Scarification vs. White Ink

Friday June 15th, 2012 @ 7:15 PM

Filed under: Scarification

I have been considering both scarification and white ink for a lettering piece, because I like the white ink look and have seen/read/heard that sometimes scarification looks like white ink. Because it’s a scar I would assume that it would be less likely to fade, is that true? Also, how easy or likely is it that the scar would become as shown in the picture? I only have one small scar from surgery on my lip and it isn’t a keloid, but the results of scarification seem to have a lot of variation. Alternatively, in terms of white ink I am extremely pale (you can trace my veins very clearly essentially anywhere on my body), is that good or bad? I live in Greensboro, NC, are there any white ink places that are recommended from the triad area? I know that white ink is tricky and the artist should have experience, but I don’t know where to even start calling about it. Sorry about the many many questions, but I appreciate your attention!

I would recommend starting with the tattoo before you make a commitment like scarification. If the tattoo doesn’t turn out like you envision you can always do the scarification afterwards. Doesn’t really work the other way around.

I would start going into studios instead of calling, look closely at the portfolios and ask if they have experience with white tattoos as well as healed pictures. Find someone you are comfortable with and someone with experience and you’ll be just fine.

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Micro Dermal Anchors

Friday June 8th, 2012 @ 4:13 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

This is my dermal anchor as it currently sits. I have two in my lower back. I’ve had them for a year and 3 months and they are the happiest thing i’ve ever had.

Today, i jumped (back first) into a mesh-netting hammock.

I immediately tailed off to my piercer, who tugged a bit but said for my skin’s sake, let it reject the rest of the way out. All that’s left is half of the larger foot of the anchor part.

Do you think i should see another piercer and have it taken out or listen to mine and just let it fall out? I plan to let the hole heal and in a few months, get it redone.

If something like that came into my shop I would recommend removal. If you left it in it would probably get ripped out long before it every fully rejected. If it does get ripped out it will probably leave a larger scar that would take longer to heal.

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Allergic to Jewelry?

Friday June 8th, 2012 @ 4:09 PM

Filed under: Female Genital

I got a Vertical Hood Piercing done in October of last year and haven’t had a problem with it till recently. I get really itchy where the jewelry is at and on the surrounding area. It ends up turning red and gives it almost like a burning feeling. Could I possibly be allergic to the jewelry? I didn’t have the problem until I had the balls on my curved barbell changed =[

You could very easily be allergic to the jewelry. Since you did not mention what type of jewelry I can not comment on why you are allergic. My recommendation is switching to a titanium piece of jewelry, which is completely safe and 100% biocompatable.

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magnetic implant

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:43 PM

Filed under: Implants

after reading up on the subject quite a bit, I’ve decided I want a magnetic implant in my finger. my only problem at the moment is finding someone reputable to do it for me! I know Steve Haworth is the name in implants, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to get out to Arizona, and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to be traveling to the east coast any time soon. Any help with finding someone trained and talented who would be able to put in a magnetic implant in new jersey, new york or surrounding areas would be amazing!

I also noticed that a lot of the things I was reading mentioned there being gold somewhere in/on the magnet itself. I have a skin allergy to gold, and was curious as to whether that would effect the implant? Or is there a barrier thick enough to prevent any interactions?

Thanks so much!

The magnet itself is coated in implant-grade silicon, so in theory that will act as a barrier to prevent a reaction.

As far as who to get the implant from, I can not recommend Steve Haworth enough. If you are not able to visit him I’m sure you will be able to catch him on the east coast eventually, he travels quite a bit.

Since Steve also makes and sells the implants to modification professionals I’m sure he has a list of people on the east coast he sells to and trusts. He would be the best to refer you to someone.

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Electrocautery Branding and Tattoos

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:35 PM

Filed under: Branding

With Electrocautery Branding, the scar is typically flat / pink. I was asked recently how difficult it would be to tattoo over such a brand, but was unsure how to answer for sure. I see multiple questions asked about raised scars or brands with raised ridges, but don’t see a reference to ECU branding cover ups. I know the skin layer there is smaller than normal skin, but otherwise, what else should one need to know about tattooing over this type of brand?

The tissue in an ecu or tcu brand can be very flat like you mentioned. In these cases the scar tissue tends to be softer and more of a paper texture than a bumpy texture with keloided tissues. Tattooing over this skin is similar to tattooing over stretch marks. Its pretty easy to blowout and have holidays.
The main issue is the length of time this tissue is actually healing and distorting, in some cases this can take up to two years to settle down. Hope that helps.

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Tongue Splitting

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

I got my tongue pierced about a month ago. They found that I have the third vein going through the middle of my tongue. They offset the piercing only a little, so I had asked them about tongue splitting and they said that I’d still be able to get it done, it would just be riskier than normal and that it would be slightly offset as well. With the piercing, I can’t even tell that it’s not exactly center. I was just wondering what your opinion would be regarding this, if I could still get it split (by a medical professional).

This is one of those I’d need to see it to help kinda questions.

Even if there is a superficial vein running down the middle of your tongue a medical professional should be able to easily identify it and avoid it.

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from japan sorimachi

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 4:36 AM

Filed under: BME/HARD


I want to buy this chastity belt,

I was told from the shop and you need to wear the ring-shaped pierced through the urethra from the back of the scrotum. Can be attached to a piercing shop like this in there somewhere or will. I hope enjoy and let me know if there is a place if possible.

Finding a heavy modification artist can be very difficult to find, especially in Japan.

To find an artist to do this procedure you should go into any studios that you know that have people with heavy mods (implants, tongue splits, etc) and inquire with the studio when the artist will be back.

Most of the artists don’t want to be found online due to legal restrictions, however with some patience you should be able to track one down and get a quote on the procedure. What you are after is called a ‘urethral reroute‘, specifically a behind-the-scrotum one. It is a very difficult thing to do and not many people in the world do it.

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different results

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 3:37 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there!

Last year I got:

- earlobe orbitals, 14g

- 9 dermal anchors (all 9 in one sitting).

- septum circular barbell, 14g

All with trusted professional piercer and top quality jewelry.

After a few months:

- I had to remove the orbitals, because they never healed properly. I woke up *every morning* with a huge ball of dried pus, lots of redness and pain. I believe it was an allergic reaction to the jewelry (?)

- 7 dermals have been totally rejected (leaving a nice scar behind… looks like branding, I like it…). Two are still hanging there.

- The septum healed perfectly. To be honest, I washed it with saline solution for the first 2 weeks, and that was it. Never had any pain, redness, swelling or discharge. I flip it up and down constantly (at work, I am a teacher), and its flawless.

Now I want to get nipple CBR’s, but I am wondering if it will be like my orbitals (pain, pus & anger) or like my septum (nice healing, free movement & happiness).

I know you cannot see the future, but I want to get some opinion on the differences in results I’ve been getting…

Thanks in advance.

Most piercers will find it questionable to do that many anchors in one sitting, as nearly always at least a few will be neglected by your immune system and simply reject. I personally draw the line at 6 in one sitting, but usually insist on a maximum of 5 (especially for larger projects).

Orbitals are another funny one, if they aren’t pierced JUST right they will nearly always do exactly what yours did. Unless I am doing a custom industrial, I will always first put in straight titanium barbells to allow for healing and appropriate room for swelling - then when FULLY healed swap them to a CBR or something similar.

Now onto the nipples, go barbells. STRAIGHT 14g/12g barbells are ALL that should be used initially in nipples (in my professional experience). Anything but this will generally result in very unhappy piercings, especially in nipples. They move around too much, are too easy to get caught, drag crusties through the piercing and add too much weight. I would wait at LEAST 6-9months to let them fully heal before you even think about putting rings in.

Nipples don’t really heal anything like other areas of the body, they quite often can look fully healed but still produce lymph (the yellow crusties) for up to a year as the inside of the piercing can be very lengthy to heal.

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Piercing Removal

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 3:23 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve had my nipples pierced for a little over a year. I was wondering the time period you can remove them with the most healing. I want to keep them in, but I wanted to know at what point they will not heal as well (holes will remain etc). Thanks!

Once the piercing is fully healed (usually around the 6-9month mark) you should be able to remove the piercing and the hole will ‘always stay’. It doesn’t mean that it wont shrink up and need to be tapered (stretched) back open by a professional.

You should be able to leave it out for up to day before it tightens up too much, however you are best to leave it in unless you need to take it out.

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Paranoid about my lip piercing.

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 3:20 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Hey, okay. I’m beyond paranoid about my lip piercing. I got it pierced with a 15g hollow needle for the SECOND time, the piercer pierced through some scar tissue. I got it pierced on 5/8. It’s now 6/1. The initial jewlery was a 16g hoop.It was fine for the first few days. I did regular SSS, and also used Bactine. Whenever you look at it, you can still see the hole around it. Does that make sense? I also recently had to change to a long stud. The long stud almost doesn’t seem long enough, due to the scar tissue.It’s also very red on the outside, and there is some white tissue under the flat back of the stud. Am I just being paranoid, or is there something wrong here?

Lips and rings in my opinion nearly always end with either an unhappy piercing or a greatly lengthened healing time. Changing it to the longer stud (to allow for more swelling and faster healing) was a very good move, however if it looks a little tight - go back to your piercer and get them to put in a longer bar.

Re-piercing old holes doesn’t always result in a longer to heal piercing, however it more often than not requires a longer bar to accommodate for the old scar tissue and swelling.

It’s very hard to tell what you mean by the white tissue under the inside, it could be the start of hypertropic scar tissue (assuming that it is ‘growing outwards’) or it could simply be the exit of your old hole. Either way, let your piercer check it out to make sure it isn’t anything to worry about.

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