Piercings as Body Art
Piercings are a great way to express yourself and your personality. They can be subtle and delicate, like a septum piercing, or bold and colorful, like the tragus. Price Tattoo offers many piercings in a wide range of types to appeal to all styles. From earlobes and cartilage to bellybuttons and collarbones, piercings can be a statement piece that makes you stand out from the crowd.
Our artists at Price Tattoo are skilled in the art of body piercing. Unlike tattoos, piercings don’t have the permanence ink under the skin does. They are alterations to the skin and/or cartilage that can heal over time.
The most popular form of piercing is ear lobes. It’s common for women and men to have their ears pierced, sometimes multiple times. The reason behind this is the lobe is a less sensitive area of your body. The cartilage is thicker and the tissue heals faster. This makes it an ideal place for a first piercing or the addition to an existing piercing.
Tattooing and piercing are two very different processes, but the result is similar: A permanent change in the appearance of your skin. Body art can be an important way to express yourself or commemorate someone special in your life.
Regardless of size or location, we want you to love your new body art and will spend the time with you beforehand to help you make the right decisions. We want your experience with us to be relaxed and memorable, so you keep us in mind for your next piece of body art!
At Your Service
Welcome to Price Tattoo, home to some of the most talented tattoo and piercing artists in the Chicagoland area. We prioritize cleanliness and quality, intending to meet your highest standards and expectations. Your experience with us should be as memorable as the body art you leave with. We are committed to maintaining a sanitary working space, while simultaneously providing a relaxed atmosphere so both artist and client will feel calm and confident throughout the artistic process.
Our goal is to match you with your ideal artist in design and personality to create the perfect harmony between vision and talent. Our staff at Price Tattoo are certified in cutting-edge methodologies and skilled in the art of listening, so we can provide quality service to bring your ideas to life. Schedule your initial consultation today to get started!
What You Should Know
There are many different types of piercings. Some are more common than others, but the most important thing is to find a professional piercer who has experience with your body type. Comfort level and cleanliness are also key factors to consider when choosing a body artist.
When it comes to the actual piercing, different kinds of needles can be used in the process. Our artists prefer a 14-gauge hollow needle with an 18-inch barbell because it prevents scarring and swelling, which is important for those already living with a body piercing.
Piercings do not have to cost you any money. There are many different options to pay for piercings. At Price Tattoo, we accept cash and all major credit cards. If you have insurance, most companies will cover the costs of your piercing as long as it is performed by a licensed professional.
Price Tattoo offers different packages to include everything you need to get started with your body art experience. Piercings are a great way to express your personality and we want you to be happy with the results. We pride ourselves in being an honest, clean, and professional body art studio that can accommodate any customer’s needs.
If you’re having trouble deciding where to place a piercing, remember: More visible piercings will be noticeable for the rest of your life, so think hard before you make a decision. Take into consideration how much they’ll show when you dress casually, wear professional gear or even swim! Piercings are forever and can affect how people perceive you and your attitude.
Tradition of Body Piercings
Body piercings have been around for centuries and they were considered a rite of passage, as well as a way to display one’s social status. The upper class in many cultures wore jewelry or other ornamentation. Many people who are getting body piercings today do so to express themselves through their art form, and to stand out from the crowd.
Body piercings have become very popular with teenagers, who want a way to express themselves in ways different from those of their parents. A lot of people get body piercings for religious reasons as well, such as Hindus and Muslims. Other people may do it because they believe it looks good and is a style of dress.
Body piercing has actually become quite mainstream now, although it does still retain some of its mysterious sense of mystique. From an earlobe to a nostril, there are many places on your body that can be pierced, and having your ears pierced is no longer seen as some sort of rite-of-passage in the way it once was – although maybe not as cool as having a piercing on your lip or tongue, it is still an increasingly popular trend to have your earlobes pierced.
Piercing Cleaning and Sanitizing
Body art has become increasingly popular. But sadly, many people do not know how to take care of their body piercings or tattoos to maintain the cleanliness and longevity of their purchase. Just like tattoos, piercings are permanent alterations to the body that need to be maintained and cared for. Many customers come in with questions about how to care for their piercing after they leave our shop. It’s important to know body piercings need to be kept clean and free of irritants. Leaving a piercing unclean can result in infection, which causes the potential of losing your piercing.
If you get any irritation or redness around the piercing (or swelling) it is recommended you take out your jewelry and clean the piercing with salt water solution twice a day. Do not use soap as this will cause drying and lead to more irritation. If you use soap, make sure it is gentle and free of dyes, fragrances, and other additives. The best aftercare for a piercing is to keep the wound clean, dry, and exposed to air as much as possible. This can be done by leaving your jewelry out during showers or while you sleep at night. Not only can this help reduce the chance of scarring, but it may also significantly increase the life expectancy of your piercing.
Always avoid sharing jewelry or equipment as it can harbor diseases and bacteria that will cause infections.
The Healing Process
The healing process for piercing is much faster than a tattoo but takes longer to fully heal. The healing time can vary depending on the area pierced and what type of jewelry has been placed in it, but typically it takes about one to two weeks (or more!) for new piercings to close completely. This is why it’s important to always take good care of your piercing and follow the guidelines so you can maintain its best condition.
The healing process for a piercing consists of three stages, the inflammatory stage, the proliferative stage and then finally the remodeling stage. Each phase heals at its own rate. Your piercer will inform you what to expect during this time.
The initial piercing is called the “fresh” piercing, and is healing until it has a scab over the wound. This prevents causing more damage to the fresh wound but allows for any crusties or other discharge from being stuck inside of the new hole. It’s also important to be aware of when you can and cannot wash your piercing. You want to avoid getting water in the raw piercing hole during the initial healing stage because it could potentially cause an infection. This means for at least the first two weeks (and sometimes longer) you need to take extra special care of it.
Price Tattoo recommends using anti-bacterial soap or an alcohol-based aftercare product to help the healing process go smoother. Make sure to clean a fresh piercing several times a day, taking care of it before and after you use the bathroom to prevent bacteria from entering while its pierced. Also remember you should not touch your piercing unless necessary.