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NEOMETAL IS HERE!!!

NeoMetal

Stop in to my studio located at 4818 Lee Highway in Arlington, Virginia and check out the new selection of beautiful jewelry from NeoMetal. Gorgeous opals and crystals in implant grade titanium for nostril, cartilage and lip piercings!

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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ANATOMETAL, NEOMETAL AND INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH JEWELRY

 

I have ordered from Anatometal, NeoMetal and Industrial Strength and the orders will be arriving to my piercing and jewelry studio in Arlington, Virginia in the next couple of weeks! The order includes navel curves, threaded and threadless ends for ears, noses and lips as well as septum clickers. All of this jewelry is made of high quality, internally threaded, implant grade materials that are manufactured in the U.S.A. and hand polished to a mirror finish. All of these companies warranty their jewelry against manufacturers defects for life!

Be sure to like my FB page here…http://www.facebook.com/craigpokesu to keep updated on what is in stock and, of course, you can always contact me here…http://craigpokesu.com/contact/ to custom order anything that you want that is not currently in my inventory.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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PIERCING “BUMPS”

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The cause of piercing “bumps”could be due to a number of sources of irritation or infection that can result in overgrowth of scar tissue when the healing process is disrupted. There may be a single, simple solution though it commonly may take a combination of protective measures to help this turn out well.

Often a piercing done at an angle to the tissue other than perpendicular, or with a slightly irritating shape or material like steel or an alloy of gold (usually including copper, silver and trace metals) can cause irritation and prevent complete healing. You can  stop by and have me switch it to a sterilized piece of anodized titanium jewelry made of certified implant material for better success.

Other notable co-factors the irritation could be related to:

  • cleaning products you use; chemical or particulate irritation
  • the shape and size of the jewelry; a piece out of proportion to your body
  • mechanical friction/motion of the jewelry; moving it around too much
  • sleeping on the piercing; putting pressure on the jewelry
  • tap water/moisture not dried off completely; fluid causing ulceration of the wound bed

>> The shape, friction, and your sleeping habits could be the big issues. For these reasons I avoid overly loose fitted or ring shaped jewelry for healing most piercings.

Stop by for a free consultation if you are in near my studio located at 4818 Lee Highway in Arlington, Virginia. I can provide you with an appropriate, attractive piece of implant grade jewelry.

In the meantime, try to follow simple sensible care described on my aftercare pages here:

http://craigpokesu.com/aftercare/aftercare-for-body-piercings/ …and here… http://craigpokesu.com/aftercare/aftercare-for-oral-piercings/

What seems to help the most and harm the least is gentle care as mentioned above and to apply a dry hot compress such as a heat pad set to medium or a hot washcloth in a Ziploc bag for a period of ten to fifteen minutes as frequently as once an hour up to bedtime, to increase circulation and build immune response. Make sure to put something absorbent such as sterile gauze in between you and the compress for a clean barrier.

It may disappear as quickly as overnight if the irritation is dealt with, or it could take a few days.

See your physician or dermatologist if symptoms get worse or do not clear up in the following few days after taking all the measures listed above. This could be an infection from streptococcus pyogenes or other germs.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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RICK’S TATTOO IN ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA PIERCING HOURS

I will be piercing at Rick’s Tattoo in Arlington, Virginia seven days a week for the next couple of weeks until roughly the third week of August. After that, I plan to take off on either Tuesday or Wednesday and possibly every other Sunday. I will keep everyone updated via the blog and you can always check my hours and schedule with me here…

http://craigpokesu.com/calendar/

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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ARLINGTON PIERCING

Philtrum Piercing With Opal Gem

Philtrum Piercing With Opal Gem

In just 5 days, on August 1st, I will be moving to Arlington, Va. to pierce at Rick’s Tattoo located at 4818 Lee Highway! I couldn’t be more excited! I will be putting in new jewelry orders after I arrive and figure out the display situation. I’m very much looking forward to meeting everyone and creating some beautiful piercings with awesome, quality jewelry!

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA IS THE NEW HOME OF CRAIGPOKESU!

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Beginning August 1, 2013 the new home for my piercing and body jewelry studio will be Rick’s Tattoo located at 4818 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22207. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work at the oldest and certainly the coolest shop in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area!

I plan to make this the home of CraigPokesU for the foreseeable future and look forward to meeting all of those of you that live in the area and having my old friends stop by as well!

http://www.rickstattoostudio.com/

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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COST VS. QUALITY-HOW MUCH IS YOUR HEALTH WORTH?

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I would like to inform everyone reading this blog that getting pierced is NOT the time to bargain shop. The questions that should be asked are whether or not I am licensed…do I use sterile and single use tools and needles…where can I see your reviews…do I use quality jewelry made of appropriate materials…what are my sterilization procedures.

If the answer is no BUT I charge $10 or $20 less than the person who is sterile and licensed and professional, would you come see me anyway? I would certainly hope not. I implore you NOT to use price to determine where you are going to go to get your next piercing. I have seen people come in from other shops in the area with jewelry(supposedly implant grade stainless steel or titanium) that has turned BLACK in their mouths and navels. They have come in with crooked and improperly placed piercings. All to save a few dollars.

Sterilization equipment, quality needles, quality jewelry, continuing education, seminars and maintenance of state licensing all costs money. The only way to consistently offer “cut-rate” piercing pricing is to cut corners on these items.

If you can’t afford a quality, sterile, professional piercing today, please just wait one or two more weeks and save up the extra $10-$20 or whatever it will cost and get what you deserve! Your health and well-being is the most important thing you have and it is worth that!!!

Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

 

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SUMMER IS HERE AND SO IS NEW JEWELRY!

Gorgeous Wood Earrings

Gorgeous Wood Earrings

Stop in to my piercing and body jewelry studio in Arlington and see what’s new! I have lots of new body jewelry for your healed piercings as well as lots of new bling to install in a new piercing.

I also have a variety of glass earrings and pendants as well as sweet wood earrings for non-stretched ears!

If you don’t live close to Arlington, Virginia, I can also order custom pieces and have them shipped to you for a small shipping fee!

Feel free to contact me here http://craigpokesu.com/contact/ for details and pricing.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

 

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EAR STRETCHING GUIDE AND TIPS

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What gauge to start stretching your ears at?

A great question that you will need to know when starting to stretch your ears is what size should your first stretch be. For the majority of people, 14 gauge is a good starting point if you have only worn regular earrings.

14 gauge is a good starting point if you never wear earrings or if you have recently had them pierced and they are just healed up. If you are certain that you want to stretch to a larger size, you can also have your ears pierced at a larger gauge(such as a 10 gauge or 8 gauge). This will save you some money on jewelry from stretching all the way to that size. The healing time will be a bit longer but it is perfectly healthy as long as you follow proper aftercare guidelines.

What size can I stretch up to without permanent damage?

There are a lot of different opinions on this topic, but the majority of professionals in the body modification industry recommend never going any larger than 2 – 0 gauge if you want your ears to totally close up where you can’t see through them. Keep in mind though that everyone’s anatomy is different, but the majority of people will be able to take their plugs out at 2 -0 gauge and your lobes will look normal after a 2 – 3 months of closing up.

There are also other factors that will affect the permanency of your size. One of the biggest factors is if you have stretched too fast and skipped sizes. When you skip sizes and stretch too fast then it actually will do more ripping of your skin than actual stretching, so this can make your holes much larger and more permanent in the long run.  To optimize your chances of having normal looking lobes if you decide to take them out, then you will want to make sure not to skip sizes and wait at least a full month between each stretch.

If you have stretched to a really large size and decide that it is not for you, then there is always the option of surgery. Lobe reversal has become pretty popular these days so that is always an option to consider if you have stretched really large and want your lobes to look like the average person’s.

How long should I wait between each stretch?

Many people make the mistake of stretching too fast which can cause some long term damage to your lobes. I recommend waiting at least a full month between each stretch. A full month is generally enough to give your last stretch time to heal, and also to help your lobes loosen up a bit for the next stretch. The slower you go, the nicer your lobes will be in the long run though, so waiting even longer than a month is highly recommended. Even though the temptation is hard to resist sometimes when you are ready to stretch, it’s always best to give it some time, you will thank yourself in the long run.

Acrylic Tapers

NEVER use the acrylic tapers you can buy in the mall!!! Acrylic can not be sterilized and are not smooth. The jagged edges will cut your ears and they harbor bacteria. Go to a professional! If you come to me at my body piercing and jewelry studio in Arlington, Va,  to stretch your ears, I will only charge you for the jewelry or a nominal fee if you have your own jewelry. NOTE: I will only use jewelry that you have previously purchased somewhere else if I can determine the material and I am sure it is of the appropriate size and style for your body.

Will stretching too fast and skipping sizes damage my ears?

Stretching your ears too fast and skipping sizes is a common problem that can do some serious damage to your piercings. When you skip sizes and stretch too fast you really are doing more ripping of your skin than actual stretching. Human skin only has a certain elasticity so going too big and too fast is enough to cause ripping and tearing of your skin.  It’s highly recommended to wait at least a full month between each stretch and to never skip sizes so your ears will have minimal chances for long term problems. Also the slower you go, the thicker and healthier your ears will be in the long run (which is really important if you plan on going to a large size).

What is a blowout and how to fix it?

Blowouts are another common problem that is generally caused by stretching too fast or skipping sizes. The way this problem occurs is when the fistula (inside of your piercing) is actually forced out through the back of the piercing. A blowout is a small flap of skin that will hang over the edge of your plugs. Though it is not generally too noticeable if it occurs on the back of your ears, it can limit the type of plugs you wear and you will generally need to wear plugs with a bigger wearable area (to allow room for the blowout). If you skip sizes or go to fast on a blowout that has already occurred then it will often continue to get bigger and bigger.

The best way to help get rid of a blowout is to take your plugs out immediately after you notice it and downsize 2-3 sizes smaller so your piercing will start to heal itself.  Though it is never 100% guaranteed that it will go away, the chances are pretty good of it going back to normal if you downsize immediately after it happens. If you leave the blowout to heal up without downsizing though, then it will generally heal up for good that way and become permanent. There are many ways people have tried getting rid of healed blowouts, but the most common way is to downsize and to use oils like jojoba to help moisturize and soften up your skin. There is also the option of getting it surgically removed which is highly recommended if you have the funds to do so.

Ear funk, the causes and how to fix it?

Once your ears start to get stretched, a common problem that everyone has is the issue of “ear funk”. Ear funk is essentially the dead skin cells of the inside of your ears being trapped in the inside of your fistula (the skin inside of your piercing). Most of the dust in your own home is actually from dead skin cells that shed off of your body, ear funk is from the same thing.  When you wear plugs for several days, the dead skin cells start to build up on your jewelry and when you remove the plugs they can be super gross. The way to get rid of this issue is either to wash out your ears daily in the shower or to just wear organic plugs. Organic plugs are porous so they soak up all of that ear funk and keep your ears dry and smelling fresh.

How to insert double flare plugs

Many people have the problem of not being able to fit in their double flare plugs if they have never worn them before. A double flared plug is a plug that has flares on both ends (the flares are actually slightly larger than the actual center). Double flare plugs are totally fine to wear but they can sometimes be hard to get in (especially on sizes under 0 gauge). There are several tips on getting them in that will make it much easier. The 1st thing to help with getting them in is to use lubrication. Any water based lubricant will help to get them in and out easily.  Also you will want to insert them at an angle. If you try to force them through straight into your ears then it will be much harder for them to fit through. Inserting them at a slight angle gives them enough leverage to pop through.

On sizes under 0 gauge however, they will often require you to stretch slightly larger to be able to fit them through. The larger you stretch, the easier double flares will be able to get in, so the smaller sizes are a lot harder to get through. If you are trying to fit a set of double flares in that are under 0 gauge then it’s good to try doing a little tape wrapping (see info on the tape wrapping method above) to help loosen up your ears a bit and get the plugs in.

Using jojoba oil to moisturize your piercing and care for organic plugs

Jojoba oil is an all-around great product. Its best uses are to soften skin, reduce scar tissue, thicken lobes, and to moisturize. By massaging jojoba oil daily on your lobes, it helps to thicken them up over time and to keep them healthy. It also helps to reduce the size of blowouts over time if massaged daily. Jojoba is great for organic jewelry as well, by using it to moisturize your wood or buffalo horn/bone plugs, it helps to keep them protected for long term use.

How to care for organic plugs and body jewelry

Organic plugs are pieces that are made from a living thing such as wood, buffalo horn  & bone, coral, shell, etc. Organics generally don’t require much more maintenance then the average set of plugs though. Materials such as wood will expand and contract as they get wet though so to avoid cracks and swelling, it’s for sure best to keep them as dry as possible. If you are purchasing a set of organic plugs that isn’t super expensive, then just wear them and don’t worry about if they wet or not. But if you have a nice set that you want to keep for years then it’s highly recommended to keep them as dry as possible. Also organic pieces that have inlays or where multiple materials are used (such as multiple inlayed woods), then you for sure want to keep them dry to avoid breakage or cracking.

It’s also really good to use jojoba oil on organic jewelry to keep the pieces looking fresh and polished. All you need to do is take a small drop onto your fingers and rub the jojoba oil into the plugs and they will look like a fresh new pair.

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JUNE ISSUE OF ATOMIC POISON MAGAZINE

I need to give a big thank you to Elizabeth Atomic for putting me in her magazine and adding an advertisement for me as well! I’m looking forward to lots of big things here in Arlington, Virginia in the coming months. There are many piercing events in the planning stages! I will fill everyone in as they come to fruition. Keep checking back here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates!

Also. if you can, follow the link below and purchase a copy of the magazine to support local art and business!

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/589349?__r=327629

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CRAIGPOKESU STERILIZATION PROCEDURES

Industrial Piercing With Crystal Gems

Industrial Piercing With Crystal Gems

At CraigPokesU located at 4818 Lee Highway, Arlington, Va 22207, all needles used for piercing are sterile and single use. All jewelry and instruments used for piercing are properly disinfected and sterilized in an autoclave prior to use. These items will be opened from sealed sterile pouches in your presence.

In addition, all jewelry for initial piercings is of implant grade quality. I also strive to answer all questions and concerns as well as providing thorough and complete aftercare instructions. I am available for any questions or healing issues after your piercing as well. I want every piercing to be something that we both can be proud of for many years to come.

Make sure that, if you can’t get your piercing here, you take care of your health and well-being when choosing a piercer. Do your research and hold them to a higher standard!

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

 

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CHEEK/DIMPLE PIERCINGS AND WHY I WON’T PERFORM THEM

At my body piercing and jewelry studio in Arlington, Virginia, I get calls fairly often asking if I will do cheek/dimple piercings. I do not do them at this time. There are a few reasons for this decision.

The first reason is that I have had many experiences where people won’t take heed of my aftercare instructions. Cheek piercings may require a few jewelry changes during the healing process. This is due to the likelihood of periods of great swelling. Often, I have found that people won’t listen to this advice and/or think that it will be a free service. While I am concerned about everyone’s health and well-being, I need to charge something for jewelry, supplies, sterilization, etc.

Secondly, quite often, the person wanting the cheek piercings are not anatomically suited for it. The dimples should not be pierced any further back than the first molars. I have tried to explain this to people and have found that it has become easier to just not do them at all.

Third, cheek piercings can be EXTREMELY dangerous! That region of the face contains a host of significant structures, including blood vessels, nerves, and the parotid duct (a conduit for a component in saliva). Piercing into any of these can be disastrous.

Last but not least, if abandoned (and it VERY often is), cheek piercings can cause permanent scars and excessive dimpling of the skin.

PLEASE think about all of the possible complications of this piercing before having it performed. If you do choose to have your cheeks pierced, please make sure that you go to a VERY experienced piercer who has many years of experience and has performed many cheek piercings.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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HOW DO I CHOOSE MY PIERCER?!

You have decided to have your body pierced and you are asking yourself, “I want it done now, so where do I go?” In this era of bloodborne diseases you MUST be very careful who you have perform your piercing!

Don’t be misled into believing piercing is easy. It takes time and dedication to acquire the ability to correctly place and skillfully perform piercings. Piercers either serve an apprenticeship or are self-taught. Apprenticeships will generally last from 6 months to two years. Those who are self-taught will ideally have sought guidance from others in the field. Continued education is the hallmark of any conscientious piercer. It is perfectly acceptable and advisable to inquire about how long your piercer has been piercing, how they learned to pierce, and what they have done to keep their knowledge base current, i.e., courses on Anatomy, Aftercare, Aseptic Technique, etc.

Are the walls washed and the carpet vacuumed? Is the staff bathed and neat? Is the restroom kept clean and tidy? Ideally, studios should have 5 separate areas: the counter, waiting room, piercing room(s), bathroom, and a separate sterilization room.

In most cases a license to operate means that the studio meets minimum requirements and has passed some sort of inspection. To find out if your area has established standards and inspections, call your local Health Department. If a studio is operating unlicensed in an area where licenses are required, report them to your local health department or city business license division.

Look at their piercing photo portfolio. Are piercings placed to accent the anatomy or do they look awkward and poorly matched to the individual? If the portfolio features unusual looking placements, are there pictures of healed piercings, showing the actual viability of the placement?

A number of states have made it illegal to use a gun on body piercings and with good reason. Most ear guns can’t be sterilized in an autoclave and therefore don’t meet the criteria for APP piercers’ use of sterile disposable equipment.

Use your instincts!!!

If you don’t feel comfortable with the studio or the piercer you should leave. “I should have listened to my gut feeling” is something you should never have to say.

Don’t act impulsively or be swayed by a low price. You generally get what you pay for (but some unskilled piercers charge plenty). Get referrals on a piercing shop/piercer from knowledgeable friends and/or the local health department.

At my body piercing and jewelry studio here in Arlington, Va., I follow ALL state and federal health and safety regulations. Both myself and my studio are fully licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I ALWAYS have your health and well-being in mind before, during and after your piercing. This includes quality, implant grade jewelry as well as a clean and sterile environment.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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SWIMMING WITH A FRESH BODY PIERCING

For the first month it is a good idea to avoid swimming unless you can cover your  fresh body piercing with a Tegaderm patch bandage which can be found next to the bandages in most pharmacies. This is a clear, adhesive, water proof bandage that can be comfortably worn on some piercings, such as navels with curved barbells, and nipples. If you are protecting a fresh facial piercing, you should avoid submerging it.

Chlorine is tremendously drying and irritating to new piercings and should be avoided. If you can not stay out of the water, do your best to soak and rinse the piercing with a sea salt solution after you swim. You should also avoid hot tubs and bathing until your piercing is healed. Lakes and oceans are a topic of debate but, unfortunately, these waters are not as clean as we would like them to be.Use discretion and pay attention to the condition of your piercing.

If you have more questions about this or any other topic, feel free to contact me here…http://craigpokesu.com/contact/…or stop in to my studio at 4818 Lee Highway in Arlington, Va. 22207.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO HURT?!

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That question is virtually impossible to answer because pain is a personal experience. Pain is different for each piercing and for each person. In fact, the same piercing could feel vastly different on the same person on a different day. What one person might  think is terrible pain, another person may think is not painful at all and, even enjoyable. There are a couple of things I can tell you on the subject of pain that may help:

1) Any standard piercing performed by an experienced, professional piercer should only take a second for the actually needle stick. Then, it will take a moment or two to insert and affix the jewelry and it’s parts.

2) I have found that the vast majority of my clients who walk in to my body piercing studio in a state of fear or panic have the same response after the piercing. It goes something like this…”I don’t know why I was so afraid. That wasn’t bad at all!”. The reason for this is because people are naturally afraid of the unknown. The anticipation is where the fear lives. Not in the piercing.

3) Try not to get yourself too worked up. If the piercing is something you really want, it’s totally worth the momentary discomfort of the piercing.  Just breathe and relax and accept that there will be some level of discomfort. Remember, you will be so proud of yourself and have a beautiful new piercing that is yours and only yours every day after!!!

4)I am very patient and I will work with you to overcome your fear or hesitation. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to contact me through my website, http://craigpokesu.com/contact/,  or stop in to see me at my studio located at 4818 Lee Highway. Arlington, Va. 22207.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

 

 

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TRIPLE FORWARD HELIX PIERCINGS

Triple Forward Helix And Snug Piercings

Triple Forward Helix And Snug Piercings

By far the most commonly asked for cartilage piercings that I have been asked about over the last year are the triple forward helix piercings. There are many misconceptions about these piercings. While I don’t wish to speak ill of anyone, the reason for this is bad information passed along to folks by piercers who have not performed the piercings or have performed them incorrectly.

That being said, let’s straighten these issues out so you can receive great triple forward helix piercings!

First, they are not dermal anchors or surface piercings. They are standard cartilage piercings. if someone tells you differently, run away and don’t let them touch you! While this particular configuration of piercings has recently become very popular, it isn’t “brand new” or overly advanced. If a piercer can’t figure out what is going on with the triple forward helix, it probably says something about their experience and/or understanding of basic body piercing.

Second, I recommend that with these and virtually all piercings that rings NOT be used for initial healing. Rings will tend to move much more than studs do and they will also tend to get bumped/snagged much more often. This combination makes the piercings much harder to heal with rings and greatly increases the likelihood of healing problems and excess scar tissue formation.

Lastly, as with all piercings, insure that your piercer is using quality jewelry. Here at my body piercing and jewelry studio in Arlington, Va, I use ONLY implant grade materials for all body piercings.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

 

 

 

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IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY BODY JEWELRY

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The importance of quality body jewelry for your piercings can not be overstated. Poor quality jewelry leads to a myriad of unsavory problems for your piercings, skin, and body. I always carry high quality jewelry for your initial piercing as well as healed piercings.

I make sure to have all ranges of price points in my piercing shop in Arlington, Virginia so that you can choose something that suits your personal style as well as your budget. It’s so much better to purchase one or two quality pieces rather than continually buying body jewelry of poor quality. I have seen it time and time again where people keep buying cheap “mall jewelry” in large quantities. Purchasing a couple of well-made, highly polished pieces of a quality material from a knowledgeable piercer, in the end, would have cost the same.

The bottom line is this…wear something that will promote your personal health and well-being and that you will be proud of!

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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DERMAL ANCHORS

Dermal Anchors

Dermal Anchors

Dermal anchoring is a single-point pocketing. A small core of skin is extracted using a dermal punch. A small anchor is then inserted under the skin with the top attached with internal threading. It looks like a small single top(usually a gem stone)on the skin.  It is a very simple procedure to have a dermal anchor implanted under your skin. It can be installed almost anywhere on the body. The footing, which is under your skin, has holes in it that your body will grow into and anchor itself into place. Until it has been “anchored” and accepted by your body you will need to be very gentle as to not snag and pull it out. I recommend bandaging the anchor while at home and while sleeping for the first few weeks.  Dermal anchors that I install are made out of grade 23 titanium.  Titanium is the only material acceptable for implantation of dermal anchors.  I also sell a variety of different tops to the dermal anchors that are interchangeable with a universal threading. I recommend that dermal tops not be changed for one year from the time of installation. This gives the skin time to completely grow into the anchor. And remember anytime you buy jewelry from me, I change it for free!  Removing dermal anchors is not as difficult as you may think.  In most cases they may need to be removed with a very small incision. These are small so they are not going to leave a huge scar and in time, become nearly unnoticeable.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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Craig eased my stress…

I Went to Dr. Sin with my friend Miriam to get our noses pierced and Craig took care of us. He was very professional and laid-back and the easy way he conversed with us definitely helped to ease the tension in the fact that we were about to get a needle shoved through our noses. He really took the time to make sure the mark was in the exact pla ament of where we would want the jewelry to be put through. The piercing was very quick and hardly painful. I soon developed a little keloid from the trauma of putting my nose jewelry back in and I went in to speak to Craig about it, he eased my stress and made me feel like I wasn’t asking too many annoying questions. I don’t think Dr. Sin could get a better individual to do piercings!! ~ Danielle

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Highly recommended

I had originally gone there with my friend to get her tattoo and talk about the one I wanted to get. While there, I talked to their Piercer, Craig about a tragus piercing I had been wanting for a long time but couldn’t because of the size of the jewlery. Not only do they have a variety of sizes for studs and bars, but the designs they sell are so unique and really well priced. The piercing itself wasn’t at all as expensive as expected and he made he made it less painful than anticapated as well. He even pierced with a larger needle so the stud would slide in easily causing less discomfort to me. That concept is totally new to me. And he kept up conversation so I felt really comfortable. Everyone there is so friendly and inviting. You feel like you’re haning out with friends rather than people you are paying. They also treat you with respect and talk with you honestly, which is a rarity. They charge by the work and not by the hour. You get your moneys worth and don’t have regret afterward. I got my piercing a few weeks ago and alredy it’s healed. I can’t wait to go back and get my other tragus and possibly a dermal….at least after my son gets a little older. I plan on getting my tattoos there as well, and I can’t wait for that! Dr. Sin has ended my search for a tattoo and piercing shop that not only I trust to permanently mark my skin, but a place I want to return to and definately recommend to my friends and their friends. ~ TedraP

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Very professional and patient!

Upon walking into the shop I was impressed! I was greeted at the door and felt comfortable from then on. I originally went there to get my hood re pierced, which by the way was done by Craig ( a cool ass guy, might I add). But, afterwards decided that the artists in there are ones that I plan on setting an appt with. For those of you looking for a piercer, Craig is your guy. He was very professional and patient! He took time to answer all questions and throughly explain the procedure (although I knew it) to include the healing process. ~ ThaOne

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Pretty frickin awesome!

For anyone looking for a professional shop with the friendliest, most down to earth staff, this is it. Craig, the piercer deserves mention. He changed a piercing for me so quickly and he will be my go to guy if I want anything else done.The difference with this shop and any other that I have been to is the atmosphere and the people. You don’t feel like you’re in a shop with people you don’t know, you feel like you’re amongst friends. The prices are very fair. Honestly, the quality of the work is worth far more than they charge.This place gets a lot of credit from me and I will recommend them to anyone who is interested in a tattoo or piercing. After experiencing Doctor Sin, I won’t go anywhere else, they have a lifetime customer…..and friend 🙂 Thanks guys! You’re all pretty frickin awesome! ~ Mimi Helou

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I’m glad I chose Craig

I went to Dr. Sin yesterday to get a VCH and nipple piercing and I have to say Craig is amazing!!! He was very careful and made both procedures go by quickly. I was SEVERELY nervous when it came time for the nipple piercing and Craig gave me ALL the time I needed to think it over. I’m glad I chose to go here and I recommend any and everyone to go here for any piercing, even if its their first one. ~ Uriah M

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