Body Piercing – A CAREER

Body Piercing – A CAREER

This newest blog post is more of a general information post regarding Body Piercing as a career and what that entails.

Many people see Body Piercing as a stepping-stone to becoming a Tattooist. We can’t even count how many times we’re asked every week, questions like: “So do you do tattoos as well?”, “When are you going to learn to tattoo?” and “Don’t you want to be a tattooist?”.

Not only does this frustrate the living hell out of us, but it’s almost degrading to our jobs which aren’t just ‘a job’ to us, but a passion and life-long commitment.

To be a professional Body Piercer, it’s not just about learning how to poke holes in different body parts and put some jewellery in. Nor is it a profession that you can just pick up and put down when you feel like it.

Body Piercing is a CAREER. You need to have a genuine passion and love for body piercing – which is why we put 1000% into everything we do, from the piercing itself to the service we give our clients. In our eyes, if you don’t LOVE piercings and want to put your all into what you do, you need to put down the needles and find a different career. This is people’s bodies and health we’re entrusted with, not just their gas & leccy bills or grocery shopping.

In short, if your dream job is to be a Tattooist – go for it! Practice your art, develop your portfolios, spend time in studios, get tattooed, research, learn and enquire with studios if they’re looking for apprentices. Don’t apply for a piercing apprenticeship and assume that once you’ve learnt how to pierce, you’ll be automatically handed a tattoo machine – They’re COMPLETELY different professions!

A great analogy: 

You want to be a Nail Technician. You looooove doing nails, you practice on yourself and your friends and have perfected the art of nails. Awesome! You’ll do great, I’m sure. 

Now, you then wouldn’t apply to be a Hairdresser at a beauty salon, then expect to do nails after you’ve cut a few layers and coloured a few bobs. How can you put your all into hair when all you’re waiting for is the possibility of moving onto nails in the (unpredictable) future.

They’re COMPLETELY different professions!

Put your heart and soul into WHAT YOU LOVE DOING!

So no, we ain’t gonna pick up a tattoo machine once we hit X amount of piercings or piercing experience. We love piercing people! We’re sticking this out till we’re old and wrinkly because we LOVE IT! Through literal blood, sweat & tears (which, most of the time, is not our own)!

If you’re reading this and thinking “I would absolutely love to be a piercer, learn the trade and make it a long-term career!” – please send us a message!

If you’re reading this and thinking “Well, my dream job is to be a tattooist.” – AWESOME! Develop your portfolio and ask around for a TATTOO apprenticeship!

Thanks for coming to our TED Talk ❤ ❤ Love y’all!

Get in touch with your spiritual side

Get in touch with your spiritual side

Here in the studio, we have a selection of spiritual goods, ranging from healing crystals to Ouija & pendulum boards.

Included in this blog post will be short pieces of information about some of our stock, like what they’re used for and how to use!

As always, coming in to browse in person is highly recommended for these items! We are open Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30AM – 6PM and our staff will be more than happy to help you choose the right pieces for YOU!


 

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Want more information on specific stones that we stock?

Visit our previous blog post:

TaattooBlog – Know your crystals!

 

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A lot of crystals are best used when kept close to your person, be it in a pocket or a bag –

but what better way to keep your crystal close by than to wear it!?

(plus they look great and you can swap and change your crystals as and when you need to!)

 

And last but not least! We have a small handful of crystal sets that can be purchased at the studio!

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Each pack contains 3-5 crystals, a small info sheet about each crystal & how to best use them!

(you’ll also get a little crystal ‘care sheet’, all about cleansing & charging them)

 

 


 

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Smudging has been a spiritual practice for centuries, for many different reasons.

These big, chunky bundles that we have in the studio are great for large spaces, such as; full house cleanses or workplaces. If used for moderate cleansing (crystals, personal, etc) they can be stubbed out and re-used again and again!

(if you are cleansing large areas or particularly negative energies, it is recommended to use a new smudge stick per cleanse)


 

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Tarot & Oracle cards are great once you get the jist of how to use them!

Our cards all come with handy guidebooks to help introduce newbies to the world of reading Tarot and Oracle cards. Helpful information can be found easily online, on various blogs & websites dedicated to spiritual items/work.

We are happy to give advice and help you choose your deck – however, as with many spiritual items, it is always better to use your own initiative and personally choose which item/s feel right to you.


 

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Pendulums are a great addition to any spiritual collection!

They work very similarly to healing crystals, as each crystal pendulum has its own properties – but they also have many other uses as listed above.


 

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We also have a NEW RANGE of incense!

Plus more Nag Champa original incense (always a big seller!)

We also sell various ash catchers/incense burners and cone-burners, too!

Incense can be used in meditation, during spiritual sessions, or just to make your room smell delightful!

 

 


 

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There are many helpful articles and blogs online about Dowsing Rods, their uses and how to use them.

Dowsing Rods are also commonly used to measure/find the energy paths within a certain space, such as; living spaces, gardens, workplaces, etc. This can help you elevate and work with the positive energy in said space/s.

 


 

We hope this blog post was helpful to you lovely lot!

As mentioned a bit back, if you need any advice or help when choosing your spiritual items, ask us! We use a lot of these items ourselves and can give both personal experience and general advice ❤

Know your crystals!

Know your crystals!

We all love a bit of ‘alternative medicine’ – especially when it’s simple, cheap and easy to do at home.

Welcome to the world of crystals/gemstones!

There are HUNDREDS of different stones with different properties to help with a whole range of health problems from your mind, down to your toes. Here’s just a handful that we stock, broken down for you.

 

Rose Quartz

rose quartzProbably one of the most well-known stones, and for good reason. Rose Quartz is considered an excellent all-round healing stone, commonly used by those wishing to find inner peace, a calmer mind, more loving nature and a more forgiving outlook. Health-wise, Rose Quartz is said to be one of the best stones used in the treatment of migraines and headaches, as well as promoting fertility. It is also a great stone for those recovering from emotional/physical trauma and to help bring inner peace and self-love in its place.

 

Amethyst

amethystIs considered to be a very good spiritual stone, used for healing and meditation as it works wonders soothing and calming the mind. In a physical sense, Amethyst is said to bring harmony to the body’s organs and stimulate the immune system – making it a fantastic stone to use alongside other healing stones to alleviate/treat a number of health problems. It’s even said that keeping Amethyst under your pillow at night can help against insomnia! Many stone-users recommend keeping an Amethyst cluster in your home, because of its energising and cleansing properties.

 

Sunstone

sunstoneSaid to be a very joyful, light and inspiring stone, which has the ability to clear all chakras. Sunstone is especially good for those with poor mental health, as it has extremely effective anti-depressant properties, enabling the wearer to nurture their self, be more optimistic and empowered. Sunstone is also useful for those with trouble saying ‘no’ and/or letting go and cutting ties with toxic people in their life; such as possessive lovers or parents and helping the wearer become more liberated and independent. Sunstone is said to be the wearer’s “light in the dark”, letting them see the brighter side of situations and also being very effective against seasonal affective disorder. Being a very personal stone, it is said that the best results come from wearing the stone or having it on your person in everyday life.

 

Smoky Quartz

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A very powerful cleansing & detoxifying crystal said to be immensely efficient at balancing energies and making the user feel more grounded, both spiritually and personally. Smoky Quartz is a popular stone for purifying areas where electromagnetic radiation may be affecting you – such as workspaces, offices or studies. When used for healing, this crystal can amplify the healing properties of other stones and create stronger energy. When used in meditation, Smoky Quartz acts in place of therapy, as it’s grounding properties help to release feelings of anger, regret, jealousy and painful memories from the past. Smoky Quartz is associated with the higher crown chakra and works as the spiritual satellite that keeps us anchored to the earth while keeping our hearts and minds open to the celestial world.

 

Snow Quartz

snow quartzIs a great all-around stone to use alongside others in everyday life. It’s particularly useful in supporting the wearer/user whilst learning lessons. It’s also said to be useful for those who lack tact and need to ‘think before they speak’. Snow Quartz brings clarity to many aspects of your life, making it a useful stone for those wishing to let go of overwhelming responsibilities and/or overcome victimhood. Whilst Snow Quartz doesn’t offer as wide of a range of perks as other stones, it is always useful when combined with other stones which have similar properties.

 

Howlite:

howliteConsidered one of the best calming stones, most of Howlite’s qualities aid the mind, emotionally and psychologically. Perfect for use in meditation, Howlite helps to calm the mind, teaches patience and stills erratic thoughts. It can also help calm turbulent emotions and when kept in a pocket or on your person, it’ll absorb the wearer’s anger and also any anger directed to the wearer. Put Howlite under your pillow at night to fight insomnia – especially if caused by an overactive mind. Further Howlite qualities include; strengthening memory, stimulates a desire for knowledge and also helps one to let go of the past and eliminate present-day triggers.

 

Magnesite:

magnesiteA very loving stone, Magnesite’s healing properties revolve around the mind and soul, promoting positive energies. Perfect for those with low self-esteem in need of confidence and reassurance. It helps to bring all forms of self-deceit to the surface, helping overcome feelings of doubt regarding oneself – basically giving the user/wearer a more positive outlook on life, situations and relationships. Where love is concerned, be it a partner, family member or friend, Magnesite promotes unconditional love, making difficult relationships easier and more tolerable. On the flip side, Magnesite can also aid egotistical people by bringing them and their feelings back down to Earth and teach better listening and understanding of others. Those who’re anxious and/or fearful can wear Magnesite for it’s calming properties and help overcome obstacles. Health-wise, Magnesite is said to prevent epilepsy, thanks to its muscle relaxant properties – which also works for menstrual and gastric cramps! It’s also said to detoxify and neutralise body odour.

 

Agate (Tree & Moss):

tree agateAgate stones, like Quartz, have generic properties underlying – however, each particular Agate stone (tree & moss, for example) have additional qualities.

Agate itself is considered a very stable crystal which brings great strength but works slowly. Soothing and calming to the mind and body, Agate is used in meditation alongside other stones. It can dissolve inner tension and anger, encourage truth, overcome bitterness of the heart and bring greater awareness to the wearer/user. Agate stones gently facilitate acceptance of ones-self, promoting self-love and acceptance. It can also improve concentration and aid self-awareness.

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Moss Agate, for example, is a very optimistic stone commonly used to fight depression, by bringing light to the cause/roots of the problem. Similarly, it can boost the immune system, speed up recovery from illness and even help fight against cold & flu! When the stone is placed on a problem area, Moss Agate acts as an anti-inflammatory and can also lower fevers.

 

 

Jasper (Red):

jasperJasper is the main stone used by many to align the chakras – each colour of Jasper is appointed to a specific chakra (heart, throat, etc). This provides balance, calm and protection for the user/wearer. Red Jasper, like some other stones, absorbs negative energies from the wearer and those directing negativity to the wearer – the perfect stone to use at times of stress. Jasper can also clear electromagnetic and environmental pollution, including radiation! It has also been said to prolong sexual pleasure and stimulate the imagination. Health-wise, Jasper supports the user/wearer during prolonged illnesses and hospitalisation by re-energising the body.

 

Yellow Jasper:

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Yellow Jasper was historically revered as a talisman of protection. Similarly to Red Jasper, this stone is effective for deflecting jealousy and acts as a shield against negativity. Wearing this stone can build self-confidence and gradually expel personal worries and self-consciousness. Physically, Yellow Jasper is said to help chronic digestion and stomach problems – whilst worn or used to create an elixir. All Jaspers connect to the Earth and may be placed on the Base Chakra to stabilize and energize the physical body – Yellow Jasper, in particular, is ideal for activating the Solar Plexus Chakra.

 

Top 20 FSQ (f*cking stupid questions) asked by the general public to a body piercer.

Top 20 FSQ (f*cking stupid questions) asked by the general public to a body piercer.

1.”Do I need to book an appointment?”

NOPE so stop asking please.

2.”Do you use a gun?”

Hell to the no, unless you want a cauliflower ear..see below

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3.”I’m allergic to surgical steel/titanium can you pierce it with gold?”

And what genius has told you you’re allergic to titanium?

4.”I’ve heard this piercing will paralyse my face?”

This is absurd. No, that’s not true. And a navel piercing can’t poke your intestines, and a tongue piercing won’t give you brain cancer. Where do people come up with these things?!

5.”If I get my tongue pierced apparently I’ll bleed to death”

Unless your piercer is a complete and utter doofus and somehow stabs you in the jugular I’m pretty damn sure that won’t happen.

6.”My doctor says…”

Is this doctor a trained body piercer and pierced to the eyeballs? No? THEN TAKE OUR ADVICE. We research endlessly for a reason -insert crying face here-

7.”Does it hurt?”

I’m gonna take a stab in the dark and say yes a needle passing through your body will pinch a tad.

8.”I’ve heard you could pierce the artery in my ear?!”

Unsure if you ever taken an biology/anatomy class but ya know its super difficult to pierce deep enough to hit the artery which runs pretty much against your skull, unless you get stabbed in the head for asking stupid questions..

9.”Can I change my fresh piercing to different jewellery next week please?”

Unless you’re asking for the jewellery to embed (when the jewellery sits inside of your piercing because of swelling or incorrect size) I highly wouldn’t recommend you changing the jewellery yourself.

 10.”I’ve been cleaning it with TCP/alcohol/peroxide and don’t understand why its angry”

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We give you an aftercare sheet and explain in detail how to care for your new piercing, if you don’t follow it, please don’t return and ask stupid questions. TCP or anything with a strong alcohol or chemical base is way too harsh and will do more hurt than good.

11.”I pierced it myself and don’t understand why its gone green”

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Why? Just why?!
Ugh…my heart… it just makes me think you’re an irresponsible twit who doesn’t give two sh*ts about their own well being. Go to a reputable piercer or just don’t bother.

12.”Do I need to keep twisting it?”

No, if you do you’ll just end up making your new piercing angry and drag all of that nasty dried gunk into your fresh piercing. Please don’t listen to your grandmother’s piercing advice and listen to the professionals.

13.“Well the OTHER shop said…”

We don’t give a flying  f*ck what the other shop said. WE PIERCED YOU, LISTEN TO US.

14.”Can you pierce it for £5?”

Where do you think our equipment comes from, the piercings are a set price so we can live and buy clamps/needles/jewellery so you can have good quality piercings!

15.”I want my nose pierced but school wont let me, can you write me a note?”

Do I look like a doctor? You don’t need a piercing to live, just be bloody patient and wait until no one can tell you what you can and can’t have done, its not difficult.

16.”which ear is the gay ear?”

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I don’t think you quite understand how piercings work..

17.”why has the ball fallen off?”

I’m afraid to inform you that it’s in fact your responsibility to tighten the balls on your jewellery, i cannot personally follow you around and make sure all of the jewellery is on nice and tight.

18.”I can get this done cheaper somewhere else”

Please do, but don’t come back crying to us when its infected, or the newly pierced area has gone green and is falling off..

19.”So when are you becoming a tattooist?”

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People automatically assume you tattoo as well and no matter how many times you say you only pierce, they fail to understand. I enjoy being a piercer, end of.

20. “I want to buy a piercing” (this is normally when a client enters the shop and wants to purchase jewellery)

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The PIERCING is the actual hole in your body, and also the act of putting said hole in you with needles and love. The thing you put into that hole is called JEWELLERY. Please get it right and don’t make your piercers head hurt, thanks.

Cartilage piercings and everything you need to know before getting one.

Cartilage piercings and everything you need to know before getting one.

So you’ve been thinking of getting yourself a shiny new cartilage ear piercing and unsure what to go with or where to start? Below is a list of the many cartilage piercings available to you and your ear lugs.

Types of cartilage piercings for ears:

  • Helix
  • Tragus
  • Daith
  • Conch
  • Scaffold/Industrial
  • Snug
  • Rook
  • Forward Helix
  • Anti-Tragus

Getting your first cartilage piercing can be nerve wracking and can cause your palms to sweat. Many wonder about the pain, lets just say it’s an entirely different feeling to just getting your lobes pierced but don’t let that put you off! The amount of people that return weeks later for another piercing is mad, once people get the piercing bug (much like tattoo addiction) it can be difficult to shake.

The cartilage part of the ear can often be a bit hard as it mostly consists of connective tissue. It is important to ensure that the piercing is done by an experienced and reputable piercer to avoid complications in future. Generally, piercing guns are used for piercing lobes and only lobes, but that certainly depends on the piercer. If the piercer pulls out a piercing gun of any form to pierce your cartilage, run for the hills! This can shatter your cartilage and cause some serious damage!

Normally the area is clamped and pinched or supported by a receiving tube so that the needle can pass through easily. As the needle passes through, you’ll more than likely experience a slight uncomfortable pinch, the best thing to keep in mind is that the pain is never as bad as you think and always remember to keep breathing.

The correct jewellery size will be inserted for any swelling that you may experience in the chosen piercing area. After a healing period you will need to downsize the jewellery to avoid any later complications such as migration or excessive discomfort.