Q
Do you ever feel like quality jewelry is too expensive? I'm a college student and barely make enough to pay for my books, I don't know how I'm ever expected to afford a piercing with those prices.
Anonymous
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dansteinbacher:

No I don’t feel that it’s too expensive. If anything it’s pretty affordable to have a hand polished piece of jewelry with a lifetime warranty. 

In regards to the entirety of the pricing, you’re also paying for a service. That payment is both feeding a piercer and the business that employs them, to keep food on their table and also profit towards a small business.

You don’t need that piercing, you want that piercing. I want a lot of things, I also work hard to make money to pay for the things I want. If college is your top priority, then do college for now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you want extra money to pay for things, get a second job, maybe tutor an underclassman, sell some things you don’t use anymore.

I mean absolutely no offense saying this. But as a piecer, I care about doing my job right, not what your income situation is. That means properly executing a piercing and using quality jewelry that is properly suited for your body.


Daith with anatometal jewelry.

Daith with anatometal jewelry.


Industrial goodness.

Industrial goodness.


Life is nothing more than experiences. This guy asked for a toe car wash, so like any sensible adult I took him for a pedicure.

Life is nothing more than experiences. This guy asked for a toe car wash, so like any sensible adult I took him for a pedicure.


Q
Do you ever feel like quality jewelry is too expensive? I'm a college student and barely make enough to pay for my books, I don't know how I'm ever expected to afford a piercing with those prices.
Anonymous
A

dansteinbacher:

No I don’t feel that it’s too expensive. If anything it’s pretty affordable to have a hand polished piece of jewelry with a lifetime warranty. 

In regards to the entirety of the pricing, you’re also paying for a service. That payment is both feeding a piercer and the business that employs them, to keep food on their table and also profit towards a small business.

You don’t need that piercing, you want that piercing. I want a lot of things, I also work hard to make money to pay for the things I want. If college is your top priority, then do college for now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you want extra money to pay for things, get a second job, maybe tutor an underclassman, sell some things you don’t use anymore.

I mean absolutely no offense saying this. But as a piecer, I care about doing my job right, not what your income situation is. That means properly executing a piercing and using quality jewelry that is properly suited for your body.

This.


Q
Do you ever feel like quality jewelry is too expensive? I'm a college student and barely make enough to pay for my books, I don't know how I'm ever expected to afford a piercing with those prices.
Anonymous
A

dansteinbacher:

No I don’t feel that it’s too expensive. If anything it’s pretty affordable to have a hand polished piece of jewelry with a lifetime warranty. 

In regards to the entirety of the pricing, you’re also paying for a service. That payment is both feeding a piercer and the business that employs them, to keep food on their table and also profit towards a small business.

You don’t need that piercing, you want that piercing. I want a lot of things, I also work hard to make money to pay for the things I want. If college is your top priority, then do college for now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you want extra money to pay for things, get a second job, maybe tutor an underclassman, sell some things you don’t use anymore.

I mean absolutely no offense saying this. But as a piecer, I care about doing my job right, not what your income situation is. That means properly executing a piercing and using quality jewelry that is properly suited for your body.

This.


Conch piercing with an Anatometal cluster.

Conch piercing with an Anatometal cluster.


The always classic nostril piercing with a rose gold ring.

The always classic nostril piercing with a rose gold ring.


Q
thoughts on the term manvel?
Anonymous
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ryanpba:

I think it’s kind of insulting. I get that navels aren’t so popular with males but that term is just dumb. I don’t call a nostril on a guy a bro-tril. Navel is a navel, let’s shoot for some equality here. If people are calling it a Manvel as a joke it’s not really clever or funny anymore. If they are calling it that because of some weird homophobia get over it.

I have a 2g navel and I wear a purple fucking opal because I’m a sassy princess.


4nimalparty:

Yosemite (by mr_student)

4nimalparty:

Yosemite (by mr_student)


Q
So I love the look of a captive ring for septum piercings, but I just can't understand how to open and close them. Would you please explain?
Anonymous

Q
Someone asked a question about piercing during pregnancy and I wasn't sure how to comment directly. I just wanted to add that pregnant women are actually more susceptible to infections than the general populace since the immune system is suppressed during pregnancy. In addition blood volume is increased by anywhere from 30-50% and blood vessels are dilated. I would think that any of the above things would be good reasons to postpone piercings until after the baby is born.
Anonymous
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safepiercing:

Well I don’t have to say much to that. Yes, that is why we do not pierce pregnant people. Way to be a smarty pants. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

Or you could just say that they have more important things to worry about then getting pierced.


safepiercing:

Had the opportunity to visit member AJ Goldman today at 12 ounce studios in Deptford, New Jersey. Even got to watch him do this great nostril piercing on a very happy client. Good job AJ, lovely shop.

This guy. He’s alright.

(via piercingsbyaj)


Q
I follow this blog because I like piercings and learning about them, but reading what you post about the industry itself has made me curious about it. Is there a lot of money in the industry, or does it just look like that because everyone involved is always decked out in elaborate jewelry? Is the job market decent, or was it hit hard by the recession? Do piercers make an hourly wage or do they make a percentage of individual sessions?
Anonymous
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safepiercing:

Well its important to understand that in any industry not all workers have the same income. In this industry there are studio owners, managers, senior piercers, newer piercers, apprentice piercers, counter staff, cleaning staff. Some make commission, some make salary, some make an hourly wage. Some thrive, some struggle. 

Some markets are stronger than others, but the recession hit us all in the US. I think you’ll find that many body piercers wearing fancy jewelry have to save up for it, just like many of our clients. Body piercers don’t become millionaires, plenty of us live week to week. Speaking for myself I like to wear gold and diamonds, or implant certifed materials, because that is the jewelry I am passionate about. I wear the jewelry I want my clients to see and wear. I can tell you the jewelry I wear now is not something I could have afforded ten years ago. 

The big difference is you, and the rest of the people out there who care enough to follow a blog like this. Body piercers who want to charge $20 for a piercing with Chinese jewelry are a dime a dozen. Those piercers don’t see the market changing around them. People want their piercings to look nice, they don’t want red and angry piercings. people want nice jewelry, they want quality sterilization, they want specialized techniques. The piercers who service that market are going to thrive long term because we respect our clients and love our piercings and jewelry. 

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach


dapperlumberjack:

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I would bro down on this guy.

dapperlumberjack:

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I would bro down on this guy.