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Brian Skellie


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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.

Experience in the area

Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience, http://piercing.org/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/


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


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.

Awards and Honors

Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

Past/Present Clients

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/

What do you like about this subject?

Epiphany ||| Inspiration ||| Commitment ||| Dedication ||| Challenge ||| Interaction ||| Conviviality ||| Body-Mind-Spirit transformation

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I will continue to encourage the use of proper sterilization, gentle technique and safe jewelry until nothing less is accepted by the general public. I feel learning never ends, and I will adopt any new idea, practice or widget that enriches the quality of the Piercing Experience. My present focus: education and consultation.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Anything we think we know is just the beginning. There is enough to learn about any aspect of this art and science to outlast me. The passion for taking this art and emerging science toward excellence will keep me going.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I advocate sterile technique with no clamps [freehand], and never reuse piercing equipment such as sharps, tapers, hemostats, tubes or ring expanders. Body jewelry should meet similar criteria to objects certified for human implant when used for new piercings or for extended wear [more than 24 hours] as described at http://jewelry.piercing.org/ Gentle aftercare: http://care.piercing.org/

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Recent Answers from Brian Skellie

2014-04-17 Problems with piercings:

You can get safe, smooth jewelry in 18g which is the size of common ear gun studs. http://piercingexp.com/faq/quality-jewelry.html explains how to find safe jewelry, and they even have examples you could

2014-04-16 Longer Bar for a Lip Ring:

Hello Beth,     Please don't buy your jewelry online if at all possible. There is no safe body jewelry on Amazon that I have seen. My colleagues at http://piercingexp.com/ are professional piercers

2014-04-01 Nostril piercing migrating?:

The angle of the piercing may be part of the issue, but likely if it was "hit often and hard" that is the cause of the irritation. http://care.safepiercing.org/ has gentle aftercare suggestions that should

2014-04-01 possibly infected ear piercing:

Where are you located? http://find.safe piercing.org/ should show my closest qualified colleagues to help you in person.    I would clean and reinsert the last jewelry that did not bother the holes. Best

2014-03-26 hydrogen peroxide mistake:

Although it may have interfered with the healing process, there are many other factors at work to consider. You should not use peroxide again, but I wouldn't expect bad results due to three applications


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