The human body is equipped with an immune system. That immune system makes sure that if you trip and fall and skin your knee, you don’t have to worry about imminent infection and death. When you trip and fall and skin that knee, your skin isn’t cleaned and prepped first, that sidewalk isn’t sterile, and the gravel and debris that get stuck in your wound aren’t implant grade. And yet the average person’s body would have no issue healing that with no aftercare regimen whatsoever. So, when I use validated and widely practiced skin cleaning protocols, sterile implements and jewelry, implant grade materials, and an aseptic technique - the risks are WAY lower than that skinned knee, right?
Now, saline is non-irritating to the body, which is awesome. Canned saline is sterile and comes out of the can with enough force to rinse away any dried lymphatic fluid or blood that might be present around your piercing, and it’s cool and calming. Is it bad or wrong to use? No. Is it doing anything your showerhead wouldn’t? Nope. The saline is merely the fluid providing that irrigation force. Dispensing that saline onto sterile gauze and warming it and using it as a compress isn’t a bad idea. Heat is a vasodilator, meaning it expands blood vessels, making it easier for the body to deliver oxygen, white blood cells, and nutrients - all things a healing wound needs. Can this be done with a showerhead? Yep. Even a heating pad? Yep. Again, the saline is just a conduit for something else - this time for the heat.
Salt water soaks are sort of the knock off brand of saline… It’s not sterile, it’s not at the right ratio of sodium chloride to water, many people are reusing the same cup without washing it, that salt isn’t produced in a clean way, they’re mixing the solution and storing it, allowing for the growth of bacteria… There’s a lot of room for error here. Medical studies on saline soaks in open wounds showed that they actually encouraged bacterial growth. Probably not worth doing.
Now, doctors aren’t really piercing people - so let’s look at something similar: sutures. If you go see a doctor to have some sutures done, that wound is fairly similar to a piercing. A doctor doesn’t recommend saline soaks, or emu oil, or H2Ocean… she tells you to keep the area clean (free of debris) and dry. She doesn’t want you to rotate those sutures, or move them back and forth - she wants you to forget they ever happened and live your life and come back and have them looked at. Why should we, as piercers, practice anything different? If your body can heal a wound on it’s own, why complicate things with methods that could make things worse or at least aren’t really benefitting you?
I think that when we’re dealing with paying clients’ money and bodies, we owe them the best we can offer. For me, that means reminding them of how their body heals, and encouraging them to take good care of their whole self - eating well, sleeping well, avoiding stress, living a happy and healthy life.
Now, problems do arise during the healing process from time to time, but there’s usually some sort of cause for that. I try to pinpoint the cause of the irritation, and address it. Is the piercing being touched or moved? Stop doing that. Is there gross debris irritating the healing? Make sure it’s being rinsed away in the shower. Additionally, there can be issues like angles, jewelry fit and quality, etc. - but let’s assume I’ve done the piercing and those aren’t the cause. These are easily stopped, not just treated.
Again: I will say, there’s nothing inherently wrong with saline irrigation or compresses, but it’s nothing that won’t be done anyhow. If your piercer recommends saline - use it! They’re not wrong, and they’re not misleading you.
Alright, so I had hoped to have a FEW prints lined up for SDCC, and that quickly turned into many. I’m really excited about these prints and I hope you guys are too!
Each print will be available at the start of each day in limited quantities (so those who can only make it on certain days will still have a shot). I’ll also have a SDCC exclusive t-shirt which will be available in limited quantities. Nucleus will be releasing an exclusive print, Mondo will also have a new (yet to be announced) Just Like Us, as well as the Joker record.
You can find me at the Gallery Nucleus booth (#2743) where I’ll be with the huggable Scott C. and the fabulous Frank and Becky (also huggable). Please stop by and say hello, pick up a free postcard and see the Lil Mikey figure in person!
SDCC SUPERpac 2014: Five pack, Edition of 100 - 4x6 - $50
Pinkman: Edition of 50 - 6x8 - $25
Flail & Buckler (pickle dude): Edition of 200 - 8x8 - $25
Poleaxe (coffee dude): Edition of 200 - 8x8 - $25
Segway: Edition of 150 - 8x10 - $35
Puppies: Edition of 150 - 8x10 - $35
Skully Cosplay(s): Editions of 100 - 8x10 - $30
Purple-crowned Fairywren: Edition of 250 - 8x10 - $35
*names & prices may change
Public body modification can force you to trade one life for another - it’s very rare to be able to have it all (but it can happen with effort). Looking like yourself will force you to work much, much harder than people who all look the same. Being free requires a lot more work than being a slave. Running your own business is more effort than working for someone else. Being an actor is more difficult than watching a movie. Cooking a meal is more difficult than buying a cheeseburger at a fast food joint… but, there are still people left in this world who believe that sometimes the difficult - but free - path is the more rewarding. The fundamental question in becoming publicly modified is a question of finding a balance between how free you want to be and how hard you want to work. The more free you are, the more responsibility you have to take for yourself. The more you blend back into the crowd, the less freedom you have, but the ‘easier’ your life gets. But is it really your life if you’re not controlling it?Shannon Larratt, 1973 - 2013 (via themodifiedbody)
Work Hard.(via neekobonzini)
Do a search for “struck by lightning”
In case anyone wanted to know what a lightening strike can do to the body- given that they survive.
I’ve reblogged this before but I didn’t know it was from a lightning strike. That’s insane.
I got my tongue pierced a fortnight ago. I had my bar changed down now. Im just wondering when ill be able to give oral sex and kiss with tongues again?
Good morrow! If it’s been a fortnight (2 weeks for people with bad vocabularies) and the piercing feels fine you should be ok for some light kissing. As for the oral sex you might want to wait closer to the one month point.
This is why I love Ryan.
Holy fuck this is great.