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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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 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

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

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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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