Q:i want to get my cartiledge pierced, should i do it myself or go to a professional place like claires?
NO and FUCK NO. Claire’s is not a “professional place”. Please read up on piercing guns and through to piercing kits. After you’re done (hopefully) being thrown off either of those ideas forever, please locate an actual professional near you.
Care enough to take care of your body. Piercing is putting a purposeful wound in your body and I see no reason to get it done by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Picked this pic up off of my Facebook. This girl goes to school with me she is 16. I know she has some terrible tattoos done by a local scratcher , but this just out does those. She “re-pierced” herself with a “wire” I’m pretty sure that’s a bread bag tie.
How it can be fixed: Take it out get a tetanus shot and stop making decisions that are gonna permanently mark your body till you are of age and in the right mind set to do so.
Q:Hey! I just got my septum redone on Thursday and I know that everyone has a different healing times for their piercings, but I just didn't want to buy extra bigger jewlery if I didn't need it. Here's the problem, i requested a staple horseshoe so i can put it up for work. But i have sores on both sides of my nose (directly below the septum where the horse shoe ends la, and i was just wondering should i buy longer jewlery with a longer wearable area or should i just see if its initial swelling?
That happened to me too. It could be the staple is too narrow for your nose, or it could be swelling making that the case. If you can get back to your piercer, all you need to do is tell them that the staple is rubbing your nose raw inside and ask if they can widen up the bottom a bit, so the jewelry will go from being like |_| to more like \_/ (but probably not that wide, you get the point i hope). You shouldn’t need to buy longer wearable, just get them to widen the bottom part of it. Hopefully that’ll help you out.
Q:My family keeps telling me I wont be able to make a living if I pierce and dont have a side job. I'm not asking how much you earn but do you live comfortably? Is it possible to intern while getting paid? Or is it expected to be free work? I just want some reassurance that I'm making a choice that I can be happy while still sustaining myself.
I’d say I live comfortably but I’d attribute that to a number of factors. The biggest being that I do have a second job. Even though I own my studio I only take a small salary, its my baby and I have to make sure its “fed and clothed” before I take care of myself. Hell, my employees make more money than I do… haha! If I didn’t make jewelry on a regular basis I would barely have money to put food on the table after paying rent, utilities, and taking care of my fur kids.
I’d say there is a good chance your family is right. There are only a few piercers I know who make a really good living just piercing. Most of us don’t have insurance let alone a savings. I’ve had a second job off and on for a good part of my professional career. I like working, I don’t see anything wrong with putting in time to acquire the funds for the things I want in my life. Then again at this point in my life I am lucky enough to have two jobs that I not only love but am able to dictate the hours I work and the pay I receive.
I think paid apprenticeships are becoming a bit more common these days. I wasn’t so lucky, during my one year apprenticeship, I only saw payment after scrubbing tools and tubes and that was maybe 80 bucks a week if I was lucky. I put my self through my apprenticeship by painting houses, building decks and refinishing expensive patio furniture for rich people. I’d work 6am til 3 and then would be in the studio from 4 - 9pm or later. It sucked but I knew it would be worth it.
I think at this point you need to decide if you think its worth it to you. Its not my job to reassure you of your dream. I have no clue what makes you happy or what you need to sustain yourself. My wants and needs are probably pretty different than yours. Regardless of what I say or what my experiences may have entailed, If you really want it you’ll go to great lengths to acquire what you want/need in life.
best of luck
We get a lot of “how do i get an apprenticeship/become a piercer” asks. While this is not that question, I think it’s relevant to that question. And I think Mateo gave a pretty solid answer.
This ear point has full distorting at top of point completely scarred next to head thus pulling tissue to complete point and pulling into head all point is lost and disfigurement of ear has been made
This is not how ear pointings should look. At all. Unless this person was looking to have their helix sort of…nullified, this has gone horribly wrong.
Let’s take a look at a proper ear pointing:
There is another method out there, but I prefer the above one, so that’s what I’m posting. Point is, ear pointings should not look like they’re going to go “pop” (<— highly professional terms there).
Did you know? Silver jewelry should only be worn in 100% healed piercings. Sterling silver is made of 92.5% silver and 7.5% “other metal” (most common: copper). Nowadays, it’s rare that sterling silver contains nickel, but to be on the safe side, people with a nickel allergy should avoid wearing silver.
Q:The piercing shop near me does cartilage piercings. We asked if it's with a needle to make sure, and they said that it's done with a gun but with a special gun for cartilage that won't shatter it. I'm going to find somewhere that does it with a needle but my friend went with them for her piercing. I'm concerned, is this "cartilage gun" a real thing and if so how does it compare to needles and normal guns?
SUBMITTER’S COMMENTS: This is a section of a “stick and poke tutorial” I found on Tumblr with almost 5,000 notes. The “instructions” also include gems such as “sanitize the shit out of the thing you’re about to stick yourself with - basically dunk it in alcohol”, and supplies include “a pin needle” and india ink… you know, because it’s $2 at the craft store.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Unprofessional, unsanitary, terrible looking images and almost 5,000 people saving or reblogging it for future use.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Only if the post is removed.