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Interview the crew: Wil Edge

Introducing the one and only Wil Edge!

We’ve decided to give you an inside look into our daily lives at paradox , so  here’s a few common questions about our lives and modifications. we wont hold back  and will answer honestly !If you see any ideas of think of something you might like feel free to check out the website.

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The man himself doing some complicated additons.

 

Today we get to find out about Will Edge.
– So to get started of, what piercings do you currently have?
. I have 2 scaffolding piercings in my ears, a stretched lobe, a stretched septum up to 7mm and I have a dermal anchor in my back.

– What was your first piercing ?
. My lobe.

– What was your most recent piercing?
. My Bridge.

– What is your favourite piercing and why ?
. My stretched septum because i think it looks cool, and not a huge amount of people have it stretched this big (8mm).

– Do you have any stretched or punched piercings?
. Yes my ear and my septum.

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I don’t think he’s quite got his head around those additions.

 

– How long did your stretching process take and how did it feel?
. My septum initially was quite sore to stretch, and quite difficult when I started. It got easier after about 3mm as the jewellery got heavier it helped to naturally stretch it and wasn’t so painful when I went up in size.

– Do you find your septum smells, and if so what of?
. It does most definitely smell, it does acquire many different smells such as, cheese, cat food, stretched earlobe, sour milk, sometimes it smells meaty and very occasionally it smells like vagina.Yummy.
– Would you give any advice to someone considering stretching their piercings?
. Be patient above all else, taking a short cut might be a good way to get what you want, but in the long run it may cause you unhappiness.

– which piercing did you find hurt the most?
. My septum I guess.

– Do you have any previous piercings that you have taken out or choose not to wear any more and why?
. Yeah I had 4 labret piercings on my lower lip, I took them out because when I was practising MMA they weren’t allowed , and when I went to put them back, they had closed up and I couldn’t get them back in.

– Do you have any interesting piercing stories?
. I have been known to hang my keys from my septum ring to help the stretching process.

– How may tattoo’s do you have?
. I have on on my ribs, one on each collar bone, I have my lower lip tattooed, and one on my forearm.

– Which is your favourite and why?
. My lip ones because people always think they are lip rings and studs, even when stood closely, when I tell them they are tattoos the looks of peoples faces are priceless. Especially when people say to me “where can I get really thin lips rings like yours?, they fit so well to your lips”.

– Which was your most painful tattoo, and what would you rate the pain level on a scale or 1-10?
. My ribs, I’d rate it at about a 5 and a 1/2.

– Do you have any body modifications planned for the future?
. Lost more tattoos.

Bye Wil ! 🙂

Get to know your Materials: Opal

 

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A stunning example of Australian opal.

 

so lets start of with knowing what opal actually is! So opal is a non crystalline form of silica, its classed as a mineraloid and is commonly found in rock formation in  limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl, and basalt.

Opal is the national gemstone of Australia and 95%-97% of the worlds supply of opal comes from Australia. Although in more recent statistics Ethiopian opal may have taken over.

Alot of the time in mainstream body jewellery has synthetic opal. The main difference of synthetic and man made is that, synthetic opals do not fluoresce under ultraviolet light. Synthetics are generally lower in density and are often highly porous.

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This is synthetic opal and quite clearly very noticeably different from natural opal.

There are some fun facts about opal which are the old historical myths that they carry. In the middle ages opal was a stone that could give the holder great luck, as it was believed to possess all of the virtues of each gemstone, whose colour was represented in the colour spectrum of the opal. It had  also been said to give the power of invisibility if it was wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.

There was a publication written in 1829 which lead to  a 50% decrease in sales of opal in Europe for the next 20 years because the story lead readers to believe that the opal was cursed after what happened to the Baroness in  his publication. ” The Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colourless stone and the Baroness dies soon thereafter”. After this people started to associate opals with bad luck and death.

Opal is considered the birthstone for people born in October or under the signs of Scorpio and Libra.

If you like the more spiritual context on what opal could bring to your life. Opal is believed to be a stone for enhancing imagination  and creativity. A large proportion of the stone is water, it is said to be a water stone which can help  ease the efforts of handling change in life. Opal can help you continue on your path regardless of obstacles. Mentally, opal is said to enhance memory. It is also used to decrease confusion.

Opal septum Clicker
White opal Septum Clicker.

We have a few opal products, feel free to ask us about them on our Facebook page .

 

Piercing Care: Festive advice.

Festive greetings ladies and gents.

It’s that time of year again when many if not all of you will be partying or stressed by the pressures of the impending Christmas celebrations and expenses. Please take some time to care for your piercings.

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Enjoy the festivities and enjoy your piercings.

So let me take a minute to offer you some piercing advice.  No doubt as you over drink etc, sleep less or generally worry your body will suffer as will your immune system, and as a result I have a lot more of you coming in to see us with problematic piercing related queries.

Piercings old and new may flare up or be tender or sore, this is what I personally call a weak point on your body and is not uncommon.  Now I can’t encourage you to do any more or less drinking, stressing or more sleeping and hydrating.  What I can advise is be aware of your body and your piercings.  So my tips are as follows:

1. Bathe the piercing as you would have when it was pierced (call or check our website)

2. Perhaps get some Multi Vitamins if they contain Zinc, vitamin c and or Iron then even better.

3. Make sure your jewellery is sufficient in quality or size.

4. Unless it is a definite oozing painful infection don’t go running to the doctors for antibiotics.

(Most cases do NOT require them)

5. Try an early night with a nice big glass of OJ or fresh water.

6. Remember Christmas time is all about love and not how much you can drink or spend and it’ll all be over in a couple of weeks!!

If you have forgotten the instructions for the basic salt solution here’s a link to our blog post.

Blog post written by Aaron Jamie, one of  our professional and established piercers from Metal Fatigue.

Go Natural : Stone jewellery

Are you tired of smelly and itchy ear lobes? Man made materials like acrylic or surgical steel can be a pain but it’s alright! You can go natural! Find out what natural options you have to replace your plugs/tunnels! Today, we will talk about Natural Stone wear.

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A great example in the variation of stone plugs no two are the same. Amethyst tear drop plugs.

Stone is a marvellous and beautifully organic  material that you can wear in your ears .Every piece of stone jewellery is unique with its own markings. Stone jewellery is often either a piece on its own or inlayed into wood, buffalo horn and bone ,titanium and 316L Surgical Steel. There are definitely some things to think about when picking your stone ,also whether they will be suitable for the stage your ears are at.

Green Jasper Ear Weights
Green Jasper Ear Weights.

When shopping for stone wear you need to consider what type of stone to use. Make sure it’s not porous as the stone will harbour bacteria and cause infections, these include  Quartz ,Obsidian and Opalite. Unless you want the weight of the stone plugs to help  stretch your ears slowly, we wouldn’t recommend wearing them everyday. Another thing to consider is weather they will break or chip easily. Its always sad if you invest in a beautiful pair and they chip, crack or smash. That’s the disadvantages, now let’s see the the good side!

 

Amethyst stone plugs
Amethyst stone plugs.

The great thing about stone is that providing they aren’t porous ,you wont get any reaction to them. They are usually polished to a very smooth surface and made with a deep saddle so they are hopefully alot less likely to fall out of your ears ,but always check the measurements or ask you’re supplier.

Now to looking after you’re semi precious beauties! Depending on what stone you have chosen it is always good to check on the Mohs Scale (This identifies the softness or harness of the stone.) Because certain stones can be very fragile, which also means that the surfaces can scratch very easily ,and could also lead to dents, chips scratches that can harbour bacteria. some of the softest materials are fluorite and calcite.

In regards to keeping them clean we’d recommend water and a antibacterial soap to wash them with ,but again do be careful of the acidity because this can destroy some of the more fragile stones like calcite.

Feel free to have a look at our stone range!

Go Natural: Buffalo Bone Plugs & Tunnels

Are you tired of smelly and itchy ear lobes? Man made materials like acrylic or surgical steel can be a pain but it’s alright! You can go natural! Find out what natural options you have to replace your plugs/tunnels! Today, we will talk about Buffalo Bone.

 

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A Water buffalo in its natural environment.

On the same line as the buffalo bone, the bone is also a by-product of the animal. The water Buffalo is not killed for the purpose of this jewellery. Bone is one of the oldest known materials that people have used to make jewellery from. For example  the Mayans and Aztec’s used to carve and wear bone jewellery. It’s still used today in popular culture. No two items of jewellery will be the same. It is a very natural and beautiful product. A lot of bone jewellery is very ornate, and beautifully carved into intricate forms. It is often inlayed with the horn to create a more elaborate design.

Buffalo Bone
A Spectacular example of how beautifully ornate buffalo bone jewellery can be carved.

The advantages of wearing buffalo bone in your ears are very rewarding, as it is  completely non toxic. It’s biodegradable, it’s made up of Phosphate and collagen fibres. These are the hard materials which form the skeleton. Buffalo bone is great for the wearer because it allows the skin to breathe. It will not go cold  as the climate changes. It is usually in a off white or ivory  colour. Bone is a very long lasting and durable material for jewellery, and completely harmless unless allergies specify otherwise. The bone plugs are usually carved from the “wall” of the bone. Which depends on the size of this bone, decides what size of body jewellery that can be carved from it.

This material however, needs to be well looked after in order to avoid possible problems. It can get dried out, which would cause it to  become brittle and crack. These cracks can attract bacteria that can lead to irritations or infections.

There is a tiny bit of maintenance to keep your buffalo horn plugs looking the best they can, and stop them from getting dry. The first step is to never autoclave your buffalo bone plugs, and to never use regular soap on them (as this will help to dry them out).

coconut oil
These oils are also brilliant for the elasticity in your skin , and great for helping your ears stay healthy!

The next step would be to at least once a month, make sure you moisturise your plugs with any of the following natural ingredients : Coconut oil, jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil and vegetable oils. This will help with  the flexibility and durability of the buffalo bone, and maintain the natural beauty of it.

Please be careful, do  not wear these products if you are aware that you may be allergic to them or think that you could be, and never wear natural materials in unhealed lobes. Consult your professional piercer before changing your jewellery.

Click here to check our Buffalo Bone range.

Halloween: Paradox is going treat-tastic! Are you ready?

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We have so much going on for you guys this Halloween! We’re so exited to let you know that it’s all treats and no tricks!

The first treat we have in store for you is an amazing competition!

It’s a Costume competition!!!

On the 31st of October between 11am and 5pm, if you come to Paradox to buy any  jewellery or to Metal Fatigue for a new piercing, make sure to wear your best Halloween costume!

We will photograph all costumes and our judges will choose the best one!

The lucky ghoul will win a free piercing in Metal Fatigue and a free piece of body jewellery in Paradox. The body jewellery will be for a healed piercing only.

The winner will be announced at 6pm on the same day on Paradox and Metal Fatigue Facebook pages!

Don’t miss this one out! Start preparing your costume and get ready to scare us!

Halloween competition

The shop staff will be fully kitted out for this competition too! Lets see if you can out do them!

Now for the second treat!

If you don’t already know about  our rewards system you will now.

All you have to do is Pop to the shop to grab your reward card for free, and get it stamped every time you spend £10 on jewellery in-store. When you have 6 stamps, you get £10 off your next purchase! And don’t worry, the card doesn’t expire so it doesn’t matter how long it takes for you to get it fully stamped, you’ll still have your reward!

That’s how we show you how much we appreciate your visit!

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At last your final treat!

Over the next few weeks we will be doing a deal where if you spend £10 on jewellery we will give you a free pair or single plug, (depending on if you have 1 or both ears stretched) in your size. this will be for a limited time only and when its gone its GONE!

Even better, you will still get your stamp on your card!

*Stock and sizes are limited. Paradox Body Jewellery cannot guarantee we will have your specific size. Colours and shapes picked randomly. Plugs to be fitted only in healed lobes.

Just because we’re nice, if you need a hand with your costumes we have some “bloody” plugs in for Halloween this year!

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A delightful trick to play on people with these realistic goodies!

We also have a glow in the dark range for you to light up your night.

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So don’t wast time and pop to the shop to enjoy all these amazing treats!

Happy Halloween! 🙂

Go Natural: Buffalo Horn Plugs and Tunnels

Are you tired of smelly and itchy ear lobes? Man made materials like acrylic or surgical steel can be a pain but it’s alright! You can go natural! Find out what natural options you have to replace your plugs/tunnels! Today, we will talk about Buffalo Horn.

buffalo horn
Please be aware that organic jewellery is only for healed piercings.

One major factor that is concerning about buying a natural products such as buffalo horn, is if the animals harmed for the production of this jewellery. Thankfully, no they aren’t. The horn is a by-product, meaning no animals are killed for this purpose. The horn it’s self is is low value and is a very small part of the whole animal usage.

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Check these beautiful buffalo horn laser cut plugs.

The advantages of wearing buffalo horn in your ears are very rewarding as it is a completely non toxic material. It’s biodegradable and made up with fibres of keratin, a protein found in your hair and nails. Buffalo horn is great for the wearer because it allows the skin to breathe , it will not go cold in as the climate changes . it is usually in a very beautiful black or blonde/ brownish colour and is not chemically oxidised (by most manufacturers) so you can appreciate your product in its natural beauty.

You can quite often find that you can get beautiful plugs made of buffalo horn and are inlaid with other products such as bone , wood, metal and natural stoneware.

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Buffalo horn and buffalo bone inlaid tunnels.

This material, however, needs to be well looked after in order to avoid possible problems. It can get dried out which would cause it to brittle and crack. These cracks can attract bacteria that can lead to irritations or infections.

There is a tiny bit of maintenance to keep your buffalo horn plugs looking the best they can and stop them from getting dry. The first step is to never autoclave your buffalo horn plugs and to never use regular soap on them (as this will help to dry them out).

The next step would be to at least 1 a month make sure you moisturise your plugs with any of the following natural ingredients : Coconut oil , jojoba oil , extra virgin olive oil and vegetable oils . This will help with  the flexibility of the buffalo horn and maintain the natural beauty of it.

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These oils are also brilliant for the elasticity in your skin , and great for helping your ears stay healthy!

Please be careful do  not wear these products if you are aware that you may be allergic to them or think that you could be  and never wear natural materials in unhealed lobes. Consult your professional piercer before changing your jewellery.

Click here to check our Buffalo Horn range.

 

Advice: How to keep your fresh piercing clean.

“Oh my God, I need some advice! I’ve had my piercing for 3 weeks and its leaking yellowish stuff that goes crusty and itchy. I think it’s infected!”

But is it?

We see this confusion on a daily basis, people often come in telling us they have an infection that is to  do with either their body jewellery or the piercing.  There are a lot of factors that can lead to discomfort, prolonged soreness, itching and inflammation but very few of these cases turn out to actually be an infection. And it can be sorted very easily !

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This is what your healed piercings should look like.

One very big aspect of nurturing a a piercing is HYGIENE! We see an awful lot of cases where people have been given lots of different advice on how to clean their piercings, watched various videos on Youtube or just asked their mates what they should do and sometimes, they’ve been given no advice at all and have no clue!

Some of the most basic mistakes that we see are what people are actually using to clean their fresh piercing with. Antiseptic sprays, table salt, TCP, Iodine, Germolene, surgical spirits, Dettol and other such products like these. The problem with using products like those on your piercings is that they are full of chemicals that  can be far to harsh for your fresh piercing and will cause irritation to it.  All you really need is some good old Sea Salt, and only a small amount of it with each use. If you do use to much salt in ratio to hot water, you do run the risk of giving yourself a salt burn.

Here is a link to our Instructions on how to make a salt solution.

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Sea salt is your best friend!

Sea salt is the best cleaning option for your piercings.

Another common mistake is what materials you’re using to clean your piercings with. Although you may not see anything conspicuous about cotton wool, it can be your worst enemy when you are trying to clean your piercing. The reason why we don’t recommend using cotton wool to clean your piercing is because the fibres that make it up can very easily wrap around the piercing , and if not removed or spotted it can sit on your piercing collecting bacteria , which could be pulled through your piercing and could possibly land you with a nasty infection. We would recommend using something a lot less fibrous such  as tissue or kitchen towel and other materials that are bonded together, to reduce the risk of any fibres getting into your piercing.If you can do without any of these it would be even better !

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As you can see this material is very fibrous , and these are the fibres that can cause you the trouble!

The last Issue id like to talk about is Make-Up . Make up should never be used around a healing piercing . Why, you ask ? Because make-up grows bacteria in it! So putting make up on your healing piercing could (and does quite frequently) cause infections. This also applies to products like fake tan.  We understand you will still want to wear make-up, so if you do intend to do it during this healing process, we recommend you leave at least a 1 centimetre radius around the piercing and if you use make up brushes to apply your make up, make sure they are very clean before each use.

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Please take extra care when using brushes and make-up around a healing piercing.

 

Smooth Segment Rings – Get to Know Your Jewellery

Smooth segment rings were inspired by ball closure rings (BCRs) but while a BCR has a captive ball, the smooth segment ring features a curved segment that “pops” out to open and close the ring. When the segment is in, the smooth segment ring looks like a smooth, solid ring. This gives you a very sleek look and segment rings look wonderful in almost any piercing.

 

Smooth Segment Rings
Smooth Segment Rings

 

The fact that smooth segment rings are completely smooth means that they can be rotated 360 degrees through the piercing. This means that they are easy to clean, very comfortable to wear and much less likely to snag on clothing or hair. Smooth segment rings are ideal for facial piercings and ear piercings – areas where you might not want a bulky BCR. They are able to lie flat against the skin, perfect for septum piercings, lip piercings and tragus piercings. In many of these locations the ball on a BCR would press into the skin, but a smooth segment ring remains comfortable.

To open a smooth segment ring you need to pop out the segment, which can be quite difficult if you are just using your hands. Segment rings are designed to hold onto the segment tightly, which prevents them opening accidentally. So the best way to have your segment rings placed is to take them to your professional piercer and ask them to put the ring for you.

Body Piercing History – Drops of Knowledge

Eager to know a bit of body piercing history?

The Aztecs, Mayans and various American Indians pierced their tongues as part of their religious rituals. They believed it brought them closer to their Gods as a type of ritual blood-letting. These were warrior tribes, thus practised septum piercing to appear fiercer to their enemies. Similarly, some tribes in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands would pierce their tongue. Common materials used were bone, tusks and feathers.

In the picture, this old Mayan painting found in the Chiapas State in Mexico shows a lady performing a tongue piercing ritual.

Tongue Piercing Ritual - Body Piercing History
Tongue Piercing Ritual – Body Piercing History