09 8 / 2014

safepiercing:

We’ve had some requests for a breakdown on piercing studio etiquette for piercing clients, and a few people asking about common gripes piercers may have.

Below is our first installment for etiquette, and things we generally like to complain about as whiny body piercers (kidding…..sort of).

We hope you all find this handy.

And other piercers, please feel free to chime in with your additions. 


This post does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the APP or its members. It is the opinion of the author. 



                                      (In no particular order)



1) Do not touch, handle or remove your body jewelry in the studio. 

This is a big one for most of us. Even though you likely don’t think it’s a big deal, we don’t want your cooties all over the studio. When you take out your navel jewelry or bring in your old circular barbell from your retired PA and then proceed to touch the display cases, pens, (heaven forbid) jewelry we’re showing you….. We’re pretty much having a silent mental break down (pictured below). Now we need to disinfect everything you touched. 

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Some piercers may come across as a little gruff when they tell you to not handle your jewelry, but it’s only because we want a clean and safe studio for you and all of our other clients. 

So if you are bringing jewelry in, please have it in a sealed bag. And if you need to show us your piercing or jewelry, just don’t touch it. 

2) Please bring proper identification

Even in areas that may not have written body piercing regulations, you should always have government/state issued ID with you when you come in for a piercing. No reputable piercer will do your piercing without an ID. 

This is especially applicable when it comes to piercing minors. Generally, most piercing studios will require official ID’s from the minor and guardian, both with matching last names and addresses. If there is a difference with you and your guardians last names or addresses, bring a copy of your birth certificate. 

Depending on your state/county regulations, if a minor does not have an official form of ID, a current school ID, the guardian’s ID and a birth certificate can be used (check with your local studio before going in). 

In and of them self, school ID’s, insurance cards, gym membership cards, etc. do not count as an official form of identification.

If your legal guardian is somebody other than your mother or father, be prepared to also have paperwork from the court/state proving said person is your legal guardian. 

3) Don’t forget to eat something


Naturally, clients can get a little nervous before a piercing, whether it’s their first time or 50th. That’s totally fine. 

Do yourself a favor and eat a full meal a few hours before getting pierced. This will help you out a bunch and can prevent you from feeling dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous after your piercing. 

From time to time, clients faint. This is not due to some extremely painful experience. It is almost always because they haven’t eaten recently and you’re riding that awesome piercing high that consists of nervousness and excitement. 

Eating a good full meal (a tube of Pringles doesn’t count…) and going easy on caffeine beforehand can make your piercing experience much easier and pleasant. 

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4) Smoking, chewing tobacco, food and drinks

Please use common courtesy while in a studio, especially in a piercing room. 

It is never okay to smoke inside of a studio, and most of us do not like when you put a wad of chew in your mouth and spit in a little cup while walking around the lobby. Please do that outside. 

Bottled water is fine, but please respect a studios policy on food or drinks (some studios do not allow anything besides water in the studio), and no food or drinks besides water should be brought into the piercing room itself. 


5) Don’t price shop

We care about you, and we want you to have a beautiful, quality, safe piercing that will last you a life time.

It’s not your fault that you have good taste, so don’t bite our head off when you ask how much the gold septum clicker with genuine diamonds is. Yes, it’s more expensive than the titanium clicker. It’s gold. Those are diamonds. Please don’t act like we just asked for the soul of your first born. 

There are a LOT of styles of jewelry you can choose from, and we can certainly find lots of pretty, quality pieces that fit your budget. 

If you walk in expecting a $25 deal, that’s not going to happen with quality jewelry and appropriate sterilizing equipment (some quality studios will offer occasional sales or discounts, so that’s a little different).

Realistically, you should be prepared to spend at least $60-100 for most piercings with quality jewelry, give or take depending on the jewelry you select. That’s referring to a single piercing. 

6) All sales are final

Most studios will not do an exchange or refund on your worn jewelry. 

If the jewelry had some sort of defect, let’s say a gem fell out of it’s setting, then that is covered under warranty of nearly all reputable manufacturers and we will be more than happy to get that fixed.

But if you simply changed your mind on the color gem you picked out last week, or you’re coming in for a downsize on your initial jewelry, no, we cannot take your old ones throw them in the sterilizer and re-sell them. Doing so would be unethical and unsanitary. 


7) You are likely not a piercing expert

We get it, you’ve been pierced twenty times, and we love you for it. You’ve read through The APP’s website (shameless plug!) and you’re pretty knowledgeable. That’s great, and that’s what we want.

But when you’re questioning why the piercer has your friend laying down for their piercing when you always had yours done sitting up, and why are we suggesting you don’t use things like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on a fresh piercing when that’s what you did and you healed up totally fine, and that’s what your piercer back home told you to do and he’s legit and a master piercer because he told you so and has lots of piercings…………………. Just….Relax. 

There is more than one right way to perform a piercing. Some piercers will use a clamp on your navel, some may do it with no tools. That’s okay. 

Now having said that, OF COURSE you should be picky and cautious if you see anything that doesn’t seem safe, sanitary or in general makes you feel uncomfortable.

As a client you do have rights. And it is not hard to look up the basic fundamentals on what things you should or should not be using on fresh piercings. (See?


8) Piercings and their names

You’ve probably heard body piercers on their podiums preaching about piercings being renamed and how it is wrong. In this day and age of the internet, it’s not your fault if you didn’t know that “spider bites” isn’t a real name for two lip piercings. Piercings get all kinds of goofy new names all the time online. 

That doesn’t give us the right to talk down to you like you’re an idiot. In fact, I can’t stand when piercers do that. But it can be frustrating when a client looks at us as if we’re a total noob because we don’t know what the hell a dolphin bite is.

So in a nutshell, if it has the word “bite” or “bites”, that’s not the correct name. And that’s okay. Just point on your face to show us what it is you’d like to have pierced.

Our friend Rob Hill was kind enough to make a handy chart we can all use.  
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So that wraps up this first installment. 

We hope this information is helpful and gets spread around a little, and hopefully the lighthearted humor doesn’t put anybody off….. But seriously, dolphin bites? Really?


Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee

06 8 / 2014

dashcon:


kiyodono:

I CANT T BELIEV
THEYRE MAKING A KICKSTARTER
WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO FUDN THIS
ALSO THEYRE USING THE FLEXIBLE FUNDING PROGRAM WHICH IS A BIG NONO
USUSALLY KICKSTARTERS HAVE A SET GOAL, IN THIS CASE 17 000$ AND IF THEY DONT REACH THIS GOAL AND ARENT ABLE TO FUND THE EVENT,THEN ALL THE MONEY WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE BACKERS WHO MADE A PLEDGE

BUT WITH FLEXFUNDING, THEY GET TO KEEP HOWEVER MUCH THEY MAKE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT IS
SO LETS SAY THAT THEY MIRACULOUSLY REACH ABOUT 15 000$
THEY COULD EASILY SAY ‘WELL ITS NOT 17 000$ SO WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND DASHCON, SO IT’S OFF’
BUT THEY STILL GET TO KEEP THAT MONEY AND DO WHATEVER THEYD LIKE WITH IT
DO NOT FUND THIS

This is not us.
I repeat, THIS IS NOT US.
To quote the OP, DO NOT FUND THIS.
Running a funding campaign is not something we’re currently doing, nor do we intend to in the future. We don’t know who is responsible for that Indiegogo campaign, but we will be contacting them today in regards to the fraudulent nature of such a campaign, as it’s not connected to the advertised event in any way.
Furthermore, we have not disappeared. We’re simply taking the time to clean up the significant damage done a few weeks ago. There are a lot of changes being made, but those take time. In fact, this process is far more time consuming that any of our projected timelines would accommodate. However, these are things that must get done. So, we ask once again, please bear with us while we, the remaining staff, do what we can to fix an otherwise dismal situation.
That said, this sort of blatant fraud needed to be addressed and be addressed immediately. Apologies if anyone believed, even briefly, that this was connected to us in any way. Once again, THIS IS NOT US. DO NOT FUND THIS.
Please signal boost so no one falls victim to this scam. 
Thank you for your time.

dashcon:

kiyodono:

I CANT T BELIEV

THEYRE MAKING A KICKSTARTER

WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO FUDN THIS

ALSO THEYRE USING THE FLEXIBLE FUNDING PROGRAM WHICH IS A BIG NONO

USUSALLY KICKSTARTERS HAVE A SET GOAL, IN THIS CASE 17 000$ AND IF THEY DONT REACH THIS GOAL AND ARENT ABLE TO FUND THE EVENT,THEN ALL THE MONEY WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE BACKERS WHO MADE A PLEDGE

image

BUT WITH FLEXFUNDING, THEY GET TO KEEP HOWEVER MUCH THEY MAKE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT IS

SO LETS SAY THAT THEY MIRACULOUSLY REACH ABOUT 15 000$

THEY COULD EASILY SAY ‘WELL ITS NOT 17 000$ SO WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND DASHCON, SO IT’S OFF’

BUT THEY STILL GET TO KEEP THAT MONEY AND DO WHATEVER THEYD LIKE WITH IT

DO NOT FUND THIS

This is not us.

I repeat, THIS IS NOT US.

To quote the OP, DO NOT FUND THIS.

Running a funding campaign is not something we’re currently doing, nor do we intend to in the future. We don’t know who is responsible for that Indiegogo campaign, but we will be contacting them today in regards to the fraudulent nature of such a campaign, as it’s not connected to the advertised event in any way.

Furthermore, we have not disappeared. We’re simply taking the time to clean up the significant damage done a few weeks ago. There are a lot of changes being made, but those take time. In fact, this process is far more time consuming that any of our projected timelines would accommodate. However, these are things that must get done. So, we ask once again, please bear with us while we, the remaining staff, do what we can to fix an otherwise dismal situation.

That said, this sort of blatant fraud needed to be addressed and be addressed immediately. Apologies if anyone believed, even briefly, that this was connected to us in any way. Once again, THIS IS NOT US.
DO NOT FUND THIS.

Please signal boost so no one falls victim to this scam.

Thank you for your time.

(via kat--tastrophe)

06 8 / 2014

dashcon:


kiyodono:

I CANT T BELIEV
THEYRE MAKING A KICKSTARTER
WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO FUDN THIS
ALSO THEYRE USING THE FLEXIBLE FUNDING PROGRAM WHICH IS A BIG NONO
USUSALLY KICKSTARTERS HAVE A SET GOAL, IN THIS CASE 17 000$ AND IF THEY DONT REACH THIS GOAL AND ARENT ABLE TO FUND THE EVENT,THEN ALL THE MONEY WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE BACKERS WHO MADE A PLEDGE

BUT WITH FLEXFUNDING, THEY GET TO KEEP HOWEVER MUCH THEY MAKE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT IS
SO LETS SAY THAT THEY MIRACULOUSLY REACH ABOUT 15 000$
THEY COULD EASILY SAY ‘WELL ITS NOT 17 000$ SO WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND DASHCON, SO IT’S OFF’
BUT THEY STILL GET TO KEEP THAT MONEY AND DO WHATEVER THEYD LIKE WITH IT
DO NOT FUND THIS

This is not us.
I repeat, THIS IS NOT US.
To quote the OP, DO NOT FUND THIS.
Running a funding campaign is not something we’re currently doing, nor do we intend to in the future. We don’t know who is responsible for that Indiegogo campaign, but we will be contacting them today in regards to the fraudulent nature of such a campaign, as it’s not connected to the advertised event in any way.
Furthermore, we have not disappeared. We’re simply taking the time to clean up the significant damage done a few weeks ago. There are a lot of changes being made, but those take time. In fact, this process is far more time consuming that any of our projected timelines would accommodate. However, these are things that must get done. So, we ask once again, please bear with us while we, the remaining staff, do what we can to fix an otherwise dismal situation.
That said, this sort of blatant fraud needed to be addressed and be addressed immediately. Apologies if anyone believed, even briefly, that this was connected to us in any way. Once again, THIS IS NOT US. DO NOT FUND THIS.
Please signal boost so no one falls victim to this scam. 
Thank you for your time.

dashcon:

kiyodono:

I CANT T BELIEV

THEYRE MAKING A KICKSTARTER

WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO FUDN THIS

ALSO THEYRE USING THE FLEXIBLE FUNDING PROGRAM WHICH IS A BIG NONO

USUSALLY KICKSTARTERS HAVE A SET GOAL, IN THIS CASE 17 000$ AND IF THEY DONT REACH THIS GOAL AND ARENT ABLE TO FUND THE EVENT,THEN ALL THE MONEY WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE BACKERS WHO MADE A PLEDGE

image

BUT WITH FLEXFUNDING, THEY GET TO KEEP HOWEVER MUCH THEY MAKE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT IS

SO LETS SAY THAT THEY MIRACULOUSLY REACH ABOUT 15 000$

THEY COULD EASILY SAY ‘WELL ITS NOT 17 000$ SO WE DONT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND DASHCON, SO IT’S OFF’

BUT THEY STILL GET TO KEEP THAT MONEY AND DO WHATEVER THEYD LIKE WITH IT

DO NOT FUND THIS

This is not us.

I repeat, THIS IS NOT US.

To quote the OP, DO NOT FUND THIS.

Running a funding campaign is not something we’re currently doing, nor do we intend to in the future. We don’t know who is responsible for that Indiegogo campaign, but we will be contacting them today in regards to the fraudulent nature of such a campaign, as it’s not connected to the advertised event in any way.

Furthermore, we have not disappeared. We’re simply taking the time to clean up the significant damage done a few weeks ago. There are a lot of changes being made, but those take time. In fact, this process is far more time consuming that any of our projected timelines would accommodate. However, these are things that must get done. So, we ask once again, please bear with us while we, the remaining staff, do what we can to fix an otherwise dismal situation.

That said, this sort of blatant fraud needed to be addressed and be addressed immediately. Apologies if anyone believed, even briefly, that this was connected to us in any way. Once again, THIS IS NOT US.
DO NOT FUND THIS.

Please signal boost so no one falls victim to this scam.

Thank you for your time.

(via kat--tastrophe)

24 7 / 2014

hippie-galaxy:


mim-akh:

forties-fifties-sixties-love:

1969

the only thing that’s changed since then is the quality of photos

reblogging for comment

hippie-galaxy:

mim-akh:

forties-fifties-sixties-love:

1969

the only thing that’s changed since then is the quality of photos

reblogging for comment

(via headstrongwolf)

21 7 / 2014

didthatrhinoforgethissunglasses:

lifeaslindz:

aber-flyingtiger:

rupeerose:

teafortrouble:

megg33k:

I need feminism because most men’s restrooms still aren’t equipped with baby changing stations. As someone who was married to a man who had sole custody of his young son, I’m hyperaware that feminism means EQUALITY, not female superiority. Feminism should and does support a man’s right to be as much of a parent to his child(ren) as any mother is allowed/expected to be.

This is a constant problem for Mr. Tea and myself. We’ve got twins, so even though I can change one kid on the change table in the ladies’ room, he’s left standing sort of awkwardly in the lobby with a messy child while I change one, come back, and get the other.

Nobody’s suggesting that men aren’t parents, so the lack of change tables goes well beyond ‘gender role reinforcing’ and straight into ‘ridiculous’.

My dad actually almost got kicked out of a mall once for changing my brother in the womens room of a mall. The only reason they didn’t call the cops on him was because the ladies in the room supported him.

I’d never even considered this but I support it

I have seriously always wondered about this. I mean, most malls and such here have “family” rest rooms with change tables but I mean I have watched many a father bring his child out to the car to change because they don’t have rest room access. I am SO glad this is a post!!

Some have microwaves in them to heat your popcorn before a movie

(via ruinedchildhood)

17 7 / 2014

Repost this anywhere

(Source: wisekelp, via tobiasxva)

16 7 / 2014

theonewhosawitall:

lokithesnarkworld:

staff:

andrew-satan-hussie:

Man I feel really bad for the Tumblr Staff because I bet they aimed for Tumblr to be a cool, suavé, photographic place for artists but in reality it’s made up of hormonal teenagers who obsess over gay fictional characters, and can’t even handle the reblog button turning green to teal

IT IS MINT GREEN

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I’VE REBLOGGED THIS TWICE BEFORE REALISING THAT THE STAFF SAID THAT!

(Source: andrewsatanhussie, via it-started-to-rain)

15 7 / 2014

st0nedsoul:

troylershipszalfie:

5sos-smut-world:

thejamesboyle:

caluummhood:

HOLY SHIT, IT WAS THE ORIGINAL ONE

MAKE A WISH

the first post ever on tumblr

I WAS EXPECTING IT TO BE A REMAKE OF SOME SORT HOLY FUCK

this is my favorite post ever.

expected dickbutt

(Source: onleatherwings92, via lzzy-lee)

15 7 / 2014

13 7 / 2014

askthefemaleeren:

like-an-icy-blast:

reachfortheflowers:

anigrrrl2:

askthefemaleeren:

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As a bisexual, it sickens me that some people WILL keep scrolling.

As the straight daughter of a gay man, it sickens me that some people will keep scrolling. 

As a straight girl with a basic understanding of equality and love, it also sickens me that people will keep scrolling.

As a straight Christian woman, I pray that people will not scroll past this. Love, not judge.

I’m re-reblogging for that last one.

(Source: paulescalante, via britneyspears-daily)

12 7 / 2014

10 7 / 2014

howtoskinatiger:


iffygenia:

how the fuck can you allow  that you STUPID PEOPLE?

Because it’s the dog’s job. Just like a working border collie’s job is to herd sheep, or a working spaniel’s job is to retrieve shot game, a livestock guardian’s job is to protect their flock and kill any potential threats.
Their job is very important as predators like wolves can do serious harm to the livestock that these people rely on for income and/or food. In fact, livestock guardians are one of the best ways of protecting livestock and allowing farmers to live peacefully alongside predators! Instead of shooting every predator in the area the dogs ensure that only the problem individuals are killed and also serve as a deterrent to the rest of the wild predators. Because of this conservation groups often recommend the services of these dogs rather than the mass shooting, trapping and poisoning of predators that usually happens. 

howtoskinatiger:

iffygenia:

how the fuck can you allow  that you STUPID PEOPLE?

Because it’s the dog’s job. Just like a working border collie’s job is to herd sheep, or a working spaniel’s job is to retrieve shot game, a livestock guardian’s job is to protect their flock and kill any potential threats.

Their job is very important as predators like wolves can do serious harm to the livestock that these people rely on for income and/or food. In fact, livestock guardians are one of the best ways of protecting livestock and allowing farmers to live peacefully alongside predators! Instead of shooting every predator in the area the dogs ensure that only the problem individuals are killed and also serve as a deterrent to the rest of the wild predators. Because of this conservation groups often recommend the services of these dogs rather than the mass shooting, trapping and poisoning of predators that usually happens. 

(Source: huntingblood, via smirkingfaceemoji)