Those of you who have visited WAY Body Arts in person know that we don’t have the most ideal of locations. Without a ton of foot traffic we don’t expect to be the most high volume shop in the area and that’s ok with us. Samantha and I have always been focused on the quality of work we are producing and not the quantity. We want each client to feel special and to walk away with not only a great piercing but an awesome experience as well. If you are a local, or just visiting Santa Cruz, and want an amazing piercing, performed by a nice and knowledgeable piercer, at a reasonable price… then look no further than WAY Body Arts!
It has been awhile since the last post so we thought it was damn near time we make a new one with all the rad work we have had the pleasure of doing on our amazing clients… we have a ton of photos so we will be doing another entry completely focused on large gauge initial piercings so stay tuned! Enjoy!!!
The young lady to the left is sporting a new “Anti-Eyebrow” surface piercing done by Sam a few weeks ago. We have been doing a fair share of these lately (as you will see below!) and i think they go great with people who aren’t afraid of a little asymmetry in their life. This particular client is wearing a 16g flat bottom surface bar from Anatometal. The flat bottom and thinner gauge of the jewelry help reduce the chances of rejection and can help minimize scarring if the piercing were to migrate toward the surface.
Stephanie (pictured below) is also sporting a brand new 16g anti eyebrow piercing. Her friend Ana took a short video of the piercing that is posted up on youtube. Feel free to check out the video at:
I had the chance to do another Anti – Eyebrow while working at Gold Coast Tattoo & Piercing in Monterey, Ca last week. We used similar jewelry to the two piercings above but went with 2.5mm Bezel set CZ gems instead of Titanium disks. You may notice some slight swelling and faint bruising in the second photo. It isn’t uncommon for these piercings to cause minor bruising after the initial piercing but don’t let that deter you the bruising only lasts a few days. Some clients have bruising almost immediately while others will have slight discoloration days later. You can clearly tell from the photo that this young lady doesn’t mind one bit!
- 16g Anti-Eyebrow Surface Piercing
Jaime (pictured below) has been in a previous post for his awesome “third eye” surface piercing. His piercing is healing perfectly and he recently came in for an initial 9.5mm Labret. Lets hope his lip heals as quick, if not quicker, than his third eye! Thanks Jaime!
The Nape Surface Piercing/ Surface Anchors featured below has been an ongoing project by Sam. The client healed the initial Surface piercing and loved his experience as well as the easy healing process that he came back for a few more Surface piercings. Sam through this great idea his way and he loved it! The top 2 5mm Disks and the lowest 3mm Disk are attached to 14g surface anchors while the Center 2 disks are attached to a 12g 1″ flat bottom surface barbell from Anatometal!
We can thank one of our clients from Piercing Pagoda at the Capitola Mall for sending this client to us. This young lady was looking to get her eyebrow pierced and our wonderful client encouraged her to come to our shop. She had purchased jewelry at the mall and was hoping to get pierced with the piece at our shop. After a long talk about appropriate jewelry materials, sizes and placement she opted to purchase a gorgeous NeoMetal CZ Curve for her initial piercing. I don’t think she could have picked a better piece of jewelry. Purchasing jewelry at the mall is never a good idea… especially if you plan on wearing it in a healing piercing. Mall jewelry is often made of low-grade stainless steel or of materials that can’t be properly sterilized and should always be considered costume or novelty jewelry.
The gentleman below had his eyebrow pierced less than 2 months ago with a 16g 3/8″ threadless titanium curved barbell and it has healed exceptionally well. We are planning on giving it another month and then stretching it up to a 14g curve with slightly large beads…
Sam did this bullet proof bridge a few weeks ago on her friend Chris. Chris has had his bridge done 2 previous times but both times prior it never sat perfectly level and he removed it. Sam and i agree that this particular piercing can make some people look rather intimidating but on Chris i think it fits perfectly!
Adam is a regular at the shop for tattoos and recently decided he wanted his nostril pierced. After Sam gave him the run down on aftercare and reasons why we prefer to pierce initially with 18g studs he opted for the post. After a few months he came back in and we switched out small seam ring he really wanted… i have to say the ring goes exceptionally well with his mustache… haha…
Healed 18g Nostril with Steel Seam Ring
Sammy has been doing a fair share of multiple nostril piercings lately. The next 3 groups of photos are examples of both fresh nostril piercings with studs as well as a client who added a second piercing in front of her first piercing with a ring. Even though the nose can be pretty asymmetrical in most cases, it is ideal to match the angles on paired nostril piercings to give the appearance of symmetry… Sam is AMAZING at matching angles!
Tida (pictured above) healed her first nostril piercing with a 2mm bezel set White Opal and recently added a second piercing with a slightly smaller 1.5mm bezel set White Opal!
Both of these ladies are sporting fully healed Double Nostril piercings. The woman above with the lovely dreads had both piercings done initially with 18g 5/16″ threadless barbells. The third photo you can see how well the angles match. The young lady below had only the forward nostril piercing done at our shop. It was pierced initially with a ring and healed perfectly. Just goes to show that some people, particularly those who are great at following aftercare), can heal nostril piercings with rings initially!
This particular post is getting pretty huge and we still have so many more photos to post! I think I will make a separate post of all of the initial large gauge procedures we have been doing lately. The following photos are of a few basic nose and lip piercings…. Enjoy and please stay tuned for another post focused almost completely on large gauge procedures!
Parker is no stranger to the WAY Blog and today he is making another appearance with his SUPER FIERCE “PARKER BITES!!!” Our friend Parker was sad that he had to retire his lowbrets so he decided to have two upper lip piercings done for his birthday. This placement is fairly uncommon for paired “monroe” piercings and are often called “angel bites” for some odd reason. We here at WAY find it hilarious the names people come up with for piercings so we told Parker to name the new additions to his body anything he wanted… We now present to you… PARKER BITES!!!! hahaha!
Sam’s client above healed this super cute vertical labret and recently came in to downsize her jewelry. She is now rocking a Titanium 1/4″ Curved Barbell w/ 5/32″ Ti Beads from Anatometal. We try to carry a wide range of different length posts to fit any anatomy that may walk in the door, and if we don’t have what you need we can special order it without any extra cost! The client below who was also pierced by Sam obviously has much fuller lips and is now sporting a 3/8″ curve in her healed Vertical Labret.
p.s. if you look closely at the first photo you will see some amazing conch piercings on this client… we didn’t do the piercings but they are a great alternative to a traditional pair of ear lobe piercings!
Last but not least we have 2 photos of a fresh 14g Septum piercing done by Sam. This miss was too cute not too post, so enjoy not only the new 14g 5/16″ Titanium Circular Barbell through her septum but her amazing freckles and smile as well!
Well Internetz I hope everyone is enjoying the gorgeous weather! And we want to send a big HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all those papas out there! We will be making another post soon so stay tuned for an entry with a focus on large gauge piercings!
Until next time (which will probably be tomorrow! ha!) be well and don’t forget to smile!