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11 Things You Should Know About Piercings

11 Things You Should Know About Piercings

11 Things You Should Know About Piercings was a Huffpost Healthy Living article

It contains some helpful ideas, but overstates some of the figures as fact.

A happy pierced personElayne Angel responds:

This article presented some sound information, but there’s still much more to know. When piercings are performed by a trained professional using sterile equipment and high quality jewelry, and appropriate aftercare is…

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A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science | Compound Interest

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science | Compound Interest

Spotting bad science

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science | Compound Interest.

A brief detour from chemistry, branching out into science in general today. This graphic looks at the different factors that can contribute towards ‘bad’ science – it was inspired by the research I carried out for the recent aluminium chlorohydrate graphic, where many articles linked the compound to causing breast cancer, referencing…

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Association of Professional Piercers response to cheek piercing incident in The UK 


The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) is aware of a piercing incident reported on February 24, 2014 in the lifestyle/health section of the Birminghammail.co.uk website. 

A Birmingham, UK resident visited a local tattoo and piercing studio for a pair of cheek piercings and reportedly lost four pints of blood in about 5 days.

The article states an artery was ruptured and required surgeons to cauterize the wound. It’s important to know bleeding and swelling are among the most common symptoms of a fresh piercing, and some piercings may take several months to appear healed. A small amount of bleeding is normal with any piercing and not usually considered life-threatening or a cause for alarm.

Also, some health conditions and medications may influence the amount of bleeding a piercee may have.

This particular client’s situation required medical attention and we hope she recovers quickly.

Cheek piercings have special anatomical considerations and elevated risk which is evident in this client’s experience.

Further, the use of a light is not always effective for mapping blood vessels in such thick tissue.

The APP encourages piercees to educate themselves with what to look for when choosing a studio to ensure the piercer is properly trained and experienced for the piercing they desire, offers jewelry made of an appropriate material and finish, and performs piercings in a safe and aseptic manner.

To learn more about picking a piercer and appropriate jewelry standards for initial piercings please visit the APP’s website, SafePiercing.org.

The Association of Professional Piercers is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public.


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People don’t realise there’s a cost incurred that allows for all the years that artist worked on their skills to improve, that compensated for the times they had to work two or more shitty jobs just to cover the most basic bills, that acknowledges that what they do represents a unique point of view and displays their own personal style. Art is more than the sum of its materials, and so is an artist. When you try to talk an artist down in price, you’re being insulting.

I concur.

(Source: digitalteacup)

anatomy-of-a-gh0st asked: i was wondering what do you think of people that self pierce or instances where kids pierce each other?


Oh boy- please don’t take my following answer as a personal attack against you.

For myself, and many of my colleagues, we have dedicated our lives to this industry. We eat, sleep, and breathe body piercing. We underwent lengthy, arduous apprenticeships. We spend our free time talking to other piercers. We spend our vacations with other piercers. We date other piercers, marry other piercers, we hate other piercers. Our blood flows for body piercing. When we’re not piercing, we’re looking at jewelry for piercings, or wondering what we can do to make the next piercing we do quicker, safer, cleaner, more attractive, or easier for the client. Our studio is our home, our sacred space. Our industry is our first love. We live to pierce.

As I’ve said before, the sole act of piercing someone- poking a hole in someone’s body- it’s not hard. It’s super easy, really.

But here’s the deal- when you pierce yourself, when you push a sewing needle you’ve held over a lighter through your ear and shove some jewelry from Hot Topic in there- you’re not doing what I do. You don’t understand how sterilization works, you don’t understand how a needle cuts, you don’t know about the hours we’ve argued over how to prepare the skin beforehand. You don’t how that jewelry works, you don’t know who made it, you don’t know what it’s made of at an elemental level. You don’t know how to breathe, you don’t know how to open your soul and share an experience. You don’t know how to care for it, how it heals, why it isn’t healing. You don’t know how to keep yourself safe- physically, biologically, mentally, emotionally.

You’re not doing what I do. You’re trying- and for that, I’m flattered. But just like a person holding a pen can’t easily touch Da Vinci’s work, you holding a needle does not make us equals. What’s even worse is you thinking it does. When you strut into my studio, my home, my safe place, and you show me a complete abomination of a “piercing”, and you smile in my face, and then have the nerve to ask for my advice, or worse, my critiques, and get upset when I remind you that I have training, tools, knowledge, and passion- that is the biggest insult of them all.

We charge what we charge because we believe that while our job is extremely rewarding, we deserve to be able to do it comfortably. We should be able to charge for the access to our passion. In a world where the highest paid people are the ones who manipulate the most, or run the fastest, or jump the highest, we, as lowly body piercers, should be able to pay our rent and buy groceries. We should be able to eat lunch and dinner on the same day. We should be able to wear the jewelry you want too. We should be able to support a family, if we want one. We should be able to run small businesses, and be a cog in the wheel of our global economy. Trust me- if we didn’t have to spend money to live, we wouldn’t ask for yours. I’d love nothing more than to give myself - my services - away, but unfortunately, our society doesn’t give me a place to live, food to eat, or free movie tickets. So for now, I have to charge you for that.

As long as you’re spending money on iPads and Coach bags and Whole Foods and Lush shampoo, I don’t think it’s unfair to charge for what I provide. I think my fee is quite a deal. In the end, you get what you pay for, and if you didn’t pay anything, you probably didn’t get anything worth having.

Astutely sermonizing what it can feel like to be in the position of someone who loves their work.

Anonymous asked: This might sound a bit odd or ignorant, but companies like Anatometal and Industrial strength etc, do they ship to companies in the UK? I'm really at a loss with trying to find a piercer that actually knows their stuff, I've not been able to find a place that pierces with correct, high quality jewellery. I'm just wondering if that's more than likely a shipment issue, or if the people over here are ignorant and don't care about giving clients quality.


Piercers in the UK are not ignorant. I know some really fantastic piercers throughout the UK, the EU, and many other regions outside of North America. 

It’s a supply and demand problem really. Most jewelry we would deem “high quality” is made in the United States. I’m sure plenty of people will see that as some big APP conspiracy, but I assure you it’s just a coincidence. There are very few companies manufacturing body jewelry in the UK or Europe. Most who do are primarily making external thread jewelry from materials that may not be implant certifiable. Some US manufacturers have tried to set up UK and EU distributors, but they have found it difficult to keep a supply chain viable overseas. So while I’m sure UK piercers care very much about their clientele they are put in the difficult position of having to import jewelry if they want things like a mirror hand polish, implant certified material, or exclusively internal thread or threadless lines. That makes it much more expensive for them to carry. So there is the supply issue. 

The demand issue is the bigger problem in the UK and abroad. The APP is an international organization for sure, but the majority of it’s members are within the US. So while the APP tends to promote a certain standard in safety and jewelry if there are fewer piercers promoting APP standards in a region there will be fewer clients knowing the difference between jewelry types and qualities. The best thing to do as a client is to request high quality jewelry from your piercer and hope they choose to satisfy that demand. Engage the people are your local shops. Ask them what jewelry they use and why they use it. Talk about internal threading, talk about polish and material quality. Body piercing is a business, and when businesses see that there is a demand for a higher quality product they will start carrying more of it. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach


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