Dr. Numb Tattoo and Body Piercing Guide

This page will set you on the right path to learning about tattoos and/or body piercings in a simple but comprehensive format. These articles are designed with the beginner in mind and are written so as to provide the necessary information without being overly burdensome with unnecessary details.

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Body Piercing 101 – Planning, Getting and Caring for a New Piercing

If you’re interested in getting a body piercing but aren’t sure where to start, you are in the right place. These pages will help you learn the basics of body piercing to help you have a good experience.
How to Safely Stretch a Piercing
If you’re interested in stretching a piercing, there are things you need to know before you make a final decision. This article discusses the best and worst ways to stretch a piercing and provides suggestions on how to determine if stretching is the right choice for you.
Body Piercing Basics for Beginners
If you’re thinking about getting a body piercing and have questions you need answered, this index will lead you to the information you need.

All About Nipple Piercings
In response to the many emails I have received, here are the most common nipple piercing questions answered.
Embarrassing Questions!
There are some questions about getting a tattoo or piercing that are difficult, even embarrassing, to ask. But that doesn’t mean they’re not valid and important. Here you will find those questions asked, and answered, for you.
Genital Piercings for Men and Women
If you’re thinking about getting a piercing in your genital region, there are several things you should consider first. Find out what piercings are available and what possible risks and limitations go with each of them.
How Do You Pronounce L-A-B-R-E-T ?
It might seem like a silly question, until you find out the answer.
How To Open & Change Your CBR Jewelry
CBRs (captive bead rings) can be kind of tricky taking out and putting in. Although it’s always advisable to let your piercer do it for you, there comes a time when we all have to change our own jewelry. At least learn how to do it right so you don’t hurt yourself or ruin your jewelry.
Piercing – The Gun Vs. The Needle
The piercing gun is widely used in mall and department stores – and professional piercing artists want to see it BANNED. Why? Find out why the gun is so dangerous and how the needle compares.
Piercing Gallery
If you want to get ideas for piercings or you just want to see how a particular piercing looks in “real life”, check out the gallery. Photos submitted by fans and artists from around the globe.
Piercings for Beginners
This guide to conventional piercings will get you started in the right direction. Find out what you need to know before you let a stranger poke holes in you.
Piercings of the Ear – What and Where they Are
Do you know how many possible piercings there are in one tiny ear? Do you know your conch from your daith? If not, this detailed information guide to the ear is for you.
Should You Tip Your Tattoo or Piercing Artist?
Should you tip your tattoo or piercing artist? Find out what the professionals think about it and how you can give the best tip without spending an extra dime.

Tattoo 101 – Planning, Getting and Caring for a Tattoo

If you’re new to the idea of getting a tattoo, there’s a lot more you need to know than just what design you want to get. Here’s the basics you need to learn before taking the plunge.
How to Take a Good Clean Picture of Your Tattoo
Taking a good, clean picture of your tattoo doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are a lot of common mistakes people make that result in bad quality photos. Here’s some tips on taking a shot of your tattoo that does the artist’s work justice.
Tattoo Etiquette – A Tattoo Artist Vents About Disrespectful Clients
When a tattoo artist makes a mistake, it becomes headline news. But most tattoo artists deal with a lot of annoying clients on a daily basis and no one ever pays attention. Every now and then, an artist gets to the point where they have taken as much as they can handle and they have to vent. And in between the curse words and yelling, there are words of wisdom that all of us should take to heart. Here are some pearls of wisdom from a tattoo artist on the edge.

Complete Guide to Getting a Tattoo
If you have questions about getting a tattoo, this is where you’ll find the answers.
Which Hurts More – Outlining or Shading?
Does the shading of a tattoo hurt more or less than the outlining?
Getting a Tattoo – The Step by Step Process
Photos and explanantions of the entire process of getting a tattoo from filling out your paperwork to walking out with fresh new ink.
Beginner’s Guide to Getting a Tattoo
Where to start and what to do about getting your first tattoo. Answers to commonly asked questions, and lifesaving information you didn’t even know you needed.
Flash Faux Pas and Tattoo Etiquette
Some people have become very lazy and rely too heavily on flash for choosing their tattoo design – or worse, they steal someone else’s tattoo.
Blood Donation and Tattoos
Unfortunately, new tattoos and blood donation just don’t mix. If you’re considering either one in the near future, here is some food for thought.
Body Art for Beginners
This feature is designed just for beginners. It answers the most commonly asked questions and even some things you didn’t realize you need to know. Learn how to choose a clean studio and a reputable artist to keep from getting a disease or bad tattoo.
Bullsh%#! – Semi Permanent Tattoos
Despite the rumors that there is a kind of semi-permanent tattoo that only lasts a few months or years, it’s nothing more than a scam.
Buyer Beware: Know What You’re Getting
Before you get that nice Chinese or Kanji tattoo, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting or you could end up red in the face.
Convincing Your Parents?
You want a tattoo or piercing really bad, but Mom and Dad say no. How can you convince them to let you get it done? Here are some helpful hints for reasoning with the folks.
Embarrassing Questions!
There are some questions about getting a tattoo or piercing that are difficult, even embarrassing, to ask. But that doesn’t mean they’re not valid and important. Here you will find those questions asked, and answered, for you.
How Much Does it Really Hurt???
If you’re concerned about the pain involved in getting a tattoo, let this help you set aside your fears. It helps you to put the pain into perspective and give you other things to focus on.
Ink Chemistry – What’s in Your Tattoo?
What you don’t know can hurt you – from Chemistry Guide, Anne Marie Helmenstine.
Topical anesthetics like Emla cream and lidocaine are wonderful products for medical patients, but do they have any place in the tattoo industry?
Personal Testimonials and Experiences
Still not sure? Read these experiences and get some practical advice from other that have already “been there”.
Should You Tip Your Tattoo or Piercing Artist?
Should you tip your tattoo or piercing artist? Find out what the professionals think about it and how you can give the best tip without spending an extra dime.
Tattoo Gallery
If you’re looking for ideas for your tattoo, check out the gallery. Browse through pictures of tattoo art submitted by artists and fans from all over the world. See beautiful work from some of the best artists.
Tattoos and Tanning
If you have tattoos you want to keep looking nice, you might want to think twice before you sun bathe or visit the tanning bed.
Tattoos: No Hands, No Feet, No Face – Why?
Many studios have policies against doing tattoos on the hands, feet or face. Some artists feel strongly enough about it to turn down potential business by refusing to do this type of tattoo. But what is the big deal?
The Tattoo Process
Don’t know what to expect? This article tells you step-by-step, with photos, exactly how a tattoo is applied from beginning to end.
Weight Fluctuation & Stretch Marks
More answers to your embarrassing questions, this week’s focus is on weight fluctuation and stretch marks. How can they affect an existing tattoo, and can stretch marks be tattooed over?
What You Should Know About Ta Moko (Maori) Tattoo
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In some cases, this is true. But there are also instances when imitation is actually an insult, not flattery. Maori Ta Moko is one of those instances.
When is it Safe to Shave Again?
Stubble may be itchy and annoying, but it sure beats a wrecked tattoo from premature shaving.

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