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Oh hey, look who’s birthday it is. The Association of Professional Piercers’ new President, Brian Skellie

For those of you who don’t know who Brian Skellie is, he is not only an accomplished body piercer, but he is also an industry leading expert on sterilization and safety. He has been an APP board of directors elected official for the past few years, and has volunteered countless hours of technical and instructional support to the professional piercing industry. 

Brian has done quite a bit to advance the field of body piercing over his career. I won’t say he did it single-handed, but he was the driving force behind Statim cassette autoclaves becoming commonplace in many of the industry’s most well known and respected studios. Statim sterilizers have revolutionized the body piercer’s ability to rapidly sterilize jewelry and instruments without the use of harsh chemicals. Without Brian’s knowledge, passion, and guidance its hard to imagine Statims becoming as wide spread. 

I know a lot of people think of sterilization when they hear the name Brian Skellie, but he is also an accomplished body piercer with some very forward thinking concepts on freehand piercing and needle bevel theory. Sounds a bit dry if you’re not a piercer, but believe me understanding needle bevel theory is really a game changer for anyone using a freehand technique. Brian’s explanation and demonstrations have made a significant impact on the careers of many body piercers, myself included. 

So let’s take a minute to start an unwrapped cycle of gratitude for the world’s smartest body piercer. APP President Brian Skellie. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach


Versatility in piercing techniques: with Brian Skellie, Dana Dinius, Ed Chavarria, and Chris Glunt.

Demonstrating methods with and without clamps and other instruments.


APP member’s meeting

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Double pouching for sterile presentation? ATP use in CS? May 2014 - CS Solutions

Double pouching for sterile presentation? ATP use in CS? May 2014 – CS Solutions

From May 2014 – CS Solutions.

Double pouching for sterile presentation? ATP use in CS? by Ray Taurasi

Q The OR requires that Sterile Processing double peel pouches all items sent to them. They claim this is essential to allow for sterile presentation to the sterile field. I cannot find anything in AAMI or AORN recommendations stating this is necessary. I find it strange that they have no issues…

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Somatic Piercing

A number of years ago, I was asked to respond to an interview by my colleague and friend Nicholas Wolak, owner of Evolved. I found his questions engaging and was pleased to interact for this project.

Nick completed his Masters degree at the Ohio State University in Somatic and Cultural Studies in 2002. His final project, “Somatic Piercing: The Art and Ritual of Body Piercing” portrays his…

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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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