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Remember that just because high quality jewelry costs more than low quality costume jewelry does not mean that it is expensive.
And as much as it pains me to say it, nobody needs a piercing. We want a piercing.
It’s really up to you what quality of jewelry you want for your piercing and whether or not it is worth it to you to make a hours long commute to obtain it.
It’s not so much that we as volunteers for The APP, or just as piercers in general expect you to do anything. We simply choose to help spread the message for safe body piercing.
A quality piece of jewelry doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and pretty much anybody on any budget can afford safe quality jewelry for their fresh piercings. Some people live in very rural areas that requires a very long commute to a quality studio. And lots of clients do that.
A quick search on Anatometal’s website pulled up eight different studios in The UK that are listed as studios carrying their jewelry.
Industrial Strength Body Jewelry is also available in the UK. You can contact them on their FB page to find studios near you.
Those would be two great places to start looking if you haven’t tried already. You can also pester your local studio and show them that you demand quality jewelry in your piercings.
Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee
I’m hoping that the social media push that we’ve all been making over the last few years continues to grow and educate clients more than ever! I would also like to see a few more high quality jewelry manufacturers pop up. This industry is growing rapidly, more and more clients are demanding that they get pierced with the quality that they deserve, the handful of jewelry manufacturers we have now are struggling to keep up. It would be nice(and very smart) for someone that has the knowledge to make the jewelry we use and at the quality we need to start up a new company to give us all some more options.
So that’s what I’d like to see from the jewelry side of things, from the piercer side of things, I’d like to see this generation of piercers to start using some more critical thinking. We’re seeing so many of the newer piercers simply parroting what the “bigger names” are saying but don’t really understand what it is that they’re saying. They know to use high quality brands of jewelry, which is great, but aren’t using their critical thinking skills to know when to say no to a piercing due to anatomy reasons or when a piercing simply just won’t work or know when not to use a certain jewelry choice when another would work better. It’s nice to see more piercers using brands like Anatometal, but it’s very frustrating to see bad piercings done with good jewelry. While it isn’t possible to do a good piercing with bad jewelry, it’s absolutely possible to do a bad piercing with good jewelry. I think that gets lost a bit with a lot of these newer piercers that simply think using Anatometal and buying a Statim makes them a good piercer. Don’t get me wrong, stepping up their jewelry game is a big step and I think it’s great and support it fully, I’d just like to see a lot of them take it further. Hope this doesn’t come off as a rant, because I didn’t mean for it to be lol. I just genuinely would like to see a lot of people in this industry(myself included) progress and get better. And thank you for the kind words as well =)
No salt, definitely no aspirin paste ever(piercers reallllyyyyy need to let that one go and stop telling clients to do it), and I’d honestly get your jewelry switched out to an implant grade labret stud or nostril screw. That ring is likely your issue.
If your septum has already stretched itself to accommodate that 8g tusk and that jewelry goes in comfortably, it shouldn’t be an issue to go back and forth. Plenty of people fluctuate the size of jewelry they wear in specific piercings depending on the jewelry they feel like wearing, septums are no different. So yea, as long as your piercing is essentially comfortable at an 8g, it shouldn’t be a problem. It’s certainly possible that you’ll need to wear jewelry at an 8g in there for quite some time before you can do this though, so just listen to your body first and foremost as always!