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Canberra piercing advice?

By ionameow - 28 December 2012 35

Hi! I’m after a nose piercing next week and was wondering where the best place to get it done would be? Any suggestions/experiences are appreciated!

At the moment I’m considering Redpath? Someone else told me to go to Hairhouse Warehouse but I’m not sure.

Also anyone with a nose piercing what should I expect??

Also I’m under 18, but not by very much, will that matter?

Thank you! 🙂

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Br00kl7nn 5:58 pm 05 Apr 13

Agreed that FreeStyle Tattoo & Body Piercing is the best place to go for piercings. I have had great experiences with Beau as a piercer and all my friends use Freestyle. They are brilliant and professional. I’ve had surface piercings and dermals done here. Beau is also realistic and honest about what will and wont work and positioning (if you’re unsure of placement). If you’re concerned about age, they also clearly state on the door that persons under the age of 16 are not to enter the premises, and I have seen them refuse to pierce anyone under 16 (regardless of parental consent), the mother was in the shop pleading her case while I was making a tattoo appointment.

As far as use of guns for any piercings, avoid them at all costs. As stated in previous comments piercing guns cause a great deal more trauma, you are jamming a blunt object through a part of your body. Needles are clean and sharp. I have had my ears pierced with both, I found the gun to cause throbbing in my earlobes, post piercing, whereas the needle did not. I am also proned to keloid scars/hypertrophic scarring. The ear piercings with the gun have additional scar tissue whereas the needles piercings do not. Go for the option that will cause less trauma.

As for the experience with redpath, I used them years ago, probably close to ten years ago, and had 2 piercings performed there. The piercer at the time was inexperienced, knew little about placement of surface piercings, and about jewellery that gives piercing a better chance to heal. They may be better now, but I’ve got a lot of respect and faith in Beau. So go to FreeStyle 🙂 Pricing is great too.

justin heywood 5:46 pm 12 Jan 13

I’m too old to understand the appeal of piercings, but I have noticed it seems to be almost part of the selection criterial to work at JB HiFi. I find the staff there generally pretty good but how is it that that there is so many of them go for all the metal?

Girt_Hindrance 4:27 pm 12 Jan 13

poetix said :

bikhet said :

I too find piercings unattractive, but other people may think differently. No-one is forcing me to have one.

Catty said :

Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else..

Maybe that’s the idea. Stops you focusing on their tits – unless it’s a visible nipple ring.

And if you can see certain other piercings at first meeting, they’re probably not the person to take home to meet mother.

Unless mother is into vajazzling and related arts.

Had a good laugh at this. I once ‘bed-friended’ a lady who I could only politely describe as ‘clinking while she walked’.
It was a little too much for me.

poetix 11:31 am 12 Jan 13

bikhet said :

I too find piercings unattractive, but other people may think differently. No-one is forcing me to have one.

Catty said :

Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else..

Maybe that’s the idea. Stops you focusing on their tits – unless it’s a visible nipple ring.

And if you can see certain other piercings at first meeting, they’re probably not the person to take home to meet mother.

Unless mother is into vajazzling and related arts.

milkman 11:27 am 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

+1. Especially when women get the skin between their nose and upper lip pierced. Looks like a big silver booger.

bikhet 11:14 am 12 Jan 13

I too find piercings unattractive, but other people may think differently. No-one is forcing me to have one.

Catty said :

Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else..

Maybe that’s the idea. Stops you focusing on their tits – unless it’s a visible nipple ring.

Ben_Dover 10:59 am 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

I disagree. I was watching a rather attractive young lady approaching our office the other day. She was very tasty. She then stopped under a tree and lit a cigarette, which turned her from a babe into a hag, in my eyes. To compound matters, two minutes later she dropped her lit cigarette on the ground, crushed it with her foot, and walked off.

Mind you, piercings are so passé these days, why would anyone bother?

Antagonist 9:55 am 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

Hookers. With piercings.

Leon 9:37 am 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face

That wouldn’t be an issue for me.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:00 am 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

It’s not really up to you what others do to themselves or what they spend their money on

OpenYourMind 8:21 am 12 Jan 13

Catty said :

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

Catty, you are perfectly entitled to think and express what you find attractive or unattractive. Equally, there’s a bunch of people who think piercings look fantastic and I totally get why someone might choose to spend a relatively small amount of money on something that often is very special and personal to that person. Maybe you just need to meet someone with a tongue piercing 😉

Catty 10:23 pm 11 Jan 13

Ugh, nasty things, piercings. Nothing worse than an otherwise attractive person sporting a piece of metal on their face, making it difficult to focus on anything else. I find all these things a total turn-off.

Can’t you think of something better to spend your money on?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:29 pm 03 Jan 13

xperfect_darkx said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

xperfect_darkx said :

The guns aren’t ideal, but they’re still commonly used for lobe piercings. But using a gun for cartilage like the nose or anywhere on your ear other than lobes it’s a huge no no. Way too much trauma and it can shatter the cartilage. Also leaves you with improper jewelry. An earring with no back on it is not the same as a proper nose stud.

I know bugger all about the mechanics but I have had several piercings with gun and several with needle and from personal recollection there was never any splatter. I had a gun do upper ear and that was fine as well, although now you mention that one took longer to heal.

I never heard of the gun damaging cartilage but ok makes sense.

I guess my point is that there is zero danger of blood borne infections from getting pierced with a new style gun.

According the the APP (Association of Professional Piercers)

“Reusable ear piercing guns can put clients in direct contact with the blood and body fluids of previous clients.

Although they can become contaminated with bloodborne pathogens dozens of times in one day, ear piercing guns are often not sanitized in a medically recognized way. Plastic ear piercing guns cannot be autoclave sterilized and may not be sufficiently cleaned between use on multiple clients. Even if the antiseptic wipes used were able to kill all pathogens on contact, simply wiping the external surfaces of the gun with isopropyl alcohol or other antiseptics does not kill pathogens within the working parts of the gun. Blood from one client can aerosolize, becoming airborne in microscopic particles, and contaminate the inside of the gun. The next client’s tissue and jewelry may come into contact with these contaminated surfaces. There is thus a possibility of transmitting bloodborne disease-causing microorganisms through such ear piercing, as many medical studies report.”

http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns

If there was any real risk then these guns would be illegal, especially considering the strict guidelines actual tattoo and piercing shops need to adhere to.

xperfect_darkx 9:01 pm 02 Jan 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

xperfect_darkx said :

The guns aren’t ideal, but they’re still commonly used for lobe piercings. But using a gun for cartilage like the nose or anywhere on your ear other than lobes it’s a huge no no. Way too much trauma and it can shatter the cartilage. Also leaves you with improper jewelry. An earring with no back on it is not the same as a proper nose stud.

I know bugger all about the mechanics but I have had several piercings with gun and several with needle and from personal recollection there was never any splatter. I had a gun do upper ear and that was fine as well, although now you mention that one took longer to heal.

I never heard of the gun damaging cartilage but ok makes sense.

I guess my point is that there is zero danger of blood borne infections from getting pierced with a new style gun.

According the the APP (Association of Professional Piercers)

“Reusable ear piercing guns can put clients in direct contact with the blood and body fluids of previous clients.

Although they can become contaminated with bloodborne pathogens dozens of times in one day, ear piercing guns are often not sanitized in a medically recognized way. Plastic ear piercing guns cannot be autoclave sterilized and may not be sufficiently cleaned between use on multiple clients. Even if the antiseptic wipes used were able to kill all pathogens on contact, simply wiping the external surfaces of the gun with isopropyl alcohol or other antiseptics does not kill pathogens within the working parts of the gun. Blood from one client can aerosolize, becoming airborne in microscopic particles, and contaminate the inside of the gun. The next client’s tissue and jewelry may come into contact with these contaminated surfaces. There is thus a possibility of transmitting bloodborne disease-causing microorganisms through such ear piercing, as many medical studies report.”

http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns

missjb 2:27 pm 02 Jan 13

If it’s not too late, go see Beau at Freestyle… NOT Redpath…
I got my nose pierced at Redpath last year because Freestyle was closed. The piercer did it “free hand” and ended up sticking the needle right through into my septum. That hurt and bled more than the actual piercing, haha. Beau is always really careful and professional :).

Perfect Dark is correct about the consent issue too 🙂 but a 16yo can get a surface piercing without a signature. Good luck, and remember – don’t touch it!

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