Ear & Body Piercing/Spiderbites


Hi, so I'm going to pierce the left side of my bottom lip. I ordered a sterile kit and have done substantial research on doing so. The kit includes a 14 gauge hollow needle and captive ball ring. After I ordered it, I chose to do spider bites. I was wondering if I could pierce both holes with the same sized needle (14g) but wear a 16g ring in one hole. Would that look odd and will the hole with the 16g ring heal properly? Thanks in advance, Russell

Dear Russell,
For safety and best results, I would be pleased to refer you to a qualified piercer in your area who can take care of making this a safe and accurate experience for you, and can better ensure jewelry fit and quality. I have never seen safe jewelry available in a kit, and kits most often have no documentation or proof that they were sterilized correctly. Usually the material is not suitable for healing, and the surface finish is not adequately polished, so thick scarring is a high risk. http://jewelry.piercing.org/ explains more in detail.

Piercing with a larger needle and inserting smaller jewelry will make a loose piercing that will bleed considerably more than a normal piercing with the same size jewelry, and can lead to additional scarring. This is not a common practice among qualified professional piercers.  

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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