Asked by Anonymous
Generally, a surface piercing (bar) is going to be much more stable long term than surface anchors, assuming you’re dealing with a professional, reputable, experienced piercer. Personally (and I think most of my peers would agree), I’d use a flat bar for this type of placement. Depending on how you sleep, it probably won’t be an issue once the piercing is healed, but if becomes an issue, be prepared to adjust your sleeping position to keep it happy. Thank you so much for your question and your kind words!
Asked by suicidalwondermind
"Surgical" steel is not something you want to wear in your body. Surgical steel is the grade of metal used to make surgical tools, it basically just means that it won’t rust. Surgical steel would be things like scissors, clamps, forks. We’re not talking high quality when we say surgical steel, but it sounds fancy to some people so they think it’s good for them. You might also see surgical steel marketed as “316L steel”, again trying to make it seem fancy, but it’s still low quality. That is the common grade of material you’ll find in the cheaper mall stores or in uneducated piercing shops.
What you want for body jewelry is implant certified steel, that’s the stuff that’s meant to be under your skin. That will be ASTM certified F-138 steel.
Surgical steel will have a significant nickel content, which is a toxic material and many people are allergic or sensitive to it. Poorly polished jewelry (cheap stuff) will expose your skin to more of the junk material in the jewelry like nickel or what ever else they mix in to keep the cost low.
So yes, beware $2 jewelry. Probably a good idea to be highly suspicious of $10 jewelry too. If we’re talking just a post or just a ball for $10 then you might be ok, but I can’t imagine anyone being able to sell a well made complete barbell for $10 unless it’s on sale or clearance. If you’re getting an implant certified, hand polished, internally threaded piece of body jewelry I’ll say the price will start more in the $20-$25 range.
It’s dangerous to go alone, take this.
Upper lip piercing downsized with a light brown textured disk from @neometaljewelry giving the appearance of a beauty spot to conceal this piercing at work. In the shop from 12-8pm today. Let’s make your piercing and jewelry dreams come true!
Looks great! I love use ing these ends from Neo metal.
Seriously now people- STOP WITH CLUTCH-BACK EARRINGS. I don’t give a shit what they are made from or who made them- clutch backs are no bueno. A client got lobe piercings with Neometal, then after they healed, crammed butterfly backs on “regular” earrings that then fully embedded in his ears. This could have been avoided.
These are just a few warning labels corporations like hot topic have attached to the body jewelry products listed on their website. People still buy this stuff and some people initially pierce with the same quality. Research your piercer, ask questions, be conscious of what you wear in your body.
There are plenty of established piercing studios with knowledgable piercers that can help you pick out a piece that’s perfect for you. They can fit it and install it for you, but most of all you can leave with the assurance that you’re wearing a piece of jewelry that is completely safe to wear for the rest of your life and a piece that will always look as great as the day you got it.
Asked by Anonymous
I personally said DAY-TH. I’ve heard it pronounced DOTH and DIE-TH also.
…Just so you know I just now spent twenty minutes trying to track down the etymology of the word “daith”. What I can tell you is that daith is a piercing name only. Unlike the conch, tragus, and helix the “daith” is not an anatomical name.
Apparently the anatomical name for that ridge is the Crus (or “leg”) of the helix. So the helix wraps around the outer ear, curves down and forward into the forward helix, and ends at the crus of the helix which connects into the conch. This is where you find a daith piercing.
And I, apparently, have too much time on my hands.
So …anyway. I say DAY-TH.
The story is that it was named by the first person to get one (the first one was done by Erik Dakota I believe). It was supposed to be the hebrew word for knowledge (which is Da’at). So not sure if the client got it wrong, or if it’s just a story that spread and morphed in the days before the internet.
Crazy story. Shortly after moving to Santa Cruz, CA to work at Anatometal, I was at a gathering at a friend of a friend’s house. He was a cool dude. Had several nice motorcycles, loved to cook out on his grill, and had a garage full of classic arcade games. Most people there weren’t tied to the piercing industry, so I kind of stuck out like a sore thumb. I went out back to smoke a cigarette and fell into conversation with this lanky guy who had a long, dirty blonde pony tail tucked in the back of his shirt. He was a machinist, and we talked about that a good deal. Then we fell into a conversation about guns (a shared passion), and I’m thinking-“damn, this a cool guy.” He asked my name, and what I did for a living, and when I told him I was a body piercer, he said he used to be one too. ”Here we go”, I thought. I had to walk away. I didn’t want another one of those conversations. I asked his name, so I could thank him and break away, and he said, “Erik. Erik Dakota.”
"Wait, like… the Erik Dakota?”
He laughed. ”Yeah, I guess.”
This changed everything. My first question? ”Alright man, I want to you to settle this once and for all. Is it ‘dayth’ or ‘doth’?”
"It’s definitely ‘doth’."
We talked for a few hours after that. It was weird that this dude could have been anybody, and he just so happened to be someone who helped shape my industry and is singlehandedly credited with created one of my favorite piercings to do, and some of the techniques I use every single day.
There you go people, straight from the originators mouth, it’s pronounced “Doth”
Beautiful solid 14k tri-tone Desiree clicker from @bvla ordered for a septum I did a while back. The braid of yellow, white, and rose gold looks so great! All this and more can be yours too! Stop by the shop today and let us find you the perfect piece for you. Pic of this awesome piece being worn coming right up.