The Importance of Downsizing You Body Jewelry

The Importance of Downsizing You Body Jewelry

With almost all piercings, it is expected to have a bit of swelling at the beginning of the healing process. Our piercers will choose jewelry that accommodates the amount of expected swelling. Like the picture below of the two forward helix piercings, you can see that there is longer posts in them so there is room for the tissue to swell while healing. After a few weeks the swelling will subside and the initial jewelry will then be too long for the rest of the healing period. It is very important to come back to see your piercer to change out your jewelry to something a bit more snug fitting to avoid any damages or irritation to your new piercing. If the piercing is left with long jewelry even after the swelling has subsided, you run the risk of having your new piercing snagged on things like hair or clothing which can lead to many different problems including those seen in the second picture of multiple helix piercings (Second photo and piercings not by Vicious Ink). In the second picture you can see two fresh lower helix piercings done with perfect angles and then right above you see two healing piercings with irritation bumps. Those are caused by not downsizing your jewelry soon enough. Those irritation bumps could be caused from snagging the jewelry, or sleeping on the piercings and pushing the angles to shift. These could have been avoided with proper downsizing of the jewelry. When you choose to have a quality piercing done at Vicious Ink, we make sure to use the best jewelry available, and you...
The Dangers of Ear Piercing Guns

The Dangers of Ear Piercing Guns

While piercing guns may seem to be a quick and easy way of creating holes, they have major drawbacks in terms of sterility, tissue damage and inappropriate jewelry design. The piercing gun design was originally created over 100 years ago to reduce the pain involved with initial piercings by creating a hole as fast as possible. The piercing gun, in comparison is actually more painful than using the body piercing needle because the gun is smashing a piece of jewelry into your tissue which causes cartilage displacement. The piercing needle is creating a clean hole to then insert jewelry into. Over time we have become more aware of the body and its healing process, as well as what materials will work best for healing. Piercing guns do not have the appropriate material quality, or style of jewelry for initial piercings to heal properly. The quality and style of the ear rings used in ear piercing guns are not made with implant grade materials meant for wear in the human body, so most people with any sort of metal allergy will be allergic to the earrings used in these types of piercings. Piercings done with the piercing gun will take upwards of 1 year or longer to fully heal. Some people will never be able to fully heal an ear piercing done with the piercing gun due to the amount of damage done to the tissue from the blunt force of the gun, or due to the low quality of the jewelry material. Piercing guns cannot be sterilized properly. Anyone who has been pierced by a reusable piercing gun will...
PRINTS FOR SALE

PRINTS FOR SALE

We have prints for sale for this Rock and Roll Last Supper painting that Bre Alex did from the Sterling Heights location. They are 11″ x 17″ and are only $10.00 a piece. If you are interested in purchasing one please call either of our locations at 586-553-9100 or 248-844-5133 to check availability or just stop in to either shop and pick one up for yourself or a loved one. A great gift for Valentine’s...
NEW ARTIST MIKE MANGRUM!!!

NEW ARTIST MIKE MANGRUM!!!

We would like to announce that we have a new artist, Mike Mangrum, who will be at the Vicious Ink in Rochester Hills, Michigan. To schedule an appointment with Mike please email us at viciousinktattoos@gmail.com or call the Rochester Hills shop at 248-844-5133. Mike loves to do traditional style tattoos so if you would like to meet him or set up an appointment stop on...