Titanium is a lightweight metal that is ideal for people with concerns about nickel sensitivity. This material can be anodized to create jewelry of different colors without affecting the safety. Look for implant certified titanium (6Al4V ELI) that is ASTM F-136 compliant or ISO 5832-3 compliant, or commercially pure titanium that is ASTM F-67 compliant. http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/jewelry-for-initial-piercings/
There are many, many different titanium alloys, but for the sake of body piercing you will primarily hear about three of them.
The two that are acceptable for initial piercings due to them having an implant grade designation are F-136, and F-67, as mentioned above.
Titanium that is 6AL 4V ELI means it is made from 90% titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium. ELI means “extra low interstitial”.
ASTM F-67 is commercially pure titanium, meaning it is unalloyed.
Both of these materials have been tested and approved for medical implantation if manufactured according to the specifications set forth by the ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials) or ISO.
The third type of titanium the piercing industry has heard about, especially in the past few years is G23 titanium.
Contrary to what some companies are leading consumers to believe, G23 is not an implant grade of titanium.
Brian Skellie wrote an article about G23 titanium and how it pertains (or rather, doesn’t) to body piercing.
SUBMITTERS COMMENT: Saw this on my Facebook Newsfeed, honestly not a surprise. This is the same girl I submitted the story for a while ago, the one who kept her jewelry around her pet rats! She pierces herself a lot, so again, no surprise, but this is the first time she’s posted a photo.
(As a quick side note, the large pinchers are her second holes, and she’s gone from a 6g to whatever size that is, in under a month, she just doesn’t have photos to really show all that much about it.)
WHAT’S AWFUL: Well, that’s an unsanitary sewing needle through her ear. It’s not a proper instrument to pierce with, and the string can’t be doing any good either.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take that needle out of there! And stop piercing yourself, and others, with improper, unsanitary ‘tools’!
Submitter comment: When I was 14, I witnessed one girl from my school piercing another girl’s ear with a thumbtack. To make matters worse, this occurred in the restroom of a local public swimming pool.
What’s awful: what isn’t?? Thumbtack aside, if you’re looking for a sterile environment, a damp mouldy pool restroom is not it.
How it can be fixed: well, I’m fairly sure said girl removed the piercing and got it done by a professional. By some miracle, there was no associated infection. Just don’t do it kids!
When I was around 10 years old I finally wore my mother down and she allowed me to get my ears pierced. We had just moved away from my hometown and I wasn’t dealing with it very well, so this was sort of my “reward”/birthday present.
The place was immaculate, sterilized completely and staffed with individuals who had earned more First Aid/pathogen certificates than one should be able to in a life time. The piercer sat me down on the edge of the chair and pulled on his rubber gloves. He then pulled out what looked like a plastic “U” in a secure baggie.
I didn’t know piercing guns– even disposable ones– were bad. My mother had gotten her ears pierced in the late 1950s by a girlfriend, so I doubt she’d even seen one before. All I knew was that what happened next was- to this day- the most painful thing that I have ever felt. If the piercer used anything to numb my ear it clearly wasn’t doing its job, and his demeanor wasn’t helping. “Close your eyes and think of something nice.” KA-CHUNK.
It took months for my ears to heal to a point where I could change the earring out. I distinctly remember being able to break off plates of dried blood from the post and I was unable to sleep on my sides for weeks. To this day- 17 years later- I still get inflammation from the holes.
Who was this horrible piercer? MY PEDIATRICIAN. Just goes to show you, you can be pierced in the cleanest spot imaginable, by someone with multiple degrees in health and safety, and piercings can still go wrong.
I got my ears pierced at Claire's two years ago. I did the research on the dangers of getting pierced with a gun in an non-sterilized environment, but I still decided to get my ears done at Claire's for one reason only: I was scared that I wouldn't be able to afford a piercing at a fancy professional shop. Apparently professional places charge the same prices as the stores that use a gun....
And even if they charged a bit more, I’d still go to a pro over some piercing-gun-wielding-untrained-mall-girl (or boy, I guess). The only reason I got mine done at a mall was because I was 13 and didn’t know. If I had done research on why piercing guns are bad, I would have said fuck no to that crazy shit no matter the cost.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This here is a wonderful piece of home tattooing. This person had a “shop” in Denver. This may sound impressive until you realize how lax the mod laws are in denver. Regardless of the easy going laws, the shop didn’t last long (shocker). She was taught by her scratcher boyfriend. Now without her shop, she continues to tattoo out of her house under unsanitary conditions (over carpet, food service gloves, no sterilizer, etc). No knowledge of BBP’s when asked when she came in looking for a job.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Well lets start with the lines. Inconsistent depth, inconsistent line thickness. If you can find a good line, you win a cookie.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Well with any luck, over time the tattoo will just fall out from being on the bottom of a foot. Alternatives would be to never take off your shoes.
The small bumps that sometimes form on nostril piercings can be caused by numerous things.
- The piercing is done at an incorrect angle. You can usually spot this easily by looking at the end of the jewelry. If it is not sitting perfectly flush and flat against your nostril, then the angle of…
I am looking at getting my nipples pierced in the coming weeks, and have a few places in mind. However, I don't know anyone else who has had them done, and am wondering if any of your lovely followers have any experience with nipple piercing in Calgary, Alberta? Thanks!
Anyone? Answer here, not in the awfulmods ask box.
i definitely agree with your mod comment on the too-low-septum post! I had a VERY different experience getting my septum, they had to pierce it with a retainer and i could change it a month later (for straight healing) and i didn't need a clamp (I guess i have a giant sweet spot that could allow for a second septum piercing) and i had to lay upsidedown with my head off the bench thing so she could see what she was doing. and it was no pain and it's perfect. :(( feel so bad for shops doing shitty
I got mine done at 8g with no clamps with my head tilted back sitting up. But yeah, about the same. That septum is nowhere near where it should be…it’s not even IN the nose. >.<
I messaged the asker as well (saying almost the same thing as hayley) and haven’t gotten a response, but hopefully she sees our responses to her.
Last year, my mom agreed to me getting my helix pierced. We found a shop in Troy, NY (I can’t remember the name) and we went to go get it done. When we got there, there was a woman at the front desk yapping on her cell phone and eating, and we were told to wait until she got off of the phone. When she finally hung up, we asked her what the pricing was and what jewelry she would recommend. She replied “Oh, I don’t know. Ask _____.” Turns out _____ was the artist and piercer, who was piercing a client on a table in the dead center of the room. Once he was done and we had done all of the necessary paperwork, he asked how old I was. When my mom said that I was 13, he said “Oh, we can’t pierce younger than 15 (come to find out later the legal piercing age in NYS on anything besides lobes is 16).” Then my mom said “So, if she’s 15 she can get pierced? Well then she’s 15.” He immediately agreed, and he set everything up and pierced me. Well an hour later I passed out from the pain. And the next day I woke up with a HUGE bubble on either side of the jewelry. I disregarded it, thinking it was normal. A month later, it was still there and was even bigger. I went to my doctor and she told me it was badly infected (even though I had been taking all necessary cleaning steps) and I was forced to take it out. Did I mention that he pierced it with a 12g hoop? Bottom line, don’t go to a place that is willing to overlook your age in order to get money.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: A girl I know has a boyfriend who got this tattoo done, the guy said it was his nickname. I found this on Facebook, and most of the comments were positive, with people saying that it was cool and they liked it. The few people that actually said it wasn’t well done got negative responses from him and his girlfriend.
WHAT’S AWFUL: The lines are off, he’s underage which means he probably got it done at someone’s house which is unsanitary. He also said he was going to add to it and put a star around it, and hopefully if he does it will be professionally done.
I know there are quite a few lovely [completely awful] blowouts posted here but I thought I’d give it a go. I use to live in the same town with this kid and thought he was a decent person until these gems came up on my newsfeed. These aren’t your normal blowouts. Goodgawd, this is a perfect example of knowing when to just please stop.
This was number one, back in May. Caption: “Right before I glued it. \m/ Metal XD”
This was the same day. He super glued it.
This was November 18th. Calling it “Fixed”.
And this was November 20th, two days later. He had tried to stretch again.
WHAT’S AWFUL: I’m pretty sure this is self explanatory. I’ve seen tons of blow outs, but holy cow, this takes the cake. Lobes don’t just “Randomly blow out and rip”. You shouldn’t even let them get to that point. Let alone not even notice it to the point that it rips in half. Secondly, Super glue? What? What sane person would even..? I guess it worked for him and they healed back together, but that’s about the point you should know when to stop. This just has stupid written all over it and I think we could all learn from this.
I get lots of clients saying something similar “I’m going to pass out” or “I’m really scared of needles and blood”. As professional piercers we’re not just here to stick a needle in you and send you on your way. We’re here to give you a safe piercing and a pleasant experience. Good bedside…
Things professionals think about that your safety-pin weilding friend won’t
And I realize I’ve been reblogging a lot of stuff from the APP tumblr lately and it’s because I know not all of you follow them, but ALL OF YOU SHOULD. And if you don’t, you’ll see it here anyway half the time. But seriously. Follow them. Now.
Born to make mistakes? You just made another mistake!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: To the people commenting on the tattoo owner’s photo: When you are complementing this tattoo, are you lying or lying?
WHAT’S AWFUL: The lines are shaky. The tattoo looks like it was retraced, as some letters’ lines are doubled. Ink usage on each word is not evenly distributed, and on some, too much ink is used. The alignment of the letters are not at level. The letters are not the same shape. (Glance at the “s” in was, and the “s” at the end of mistakes) Space between the words are not equally spread out. Did the tatoo-er even care to finish the “k” in mistakes? Bless your little heart. I hope you learn from this “mistake”!
SUBMITTER COMMENT: So I’ve seen some posts about people related to/knowing a hairdresser who claims to be a licensed piercer and, while we all know this can’t possibly be true I wanted to offer a little bit of information on where it comes from for those who don’t know. I am a hairdresser, I have a coworker who claims to be a licensed piercer. When he was in beauty school a guy came to the school selling piercing gun kits and teaching people how to “properly” use them. After some “Here’s how you wipe this down” and the like they did some test piercings, were told they were now trained professionals and were set free to pierce the heck out of each other and other students.
Because of this lovely day in beauty school my friend is now convinced he can pierce just about anything safely and at least as well as any piercer working out of a real shop. He tried to insist he could do my nose piercing and should be the one to do it, sadly the bad information he gained in school lead him to not believing the correct information I offered him as to why I wouldn’t let him near me with that evil gun.
So for those of you out there who weren’t aware why some hair dressers think they are or claim to be professional piercers, its because they’re being told they are after taking a short sales based course from a piercing gun salesmen. Try not to hate on these people too much, they’re victims of misinformation and should be reeducated, nicely.