I enjoy high quality body modification. Martial arts since 1993. Family, friends, music, movies, and pugs.

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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. 

"Why does my industrial look so shit and ugly.?
also my bump is so itchy and sore, it occasionally goes away but not for long. Should i take it out and get it re-pierced in the other ear. Or will it just do the same?”
Honestly, this needs to come out ASAP. It wasn’t pierced correctly. It doesn’t appear that you were suitable for an industrial piercing. This piercer should have recognized that, but judging by this work, I’m not surprised that they didn’t. I would take that out and if you’d like to try again, you’ll probably be more suitable for an L-bend industrial(picture a barbell that is shaped like an L and the outer helix would be pierced straight back). I’d also highly recommend finding a new piercer. If you let me know where you’re located, I can try to help with that!

"Why does my industrial look so shit and ugly.?

also my bump is so itchy and sore, it occasionally goes away but not for long. Should i take it out and get it re-pierced in the other ear. Or will it just do the same?”

Honestly, this needs to come out ASAP. It wasn’t pierced correctly. It doesn’t appear that you were suitable for an industrial piercing. This piercer should have recognized that, but judging by this work, I’m not surprised that they didn’t. I would take that out and if you’d like to try again, you’ll probably be more suitable for an L-bend industrial(picture a barbell that is shaped like an L and the outer helix would be pierced straight back). I’d also highly recommend finding a new piercer. If you let me know where you’re located, I can try to help with that!

ashleyheuserpoetry asked
So.. I see you only get asked piercing questions so I'll ask you this... What's your favorite food? :)

Haha yea that seems to be all I get asked anymore, sadly. But my favorite food is my mom’s baked ziti. That woman can throw down on some baked ziti! So death row final meal, that’s what I’m asking for lol

Anonymous asked
I have a nostril piercing (November 2013) that has always had "the bump", and the inside has always felt like just a swollen mass of tissue. I also have a piercing on my other nostril, which has given me no trouble, and the two match up on the outside, but come out in completely different places on the inside. I'm thinking I just need to start over...how long should I wait for the piercing to close up before I get it redone? Thanks AJ, i love your work!

Angles are definitely tough to get perfect on paired nostrils, so I won’t hold it against the piercer all too much on that one lol. But if you’d like to retire the piercing with intentions of starting over, I’d probably remove the jewelry for at least a few months since it’s almost a year old at this point. Good luck next time!

Anonymous asked
Will it be harmful to wear a ring/ cbr in a healed navel? Will I be able to after wearing a curved barbell? Will it have to be short term because of them twisting on its side to be against your stomach when you wear a shirt

I can’t imagine wearing a cbr in a navel being comfortable for any amount of time even though it used to be pretty common years back. I’d stick with a navel curve though for sure!

Anonymous asked
How bad is speech after a tongue piercing? I want one badly but work a 40 hour week at a desk job... Meaning I talk pretty often. Could I do it and still carry on a normal conversation?

Yea you should be fine. When I got my tongue pierced I swelled up a good bit for about 4 or 5 days. I felt like I was talking a bit funny but nobody else seemed to notice it. So you might think you sound funny, but chances are it’d probably just be in your head. Once the swelling goes down and especially after you downsize, everything will go back to normal!

Anonymous asked
Shout out to you because you gave me a lollipop 5 million years ago when I nearly passed out after you pierced me; also, you, your pug and your piercings are all fabulous. Love the blog (and try to tough out our cold winters because south jersey needs you</3)

Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed your piercing experience even if you needed a little help through it =)

And thank you for the kind words, I’ll try my best to tough it out through the winters, but I’m not making any promises haha. I hate the cold and definitely want to flock south someday. Don’t worry, if I ever get the guts to make a move that big, I’ll make sure I’ll find a suitable replacement for me at my studio to take care of all of my awesome clients! It won’t be anytime soon though so you have plenty of time to come in and get some rad piercings by me haha