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dermal punch a no go here..
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March 12, 2013
4:40 pm
amber visions
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so my state doesn't allow dermal punches but one of my favorite shops does large gauge piercings.. how is the healing and procedure different with the two? would i be better to wait and travel to do a dermal punch? Im going for one of my flats and conch.. any experience with larger piercings?

March 14, 2013
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Large gauge piercings are tough, especially on tough tissue. On cartilaginous tissue i think it would be painful and potentially cause problems depending on how large you go, as it tends to swell.

Do any shops offering large gauge use 'circular needles' by any chance? I know some wholesalers over there have started to sell these, made for piercing and thus not a medical item. That fact that they seem identical to dermal punches is purely coincidence. ;)

Other than that, i still recommend travelling i'm afraid.

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March 14, 2013
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I've done thousands of larger gauge piercings on ears in many placements over the 10 years I was a professional piercer with much success. One thing to remember with all ear modification is that ears can really bleed. Not all, but many. I suggest rolling up a towel and shaping it into a ring shape and put your ear in middle for sleeping to support your head without smashing your ear. I also suggest elevating your head for the first few nights.
I would ask questions first… like about how many 8 or 6 or 4 gauge piercings have you done? I would want to start something like that with implant quality titanium, so question them about jewelry quality and ask who manufactures the piece. Do some research on the person and jewelry yourself. The advantage to traveling is that you might be able to get a better artist, although the artist you are considering may very well be a good one. IDK
Maybe Oakbear, myself, and some others could come up with a pro's and con's list of ear piercing/ punch stuff. I think a skilled experienced artist would make all the difference. After all, this is about YOUR ritual and TRUST is a MUST!!

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March 16, 2013
12:48 pm
amber visions
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my guts telling me to wait and find a reputable person who can do the punches.. Ill have to ask my piercer about the circular needles. My first thoughts exactly were that of the possible damage etc just using the needle oakbear.. I will have to talk to my shop more in depth. but thank you guys for the responses..

March 18, 2013
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KristenAtkinson0
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I would definitely suggest travelling. Plus, mod trips are the best trips.

March 24, 2013
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Any trip is a good excuse for a road trip, but being overcautious with your own health and safety is always worth the extra time and effort.

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