Piercings and modifications can be an avenue of self-expression and reclamation of the body and should always be performed with the utmost trust and respect which are at the heart of the core values at OokySpooky.
With Vesper’s years of study and practise in the fields of anatomy, physiology, embalming, biology and restorative art from his University degrees in Microbiology from the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida) and Funeral Services from St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg, Florida) prior to his career in modification, he brings a medical background and unique perspective to his craft. He also completed a year-long apprenticeship in piercing and body modifications training under Alfie Baker along with years of working in the field that a 4 to 6-day piercing course cannot compare with.
Vesper pierces exclusively using blade needles and disposable insertion tapers from Stiletto Piercing. Unlike cannula needles which are made for intervenous procedures (blood draws and IV insertion) in the medical field, blade needles are designed and produced specifically for the piercing industry and allow for application of bevel theory and higher precision as well as cause less trauma to surrounding tissue as they are engineered for the purpose of puncturing tissue rather than being inserted into a vein for cannula placement.
All of his sterilisation products and equipment are medical grade and is one of the only area studios with both a high capacity vacuum/steam autoclave from Prestige Medical Equipment as well as an Enbio fast cycle autoclave that is used for all jewellery purchases made on the day of piercing to ensure everything he uses is medically sterile.
Vesper only uses internally threaded or threadless (where applicable – ball captive and clicker rings do not have threading, of course!) ASTM-F136 implant grade titanium, niobium, and solid 14ct gold jewellery from brands such as Industrial Strength, Invictus, Implant Grade Body Jewellery, QualiTi, Apex Handcrafted Body Jewellery, Junipurr, and Ti Couture.
For Vesper, piercing and modification are his passions and he focuses exclusively on body piercing (including genital/intimate and microdermal implants), scarification, transdermal (silicone) implants, RFID implants, and branding. His goal is for every client to express themselves and realise the vision they have for their body.
Vesper endeavours to provide every client with exceptional professionalism, eye to detail, design, and technique at a competitive price given his abundant qualifications. Vesper also holds all necessary registrations, insurances and certifications with the local authority to practice his craft. OokySpooky is proud to exclusively use and offer luxury implant-grade titanium and 14ct gold jewellery from Industrial Strength, Invictus, Junipurr, Tish Lyon, Implant Grade, QualiTi, and Ti Couture which are manufactured in the UK, EU, and the USA.
Preface: Thank you so much to my colleague Stephen Clarke for writing this article to contribute to my blog! He is the owner of Apex Piercing in Antrim, Northern Ireland and has years of professional experience under his belt. Stephen is also the creative brain behind Apex Body Jewellery! Please feel free to visit his social media:
Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone else, I’d like to start by thanking Vesper for allowing me the opportunity to present this article on his blog, and secondly by thanking everyone who elects to read and retain the information contained herein!
So the topic of conversation today is tongue piercings, horizontal tongue piercings (snake eyes), and surface tongue piercings (tongue scoops). The reason that traditional tongue piercings are placed centrally is simple and straightforward, it completely bypasses the muscles that the tongue is comprised of, the superior longitudinal muscles, and the vertical and transverse muscles. A precisely placed traditional tongue piercing will heal relatively quickly and without complications, and with a traditional tongue piercing, the jewelley is placed a safe distance away from the teeth, and therefore isn’t likely to cause any dental trauma.
Now, to discuss the less than ideal and frankly dangerous horizontal and surface tongue piercings, the biggest issue here is the fact that these piercings essentially pin the muscles of the tongue together, which leads to untold amounts of muscular damage and potential nerve damage, which can and will affect speech, the ‘snake eyes’ piercing will intersect the left and right superior longitudinal muscles, and the ‘tongue scoop’ will in fact intersect not only both the superior longitudinal muscles, but also the vertical and transverse muscles, basically stapling together four separate muscles. moving on from the tongue itself, the fact that a horizontally placed bar across the tongue will place the jewelley in direct and constant contact with the teeth is guaranteed to cause cause severe dental damage.
In conclusion, traditional tongue piercings have been shown through time to be generally safe, whereas horizontal and surface tongue piercings are a universally bad idea that will only end in tears, are unacceptably dangerous to clients, and any piercer offering them is either A ) nowhere near knowledgeable enough to be trusted to pierce anyone, or B ) doesn’t care about the longer term effects of piercings and is only piercing for quick cash, and again shouldn’t be trusted to pierce anyone. Stay safe out there folks, research your piercer and ask questions, a trustworthy piercer will always be happy to provide answers to the best of their ability!
~PLEASE NOTE: All posts on my blog are meant as educational posts. They are not intended to shame or offend anyone who has purchased, used, or sold lesser quality jewellery, but rather share knowledge to help clients make an informed choice when deciding what jewellery is best for them. Some may have differing opinions on certain parts of the blog, however I write this having been educated both when I was an apprentice and through conferences and seminars over the course of my career, with only positive intentions and high standards in mind.~
Often I am asked why I only use internally threaded implant grade titanium jewellery and what the difference is between internally threaded and externally threaded.
Internally threaded means the screw thread is hidden inside the post. The sharp edged screw threads are hidden with internally threaded jewellery so they are more comfortable to insert and wear in a fresh or healed piercing. The post can easily slide in and out of the piercing without catching on and tearing the tissue which means that there is far less risk of damaging the piercing and causing inflammation or discomfort. Internally threaded jewellery also allows for lower profile designs such as bezel set discs as the bulky external thread doesn’t have to be hidden inside the threaded end. Additionally, this connection type is more secure than external due to the design which means less chance of losing jewellery.
The design of an externally threaded pierce of jewellery has the screw thread exposed on the outside of the post. The screw thread can cause damage and discomfort during insertion into a fresh or healed piercing and if any of the thread is exposed it can irritate the piercing channel by causing micro tears and cause excess scar tissue growth. Externally threaded jewellery is far cheaper to purchase than internally threaded jewellery and is far more difficult to find in certified implant safe materials or with a polish smooth enough for initial piercing. Additionally, the screw thread tends to get worn down during the machine polishing process which makes the threaded ends less secure than other connection methods. This means there is a higher chance of losing jewellery.
As I have mentioned in previous educational posts, always keep in mind that not all titanium is implant grade ASTM F-136 or ASTM F-1295 and a lot of industrial titanium is used by budget jewellery brands. Grades 5 and 23 are the most common low quality grades used. Industrial grades may be safe for wear but have not been proven to do so as they have been designed for other attributes and uses. A large percentage of externally threaded titanium jewellery is not implant grade, so make sure to always do your research before purchasing!
As a professional piercer involved in various industry groups and organisations there is wisdom shared among us that isn’t able to be divulged to the public due to the fact that they are approved membership only and private.
With summer nearly over and Christmas quickly approaching, semi-precious and precious stone body jewellery is a popular choice of present. In an earlier post, I mentioned that not all titanium jewellery is the same. In a group discussion with other piercers earlier this evening, photographs taken by another professional were shared. These photos were taken on the same camera, with the same settings and the same macro lens. None of the pictures have been edited save for cropping. He was kind enough to allow us to share his photographs as he has a macro lens and is able to capture images that are exceedingly close up.
Both pieces are Aurora CZ navel bars that are hand polished titanium at different price points as they are different grades of titanium.
Here are some photographs comparing the two pieces. The top piece is a cheaper piece of jewellery made with a lower grade of titanium. Notice the scratches on the crystal due to the stone being foiled on top to create shine. The wearing surface (the part of the jewellery that passes through the skin) is the most important thing to pay attention to as the rough surface of the titanium that cannot easily be seen by the naked eye can cause micro tearing within piercings which can lead to issues down the line. This is evident in some pieces of jewellery when examined at a level that the naked eye cannot see.
The bottom piece is implant grade ASTM F136 titanium with Swarovski crystals. The brilliance of the gem comes from the facets of the cut rather than foil placed over the top and the finish on the wearing surface is smooth which is much healthier for any piercing in the long run.
Without macro lenses or being a metal specialist the differences are very subtle to the eye but make an incredible difference in the body. Always ask a seller about their XRF Certificate, the settings of the gemstones or crystals, and what crystals and gemstones are being used.
I carry a range of coloured titanium jewellery pieces and am often asked how the colour is created and why some colours are unavailable. The goal of this post is to explain what anodising is, how the anodising process works, and why certain colours are not available.
Polished titanium is naturally silver in colour. As mentioned in my previous posts in this three part series, implant grade titanium is by far the best metal for piercing as the composition of the titanium alloy used in ASTM F136 is tightly bound so that it cannot break down under the skin and release metal particles inside the body meaning that it is fully biocompatible and suitable for long-term wear under the skin.
However, some people do not want jewellery that is silver in colour but still desire titanium jewellery. This is where anodising comes in!
Anodisation is the process of applying heat or electricity to the titanium. By doing this the refractive properties of the metal are brought out because various oxide thicknesses are created on the surface of the titanium. The resulting titanium oxide is what causes the vivid colours of the titanium! The colours are directly related to time and voltage. Titanium itself will not change colour or tarnish but anodisation can wear off if it is exposed to very acidic pH, so always be careful with your anodised jewellery!
QualiTi has a wide variety of colours, but red and black are not available. The reason for this is that the anodising spectrum of titanium does not include red or black. You can find black coloured titanium, but it is not anodised – it is coated with a different technique such as as PVD. Depending on the jewellery quality and the technique and coating used, the jewellery may or may not retain the black colour, so it is important to ensure that any black titanium pieces purchased are high-quality so that the coating doesn’t wear off!
Hopefully, this post has helped explain exactly what anodising is and how it works. I’m always willing to answer any questions to the best of my knowledge and if I don’t know the answer I can provide resources that go far more in-depth!
As a preface, I’d like to state that one of the things I have always striven for is providing the highest quality and safest piercing and/or modification experience at the best value for money and price I can possibly offer. Please be cautious of compromising quality for a lower price. This is your body and piercing is a cosmetic implant that should not be taken lightly. Not all piercers are the same, and not all body jewellery is made equally…always research your piercer to see if they are right for you.
I posted a bit ago about the dangers of cheap jewellery and have had a few questions from clients asking about titanium that they have purchased from various places online. All titanium jewellery is not the same. Titanium, like many metals, comes in different grades with varying level of purity and quality. Implant-grade titanium (which is the material all my jewellery is made of) is the most appropriate material available for surgical implants and can help piercings heal more quickly compared with other metals such as steel and lower grades of titanium. The composition of the titanium alloy used in ASTM F136 is tightly bound so that it cannot break down under the skin and release metal particles inside the body.
Although other grades of titanium, such as grade 23, do adhere to the EU Nickel Directive they are not as biocompatible as ASTM F136 titanium and are not designed for long-term wear under the skin. The use of ASTM F136 titanium ensures the greatest possible chance that a piercing will heal properly.
As I mentioned in a previous post, in addition to differences in metal composition, badly polished cheaper titanium has a nearly undetectable rough surface texture and is severely problematic. It can cause irritation, micro-tearing in the piercing itself, and allergic reactions as it is generally not implant grade. Is that neat looking piece of jewellery titanium? Sure. Is is a quality piece of jewellery? Perhaps not. Always ask if an XRF certificate is available. This test shows the composition of the metal and if the jewellery seller cannot provide it, the quality may be questionable.
What about gold?
14ct and 18ct gold are safe for initial piercings as they can be autoclaved on low heat and have a negligible nickel content. Pure gold is known as 24ct gold. It is very soft which means it shouldn’t be autoclaved because it may lose shape and the softness means that nicks in the surface are more likely to form which can trap bacteria in new piercings. Due to this, 24ct gold is not really a good candidate for new piercings.
All other solid gold incorporates other metals in the form of alloys to make it more durable and affordable. 9ct gold is less pure and contains more alloys. The lower the karat (ct) designation, the more “other” metals are in the mix. These metals are often nickel, palladium, or copper , all of which can cause a reaction in an unhealed piercing and even in healed piercings if you have sensitive skin or metal allergies!
Real gold can be expensive but it is a beautiful metal. Plated gold jewellery is cheaper but is not very durable. In time the plating will rub off and expose the metal underneath which can cause irritation or infection. Gold filled jewellery has a much thicker coat of gold than gold plated jewellery but it should still be avoided as the base metal will eventually wear through and be exposed to the skin.
Surely Silver is Alright!?
Actually, it’s not! Silver should not be used for body piercing jewellery but is totally safe to be worn on the body as necklaces, bracelets, and rings. The reason silver is not suitable for body jewellery is that it corrodes when it comes in contact with sulphur, which is a substance your body contains. This contact forms a toxic substance: Silver Salt. This is why silver must be kept clean and polished regularly to prolong the quality.
Over the course of lockdown I have received quite a few messages from clients who purchased jewellery online from various sources and have had reactions, infections, and other issues with their piercings after changing to the new jewellery. Additionally I have had people who were pierced elsewhere contacting me with issues about their piercings as the piercer who originally performed the piercing was unable or unwilling to help. In these cases, most of the problems could be attributed to poor quality jewellery and improper placement, though the most worrying thread throughout them has been the fact that the piercer did not tell them the metal that was being used or when asked would not disclose the source of the jewellery.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase body jewellery from a reputable piercer who will willingly disclose the company who produces their jewellery or reputable online retailer. A reputable online retailer will have their XRF test results certificate available upon request. XRF stands for X-ray fluorescence which is a technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials so you know exactly what the jewellery is made of and any impurities it might contain.
Badly polished titanium has a nearly undetectable rough surface texture and is severely problematic. It can cause irritation, micro-tearing in the piercing itself, and allergic reactions as it is generally not implant grade. Cheap jewellery from the Far East is now flooding the UK and is very low-cost so it can be incredibly tempting to pick up a few new shinies from Amazon resellers or Wish. Please be careful and shop with caution!
I have had a few clients who have contacted me to make appointments and have asked what they need to do when they arrive to be Covid safe. OokySpooky will be using a few protocols that we kindly ask all clients to follow.
~ Only one person will be allowed in the studio at a time. If necessary, a friend or family member may accompany the client to provide support, but for the most part, I strongly recommend that you come on your own or have anyone accompanying you wait outside. This does not apply to children under 16 as a parent or guardian must be present to sign the consent form and stay with the client.
~ If you must bring someone for emotional support be aware that due to distancing they will NOT be able to be with you inside the studio during the procedure. They will need to wait in the hallway outside. This includes parents and guardians accompanying clients under 16.
~ I would suggest anybody who is nervous or unsure to book when restrictions are removed. Please be aware that as things look at this moment, I am going to be fully booked. Appointments are booked to allow enough time to complete the procedure. If you are late, the appointment will be forfeited as there will be people waiting to enter the studio for their procedure. To reiterate: if you are unsure or afraid, as much as I would love to and as calming and reassuring as I try to be, I cannot run over your time slot as it will affect future clients and jeopardise safe clinical and studio practises.
~ All clients will be asked to wash their hands and apply sanitizer when they arrive for their appointment. Though you will still be able to choose your jewellery, to maintain a sterile environment I will show you the jewellery to limit the number of people touching the sterilised autoclave bags.
~ Although it is not mandatory, I would advise wearing a mask into the studio. If you are having a facial piercing, microdermal, or transdermal implant in an area the mask covers, I will ask you to remove it prior to your procedure. If you are not having a facial piercing, please wear the mask for the duration of the appointment. This includes multi-hour procedures such as scarification, branding, transdermal implants, or RFID/NFC implants.
~ Clients will have their temperature taken with a forehead thermometer prior to entering the studio.
~ As always, I will be using medical-grade disinfection and sterilisation procedures featuring Clinell medical professional products along with the use of a heat and vacuum autoclave for all instruments and jewellery. Instead of pure alcohol wipes I will be using a combination chlorhexidine and alcohol wipe to prepare the skin as chlorhexidine is a strong antiseptic and adds an additional layer of protection. For those allergic to chlorhexidine, I will still have alcohol wipes available. Of course, I will be wearing a mask anytime I am in the studio.
I know that these protocols may seem strict but I want to do my best to keep all my clients safe during these uncertain times. There are still many things we do not know about the novel coronavirus and preventative measures, especially in an environment where invasive procedures are carried out, are very important.
Thank you all in advance for your cooperation!
One of the questions I am asked most frequently is if I can pierce nostrils, cartilage, lips, and nipples with a ring rather than a labret stud, nostril screw, or barbell.
The answer: Yes, I can…but I recommend against it.
Nostril, lip, nipple, and cartilage piercings heal far faster and with fewer complications when they are initially pierced with a straight piece of jewellery. Rings can encourage scarring and in some cases can even cause the piercing to migrate. However, it is still your body so if after taking my recommendations and experience into account you would still prefer a ring it is something we can discuss in further detail at your appointment.
Vesper will be offering programmable RFID and NFC implants from Bioteq pending further training.
The implants are chemically and biologically inert and have been tested in many millions of mammalian insertions plus an increasing number of human situations. Bioteq has worked with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to confirm the legal status of their implants.
The implants are pre-loaded inside a sterile injection assembly, which is then used to inject the implant into the hand. It is recommended that it is injected between the thumb and index finger.
If you have an NFC implant you can store a small amount of text based data, for example your name, address and contact information. You can potentially clone your work ID card if the system is compatible with the Bioteq implant range. Contactless payments are not currently possible, but the technology is compatible to make this work. The main issue currently is being allowed to integrate the system with credit providers such as Visa. This is something that is being currently worked on by Bioteq in the UK.
For more information, please email via the website or message the OokySpooky Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OokySpooky/
I am often asked by prospective clients if I pierce ears and nostrils with a needle or gun. The answer? NEEDLE ONLY. Guns may be a quick, easy to operate, and popular method but they have significant drawbacks. The most pressing issues regarding gun piercings are inappropriate jewellery design, sterility of the implements, and tissue damage. In this post, I will explain these points in detail as I believe that educating others about the dangers of gun piercing is crucial.
The length of ear piercing studs is usually too short for most cartilage and some earlobes. The initial force of the implement is usually enough to force the earring to close over the tissue but after the piercing is completed and the jewellery is locked on there is not sufficient space for the tissue to decompress which can cause significant issues. In addition to irritation some of the lesser complications are decreased blood flow and air circulation to the area which can lead to scarring, minor complications, and increased healing time. If the jewellery is far too tight additional swelling and possible impaction can occur.
In my career, I have had countless clients who have experienced gun piercings come to my studio with stud gun jewellery totally embedded in the lobe, cartilage, nostril (and even some other locations). In some cases, the impaction is so severe that they need to be referred to a medical professional because they need to be surgically removed as one or both sides of the stud have disappeared completely under the skin. These consequences are far less likely to occur with needle piercings as the jewellery is selected to the unique anatomy of each client to allow ample room for swelling. The jewellery is also put in through the needle piercing process which is far less traumatic to the tissue and creates less swelling.
Additionally, when jewellery fits too closely against the skin it can prevent proper cleaning and hygiene practices. This increases the risk of infection as bodily fluids containing cellular discharge and other byproducts of the healing process that are excreted can become trapped around the hole. As the fluid coagulates and becomes sticky it traps bacteria against the skin. This can lead to secondary infections. Using implant-grade jewellery that is specifically designed for long-term wear and ease of cleaning can prevent this.
Piercing guns can come into contact with multiple bloodborne pathogens over the course of a day but are not sanitised in a medically recognised way. A plastic ear piercing gun cannot be put in an autoclave (it will melt) and are not able to be fully sterilised. Even if the isopropyl alcohol or clinical antiseptic wipes were able to eradicate all pathogens on contact they would still be unable to reach inside the working parts of the gun. A client’s blood can aresolise (become airborne in microscopic particles) which contaminates the inside parts of the gun. Due to this, the subsequent client’s jewellery and tissue are exposed to the contaminated surfaces. Per medical study reports, there is a possibility that bloodborne pathogens can be transferred through ear piercings performed in this method.
Some diseases such as Hepatitis and common staph infections can live for extended periods of time on inanimate surfaces and can remain on the gun for several weeks or potentially even longer. If you take into consideration the volume of clients whose initial piercings come in contact with the gun’s surface, it can pose a significant health risk. Those who are immunocompromised or immature immune systems such as babies, children, and the elderly can be at even higher risk.
Piercing guns can and do malfunction and it is not documented how often this occurs. It has been reported by some operators that the earring becomes wedged in the gun and does not release it, requiring it to be removed with pliers. These pliers come into contact with contaminated jewellery after it passes through the client’s tissue and can be used on multiple clients without proper sterilisation which increases the risk of infection. There are few gun piercing establishments and mobile services that possess the expensive sterilisation equipment (steam autoclave or chemclave) necessary for this procedure.
Gun piercing studs might appear quite pointed at first but in reality are rather dull. Due to this, piercings must be accomplished via putting excessive pressure over a larger surface area in order to force the metal jewellery through. This is referred to medically as “blunt force trauma,” which means that the effect on the body is similar to crush damage rather than a piercing and causes similar damage to the tissue. The most common scenario is significant pain and swelling for the client but in the worst cases scarring and potentially increased incidence of auricular chondritis, a severe tissue disfigurement, can occur.
Sometimes the intense pressure and speed of the gun’s spring-loaded mechanism is simply not sufficient to force the stud through the client’s tissue. In these cases the earring becomes lodged partway in the client’s anatomy. There are two options available to gun operators (who may or may not be trained to deal with an incident of this nature). They can either remove the stud and repierce the ear which can contaminate the surrounding tissue and gun due to the blood flow from the original piercing wound. The other possibility is for the operator to force the earring through which can cause significant tissue damage to the client and present the possibility of a needlestick-type injury to the operator.
Cartilage and other structural tissue such as nostrils can lead to more serious complications including auricular chondritis, shattered cartilage and excessive scarring. To get medically technical, gun piercings can result in the separation of subcutaneous fascia from cartilage tissue, creating spaces in which fluids collect. The result of this is swelling that is temporary and permanent lumps of tissue on or near the piercing site. The lumps can range from mildly annoying to seriously disfiguring and in some cases can require surgery to correct. Piercing with a single-use, sharp, sterile medical grade needle slides smoothly through the tissue and causes less separation. Trained piercers also use a post-piercing pressure technique used to minimise the formation of these hypertrophic scars.
Cartilage has less blood flow that other types of tissue which means that the healing time for these piercings is longer. Due to this, infections in the tissue are more common and can become more severe than those that occur in lobe piercings. Non-sterile piercing equipment and improper aftercare can result in the previously mentioned auricular chondritis. This is a severe and disfiguring infection of the cartilage tissue which can result in the collapse of structural tissue and deformity. Antibiotics and reconstructive surgery can be required to correct this.
Medical literature has many documented reports of such cases and some incidences can be found in the materials cited section at the end of this post.
Gun piercing establishments usually train their operators, but many times this training is limited to an instructional video, reading a training booklet, and/or practising on cosmetic sponges or other employees. A few allegations have been made that some establishments do not inform their employees of the serious risks involved in both performing and receiving gun piercings, and do not instruct staff on how to deal with situations such as client medical complications or gun malfunction. There are surveys conducted in jewellery stores, beauty parlours and mall kiosks in England that revealed that many employees had little knowledge of risks and risk management related to gun piercing.
The terrifying truth is that piercing guns can be obtained through Amazon, eBay, and at beauty supply stores which means that training may not be given to an operator at all. I’ve even seen kits available on AliExpress and Wish.com that include a gun and jewellery!
Worryingly, most ear piercing studs are not made with materials certified by the ASTM as safe for long term implantation in the human body. Even when coated in non-toxic gold or other coloured plating, materials from underlying alloys can leach into human tissue through corrosion, scratches and surface defects, causing cytotoxicity and allergic reaction. Since manufacturing a durable corrosion and defect-free coating for such studs is extremely difficult, medical literature considers only implant grade (ASTM F138) steel and titanium (ASTM F67 and F136) to be appropriate for piercing stud composition. Studs made of any other materials, including non-implant grade steel (steel not batch certified as ASTM F138), should not be used, regardless of the presence of surface plating.
Though there are significant risks associated with gun piercing, lack of awareness and education about potential complications means many clients may not associate their negative experience(s) to the gun implement itself. As gun piercings are easy to obtain, they are usually assumed to be risk-free. Usually the connection is only made after medical attention is required.
Despite these risks there is not a great deal of regulation in regard to gun piercing compared to other cosmetic procedures such as needle piercing, tattooing, microblading, acupuncture, and permanent makeup. Hopefully with education and a more readily available wealth of information the risks associated with gun piercings the public will be able to understand why this piercing implement is dangerous and opt for the safer option of needle piercing.
OokySpooky is proud to exclusively offer implant-grade (ASTM-F136) titanium, niobium, and 14ct gold jewellery manufactured in the UK, EU, and USA by Industrial Strength Body Jewellery, Invictus Body Jewellery, Junipurr Body Jewellery, QualiTi Body Jewellery, Implant Grade Body Jewellery, Tish Lyon Jewellery, Apex Handcrafted Body Jewellery, and Ti Couture Body Jewellery.
All initial piercings are fitted with classic implant-grade ASTM-F136, industry-standard internally threaded (where applicable, clicker rings and BCRs do not have threading, of course!) titanium jewellery in your choice of either unanodised (silver coloured) or anodised colours (subject to availability).
Vesper stocks a large variety of implant-grade ASTM-F136 titanium, niobium, and 14ct gold jewellery in the studio from a variety of luxury body jewellery brands. He is always happy to help you select the perfect piece for your piercing! Prices range from £25 – £450 for rings and £15 – £450 for attachments.
The piercing fee also includes topical anaesthetic (numbing spray) and aftercare for the life of the piercing (availability to answer any questions, etc.). Jewellery downsizes are also included with ear cartilage, nipple, oral, and genital piercings. Please note that with jewellery downsizes the new basic jewellery (if an attachment has been purchased, the new bar or post will be used with the attachment you’ve bought) is included but the jewellery change fee of £5 still applies to cover sanitising/sterilisation materials and PPE (personal protective equipment).
Vesper only pierces using blade needles, as piercing guns can cause trauma to cartilage due to the nature of the implement and cannula needles are not optimised for piercing.
Scarification, RFID/NFC implants, subdermal, and transdermal implants require a consultation. A 30% deposit is required for scarification appointments and a deposit to cover the price of the implant(s) is required for all RFID/NFC, transdermal and subdermal implant bookings. The price of the implant varies with size. These deposits are non-refundable.
Please be advised if you are interested in a transdermal or subdermal implant, Vesper will not put them anywhere near the spine, back of the neck, stomach, shins, or over moving joints for safety reasons.
Prices vary depending on size and design complexity. Please schedule a consultation for a quote.
From £450. Please schedule a consultation for exact pricing.
£50 each, £95 for two
Single Lobe – £25
Both Lobes – £40
Transverse Lobe – £25
Scaffold – £50
Trident – £100
Multi-Bar – Please contact for a quote, price depends on the number of piercings
Cartilage Punch – £55
All Other Cartilage – £25
~ Daith, Tragus, Rook, Helix, Forward Helix, Snug, Orbital, Anti-Tragus, Inner Conch, Outer Conch
Ear cartilage piercings include a jewellery downsize. Please note that with jewellery downsizes the new basic jewellery (if an attachment has been purchased, the new bar or post will be used with the attachment you’ve bought) is included but the jewellery change fee of £5 still applies to cover sanitising/sterilisation materials and PPE (personal protective equipment).
For curated ear piercings, please contact Vesper to schedule a consultation so you can discuss jewellery and placement prior to the piercing itself.
Nostril – £25
Paired Nostrils – £50
High Nostril – £35
Paired High Nostrils – £70
Forward Nostril (Commonly known as the “Mantis,” Includes Two Piercings) – £70
Septum – £35
Nasallang – £100
Austin – £50
Rhino – £50
Labret (Including Lowbret, Medusa, and Monroe) – £25
Vertical Labret (Upper or Lower) – £35
Vertical Bites (Two) – £65
Bites (Two Hole) – £45
~ Snake Bites, Angel Bites, Cyber Bites, Spider Bites, Viper Bites, Dolphin Bites, Dahlia Bites, Joker Bites
Bites (Three Hole) – £70
~ Triangle Bites
Bites (Four Hole) – £95
~ Canine Bites, Shark Bites, T-Rex Bites
Tongue – £35
Frenulum (Smiley) – £30
Tongue Venom – £65
Dimples/Cheek – £45 for one, £85 for two
Oral piercings include a jewellery downsize. Please note that with jewellery downsizes the new basic jewellery (if an attachment has been purchased, the new bar or post will be used with the attachment you’ve bought) is included but the jewellery change fee of £5 still applies to cover sanitising/sterilisation materials and PPE (personal protective equipment).
Nipple piercings include a jewellery downsize. Please note that with jewellery downsizes the new basic jewellery (if an attachment has been purchased, the new bar or post will be used with the attachment you’ve bought) is included but the jewellery change fee of £5 still applies to cover sanitising/sterilisation materials and PPE (personal protective equipment).
For all genital piercings, I require a consultation prior to the piercing being performed. This is to discuss what you would like to achieve with the desired piercing (sexual stimulation for yourself, your partner, or both, aesthetic goals, etc.), anatomical suitability for the desired piercing, and if jewellery needs to be ordered in it gives me the opportunity to measure for the piece. Many piercings can be performed during the same appointment, but some piercings will require jewellery to be ordered in and a secondary appointment will need to be made.
Genital piercings include a jewellery downsize and a can of isotonic sterile saline spray for aftercare. Please note that with jewellery downsizes the new basic jewellery (if an attachment has been purchased, the new bar or post will be used with the attachment you’ve bought) is included but the jewellery change fee of £5 still applies to cover sanitising/sterilisation materials and PPE (personal protective equipment).
Jewellery Purchase and Install – £10
~ An appointment to purchase jewellery and have it fitted and installed in an existing piercing. The £10 deposit is applied toward any jewellery purchase made.
Piercing Check-Up – £5
~ This is ONLY a check-up to ask any questions about an existing piercing if you need to see me in person. You can also use this time to ask any questions about existing piercings that were performed elsewhere if you have questions or concerns.
Jewellery Removal – £5
~ If you are having problems removing a piece of jewellery, I will remove it for you. This is an appointment for jewellery removal only – please remember that there is no guarantee that a piercing without jewellery in it will remain open for an extended period of time! To purchase and have a new piece of jewellery installed, please select the “Jewellery Purchase and Install” appointment option.
Enter the Morelands Estate from Bristol Rd, just opposite the karting track by the Aldi traffic lights. Go through into the tunnel and turn immediately right towards Polite Auto into the car park. Go in the white door, past the stairs through the black door, straight on, follow the hall around to the right, we’re the last door on the left!
There is also a back entrance to the main car park which is off Seymore Rd, If you park here you’ll need to walk down the tunnel and then left when you get towards the Bristol Road entrance.