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!

The good, the bad and the ugly..

Today’s blog post is a bit of a long, educational one, but bear with us, it’s extremely useful to know!

So, tongue piercings. Super popular, super cute! A standard tongue piercing is vertical, through the centre of the tongue. They have a bad reputation for being ‘dangerous’, with many people being scared of bleeding to death via a botched piercing through the vein. Tongue piercings done RIGHT, by professional, trained piercers are no more dangerous than a helix piercing.

Tongues are basically two muscles, held together working in unison. You have your main two chunky veins in there, one running through each side. You also have a little frenulum (tongue web) holding the bottom of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. A standard tongue piercing will be placed in the centre, slightly avoiding this tongue web and missing your veins by a mile.

Okay, so what about the notorious ‘snake eyes’ and surface tongue piercings? BAD. Very bad. As mentioned about 30 seconds ago, your tongue is two muscles working together. Snake eyes and surface tongue piercings go through these two muscles and basically trap and hold them together with a piece of jewellery. This causes a TONNE of problems from the start.

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Most people will suffer from speech impairment (a lisp) which CAN BE PERMANENT, after having one of these piercings. This is because the two muscles are trapped together and cannot move properly to pronounce words.

Then there’s dental damage. Granted, a standard tongue piercing CAN cause dental damage if it’s not placed correctly or is chomped on a lot, but two large metal balls on the tip of your tongue will constantly knock against the teeth, causing them to chip and/or erode. You only have one set of natural adult teeth – look after them! They’re expensive to fix…

The scariest thing of all is the danger of catching and piercing those big chunky veins in either side of the tongue. We’ve all heard horror stories, but unfortunately, these stories are often told from experience. Piercing these veins is extremely dangerous and can lead to massive blood loss and a hospital visit.

Okay, scary stuff over.. Ish. We have experienced these effects first hand when a lovely young lady approached us late last year with a 2-day old surface tongue piercing done by a ‘professional piercer’ not too far away. To start with, the jewellery was a hand-bent bar which was extremely uneven and wasn’t up to standard for a fresh piercing by any means. Secondly, this poor lady was evidently finding it difficult to speak properly since having this piercing and had very limited movement with her tongue – meaning she could barely stick her tongue out past her teeth. We thankfully caught it early, removed it, gave advice and education and sent her away to heal. Hopefully, she had it removed soon enough to not have any long-lasting complications to her speech or tongue movement. (see below)

tongue poop

We don’t mean to lecture, we simply care about your health. Your tongue is important, it helps you speak and helps you eat, drink and swallow – don’t compromise that for the sake of a piercing.

We will never perform a surface tongue piercing or ‘snake eyes’ at Taattoo, but would be more than happy to discuss other options!

Venoms/paired tongue piercings are a great alternative which is safer and easier for you and your health. Give us a message on any of our social media @taattoobodypiercers or come in and see us!

(above images are ‘venom’ piercings – not performed by us. Credit to the original piercer/s)

Updates on the madhouse called Taattoo!

Lots of changes have happened since we started blogging here, so we thought we’d update you guys on what’s happening at Taattoo as of 2017!

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You guys remember our two tattoo apprentices, Sam and Jack (Pablo)? They have both flown the nest – Jack late last year and Sam as of the beginning of this year. We wish them the best of luck in their futures, wherever life takes them!

In our tattooing department, we, of course, have our experienced and talented Andy who is the main tattooist in the studio at the moment. Under his wing are our newest additions to Taattoo – Ellis and Kris! They are soon to be Taattoo’s new tattoo apprentices, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media to see their progress as they’re training, practising and eventually getting unleashed onto the public!

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In our body piercing department, we have Senior Piercer, Sophie! She is currently nearing the THIRD year of her life sentence! She is fully experienced in all things body piercing and is always up for a challenge! Under her wing is Junior Piercer, Poh. She started her piercing apprenticeship here at Taattoo late summer 2016 and has been gaining more experience and knowledge every day! She has now completely all her training and is competent and confident in ALL piercings performed at Taattoo. She is absolutely loving her journey to becoming a piercing master and welcomes any and all piercings, from ears to nips to bits!

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Our piercers are still offering BOGOF piercings every Tuesday for #twofortuesday – and have recently introduced the 1/3 off Thursday offers! Every 3rd Thursday of every month, ALL piercings are available for 1/3 off the price!

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Lumiere Professional Laser Clinic (@Taattoo) offers laser tattoo removal and carbon facials and is run by the fabulous Ema. Lasering and carbon facial treatments are now available by appointment ONLY, as Ema now only comes into the studio for her clients’ appointments. As with tattoo bookings, a deposit is needed to make any bookings with Ema!! Find Lumiere’s page on social media to keep up to date with special offers or discounts Ema will be offering on both lasering and carbon facials and don’t miss out on a mega deal!

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And I think that’s it for today, guys and ghouls! Thanks for reading and see you next week for our next blog post…..

Is that swelling or are you just pleased to see me?

So, you’ve recently had a cartilage piercing. There are lots of different locations this includes; tragus, helix, forward helix, rook, snug, conch, anti-tragus, daith and scaffold. While this blog post may not be directly aimed at ALL of these piercing locations, it’s a good bit of info to take into consideration if you have one of these/want one of these piercings..

Your initial jewellery will be appropriately sized to cater for any swelling that will occur with your new piercing – the size/diameter depends on the location and how much they tend to swell. Some, such as snug piercings swell more than others, such as helix piercings.

tragus RG collage

We understand this can be super annoying for some people, but trust us when we tell you – it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re a lucky bugger, you may not swell all too bad and only need a few millimetres of the initial jewellery when it’s fully swollen. Some piercings can fluctuate during the first stages of healing (generally the first week or two) meaning it can be more or less swollen from day to day.

 

It’s important to keep an eye on your swelling – if you’re an unlucky one (this isn’t all that common) and swell to the length of the jewellery and it becomes tight, come back and see us immediately. Ibuprofen (if you can take it) and ice compressions can drastically reduce swelling for most people and can prevent excess swelling before it gets to the point where you need longer jewellery. Of course, proper aftercare and TLC with your new piercing also decrease the risk of over-swelling!

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So, your new piercing is well into healing and the swelling has subsided – this usually occurs within a few weeks for most people, although some locations and individuals can take longer! Once your new piercing is settled and the jewellery is now annoyingly long again, it is important to come back for a check-up and downsize.

Prime time for downsizing is a hard one to get right. Ideally, as soon as the swelling has comfortably subsided, shorter/snugger jewellery should be put in instead to eliminate any problems that could occur in the final stages of healing.

fresh vs healed antitrag

Above left: fresh anti-tragus piercing with a 10mm curved barbell.

Above right: healed anti-tragus now fitted with an 8mm curved barbell.

Jewellery that is too long can cause problems for your healing piercing and is a common cause of piercing bumps (hypertrophic scarring), as your piercing is more likely to get caught and distorted whilst sleeping – which can cause a nice, straight piercing to become crooked/wonky over time. This is a common problem for; helix, forward helix and tragus piercings!

bumps

Luckily, we now stock the official No-Pull Piercing Disks to combat these bumps! (as seen in the left hand photo) More info can be found on our Facebook page: @Taattoobodypiercers.

 

As soon as your swelling has gone down, come and see us! We will be able to tell you if you are ready for a downsize or not – if you are, we will happily downsize your jewellery for free*! It’s also a perfect excuse for us to get healed/partially healed pics of our piercings!!!

 

*Downsize/jewellery change is a free service within a 3 month limit from when we did the original piercing.