i was wondering what do you think of people that self pierce or instances where kids pierce each other?

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richardeffinivey:

Oh boy- please don’t take my following answer as a personal attack against you.

For myself, and many of my colleagues, we have dedicated our lives to this industry. We eat, sleep, and breathe body piercing. We underwent lengthy, arduous apprenticeships. We spend our free time talking to other piercers. We spend our vacations with other piercers. We date other piercers, marry other piercers, we hate other piercers. Our blood flows for body piercing. When we’re not piercing, we’re looking at jewelry for piercings, or wondering what we can do to make the next piercing we do quicker, safer, cleaner, more attractive, or easier for the client. Our studio is our home, our sacred space. Our industry is our first love. We live to pierce.

As I’ve said before, the sole act of piercing someone- poking a hole in someone’s body- it’s not hard. It’s super easy, really.

But here’s the deal- when you pierce yourself, when you push a sewing needle you’ve held over a lighter through your ear and shove some jewelry from Hot Topic in there- you’re not doing what I do. You don’t understand how sterilization works, you don’t understand how a needle cuts, you don’t know about the hours we’ve argued over how to prepare the skin beforehand. You don’t how that jewelry works, you don’t know who made it, you don’t know what it’s made of at an elemental level. You don’t know how to breathe, you don’t know how to open your soul and share an experience. You don’t know how to care for it, how it heals, why it isn’t healing. You don’t know how to keep yourself safe- physically, biologically, mentally, emotionally.

You’re not doing what I do. You’re trying- and for that, I’m flattered. But just like a person holding a pen can’t easily touch Da Vinci’s work, you holding a needle does not make us equals. What’s even worse is you thinking it does. When you strut into my studio, my home, my safe place, and you show me a complete abomination of a “piercing”, and you smile in my face, and then have the nerve to ask for my advice, or worse, my critiques, and get upset when I remind you that I have training, tools, knowledge, and passion- that is the biggest insult of them all.

We charge what we charge because we believe that while our job is extremely rewarding, we deserve to be able to do it comfortably. We should be able to charge for the access to our passion. In a world where the highest paid people are the ones who manipulate the most, or run the fastest, or jump the highest, we, as lowly body piercers, should be able to pay our rent and buy groceries. We should be able to eat lunch and dinner on the same day. We should be able to wear the jewelry you want too. We should be able to support a family, if we want one. We should be able to run small businesses, and be a cog in the wheel of our global economy. Trust me- if we didn’t have to spend money to live, we wouldn’t ask for yours. I’d love nothing more than to give myself - my services - away, but unfortunately, our society doesn’t give me a place to live, food to eat, or free movie tickets. So for now, I have to charge you for that.

As long as you’re spending money on iPads and Coach bags and Whole Foods and Lush shampoo, I don’t think it’s unfair to charge for what I provide. I think my fee is quite a deal. In the end, you get what you pay for, and if you didn’t pay anything, you probably didn’t get anything worth having.

So well said! I hate when people come into the shop and ask prices for piercings (most at my shop are $45-60 including jewelry, really reasonable I think), and then complain about how expensive it is and how they can do it themselves for much cheaper. Or they come in with a messed up piercing they did themselves and don’t understand why it isn’t healing correctly or why having issues with it.


toddmarrone:

It was a graveyard smash. (at The MILL Artist Studios)

The world lost an amazing artist and person on Christmas. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for him. I wouldn’t be an artist.I discovered his art when I was 16 and living in Iowa. It was the first time art ever spoke to me. I got my first job so I could buy original pieces by him. I emailed him after I received the first piece by him telling him how much I loved it and how I wished I could be creative.He emailed me back and told me I can be. He told me some art and creativity exercises I could do. As time went on he even shared some of his lesson plans with me, a random young kid half way across the country. He is why I did my first painting. He is how I found a creative outlet for everything I was feeling. He opened a whole new world for me.I decided then, that I wasn’t going to follow in my dad’s footsteps in doing law. I was going to be myself. I put less focus in being on the debate team and more focus on joining an art club. I decided to study art and design after high school. I found my calling, found myself all because of Todd. I owe him so much, and moving to Philly and seeing his art all around the city helped me feel at home. I never told him any of this in person because I figured I would always have a chance to. But now I never will. Will never truly get the chance to thank him for changing my life and helping me find myself when I was going through so much in my life. For opening a whole new world for me.

toddmarrone:

It was a graveyard smash. (at The MILL Artist Studios)

The world lost an amazing artist and person on Christmas. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for him. I wouldn’t be an artist.

I discovered his art when I was 16 and living in Iowa. It was the first time art ever spoke to me. I got my first job so I could buy original pieces by him. I emailed him after I received the first piece by him telling him how much I loved it and how I wished I could be creative.

He emailed me back and told me I can be. He told me some art and creativity exercises I could do. As time went on he even shared some of his lesson plans with me, a random young kid half way across the country. He is why I did my first painting. He is how I found a creative outlet for everything I was feeling. He opened a whole new world for me.

I decided then, that I wasn’t going to follow in my dad’s footsteps in doing law. I was going to be myself. I put less focus in being on the debate team and more focus on joining an art club. I decided to study art and design after high school. I found my calling, found myself all because of Todd. I owe him so much, and moving to Philly and seeing his art all around the city helped me feel at home.

I never told him any of this in person because I figured I would always have a chance to. But now I never will. Will never truly get the chance to thank him for changing my life and helping me find myself when I was going through so much in my life. For opening a whole new world for me.


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hausoflimbs:

Another preview of one of our upcoming designs. What do you think?

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Another preview of one of our upcoming designs. What do you think?


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Preview of one of the designs in our upcoming line. Like it?

Remember keep rebloging for your chance to win a Haus of Limbs shirt!

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Preview of one of the designs in our upcoming line. Like it?

Remember keep rebloging for your chance to win a Haus of Limbs shirt!


hausoflimbs:

You can now purchase the Kill Your Curiosity design online! Head on over to Jon’s Etsy at www.cruelblooms.etsy.com we have all sizes from extra small to 2xl! When our full website is finished, it will also be available for sale there. 

And don’t forget about the t-shirt giveaway! Feel free to reblog this post and keep rebloging the contest post for your chance to win!

hausoflimbs:

You can now purchase the Kill Your Curiosity design online! Head on over to Jon’s Etsy at www.cruelblooms.etsy.com we have all sizes from extra small to 2xl! When our full website is finished, it will also be available for sale there.

And don’t forget about the t-shirt giveaway! Feel free to reblog this post and keep rebloging the contest post for your chance to win!


hausoflimbs:

To celebrate our upcoming line and our new Tumblr page, we are doing a t-shirt giveaway!  Who are we?  We are a group of friends who have always been judged and stared at, whether it be for being amputees, or heavily tattooed.  Which is why we created this design. “Kill Your Curiosity”.  We want to prove to people what people can do when they put their mind to things. We have all sizes from XS to 2XL in this design! 

Here are the Rules to this giveaway:

  • Must be following the Haus of Limbs tumblr. (we will be posting news, sneak peeks, future contests, and other fun stuff!)
  • Only reblogs will be counted.  Feel free to like this, but it wont count as an entry in the giveaway.
  • Reblog as many times as you want, be be courteous to your followers and not do things like reblog it 15 times back to back all at once.
  • No contest blogs. We will check!
  • For every 100 reblogs and new followers, we will add more to the giveaway so keep checking in! 
  • Contest will end at midnight (est) on November 20th. 
  • Winner will be chosen by a random number generator :)

If you have questions, feel free to ask!  And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @hausoflimbs .   And our full website will be launched soon!


hausoflimbs:

To celebrate our upcoming line and our new Tumblr page, we are doing a t-shirt giveaway!  Who are we?  We are a group of friends who have always been judged and stared at, whether it be for being amputees, or heavily tattooed.  Which is why we created this design. “Kill Your Curiosity”.  We want to prove to people what people can do when they put their mind to things. We have all sizes from XS to 2XL in this design! 

Here are the Rules to this giveaway:

  • Must be following the Haus of Limbs tumblr. (we will be posting news, sneak peeks, future contests, and other fun stuff!)
  • Only reblogs will be counted.  Feel free to like this, but it wont count as an entry in the giveaway.
  • Reblog as many times as you want, be be courteous to your followers and not do things like reblog it 15 times back to back all at once.
  • No contest blogs. We will check!
  • For every 100 reblogs and new followers, we will add more to the giveaway so keep checking in! 
  • Contest will end at midnight (est) on November 20th. 
  • Winner will be chosen by a random number generator :)

If you have questions, feel free to ask!  And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @hausoflimbs .   And our full website will be launched soon!



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