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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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MODIFICATION VS. MUTILATION

Ear Cartilage Piercing With Beautiful Gem

Ear Cartilage Piercing With Beautiful Gem

At my body piercing and jewelry studio in Arlington, Virginia, at least three times a week I have a new customer come in and tell me that they have had their cartilage pierced with a gun at a discounted price at a place that is neither sterile nor knowledgeable regarding body modification. Their complaint is always the same. The “procedure” was “performed” years ago and they never healed and are either still in pain or had to remove the jewelry altogether to avoid further pain. In some cases they even complain that it got infected.

The use of a gun to pierce your cartilage is not modification; I contend that it is body mutilation. The gun causes a great amount of trauma to an area that already takes a great deal of time to heal, In addition, NO NEEDLE is used, rather a blunt stud is jammed with great force through the cartilage! Does this sound healthy to anyone? Of course it is not.

I understand that money is tight and people are looking to cut corners. I am, however confident that you wouldn’t go to the cut-rate surgeon or, for that matter, you would be upset if someone butchered your haircut. If you have saved $20 to go to an establishment for a piercing using a gun, I IMPLORE you to wait an extra week or month and save the extra $30 or $40 and have your piercing done by a licensed professional in a reputable establishment with a sterile environment.

You owe it to yourself to have someone with knowledge and a passion for your health and appearance to perform this and all modification procedures on you. Read reviews and choose wisely. Nothing is more important than your health and well-being.

See You On The Sharp End!

~ Craig

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