Guess whose birthday it is today!
Ryan is pretty much one of the most awesome guys you’ll ever meet. Super smart, witty, and downright hilarious.
On top of that, this guy works his butt off as a full time piercer, studio owner, AND constantly staying on top of a mountain of volunteer work for The APP.
So happy birthday Ryan. You’re awesome and we all love you.
Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee
Happy birthday lord of the blade!
My only question: WHY IS IT BLACK OH MY GOD
It’s great that you reblogged my photo but do you have to be so rude? Vagina’s come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Why do you have to be judgmental over the female anatomy? Please refrain from making negative comments about my clients bodies. You never know who might see this picture and what negative self image issues you may perpetuate! Vagina’s are amazing! They are the gateway to life and should be treated with respect no mattter their shape, size or color!
Upgraded Chelsea’s septum to this 14K Rose Gold “Double Trouble” clicker from @bodygems #septumclicker #septum #septumjewelry #girlswithpiercings #gold #goldjewelry #instafun #lovefl #PiercingsByShorty #shortypiercer #561 #westpalmbeachbodypiercing #appmember #safepiercing #associationofprofessionalpiercers #palmbeach #florida #palmbeachstatecollege #palmbeachatlantic #sunglasses #rayban #doyouknowwhyimpullingyouover #badcop (at Piercing By Shorty)
8 month old surface anchor stopped by the shop for a check up. Was able to snap a couple good pictures. Surface Anchors are generally considered “long-term temporary” piercings that require regular maintenance even years down the road. We used a @SamppaVonCyborg designed base from Anatometal with an @isbodyjewelry Industrial Strength Swarovski Elements top. This is healing out nicely and this client is in absolute love with her piercing.
Anonymous said: Sorry for bothering you with that question. I'm sure you would get tired of being asked "how do i be a piercer" all the time :/ The help was very appreciated!
Hey it’s alright, I had a big long answer typed out and then it messed up so I’ll start again. I’ve been professionally piercing for eight years. Which means I’ve been piercing for 10 + years in reality. Like most of the people in this industry that have been in it that long I found bme at a super young age. I had a copy of modern primitives, etc. etc. I read everything I could and did as much research as possible and started piercing myself and my friends. DO NOT DO THAT. When I was 17 I got my knuckles tattooed at a well known shop and asked if they knew of anyone who needed a piercer. He gave me the name of a lady who owned a shop in the next town over that he had worked at so I grabbed a collection of photos (that I wish I still had) and took them over to her. I got the job and was piercing full time a few weeks later. A couple of months in I took all my savings and went to the fakir intensives. Going out to eat with Jef Saunders and Todd almighty changed my life forever. I was grateful to learn that we were using leroi jewelry back home haha. After another year at that shop she closed. I traveled around for a bit until I started at another shop in town. I worked for awhile but decided it wasn’t the kind of shop I wanted to be in. Again I traveled around for a bit and again started at another shop. I eventually talked the owner into ordering quality jewelry for awhile but he didn’t see the need for it so I started buying jewelry out of pocket. After a year or so of arguing with him I decided to quit. If I’m not going to do high quality piercing I’m not going to do it at all. I traveled for a long time, lived in Chicago, lived in mississippi. Then I came back home and got offered a job at the shop I’m at now. It’s a great studio, incredibly high end, great tattoo artists that should be way more well known than they are.. They care about quality. I’ve been there for two and a half years now. Anyway, the moral of the story is, it took a long time to get where I am. I had to go through a lot of bullshit, deal with a lot of shitty people, travel, step out of the industry for a minute to reevaluate myself.. It’s not easy. Realistically if you want to make a ton of money or “be a big deal and get famous” Then don’t bother. It’s an over saturated industry.. Their are to many shit piercers that need to get better or quit. If you’re determined to be a piercer then get a great apprenticeship and don’t settle for less. If it doesn’t then it doesn’t happen. You don’t have to pierce. I don’t mean to sound harsh it’s just the truth.. We don’t need anymore hack piercers. If you’re going to do it do it because you love it and work your ass off to be the absolute best.
@ps561 #ps561hotdogs #InkandPistons #hotrods #funinthesun #modelA #hotdogs (at Ink And Pistons)
#hotrods #partytime #InkandPistons #thingstodotoday #happyanniversary (at Ink And Pistons)
Two years ago this very day we received our approval from the Florida Department of Health to open for business and that’s EXACTLY what we did! Come help us celebrate at our Annual Hot Rod Round Up Anniversary Party and Art Show today! Fun starts at 7pm! #hotrods #lowbro #art #artshow #anniversary #tattoowestpalmbeach #piercingwestpalmbeach #palmbeach #lovefl #funinthesun #partytime #instafun #letsdothis #westpalmbeach #thingstodotoday (at Ink And Pistons)
Oh hey, look who’s birthday it is. The Association of Professional Piercers’ new President, Brian Skellie.
For those of you who don’t know who Brian Skellie is, he is not only an accomplished body piercer, but he is also an industry leading expert on sterilization and safety. He has been an APP board of directors elected official for the past few years, and has volunteered countless hours of technical and instructional support to the professional piercing industry.
Brian has done quite a bit to advance the field of body piercing over his career. I won’t say he did it single-handed, but he was the driving force behind Statim cassette autoclaves becoming commonplace in many of the industry’s most well known and respected studios. Statim sterilizers have revolutionized the body piercer’s ability to rapidly sterilize jewelry and instruments without the use of harsh chemicals. Without Brian’s knowledge, passion, and guidance its hard to imagine Statims becoming as wide spread.
I know a lot of people think of sterilization when they hear the name Brian Skellie, but he is also an accomplished body piercer with some very forward thinking concepts on freehand piercing and needle bevel theory. Sounds a bit dry if you’re not a piercer, but believe me understanding needle bevel theory is really a game changer for anyone using a freehand technique. Brian’s explanation and demonstrations have made a significant impact on the careers of many body piercers, myself included.
So let’s take a minute to start an unwrapped cycle of gratitude for the world’s smartest body piercer. APP President Brian Skellie.
Happy Birthday Mr President!
Anonymous said: Can an infection happen after years of getting a piercing? My piercer told me infections usually happen within 72 hours of getting pierced.
The word “infection” is used way too frequently in this industry. Most problems with a body piercing are not bacterial infections, they are simple “irritations” like mild redness, swelling, little bumps, some discharge. No, it is not common for a piercing to become infected in the long term. If you are concerned have a check up with an experienced piercer. If they tell you that you have an infection without immediately sending you to a doctor they either A.) don’t know what is and isn’t an infection or B.) don’t understand how to treat an infection.
Do not be concerned about an infection unless you’ve been diagnosed as having one by a medical professional. For irritations things like saline soaks or flushes can help immensely, sometimes new jewelry can help alleviate problems as well.
Anonymous said: Know of any good jewelry online shops?
Locate a member
Punch in your zip code and find a studio
Buying body jewelry is like buying a suit. You don’t just order a suit online, you go to a store and get it tailored to fit you well.
Body jewelry is not that different, a piece will look really unappealing if it’s not proportionate to what you anticipated, especially if it doesn’t fit you properly.
Basically, support you local piercers.
But on another note, you’re getting your jewelry sized and fitted specifically for your anatomy.