floo-powder asked: Hi there! You recently posted a photo of a piercing job done by Dan Steinbacher. It was three helix piercings with jewelry from BVLA. I was wondering if by any chance you had a price estimate on the small top jewel that looks like it has a pearl in in? BVLA is somewhat difficult to price out. I am looking to get a single helix done soon, and I would like to have a nice piece of jewelry to have for it!

Feel free to email us at jewelry [at] saintsabrinas dot com if you have questions about specific pieces of jewelry. We can give you a bit more information through email. If you can send a long a photo (or a link to it) of the piece you are interested in, that’s always helpful.

Anonymous asked: I'm wondering do you have barbell earrings with a small gold-colored ball on the end for a helix piercing? Approx. how much would something like that cost?

We sure do!

We have the type of jewelry you are describing plus a really large selection of other jewelry for a helix piercing. We couldn’t give you an exact price until we know the specific piece you choose, but something like what you are describing would start around $26.

If you have any other pricing questions, feel free to email us at info [at] saintsabrinas dot com.

Hope that helps a bit!

Anonymous asked: hi! i was wondering how well bvla white gold matches up with other materials, such as steel/titanium. do you think mixing those materials in different piercings would be noticeable, or are the colors similar enough? thank you so much!!

Generally speaking, white gold matches up pretty well with other “white” metals, such as steel and titanium. White gold can definitely appear a bit more “white” or bright than those two materials (more noticeable with titanium than steel), but it’s often not enough to be noticeable at a casual glance. 

The size of the pieces in question will also make a difference. If you are comparing the setting on a small nostril piece, the difference may not be noticeable at all. If you are comparing a titanium ring to a white gold ring, it will likely be more obviously. 

How good a job of polishing  the company that makes the stainless steel or titanium jewelry does will also make a big difference. A piece that is hand-polished to a mirror finish (like from a company such as ANATOMETAL) is going to have a much brighter, shinier finish than a piece from a company that only tumble/machine polishes their jewelry. 

As we mentioned before, titanium also is naturally slightly more grey in appearance than steel, even when polished to the highest standards. 

Hope that helps!

Anonymous asked: I work at Sally Beauty Supply and, as I'm sure you're aware, we sell awful quality body jewelry. I refuse to sell it to minors as I'm not the type to compromise my morals, but I have a hard time telling them why without sounding mean. Any advice?

Trying to explain to people of any age the importance of wearing quality jewelry can be challenging. Many people don’t view the quality of the jewelry they wear in their piercings as being any more important than the quality of the soap they use; it gets the job done…good enough. 

The most important thing to remember is to be informative, but friendly…and if they don’t want to listen to what you have to say, don’t take it personally. When you take it personally, that’s when it’s hard to stay nice. Noe of us like to have our efforts to help people thrown back in our faces…but it happens. 

We have found that actually engaging people in a conversation about the jewelry, instead of just reciting information “at” them makes a big difference. Nobody likes to feel that they are being lectured. Ask them some questions: Why do you think this jewelry cost so little money? Can you see how dull and gray it looks? If a doctor was putting something in your body, would you want him to use the cheapest thing or the best thing? 

Questions like these force people to think about the jewelry in a different light. Most (certainly not all) people aren’t buying the cheapest thing possible because they don’t care about what goes into their body…it’s just that most people don’t realize their is a difference in terms of quality and safety. 

Best of luck and from all the rest of us in the piercing world who are trying to promote the benefits of quality, safe jewelry, we appreciate your efforts. You’re not in an easy position and we applaud your commitment. 

skin-rivets-tyler:

Got pierced by dansteinbacher yesterday at saintsabrinas    I’ll post the good photos later

Our friend and fellow piercer, Tyler stopped by for a few days and got this rad bottom navel piercing from Dan.

skin-rivets-tyler:

Got pierced by dansteinbacher yesterday at saintsabrinas I’ll post the good photos later

Our friend and fellow piercer, Tyler stopped by for a few days and got this rad bottom navel piercing from Dan.

The folks over at Maya Jewelry used our very own Taylor Dees as the debut model for their new 18ga Majesty Black design. These are a smaller version of one of our favorite designs from them, and they can be worn in regular-sized earlobes as well as stretched lobes.They are so freakin’ cute!We will have these in the studio in a couple of weeks! They will be available in brass, white brass, copper and sterling silver.

The folks over at Maya Jewelry used our very own Taylor Dees as the debut model for their new 18ga Majesty Black design. These are a smaller version of one of our favorite designs from them, and they can be worn in regular-sized earlobes as well as stretched lobes.

They are so freakin’ cute!

We will have these in the studio in a couple of weeks! They will be available in brass, white brass, copper and sterling silver.

Anonymous asked: What do you do when it comes to tattooing and acne scarring/acne prone areas? Can tattoos cover up acne scarring, or at least minimize it? Will acne outbreaks ruin tattoos?

Hey there…

It’s never a good idea to tattoo an area that is currently experiencing an acne (or any other type of non-intact skin) outbreak, so our artists don’t do that. But, when it comes to tattooing over acne scars, that is generally something that can be done.

Ultimately, it will depend upon how much/how severe the scarring is, as would be the case with scars from any injury or other skin conditions. The artists would need to see the scarring in question and decide if the design you had in mind would work well in that area. Many times, scarring can be easily covered with a tattoo.

As for how acne might affect a tattoo you already have, that is a little harder to predict. As a general rule, if the acne is severe enough to cause scarring on non-tattooed skin, it will probably cause some scarring on tattooed skin. Exactly how that will affect the tattoo is hard to say. In some instances, it may not be very (or at all) noticeable. In others instances, such as where there is line work, scarring could cause the lines to look “blown out”/fuzzy. But again, this all a bit of theorizing, as each person will have a somewhat different experience.

Hopefully this helps!

Our newest piercer, dansteinbacher, did these three helix piercings with great choices in jewelry. 

All the jewelry, included the piece in her daith piercing, is from body body vision los angeles.

Our newest piercer, dansteinbacher, did these three helix piercings with great choices in jewelry.

All the jewelry, included the piece in her daith piercing, is from body body vision los angeles.

Confessions of a Piercing Nerd: The Daith Bowl!

Our friend Jef Saunders, head piercer at Rockstar Body Piercing in Providence, Rhode Island, is responsible for last Sunday’s#DaithBowl. He wrote a blog about how it all came together, as well as some great information on what a daith should, and shouldn’t, be. 

The blog features a photo of a daith piercing,with some fun jewelry, that Nate did. 

A fun daith piercing by dapperlumberjack in honor of #daithbowl Sunday. It features a captive gem cluster from the jewelry wizards at anatometal.

A fun daith piercing by dapperlumberjack in honor of #daithbowl Sunday. It features a captive gem cluster from the jewelry wizards at anatometal.