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Five Reasons We Don’t Pierce Cheeks

Blog By M. Mitera

I’ve written a few blogs regarding why we won’t perform certain piercings and why. Sometimes, there are just places that piercings will not work out. Snake eyes piercings, microdermals on the hands, the Ashley piercing. All of these have high rates of failure or prolonged healing times. As piercers, we won’t do these particular piercings because we don’t want our clients to have to deal with any negative repercussions. We are very focused on the end result and usually, cheek piercings don’t have a good one. Unfortunately, the internet has made cheek piercings trendy again so we’ve put together five reasons you may want to rethink this particular piercing.

First off, the initial jewelry for cheek piercings needs to be extremely long. The swelling in this area is exponential and the jewelry needs to be able to handle that swelling, plus be long enough for the piercing itself. Because the bars have to be so extremely long, the snag potential is very high. Essentially, your face will look like it has two radio antenna sticking out of it while you heal these piercings. Most people are immediately deterred by the length of the barbells for the initial piercing because the jewelry must be so long.

Inside the cheeks are saliva duct. Just like the name says, these ducts produce saliva to keep the inside of your mouth moist. If one of these gets punctured, with a channel leading to the outside of your face, your face will actually leak saliva from the holes once you remove the jewelry. This isn’t a temporary issue either. Holes left from retired cheek piercings can leak for the rest of your life, never properly healing even after the jewelry has been removed. As cute as these particular piercings are, they aren’t worth a leaky face.

The area around your mouth is constantly moving, making these piercings very difficult to heal. With the movement from smiling, speaking, eating, etc. the jewelry is always shifting. This combined with the initial jewelry length can prove to be an extreme headache for most clients. With a heal time of up over a year, cheek piercings must be babied constantly to prevent them from bubbling up, another thing that this piercing is notorious for. Since their snag rate is so high, the chance of the client developing a bump is much more likely, as bumps tend to form when microtears happen inside the piercing and irritants get in. Even when the jewelry is removed, cheek piercings have a tendency to never heal correctly.

Additionally, the scarring from cheek piercings can be extreme. As mentioned above, they are more prone to bumps which can lead to very noticeable scars right in the center of the client’s face. Cheek piercing scars are not a joke and there is no way to tell how your skin will handle them once they’re in. Some people will argue that the scars look like dimples and can be cute. Yes, they can be, but they can also look like scars (which they are). There is no way to tell how your cheek piercings will retire once you decide that you don’t want them anymore. Some people (like myself) experience minimal scarring that is so slight, you can barely see it. Others (like my friend Brittany) have large purple circles where her cheek piercings used to be. It is so important to consider this before you get this piercing!

The last reason we advise against cheek piercings is the potential damage to your teeth and gums. There are three options for the back of the jewelry. You can wear balls, flat discs, or something referred to as M&M discs, which is kind of a middle between balls and discs. However, all of these have the potential to crack teeth and wear away at gums. Especially with the constant movement in this area, erosion of the gums is a very real possibility. Cracked teeth aren’t cheap to fix either. So if you do get your cheeks done, prepare yourself to be extremely careful while you eat!

We love piercings… Obviously! Otherwise we wouldn’t do what we do. But like I said above, we are very focused on the end result and these piercings do not have a good end result. Scarring our clients is not what we’re all about and with the potential for such brutal after-effects, we just won’t perform this piercing. If you do decide to get your cheeks pierced, make sure that you go to a piercer that is professional, knowledgeable, and clean. A serious piercing like this should absolutely not be done by a novice. If you have more questions regarding this piercing and other piercings we recommend against, please feel free to send us a message or swing by the shop!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

Watercolor Tattoos & Their Life Span

Blog By M. Mitera

Recently, Pintrest/Tumblr/Facebook have been flooded with videos of lovely tattoos that look like a watercolor painting. They are soft and colorful, with drippy looking details that people have fallen in love with. While tattoos usually focus on saturating specific areas with color, watercolor tattoos are created with a more gradual coloring technique. Continue reading

5 Piercings That Don’t Work (And Why)

Blog By M. Mitera

Obviously, we love piercings! We would never have chosen this career if we didn’t love what we do! And since we love what we do so much, there are some piercings that we just won’t perform here at Spider-Bite Body Piercing (and for good reasons). There are some piercings that can be done but won’t heal right or can have serious effects on the anatomy. Continue reading

Meet M. The Apprentice Piercer

Our piercers work very hard to make sure that our clients are taken care of but do you know why they do what they do? Our piercers Morgan and Farley work great together to bring clients amazing jewelry and happy, healthy piercings. If you haven’t met our piercers yet, this blog will introduce you to M, our current apprentice! She has been with us for about a year and a half and is getting so close to finishing her apprenticeship! We had her answer a few questions so clients could get to know her a bit better!

  • How long have you been apprenticing to be a piercer?
    I’ve been an apprentice for a year and a half! I’ve wanted to get in to this career for about six years at this point, so I’m very happy I finally got the opportunity.
  • Why did you want to be a piercer? 
    I’ve always loved piercing and jewelry. But the main reason is that I want to help people feel comfortable with their bodies. Some people aren’t a fan of their anatomy and by adding a lovely piece of high quality jewelry, I can help them to love that body part (and themselves) a little bit more. It’s always been an interest of mine and I’m so thankful to be here! I want to help people feel better about themselves and I think being able to add adornments is a great way to go about it. 
  • What is your favorite piercing to perform so far?
    I absolutely love piercing conches and nostrils. They’re both so much fun and they make for such lovely photos! The jewelry options are almost endless too, so many choices to pick from. If I had to go with one or the other, I would have to say that I love conches the most. With so many varied anatomies and jewelry to select, the conch is by far my favorite piercing to do!
  • Do you have any goals as a piercer?
    I want to be sure that my clients have the highest quality jewelry for their piercings. I would like to provide the most comfortable atmosphere possible, especially in a business that might not always be super comfortable for clients. People should be comfortable with the person piercing them.
  • What piercings are you working on now?
    Right now, I am offering discounts on the industrial piercing, the navel piercing, and the eye brow piercing! The navel and the eyebrow are both $10 plus the cost of jewelry and the industrial is $25 plus the cost of jewelry! Call the shop for more information about jewelry pricing.
  • When do you think you’ll be finished?
    Right now, it’s a little tentative. We were hoping for July but it’s starting to look like maybe August, just because I have been so busy with so many different projects! I can’t wait to be fully licensed, I’m so excited to be a piercer here at Spider-Bite!

 

How To Make Your Tattoo Live Forever

Blog By M. Mitera

Realistically, a tattoo is the only thing in your life that you’re going to buy and have forever. Not only does this mean that you should absolutely cough up a little extra cash to get that new piece ($20 tattoos look like they cost just that), it means that you should take care of it after it’s been put on your skin and healed up. Some people stop taking care of their tattoos after the inital healing process and wonder why their piece looks faded and sad after only a few years. There are quite a few things you can do to make your tattoo last as long as it should (forever) so be sure to read carefully!

First off, be sure to protect your piece from the sun. The damage from sunlight is intense and that big ball of fire in the sky can totally destroy a tattoo. That includes tanning beds as well, so ladies who like to get bronzed, it’s highly recommended that you stay away from the tanning beds after getting tattooed. And for those that get tattooed and spend a lot of time outside, you should be using SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every time you’re outside in the sun. And just in case anyone forgot, please refrain from putting sunscreen on a fresh tattoo. If you’re not through the healing process, it’s a good plan to stay out of the sun or cover your new tattoo with clean clothing if you do need to go outside. Sunlight, over time, can fade tattoos to the point where they aren’t even recognizable.

There are a lot of people who claim that the passing of time will effect the way tattoos look over the years. While it is true that bodies change and things shift, tattoo aging can be avoided simply by using a gentle moisturizer when you get out of the shower every day. Your skin gets dry and tight and by applying the moisturizers, your skin will get the hydration that it needs to hang on to the colors of your tattoo for even longer. This can be especially important on the arms, chest, and neck. These are the areas that are most effected by aging so be sure to pay attention to these spots.

Weight gain or loss is another thing that people tend to worry about when it comes to their tattoos. This can effect pieces but not as much as some people believe. Small details and fine lines in certain areas tend to lose focus if weight is gained or lost. For example, a detailed stomach tattoo on someone who loses a lot of weight will be less detailed because of the stretching of the skin. However, our skin changing is normal so worrying about weight loss or gain isn’t too crazy of a scenario for your tattoo. Obviously, larger changes in weight will have different effects on tattoos (and, you know, your overall health!) so it’s always good to be mindful of extreme fluctuation in weight.

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

Nostril Piercing Placement

Blog By M. Mitera

Besides lobes and the upper cartilage flat, the nostril is one of the most common piercings in the industry. There are so many clients who come in on the daily looking for nostril piercings. Some just get the traditional single stud, while others do double and even sometimes triple nostril piercings! Continue reading

Child Ear Piercing Policy

Blog By M. Mitera

We have many clients who come in looking for child ear piercings. Clients like these are awesome because they’re usually trying to avoid taking their little one to the mall to get pierced. The mall is not the recommended choice of body piercers so we appreciate it when clients come to us with their kids, asking if we pierce ear lobes on young clients. Continue reading

Why That Bump On Your Piercing Isn’t A Keloid

Blog By M. Mitera

Being a piercer means that we (as professionals) must familiarize ourselves with certain skin conditions that may make themselves apparent. Things such as redness, crusties, and bumps are something that we deal with on an every day basis. Continue reading

Spider-Bite & Tattoo Angus Go Digital

Blog By M. Mitera

 

Being in sync with the times is incredibly important, especially now in 2018. Everything is lightning fast and people carry small computers in their pockets. Looking something up takes mere seconds and communications between people on opposite sides of the planet are instantaneous. Because of all of these super fast devices, a lot of people expect most things to be digitized. Continue reading

What To Do If You Have Regrettable Tattoos

Blog By M. Mitera

We have to be honest with ourselves and each other; we all have tattoos that we wish we didn’t get. Whether they were done badly, faded terribly, or it’s just not a popular part of life anymore (you might hate Tweety Bird at age 30 but thought he was great when you were 18), everyone has tattoos that they regret. Continue reading