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Over the last few years I've worked in different tattoo shops, doing different things. I've covered greeting customers, cleaning the shop, making stencils, drawing tattoo designs, all the way to tattooing. Now, I've taken a break from tattooing for a while to learn new things about the industry. I'm taking trips and going to as many tattoo conventions as I can. After I do this, I will go back to tattooing. As for me, I currently have over 10 tattoos and nine piercings. Don't worry, I plan on getting many more.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lip piercings and how to care for them

Hello everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted anything new. Since this is a "tattoos and piercings" blog (for the most part, anyway) and I just got a new piercing I have a great idea for a post.

Alright. If you get any piercing there is a risk of infection; however, you can greatly reduce this risk by doing certain things.
1. Keep it clean, keep it clean, keep it clean. Wash with a MILD UNSCENTED soap (dial, ivory) 3-4 times a day.

2. Do not touch or mess with the piercing for the first 4-6 days. No touching, don't turn the jewelry. Just leave it alone.

3. Do NOT put alcohol, peroxide or anything strong like that on the fresh piercing. ALL you need is mild soap and you can also use saline solution.

4. Be patient. It will swell and be a bit painful for a few days but that's only natural. Nothing will make the swelling stop. Deal with it.

5. Once all the swelling and pain and redness is gone, enjoy it. Have fun making old people think you are the devil. Little kids will call you a vampire, and you'll get a lot more stares from everyone. But, it's fun.

There are many different types of jewelry you can put into a pierced lip. My favorite for the labret is a CBR(captive bead ring). For the side of the lip a labret(also called a monroe) always looks nice, but you can always put a CBR there too. If you have snake bites either one looks great. Or go ahead and mix it up. Put a labret in one and a CBR in the other.

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