Piercings & Consent

Blog By M. Mitera

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. 

The Importance Of Downsizing

Blog By M. Mitera

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

Five Products You SHOULD NOT Use On Your New Piercing

Blog By M. Mitera

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!


Piercing FAQs; Does It Hurt?

Blog By M. Mitera

Many of our clients have questions when they come to see us. It’s understandable, there’s a lot of things to ask about in this profession! We spend a lot of time learning how to perfect our craft and trust me, we love talking about how we do things! Your piercer should be ready to answer any question you have to make you feel the most comfortable. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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

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

Salt Soaks For Piercing Bumps

Blog By M. Mitera

Let’s face it; bumps on piercings happen. Many of you have seen my article regarding the vitamin E oil treatment for pissed off piercings but there are other ways to try to help that pesky bubble go away.  Continue reading