21. Male.

I pierce at Saint Sabrina's in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Born and raised in
Baltimore, Maryland.

Anonymous: I just got my lip pierced and the guy used a clamp. Everything seems fine....I'm just worried now because I heard that's not good.

So just a few things I feel the need to address here.

First off, tools do not at all make any piercer any better or worse. Tools can certainly be used properly and efficiently given that your piercer is well educated and experienced with them. I personally know plenty of phenomenal piercers that use tools and they turn out great.
They can also be used improperly, this is why it’s important to research your piercer and make sure that you’re in the right hands.

Secondly, freehand piercing can certainly be done improperly. But it also has a ton a benefits too.
Piercing without tools cuts down on potential bruising or discomfort prior to actually being pierced, it personally allows me to be more aware of my clients body and the tissue that I’m working with, and it cuts down on waste and the necessity to reprocess piercing equipment.

Tools provide safety for your piercer, it means that your piercer is cutting down the risk of them getting a needle stick, potentially missing a jewelry transfer and causing unnecessary discomfort, it also assists them with performing a piercing inside of their comfort zone which is a huge factor in how well your experience goes.

Piercing freehand has a ton of benefits too.
Other than what I’ve listed, it does come along with a lot of practice. Way too many piercers that haven’t pierced without tools are going outside of their comfort zone and not working to their full potential because they want to be apart of the whole freehand piercing movement.
I would much rather see someone do a lip piercing perfectly using a clamp, rather than messing the piercing up because they want to pierce in a way they’ve never been taught to. I’m very tired of piercers focusing on trying to impress other piercers, more than they focus on being a damn good piercer.

I personally don’t use many tools at all, I would say 90% of the piercings I do are without using any tools. Although, if I feel that I could use the assistance of a taper, a hemostat, or a receiving tube to protect not only myself, but my client as well, then I have absolutely no issue with doing that. I love my job, my clients are the reason I’m so fortunate to do this for a living, so I’m going to use whatever I need to make sure that their piercing goes as smoothly as possible and look super rad by the time they walk out of the piercing room.

So to answer the question, it’s totally fine that he used a clamp. Just as long as your piercing looks right and has proper jewelry to accommodate the healing process.
If you’re still concerned, please feel free to send any photos or questions in regards to your piercing to me.
My email is dspiercing@gmail.com if you’d like to chat off of tumblr, whatever works best for you.

racheltwodicks: Do you ship jewelry? As much as I'd love to come by and get pierced when I already know I have too many, I'm all the way in VA, and can settle for some nice pieces of the options available.

We definitely can ship you jewelry!
Send an email to Brianna if you want to order anything.

Anonymous: are anti-eyebrow piercings/bars easily infected? I want to get one soon but they make me nervous being under the eye and such! I wish you still pierced in Maryland!

Surface piercings are the same as anything else as far as infection goes. If you keep the area clean, free of any make up, face wash, etc. and you’re not touching the piercing or getting it dirty, then you should be fine. Infections don’t happen because you got a type of piercing, they happen from contaminating the area during the healing, or unfortunately in some cases from it being executed in a not so clean manner.
Our immune systems do a great job at fighting these things along with avoiding contact with the piercing while it’s healing, so to keep that working well it’s important to eat healthy and drink plenty of water during the healing too.

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