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Anonymous asked:

Why are many piercers hesitant to post their prices online?

safepiercing:

Because just saying a piercing costs $X doesn’t fully explain what you get for your money. Let’s break it down. 

Piercer A: 

  • Has a medical grade autoclave that cost thousands of dollars. And they pay hundreds of dollars to have it tested and monitored to make sure it works correctly.
  • Attends training conferences and/or completed a quality apprenticeship to be sure you are getting pierced safely. Understands anatomy, cross contamination, sterilization, aftercare, and troubleshooting.
  • Uses only high quality jewelry to be sure you won’t have an allergic reaction to cheap materials. Takes the time to explain your options and gets you the best possible fit for your anatomy and lifestyle. 
  • Performs your piercing with a quality technique to be sure you have a healthy and happy piercing. Understands the theories behind the piercing you selected, and knows how to explain the aftercare best suited for it.
  • Charges $75 for their services

Piercer B:

  • Bought 100 belly barbells out of the back of a magazine. Not sure what its made of or who made it, but hey its cheap.
  • Totally “certified”, not sure by who. Can’t verify any training, you don’t see any training certificates anywhere. Asked how long they’ve been piercing and they said “years”. A tattooer friend showed them everything they need to know.
  • Didn’t tell you how to clean it, but that’s ok. You  already have peroxide at home. When you called with a problem they told you its probably just infected, and to just put some ointment on it.
  • The clamps hurt pretty bad, and it bled a lot. Its pretty straight though, if you look at it just the right way. 
  • Only charges $30!! What a deal!

See where I’m getting at? When you ask someone how much a piercing costs online you’re not comparing something static like the same shoe at different stores. I don’t like to answer price questions online because its part of a greater conversation. So how about instead of asking how much something costs, you ask what you get for your money. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

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Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I work at Sally Beauty Supply and, as I'm sure you're aware, we sell awful quality body jewelry. I refuse to sell it to minors as I'm not the type to compromise my morals, but I have a hard time telling them why without sounding mean. Any advice?

saintsabrinas:

Trying to explain to people of any age the importance of wearing quality jewelry can be challenging. Many people don’t view the quality of the jewelry they wear in their piercings as being any more important than the quality of the soap they use; it gets the job done…good enough. 

The most important thing to remember is to be informative, but friendly…and if they don’t want to listen to what you have to say, don’t take it personally. When you take it personally, that’s when it’s hard to stay nice. Noe of us like to have our efforts to help people thrown back in our faces…but it happens. 

We have found that actually engaging people in a conversation about the jewelry, instead of just reciting information “at” them makes a big difference. Nobody likes to feel that they are being lectured. Ask them some questions: Why do you think this jewelry cost so little money? Can you see how dull and gray it looks? If a doctor was putting something in your body, would you want him to use the cheapest thing or the best thing? 

Questions like these force people to think about the jewelry in a different light. Most (certainly not all) people aren’t buying the cheapest thing possible because they don’t care about what goes into their body…it’s just that most people don’t realize their is a difference in terms of quality and safety. 

Best of luck and from all the rest of us in the piercing world who are trying to promote the benefits of quality, safe jewelry, we appreciate your efforts. You’re not in an easy position and we applaud your commitment. 

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Does piercing the nipples *really* inhibit breast feeding later? Are there any risks to piercing the nipples in regards to breast feeding later in life? Thanks!

safepiercing:

In our collective, massive experience, we have no awareness of even a single case of a woman who wished to breast feed and could not as a result of having had a nipple piercing. The milk ducts are a multiplicity of little pore-like ducts. Therefore, the likelihood of closing them all off from a piercing of usual size is virtually nil.

Most women do remove their jewelry for breast feeding and we believe this to be appropriate. As a result, some milk may come from the site of the piercing during nursing, which is not harmful nor problematic. Some will use an insertion taper (a tool designed for this purpose) to facilitate reinsertion or to check regularly and make certain the holes are open.

http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#breastfeeding

Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I recently got a orbital ear piercing, should I rotate the jewelry (captive bead ring) or try to touch it as little as possible, aside from saline cleanings.

safepiercing:

Do not rotate, pick at, or touch your piercing or jewelry during healing. If you rotate a ring in any new piercing all you’re doing is dragging bacteria and dried build up into the sensitive healing skin and causing damage.

Simply clean the surface around the piercing, you’re just trying to gently cleanse the area. Aftercare should be passive, not aggressive. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I have been stretching my nipple piercings for 4 years now and I'm currently at a 2g, but aiming for at least 0g. I managed to find some 1g tapers and jewellery online to lessen the huge jump in size but I'm having a very difficult time getting the taper through. Any advice?

How long is the taper? I use 3 inch concave tapers (IS) and they are a real gradual stretch. It barely pinches.

If you don’t, you should stretch after taking a bath/ shower. It helps loosen and soften the skin a bit.

You may also have to just wait a bit longer to stretch. I found I had to wait quite a while before I could go to a 1g.

~MikeyXZ

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I'm so grateful with you for solving our questions, this is a great blog and i love it. Right now i have two questions: why is so difficult to find 6 g barbells? and do you know if i can wear a ring inmediately after my stretching, or is it better to use a barbell?
Thank you! :) I put a lot of time into this blog and making sure I comprehensively and correctly answer everyone.

Anatometal, Industrial Strength and LeRoi all make 6g barbells*. I usually buy from BodyArtForms. You can also get them ordered by your local piercer (assuming they aren’t hacks)

I prefer stretching with barbells, but it doesn’t really matter since the area is “soft” skin/ tissue. I’ve stretched with Circular barbells before and got snagged on something once. So I only use barbells now. Just be sure that whatever you use is internally threaded and highly polished. :) it feels so good and is better for your piercing.

*I like titanium more than steel. Its lighter and can be colored (anodized). Anatometal has a nice selection of anodization colors. I love their jewelry.


~MikeyXZ

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I've had my nipples pierced for over a year now and while they were done professionally, the guy wasn't very experienced with what he considered "exotic piercings" and didn't let me know that. One is crooked and the other is a bit lower than it should/could be. Another piercer suggested I stretch them to even them out and I just wanted to know if this was valid advice. If I stretch them, will they even out? Will I risk the lower one rejecting or pushing out? Thanks!

I don’t know how wonky they are, but you may have to let them heal and get them repierced by someone with more experience in nipple piercing.

Stretching might help a bit, but it could also make it look more uneven. The orientation of the piercing will stay the same even after stretching. Mine were pierced slightly inverted Down and still are even after going to a 4g*.

As for the one that’s a bit deeper in, if you go bigger than your actual nipple (when it starts rounding on the jewelry and legitimately stretching bigger) it will still be that way but look a bit more shallow. Since the nipple no longer looks like a typical one.

Do what you feel is right. I’m just saying, stretching probably won’t help.

~MikeyXZ
Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I have a question regarding your pre-mixed saline post. Does I matter if you spray the SS on your piercing or is soaking it better? Thank you.

safepiercing:

Whatever is convenient for you and gives you the best results. I hear lots of piercers telling clients to soak everything. While that may be great theoretically, I don’t feel that it’s realistic for someone to stick their nose or ear in a cup of saline 3 times a day. If spraying works for you, then go ahead and spray it. Whatever will allow you to clean the piercing when you should, and clean it consistently is what you want to do. You can also do a combination. Spray during the day when you’re at work or school, then soak it when you’re home and have more time. 

SafePiercing Saline article

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

My old hack of a piercer pierced my nipples at 16g with a curved barbell, it was about 7 months ago and I would really really wanna go up to the normal 14g size, any tips on how to do it and with what? I don't have a piercer I can go to right now.

If you haven’t, then you should change to appropriate jewelry, 16g straight barbells (7/16” to 9/16” is typical wearable, when stretching go with a 9/16”) for a few more months. Even though some sources say to wait 6 months after an initial piercing, I think it’s best to wait at least 9 months to a year before attempting to stretch it.

At a small size like that, threaded tapers are amazing. If you do use them make sure the threading on the taper matches your barbell. Unless you are using a regular concave insertion taper or dead stretching it with a captive bead ring.

Be sure to clean the area first. Take a shower. It will make the stretch easier. After the shower, get your materials ready. The taper (if you’re using one), jewelry and proper lubrication (I love using surgi-lube). I highly suggest wearing surgical gloves even though I know most people won’t. Only take one ball off the barbell, you’d be surprised how often people take both off and end up complicating the process.

Get some lubricant on the taper or CBR and slowly push it through the fistula (hole). Stretching doesn’t need to be done in one quick push, especially with such a sensitive area.
If you are using a taper, when it gets about 3/4 or maybe a bit farther through, but the jewelry against it and push them together to make a secure connection.while holding them like this, push the barbell through. When its in, Make sure the balls are screwed on all the way.

If using a CBR, the bead can be a bit complicated to get on, as the area will most likely be sensitive. Just be patient with it. :)

Sorry for writing a book, I just wanted to cover all the basics I could.


~MikeyXZ

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