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There has been a lot of talk about the daith piercing lately. Naturally, we are intrigued.
Can a daith piercing help relieve migraine symptoms?
We have a had a few people asking about whether there is truth to this or not and while some are inclined to say it's rubbish, we are keeping a close eye on this one.
So far what we know is that there are quite a few people that claim to have experienced relief from chronic migraines after getting their daith pierced. In some cases, where the individual was experiencing debilitating migraines daily, they now only get them every few weeks and believe it to be as a result of the piercing.
The daith is that last little fold before your ear hole. (Pictured above) Some medical professionals have suggested that the possibility of the piercing helping with migraines could likely to work similar to the way acupuncture can for headaches. The principle is that the piercing mimics acupuncture by hitting a pressure point, which relieves the pressure in the patient’s head.
While that sounds plausable,it is important to know that there is no medical evidence to prove that it is effective. At this point there's a lot of suggestions and testaments but there have been no official studies or research to back them up. Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, a neurologist and trustee of the charity The Migraine Trust, said there is no evidence that daith piercing work to help migraines.The benefits of acupuncture for the affliction are based on small studies, he added.'There is no evidence for such treatment." Read full article here.
First off, let me preface this by saying that I am fully aware that times are definitely changing, I know that. But there are still far too many people with pre-conceived ideas of what tattoo artists and tattooed people are all about so I just want to go on a quick rant about it.
About a year ago, a very kind, older gentleman came into the shop with some questions about getting tattooed. He clearly had no real issues with tattoos or people with tattoos but he said something that resonated with me. At the end of our conversation he said, "You know, you're a really sweet girl. Looking at you I would have thought you to be hard or rough around the edges, but you're not." I thanked him and we had a laugh and he left, and while I appreciated the kind words I was a little worried that that is how people see me. Hard? Rough around the edges? Kind of bummed me out.
He was an older gent, he grew up in a different time, I understand that but then I started noticing things that younger clients would often talk about while getting tattooed. Drinking, drugs, jail, fights, gangs, all things that, in the context of the conversation, came across as them trying to relate with their artist. "Man, do you know where I can get some gross shitty drugs?" or "Do you guys all hang out and get hammered together?" or (and I wish this was a joke) "Have you ever been to jail?" WHO ASKS SOMEONE THAT?
Here's a thought... maybe your tattoo artist is a dad with 3 beautiful kids being raised in a healthy home, with a caring wife and no criminal record. Maybe that girl at the counter does an imperial shit load of charity work in her free time. Maybe that artist with the motorcycle just likes to ride his motorcycle and go camping and spend time with his family. Is that so far fetched?
Again, I know it's changing and I know there is more tattoo acceptance, but it seems there is still a stigma that goes along with having tattoos and it's dreadful. Neck tattoos don't imply jail time, hand tattoos do not mean drug dealer, and being completely covered from head to toe in tattoos in no way means the person under it all is "hard" or "rough around the edges".
So please, remember what your mother told you and don't judge a book by its very decorated, often misunderstood cover.
A lot of these are very similar to my blog post on "Tattoo Etiquette" but a little refresher never hurt. For your sake and ours, here are some things that will make your experience easier. Enjoy!
Okay, so first thing; LISTEN TO YOUR PIERCER; they know what's up. There are very few things that are more frustrating than being told how to do your job, as I'm sure we can all agree. I know, you are making a modification to your body and you want it to be a certain way but they are professionals and they know what they are talking about. You have to be willing to accept that some things cannot be done the way you like, or at all, and that is only ever for your own good.
Before you come in EAT SOMETHING. Story time! One time when I was getting pierced after a long day, having only had one glorious slice of left over pizza for breakfast, and I became so nauseated and faint that within 30 seconds of standing up the room was closing in and it sounded like I was under water. I B-lined for the restroom and threw myself in front of the toilet thinking I was about to vomit and I fainted face first on the floor. Moral of the story: EAT. You need your blood sugar to be at a reasonable level.
Speaking of toilets... PEE FIRST. Just in case. I wont bore you with the time I peed my pants because I fainted. Feel free to read about it in our tattoo etiquette blog here. and please, if you are a fainter, let your piercer know before hand.
GOOD HYGIENE. I know most of you are probably surprised that it even needs to be said but it does. Your piercer is going to be all up in your personal bubble and they really don’t enjoy nasty dragon breath swirling around in their face like poison. So do us a favor and make sure you have nice breath and fresh armpits and such.
DO NOT SHOW UP DRUNK OR HUNGOVER. We will not pierce you. Again, that is for your own good, your blood thins with alcohol and we can’t have you bleeding out. No bueno.
YOU CAN BRING A FRIEND. If you are nervous and want a friend to come in with you that's cool, we want you to be comfortable. We would just rather you not bring your whole entire squad, too many people can be distracting for the piercer. Bring a friend for support but just one friend.
ASK YOUR PIERCER IF PICTURES ARE COOL. Usually, they don’t mind but it's just polite to ask. They'll let you know what's okay and what's not. Obviously you can’t get in the way and I'm sure no one is trying to but sometimes you really just don’t realize it. They'll let you know where you can and cant be.
This one is important- SIT STILL. Don't grab your piercer’s hand or pull away or fidget or kick your legs or flail your arms, or anything else that could cause your piercer to lose control of the needle. Two things to remember- if you are all shifty it makes it very difficult to make a well placed hole. Also, and this one is very important, if you move you could cause your piercer to stick them self after piercing you. A needle stick is incredibly serious. Consider this; How scared would you be if you were accidentally poked with a needle that had just been inside a stranger? Please, SIT STILL.
PAY ATTENTION TO AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS. Seriously. We know you just got pierced and you're all jacked up on adrenaline and it's exciting but please try and focus on what they are telling you to do take care of your piercing. They want you to have a successful heal just as much as you do and they know how to make that happen, so pay attention and do as they say.
TIPPING, like with tattoos, is appreciated. It's not an expectation, but it really just shows them that you are happy with their service and that you appreciate their work.
MINORS. The truth is, piercers don't have to do anything they aren’t comfortable with. Some piercers have no problem doing kids ear lobes; others don't do it for a number of reasons. Kids are unpredictable little creatures and the last thing a piercer wants is some poor little darling whaling like a banshee after one ear lobe and too scared to do the other. So it's up to the piercer and they are never going to be forced to do something they aren't okay with. In some situations, like navel, they just know that the chances of a successful heal on someone that is still growing is near impossible. There are a million scenarios and reasons why a piercer will or will not do something on a minor and that is their choice to make. It's not personal; it's usually for your own good.
Piercings should be a fun and safe experience and if you follow that advice, (wherever you go to get pierced) that is exactly what you should get.
Tattoo shop etiquette is not necessarily common knowledge. This industry isn't like most so we know it can be intimidating and overwhelming. So here are some inside tips on things you should and shouldn't do. Enjoy!
Know what you want. It’s beyond frustrating for the artist if they draw something up based on what you said you wanted and then you change it. To ensure that you and your artist are on the same page as far as a design, bring in a couple images showing the style, colors, placement, size, etc. Even if it’s a shitty drawing that you did yourself, bring it. We’ll all have a laugh and your artist will get a better idea of what you want.
Trust your artist. Here’s the thing; we get it, it’s your tattoo and it’s on you forever and all that. WE KNOW. What most people don’t realize is that not everything can be or should be tattooed. You really have to come in with an open mind, willing to bend, and open to taking your artist’s suggestions. If they say it won’t work, it won’t work.
Don’t Haggle. Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good. Period..
Show up on time! When you are booked in your artist will book out enough time to do what they need for your tattoo and not much more. There’s nothing wrong with showing up a bit early even, 10-15 mins before your appointment will give you a chance to talk a bit and make sure everyone is on the same page.
Call if you’re going to be late. Again, your artist is working on a schedule; it’s just nice to give them a head’s up if you’re going to be late.
Eat well. We’re not saying you need to make some drastic diet change, but before you get tattooed it’s a good idea that you have a decent meal, maybe some sweets. It will help keep you feeling good while you get tattooed, especially if you’re a fainter. I’m a fainter so I usually get JACKED UP on soda and Slurpees and candy and chocolate.
Practice good hygiene. Shower before you come. Seems like common sense but a little reminder never hurt. Stinky butt isn’t cool, friends.
Pee first. This one is my favorite only because one time, while getting tattooed, I fainted and peed. No joke, that happened. So take my advice and pee first. Also, once your artist gets going you don’t want to have to interrupt them to tinkle. (For the record I was pretty hungover. Which brings me to my next point…)
Don’t show up hungover. It makes it so much worse on you and if it’s hard on you, it’s hard on your artist. Also, what if you faint and pee and have to leave in pee pants? No bueno. Showing up drunk is also not the answer here. WE WILL NOT TATTOO YOU. So that’s that.
Don’t bring 60 friends. One or two is fine but beyond that is just a huge pain in the ass. For one thing, there isn’t enough room for your whole squad. Second, it gets loud with that many people and your artist is trying to give you a great tattoo, it can be distracting with an imperial shitload of people in the room.
Arrange for a babysitter. It isn’t a matter of how well behaved your kids are as much as it can just be a huge distraction for you, your artist, other artists, and other clients. So please make arrangements for them elsewhere. Children are welcome in the shop; it’s not that we don’t like kids, we do. (Except mine, we don't like her very much) But when you are getting tattooed you cant be taking breaks to make sure little Timmy isn’t trying to tattoo his sister or getting boogers on the walls.
Don’t be demanding. This goes along with trusting your artist. Don’t come in and tell them how it’s going to be, that will get you nowhere. Again, some things just can’t be done and you being pushy or demanding isn’t going to change that. Ultimately, they want you to have a great tattoo that you are happy with and they are proud of.
Pay attention to aftercare instructions. How you take care of your tattoo is really going to make or break the healing process. Your artist knows what they are talking about and while mom’s old Cracked Heel Cream is probably divine on your super dry hands, it’s probably not good for your tattoo. Pay attention and do as you are instructed.
Tip your artist. A lot of people truly just don't think to. It's not that they wouldn't, they just don't realize it's a gesture that is really really appreciated. It’s definitely not expected but it is appreciated and it shows that you are happy with their work which mean a lot to them.
I hope this helps clarify why some things are done the way they are. At the end of the day, we just want you to leave happy with an awesome tattoo.
Samantha Ayers at 4:00 PM
Guest Spot: Andrew Ottenhof!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Ladies and Gents; Andrew Ottenhof!
PERFECT IMAGE BANFF IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE; THE VERY TALENTED
ADNDREW OTTENHOF WILL BE DOING A SHORT GUEST SPOT THIS WEEKEND!
March 6,7,& 9, Andrew will be tattooing in Perfect Image Banff! This guy is super talented and only here for a short time so get in while you can. Check out some of his work below or just go creep his stuff on his Facebook page!
To book with Andrew please call the Banff location at 1.403.762.8882
Samantha Ayers at 4:23 PM
FRIDAY THE 13TH!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Friday the 13th, while generally associated with Jason or some kind of bad juju, is always a really cool day in the tattoo industry. Tattooers all over the world will throw down some really cool designs and tattoo them at a fraction of the cost they would normally charge. Gives them a chance to do some of their own designs and allows avid tattoo collectors to get really rad original pieces from varying artists.
This year is especially cool because we get Friday the 13th two months in a row and with the amazing turn out the shops had in February everyone is stoked for March. Here's a look at some of last month's Friday the 13th tattoos:
Every shop will have different flash and different deals so check us out on Facebook or Instagram to see what your local Pi is up to this Friday the 13th.
Samantha Ayers at 10:47 AM
Guest spots available!
Monday, January 19, 2015
We are looking for Artists and Piercers for our very busy shops located on the most beautiful beaches in Ontario to work this summer! The shops are open from May-September and we are looking for both long term and short term guest spots.
Must have previous shop experience and an impressive portfolio. Click here for contact info!