Rose Cut Fragment with Hex Pattern II in Madagascar Garnet • 2.05 carats • Fine Art Gemstones by Jeffrey Hunt
Let no one say I was not productive today…
Starting a boulder problem on a steep overhang
Anonymous asked: I got my nipple piercings a year ago but I still get yellow crusties and green pus sometimes but it doesn't smell, is that normal for them or should they not have that? They get really sensitive and itchy sometimes also.
I’d stop in to your trusted piercer for a checkup. Having a small amount of discharge isn’t exactly abnormal for nipple piercings, but the issue may be prolonged if the jewelry you are wearing is low quality, or there is something coming into contact with the piercings that is irritating to that sensitive skin.
A good piercer will be able to help you troubleshoot the problem and install quality jewelry if necessary.
jiggywilson asked: I've heard that some folks purposely use abrasive or exfoliating scrubs or pads to irritate the tissue and expedite the scarring process. Is that something y'all would recommend?
I would NEVER tell anyone to abrade one of my cuttings. I put hours of work into my fine detailing. Rubbing it or brushing it or abrading it would ruin all of that.
Irritating a healing scarification piece is something for amateurs. Its not something an experienced scarification artist would ever suggest. All the damage that would create a scar is done during the procedure. The aftercare and healing is all about getting a consistent scar. Wrap aftercare will give you super clean edges, abrasive aftercare will give you blurry edges.
Ask any “scarification artist” suggesting abrasive aftercare how many pieces they’ve done. I’ll guess they’ll tell you they’ve doone a handful, maybe a dozen. Once they’ve done over 100, or over 500, they’ll hopefully figure out better aftercare.
Check out this healed piece of mine. It would be impossible to get this kind of healing result without non-abrasive, wrapped aftercare.
I’ve never used aggressive abrading aftercare on any of my scars. If you are going to scar, you will…scrubbing isn’t going to do much to help you. It only serves to be painful and potentially damaging (ha!) to the overall intended healed result.
getting a little sick of activities by the body mod community that seriously hold us back in the public eye. Just like the few PhDs that have neck tattoos do not compensate for the mug shots with neck tattoos, a few hipster dumbasses wearing swastikas do not compensate for the extreme negative impressions most Westerners have for swastikas. Yes, I know, it’s an ancient symbol, used by a very unpopular regime- that doesn’t diminish the fact that it IS the de facto symbol for hate. The body mod community is just now starting to have a modicum of respectability…it diminishes our collective credibility wearing them, no matter how fancy they are.
Some real talk this week
Personally, I believe the reclamation of slurs and appropriated symbols belong to the groups that have had those used as an act of hate against them. This applies to racial slurs, queer slurs, trans slurs and so on.
It is one thing to know someone from one of the groups that has reclaimed a slur and has okayed it’s use around them, doesn’t mean that the entire group has the same feelings towards it.
Words are given meaning, and at times that meaning is drenched in blood and hate.
Directly from OneTribe’s website, quite possibly the best defense of the use of swastikas in body adornment: “The Nazi party was a propaganda machine - a “brand” with a specific symbol shown only under specific circumstances. Hitler himself was adamant about the way in which his symbol was portrayed to such an extent that flags were double sided to show the symbol in the correct orientation with the correct colors present. I and many others believe that Hitler’s swastika is a unique symbol of hatred completely unaffiliated with past or present usage of the swastika symbol outside of the context of bigotry. Hitler took great care to establish a context for his symbol, and we should seek to do the same. To demonize the swastika in the context of hate is absolutely correct, but outside of that context, it is a completely different symbol with a completely different history and meaning. To demonize a symbol which still retains a huge amount of modern cultural relevance in Buddhism, Hinduism and other uses as a symbol of peace is to actively steal and deny the right of peaceful peoples to practice their faith. It is akin to banning the Christian cross because of the actions of a deranged serial killer who has wrongly and falsely aligned himself with the Christian faith. We must vilify hateful actions and hurtful speech while keeping a logical context in mind. If it is possible to simply co-opt and erase culture through acts of evil, we will have no symbols of peace, strong-will and faith with which to celebrate our humanity. Indeed, it is in those times of evil and uncertainty that we need them more than any other.”