25 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: Why do they even make externally threaded jewelry if it's so frowned upon... It's difficult to find internally threaded jewelry that doesn't cost a fortune/isn't boring..,
Externally threaded jewelry is everywhere because it’s a cheap “alternative” to real jewelry. If you think high quality internally threaded jewelry costs a fortune, you should change your definition of a fortune because it’s not that expensive, especially when you factor in what you’re actually getting for that price! You’re getting an implant grade piece of jewelry, you’re getting something that was physically polished by hand by a human being that makes a livable wage(along with everyone else that works for that company), you’re getting gemstones that are set by hand without any cheap glues, you’re getting jewelry that comes with a lifetime guarantee, and you’re supporting the industry that I’m assuming you care about since you obviously enjoy body piercings! And as far as it being boring, the fanciest jewelry options available ONLY come in internally threaded or threadless designs, so that part isn’t even true =)
24 7 / 2014
freemindfreebody said: Do you know cold steel ( now not in business anymore) and studio 18?
Do you mean this Studio 18? Because I’m not really getting where you’re going with this.
24 7 / 2014
Some people act like working with neometal, anatometal or IS is an indicator for someone being a good piercer.
Well hate it or love it but in my humble opinion a well placed navel done with a handpolished made in europe externally threaded bananabel with a rounded of thread that fits the customer’s anatomy will heal better than that hugeass prong set princess cut anatometal piece poking around in someones tiny navel.
Internally and externally threaded jewelry both of high quality ( we handpolish everything we pierce with ourselfs) peacefully co-exist at our shop and due to logic thinking and skill we get great results with both.
Well,there, I said it, keep the hate coming…
Really? That’s your example? A piercing that was botched with good jewelry won’t heal as well as a piercing that was properly pierced with shitty jewelry? Come on now, you’re better than that. You’re correct in the obvious statement that good jewelry doesn’t make a good piercer, but it’s also not possible to be a good piercer that uses shitty jewelry. Externally threaded jewelry is sub par every way you slice it, even if you waste hours at a time polishing the turd. This industry has standards for a reason, the design of externally threaded jewelry is inferior to internally threaded and threadless jewelry, regardless of whether or not you polish it yourself. I know you’re thinking that you’re making some sort of moral stand but it’s an ignorant stand and one that hurts this industry and sets it back.
If you’re piercing people with externally threaded jewelry, you’re not providing your clients with the highest possible quality jewelry available, and that’s what they’re paying you for. Period. This is a fact. You’re supposed to be the professional, you’re the one that’s supposed to be educated and be the expert in your field, your clients put their trust in you. Understand and respect that. Stop defending sub standard jewelry.
If you’re talking about Wildcat, you can go fuck off right now, basically. And how good is that Wildcat when you’re having to repolish it after it gets to your studio? And that polish isn’t worth absolutely anything when you also consider a) the quality of the material itself, and b) external threads which are going to scrape up and damage the piercing. And don’t talk to me about how you cover the threads with cannulas, because I’m not interested in breaking down that argument for you either.
Other than that, I have nothing more to add except point enthusiastically at everything Aj just said. Nothing anyone can ever say will defend the argument that low-quality jewellery is anywhere on the same level as high-quality jewellery.
23 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: 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.
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.
23 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: Hi, I bought earrings from a shop, but they were exposed and everyone could touch them. Is there a possibility I can get aids or something? I know I sound stupid, but it has really stuck on my mind.
It’s pretty much impossible for you to acquire HIV from people touching your jewelry.
If the jewelry is made from metal and not an organic piece, you will want the jewelry to be properly processed/sterilized before wearing them.
If they are organics, a gentle cleaning with an appropriate product would be a good idea. To figure out what product would be most appropriate to clean your organics with, contact the manufacturer of the pieces.
Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee
The AIDS conference is currently going down in Melbourne, Australia this week, and I have some awesome friends down there learning and sharing. So I feel its kind of appropriate and do my bit here.
You cannot contract HIV (which is what you’d “catch”, not AIDS) from touching or wearing a piece of jewellery out of a display. This is one of the misconceptions that surround the “ooger-booger” topic of HIV/AIDS.
I think that its really important that people educate themselves about AIDS and HIV, because these sorts of misconceptions are really hurtful, and breed hatred towards people that are positive.
Here are some links to get you started! Happy reading!
and my friends are with YEAH/RedAware, which is an awesome organisation!
PS: It is really, really, really hard to actually contract HIV, by the way!