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post #381 of 703
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Originally Posted by hram View Post
ok now i dont know what lenght to get :
they had steel and titanium, which is better? Can you tell i really dont know what im doing?
No prob, it's a lot to figure out.
As far as to either steel or titanium it's really a matter of preference. With titanium, you have a choice of colors, though the colors might fade after time/use. Steel is slightly heavier too. If you super sensitive skin, I've heard there's less of a chance for a reaction/infection with high grade steel.
I'd give your piercer a call and ask what length you should go down to now that the swelling is over. I would probably still ask just to be on the safe side, but 5/8 is pretty standard.
post #382 of 703
Could have sworn I migrated to the "new" thread but apparently did not. Weird. Here now 20 pages in.
post #383 of 703
Welcome Indigo!!!
post #384 of 703
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Originally Posted by hram View Post
I got a monroe piercing a few months ago and when I went back to get a shorter ring they guy said he doesnt keep or sell jewelry, only what he pierces with. So I have been walking around with a very long stud in my lip for seven months and I want to get a shorter one. Where is a good place to look? We jsut moved to a new state and I dont have a shop I can trust yet. Another problem is i dont know what guage it is. Does anyone know if there is a standard that they pierce with? Thanks very much.
I would say standard is 16-14G for a Marilyn. Personally I would look into going to a shop and seeing what they say, something like asking your guage and what length you need might be a good way to check out a few shops before letting them get their hands on you so to say

As for Titanium vs Stainless Surgical Steel, it tends to be preference, if you have done well with Stainless then feel free to use both otherwise switch to Titanium it has less chance of reaction the other metals. If you go with a colored titanium though make sure it is not a cheap paint coated piece, when they change the color with heat or chemicals when it fades it does not create the issues a painted piece can in a piercing.

I have not bought and body jewelry for a while, but I tend to prefer to see the piece in person but that is just me. So I don't have a lot of suggestions besides trying local shops. Good luck to you!

Can I add I want ink soooooooooooooo bad!!!! I think its because I can't and I am mid project that I am so antsy. I think I will have to get a lot of henna this pregnancy and live vicariously through DH's next piece until it will be my turn again
post #385 of 703
Hey ladies! I just wanted to pop in and subscribe and say hello!

Hubby currently has a full left arm sleeve (beautiful work!) and random other pieces and I've only got one tattoo but now that I'm done with the kid thing and my body can get back to 'normal' I'm excited to get more. DH wants me to get something tattoed on the stretch marks on my belly LOL. We'll see.

He has his navel, labret and ears all pierced and stretched. I have 2 in each ear, one stretched to 8 working on going bigger.. and used to have my navel and nipples pierced but took them out for pregnancy. boo... Maybe someday I'll get a mommy makeover and put those back in.

Interested to hear your views on things here!
post #386 of 703
Just thought I'd say, "Hi!" I don't have any tattoos...despite adoring them, I've never found what I wanted.

I had my nipple pierced for a few years, but got it snagged and it never healed right from that, so I eventually removed it. When I'm sure I'm done nursing forever, I think I'll have it done again. I really loved it. I had what I now realize is bad aftercare advice from the shop that did that piercing and had no guidance on how to handle the injury, so I do hope that next time will go better.

Friday night, I got my left nostril done. Cleaning it is a bear, but I really love it. I didn't realize about not doing any work with young nurslings, so I hope it heals appropriately. I'm doing a wash with a triclosan soap right now, but want to find that Provon or Satin. Any advice on where they're sold? Everywhere is a LONG drive for me, so I'd like to figure out where to get it ahead of time. I'm also doing a salt water soak. On the outside with a cotton ball taped on for about 15 minutes while I read bedtime stories, and on the inside with a qtip to clean then flushed with a non-needle syringe about 6 rinses or so. Does that sound about right to you mamas?
post #387 of 703
Really, the sea salt soak should be enough. You don't really need to be cleaning it with soap (esp. not any type of antibacterial soap) and esp. with nose piercings, you're better off touching it, moving it, etc as little as possible. The qtip is fine to gently remove any crusties.
Also, wait as long as possible before switching jewelry (I know you didn't ask, but I thought I'd mention it) to avoid the dreaded bump.

And congrats on your new piercing! I have both nostrils pierced and love them.


Also, if you're looking for anything piercing related, check out www.bodyartforms.com They're just about the only place I order my jewelry, etc from.
post #388 of 703
I spent quite a while last night looking at that site, Maeve. From there, I found that Anatometal does custom work. I'm going to see if they can make an airplane stud for me for later. (And, yes, I can be very patient about changing it. The intro stud is pretty enough, though it's silver which doesn't complement my skin very well. Well, it's surgical stainless, I mean..."silver" colored.)

The piercer is the one that said to use the antibacterial soap. Is it okay to skip that? I definitely don't want to mess with it too much, but don't want to do too little, either. I just don't know what is too little...or too much. For example, I get gooey, not dry boogers wrapped around the screw. It takes about 6 cotton swabs to get that off, plus about 3 more to wipe the stud up near the tissue. Is that way too much? I change them after one to two swipes, depending on what is on them. Cleaning the outside of the piercing is totally easy and self-explanatory. It's how to handle the inside that has me perplexed. I don't touch the site at all, except during cleaning, but find I touch and ever so slightly move the screw end occasionally throughout the day, because it spins down and practically hangs out of my tiny nose. It's obviously on the big size for my small features. (See the "Mama" part of my sig pics for a photo). It tickles a little...and if I rub the bottom edge of my nostril, I end up touching the screw lightly. Will this kind of action cause any problems with various "bumps?"

Do you think my previous description of how I'm getting the salt water applied sounds about right? I'm concerned that it's not sufficient, but don't really know what would work better. (very open to suggestions here.) LOL

Any photos of your piercings, Maeve? Maybe I just missed them elsewhere in the thread. I'd love to see!
post #389 of 703
Hi all!! Lots o'tat talk, not as much piercing, LOL. I currently have my navel and tragus pierced and am considering a hood piercing. Can any of you that have had it share your experience with the procedure, the healing, jewelry sizes and or other comments? Thank you!!
post #390 of 703
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Originally Posted by mshollyk View Post
Hi all!! Lots o'tat talk, not as much piercing, LOL. I currently have my navel and tragus pierced and am considering a hood piercing. Can any of you that have had it share your experience with the procedure, the healing, jewelry sizes and or other comments? Thank you!!
Hi there - I have my hood pierced and it's honestly not as painful as it seems. It hurt for like 3 seconds when pierced and it healed super quickly...maybe 2 weeks tops and it was back to normal. My piercer did advise me not to have sex, touch it/bump it, and to clean it daily during the healing process. I was pierced at 12g. As for the effects, well, it's been great!
post #391 of 703
Yeah, I've read that it's not bad and I've checked the area to see if I can handle pain there and it doesn't seem very, uh, sensitive...I figure I've had two kids and a ripped off toenail (worst.pain.EVER), so I *think* I can handle it, LOL. I guess what I'm worried about is if the jewelry is obtrusive with clothes or other ways (no chance of intimacy in the near future). And I'm slightly weirded out about having two complete strangers seeing me that way, was that awkward? I will be going alone, btw.
post #392 of 703
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Originally Posted by mshollyk View Post
Yeah, I've read that it's not bad and I've checked the area to see if I can handle pain there and it doesn't seem very, uh, sensitive...I figure I've had two kids and a ripped off toenail (worst.pain.EVER), so I *think* I can handle it, LOL. I guess what I'm worried about is if the jewelry is obtrusive with clothes or other ways (no chance of intimacy in the near future). And I'm slightly weirded out about having two complete strangers seeing me that way, was that awkward? I will be going alone, btw.
Ouch to the ripped out toenail! Yeah, I did feel a bit awkward about exposing myself, but it helped that my piercer was very professional about it all and went out of their way to make me comfy about it. I got the overall feeling of 'been there, done that' from them which helped. The jewelry is totally unobtrusive - I have a CBR that rests snugly and doesn't get 'caught' on anything. It doesn't get in the way of anything. HTH!
post #393 of 703
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Originally Posted by mshollyk View Post
Hi all!! Lots o'tat talk, not as much piercing, LOL. I currently have my navel and tragus pierced and am considering a hood piercing. Can any of you that have had it share your experience with the procedure, the healing, jewelry sizes and or other comments? Thank you!!
I had one for about a year, but I sadly ended up taking it out. I wanted to love it, it sure looked great! But in the end it was in the way sometimes, and just didn't "do" what it was supposed to I guess. That skin is so very thing it's really just such a skinny piece of tissue holding that post in so you can't have a skinny one. I about freaked when she showed me the size she uses but assured me it was best. I definately believe she was right and any thinner would tear. As far as pain, it's most of the anticipation leading up to, and the shortest most intense feeling I've ever had.
post #394 of 703
Thanks for sharing!!!

About the cbr, I would have thought that'd be pretty obtrusive, so that's interesting. And I have seen pics of pretty small jewlery on, as it were, so I'll check that out.
post #395 of 703
I personally just prefer the cbr because there's no 'edges' to get caught (like in a barbell). If you decide to get it done, you can play around with different jewelry to see what works for you. GL!
post #396 of 703
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Originally Posted by mshollyk View Post
Hi all!! Lots o'tat talk, not as much piercing, LOL. I currently have my navel and tragus pierced and am considering a hood piercing. Can any of you that have had it share your experience with the procedure, the healing, jewelry sizes and or other comments? Thank you!!

Funny, I was just reading the last few pages thinking lots of piercing talk, not so much tat

DH has ten Tat's and Nipples pierced, I have two tat's and navel, ears, nose pierced.

We wanted to go somewhere for Spring break (I'm a teacher and our ex's have the kids from Sat-Wed of Easter Week, so we have the free time) but could not find anything in our budget that jumped at us, so we are getting new tat's instead Currently I have a Runes on my left lower abdomen (symbolic of dh) I am getting a lotus done around it, w/ the runes in the center of the lotus, and sort of a water cascade going from my mid life side to about the center of my public bone. I have a pic on my home computer of pretty much what I want.

Currently dh has an eagle on his left chest (his first tat) and Heartsong (his nickname for me) curving up under his left pect muscle (it follows the curve of my hand right where I hear his heart beat ) He is going to get Julianne (my real name) done in the same way on the right, and then something else on his right pect. but we are not sure what.

I am so excited, I have been wanting new ones for about 6 months now
post #397 of 703
Had to postpone my tattoo appointment which was on Saturday.

Having car issues again and can't put the cash down on ink if I have to scrape together a down payment. I am just putting it off for a month though. Have a rough draft just need to pick colors. We are already talking about my next one too.
post #398 of 703
Hi! I want to join in.

I've got 3 tats so far...a peacock feather on my lower stomach (color), 10 black 5-point stars on my back in the shape of the Libra constellation (I'm a Libra of course), and my very first, which is a tiny music note on my ankle.

I've had bellybutton, nose, and nipples pierced, but they're sadly all out now. I miss the nose the most; I'll probably get it redone soon. I just took my nip piercings out in anticipation of breastfeeding in the next year. I wanted to be sure they were healed up. I don't miss those too much because it seemed like I could never quite keep them clean and un-crusty. (Ew, I know.)

I've wanted to get an industrial in each ear for the longest time--do any of you have one? How long did it take to heal?

I've healed all my other piercings really fast, but the upper cartilage of my ear scares me for some reason. I'm also a little nervous about doing them at the same time, but I really want symmetry.
post #399 of 703
I don't have one, but since the usual advice is not to sleep on a healing piercing, I would probably stagger them...or at least ask the piercer's advice.

Sounds pretty cool, I love the look of them!
post #400 of 703
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I've wanted to get an industrial in each ear for the longest time--do any of you have one? How long did it take to heal?
I have had mine done for years now and love it. BUT as much as I would like to lie to you it hurt and took forever to heal. Upper ear is a pita to heal, it just is. I had mine done with a bar but on advice from the piercer I switched to two hoops and it seemed to help so much.

Personally even as a fellow Libra I think one side at a time is a better bet since there are lots of things like talking on the phone and sleeping that could be very tough if you can't use either ear.
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