Anonymous said: Master list of piercers on tumblr?
Original list thanks to AJ. I made it clickable and added the rest that I can think of offhand. I apologize in advance to anyone who’s about to get a notification from this and anybody I may have left out accidentally.
Keep it going!
Yay I made it!
Forever Reblogging This.
I guess this means I can call myself a master piercer. See right here it says “Master List”
Just saying… American made. Implant grade.
A sampling of some of our new threaded ends from Body Vision. You can’t have too much gold - it’s science!
Meet the “Phoenix.” This gorgeous peice was made by @bvla and custom designed by one of our fabulous clients! It features three rows of delicate yellow & rose gold rings. Truly stunning!
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Anonymous said: I don't understand how "plastic" is considered bad when PTFE is a biofriendly plastic, including in initial piercing. So much so it's used to coat frying pans. Or is it a European thing?
"Plastic" is a broad term. And I’ll agree with you that we should be more specific when answering questions so people know exactly what materials we’re talking about.
A material being used to coat frying pans doesn’t give us much to rely upon in terms of it’s safeness for long term wear inside the human body.
Here’s The APP’s breakdown on acceptable plastic materials from our current initial jewelry brochure.
- Biocompatible polymers (plastics) including Tygon® Medical Surgical Tubing S-50HL or S-54HL, or PTFE (Teflon®), are considered suitable for new piercings. Tygon is a bio-compatible medical tubing that is highly flexible. It should be changed every few months as it stiffens and discolors from extended wear. PTFE, a white plastic, is widely accepted within the industry. Some polymers are marketed specifically for piercings in an array of colors and shapes. These may be worn as a substitute for metal jewelry. With new polymer products coming into the marketplace, check that the product you are purchasing, if not listed above, is USP VI compliant. These can be sterilized in an autoclave.
Unfortunately, most of the flexible plastic like materials some piercers are using or that you find in some retail chains are not materials that fall under the guidelines of what is mentioned above, and it is often externally threaded.
In this day and age, there really isn’t much use for these materials with body jewelry anymore, shy of putting in something that is not metal when going in for surgery or cat scans, or making a retainer to try and hide a piercing (although glass would be a better long term material to wear).
We’re definitely past the time of using these materials in surface piercings as the jewelry we have now and have had for a while negates their need. And they never worked very well for surface piercings to being with.
Javier came to us looking for help dressing up the piercings he got elsewhere. He fell in love with this black opal and light brass color combo. His Daith features a bezel set Caeli captive cluster suspended between the ends of a Titanium circular barbell all from our friends at @isbodyjewelry. Yet another great example of how we can make your old holes look new again. This color combo is our new favorite, what do you guys think?
Anonymous said: Just out of curiosity, how do piercers remove dermal anchors? Or is it even possible?
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