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This week I’m profiling a wonderful piercee and friend, Ms. BadKiTtY. (And that’s the last time I’m typing that funky capitalization, my friend–so, hereinafter “BadKitty.”) She’s, fun, sexy, and no-nonsense, and shares similar views on the importance of thinking before you get pierced. She also likes the male of the species, which should count themselves pretty lucky–as you can see:
She shares similar views on thinking before you get pierced. Here’s an excerpt from an article on that very subject:
“We research the cars we buy before walking onto the lot, so why not take the same consideration when we plan on implanting metal into our bodies as well? . . . Getting pierced is like getting a puppy. You have to be prepared to care for it when it is being bad as well as when it is being good.”
Here’s the link to the full article: Know What You Are Getting Into. Now, on to the interview:
Q. You’re working and going to school? That’s quite a busy schedule.
A. Some people think I’m nuts. I’ve worked full time since I was 16 and have supported myself since 18. It’s all I know. I like being busy.
Q. Why did you get involved in body art? Are you into tattoos as well as piercings?
A. My best friend and I “competed” to have more lobe piercings than one another. One day I decided I wanted a navel piercing, but was worried it would be a cop-out since (at the time) navel piercings meant you wanted to emulate Britney Spears. After I got that done, it was like eating chips. I wanted more. I had wanted tattoos since I was 12, but was a good girl and waited until I was 18 and put lots of thought into it. I currently have 6 tattoos and 22 piercings.
Q. Ms. Spears has a lot to answer for! Let’s talk about the learning curve. How much research did you do the first time? The second?
A. BIG learning curve! I knew next to nothing when I got my navel. I got pierced at the Jersey shore. Ew! It is so disgusting that I can’t believe they are still open. Anywho–the second time (my nostril) is when I found Tribalectic. I knew a bit about the jewelry and how needles were the way to go and found a nice shop nearby to do it. Since joining Tribe I learn SOOO much more and continue to learn.
Q. I know that you always try to help piercees when they have questions. How did you acquire your piercing know-how?
A. I am an internet junkie. I have been active on Tribe for . . . ready? Just about 6 years! I keep an open mind and listen to different sides of the story when people post and enjoy putting in my $.02 when I can relate it to a personal experience.
Q. Since you are an education student, how do you fit that in with your interest in body art?
A. I have to be very careful with placement of piercings and tattoos because they will prevent me from dressing a certain way and I hate to feel that I am restricting myself when there are other options for placement. I previously worked in a preschool and the kids got a kick out of counting my earrings and trying to “wipe off” my ankle tattoo.
Q. How about your experience in a jewelry store? Do you find much correlation between standard jewelry and body piercing jewelry?
A. Hardly at all! Sometimes I am asked to bend the tiny diamond stud earrings into nostril screws for customers, but can only think of a handful of people who even ask about body jewelry. We custom-made 1 bananabell that I can think of. I really wish that jewelry stores would make a line of body jewelry in gold and platinum with genuine gemstones because there are customers out there who would buy it if it were easily accessible.
Q. Affordability is a problem though. I know of at least one high-end jewelry manufacturer who makes awesome stuff, and I’m always drooling over it: Bodyvision.
Can you talk about “evil mall piercing places?”
A. I worked for one of the popular accessory shops. 35% of our business one year was in ear piercing with those horrid guns. That is $700,000 in one year! I wouldn’t let my staff pierce unless they were good at it, but you still get the occasional mother of a 12 year old putting up a fuss because we refused to pierce a kid’s cartilage. I had an incident with a women who did not read the waiver and signed in FOUR places acknowledging something and came back and swore at and threatened me when she messed it up. I had a piercer friend nearby when I worked there and would send him a ton of business. I got some freebies out of him for that.
Q. $700,000 in one year? That’s why the mainstream jewelry industry can afford to lobby the legislators to keep those guns in use.
What’s your typical aftercare like?
A. I LOOOVE LITHA (Leave It The Hell Alone). I might use Provon soap or do hot sea salt soaks for a few weeks, but once the piercing seems settled I just rinse it well in the shower and dry it. Works fine for me. Our bodies are healing machines! For tattoos I wash with a soft cloth and soap and apply unscented lotion to keep it moist until it heals.
Q. What’s your best advice for the pierced consumer?
A. DO YOUR RESEARCH! If you do not know the name of the body part, look it up. I cannot tell you how annoyed I get to see people pointing at their bodies and asking to have a hole put in something, but they don’t actually know what it is. That tells me that they know nothing about the piercing and really should look into it before getting it so they can make the best desicions possible. Knowledge is power.
A. Great tip! Thanks, BadKitty!
BadKitty has a point about the research, but I feel it’s always wise to point anyway, because piercing nomenclature can vary and you don’t want the piercer to make a mistake!