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We no longer offer piercings at Sea Hag Tattoo Parlour. We came to this decision because of the amount time spent answering the phone for price shoppers. We just can’t compete with the shop down the road that is offering $35 piercings, nor do we want to. It is unfortunate that the bottom line for most people is cost and not quality.
The following is just some general information regarding piercing.
A lot of what has been said on this web site can be applied to piercing. Some of the differences are the age limitations and the length of aftercare. Many shops will pierce minors with parental permission. This excludes piercing of the genitals. In my shop we did not pierce minor’s genitals for obvious reasons. We also did not pierce minor‘s nipples, male or female. We also didn’t pierce tongues on people under I8 because of the damage to the teeth that can possibly happen.
We have had parents come in and ask that their minor’s genitalia be pierced. I think that these parents need serious counseling and obviously will not be in the running for the parent of the year award.
It is up to the discretion of the individual shop owners what and whom they will and will not pierce. It is still illegal to pierce minors everywhere without parental permission. So really it‘s buyer beware.
Parental permission meant, to us at our shop, that we must have had a parent present. This parent must have state identification. They must allow us to photocopy their identification, along with that of their child, onto the back of the release form. They must also have identification for their child. A school ID was usually good enough. If the parent’s last name was different than the child’s, we needed to see a birth certificate. Rarely do parents change their first names. We think that permission to have a piercing is something that parents and children can work out between themselves. A parent will know if their child is ready for the responsibility of aftercare.
Some children have legal guardians. In order for a legal guardian to give their permission at my shop, they would have had to supply the court stamped guardianship papers. Your ‘big brother’ is not your legal guardian so don’t even try it. We did not do piercings on emancipated minors, with the court papers, because we simply chose not to involve ourselves in that. When you are I8 you can have any piercing that you want, and have the correct anatomy for, done. Like l said, if there are no regulations other than age restrictions in your area for body piercing, shops have to make up their own rules, and try to do the best they can; keeping everyone’s best interest at heart.
We cannot say the same for every tattoo and body piercing shop.
All of our jewelry was ‘implant grade surgical stainless steel’. It is a little more expensive than the mall jewelry. This was the main reason that our costs were higher than “the shop down the road”.
‘Stainless steel’ is a term coined by the cookware industry. There are many types of steel that are covered by this term. Only 2 types of steel can be called “implant grade stainless steel” only 316 L and 316 LVM steel that meets the American Society for Testing and Materials standard F 138-03. Implant grade stainless steel is the same material that doctors use to pin broken bones. It is rated for prolonged implantation in the body. Another safe material for body piercing jewelry to be made of is titanium 6AL4V ELI. This meets the ASTM standard F 136-O2. You will find thousands of places that sell body jewelry cheaply. Most of this is not implant grade body jewelry.
Most of this is made in China where the metal standards are different. It is also cheaply made, being externally threaded as opposed to internally threaded. This means that the threading for the ball is on the bar.
Internally threaded means that there is a screw coming out of the ball into a hole into the bar. In the case of internally threaded jewelry, the piercer will be sliding a smooth bar into the new piercing. In the case of externally threaded jewelry, the piercer would have to shove those threads through the new piercing.
Internally threaded jewelry is more costly to make because of the amount of machining that goes into the production of the jewelry. There have been hundreds of companies that have sprung up in the last few years that sell body jewelry. Many of these supply shops at the mall. The mall shops buy jewelry based on the wholesale cost and not based on the quality of the metal or machining, mostly because they do not know and appreciate the reasons for quality body jewelry. They are thinking about that bottom line and not the health of their customers. Customers fall for the cheap jewelry because they don’t know any better, and usually the cheaper stuff is flashier than the good stuff.
A lot of people that are into body piercing are young and don’t know about value for their dollar yet either.
Don’t use plated jewelry, as the plating process wasn’t meant for internal use and will wear off quickly, exposing your body to the metal underneath.
Silver tarnishes and is not appropriate for piercings, except maybe the earlobe.
I have seen people get nickel reactions to cheap jewelry and l don’t understand why a person would put crappy metal into their bodies unless they just don’t know any better.
Piercings usually begin with paperwork and then the piercer explains proper aftercare. He will take this time to address any questions or concerns you may have about your impending piercing. He will then set up his area, mark your body, and then do your piercing.
The piercing gun was invented for use in the earlobe; it is not appropriate for any other body part. Ear piercing ‘studs’ are one size and straight; once again designed solely for the earlobe.
Body piercings should be done with disposable hollow needles in a sterile environment.
There are many piercings that can be done on the body. Most date back to a cultural ritual that marked your place in society, or your passage into adulthood.
On the ear alone there are many piercings that you can get. There is the Ear Lobe, Ear Rim, Conch, Rook, Daith, Tragus, Antitragus, and what is called an Industrial, not to mention several others that are less popular. People are creatively putting one piece of jewelry through multiple holes in their ears. Some helpful hints for healing ear piercings are:
- You should make sure you change your pillowcases regularly while you are healing.
- Make sure that you avoid using hair products in the close proximity of your healing piercing, and make sure that you wipe down telephones before using them.
Many people are stretching their earlobes these days. Stretching is best done slowly to avoid tearing the lining of your piercing. A tear can result in uneven stretching and the inability of the ear to reduce back to a smaller size over time if you choose to take out your earrings. When you stretch your ears over a 2 gauge you may never get them to shrink up again, so take that into consideration when stretching ears. Ear stretching has been around for thousands of years. The Buddha’s stretched earlobes are a sign of beauty in the Buddhist culture.
On the face you can have your eyebrow, nose and lips pierced. There is a beauty mark piercing called a “Marilyn” or a “Monroe”, because it is close to where she had her famous mole.
Nostril piercings have been around for thousands of years and are experiencing a wave of popularity now. The septum piercing in the nose is still done quite regularly on the women of Nepal.
The labret is done on the center of the face below the lower lip and is another ancient piercing that is becoming popular with the younger crowd. A lot of people are stretching their labrets these days. The labret traces its roots to many cultures including the Mayan royalty.
Tongue piercings were also done in the Mayan culture as a bloodletting sacrifice to their gods. The tongue is a fun piercing, but be aware that a hunk of steel in your tongue may wreak havoc with your dental work.
The navel piercing is the piercing that started the modern day popularity of piercings. You can see this in ads and on TV. It is a sexy spot and draws attention to the belly. Not every belly button can be pierced. Your own particular anatomy has to be appropriate for this piercing. When you ask for a navel piercing, your piercer will ask to see your belly button and will determine if it can be pierced. ‘Outies’ can usually not be pierced.
- You will want to avoid tight waistbands with this piercing.
- Take care to protect the navel piercing during contact sports. Wearing a bandage over the piercing for only the duration of the sport or activity is a good way to accomplish this.
Most genital piercings are working piercings, and are done to create a certain effect when manipulated or used during sex.
Nipple piercings fall into this category too. The piercing makes the nipple more sensitive and thus more fun to play with. Breast-feeding is usually not affected much by nipple piercings; you would just have to remove your jewelry first before feeding your baby. Your piercing should be healed before removing your jewelry. Some women find it comfortable to sleep in a bra during the healing period.
Genital piercings include for females, Clitoral hood, Clitoris, Christina, Labia, and a few other more rare piercings. The Clitoral Hood piercing is the most popular piercing of female genitalia that we do at our shop. The actual clitoris can be pierced only in very few instances. This is not a piercing that many piercers are experienced in doing, and should be avoided unless your piercer has done many of these and your anatomy is appropriate for this piercing, i.e. your clitoris is large enough. The blood supply to the clitoris can be damaged, and the woman’s ability for orgasm can be compromised or lost. I would not advise a clitoral piercing based on that risk alone. The clitoral hood is completely safe and more satisfying as a working piercing anyway. Most of the other female genital piercings are decorative.
Male genital piercings include the Prince Albert, Apadravya, Ampallang, Frenum, Hafada, Guiche, Lorum, along with a few more exotic ones. The most popular is the Prince Albert. This piercing was named after a Victorian Prince Albert who was rumored to have one of these piercings. This piercing was used, historically as a dressing aid, to help men get their penises in the proper place while wearing really tight pants. Today it is a working piercing that most guys get to enhance their lovemaking.
The Apadravya and Ampallang are both piercings through the head of the penis, vertically and horizontally, respectively. The Frenum is done along the shaft of the penis at the man’s digression as to where it will work best for him. The Hafada and Lorum are piercings done on the skin of the testicles and are generally decorative.
The Guiche is a piercing done on the perineum, or more popularly known as the Taint. It ‘taint’ the balls and it ‘taint’ the anus. A lot of men find this piercing enhances their pleasure because of its location at the ‘root’ of the penis.
You will be able to have sex during your healing time if you follow hygienic practices. Wear a condom with enough room to accommodate jewelry. Use a water based lubricant. It is important to use condoms and dental dams throughout the healing process even if you are monogamous so that your piercing will stay clean.
Surface piercings include the Earl or Nose bridge piercing, the Madison, which is approximately where a doctor would perform a tracheotomy on your neck, another surface piercing is the nape of the neck. Some people get their wrists pierced, and we’ve had people come in and ask for their neck, hipbone area and backs to be pierced. It is very difficult to get a surface piercing to heal and they are mostly done as play, or show piercings. When you see these piercings in a magazine they were probably temporary or done for a show or a picture.
Some piercers like the attention that these more exotic piercings bring. The magazines that publish these pictures leave it up to your local piercer to explain why these are meant to be for show. Some people get multiple surface piercings and string a lace through them. These piercings are also meant to be for show.
With the development of the Surface Anchor and the Single Point Piercing, people are now able to have surface piercings that will heal relatively quickly and have only one point of entry.
There are people who just like the feeling of a piercing and they do what are called ‘play piercings”. These piercings are truly temporary and are meant to be removed when the playing is over.
General piercing aftercare
- You will want to clean your piercing at least twice a day. Most people do this once in the morning and once at night. Always wash your hands before touching a new piercing.
- You will want to avoid soaking a piercing, in a bath, pool or the ocean, as a fresh piercing is an open wound and an entry into your body for any bacteria or microorganisms that may not play well with yours.
- A good soap to clean your piercings with would be a good antimicrobial soap like Satin or Provon. Avoid using harsh soaps or cleansers.
- Salt water soaking will speed up your healing and help prevent it from getting infected. To do a salt-water soak you would use 8oz clean warm water and l/4 teaspoon of sea salt Dilute the salt completely in the water before soaking your piercing in it. You can lean the piercing over the glass of water and press the glass into your skin, making a seal, let the water flow over your piercing and just let it soak for a few minutes
Follow your piercer’s advice for the duration of your healing and you should have a successful piercing.