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Table of Contents Page 4: How to Care For Cartilage and Oral Piercings Pages 5 & 6: Which Piercing Are You? Quiz Page 8: How to Care For Navel,

Septum, Nipple, Eyebrow, Earlobe, Lip, and Labret Piercings

Pages 9 & 10: Tattoos: Harmless or DEADLY? Page 11: Interview with Liezl Page 13: Tips on Tattoo Cleaning Pages 14 & 15: Piercings Word search


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How to Care For Cartilage and Oral Piercings When caring for cartilage piercings (ear, nose) here are some tips: 1. Don’t use Q-tips or Kleenex on it. The cotton fibres and dust can get caught up inside your piercing. 2. Pillowcases must be changed at least twice a week, if not more. 3. Hair is meant to be kept off your piercing. Your hair collects dirt and oil and can cause infection if it gets inside your piercing. 4. Keep makeup off and away from your piercing. This can also cause irritation or infection.

What to expect: There is a risk of scar tissue called hypertrophic forming. It is a raised red bump around or to the side of your piercing. This is caused by stress or trauma to your piercing. This isn’t permanent but can cause your piercing to heal crooked if not looked after. Oral Piercings (tongue) For cleaning you should rinse with mouthwash. You should not use mouthwash that has alcohol in it. It will burn on your piercing and could cause infection. You should expect some swelling and it may bleed for a few days after getting pierced. The swelling is minimal if you keep ice on it. You can take pain killers and eat cold things like ice-cream, popsicles and slurpees for pain relief. Glands along your neck may also swell. Tongue rinsing should be done for three weeks. After three weeks you can cut down to rinsing after big meals, smoking, and drinking alcohol. Avoid spicy, salty, or citrus foods. They will burn and sting very much. Infections in your mouth are very uncommon. If you experience a greenish coloured discharge accompanied by pain and swelling, call your piercer. Call before going to a doctor, they will often recommend taking the jewellery out and prescribe antibiotics. Both are not necessary. This is a picture of what can happen if your oral piercing gets infected.


Which Piercing Are You? 1. How well do you cope with pain? A) B) C) D)

I can’t handle it I can handle it I just go with the flow I can take anything!

2. Do you have any piercings now? A) B) C) D)

No, none 1-4 5+ Over 10

3. Which type of piercing appeals to you the most? A) B) C) D)

Ear Lip, Labret Tongue Surface

4. How would you describe yourself? A) B) C) D)

People Pleaser Laid Back Outgoing Insane

5. One random thing about you A) B) C) D)

I’ll do anything to be accepted I’ll do anything for a laugh I like chicken I like tacos


Mostly As… You’re a regular ear lobe piercing. Boring, longing to be accepted, laid back and tiresome. Get a little crazy sometime. It works wonders.

Mostly Bs… You’re a Lip/Labret piercing. Laid back and easy with pain. You love to make people laugh but you’re not too crazy.

Mostly Cs… You’re a tongue piercing. You go with the flow and love to be wild. You’re outgoing and enjoy fried foods.

Mostly Ds… You’re a surface piercing. You’re insane and have the highest threshold of pain. I love you, you are my hero. You also love tacos, most likely, which is fantastic. Yo u probably also like salad. Salad is good.


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How to Care For Navel, Septum, Nipple, Eyebrow, Earlobe, Lip, and Labret Piercings First of all, some things to expect with these sorts of piercings are itchiness, swelling, and bruising. Touching your piercing is the fastest way to get an infection as well as irritate your piercing, so no touchy touchy! If your piercing is constantly under stress from hats, belts, clothing, etc. or being played with constantly, it will slow the healing process. This irritation will cause your body to build up excess scar tissue, which is not a desirable result. Excess scar tissue on one side of the piercing will often cause it to heal crooked like this. 

For cleaning, your piercer will provide you with a saline solution. If you run out of the solution you can make your own (1/4 teaspoon non-iodized sea salt per one cup of water) or use contact lens solution. Don’t use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, iodine, hibitane, bioseptic, witch hazel, tea tree oil, antibacterial soap, Epsom/table salt or polysporin. Using these can lead to chemical reactions, dry flakey skin and infection like symptoms.

Some piercings aren’t permanent. Your body can push the jewellery closer to the surface of your skin. Ask your piercer if you think this is happ ening. If your body pushes it out all the way it will result in a bigger scar than if you take it out. After you take out the piercing it is possible to get the piercing done again. You should always feel comfortable asking a question. You also should never feel stupid by doing so. The only stupid questions are the ones that you don’t ask.


Tattoos: Harmles or DEADLY?

Did you realize that your little tattoo can be contracting a deadly blood-born disease? These include AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tetanus, Syphilis and Tuberculosis. Commercial tattoos have actually proved to be the number one distributor of Hepatitis C! They’re also accounted for more than twice as many infections than injection drug use. Tattoos just may be the biggest single contributor to the nation-wide epidemic of this type of Hepatitis. Hepatitis C kills over ten thousand people a year. Four million Americans are infected and rising. Guess what the number one channel for it is? That’s right. Tattoos. Hepatitis B can be transmitted with as little as 0.00004 ml of blood. It can also live on blood contaminated surfaces such as needles and tables. It is strongly advised that people with tattoos should get Hepatitis checks. Anyone who gets a tattoo risks disease and infection. This news is not new, infact, it has been documented for years. In 1853 was the first report of Syphilis transmitted not the old fashioned way, but through the tattooist’s needle. In the late 1950s, a New York boy got blood poisoning from being tattooed with an unsterilized needle. In 1961 outbreak of disease in New York City was linked to tattoos. They were banned in New York City from 1961 to 1997. There are actually very little state laws enforcing serious sterilization of equipment. It is up to the shop owner to decide how well they sterilize their equipment.


Tattoos are very vulnerable because of the amount of puncture wounds being made. Besides the possibility of fatal diseases, they can also cause chronic skin disorders such as sarcoid, keloid scarring, allergic dermatitis, photosensitivity reactions, psoriasis, and benign or malignant tumours. Pigments in the tattoo ink actually contain small metal fibres such as iron oxide. These can cause extreme burning pain during an MRI procedure. Some medical institutions won’t even perform an MRI on people with tattoos due to the risk they’d be taking. Basically, if you’re getting a tattoo look for health inspection certificates. If you’ve already got one, get checked for diseases.


Interview I am interviewing Liezl because I thought she would be an interesting person to talk to about her views on tattoos and piercings. Jeanine: What are your views on tattoos and piercings? Liezl: I think they’re cool. Jeanine: Would you ever get a tattoo or piercing? Liezl: Just a tattoo. Jeanine: What type of tattoo would you get? Liezl: Something that means a lot to me. Jeanine: Why wouldn’t you get any piercings? Liezl: I don’t like needles. Jeanine: How could you get a tattoo if you don’t like needles? Liezl: A tattoo would be more meaningful instead of just a hole in your body. Jeanine: I see, and what are your biggest fears with piercings? Liezl: I just don’t want scars. Jeanine: Ah, well, what are your biggest fears with tattoos? Do you have any? Liezl: I’m afraid that my skin will peel off in the shape of the tattoo like I saw somewhere else. Jeanine: That’s disgusting, but if you keep up the care on your tattoo with lotion and everything it won’t happen. Back to the interview, why do you like tattoos? Liezl: They’re so pretty. Jeanine: Where would you get a tattoo? Liezl: On my arm or back. Jeanine: Would you ever get someone’s name tattooed on your body or do you thing that’s stupid? Why or why not? Liezl: Yeah if it’s someone important in your life and you put their name on your body it shows they mean a lot to you. Jeanine: Thank you Liezl for sharing your views on tattoos and piercings. This brings us to the end of our interview.


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Tattoo Cleaning Everyone in this industry will have different philosophies and different advice to give you on how you should take care of your tattoo. So, we've taken some of the most important tattoo tips and put them together for you in a list. 1. Sun block - After a tattoo is healed, apply a high SPF sun block to keep the colours bright and beautiful. 2. Lotion - Once a tattoo is "healed" the area is still somewhat dry. Applying lotion on a regular basis will do your tattoo wonders. 3. Itching - Never pick or scratch at a healing tattoo. This will cause your tattoo to form colourless patches. A light slap will get rid of the itching sensation. 4. Drinking - Don't drink alcohol 48 hours prior to getting tattooed. This will thin out your blood , weakening your system. Caffeine, acetecylic acid (Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen) and anti coagulants will also have the same affect on your blood. 5. Eating - A good meal before you get tattooed is always a good idea.


Piercings I X R T F W B R E S B O N E C V U F O O

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J U H F Q Y I I Z J X F P I T R G X A P

H L G D L K C G K L C F H R Q P Z S U Y

ANTITRAGUS AURICLE CONCH DAITH INDUSTRIAL LABRET MADONNA MEDUSA NAPE NOSTRIL SCAFFOLD SEPTUM TRANSVERSE

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F K S T T T W F O X S J F S L C R B E V

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O O A M R R H T E F W H O N D I A J Q W

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R C F U A I S A G A O H O N Q B W B E X

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A D L N S I Z R S H Z T H D G P R O P Y

F U D N R U X M Z E G D N D X O E A J I

H N R T F X D Q J C B K Z D O Z U U M Z

E C S I O E B E T V N R T H A N J N G Y

L O L N C D Q N M M M B V R R M O U F B

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Piercings Answer Key I X R T F W B R E S B O N E C V U F O O

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H L G D L K C G K L C F H R Q P Z S U Y

ANTITRAGUS AURICLE CONCH DAITH INDUSTRIAL LABRET MADONNA MEDUSA NAPE NOSTRIL SCAFFOLD SEPTUM TRANSVERSE

Q P O A R T Z B C H D F A U X R O U K X

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F K S T T T W F O X S J F S L C R B E V

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O O A M R R H T E F W H O N D I A J Q W

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E C S I O E B E T V N R T H A N J N G Y

L O L N C D Q N M M M B V R R M O U F B

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M U T P E S E J Y A V L P P J U S R H Z

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