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Brian Skellie

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Expertise

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 (1992), http://piercing.org/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Organizations

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.

Publications

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

Education/Credentials

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

APP President's Award, 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/ and http://piercers.com/

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

2015-02-25 Tragus piercing:

Hello Elena    The ear cartilage can be more sensitive to irritation from bathing, hair and facial care products than an earlobe piercing.    In your case, try gentle protective care with http://care.safepiercing

2015-02-22 Body Piercing:

The weight and proportion of the jewelry can both add to distention and stretching of a piercing in soft tissue such as this.    Where are you in FL? I can refer you to a qualified colleague to have a

2015-02-18 daith piercing:

Hi Carissa,  First, try gentler aftercare http://care.safepiercing.org/    It is likely that if you allow the piercing to form a scab and leave it alone otherwise, that the irritation will subside.   

2015-02-01 ear piercing left hole in my ear:

Hi Rocky,  Careful there :)  Taking off your jewelry can be risky in terms of infection.     How was the piercing performed and by whom?  Do you have a clear, close photo of what it looks like?    Please

2015-02-01 Healing bellybutton piercing.:

Hi Brittany,   This navel shape is not always conducive to a piercing. It would be best to have it checked by a qualified professional. http://find.safepiercing.org/ can help you locate a colleague of

 

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