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Tongue splitting by Russ Foxx [30 Jan 2006|09:49am]

It's been a busy month for tongue splits! I've done 4 sutured splits since the end of December. More recruits for the lizard army!

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Dammit people post!!!! [11 Nov 2004|12:45pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

I got my brand yesterday!!!! Pictures coming...

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Piercing Guns [23 Oct 2004|07:28pm]


Why A Needle Piercing Is Superior To A Gun Piercing
by Lish Daelnar

  1. Health Reasons- guns cannot be autoclaved- if put in an autoclave (sterilization device), it will melt. The only sterile part about the gun piercing is the stud itself, which is not acceptable when placed into a non-sterile environment (read: the gun itself.) Guns are sanitized (not sterilized; big difference) with windex, which will not kill hep-b, hep-c, & most of the microbes that cause infection, nor will it clean up the spray of plasma & if blood, or blood-borne pathogens, from the previous customer. Every tool used in a 'needle pierce' is autoclaved, not just the jewelry. This includes; the forceps, needle, the jewelry, ring opening / ring closing pliers, the rubber band that holds the tension on the forceps, right down to the field on which the bacitracin is squeezed*  To be a "pro with a gun", the "piercer" must only know how to load the gun and aim straight-This does not account for cross-contamination from touching other objects with latex gloves on, nor does it cover the occasional spray of blood from a previous piercee, from which the gun cannot be properly cleansed. Professional piercers are trained in how to prevent cross-contamination & the transmission of blood-borne pathogens and you'll see them changing their gloves every time they touch something non-autoclaved. The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) watches over procedures & if you're being pierced by an APP-approved shop, you know the piercer has been through the classes that teach him these things. The "piercers" that work in the mall and use guns have no such organization.  A piercing gun can only hold a butterfly-back stud, and if you've ever seen one, you know that they're difficult to clean properly. Dried lymph fluids and blood get caught in this backing, thus making it easier to contract infection. Initial 'needle-pierce' jewelry is generally a ring, which makes cleaning much easier due to there being nowhere for discharge, hair, dirt and bacteria to get stuck. Studs also have a tendency to become wrapped with hair, which can imbed the hair in the piercing.
  2. Ear Trauma - As previously stated, the gun can only hold one type of stud, the dimensions of which happen to be 18ga, approximately 1/4" in length. This small gauge is generally inappropriate for any area of cartilage (such as upper ear, nostrils) for two reasons. The first is that it is tougher to heal a small hole than it is a large one. A dermal punched*  2ga ear cartilage piercing will heal months faster than a 18ga gun OR needle pierce in the same area of tissue, due to the surface area involved. The second reason concerns the initial hole size, as cartilage should be pierced with a step larger needle than jewelry (14ga needle with 16ga jewelry, et cetera). This gives the cartilage some room to grow in around the piercing. When a gun piercing is performed, the end of the stud is what creates the hole. This is much more traumatic for the ear because the stud isn't nearly sharp enough to avoid compacting the tissue, leading to a longer healing period. A needle is razor-sharp therefore it carves a cresent-shaped hole in the ear which is stretched around, as the rest of the needle continues through the newly made hole, whereas less compacted tissue leads to quicker healing. The length of the stud, 1/4", is too short to allow for swelling. The pierce needs to be given room to swell so as to prevent pain and possible imbedding of the stud in the ear. Rings used as initial jewelry, which cannot be installed with a gun piercing, when sized properly, give plenty of room to swell. rings are chosen based on the size of the person's ear to be pierced (standard is 3/8" to 5/8" in diameter). this cannot be done with a gun.
  3. Pain- a quick push with a razor-sharp needle is less painful than an equally quick click of a dull stud tearing a hole through tissue. A good professional piercer can move a needle just as fast as the gun moves the stud. The ear is less sensitive when it has proper room to swell.

Why A Gun Piercing Is Superior To A Needle Piercing:

  1. Gun piercings generally run two for ten dollars, whereas needle piercings,
    including the jewelry, are normally twenty for one, depending on
    the chosen jewlery.
  2. Gun piercings look less scary than needle piercings. There are less
    tools involved & no inch & a half long needle.

Any body part other than an ear generally cannot be fit into a gun. There have been cases of nipple and navel pierces with a gun, but they can easily be torn out with such a small gauge as well as the fact that there is no room for the body part to swell ( body piercings often swell much more than earlobes.)

*Bacitracin is used as lubrication to make it easier for the needle & jewlery to go through the skin.

*Like a big hole punch


Courtesy of Bmezine


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[21 Oct 2004|01:27pm]


Diagram courtesy of Body Art Forms

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Before Getting A Tattoo [21 Oct 2004|09:08am]


  • If you want to make a decision about what shop to go to, try to see examples of their work in flesh, not just pictures. Look for at their work whichis done in the same style as what you want done. If you want a really intricate and colourful design, or a detailed picture of something, looking at someone else's black tribal swirly design isn't much help. Sure, you can see how well they put the ink in, however it doesn't tell you much about the artist's skill in doing the type of design you want. For example, just because a tattooist can do tribal, it doesn't mean their talents extend any further than that to different art styles.

  • The artist should have a portfolio for you to look at. Look through those pictures carefully as well as looking to see if there are pictures of healed tattoos in there. Pictures of healed tattoos mean the customers liked their experience with that artist enough to come back.

  • Make sure they autoclave and find out if and how often they test their autoclave. Ask to see results- any good artist should be proud to show you the results and a good artist should have their sterilisation certificates on display for anyone to look at. If they seem offended by you asking about sanitation/sterilisation, it probably means they have something to hide and that you should get out of there and never go back.

  • Needles should be torn out of the package in front of you, fresh ink should be poured out into new ink caps and rubber gloves should be worn at all times. Anything that is not disposable such as spray bottles,the tattoo machine and cord etc. should be covered in plastic.

  • Try to develop a certain comfort level with your tattooist by getting to know he/she beforehand. If you can't stand your tattooist,you don't want them coming near you with a needle, nor do youwant to give them your money if their personality made it difficult to sit with them. This will also ensure that you feel comfortable enough with the artist to tell him/her to stop if you don't like how it feels or if you want to take a break or you want them to stop. You should never be afraid to ask them to stop or take a break, because it's your body and it's your health. If you're feeling sick, the artist needs to know.

  • If all else fails, go by price, however only ever base your decision on price if all the other factors are equal- you don't want to skimp on something that's on you for life. If a more expensive shop is cleaner, the artist is more talented and easier to get along with, paying the extra money is worth it. Don't assume they take cheque or cards as it's likely they only accept cash.

  • Once the day of your tattoo, wear comfortable clothes and eat a good meal before going in. Do not have alcohol in your system because it thins the blood causing you to bleed more. A good tattooist will refuse to tattoo if you have alcohol in your system. This means no drinking the night before and certainly no drunken tattoos.

Courtesy of Narfomi & cellophanestarr
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[19 Oct 2004|01:36am]

Meh, I made this community, and now I really don't have the time to do anything with it. I don't really feel the need to have control of it when Kat is the one pretty much running the show. And now, hehe, I'm not being bitter or anything, I just feel that she can and will devote a little more time to the community, you know, give it the attention it deserves. So unless she just refuses, I'm probably going to turn everything over to her.
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[16 Oct 2004|08:31pm]

Ok, I've been studying for exams, trying to work out photoshop and applying for jobs, but I have not forgotten modified souls, and soon I shall go back to work on it!!

On the brighter side
I'm engaged.
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[11 Oct 2004|11:56pm]

Just so you guys are aware of what's going on, the community is in the process of an overhaul. I'm not really doing much of anything, but pussycat_doll77 is, so everyone be nice to her! If you guys have any suggestions and whatnot, feel free to comment and let us know.

Oh yeah, and I know we've all been calling one another by our screen names for a while now, but if you'd like for everyone to actually call you a name aside from your online identity, leave a comment about that, too. My name is Steph. ^^
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[04 Oct 2004|11:25pm]

[ mood | bitchy ]

Welp tell me that Im right even if Im wrong. Ok my bf, god I love him to death, but his pants have this HUGE rip in the ass where he shows the whole world his ass...and I do mean like one whole half of his ass. Anyway, he finally got a job and what does he want to do? Get his ears fucking scalpelled<--sp?!?!! This angers me because he needs new pants more then loverly big, bloody, crusty ears. >.< I dunno wether Im being a controlling bitch or what. arg! His spending habits differ a whole lot more then mine. I hate to spend money first of all but when I have money I spend it on things that I need. (i.e. shoes, coats, car payment, insurance etc.) then I go off and spend it on stuff I want like (corset piercings, underwear, varioius t-shirts I dont need.) He just gets stuff that he wants...

Anyway, Im going to my piercer (who is offically a daddy now!!) to get some curved barbells. I have a feeling that Im going to have to take my right nipple CBR out, let it heal, and then get it re-pierced. >.

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[01 Oct 2004|09:08pm]

At the risk of sounding really, really stupid what are the main differences between the external and internally threaded jewellery? Which is the more common one?
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[28 Sep 2004|08:02am]


As a few of you know, I had my belly button pierced at Polymorph and they have an online forum, where I left my email address. Yesterday I got contacted by this girl who got my email off the forum and we discussed body piercings. It was so fucking stupid! I'm still shaking my head over it! Here is the conversation:

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Oooh la la! [22 Sep 2004|04:22pm]


Well this is very nice! I think I'll add a picture too. (If I can figure out how... hmm).

Okay, well, I can't figure out how. Photobucket is down for maintenance, so until it comes back up, here's a plain old link: www.faceparty.com/_gameover_ Click on my picture to see me looking like a dork. yay.



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My belly ring [21 Sep 2004|04:27pm]

Here is a photo of it.

Now, for your enjoyment, here is a close up:

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Rant. [18 Sep 2004|11:06pm]

Ok Im kind of pissed. It was just but last Tuesday that I told my bf Chris that I was sick of all his shit. Him not spending time with me, him ditching me and etc etc. Im not going to tell you everything I finally let on him....because then I would be writing a novel... But anyway. I was planning on spending a rather kinky evening with him tonight...and he fucking cancels on me!!! >.< I dont know wether Im angry, upset, or just plain hurt...I hate my current bf...I want my ex back!!
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[18 Sep 2004|04:28pm]

[ mood | amused ]

EEE. I'm going to post.

Well firstly I'm going to thank Pixie (who has a name, but that's just strange) for being nice, setting this whole thing up.. and then inviting me. Yay!

So, question. What sort of things are we to post on here? Anything and everything, or do we have a topic we have to stay on? I bet it says all of this on the community info page. Perhaps I'll go look there..

I bought two massive bags of Nibs for $3 yesterday. Two for THREE DOLLARS. Mmm.

What's everyone up to this weekend?

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Welcome and Stuff [16 Sep 2004|09:43pm]

[ mood | bored ]

Yeah. Start posting, bitches.

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