Pink Fire Pointer March 2013

Where to Put Popular Tattoo Designs For Women

                              Females by nature want to adorn themselves in order to enhance their appeal and beauty. Aside from using other methods of making themselves beautiful, making tattoos in their body becomes more popular among women. They believed that tattoo designs for women makes them more attractive and sexier. However, proper choice of design is important so that it would appear more artistic and natural. Popular design It is not just enough to choose a tattoo because it is important that the design would suit your personality. Keep in mind that the style would reflect your personality that is why you need to select one that has a positive impact. Among the many tattoo designs for women, daisy is the commonly used. This flower symbolizes innocence and femininity during the early years as well as it symbolizes peace. Aside from flowers you can also pick other designs such as angel wings, stars, butterflies, Chinese letters and even your zodiac symbols. Nevertheless, always remember to place the tattoo on the appropriate place for perfect results. Appropriate Body Parts To Put Tattoo The tattoo designs for women can be placed in different area depending on the location they are designed. The common places that most girls make tattoos are on the ankle, leg, abdomen, lower back and at the back of the neck. When you make tattoo in your ankle it would be more attractive when you wear a stilettos or a chic pair of shoes. You can make a fashion statement out of making tattoos that is considered as fashion trend. On the other hand, before you decide to make tattoo in any part of your body you should bear in mind that the procedure can cause pain and discomfort. The ankle and the leg are the body parts that are susceptible to bleeding. That is why utmost care should be taken into consideration especially on the first few days after you acquire the tattoo. It is also recommended to elevate your tattooed legs to avoid bleeding. You can easily find tattoo designs for women in magazines, books and even in the internet. Make sure that you choose the right design appropriate to your character. In this way you can ensure that you can carry it well as well as it could add beauty and allure. However, choosing the appropriate style is not an easy task because you have to consider your character as well as the impression it would project to other people. If you want to have body art of any designs keep in mind that it should be more appealing to feminine charm and at the same time produce a positive impression. 

What are the Real Risks of Body Piercing? -- Advice for Parents & Teens

Are you or your teenager considering a body piercing? Is it difficult to see eye-to-eye on this subject, or are you just not sure what the real risks of body piercing are? Sometimes it's hard to separate the facts from the myths surrounding body modification. When that happens, it can make it even harder for parents and teenagers to come to an agreement on whether a body piercing is an acceptable form of self-expression.

First, you should understand that the risks of body piercing are very real. There are genuine problems that can and do arise, and these shouldn't be ignored. On the other hand, by taking certain precautions and taking proper care of your piercings, you can minimize your chance of having a problem and greatly increase the chances that you will be one of the millions of people who will end up with a healthy, normal piercing.

What are the health risks of body piercing?

    Infection. Without proper care, infection can lead to scarring and even blood poisoning. Infections of piercings are unattractive and can be very dangerous.
    Allergic Reaction. Some people are sensitive to certain metals and only discover this when they are pierced and have a severe reaction to the jewelry. The rash, swelling, and difficulty breathing can lead to shock and hospitalization.
    Nerve Damage. If a piercing isn't placed carefully, it can be pushed through a nerve, severing it and making the surrounding area permanently deadened to any feeling.
    Excessive Bleeding. This is just what it sounds like. If you get pierced and happen to hit a large blood vessel, you could have difficulty stopping the bleeding and may end up in the emergency room getting it cauterized. Not pretty.
    Risk of Cross-Contamination. You may become cross-contaminated by Hepatitis, the HIV virus, or another blood-borne pathogen is you are pierced by improperly sterilized needles.
    Keloids. These are toughened knots of scar tissue that look like cysts at the base of a piercing that sometimes form for no reason at the site of a piercing.
    Can't donate blood. Is it important for you to be a blood donor? Is there someone in your family who is ill and may need blood donations in the near future? Don't get pierced. You cannot donate blood for one year after getting pierced -- no exceptions.
    Dental Risks. There are several problems that can arise from oral piercings, including chipped teeth, worn tooth enamel, damage to the gums and jaw line from wear, and even aspiration (inhaling) of a loose piece of jewelry into the lungs. Infection and swelling of the tongue is also a possibility, and is very unpleasant.

Are there other body piercing risks?

It depends on what you consider a risk. There are certainly things you should consider that you could call potential drawbacks to getting pierced. Among these are:

    Pain. How much of a weenie are you? If you can't tolerate pain, you may be risking suffering more than you like for your vanity. Some piercings hardly hurt at all, others can be pretty rough for a few weeks.
    Cost. Do you have the money to pay not only for the piercing and jewelry, but for the aftercare products, such as Provon® or Satin® and H2Ocean®?
    Commitment. You are putting yourself at risk if you can't clean your piercing every day, twice a day. Period. End of discussion. And you have to do your sea salt soaks or H2Ocean® treatments without fail.
    Judgment of Others. Let's get real. You may not want to hear this one, but face it; others may judge you based on your piercings, so really think this one through. Will it bother you if others stare as though they are afraid of you? Do you want to have to explain yourself or remove your piercing for job interviews? Will you feel badly if your piercing upsets your grandparents or family friends?

Okay, we've looked at the risks of body piercing, and you (or your teenager) are still certain that a piercing is a "must have." How do you prevent all of those scary possibilities we mentioned in our list of health risks? By doing your homework! A good piercing with a low risk of infection or other complications is the result of choosing a good, professional piercer and having the piercing done in the proper environment.

What should you look for in a piercing parlor that will reduce the risks of body piercing?

First impressions count! When you walk in the door, scan the waiting area. Is it clean, neat and professional looking? If the front of the shop isn't clean, it's a sure thing that they can't keep the back area clean. If you first impression makes you wary, turn around and walk out the door.


Check to make sure they are licensed by the local board of health to operate as a piercing studio, and make sure their license hasn't expired. Also look for membership in a recognized group such as the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), which sets high standards for membership and requires extensive training. An APP certification will indicate that the piercers have taken classes and been through a rigorous apprenticeship program.

Helpful, Knowledgeable Staff

Ask questions, and lots of them. If the employees don't know the answers and are more like sales clerks pushing jewelry than anything, you should be wary. They may have a high turn-over of staff for some reason; this is also a red flag. If, however, they can answer your piercing questions and give you good, clear advice, then they have been well-trained by someone with experience.

The one exception may be if the studio is very large and they have a few sales people who only work the front counters. If this is the case and you begin asking questions, they should answer honestly that they are salespeople, and be willing to refer you to a piercer or apprentice who can discuss your concerns with you. There should always be a piercer on location at the studio or parlor when it is open -- always.

Printed information

Ask to see the aftercare information they provide to individuals getting pierced. If you hear, "Oh, your piercer will explain all that to you," insist on seeing the printed version before getting pierced. If they don't have printed, step-by-step instructions, walk away. It is too easy to forget what you need to do, forget the name of the product you should be using, etc. if you don't have printed instructions. If they aren't willing to spend the money to print the instructions for their clients, who knows where else they might be cutting corners!

Read through the aftercare instructions and see if they are current with the prevailing standards. A good way to evaluate this is by checking them against what you see on sites such as BME, Tribalectic and APP. If the piercing literature still recommends using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, for instance, to clean your piercing, then the studio is not keeping up with the current research in body piercing care and may cause you unnecessary suffering and longer healing times.

The rules are there for a reason

If you're a teenager and they don't ask for I.D. or tell you to come back with a parent or guardian, do not thank your lucky stars. Leave! The law says your parent has to be present, and any studio that bends or breaks the rules on one issue will do the same on others.

In other words, if they are willing to "ignore" one rule to grab your money, they will ignore others to turn a higher profit. They may decide that the expense of an autoclave is unnecessary, or that reusing piercing needles is a great way to save some money. You are a minor and have little or no protection without your parents present, and they know this -- that's why they do it -- to take advantage of you, pure and simple. If you are going to get pierced, make sure you take a parent or guardian with you for your own safety. If they've been cool enough to get this far with you, they'll survive going to a piercing parlor, trust me.

The rest of the place

We've made it past the waiting room and decided that the piercing parlor seems okay so far; they have current credentials and health certificates, their aftercare instructions look good, and they had Dad sign a consent form. Are we ready to go? Not yet. You still need to check a few more things. Don't be afraid to interrogate them about the piercing room and the sterilization process itself. These are two of the most important things to consider.

Ask these questions before ever getting pierced:

    Do you sterilize your tools in an autoclave? May I see your most recent spore test results? If they don't do spore testing at least once a month, don't get pierced there. Spore testing is the only way to know if an autoclave is effectively sterilizing the equipment, and autoclave sterilization is the only method approved by the Association of Professional Piercers.
    How long have you been piercing, and how did you learn? Body piercing is complex, and any piercer who is a professional will gladly explain where he learned and from whom. It takes quite a while to learn what types of jewelry and needles are best for each piercing and to learn how to place the piercings optimally. If a piercer seems defensive or less than forthcoming, be hesitant to let him touch you with a needle.
    May I see the room where you'll be doing the piercing, and can I watch you set up? Check out the area where the piercings are done. Do they wipe down the area before and after every piercing? Do they maintain a clean, dust free environment at all times? When setting up, make sure that the sterilized instruments are put on a tray and not touched except with washed, gloved hands. Make sure the piercer uses gloves for the entire piercing and changes them frequently.
    What type of piercing needles do you use? There is only one correct answer: Single-use, pre-sterilized, disposable needles. These should not be opened except in your presence at the time of the piercing. If they use a piercing gun for any piercing, leave immediately. No body piercing should ever be done with a piercing gun, which causes bruising, trauma and excessive tearing and bleeding.

"I've chosen the parlor and piercer and I got a really cool body piercing. Now what?"

AFTERCARE!!! There is nothing as crucial to addressing the risks of body piercing as properly following the guidelines for piercing aftercare. Since you've chosen a reliable, professional piercer, you will have a set of aftercare instructions that will tell you what to do to properly care for your piercings.

Do not skip a day because you are too tired, too busy, or because you "forget." Aftercare is literally preventative care -- you are taking care of your piercing in order to prevent an infection and to enable the wound to heal properly. While following your aftercare instructions, watch for signs of trouble so that you can address them early on before they turn into real problems.

Signs of a potential problem that you should bring to the attention of your parents (if you are a minor) or your piercer are:

    Discharge that is green or yellow from the piercing
    Splitting, oozing or cracking and bleeding of a piercing more than a week old
    Swelling and redness after the first few days
    Pain and redness or red streaks radiating out from the piercing
    Migration (movement of the piercing) up through the layers of skin
    Difficulty breathing and swelling of the tongue within hours of a piercing, especially an oral piercing
    A rash or hives soon after a piercing
    A lump or bump forming at the base of the piercing

In some cases, you will need to see a doctor; in others your piercer will be able to advise you on the proper steps to alleviate the situation. The important thing is to catch any small problems before they turn into big ones. If you follow your aftercare instructions and monitor your piercing carefully, you can minimize the risks of body piercing so that you can enjoy your new body piercing completely!

Places for Tattoos on Women

                             Whilst the individual style and design of a tattoo remains the most important aspect of your newly acquired ink, the placement on the body follows closely in importance. How and where you display your tattoo will have a factor in how it is admired. I first visited a tattoo parlour back in the mid eighties to get my first tattoo, there wasn't a woman in sight. The two resident tattoo artists were both (very macho) males, the waiting room was full of an assortment of bikers, armed forces personnel and young men like me. In fact I don't recall seeing many females frequent my tattoo parlour at all when I was starting my tattoo journey. Any that did walk in were usually accompanying their male partners whilst they got inked. Nowadays the scene is very different. I have personally been tattooed by a very talented female artist. A tattoo studio is no longer a male only testosterone filled haunt. Women have and will continue to get tattooed in their masses and whilst it was once frowned upon by the general public, now it is accepted. My wife is heavily tattooed. I remember the days in the summer when we would walk around the local supermarket and attracted stares of revulsion from young mothers and little old ladies! That doesn't happen anymore, nowadays most women I see in the that supermarket have some sort of tattoo. Some are more heavily tattooed now than my wife! I still maintain, as I did in my article regarding male tattoos, that tattoos look great in most places of the body, regardless of gender. There are however some keys places that are more beneficial to each gender. It is also worth remembering that generally men and women get tattooed for different reasons. Women tend to go for personal tattoos with more meaning behind them, and thus sometimes feel more comfortable hiding them in discrete locations, whereas men tend to like to show their tattoos off. So, if we're talking about places for tattoos on women, which body locations are ideal? 1. Arms. Usually a male preference, women are now expressing their tattoos on their arms. Whilst the muscle definition isn't as pronounced as on the males arm, the advantage of arm placement is that excessive body hair shouldn't be a problem! I've seen some truly fantastic full sleeve designs on women. I think that is the key, long flowing tattoos tend to work better on the slender arms rather than individual designs placed on the biceps and forearms. A point to make here is that there is nothing discreet about the arms. People will see it, and likely more often than on males due to the difference in clothing each gender wears. 2. Chest. Breast tattoos have always been popular, particularly when the placement is at the top of the breast. This area lends itself well to smaller designs. Be advised that, again due to the clothing women tend to wear, this tattoo will be highly visible. 3. Head/Face. You can now have beauty spots, eyeliner and other image enhancing ideas tattooed permanently. I have seen this from time to time on women. It is the only facial tattoo I have seen. A head tattoo is not likely to be an option as women tend to prefer hair on their heads. 4. Neck. Another display issue for women but this can be an advantage. It is common to see women place tattoos on the back of the neck rather than the side. With the benefit of longer hair this tattoo can be hidden discreetly when chosen, or displayed in full glory when the hair is tied back. 5. Back. A very popular location for women, the back offers the benefit of discretion should you choose not to show the tattoo off. The lower back is more preferable as low-cut dresses will still hid the design. Full back pieces will work depending on the design but it is not discreet and is definitely for the hardcore tattoo fan. If you're going for a bigger design a popular choice is to go for something that flows elegantly from one side of the back to another part of the body. 6. Legs Tattooing the upper leg is a favourite female body location. If offers the benefits of discretion but can be showed of in the summer with swimwear. The lower leg is also popular, as are now the ankles and feet which can be showed off in the summer with the right footwear, or hidden when desired. 7. Hands I'm seeing a lot of these nowadays, A popular choice of design is some form of script on the side of the hands. Lets face it, a lady's hand is far more attractive than a guy's hand in that it is likely to be hair free and often adorned with jewellery and polish. A small intricate tattoo can enhance the hand, but this is in no way a discreet location. You need to plan ahead and consider what the tattoo will look like in years to come. The hands are one of the most exposed parts of the body and will suffer from weathering. Colours won't likely last long. There are other areas you could consider as places for tattoos on women but the above points cover the general torso. The important aspects to consider are that if you want to show it off, people have got to be able to see it! 

25 Places on Your Body to Get Tattoos

                            For tattoo lovers, no area is off limits. Much like a painter, the body becomes your canvas, and every part of your body is free to get the tattoo design of your choice. For those that love tattoos but have not yet decided on the best part of their body to get their next tat design, here is a list of the 25 best places to get a tattoo, as well as a few options for your next design. 1) Biceps/Upper Arm Perhaps one of the most common places to get a tattoo, a variety of different designs can go on the bicep area. It is one of the most visible sections of your body (assuming you do not often wear long sleeves) and, more importantly, anything goes. Because the area is so easy to hide, it does not matter what tattoo design you choose. Flaming hearts, skulls, love for your mom - there is no limit to the artwork you choose. 2) Ankle Ankles, especially on women (but fine for men) are a great place to get a tattoo. The key here is to choose a tattoo design that is small and easy to make out, like a star or a heart. If you choose something too complicated, it looks to others as though you have a skin color problem. 3) Wrist One of the more popular tattoo designs these days is to get a bracelet inked on your arm. People like to switch their accessories all the time, but for those that simply like seeing some color on their wrists, this is a great place to get a design. 4) Lower Back Yet another popular location with women, a tattoo on the lower back has gotten a bad rep of late, but it is still a great place to get a more intricate and symmetrical design, especially one that doesn't have a specific meaning. Tribal tattoos are most common, but Chinese lettering is very popular here. 5) Chest For men, a tattoo on the chest can be anything. The chest is the place that most men get their larger tattoo designs - as well as an area of skin used as an extension for another piece of artwork that stretches across the entire body. For women, this is less often the case. Most often women place a small tattoo above the breast, rather than something more elaborate. Be careful what you get, as sagging can completely ruin a more elaborate design, and this is far more common on women than men. 6) Back of the Neck Like the ankle, the back of the neck is a better place for a small tattoo design, as anything too gaudy could give the impression of being a skin discoloration. But the back of the neck is a good place for a star, a cross, and a variety of other symmetrical designs. 7) Belly Button The belly button is one of the most unappreciated areas on the entire body. The same goes with body art, where the belly button can be decorated in multiple ways that are both sexy and artistic. 8) Wrist The wrist is yet another area of the body that seems as though it should be used more than it is. Nearly everyone - both male and female - wear some type of bracelet on a daily basis. Most of the time that bracelet is only replaced when it is lost or broken. You can easily decorate your wrist area with a tattoo design, providing you with essentially a permanent bracelet that will never be lost and can always be added to. 9) Feet Unlike the ankle, the foot is a great place for an elaborate design of your choosing. Most of the day you have socks on, and the skin color of your feet often doesn't match the tone of your legs, which see more sun. For that reason, your feet often stand out when they are bare already. So why not decorate them with an attractive piece of artwork that you can show off to others? 10) Fingers You have the choice here between an elaborate design that covers an entire finger, or a smaller design that resembles a ring, much in the same way you can decorate your wrists with a bracelet. Full designs that cover an entire finger are often very intriguing, but be sure and check to see how they change the way your hands look before you complete one. 11) Shoulders The shoulders are a great place for a tattoo design, especially one that is more decorative than an item (for example, more artistic than simply a skull or something more concrete). Shoulder tattoos often resemble the design style of those on the lower back, as both tend to have the same interesting artistic swing. Tribal tattoos are especially common. 12) Mons Pubis Some women like to get a tattoo on the mons pubis, which is the small mound of skin just above the female genitals. There are several designs that can actually look quite good in this area, but be warned that getting inked there can be very painful. 13) Eyeballs It happens. Some people enjoy getting a small tattoo on their eyeball. Let this be the last place you get a tattoo, as it is likely the most painful and there are very few designs that truly stand out on the soft tissue. 14) Buttocks An incredibly smooth area that few people are going to see unless you let them? A great place for whatever tattoo you desire. The buttocks has a lot of skin is clearly visible, with few bumps that could mess up your design. If you have a specific design that you want more than anything and you are not sure if it will look good anywhere else, the buttocks is the way to go. This area is prone to sagging though, so if you needed an excuse to go to the gym, there you go. 15) Upper Back Like the buttocks, the upper back has a great deal of skin and few bumps that can ruin your design. It also does not sag as much. But as is often the case with body art, when something is as visible as your upper back, it is usually a good idea to choose a tattoo design that is more symmetrical. The upper back is also a great place for words and phrases, should you be fond of that type of artwork. 16) Forearms There are no special rules about forearm tattoos. Almost every design style seems to work, and rarely does any of the artwork look as though it is a skin discoloration. That said, they are quite visible, so you should make sure your workplace is okay with your ink. 17) Stomach Your belly is a great canvas. It has a lot of skin, it is only visible when you want it to be, and when it expands from age/weight gain it usually does so in a fairly fluid manner, so that the design stretches with it. 18) Scrotum Some men like to get tattoos on their scrotum. It can be painful and few people are going to see it, but hey - it's skin, and it's yours. Knock yourself out. 19) Love Handles Often times the side of your stomach is used to expand other designs, such as those on your chest, back, or stomach. But the side of your body should not be overlooked, and your love handle area can easily fit its own design if you have something unique that will work there. 20) Hamstrings The back of your leg tends to stay very fit as you age, so it is a good place to get tattoo designs if you are worried about sagging or stretching ruining the design. Tribal tattoo designs do not work as well here as they do in other areas, but you can still find several decent, more elaborate designs that fit well in this area. 21) Calves Calves are a lot like the hamstrings, except there is less skin to fit the design, so it is usually better to keep these designs slightly more simple, unless you are planning on enveloping the entire leg. Some of the more fun designs seem on the calves include peacock feathers and Chinese watercolor. 22) Face The most devout tattoo lovers use their entire body as their canvas, and the face is still a part of your body. If it wasn't for the stigma that is associated with those that get face tattoos, one could bet that they would be more common, but unfortunately face tattoos may make it hard to get a job or make a favorable first impression with someone more conservative. That said, don't forget that you can always create very small designs that fit well in these areas. Some people like to put a small star at the edge of their eyebrow, and these are not very gaudy and more socially acceptable. 23) Top of the Head If you can commit to being bald, you can commit to a tattoo on your scalp. For many, the tattoo is an extension of one on the neck, but once again, it's still an area of canvas that is perfect for any type of body art. 24) Front of the Neck One thing to avoid with any tattoo designs on the front of the neck - you want to make sure it does not blend with a chest tattoo and look as though it is some type of extensive body hair. 25) Perineum The final place you can get inked is a place that not even your lovers might see. The perineum is the area of skin between your genitals and your anus - barely viewable even to those that are looking for it. Yet it is still an available patch of skin, and is a fun place to put a small tattoo that is a secret for only you to enjoy. This area is more visible on women than men, so women should be careful to put something that one can appreciate - such as a star, or something else cute and small - while men should make sure that they choose a tattoo design that will not look diseased, like a word or less elaborate drawing. Your Body is Your Canvas When it comes to tattoo designs, Every patch of skin on your entire body is yet another space that can be filled with the artwork of your choice. Despite what is outlined above, there are no rules for these areas. If you are passionate about a type of tattoo, and are certain it will not negatively affect your life - get it done. You have nothing to lose. 

Locating Great Thigh Tattoo Or Leg Tattoo Designs Using Simple Methods

                              Whether you just want a nice thigh tattoo design, or some very original leg tattoos, you'll look for them the same way. The bad part is that only 5% of people know how to look for galleries that actually have tons of high quality artwork. The rest of you will use the exact same method,which will drag you to so many generic laced galleries that your head will spin. Fixing this is pretty darn easy, though. The first thing we need to take a look at is how you normally look for thigh tattoo artwork, or leg tattoos in general. Are you by any chance relying on a search engine? I jumped to that conclusion because over 90% of the population goes right over to one when they want lists of artwork galleries. This is a a huge mistake, though. They just aren't reliable, at all. They rarely include the better and larger galleries in those lists. It doesn't matter what style you're looking for. If you want a generic thigh tattoo, or if you want to see thousands of cookie cutter leg tattoos, you can keep using them. That's all you'll find, though. If you "don't" want to sift through hoards of generic junk, you'll have to change how you look for artwork. Best of all, it's so darn easy to do. All that you need are big forums. That's it. With the help of their archives and their topics search tool, a whole new world of thigh tattoo designs and leg tattoos can be opened up. Long story short, it's your tried and true way to uncover so many of the amazing artwork galleries you've been missing out on. All you have to do is jump into the archives and use that search tool. This will pull up all kinds of topics about tattoo artwork. Hundreds of them should come up. Just jump in, get comfortable and have a bit of fun scanning through some of them. You will run into all kinds of information, including a whole lot of names and links of the great artwork sites other people have been lucky enough to find. It's your path to high quality thigh tattoo designs and leg tattoos that were made by real artists. Once you see "real" artwork, you'll never look at generic designs the same way. 

Easily Finding Great Thigh Tattoo Or Leg Tattoo Design Galleries

                            When you slide over to your computer to find thigh tattoo designs or leg tattoos, are you seeing decent art? Probably not. It all deals with how you start "looking" for galleries, which will determine if you see generic stuff, or if you see fresh, high quality stuff. Here's the way to make darn sure you find great thigh tattoo collections and leg tattoos that are crisp and well drawn. Not many people jump onto their computer and start salivating over the fact that they'll be looking at thousands of cookie cutter designs. Most people get angry when this happens to them, and the worst part is that this "is" happening to most of us. In fact, it's around 90%. You can stop this, though. You just need to watch out for what you use to look for thigh tattoo designs, or any styles of leg tattoos. To put it in plain English, you need to avoid search engines. It just won't work. The lists that they generate nowadays are downright awful. They are always long lists of completely generic galleries, where your only option is to click through bundles of cookie cutter images. Like I said, though, you don't have to go through that. You have a much better option when looking for fresh, original thigh tattoo designs and crisp leg tattoos. This option would be forums. Big forums to be more exact. You won't need to get involved with them in any way. You don't need to join any of them. You just need one thing from a big forum. You need the archive section, which is the key to everything. It's where you will have instant and total access to hundred of various topics on this very subject. If you want to see real thigh tattoo designs and fresh, high quality leg tattoos, spend a couple moments browsing these topics. People from all over the world have chimed in and shared their input, including where they've recently found amazing galleries. 

Body Piercing - A Brief Overview

If you find yourself debating whether or not to get a body piercing, you are hardly in the minority. Many people have body piercings (most common being the ears), and many more people have multiple piercings decorating other various parts of their body. As opposed to a tattoo, which is intended to be permanent decision, most piercings can be removed for certain occasions with no threat of the hole closing up (the exception of course, are oral piercings - they heal quickly).

Piercings have a long history - in every culture there are various forms of piercings and body modifications. While piercings were once mainly symbolic instruments of ornamentation, now they are fashionable and used to enhance appearances. Common piercing locations include the ears, the face, oral, genital, navel, and surface piercings. If there is skin or cartilage, it can probably be pierced!

Piercing techniques are generally the same - especially in America, where piercing conditions are closely monitored for health and safety reasons. A sterile hollow needle is passed through the skin/cartilage, followed by the insertion of the body jewelry into the hole. Piercing guns, the popular method of piercing in malls, are not good for piercing. Piercing guns cause damage to the surrounding tissues, and piercing guns are almost impossible to properly sterilize; when considering a new piercing, it will behoove you to go to a professional piercing shop where the people are highly trained.

Most piercings are relatively painless procedures: the human mind tends to psyche itself out, and the actual pain is usually quick, intense (to varying degrees), and fleeting. Once the jewelry is inserted, the area may be tender, but in no means should you ever be in excruciating pain. Following a new piercing, the aftercare recommended by your piercer should be followed. Regardless of what you got pierced, correct aftercare is the most important step! Although only you can be the best judge of how your body heals (therefore, monitor yourself carefully), there are some rules of thumb that apply to most people.

First, consider your daily activities. If you are very active, it is important to bathe regularly to keep harmful bacteria and dead skin cells at bay. Most people use saline with great success, but most piercers sell liquid antimicrobial solutions; clean the piercing regularly (once or twice a day), but not too often so as to irritate it! Above all else, NEVER touch your piercing with dirty hands! Always wash with warm water before handling your new piercing - that is the surest way to prevent infections. Remember, you are the best judge of your body - if something is wrong, your body will alert you - so pay attention!

Body Piercings and the Danger of Infections

There are still a lot of people who frown on the practice of body art in any shape or form.

Despite the fact that many people still fiercely insist that body art is simply a fad, it has been around for many centuries and generations, and can be found in many ancient cultures. In fact, body piercing is an art form that dates back to pre-biblical times.

If you're thinking about getting pierced, whether for the first time, or yet again, the location of your next piercing is likely something you've been thinking about...

Piercing can virtually be accomplished in any area of the body. Piercing of one area versus another is no longer reserved for one sex or the other in many instances - and in fact, most piercings are considered to be unisex, with some daring piercings being the exception.

A piercing does involve cutting the body and the time it takes to heal depends largely on the part of the body pierced. For the most part piercings on the face heal faster than others.

While most piercings heal perfectly, the sad fact is that things can go wrong from time to time. One of the more common reasons for a piercing to look odd is the presence of an infection. If your piercing is unusually red, tender, swollen or oozing fluid other than a small amount of whitish yellowish discharge, you have probably acquired an infection and may need medical care.

Prevention is better than cure, so whatever shop you go to should provide disposable, sterile piercing equipment. If you are not sure that equipment is sterile (sterile equipment is usually individually wrapped) then ask how equipment is sterilized. It is possible that the shop uses equipment called an 'autoclave' to clean equipment, which is perfectly safe.

If you are not comfortable with the response you get to your questions, just get up and leave and go somewhere more reputable.

If you're contemplating that crucial first piercing you may just be wondering how exactly it is done. Do they use a gun? Or is it a needle?

First, if a parlor is using a piercing gun, leave immediately because they are not safe. Since they cannot be sterilized, a gun could cause you enormous difficulties in the future.

When you make the decision to get a new piercing one thing you must consider is what type of jewelry you plan to use. Some metals such as Silver simply are not made for piercings - and others like Stainless Steel can help to prevent infection. The tarnish from silver can get deposited into the skin, which darkens the skin around the piercing and can be permanent. Other metals are suited to some areas of the body but not others.

Where to Put That Perfect Tattoo?

                 With any tattoo, the design and style are a huge factor in getting what you want. Placement should also be weighed greatly as well. One might look great on your shoulder while it doesn't quite fit on your leg. Having an idea on what looks good on different parts of your body will help you decide what tattoo to get and where. The back is a very popular place to get a tattoo. Whether it is the lower or upper back, you will have a lot of room to play with. The back gives way to large to medium size tattoos. Some example designs would be the butterfly, tribal, fish, dragons, angels, fairies and many more. The back is perfect for these tattoos because of the symmetrical shape. Anything that can stretch the length and width of the back are perfect. You might also notice a lot of arm and wrist tattoos. The arm is a great place because it is an appropriate place to show off while lending itself to thousands of different designs. The armband has become a very popular tattoo among young men. The shading helps define the bicep muscle. Another famous arm tattoo would be the wrist tattoo. Both these designs make use of the circular pattern by wrapping it around the arm. Some other tattoos that are used on arms would be hearts, koi fish, tattoo sleeves, tribal tattoos, national flags, writing and many other designs. The chest is often overlooked as a possible spot for tattoos but for men it is a great location. Like the armband designs, chest tattoos is a great way to show the definition of your muscles. Chest tattoo designs are often small the medium in size and can be almost anything you want. Some people get writing on their chest because it is close to the heart. With a chest tattoo you also have the option of getting a tattoo that spans across both breasts. Ankle and foot tattoos are also great tattoos to get. Typically, these tattoos are geared more towards women but they work on men as well. They are always small tattoos but are sometimes added on to larger leg tattoos. Typical designs include stars, fish, tribal designs and flowers. Getting a foot tattoo will allow you to show off a design when going barefoot or wearing sandals. However, anyone getting an ankle or foot tattoo should be aware that these are painful tattoos. Anywhere you have skin you can get inked. The possibilities are endless. However, there are several spots that just work. I encourage you to consider these spots as the place for your next tattoo. Whether it is your first or your tenth tattoo, all these spots will work well for you in canvassing your body. 

4 Excellent Tips When Searching For A Leg Tattoo Design!

                  Are you looking for that perfect leg tattoo design for you? When searching for the tattoo image for your legs it is always important that you spend time thinking about it? You should not get too excited that you pick out the very first design that you see in a tattoo gallery. I will give you some useful tips on how to look for that superb tattoo that is exactly right for you. The very first tip I can give you is to avoid rushing with the tattoo design. It always pays when you try to be patient and wait until you picked that leg tattoo idea which is best for your leg. You will appreciate doing this when the time comes. The second tip for you is to avoid using search engines. Search engines will just make you go the wrong way. You will never find the perfect tattoo idea using them. All they will give you are the same tattoo images on the same tattoo galleries over and over again. The ones who mostly regret their tattoos are the ones who use search engines. Always remember that tattoos are permanent, once you have placed it on your skin you cannot remove it that easy. The third tip is to search for the tattoo galleries online using the big forums on the net. Forums are always full of information regarding anything such as perfect leg tattoo design. Many people here even give links on the best tattoo websites on the net. This is very effective way of looking for that perfect leg tattoo design for you. The fourth and very essential tip that I can give you is to have patience and take your time while searching for your design. It always pays when you wait and give careful thought on your own tattoo image. 

Tribal Leg Tattoo - Tips on Getting Your New Tattoo!

                    Thinking about getting a tribal leg tattoo? This article will make your research easier! You go through page after page of Google Images featuring your choice for a new tattoo: A tribal tat, specifically a leg tribal tat. You very quickly realize that you are seeing the same few designs over and over again. Not only that, you have seen most of these designs on people in your town. Some of them are just downright ugly! You feel like you should try to find out who did their tattoo just so you can avoid that artist. Maybe it is time to take another approach. You know there are tons of tattoo websites out there. Maybe you can find one that specializes in tribal art. If you can, you know you can talk to other people, maybe even find someone locally who specializes in tribal art. Chances are you will find more designs on a site that is dedicated to tribal tattoos than you will on a general tattoo site. The free sites seem to just show the same designs that you found on Google Images. Well, a tattoo is a permanent and expensive investment, it seems to be well worth the money to put out a little bit of cash and join a paid membership site. After all, you know that the people who are going to pay to share designs and talk about tattoos are probably more reliable than other sources. Plus, given how popular this form of body art is right now, you should have several sites you can choose from. Once you are a paid member, you start to look through the designs. On page 9, you see the tribal leg ink you want! You couldn't have found a better design. It is exactly what you have been looking for, and it is unique. You haven't seen it on any of the free searches you have done. Now it is time to find an artist who can do this tattoo justice. You head to the forum, and find out there is a tattoo artist not to far away who specializes in tribal art. By spending a little extra money, you have not only found the tattoo of your dreams, you have found the right person to trust with a needle gun. Good luck getting your new tribal leg tattoo!