Piercings & Consent

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Over the course of the last few years, the piercing staff here at Spider-Bite, Inc have worked hard to improve their jewelry selection, client interactions, and overall process. Their goal is to provide every client with a wonderful experience. Recently, they have shifted their focus to making sure that young clients are included in this as well. At Spider-Bite, we pierce earlobes on children as young as seven years old. We have very specific reasons for not piercing children younger than that and the biggest reason is their ability to consent to the procedure. 

Children are very impressionable and many times, get the idea to get their ears pierced from a friend at school or seeing it in the media, like on a Disney princess. And what little girl doesn’t want to look like a princess? Not many will say no to that. But what they don’t usually understand very well is that the process to get those pretty shiny ears is painful and requires a level of responsibility that not all young children possess. The actual piercing takes just a few seconds but weeks of aftercare is not always something that younger clients can keep up with. If a child is too young to actually consent to the procedure, they may not understand how to properly care for their piercing which can lead to problems, including but not limited to infection.

To get earlobe piercings with us, we require that the child meet with the piercers beforehand to go over what will happen. There is a series of questions that we ask in order to see if the child knows what is happening, is fully aware of all of the variables, and is absolutely sure that they want to go through with it. Any hesitation or answering a question with a response that hints that they are not fully understanding the situation, we will typically recommend waiting a bit longer. It is very important to the shop, the body piercers, the child, and the parents that everyone involved in the piercing is comfortable and able to make their own choices. 

At some point in their lives, children will have to learn the importance of consent. In this day and age, that lesson needs to be taught far earlier than it has been in the past. Being able to decide if they think they’re ready for this is a big step in responsibility. Children that straight up say that they are not ready are extremely responsible. They recognize that they won’t be able to go through with it. Treating young clients this way (like they’re actual adults) is a wonderful way to prepare them for other situations in the world where they might feel pressured to do something by outside variables and can consciously make the choice to do what’s better for them, not for those around them. We value this lesson immensely and hope that you as parents do as well.

If you have any questions regarding our young client policy, please feel free to read our other blogs about the topic, call, or stop by the shop. We will gladly explain our process to you and walk you through everything so that you and your child are comfortable, consenting, and happy with the piercings! You can reach the shop at (603)645-1449 or stop by 179 Elm St. in Manchester, NH seven days a week from twelve to eight. 

Meet Our Tattoo Artists

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Here at Tattoo Angus, we have a team of six tattoo artists that absolutely love what they do. Their love for their art shines through in their amazing tattoos and the way that they interact with their clients. With more than twenty five years of collective experience between them, you are sure to find an artist that can help you achieve your tattoo dream here at Tattoo Angus. While all of our artists can achieve great results with any style, they are well aware of their colleagues talents and if they believe that another artist in the shop will execute your idea in a way that you like more, they will bring you to that artist. We realize that a tattoo is the one thing in your life that you will pay for and have forever. We want to make sure that you have something you love.

Bill Rhine is one of our artists here. He specializes in realistic style tattoos, both in black and grey as well as color. In addition, Bill also has a knack for doing cartoon pieces, such as Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Zelda, Mario and more. Bill is a great artist to sit with, as his bedside manner is top notch. He has years of experience and has traveled to many conventions, leaving a wonderfully executed tattoo on so many clients. Anyone in the market for a realism tattoo should definitely visit Bill!

Matt Wilcox is another member of our team at Tattoo Angus. With an extensive history of tattoo experience, Matt tends to specialize in the traditional Japanese style of tattooing. He is especially skilled with hamsa masks and Japanese dragons, executing great pieces that are saturated with color (or not, depending on what the client wants). He uses tried and true ways to tattoo his clients, with a great end result and a happy customer. If you’re looking for a Japanese style tattoo, Matt is the artist that you want to visit! 

Dave McCormick has about twenty years of tattooing experience. He has been with Tattoo Angus & Spider-Bite Body Piercing for a great deal of time, not only producing awesome large pieces but taking on any walk in tattoo that he can. He has great skill in floral work, as well as black and grey tattoos. Pretty much able to take on anything, Dave M. is a great artist who has a wide variety of talents so if you have some crazy idea, Dave is the one to see! 

Jeff Lindh is newer to the industry and has only been tattooing for four years but has managed to find a solid niche in traditional tattooing. With thick lines, whip shading, and heavily saturated color, Jeff is definitely your guy for traditional work. From eagles to skulls to mountain ranges, you are definitely going to be a fan of his work! Not to mention he has an excellent bedside manner that will make you feel welcome and comfortable during your time sitting with him. 

Ray is another jack of all trades, specializing in soft colors and solid lines, who has a great deal of experience tattooing under his belt. His style is definitely the most illustrative of the group and he does wonderfully with the whimsical tattoos. With a great deal of drawing and painting in his background, he especially loves to execute anime, cartoons and other popular references. If the tattoo that you are after sounds whimsical and fun, it is probably something Ray would love to do! 

Our sixth artist is Dave Costella, who is the newest addition to our shop. He joined us over this last summer and like Jeff, specializes in the traditional style of tattooing. His lines are solid and his color saturation is on point. Even though Dave has not been tattooing as long as some of the other artists here, he is definitely able to execute a great tattoo that you are sure to love! Stop by and see him if you are interested in a traditional tattoo! Dave is also really skilled with lettering and fonts so if that is what you are interested in getting, come see him! 

Meet Our Piercers

Spider-Bite Body Piercing employs two piercers who share the goal of creating a comfortable, enjoyable experience for their clients. Carrying the highest quality jewelry available, using meticulous sterilization techniques and incredible attention to aftercare, our body piercers aim to bring you the best. It is extremely important to us to obtain a positive end result when it comes to our clients piercings and our piercers try their hardest to make sure you have a happy, healthy piercing at the end of your healing process. 

Our head piercer, Farley, has more than ten years of experience in the industry, having worked around and in shops for most of his working career. He is skilled in a great variety of piercings, only excluding a few from his extensive piercing menu. Since Farley is fixated on a positive end result, he will not perform piercings that do not have a viable outcome. For example, the “snake eyes” piercing 

 or the “scoop” piercing are two examples that Farley does NOT offer because of their detrimental effects on the clients gums and teeth. Other piercings Farley does not offer include cheek piercings and surface piercings in unstable places. In addition to his ten years as a professional licensed body piercer, Farley went through a rigorous two year apprenticeship with his mentor, making sure to learn everything possible before getting fully licensed with the state of New Hampshire.

In addition to having Farley on our team, we also have his apprentice Morgan. While Morgan is still in training to become a fully licensed body piercer, she is licensed by the state of New Hampshire to practice body piercing under Farley’s instruction. On year two of her apprenticeship, Morgan has performed hundreds of piercings and helped many clients achieve the look they want. Morgan offers a limited menu, which includes special deals on the piercings that she is currently somewhat unfamiliar with. As Morgan advances through her apprenticeship, she continues to show promise as being a great piercer, just like her mentor Farley. Morgan is projected to finish her apprenticeship later this year and will become fully licensed in this state.

Along with their state issued licenses, Farley and Morgan are working on their journey to becoming APP (Association Of Professional Piercers) to show clients exactly how seriously they take their profession. Joining this organization will provide further reassurance to the people who come to our shop. We want to bring you the best possible body piercing experience and we believe that adding this type of credentials to our queue is a great way to prove that even more than we already try to. 

We want to extend our thanks to all of the clients who frequent our shop and those new clients that come in simply from driving by. Farley and Morgan appreciate the people that visit them immensely and again, do their best to bring you the most amazing piercing experience possible. Not only do they care about their clients during the piercing but are determined to help clients with any questions or concerns throughout the healing process. They also offer custom jewelry ordering, so if you are interested in upgrading your current collection, they can help you out with that. 

If you are close to Manchester (or even if you’re not) and in need of piercing assistance, come see us! We would love to have you here and would be thrilled to help get you set up with a great piercing with great jewelry in an awesome environment. See you soon!

Five Important Things To Know About Tattoo Cover Ups

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Every day, we see clients come in to our shop that have tattoos that they aren’t fond of anymore. Many clients don’t simply want to get rid of their tattoo but instead, turn it in to something that they love again. Many times, they’re covering up a name or something that represents something they no longer do and would rather not remember. Cover up tattoos can be tricky for both client and artist because the client needs to be flexible with what designs are able to cover up the previous tattoo. When it comes to cover ups, there are a few important things to remember when you go in to a speak to an artist.

As mentioned above, it’s very important to keep an open mind if you’re going for a consult about a cover up. Some of the ideas that you have might not work. Light colors can’t cover old tattoos and that’s something that you need to remember when designing your new piece. If the old piece is very dark, your new tattoo will also have to be dark in order to cover what was there before. Be sure to take in to consideration how dark your current tattoo is and be sure that it has an effect on the design you want to go with.

Because cover ups are hiding something, they need to be a decent size. Most cover up tattoos need to be at least double the size of the tattoo

 that you have. So if you have a big tattoo that you want covered, the new piece will be double that size or bigger. While some people are very gung ho about this thought, some clients are a bit shocked when they’re told that the new tattoo needs to be considerably larger than they 

thought it would be.

Since a cover up is going over an old tattoo, you should prepare yourself for it to hurt a bit more than you might remember. This is due to the artist tattooing over scar tissue. Sometimes, this is not an issue and clients feel no difference between the first time and the second. Other clients report that when they do sit for a cover up, it hurts slightly more than when they got the tattoo. 

There is the matter of price as well. Because a cover up tattoo needs to be so large an intricate, they can get very expensive. New tattoos have a high price tag but the artist has to work extra hard to ensure that the old tattoo is fully covered. The color, placement, and layout are all going to take longer with a cover up, which equals time and money for the artist. Brace yourself for a potentially expensive piece but be assured that once you find the right artist to do your cover up, it will be worth it.

Lastly, remember that not all tattoos can be covered up. Some people get extremely large pieces that just can’t be covered. If your artist doesn’t feel comfortable doing a cover up because it’s too difficult or near impossible, accept their opinion. Options for those clients are usually either reworks or removal. Please be aware that you may not end up being able to get your tattoo covered if it’s originally too big. 

If you have a tattoo that you’re interested in covering up, we have plenty of artists here at Tattoo Angus that will be happy to work with you to form a great tattoo that you’re sure to love forever. Come by and visit us to talk about your next piece and we would love to add something new to your collection! 

The Importance Of Downsizing

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If you’ve ever gotten a piercing before (and I’m sure most of you have or you wouldn’t be here reading this), you’re probably aware that when you first get a piercing, your initial jewelry is longer or bigger than you originally thought it was going to be. This is to accommodate any swelling that occurs. If the jewelry is too short initially, excess swelling can cause irritation and other problems. The piece can become embedded in the skin, which is just no fun for the client!  Continue reading

Infant Ear Piercing

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Ear piercing has been a part of many cultures and traditions for a very long time. Most people who have their ears pierced usually had them pierced at a very young age, so young perhaps that they don’t even remember it happening. This could be viewed as a positive. Getting a piercing can be anxiety inducing and being young enough to not remember might be a good idea… right? Well, possibly. Continue reading

Impact Of Social Media On the Tattoo Industry

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The tattoo industry has remained pretty much the same for a long time. Only recently have artists begun to really surge forward, looking for ways to improve their craft, connect more with their clients, and create a comfortable environment while simultaneously producing excellent work. This should be the goal for all artists, whether their medium is tattooing, water color paints, or metal working. There should always be a drive to improve and do things in a better way. With advances in technology, art, pop culture, and just the world in general, the body modification industry should be able to mold itself to cater to the needs of the people paying to have these procedures done. Continue reading

Five Products You SHOULD NOT Use On Your New Piercing

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Healing piercings can be a difficult process. Some piercings take a while to fully heal and there can be problems that arise during the process, regardless of how well you care for it. Sometimes, things just happen. When you have an angry piercing, it can be tempting to use harsher chemicals on the irritation to attempt to make it go away. It may seem like this is the correct course of action but I’m here to tell you that it is not. There are quite a few things that we have seen clients put on their piercings that should absolutely be avoided. By putting something harsh on your irritated piercing, you’re going to end up making things worse. So here are five products that you shouldn’t put on your piercing because chances are it’s going to do more harm than good.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol
    Have you ever put rubbing alcohol on a cut? If you haven’t, you haven’t experienced the absolute horror that is rubbing alcohol. It hurts. And while it may be cleaning and killing the bad stuff, it’s also taking out the new skin cells that are forming inside the piercing channel (also known as a fistula). If these new cells are killed before they can mature and become stronger, the piercing will remain irritated and angry for far longer than it should.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide
    Much like rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide is incredibly harsh. It kills germs and bacteria but again, also manages to kill a decent amount of healthy skin cells that are forming around the piercing. An added downside of putting hydrogen peroxide on a piercing, especially if you get pierced with us, is that hydrogen peroxide actually can change the color of implant grade titanium. The solution will actually discolor the titanium! It will turn the silver material a dark greyish color. With the price of titanium being so high, you definitely don’t want to be discoloring your jewelry with hydrogen peroxide. Avoid using this on your piercings for the sake of your piercing and your wallet!
  3. Aspirin Paste
    The internet really took this one and ran with it. This recipe is extremely harsh. If used incorrectly (and it often is), this concoction can cause chemical burns on the skin. So yes, it may take away that pesky bump on your piercing but it’s actually going to singe your skin and cause burns. Please, do NOT use aspirin paste on irritated piercings. Out of all of the things that people put on their piercings to try to lower irritation, this has to be one of the worst substances that you can possibly use.
  4. Tea Tree Oil
    Most people aren’t super familiar with how to use essential oils and unfortunately, a lot of people don’t use them correctly. While tea tree oil may have beneficial effects on some things in life, piercings are not one of them. This essential oil is very intense and if just placed directly on a piercing, it can cause severe irritation. It’s a good idea to stay away from essential oils on your piercings, especially if you’re not totally familiar on how to use them.
  5. Ointments
    There are a good amount of people who assume that when you get a piercing, it’s much like getting a cut or scrape. But the truth is, piercings are puncture wounds. They heal differently than a cut or a scrape because your body is trying to heal a wound with jewelry inside of it. Many products in the first aid section of pharmacies say specifically that they are not to be used on puncture wounds, simply because that’s not what they’re intended for. These products tend to contain intense chemicals, numbing agents, cooling components, and other things that will end up causing problems. Additionally, ointment is very sticky and can trap germs and bacteria right next to your new piercing, opening up a whole new world of issues for you.

When you get pierced with us, we go over all of our aftercare with you so you know exactly how to take care of your new adornment. If we have a client with an angry piercing, it reflects badly on us. It’s our goal to provide high quality jewelry and happy, healthy piercings. If you have any questions about the aftercare that you’re using and you want to check to see if you’re taking care of things correctly, don’t be afraid to stop by. We are here to help!

 

Tattoo Angus & Spider-Bite Donates To Friends Of the Manchester Animal Shelter

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Most of our clients are very familiar with the fact that our shop owner, Jon Thomas, loves animals. Cooper, Jon’s pitbull, is always following him around, stealing attention everywhere he goes. At the annual Live Free Or Die Tattoo Expo, the Friends Of the Manchester Animal Shelter set up a booth and accept donations, put on raffles, and even bring well behaved dogs available for adoption! Continue reading

Tattoos For Breast Cancer Patients

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It may not be breast cancer awareness month anymore but that doesn’t mean we stop thinking about all of our clients that are effected by this terrible disease. This year, Tattoo Angus offered free shirts to anyone who got a pink ribbon tattoo in our shop to show our support for those who have been affected by breast cancer. Continue reading