Blog

11
Jan 14

"I Can Only Wear Gold"

Here is something I hear almost daily. It’s one of the biggest mistruths in the business. The statement should say, I can’t wear surgical steel. Stainless steel comes in many “grades”. We use stainless steel for many things. Chances are, …

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09
Dec 13

"Wheelchair Blog"

Unless you have been living under a rock the last month, you have probably seen something about the man that controls his motorized wheelchair through his tongue piercing. If you haven’t, click on the link and take a minute to …

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24
Nov 13

"Harrison Ford Pierces Jimmy Fallon"

Have you seen this crime to professional body piercing? I’m shocked about so many things about this that I don’t know where to start. If you haven’t seen it, take a minute and go to YouTube and take a look. …

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29
Oct 13

"second opinion"

  This is what I heard from behind me today. As an experienced piercer, I have heard this question many times, but I didn’t expect such a small voice presenting me with such a big problem. As you can see …

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25
Oct 13

"Piercings and the Movies"

Why is it that only the bad guys in the movies have piercings? It’s a bad stereotype that I see all the time and which it would stop. I’ve been piercing for 20 years and never have I ever pierced …

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06
Oct 13

"How Strippers Changed Body Piercing"

“Girls, Girls, Girls! All Nude! All Night! We got tall ones, short ones, pretty ones, sexy ones; we even have pierced ones! ” Now that I have your undivided attention, lets keep talking about strippers (ahem, I mean Exotic Performers.) …

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29
Sep 13

"Tips for a New Cartilage Piercing"

Last week, yours’ truly got his upper cartilage pierced to match the other side. I was feeling unbalanced for much too long but wouldn’t take the left side out because I got it pierced the weekend my daughter was born …

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22
Sep 13

"Is My Piercing Infected?"

Here is a question that I get several times a day so I thought I should take a little time to talk about it. Chances are, your piercing isn’t infected but it is always good to ask a piercing professional …

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16
Sep 13

"How Much Does It Hurt?"

As you probably know, the pain from getting pierced is actually very little. In most cases, it feels like a little pinch similar to getting a shot from the doctors. It’s the psychological aspects that scares us the most, but …

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08
Sep 13

"What’s Proper Etiquette When Dealing With a Piercer"

Here’s a question that I get a lot so I decided to talk a little about it. I’ve thought about before but how do you tell someone to act a certain way without sounding too pretentious? I’m not sure either …

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25
Aug 13

"What’s Too Old to Get Pierced?"

This is the question that I get asked almost every day, sometimes several times a day, to which my answer is always the same, you’re never too old to look beautiful. It is my firm belief that it not the …

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18
Aug 13

"Body Piercing in the Mainstream"

One doesn’t have to possess a keen sense of awareness in order to notice the increasing popularity of body piercing. The other night at the grocery store I received a big smile from the check out clerk who had a …

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11
Aug 13

"Piercing Gun"

Don’t Pierce Your Nose with a Piercing Gun Why do people do this? We fix these problems all the time. Someone goes to the flea market, gets their nose pierced and then so many problems occurs. I feel really bad …

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28
Jul 13

"Tax Free Weekend"

Here is your chance to stick it to the Man and get a killer piercing by Master Pierce! As you may know, this coming weekend is Florida’s Tax Free Weekend. This yearly weekend encourages us to spend money and get …

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22
Jul 13

"Body Piercing Scars"

We all have scars from piercings we once loved. Little reminders of various cherished phases of our lives that holds deep meaning for us. When we look at these marks, a flooding of memories comes rushing back as if it …

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14
Jul 13

"Tongue Piercing: Avoiding the Risks"

If you want to have your tongue pierced, we strongly encourage you to follow a few precautionary guidelines to protect your oral and overall health: Choose a reputable piercing studio. Ask about sterilization procedures, and make sure you’re comfortable with …

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07
Jul 13

"How to Get Your Parents to Say YES!"

This week on Pierce Life, we are talking to just to the underage readers about getting your parents to say yes to your next piercing. (Quick disclaimer, Master Pierce does not suggest or recommend any extreme mods, nipples or genitals …

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01
Jul 13

"Happy Fourth of July!"

Our country’s birthday is this week. It is one of my favorite holidays. Friends and family gather together for good times and fireworks and who doesn’t love fireworks. Holidays like this one are good and bad for piercings but with …

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15
Jun 13

"Why did you pierce that?"

“Why did you get your neck pierced!?!?”, I heard today while in line at the corner gas station by a very direct lady. If you have piercings, you know what I’m talking about. Normally, I just say the regular line, …

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07
Jun 13

"Happy Fathers Day"

  Since today is Father’s Day, I decided to take a minute to talk to just the dads out there. First, thank you for all that you do for your children. As a father myself, I know how hard it …

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30
May 13

"smoking with a new oral piercing"

So here’s the straight truth about smoking with a new oral piercing. Don’t worry, this isn’t a bash on smokers article. I’m only going to explain what smoking does to piercings on a biological level. Here we go… Smoking delays …

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23
May 13

"Why Go to a Piercer?"

There are a host of reason. The best thing you can do for yourself if you are considering getting a piercing, is to visit a professional studio. Your decision on where to go and who to have perform your piercing …

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15
May 13

"How Microdermals/Surface Anchors Are Done."

So this week, we are talking about microdermals, or as some say, surface anchors and how they are done. First a little history. The very first version of a microdermal was performed by Ben of House of Colors in Colorado …

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07
May 13

"Vacations and Piercings"

Summer is here! This is the time for fun vacations and road trips. There are some important things to keep in mind when traveling with piercings. First, Don’t forget your H2Ocean and Q-Tips!! These are commonly overlooked items. If you’re …

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28
Apr 13

"Is My Piercing Infected?"

This has to be one of the most asked questions I get. Normally, the piercing is just irritated but there have seen some real nasty ones. If you ever want to quit eating for the day, Google “Infected Piercings” and …

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21
Apr 13

"Piercing Kids"

I’m a 40 year old piercer. I have 2 children, 18 and 20. I would hate to have to grow up in the world we live in now. So many temptations to do the wrong things, but I’m here to …

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14
Apr 13

"How Do I Become A Piercer?"

This long asked question can be answered in one word – Apprenticeship. That’s how most piercers became piercers. Getting one is easier said than done though. Most shops don’t have enough room or time to train someone new. Most piercers …

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07
Apr 13

"Body Piercings in the Workplace"

You will never get a job with that piercing! That use to be the case years ago but more and more businesses are allowing it these days. When I started piercing 20 years ago, it was so uncommon to hear …

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31
Mar 13

"Shannon Larratt, RIP."

On March 15th, the world of body modification lost one of its brightest lights. Shannon Larratt was the creator and publisher of BMEzine, the first and oldest online community and news source for the modified population. He will always be …

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24
Mar 13

"How to Pierce Yourself"

Do you want to pierce yourself? Don’t! Here’s a simple reason that is so true that its the perfect reason not to do it. If you know enough about piercing to do your piercing then you know enough not to …

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17
Mar 13

"Mom, Dad, Can I Get Pierced?"

Have you ever needed your parents permission to get pierced?  For me it happened when I was fourteen. I had been trying to convince my mother for two years to let me get my cartilage pierced and she was finally …

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10
Mar 13

"How Much Does a Piercing Cost"

Have you ever wondered why piercing prices differ from shop to shop? Shouldn’t the same piercing cost the same no matter where you go? The answers can make the difference between a successful piercing and a failure that leaves a …

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03
Mar 13

"Complete Yourself"

“Body Piercing is NOT an addition to one’s body, but more of a completion of what was missing when we were born” There are many reasons to get pierced. For many, there are even more reasons not to get pierced …

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19
Feb 13

"Oral Dangers"

This week we are talking to all of those that have or want oral piercings. There are some things you should or shouldn’t do if you want a healthy, happy piercing that’s located in or around your mouth. First, Aftercare. …

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12
Feb 13

"Know What You’re Talking About…"

This week has been an interesting one at the shop. So I would like to share some of the questions we got. We love every customer, but sometimes the terminology is incorrect. So below I have listed a few of …

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05
Feb 13

"Choose Your Weapon – Nose Jewelry"

here are many different kinds of nose jewelry on the market but most will break down into 4 different basic categories – Nose Labret, Nostril Screw, Nose Bones and the L Shaped U Bends. The first two types can be …

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27
Jan 13

"The Seductive Nipple Piercing"

No other piercing gives off as much fascination as the nipple piercing. No matter who you are, everyone has strong feelings for or against this piercing I have found. In my opinion, there isn’t a sexier piercing for both men …

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20
Jan 13

"Navel Piercing"

The Navel (belly button) piercing is probably the most iconic body piercing. Everyone knows what it is and more people have it or has had it than any other piercing besides the ear. There are as many rumors of where …

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09
Jan 13

"What are these bumps?"

  Do you have little red bumps around your piercing? Have they been there a while and won’t go away? Are you frustrated because no one can tell you how to get rid of them? Well, you’re in luck because …

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02
Jan 13

"You get what you pay for …"

.. And we are the most expensive around. ; ) But seriously, Master Pierce is proud to only pierce with high quality, internally threaded, implant grade steel and titanium. This type of jewelry is more expensive which makes our piercing …

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26
Dec 12

"Nape piercing"

The Nape, is the surface piercing on the back of the neck that looks like two microdermals. It uses special jewelry made out of Tygon or Titanium. This piercing must be done properly or there is a high risk of …

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19
Dec 12

"What’s That Ear Piercing Called? Part 3 – The Daith"

This is probably my all time favorite piercing to do and see. For me, it’s perfect in so many ways. It looks natural in the ear. It heals better than any other ear piercing when performed correctly with the right …

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14
Dec 12

"What’s That Ear Piercing Called? Part 2 – The Rook"

Welcome back to the second installment of inner ear piercings. This week we are talking about the Rook piercing. It gets its name from its inventor, . He says its a shorten version of his first name. It didn’t make …

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08
Dec 12

"What’s That Ear Piercing Called? Part 1 – The Tragus"

Here’s your chance to know the names, locations, aftercare, and some information about the three most common inner ear piercings – the Tragus, the Rook and the Daith. Since there is too much information for just one Blog entry, we …

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30
Nov 12

"Septum Piercing"

Few piercings make a bigger impression than the septum piercing. Big or small, mild to wild, the septum helps you stand out in a crowd. When properly done, I love how this piercing looks on males and females. There are …

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25
Nov 12

"Nose Piercing"

The history of the nose piercing dates back 4000-6000 years. In Book of Genesis, “Rebekah receives a gold nose ring and two bracelets from the servant sent by Abraham” (Genesis 24). India is often associated with the nostril piercing but …

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20
Nov 12

"“Gauging”"

The Urban Dictionary defines Gauging as: A slang word for stretching of a body pierc- ing. The correct term is stretching. Ear stretching has been practiced by various tribes from many countries in Africa, Eurasia and America for thousands of …

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13
Nov 12

"Darwin be proud"

For 5000 years, people have been piercing themselves in all sorts of places for all sorts of reasons. For 20 years, people have told me that body piercing is just a fad and that it won’t last. I say, tell …

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26
Oct 12

"Never use for piercing"

Remember to avoid using Bactin and Neosporin. They can clog up the holes; thus, stopping the drainage for fluid. A good tip is to never put anything on your piercing that you wouldn’t put in your open eye.

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23
Oct 12

"Pain"

The most common reason people don’t decide to get the piercings they want; Pain. The most common question I get asked about my piercings is “did it hurt?” Personally I don’t know WHY it matters? People don’t seem to understand …

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21
Oct 12

"Pesky Bubbles"

There is at least 50 ways to try to get rid of these pesky bubbles that show up on piercings. One way that people can respond to is actually making a paste with crushed up asprin and lemon juice. Try …

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19
Oct 12

"Want to change your jewelry?"

Remember to always wait a considerable amount of time before changing your jewelry. Call a tattoo and shop to find out how long. I’d suggest waiting even longer than that especially if you’re a rough healer. This excludes tongues and …

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16
Oct 12

"The Triple Forward Helix"

The triple forward helix seems to be the latest trend when it comes to piercings. Especially up north. Beware however, you won’t get this picture as an immediate result. At first you’ll get plain silver eyebrow rings. The healing process …

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14
Oct 12

"Smoking and piercings"

This week’s tip is something some people don’t think about till it’s too late. Tobacco intake can be hazardous during the healing process of any piercing, but above all else oral piercings. if you decide to get an oral piercing …

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12
Oct 12

"Circulation is key"

A method of promoting healing is circulation. This is probably the most effective method, if there is circulation the area there is healing. Massaging the piercing with an oil is really helpful this is really ideal for things like stretched …

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09
Oct 12

"How big is too big to stretch your earlobes?"

The main concern with stretching is how big is acceptable and how big can I go and still have them back to normal. If you don’t have a job yet I wouldn’t recommend going over 10g and try to use …

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07
Oct 12

"Waiting periods for stretching"

Remember to wait in between each stretch here’s a general guideline on how long to wait. 16g to 14g – 1 month 14g to 12g – 1 month 12g to 10g – 1.5 months 10g to 8g – 2 months …

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05
Oct 12

"Tongue ring dangers"

I’m going to write this week’s blog about tongue rings and oral health. There is several precautions you can take in order to not crack your teeth with tongue rings. I’m living proof it’s possible, I’m proud to say I …

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02
Oct 12

"Surface bars vs. Microdermals."

Pros of Surface bars: 1.Surface piercings are a lot more cost effective especially since they appear to be at 2 points per bar 2. Surface piercings are easier to put in and take out 3. You don’t have the “per…manent” …

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25
Sep 12

"Wooden jewelry care"

Organic plugs are definitely something unique and handmade. They also don’t smell unlike steel plugs. The only downside to them is that you cannot get them wet. And to maintain them you just have to rub a oil on them …

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21
Sep 12

"For the minors out there"

Parents stopping you from getting a piercing? I know how frustrating this must be, but maybe this article will help. Some people think that they’ll be able to hide it from their parents and do it them self or have …

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14
Sep 12

"The cheese cutter effect"

It seems people are afraid to stretch their ears because it may not go back to normal, but stretching isn’t the only way you can do this. This directed mostly at females. Girls that wear heavy jewelry or even moderately …

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07
Sep 12

"Is there such thing as a great cheap piercing?"

Looking for a cheap place to get a piercing where they won’t make you pay for aftercare? Then just stop while you’re ahead. I understand times are rough and everyone wants to get the best deal they can on things …

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31
Aug 12

"Learn your metals!"

There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about metals when people come to the kiosk. People seem to think if they have an allergic reaction to earrings that they need 14k gold. This is simply not the case. Or …

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24
Aug 12

"Piercings before you get pierced"

Whenever I’m unsure how piercings will look on me, I buy circle sparkle stickers and put them where i want them so I can better idea of how it will look on me. We actually sell fake microdermals, nose rings, …

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17
Aug 12

"Forever means forever"

It’s important to remember while getting all your mods the permanence of them. Especially tattoos and stretching your earlobes. If you don’t have a career in place remember that a lot of people in the work environment still discriminate against …

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10
Aug 12

"Microdermal Removal"

Today’s blog will be about microdermal removal. Yesterday one of my three microdermals on my forearm rejected halfway out of my skin. I pulled it out pretty easily on my own. As for the other two they were really healthy …

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03
Aug 12

"Band-Aids to the rescue"

Microdermals always rise a little while you have them. To keep them flat put a little band aid every once and a while overnight. It’s also a good idea to wear it the first week you have your microdermals.

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27
Jul 12

"Anti-bacterial soap"

Piercing after care should include using h2ocean or saline solution and then a use of soap in the shower. Anti-bacterial is the common hand soap, but trying using Anti-microbial soap instead. It gets a lot less dry and is a …

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20
Jul 12

"***PLEASE READ THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT***"

This is probably the most important blog I will ever write. It has come to my attention that a lot of people don’t realize how under regulated the piercing industry is. You want a license to pierce? You pay 75 …

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13
Jul 12

"Make sure you can sleep!"

.If you want to get both of your upper ears piercing you might consider doing one ear at a time, so it’s easier to sleep. Or if you’re getting multiple piercings in one area you might want to make healing …

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06
Jul 12

"Emu Oil"

If you’re having a hard time healing a troublesome piercing. Buy some emu oil, apply it twice a day and you’ll be amazed how much it helps the healing process.

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29
Jun 12

"Weights vs. Tapers for stretching"

This is one of those issues where it really depends on the person. Weights can be a good alternative to tapers because it’s done over time rather than all at once. So if you always have a hard time when …

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22
Jun 12

"Circling the Drain"

Remember when you shower is a good time to check if your threaded ends are on tight, just make sure to cover the drain with your foot first :). Or if you’re changing jewelry in front of the sink just …

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15
Jun 12

"Who does your hair?"

For today’s Blog I’d like to compare piercing to something people are more familiar to, hair. Would you cut your own hair? You’ve probably tried, but messed it up horribly and then had to go to a professional. Would you …

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01
Jun 12

"Waves are healing"

Did you know? Pools, water parks, lakes, and other small bodies of water can be harmful to piercings and cause infection in early stages of the healing process. The ocean, however, is actually beneficial to healing.

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15
May 12

"The T-Shirt"

For the first 4 days when you have a new ear or facial piercing you can use the “t-shirt trick.” Wash your pillow cases and on day one sleep on one side of the pillow. Day 2 sleep on the …

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01
May 12

"Threaded Ends"

Remember most threaded ends will fit onto any barbell of the same gauge. So you can mix up your jewelry’s colors or replace missing pieces if you have extra of the same gauge around.

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15
Apr 12

"H2Ocean"

Okay kids, today’s blog will be about cleaning methods. I’ve tried a pretty much everything. And of course EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, so if your current method isn’t working maybe switching to one of these will help you. 1. First let …

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01
Apr 12

"Don’t lose your balls"

Before you brush your teeth or before you go in the shower, make it a habit to tighten the balls of your jewelry. It’s really the only way to keep those pesky threads from coming loose :).

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25
Mar 12

"Oh no bumps head!"

Have those pesky little bubbles on your cartilage piercings? They’re called hypertrophic scars (not to be confused with keloids) and they’re pretty common on cartilage piercings. Don’t fret they DO go away. Take hot water on a q-tip and spray …

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