zaterdag 8 april 2017

Check out the Upcoming Events....

                                                                                    September 15th 
Bloodborne,infection control            Kingston Ontario CA

September 17th
Advanced Industrial concepts              Montana  USA

September  17th / 19th
13th Italian Suscon   Suspension Convention       Tirrenia Italy  
Info: contact A.P.T.P.I                     

September 17th / 19th
Second annual seminars UKAPP                   Birmingham UK
Info: UK APP

October 2th
Suspension workshop                   Amsterdam Netherlands
Info : FB event

October 13th / 15th

BMXnet             Modification Conference      Essen Germany
Info: BMXnet

                                                      November 19th

     Bloodborne,infection control            Vancouver CA
                                           Info: website

November 26th

              Bloodborne,infection control  Montreal CA
                                          Info: website 

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donderdag 6 april 2017

Interview Peggy Vanuxem

 Peggy Vanuxem
Name: Peggy Vanuxem Piercer and owner at Beautiful Freak Piercing in Gent (B)

Can you describe yourself in one sentence?
Born perfectionist who like many laughs.

How long have you been piercer?
I pierce for almost 20 years.

Why this profession?
I exercise my job with passion and it makes me happy, as better person.
Piercing fits perfectly to my personality, it's precision work and I like to make people at ease during their stress time, by using my own inner peace and experience.

How or from whom did you learned the skills? 
I worked a couple of years at Wildcat and Roxy (both in Antwerp), while I had my own business.
in my own  studio it  was too restrictive, in terms of work experience at that time in my life.
It gave me a thorough knowledge of materials but also the chance to be with other piercers. Fascinated to see how everyone has other views
on the profession.

What was your first piercing?

My first piercing was a medusa?

Who or what inspires you?
I am especially inspired by body types, personalities, ...

Can you  tell something about your studio/workspace?
My work place is indeed isolated from my shop. I've been an independent piercer for 20 years having  my own shop, but recently I  combine my two passions, namely piercing and designing retro wear in my shop Sweet p.
It is not evident to have both passions in one shop, I noticed. People soon think that you are a clothing store that pierce asside. but I don't worry, people know me for very long time now and satisfied customers spread the news like wildfire.

fotocredit: Eva Bossant
What type of piercing do you prefer?
I prefer  genital piercings in women, nipples ...

What is the best piece of advice you ever got when you started out and think it would help other starters in this industry?
My advice is to find a good piercer that will learn you the correct way, especially someone with passion and a good reputation.

Do you have a nice or weird experience as a piercer you'd like to share with us?

My oldest client is 96. I thought at first, she walked in the wrong store. She said she never had earrings, she wasn't allowed  as a little girl by her parents, it  was out of the question, in that time.
Now she came in for her first piercing, a belly button ring. She left happy with  her husband, who must have been around the same age, he choose the colour of the piercing, because he couldn't see some colours clearly anymore. Beautiful.

Does your work involve more than just piercing?
I pierce, design clothes, run my shop and like to stay educated on both.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I see my shop  yet again expand, maybe a new shop and more new passions, although piercing is most closely to my heart.

Fotocredit:Nina Coppesmette


-Answers and photos: Peggy Vanuxem
-Published Tattoo Planet eMagazine 120 / April2017

Aftercare and internet

After your fresh piercing is done by your piercer you get a bulk of information and aftercare advice with you.

The aftercare is now in your hands! 

Despite your good care, there remains a chance for complications, for example, irritation,  swollen, sensitive or a fluid bump.

Internet is rich in information nowadays, you have many forums and facebook groups where you can find solutions and advice.
You just have to be careful and know that every body is different, and what works properly for one person, can backfire on another.
You can find  tips for inflammation like opinions as contact lens fluid, sterilon, tea tree oil, iodine or betadine, even alcohol.
Again this works maybe for that person, but doesn't always work for you.

This advice will never be given by a professional piercer!

Hygiene and cleaning is of course the main thing, don't forget, only touch your piercing with clean hands. Excessive cleaning can also induce irritation.

Are you a bit ill, stressed, not feeling good or having your period, this can create more sensitivity on your piercing or even redness, rest assured it's temporary. 

When in doubt, redness, swelling or tenderness, please contact your piercer, He or she can look into it and usually by a simple solution or advice will  remove your concerns and problem, without losing your new piercing.

Most recommended method for irritation is a saline solution
Salt solution you can make yourself at home.
Instructions: You can mix ¼ teaspoon of sea salt in an 8 ounce glass (pinch-full of salt in a dixie cup or shot glass) of warm/hot distilled water and hold it over your piercing. Press the cup or glass tight around the piercing and let it soak for five to ten minutes. For those hard to soak areas such as ears and nose piercings, soak a cotton ball in the sea salt water solution and then apply to the pierced area for several minutes.

Then rinse the area off with clean water immediately afterwards to remove any excess sea salt before it crystallizes on the jewellery.
Do not remove the piercing jewelry!

Alternative : you can also buy sterile saline solution, most piercing studios have in stock, or you can get it at the pharmacy, sterile physiological saline solution.

Please note:
-wrong composition can give irritation to your skin
-Again this solution may not work on everybody, each body is different!
-Go to a reputable piercer! be well informed

Always see your piercer  and if necessary, he/she will redirect you to a doctor .

Related aftercare vid from APP president Jef Saunders

Photos and text: Angie
-Published Tattoo Planet eMagazine 120/April 2017