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The A.P.P.

Imagine this scenario; you are going to get a serious piercing, not just an ear or nose stud. You don’t know where good and bad places to go are. You hear this guy’s great but the place is sketchy, then you hear someone say don’t go anywhere near the same guy someone just told you is great. They each have good and bad stories about this piercer. You don’t know who to believe. Or, you are getting a more private piercing and want someone of your own sex to do it. Or, you just want someone who you know is legit. Where do you turn, why none other than the A.P.P.

The A.P.P., or Association of Professional Piercers, is a an international non profit organization that that exists for the purposes of helping people get the best, safest, and cleanest piercings they can. Also, to inform people about piercings, whether they are looking for a piercing, a healthcare professional, piercer, legislators, or just a curious individual.

While based in California, their website is very helpful to viewers worldwide. On the site you can find lists of piercers in the organization categorized by area. They also have aftercare information and piercing health information, things to consider, FAQ’s, the rights of a person getting pierced, and information on jewelry used in piercings.

They also have information from the legal standpoint, merchandise, brochures and other helpful literature, and information about their annual conference held in Las Vegas during the first week of May. If you are looking for a job in the industry they also have a page listing job openings.

Prayer Piercing

PrayerPiercingPrayer and piercings have never been something one would think would be combined. Unless one is praying for a piercing to turn out good and not reject or get infected. But oh just you wait there is the prayer piercing.

The payer piercing is a piercing on the outer edge of the hand and usually done as a surface piercing. Seen best when someone would be praying, hence the name prayer piercing. It looks best when done on both hands. But symmetry may not be for everyone. I am guessing that it could be done horizontal or vertical.

The arguments against this piercing would be that it is a surface piercing which have been known to have a very high rejection rate. That makes me think that someone could easily just get this done as microdermals. There would be a much, much lower risk of rejection. Of course there is still is the risk of the piercing snagging on things, or getting rubbed on things,  due to the area of the hand it is on. When you think about it, that area rubs against a lot of stuff.

Rare death from Severely Infected Tongue Piercing

This article says an Israeli man died two weeks after getting his tongue pierced from a severe infection which spread to his brain. This is very rare and should not worry people that do the right thing and go to a professional for their piercing.

This is quite rare, I have never heard of an infection getting this bad. Chances are this guy did not go to a sterile place and get pierced. It also sounds like he did not use any aftercare at all.

Also, did not read the fox news rendition of this and take all your information from that. It is very short and does not even say where the man is from. As usual fox is being conservative and making it sound like anyone who gets  tongue piercing could easily die soon.

Lips Sewn Shut

bloodlip5wo3There are many rituals in extreme body modification. The ritual of Lip Sewing is where a person has their lips stitched shut for a period of time.

First thoughts one might have include, “what,” “That’s crazy,” “why, that looks painful, how do they eat.” To answer the question of eating, it is done as a ritual not a permanent modification or piercing. It is classified sometimes as a “play piercing” which means not an everyday use piercing.

One use for having one’s lips sewn shut is for meditation purposes. With your lips sewn shut you lose the ability to talk, allowing you to focus on relaxation. It could also be 3543348401_a331571019done for aesthetic or plain old entertainment reasons.

Usually sutures are used in the procedure which is done loosely to allow air to pass through. Swelling is typical, but permanent scarring is rare with the quick healing holes.

On January 19th, 2002 nearly 60 detainees in an Australian immigrant camp sewed their lips shut in protest of the slow processing of their visas.

Flesh Staple

FleshStaplingWhen most people think of body piercing they think of a two balls sticking out of someone’s skin, or maybe just one if it is a micro dermal. They do not expect to see the bar of the jewelry sticking out looking like a staple.

Simply put, Flesh Stapling as it is called is pretty much just a long pierce of jewelry made like a staple put into one s skin, but not with a stapler. The staples are flat and put into the skin using a scalpel and skin raiser.

As dangerous as this may look, it is much more likely to heal then pocketing.

Pocketing

npoy-pocketingPocketing is when the bar of the jewelry is exposed instead of the ends of jewelry which are under the skin in “pockets”. It has been called the anti piercing by some.

It looks like a staple of some sort and has not been said to heal well. It is also very likely to reject. It has the success rate to normal surface piercings, which is insanely low.

The jewelry is a custom curved bar with smooth ends instead of balls on the end. It is very important that the bar is made correctly for where it is going or else it will not fit.

What you Missed by Skipping the Boston Tattoo Convention

-2The weekend is over, everyone is settling back into the week, just like any other Monday right, well unless you where one of the lucky people in attendance at the Boston Tattoo Convention at the Boston Center for the Arts this weekend. Chances are you have a new tattoo to show off and care for today, or some other cool thing from the convention. If not well then it is probably just another Monday for you. L.

Chances are whoever went may have a new tattoo to show off and care for today. Or some other cool thing from the convention, such as new body jewelry or something from Sailor Jewelry.

I got a new tattoo while there. I’ll admit it was very different getting one at a convention versus going to a shop. Whether you go to an artist with a design in mind or artwork on paper, or just went and just came up with something on the spot it was quite different.

At the convention, at least from what I saw, having an appointment was not as important as it is when going to a shop, especially on the last day. Also, prices seemed to be less about how many hours it took, but more what the tattoo itself was. On the last day some artists had reduced prices.

Anyone was able to easily walk around find an artist they liked and get a design drawn up on the spot, get a price, and get the tattoo right then and there. I am sure if someone did have to wait it was probably not to long. Just until another tattoo was done. But tattoos are bad to rush so waiting is understandable.

I got mine by Ms. Mikki who came all the way from Oregon to be there. While looking at her portfolio she also showed be more examples of her work online because she was smart enough to bring a laptop. She did not draw out a design beforehand, she just freehanded it on my skin.

outline

outline

I got a basic sunflower on my foot with a small amount of blue shading around it. I will say foot tattoos do hurt; it was more painful than my calf or shoulder due to all the bones and lack of muscle and fat covering them. (I will post on foot tattoos once it is done healing). It was also weird having people all around, unlike a a shop where it is normally just you

finished foot tattoo

finished foot tattoo

and he artist maybe a few other people.

There were non tattoo related things as well around the convention. Their where many body jewelry vendors, such as Tummy toys. There were also clothing vendors. Of course Sailor Jerry was their. Also, there were a few booths selling supplies for tattoo artists.

Also, there was a Daredevil show and Burlesque show, but I was not lucky enough to se either of these due to only being there for the last afternoon and getting a tattoo for most of time their.

Ms. Mikki can be found on her Myspace page here. She also has a website here