"Happy Stabbing "
Happily stabbing people at Adorn in Shrewsbury, UK. Able to carry out all basic piercings, most advanced and a small selection of genital piercings as well as microdermal anchors. Currently trying to fill in the gaps in my knowledge and learn other body modification techniques. A background in mechanical engineering means I'm always looking for a new way to do something and I have the tools to build what I want.
3/3/2014 | 0 comments
Well what a week!
It's been an incredibly busy week. The week started off with a nice nape microdermal and then just got busier from there. I had several variations on single and double helix and forward helix piercings, a couple of nose piercings, a spiral helix piercing, a punch and tapered surface and finished the week with a nice vertical labret.
I've been really pleased with the variety that has come through the shop this week, the piercings listed are only a selection of the piercings that i did. Chelsea our other piercer has also had a busy week and a range or more 'intimate' piercings came her way. The spiral helix piercing that I had booked made it in with the jewellery here this time and it went great. Not the easiest jewellery to install but we got there in the end and the end result is great. I couldn't be happier!
I also got to carry out my first punch and taper surface piercing this week. It isn't the one i had planned for either which means i have another two coming in this weekend. This piercing went well if not the quickest as i didn't have the technique nailed in second nature but with practice i will get there. The actual piercing itself was a clavicle/collar bone piercing with ice blue anodised titanium discs fitted. The girl who came in for it sat like a trooper to! Sh is going to be coming back to get the other side done once she has healed this one in.
In shop news we have finished our Wednesday night yoga/Tai Chi Classes. This was a 6 week course that we got an instructor in to teach. We decided we had the space in the front of the shop for 10 people to do this and it brings a great mood and atmosphere to the shop. We are going to look at running some more in Summer and maybe using some of the beautiful outdoor space available to us in Shrewsbury.
Barcoding News! I have finally finished the main jewellery cabinet now and only have the standard piercing jewellery and window displays to finish now. Its nearly done and I am so pleased that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It got a little bleak half way through but I'm glad that I have done it now.
Personal projects. I haven't had anything new this week although I am now thinking of getting my right conch pierced to match the gorilla glass I have in my left conch. I am also booked in on Wednesday to get some more work on the raven tattoos i have on my hips. I cant wait to get these finished as they are looking amazing. I'm not sure if i will necessarily post pictures of the finished pieces as the world might get to see more of me than i am comfortable with haha!
The advert for a new artist has been up and running for a week and I am receiving a good few applicants so the sift will be beginning shortly and then its onto seeing who will come and guest spot with us for a trial!
Personal news this week mostly consists of a hearty congratulations to my friend Martyn 'Pikey' Price as we went out for his stag do on Friday and he is soon to be married. Other personal news is that I have sent my passport of for renewal in preparation for Nepal! I am beyond excited now and every time i get the chance i just Google for images of all the things i am going to see.
Anyway I have probably bored you enough now. Until next time!
2/24/2014 | 2 comments
Well I was busy busy busy last week! It was school holidays for kids and college students here so i anticipated this by running at half term 10% off with student ID deal. I think i only had 3 people take me up on this offer but i was rushed off my feet with adults getting pierced last week. A healthy mix of ear cartilage, a LOT of lobes, navel and a couple of septum's and a nape micro dermal. Unfortunately my punch and taper anti eyebrows couldn't make it into the shop due to a blown head gasket on their car but they have re-booked for a couple of weeks time. The spiral piercing will be coming in this week to.
This weeks shop tasks will mostly consist of continuing the bar coding (I'm finally getting somewhere with it now), advertising for a new artist here at the shop (advert is here if you're interested) and keeping this ticking over here. I'm still saving up for my anodizer so it will be a while until i am able to offer that service.
This weeks research has mostly been based around ear scalpelling and better ear lobe stretching methods. I'm getting tired of kids coming into he shop with ears that are huge and blown out. I want to try and encourage people to stretch carefully, and within their means (ie job prospects etc). I have been reading up on scalpelling as this would help the people achieve those larger sizes without pushing their ears to far and also because i want to get more into ear lobe repairs etc. I have also been looking at snap plugs (link here) as a method of stretching that i could stock in the shop. Trying to spread some ear love! As well as encouraging people to stretch with increased care i am also trying to educate people about material quality. I used to have a job in the field of metallurgy so for this reason i wont use anything that isn't titanium for initial piercings, unfortunately people change this jewellery out for cheap products that then cause more damage than good. I'm an advocate of wooden plugs for stretched lobes for everyday wear and high grade metals, stoned and horn for special occasions. The reason i recommend wood is due to its ability to absorb the bodies natural oils. I found this reduces scum build up and helps keep the ear lobe from drying out as the oils can reabsorb, I also recommend them in winter so prevent blood flow issues due to the cold weather.
In exciting news for me and Anna we have booked our hotel for Nepal now. This was the final piece in the puzzle. I can't wait to get over there and meet all the tattoo artists and hopefully the suspension team! Being as that is now paid off we have also started the booking process for heading over to lowlands festival in Holland! As well as this the planning for this years tattoo conventions is well under way. We're trying to not cram too many things close to each other but we should be getting out to a few. Keep an eye out on here as I confirm which events we will be attending and if you are heading down feel free to drop me a line so we can meet for a coffee or a cocktail depending on the time of day!
Thanks for reading! Until next week.
2/17/2014 | 2 comments
So another week has passed by and there's plenty of happy customers been through the shop.
Josh and Anna have both been tattooing away producing some awesome pieces this week and me and Chelsea (the other piercer at Adorn) have been stabbing away. Another week of fiddly ear piercings. Had a lot of traguses, a rook and a lot of navel piercings. This weeks unusual piercings were a triple micro labret outer conch project in the shape of a triangle. It came out awesomely and the picture is here http://www.bme.com/iam/media/aidenj87/photo/3420402?ref_gallery=fresh_piercings Th other unusual piercing this week was Anna's other 2.4mm tragus. This one thankfully didn't bleed anywhere near as the other side so it went a lot smoother.
The spiral triple helix has now re-booked with me as the jewellery has finally arrived and the anti eyebrows are in on Saturday so some fun little projects coming up.
In shop news i have installed a bar code scanner this week. The aim of this is to get better control of our stock and to make checking out quicker and easier for both staff and customers. It's been fun getting it installed but the mammoth task of barcoding every item of jewellery in the shop as well as creating a barcode for all of the different services we offer is taking so long! I should have that finished and up and running this week so not much left to do. I feel it makes the shop look very professional as it sits alongside our booking system and bank card reader.
The log burner is now back in place and my house is once again toasty. my dogs are pleased with this and keep going to sleep underneath the burner.
Planning for Nepal is now well underway. We have the Tattoo convention to work at and a jungle trek to meet tattooed tribes planned so far but we are looking for some nice relaxing days to fill in the gaps. I think a few temple visits and finding somewhere to view Mount Everest will be top of the list.
Until next time!
2/10/2014 | 0 comments
So last weeks challenge was to make my own anodiser. I did and i have had a success! My setup is far from refined but i have so far managed to achieve blue! I haven't been able to get other colours even though i have changed the voltage. I think the problem is that i used aluminium foil on my cathode and therefor i was depositing aluminium on the surface. Next time i am going to use a sacrificial titanium cathode. I also noticed that i had salts build up on the surface afterwards and i think this is due to a poor cleaning cycle (i only gave them a wipe with kitchen roll). Next time i am going to use a solvent rinse first.
Onto piercing news. Well last week was pretty quiet for me. I had a few navals, a couple of tragus' and a septum. I was supposed to be piercing a triple spiral helix but unfortunately the jewellery (still!) hasn't turned up so that one is on hold at the moment. Future projects coming up are two anti eyebrow staples. I am going to use the punch and taper method to place these which will be a first for me.
This weeks project isn't work related but it's still important. I am refurbishing the log burner in my house as it is old and broken. I'm hoping to have that finished tonight so that my house is warm again!
In personal news i had my inner conch pierced at 3mm and had a 2.55mm gorilla glass blue labret placed in it. It is healing amazingly and i love the way it catches the light through the post and transfers it to the front of the jewellery.
I am also in search of a suspension team to get involved in. I am off to Nepal in April so I am hoping to talk to some people there but i need to try and find a UK based team that will let me be involved rather than just be strung up. The search goes on!
See you next week!
2/3/2014 | 1 comments
Well I promised myself that I am going to write on this once a week about the different procedures I have carried out, what I've been researching and generally other interesting things that are going in in and around the shop so here is the first one.
This week was mostly ear cartilage piercings. A lot of tragus's and helix piercings and a couple of naval piercings. I enjoy working on the fiddly ear piercings as it forces you to have to really focus even though they seem so simple to most people. As well as these i got to pierce my good friend Rob aka Swampy. He is the bassist in a metalcore band called When Faith Descends and decided that a nice big horseshoe through his septum would help him achieve a more 'metal look'. I've got to say he was right and it sits real nice with his healed bridge and labret (these were two of my first ever piercings :D ).
In terms of research this week i have mostly been looking at anodizing titanium and niobium. I'm currently saving up for a Statim micro anodiser but in the meantime i thought i'd draw up a rough circuit diagram to make my own using 20 9V batteries and some other bits i have floating around the garage. Thanks to a knowledge of metallurgy from a previous life i think i can do this safely and i'm really looking forward to finishing my prototype (aka ugly) model and posting the results.
That's about it really. Apart from planning a few ear projects and offers it's been a nice steady week.
Until next time!