So for the FIRST time ever we are going to be closed on Easter Saturday. After running Hooked Up #10 on Good Friday we are planning to have the day off :) These are our trading hours over Easter. Note the earlier close time on Thursday.
Erik was a recent client who came to visit us from Adelaide for some "R" rated piercings and a large scarification piece. He sent us a beautiful box of Haigh's chocolates that arrived today. Thank you Erik!!!
Fresh Bear Claw Scarification & Cautery
We had a wonderful time doing what it is that we do :-) Erik will join the ranks of our most memorable experiences. He is a very special person that we were privileged to meet.
Here's some great info on Nipple piercings for you. Over the years nipples have remained one of the most popular piercings - regardless of year, fashion or gender. They are consistently popular for good reason.
They reach into all the reasons one may choose to get a piercing done:
it looks great
it feels great
it's a little bit naughty
it's fun to play with
it can be private
huge jewelry selection
Whilst all these reasons are true - there is some extra info that can make sure that a nipple piercing brings a smile to your dial - instead of a tear to your eye!
Depending on the reason you are getting this piercing done, the thickness (gauge) of the jewellery can make a big difference to its comfort. Nipple piercing should never be thinner than 14g (1.6mm). This is to ensure the piercing has some strength to reduce the chance of it tearing out or rejecting. Now while this thickness is fine for those who are mainly after "the look" of this piercing, those who plan to hang from the chandeliers should consider something a bit thicker.
Now this can be done at the time of the initial piercing - or once the piercing has healed. If you know that your piercing is going to be put through its paces, then I would suggest a larger gauge to begin with.
12g and 10g are common choices - and if you have the piercing done at a reputable studio - it will not hurt significantly more than a smaller size. Our needles have improved so much over the years that even an 8g needle can pass through tissue easily.
That said, nipple piercings do respond well to stretching, but it is important to take it slowly! They can play up and/or reject if this is done too quickly. Talk to your Piercer about stretching your nipple piercing if this is something you would like to do - please don't do it yourself.
There isn't a "normal" side to get a nipple piercing if you are just getting one. Like any piercing - go with what feels right - where have you "imagined" it to be. That is where your body is expecting it.
However - if you live in the BDSM culture in Australia or the USA there is a code. Right for bottom/submissive, and left for Top/Dominant. In Europe this is the opposite. But again - this only matters if it matters to you.
Breast feeding is a common concern for women considering this piercing. If the piercing is done properly - by a knowledgeable Piercer - it should not affect the ability to breast feed - if in fact you are able to do this in the first place.
I do advise though not to get the initial piercing done beyond 12g, as the scar tissue generated from a larger piercing may block major milk ducts. Stretching the initial piercing should not result in the same issue. We have had many women successfully breast feed with nipple piercings
Jewellery size and style can make a big difference to healing times. The biggest problems we see are caused by rings that are too small in diameter - particularly in women. Rings are fine for the initial piercing but must be the correct diameter.
Our preference is to use an internally threaded barbell in initial female nipple piercings. Remember with any piercing that the aim of the game is to get it healed - and nipple piercings do heal well when the piercing and jewellery is right.
As nipple piercing crosses into the sexual realm, I should discuss a little about sexual safety. Any open wound is susceptible to disease or infection, and piercings are no exception.
Restrict exposure to anyone's bodily fluids that are not your own while the piercing is healing - AND if it has gone through a major "workout" which may have resulted in slight tearing. Mild salt water soaks will soothe and assist this healing stage. The older a piercing gets, the more it is able to withstand without negative results.
Changing jewellery and stretching should only be done once the piercing has healed - unless it is for better jewelry that will aid the healing process. In many cases, the piercing should be left alone, in this regard, for at least 3 months.
Women may find that their nipple piercing goes through cycles where one week it feels "healed" and the next it is sensitive again. This can be frustrating until you realise that nipples are affected by hormones and during the first year or so they can become sensitive at either ovulation or mensuration. This does settle - but can pop up again even years down the track in my experience. This is just another added bonus of hormones in <our> world :)
padded/t-shirt bras will assist if you need to conceal a nipple piercing
fresh nipple piercings are sensitive to cool temperatures!
it is normal for male and female nipple piercings to secrete from the entry and/or exit while healing
do not remove a nipple piercing within the first 12 months if you wish to keep it
piercing will usually increase nipple sensitivity
inverted nipples can be pierced - and is effective as a treatment to this condition
"3rd" nipples can be pierced
any male nipple can be pierced - even if you think you haven't got one!
nipple piercings will usually heal and close when the jewellery is removed
We're open today from 11-5pm. Some bookings still available.
Does your piercing need a jewellery renovation? Lots of nice things to choose from at the moment. Like this solid 18ct gold ring from #Anatometal.
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Every piercing procedure generates biohazardous waste.
Trust in the sterilisation processes used by your piercing studio is paramount to your health and safety. Universal precautions are practiced at Piercing HQ, which means our sterilisation procedures are strong enough to withstand the assumption that "everyone has everything" safety mandate. Knowing what to look for is important, so we thought we'd share how the professionals do it.
Many of the tools we use in a piercing procedure are not disposable, so what happens to them between each client is really important - especially if the next client is YOU.
Staff Preparation for Contaminated Tools Processing
Autoclave sterilisation is the only guaranteed method that will ensure ALL bacteria and viruses are effectively neutralised on used tools.
There are two main types of autoclaves used in the piercing industry.
At Piercing HQ the chamber autoclave is the FIRST autoclave that is used to process contaminated tools.
If a piercing studio only has a chamber autoclave then everything is usually sealed into autoclave pouches after it is washed and processed. This is a combination plastic/paper pouch that - when stored correctly - maintains the sterility of the item inside until it is opened. Cotton buds, corks, jewellery, tools, needles etc would all be put in autoclave pouches and sterilised prior to use.
Ensure that all packages are opened in front of you if the studio you are in uses the "packaged system".
At Piercing HQ we do not package our tools/disposables prior to use, as they are sterilised again in another style of autoclave called a cassette or Statim autoclave as needed. This takes away the risk of incorrectly stored or damaged packaging which renders the item inside unsterile.
Instead, everything is packed into a Statim cassette immediately prior to use, which negates any of the risks associated with using packaged items. The sterilisation cycle of the Statim Autoclave for our purposes is 7 minutes. Most clients don't even notice this wait time as they are completing paper work etc whilst this is happening.
Cassette loaded for an eyebrow piercing.
Everything inside the cassette remains sterile until it is opened - in front of the client.
The details of each Statim cycle are recorded for every client in order to maintain a sterilisation record in case it is needed for future reference.
So whilst it is not mandatory to sterilise used tools twice before reusing, it is very important that packaged tools are handled carefully to ensure the integrity of the package is preserved for tool sterility.
We hope this little article has helped you understand more about the sterilisation process that goes on behind the scenes to look after you at Piercing HQ - each and every time.