Yesterday, Niki and I decided to experiment with microdermals again. We've done a few of them using different techniques, jewelry, and placements. We figured it'd be a good day for the latest edition of The Microdermal Chronicles.
While we were setting up, we decided it'd be better to do a scarification project. My original idea was a small CBR-shaped skin removal. Over the next hour, we added wings, shading, and sized it so that it would cover about half of my lower leg. I ate a sandwich, set up the video camera, and we got a-cuttin'.
The actual experience was a really positive one. My best friend showed up, we had customers who happened by and stayed to watch, and the rest of the Tiki Tattoos family were all hanging out as well.
I really like more extreme modification procedures because of the physical sensation involved. Experiences like that make me aware of my body in ways that I'm normally not. There were times when I needed a short break, but throughout the entire process I felt as though I was in a sort of meditative state. I'd definitely do it again.
Niki never fails to impress, as always. Every scarification piece she does is a hundred times better than the last one, and I can't wait to see what the next one looks like. I'm proud to wear her work!
We've certainly been busy over here at Tiki Tattoos. The month long $20 piercing sale is unfortunately over, but be sure to look for a bunch of new promotional material, advertisements, and deals on piercing and tattoo work.
Starting October 15th and lasting until the 19th, we're having Military Appreciation Week! All military personnel with an active duty ID will get 20% off all tattoo work over $100. This goes for Coast Guard cadets, too!
On a more personal note, I've been piercing my friends and taking photos to document my progress. The experience of piercing friends is totally different from piercing a customer. When a client comes in, I'm always concerned with making them feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. A lot of the time, this means not having the sort of conversations with Niki during the procedure that I'd like to - conversations about technique, potential problems, etc.
When I pierce my friends, I know they're there to help me learn. I feel more able to discuss the procedure, their anatomy, and potential risks involved in what I'm doing. So far, I've pierced navels, tongues, nipples, and ears.