Piercings By Shorty

Anonymous said: The intrinsic navel curves that you sell, what color gems do they come in

All the colors of the rainbow my friend ;)  They’re Swarovski Zirconia

Nicole popped in to get her tragus pierced yesterday. She picked this 2mm Bezel Set Arctic Blue Swarovski Zirconia from NeoMetal Titanium Body Jewelry.  While she was here we took a quick picture of her healed nostril piercing we did a year ago.

Nicole popped in to get her tragus pierced yesterday. She picked this 2mm Bezel Set Arctic Blue Swarovski Zirconia from NeoMetal Titanium Body Jewelry. While she was here we took a quick picture of her healed nostril piercing we did a year ago.

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efixroy:

I did this 14ga vertical industrial yesterday with an @anatometalinc princess cut CZ set in green titanium, anodized in-house of course! @empirebodypiercing (at Empire Body Piercing)

Dat green 🙏

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efixroy:

I did this 14ga vertical industrial yesterday with an @anatometalinc princess cut CZ set in green titanium, anodized in-house of course! @empirebodypiercing (at Empire Body Piercing)

Dat green 🙏

(via anatometal)

Anonymous said: Just out of curiosity, how do piercers remove dermal anchors? Or is it even possible?

safepiercing:

They’re usually very easy to remove. 

Something I hear a lot from clients is they think or have heard that they have to be surgically removed. This is completely false

The two most common ways most of us remove surface anchors: 

1) With a gloved hand, grab a hold of the disc or gem and gently pull it out. When a surface anchor is no longer flush against the skin and/or they’ve been bumped too many times, they’ll usually come right out. Even fully healed with no issues or irritation, this will usually work just as easily. 

2) For some well healed anchors, we’ll use a surface anchor tool (one example pictured below) and click the tool onto the anchors disc or gem (you can see the little groove at the head of the tool).

With a little upward/outward pressure on the tool, and a finger pushing downward on the tissue, the anchors come right out. 



Absolute worse case scenario: An anchor that has healed and the tissue has really, really healed tightly around the jewelry. 

These won’t always pop right out as easily as mentioned above, so we can take a small sterilized piercing needle (20g or 18g for example) and gently “cat scratch” at the piercing where the post of the jewelry is at. Sounds more painful than it is. Not actually piercing the person, and not doing any sort of deep cuts, but just a couple of small scratches with the needle to loosen the tension around the anchor and then presto, it comes right out. 

Methods 1 & 2 are almost always how the process goes. It’s not that often anything more is needed. 

We’ve gone into detail about some of the cons of surface anchors in terms of their longevity, but something everyone should understand is that when properly performed, these piercings are no more invasive or extreme in their insertion or removal than most other piercings. 

Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee

saintsabrinas:

A few different versions of this failed 71-piece microdermal/surface anchor/single-point surface piercing project have started making the rounds and we wanted to share our thoughts and hopefully provide some additional insight and context to the situation. The “after” picture certainly says a lot about what’s going on here, but we think it’s critical that piercers and the general public understand exactly what went wrong, why it went wrong and why this never should have been done in the first place.

There have been a lot of understandably-angry responses to this. As piercers who care about our clients, the quality of work we do and the overall “reputation’ of body piercing, this hurts and angers us a great deal. But, we hope we can turn this into an educational opportunity for everyone who comes across this glaring example of a piercer who appears to lack morals, ethics and professionalism. 

This project was done as part of “reality” television program by a “celebrity piercer”. This “piercer” has repeatedly shown a blatant disregard for his clients’ well-being, and therefore we believe he deserves all of the bad press he is currently getting. However, his name isn’t important to our message. If you want to know who did this atrocity, it won’t be hard to figure out. 

This “piercer” has repeatedly defended his choice to do large-scale projects like this and claims that these types of projects are very viable and are usually successful. 

He is wrong. 

We know he is wrong. Every experienced, reputable piercer knows he is wrong. Heck, even a piercer with only the smallest bit of experience with these type of piercings would know he is wrong. Chances are he knows he is wrong as well.

He has chosen to ignore his ethics and his professional responsibility, as well as completely disregard the health, safety and well-being of his clients in exchange for money, exposure, “fame” and whatever else he may garner from stunts like this. We understand that every one has to make a living, and we all have different goals and dreams. We just don’t think you should make your living or achieve your goals and dreams by harming uninformed, unsuspecting people.

So, what is actually wrong with this project?

The most obvious thing is that all 71 of these piercings were done in one sitting. That’s 71 piercings your body has to try and heal all at once. We all know that if your body is trying to heal 71 injuries of any kind, it is going to struggle. Now, ask your body to heal 71 injuries with pieces of jewelry in them; jewelry that will get bumped, caught, snagged and rubbed on during even the most basic day-to-day activities…the problem should be obvious. 

Any piercer who tells you that doing large numbers of piercings in one sitting is fine and will have good results is either lying to you or they don’t know what they are talking about. Either way, find a different piercer. 

While the number of piercings is the most obvious problem, the most fundamental problem with this project is that most of the time, surface anchor piercings simply aren’t viable on a long-term basis. People have lots of different experiences with this type of piercing, but to say that most of them last 5 or more years is not the experience that we, or most reputable piercers, have had. This is true regardless of the design of the anchor, the method used to perform the piercing or the type of end/top that is used on the anchor.

It is also true regardless of how many anchors are done at one time. While only doing one has a better chance than doing a handful in one sitting, it is still no guarantee of long-term viability. We, and other professional piercers who’s opinions, skills and experience we trust, refer to anchors as long-term-temporary piercings. 

When these types of piercings fail, usually what happens is that the body “rejects” the jewelry. This means that it starts to push the jewelry out of the skin. In most cases, once this starts, the body will continue to reject the jewelry until it comes out completely. Most people have the jewelry removed before it comes out completely.

No responsible piercer would ever perform a project like this because they would know there is 0% chance that all of the piercings (heck, probably even 50% of them) would last on any type of long-term basis. While scarring from individual surface anchors tends to be pretty minimal in most cases, a responsible piercer would know that rejection of so many of these piercings would result in a large area of prominent scarring. The after picture shows this pretty clearly. 

In addition, the rejection/removal of even a handful of these piercings would leave the original design “unreadable”.  Instead of looking like shooting stars, or hearts or whatever the original design was, it ends up looking like a random scattering of jewelry. 

Another major issue with this project is the location: the thigh area.

We already mentioned how irritation/abuse would occur from even the most basic activities as well as from any clothing that would rub against the area.

When doing any kind of surface piercing (with an anchor or with a surface bar), it is critical that the area where the jewelry will sit is as flat as possible. If the jewelry rests on a curved surface, excess pressure can be applied to different parts of the jewelry, directly contributing to irritation and rejection. A thigh/upper leg is mostly-curved surface with virtually no areas that stay flat at all times. While some areas may be flat in certain positions, even small changes to the orientation of the leg, cause those flat areas to become curved.

As with any jewelry, the material and the quality of the workmanship are critical components to initial healing as well as long-term success. In this case, there is no way to know whether this jewelry is made from implant-grade materials with top-of-the-line workmanship or whether low-quality “mystery metal” was used.

However, let’s consider this: If this project was done with high-quality, implant-grade jewelry, the jewelry alone would have cost the client several thousands of dollars; even if there were a considerable “bulk discount”. So, either the client didn’t pay that much because the jewelry was subpar, unacceptable junk or the piercer took a huge amount of money from the client knowing full well that the project was destined to fail and that the client was wasting their money. 

Either way, it’s unethical, unprofessional and unacceptable. 

One other thing we wanted to comment on:

We’ve seen quite a few comments that have fully or partially blamed the client for letting someone do this to them or for not knowing this was a bad idea And, while we are big believers in personal responsibility, and we understand how people would be quick to blame the client, we think that is completely the wrong way to look at it. 

When it’s all said and done, a piercer always has the option to say, “No, I won’t do that because I know it’s a bad idea.” In the case of a project like this, something that was never going to have any chance of being successful, we believe the piecer has an obligation to say “No, I won’t do that because I know it’s a bad idea.” 

In our opinion, the blame for this project happening in the first place, and the blame for its ultimate failure, falls on the shoulders of the piercer who performed it. 

No matter how complex or how small your piercing wishes might be, please take the time to research the person(s) you are considering letting work on your body. Just because someone is on TV, has a lot of followers on the internet or makes a lot of “noise”, it doesn’t automatically mean they are the person you should trust.

If a situation doesn’t ‘feel’ right, if you are being told something that goes against what other reputable piercers have told you and/or if someone is telling you something that sounds too good to be true, please walk away from the situation, do some more research and give it some more thought. 

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this.

We hope you will like and reblog it so we can educate as many people as possible, to help prevent others from having to experience something like this. 

More info on “dermal projects” the ugly truth…

Another back to school navel piercing.  She picked an Intrinsic Body Inc Titanium navel curve with a prong set Swarovski Zirconia.

Another back to school navel piercing. She picked an Intrinsic Body Inc Titanium navel curve with a prong set Swarovski Zirconia.

joeltron-firstblood:

Here’s a little sneak peek at a super rad Trondustrial I started over a year ago and finally had the pleasure to finish last week!

Wonder if anyone will recognize it as mine in 2014 Earmageddon…..

#bodypiercing #sydney #australia #InternalThreadTitanium #ProfessionalPiercing #BodyModification  #safepiercing #bodyjewelry #mybodymod #bodyjewellery #joeltron #JoeltronDotCom #bodymods

Sweet purple o-rings! Where did you find them?

joeltron-firstblood:

Here’s a little sneak peek at a super rad Trondustrial I started over a year ago and finally had the pleasure to finish last week!

Wonder if anyone will recognize it as mine in 2014 Earmageddon…..

#bodypiercing #sydney #australia #InternalThreadTitanium #ProfessionalPiercing #BodyModification #safepiercing #bodyjewelry #mybodymod #bodyjewellery #joeltron #JoeltronDotCom #bodymods

Sweet purple o-rings! Where did you find them?
Did this cute little navel with a 14g Mini Gem navel curve from Intrinsic last week. Have a great weekend!

Did this cute little navel with a 14g Mini Gem navel curve from Intrinsic last week. Have a great weekend!

Got to do these fun little piercings last week.  Daith with teal heart (we anodized in house) and a cute little turquoise cabachon nose piercing.

Got to do these fun little piercings last week. Daith with teal heart (we anodized in house) and a cute little turquoise cabachon nose piercing.

underwater-gypsy said: Do you guys do nipple piercings?

Of course!

morningsex-and-daisies said: If I submit a photo of my nipple to you, could you tell me if it can be pierced? It's abnormally shaped, just one is. I'd like to know if it's possible!! Thank you

I can try but your best bet is to find a reputable piercer in your area to look in person. Start by checking by looking on the APPs website www.safepiercing.org

just4gigs said: I saw the picture of the surface anchor you did on that mon pubis and I've been debating one like it for awhile. I'm not sure if you can answer this since I don't think you have a vagina, but how do you remove hair from around it without irritation?

She had laser hair removal prior. I have done a few others and they carefully shave and tweezers around it

Had the pleasure of installing this super cute little 18g 14k rose gold seam ring in Joesey’s septum.  Totes adorbs! (I think that’s what the kids say these days)

Had the pleasure of installing this super cute little 18g 14k rose gold seam ring in Joesey’s septum. Totes adorbs! (I think that’s what the kids say these days)