SAFE PIERCING

THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL PIERCERS

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ipokeholes:

Welcome to our next episode titled “Opals, Opals, Opals!”…..The top two are fresh 2mm opals and the tragus is healed with a 3 mm opal. Brian Moeller at the @bostontattoocompany #appmember #safepiercing #piercing #somerville #boston #bostontattoocompany #brianmoeller #cartilage #opal #opals #opalsfordays (at The Boston Tattoo Company)

ipokeholes:

Welcome to our next episode titled “Opals, Opals, Opals!”…..The top two are fresh 2mm opals and the tragus is healed with a 3 mm opal. Brian Moeller at the @bostontattoocompany #appmember #safepiercing #piercing #somerville #boston #bostontattoocompany #brianmoeller #cartilage #opal #opals #opalsfordays (at The Boston Tattoo Company)

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salabodymod:

@sinasookie stop by @pinpointpiercing the other day and got for her self this nice gold flower from @bvla Amazing taste (en Pinpoint Piercing)

salabodymod:

@sinasookie stop by @pinpointpiercing the other day and got for her self this nice gold flower from @bvla Amazing taste (en Pinpoint Piercing)

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Anonymous asked: Hi! I'm looking to get my tragus pierced in the near future and would like to reuse the stud I had in my nose, if possible. Is 16g an acceptable size for a tragus piercing?

16g is an acceptable size for a tragus, yes. Other than that I can’t give you specifics without more information on the jewelry. I personally do not like to use old jewelry for a new piercing. Over time worn jewelry can accumulate small nicks and scratches which may not bother a healed piercing, but could cause irritation in a fresh healing piercing. At a minimum you should let an experienced piercer inspect your jewelry. You may be able to re-use a favorite end piece and just buy a new post to wear it on during healing. 

And just as a bit of shop etiquette, please bring used jewelry to a studio in a sealed plastic container or baggie. Do not place used jewelry, even in a bag on any counter tops or surfaces in the studio. Allow a staff member to put on gloves and collect it from you for inspection or processing. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

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julianganesha:

Carl from Quebec wearing a set zing my Skull ear wights. Hey are a two piece design with An articulated jawbone. #julianganesha #julianganeshadotcom #julianganeshadesigns #earweights #eargasm #skulls #webstore #wearableart #buypiercermade #skullweights #tillthewheelsfalloff

julianganesha:

Carl from Quebec wearing a set zing my Skull ear wights. Hey are a two piece design with An articulated jawbone. #julianganesha #julianganeshadotcom #julianganeshadesigns #earweights #eargasm #skulls #webstore #wearableart #buypiercermade #skullweights #tillthewheelsfalloff

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empirebodypiercing:

On adore la turquoise! Cette cliente aussi, comme le montre son nouveau piercing de nombril fait par Efix! @industrialstrength #industrialstrength #navel #turquoise @efixroy #quebec #quebeccity #empirebodypiercing #piercing #bodypiercing

empirebodypiercing:

On adore la turquoise! Cette cliente aussi, comme le montre son nouveau piercing de nombril fait par Efix! @industrialstrength #industrialstrength #navel #turquoise @efixroy #quebec #quebeccity #empirebodypiercing #piercing #bodypiercing

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Anonymous asked: Hi! I was wondering how bad a navel piercing hurts, I'm 18 and I'm really nervous to get it I've heard people say it didn't hurt and others that it hurts a lot

cjmaxwell:

I would say the majority of people say it feels like a quick pinch, similar to getting a shot. But don’t worry about it! Remind yourself that no matter what it feels like, nothing bad is going to happen- It’s just a sensation. Embrace the excitement of the anticipation, and enjoy the rush of acquiring your new adornment. Our ability to feel is what makes life so precious- getting pierced is a wonderful way to remind you of how special that is!

Filed under navel pain

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vaughnbodyarts:

Our apprentice Brittney has been working hard at the studio for close to a year. She attended her first Association of Professional Piercers conference in June, and she just finished taking The Fakir Body Piercing Intensives last week. So the time has come for her to start piercing under Cody’s supervision. 
Pictured here is a great septum piercing she did yesterday on our friend Jack. Brittney anodized  an anatometal 14g retainer into a manly shade of blue, and it looks great on him. Great job Brittney! And thank you Jack!
So to our dear clients, for basic piercings we can give you a little discount if you’ll volunteer to have Brittney pierce you (under supervision). She needs the experience, and Cody needs a day off. So come on by and let her pierce you! 

vaughnbodyarts:

Our apprentice Brittney has been working hard at the studio for close to a year. She attended her first Association of Professional Piercers conference in June, and she just finished taking The Fakir Body Piercing Intensives last week. So the time has come for her to start piercing under Cody’s supervision. 

Pictured here is a great septum piercing she did yesterday on our friend Jack. Brittney anodized  an anatometal 14g retainer into a manly shade of blue, and it looks great on him. Great job Brittney! And thank you Jack!

So to our dear clients, for basic piercings we can give you a little discount if you’ll volunteer to have Brittney pierce you (under supervision). She needs the experience, and Cody needs a day off. So come on by and let her pierce you! 

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Anonymous asked: Hi! I was wondering how piercers feel about bioflex jewelry? Like what are pros and cons of it? Because I've read so much shit about it, but from both side of the spectrum.

Bioflex is a marketing name for plastic jewelry, it is not type of material in itself. By APP standards certain polymers (plastics) can be acceptable, but its important to understand materials and their proper applications. Below are some of the APP’s jewelry standards. 

  • Acceptable Polymers (plastics) are as follows:
    • Tygon® Medical Surgical Tubing S-50HL or S-54HL
    • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) that is ASTM F754 compliant
    • Any plastic material that is ISO 10993-610993-10 and/or 10993-11 compliant and/or meets the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI material classification.
  • All threaded or press-fit jewelry must have internal tapping (no threads on posts).

The above listed materials won’t be toxic in the way that acrylic is, but that doesn’t mean its free from flaws. And that doesn’t mean that the polymer jewelry marketed as “bioflex” will be one of the above accepted material grades. Most plastic jewelry will be externally threaded, which is unacceptable by APP standards. Plastic will also scratch easily, scratches can cause friction damage in a piercing and also harbor bacteria. Many educated and experienced piercers would see polymer jewelry as acceptable for a temporary retainer, but not much else. 

Some people think that plastic jewelry will be less likely to cause damage to teeth and gums in oral piercings. While this might be true in the case of biting the jewelry it will not make a difference for friction damage (which is a common cause of gum erosion and enamel damage). Properly fit jewelry made of implant certified titanium or steel would be better for your piercing than poorly fitting polymer jewelry. 

Try to look at it this way as well. Among all of the industry’s leading manufacturers of implant certified material, internal thread jewelry, none of them manufacture any options in “bioflex” plastics. That might tell you something. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

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Anonymous asked: When you custom order jewelry/ ends, can you order them to have 18/16 gauge threaded ends so that the end will fit in both 18 gauge posts and 16 gauge posts?

All jewelry companies operating within the United States, who make jewelry acceptable by APP jewelry standards, use the same threading patterns. Several sizes share thread patterns and will be interchangeable already, provided they don’t have a gauge specific counter-sunk hole for the post. Most non-ball ends will not have a counter-sink. So here are compatible threads from companies like LeRoi, Industrial Strength, Body Circle, Anatometal, Intrinsic, and others. 

18g and 16g

14g and 12g

10g and 8g. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

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perrymdoig:

Rose gold nostril perfection featuring jewelry by Body Vision Los Angeles. Purchased at Rose Gold’s in San Francisco.

perrymdoig:

Rose gold nostril perfection featuring jewelry by Body Vision Los Angeles. Purchased at Rose Gold’s in San Francisco.