Archive for the ‘Piercings’ Category

So, I decided to have a more hands-on approach to piercings. I haven’t gotten a new one in years so I thought “Sod it, I’ll get some cartilage pierced” – and also in the process document the rights and wrongs of body modification in order to help all you pretty people.

I went to Sting Studios/ Dollyrockers in the Oasis shopping place in Birmingham, and my first impressions of the tiny basement room weren’t great. But regardless of this I went ahead and let the uninterested girl behind the desk pierce me… Bit of a mistake.

Here’s a picture of my newly pierced ear cartilage (one nearest the top):

PAIN RATING: 7/10

Everything looked fine and it all seemed to have gone well. That is, until I looked in the mirror properly. It appears that the stupid girl has somehow managed to pierce me slanted, instead of straight through the cartilage. How this is possible I don’t know, but she’s managed it rather well – as demonstrated in the following picture taken the next day:

The picture’s a bit blurry, but you can still just about make it out… Not only will this probably take longer to heal but it’s also probably done a bit of damage to my ear. Fantastic!

So what lesson have we learned today kids?

Firstly, don’t trust someone to pierce you if they seem like they just want to get it over with so they can go home, and secondly, if you get a bad feeling about the piercing place – walk out. It’ll cost you nothing and save you from getting a dodgy piercing. If not 20 odd quid…

  • MAKE SURE THEY USE STERILE EQUIPMENT

Any self-respecting, professional studio makes sure that they steralise all their equipment before and after any new customers. Don’t accept a piercing from a place that has used needles lying around or don’t get new ones out of packages before piercing.

  • DON’T SETTLE FOR RUDE BEHAVIOUR/ NASTY ATTITUDES

You have to remember that the piercer is going to be handling a part of your skin and they have to be respectful of their “human canvas”, so to speak -therefore don’t go to a studio where the staff seem bored, uncaring or rude. Don’t forget that if they can’t be arsed to be helpful or attentive before the piercing then they’re not going to be much help when it comes to aftercare.

  • GLOVES AND MARKINGS ARE A MUST!

As well as having sterile equipment, all experienced piercers recognise the importance of keeping their hands covered with medical latex gloves and marking the spot that they plan to pierce before doing so. If you come across a piercer that refuses to do either of those things, or won’t let you change the marking spot then just walk out, because chances are they’re shit at their job.

  • A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS… AND NO INFECTIONS

Never get pierced in a salon that doesn’t have examples of previous customers. Simple as… It either proves that they’re not experienced in it, that they didn’t care enough to be proud of their work or that all the piercing jobs they’ve done have been really shoddy. All things that you DON’T want in a body modifier.

  • NO LICENSE, NO PIERCING

If you’re not sure, or if it’s not made evident in the shop window, ALWAYS ask if they’re a licensed shop – and ask for proof. Trust your instincts and if you think a place may not be registered to pierce then ask them to see their license. If they’re doing their job properly they won’t be offended when you ask.

  • NEVER TRUST A PIERCER WHO’S DRUNK AND WANTS TO PIERCE YOU WITH A RUSTY PAPERCLIP

It’s pretty self explanatory…

AWESOME, PROFESSIONAL PIERCING STUDIOS

Self SacrificeLondon

Ho/ier Than ThouManchester

Modern Body Art Birmingham

Chioko – London

PunkturedBrighton

Extreme NeedleLondon

Now I’m someone who’s got a fair share of ink and tatts, which all seemed like good ideas at the time (and don’t get me wrong, I still love all of them) but it’s just a fact that when you’re about to get a brand new addition to the ever-growing family of body mods there are certain things that piercers or tattoo artists don’t tell you. So to aid any distressed people out there pondering the unknown here’s this Friday’s Top 5:


1: ORAL PIERCINGS CHIP YOUR TEETH.

This is something that is virtually unavoidable, unless you’re inhumanly careful or don’t leave your lip ring bar in too long after it’s been pierced ( like someone I know… *cough*me*cough*). So far 6 chips in my teeth and counting – I’m aiming to look like a toothless sailor by the time I hit 30 🙂

 

2: STRETCHED EAR TUNNELS SMELL TERRIBLE.

When your ears are expanded excess dead skin builds up around your plugs making your ears smell like a hobo being sick on a dead rabid dog, unless you clean them every couple of weeks. Sounds lovely dunnit?

 

3: UNPROFESSIONAL PIERCERS = IDIOTIC.

I know going to a licensed piercing shop takes all the fun out of going down a back alley and getting a stranger to jab your ear with a paperclip, but seriously do it properly. DONT be an idiot and get your mates to pierce your ear for you DIY. You’ll regret it… Or maybe your ear will fall off.

 

4: SEPTUM WHAT?

Strangely enough septum piercings don’t hurt to get done – but only if you get it done by the right piercer who knows how to get the sweet spot – the bit of skin between the two bits of cartilage in your nose. Just don’t get a bloody moron to do it (see point #3).

 

5: TATTS ITCH LIKE F***

About a week after getting some new ink the skin dries and turns into a irritating scab-like thing that torments you day and nightly with it’s unbearable itchiness until you just want to scrub it off your skin with a brillo pad or a cheese grater or a porcupine. Ah the joys of tattoos…