SAFE PIERCING

THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL PIERCERS

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Anonymous asked: I was wondering if there is any way to take piercing classes or instruction courses through any of the APP members before or after the convention? I live quite a few hundred miles away from Las Vegas, so it's a little costly to fly and go to the convention.

A couple of APP Members that have taught at the APP conference and have then put together work shops in their area include Luis Garcia and Ryan Ouellette. 

Networking with other piercers (members and non-members alike) is your best bet of being in the loop for any classes or workshop that may pop up closer to your area. 

Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee

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immaculatepiercing:

Chance is back! It was great having Anna out so he could have a vacation. Here is a helix Chance did before he left with a yellow gold Bali end from Neometal.


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ryanpba:

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Anonymous asked: i have two questions, but first id like to thank you for putting a reliable source on the net that is so easily accessible! is it normal/ok for a healing piercing to itch a bit, like a tattoo? i got my conch pierced about 5 weeks ago, and it itches like crazy - not burning or anything. also, could you use one of those gorgeous anatometal twists in a conch piercing? thanks a ton!

Thanks so much for the kind words. 

As for itching: 
Yes, a little itchiness is normal for a healing piercing.

If you’re using saline or a sea salt soak, the salt may be causing the itching if you’re letting it air dry after cleaning. 

After you’ve cleaned your piercing, try taking something clean like a piece of gauze or a qtip (careful that the cotton fibers don’t get stuck on your jewelry, especially if it’s a prong set gem) and gently pat dry any excess moisture. This can help cut down on the itchiness. 

Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee

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Anonymous asked: Hello, there's a piercing place near me that only charges $10 a piercing. I talked to the owner, and he says that other places are just too expensive, and that he cares about his work and his clients too much to charge anymore than what he does. My girlfriend goes there for all of her piercings, and so far has not had a problem (she's gotten quite a few). I just wanted to make sure this place is safe. Is it possible for him to safely charge only $10 for jewelry and the piercing process?

saintsabrinas:

In our opinion, it would be impossible for any piercer to offer piercings, including jewelry, safely at that price. There are lots of factors that play into this, but we will focus on a just a few:

1) The biggest red flag this raises is about the quality of the jewelry being used. Many people think that all jewelry is the same and that it doesn’t matter what the quality of the jewelry installed is. This couldn’t further from the truth. If you think about it, the jewelry is the thing that will be in direct contact with your piercing while it is healing, and for as long as you have your piercing. It is the thing that will most directly affect how your piercing heals. If the jewelry is not made of a high-quality, safe material with a mirror-finish, it can drastically affect the healing of the piercing. In some cases, the piercing may appear to heal fine, but you could be exposing your self to an unsafe material that can have affects on your health. 

Just like anything else, high-quality jewelry costs more (often a lot) than low-quality, mystery-metal jewelry. To be able to afford to offer piercings for $10, including jewelry, we can assure you that the jewelry being offered by this piercer is NOT high-quality, safe jewelry. Even if he was willing to make absolutely no profit, he still would not be able to buy quality jewelry that would be appropriate for a lot of piercings, for less than $10. There is a great deal of very low-quality, unsafe jewelry available that literally costs pennies to buy…and none of it is something anyone should want to wear in their body, even if their piercings seem to heal okay. 

2) Being able to offer the piercing process safely also costs money. Depending upon how the piercer operates, sometimes the piercings can be done at a very low cost to the piercer. However, even at a very low costs (using the cheapest supplies, skirting various health and safety practices, never seeking out continuing education etc), we still don’t see how $10 could ever be a reasonable price to charge…and that doesn’t even include the cost of the jewelry which we addressed above. 

When it comes to health and safety practices, we would be VERY concerned about what sort of corners this piercer might be cutting. To put people’s health and safety at risk by using low-quality jewelry is one thing. But, cutting corners in the areas of health and safety (cleanliness, sterilization, cross-contamination, spore testing, equipment maintenance etc) is unconscionable. 

So, that’s a lot of words to basically say this:

It is our opinion that there is absolutely no way this piercer is offering safe piercings with quality jewelry for that price. it’s great your girlfriend hasn’t experienced any negative effects up to this point…and hopefully she never will. However, we would strongly encourage her to find a different a piercer.

No matter what story this person has concocted to justify his questionable practices, it just isn’t possible to do piercing safely for that cost. 

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josh-nobleolson:

8 month old helix spiral with #ANATOMETAL jewelry @slavetotheneedle #slavetotheneedle #seattle #safepiercing #appmember (at Slave to the Needle Tattoo and Body Piercing Ballard)

josh-nobleolson:

8 month old helix spiral with #ANATOMETAL jewelry @slavetotheneedle #slavetotheneedle #seattle #safepiercing #appmember (at Slave to the Needle Tattoo and Body Piercing Ballard)

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Anonymous asked: What can you tell me about hypergranulation in navel piercings?

*The response below is that of the authors opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The APP or its members*

For starters, I’m very hesitant to diagnose bumps. The reason being is I am not a medical professional, I’m a body piercer. I lack the years of school required to have the knowledge of a dermatologist, and in my opinion, they’re the ones with the knowledge to accurately diagnose exactly what a bump is.  

So even if I did have the proper education and training to accurately diagnose a bump for exactly what it is, I still lack the ability to treat it in any kind of medical capacity. 

So having said that, we as piercers generally view bumps as irritation bumps and try to determine the source of irritation. The common culprits include piercings done with bad angles, low quality jewelry with a poor surface finish, improper aftercare (too harsh of products being used), lifestyles that interfere with the healing, clothing that is rubbing on the piercing and causing the irritation, etc. 

When a bump looks a bit out of our league, it’s usually best to suggest the client go see a medical professional that is trained for these sort of specific issues. 

The APP’s brochure for troubleshooting has this to say about hypergranulation: 

Excess granulation tissue is most common on piercings of navels, nostrils, outer labia, and the mucosal surface of lips—though it may also occur on other piercings TREATMENT:

  • The same treatments used on infants’ umbilical granulomas may be used for piercing-related hypergranulation tissue: silver nitrate, electrocautery, or liquid nitrogen; a ligature technique can be used if the lesion is pedunculated
  • Some affected piercings do heal successfully, but if the problem proves intractable after treatment, the piercing should be abandoned

    http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/troubleshooting/#!/~/product/id=23786896

So if you look over the available treatments (silver nitrate, electrocautery, or liquid nitrogen; a ligature technique can be used if the lesion is pedunculated) you can see those are all things a body piercer should not be doing to any client, nor should a client be doing to themselves. Those are things best left to a medical professional. 

Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee

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coldsteelpiercing:

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Anonymous asked: before my piercer pierced my daith, he told me it was a piercing that has one of the highest chances of getting an infection. is this true? he scared me shitless honestly. he also told me that daith piercings were one of the most painful to pierce. but I barely felt a thing, and it's been 5 days since I got it pierced and I still don't feel anything. I keep anticipating a world of pain because of his words. is he telling the truth?

Everything you said your piercer told you is absolute nonsense. I would highly suggest you find a more skilled and reputable piercer for your next piercing. 

I’m also cringing at the possibilities of what you told in terms of aftercare given the other info they provided. Please take a moment to read over The APP’s suggested aftercare brochure. Hopefully it saves you some heartache. 

Best of luck! 

Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee