body piercing

Piercing Minors

Since long before any states had legislation to give piercers guidance, I always enforced a strong policy about piercing minors: Without exception, the parent or legal guardian must be present with the minor to sign the release form. Each party must have a valid photo ID* . If the parent's last name and/or address is different from the minor's, there must be legal documentation to prove the relationship. (Birth certificate, divorce papers, adoption papers, marriage certificate). Court papers are required to prove a relationship with a legal guardian. • I do not pierce minors below the neck with the exception of the navel. I will pierce earlobes only, on individuals between 12 and 16 years of age. •I will not pierce children under the age of 12. • If you are under 18 but legally married I can pierce you in the state of Louisiana. You need to bring your marriage license along with valid photo ID*. • If you are a legally emancipated minor I can pierce you in the state of Louisiana. You need to bring court papers along with a valid photo ID*. Some problems I have found with piercing minors:

Great Nipple Piercing Articles

If you're interested in the subject of nipple piercings, I highly suggest you take a look at this post called "Let's Talk about Nipples" on The Pierced Consumer, and this one called "Nipple Piercings and the Long Haul", which is the second part of the article. The blog is written by Cloud, and she's the woman that The Piercing Bible is dedicated to (and if you open your copy to the dedications page you will learn why). Here I am, posting about these great blog articles, when I noticed that The Piercing Bible was actually mentioned in one of these posts. Cool!

VCH Piercing Jewelry Problem

Here's an email I received from a woman who was experiencing a problem because the jewelry that was placed in her VCH piercing was too short:

Hi there, I've contacted my piercer too, but I'm looking for some guidance and hoping you can help.  I had my VCH pierced a week ago.  It was initially healing very nicely with no issues.  However, when I had it pierced, I was told that my hood was very long and he probably could have used a longer barbell (I have a straight barbell in now).  This morning when I was cleaning it in the shower, I noticed that it was uncomfortable and found out that the bottom ball on the barbell has retreated into the piercing hole.  I tried to manually push it back through but it is stuck and very uncomfortable. What should I do?  Will my piercer be able to remove the jewelry and hopefully put a longer barbell in? I'm worried that it's healing around the ball and will be very difficult to remove. Thank you for any help you can give, Amanda

Amanda, Go see your piercer immediately! You MUST have a longer bar put in ASAP! If you allow jewelry that is too small to remain in place then it is likely to end up embedded. As the ball sinks in, your tissue grows around it, and soon you'll need the assistance of a doctor to remove the embedded jewelry by making an incision or two near it! Wearing ill-fitting jewelry is dangerous, especially when a piercing is so new. A curved bar gives you the advantage of some extra space without adding extra length--I usually start VCH piercings with them. This excerpt from The Piercing Bible explains proper VCH placement and jewelry:

HCH Piercing Questions

I received this question from a piercee who hadn't been well informed by her piercer:

I got the horizontal hood piercing. I have a bead ring, Brenda the lady who pierced me said she couldn't use the barbell like the one in my tongue. I love my new piercing but Brenda is on vacation and I got some questions. I work in recieving and I'm constantly moving my ring always moves to the side; is that normal?? My period is coming cuz I could feel the cramps, do I need more than sea salt water and antibacterial soap to clean it?? And how how long do you have wait to have sex. My piercer said a week but I don't think that sounds right. Well these are my questions I hope to hear from you soon.. Thanks Christina

Need For Consumer Education

Filthy conditions forced the closure of a tattoo and piercing studio in Alberta, Canada. It was the second closure in the area in the past three months! See the article here. Who knows how long the studio maintained their inappropriate procedures before being shut down? Or how many clients may have suffered infections as a result? Fortunately, those businesses were forcibly closed. But, how many others are still operating without following appropriate hygiene practices? Body art is not regulated in all areas, and even where laws exist, they aren't always enforced. That's why YOU as a consumer need to be educated. So when you go into a studio you can make a solid evaluation of the premises and practices to be sure you will be safe. You can learn everything you need to know about this in The Piercing Bible. Chapters 5-9 all contain information on how to evaluate piercer, studio premises, and even the body jewelry. Be safe; educate yourself!

Debunking Piercing Myths

Here's another 5-star review from a professional piercer:
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must have,
By Eric Bedell (Long Island , NY) -
I have been a body piercer for 9 + years now and this book is a credit to the industry. It debunks all the common myths and urban legends good and bad about piercing. This book i recommend for not just experienced and novice piercers but also for customers as well i have pointed out and physically shown many of my customers various passages from this book.

Fantastic Feedback

I received this wonderful email from a reader:
I am writing to say that I have received my copy of your "The Piercing Bible" !  It arrived just before the weekend so I have not read it cover to cover yet.  Having looked around through it and peeked at a couple of "close to home" topics, I felt that I should write you. I am so impressed with you and your book!  As you know, I had expected it to be a good educational tool and I had expected to enjoy it.  However, it is more than I had planned - I love the way it is organized.  For now, my favorite aspect is that you've taken the time to explain each piercing in detail and included all pertinent information, not just rudimentary details. With my financial background, I appreciate attention to detail and this is terrific.  I am reading, with great interest, details on piercing body parts that I don't even have!  LOL! How silly am I? No kidding, this is a great book and I am thoroughly looking forward to reading every word.  I so love piercings and your book is a treasure trove of knowledge.  I hope you will have a very pleasant experience at your book signings.  Although I know you don't need my opinion to validate your work, I want you to know that I remain very proud of you. Best regards, Dawn
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