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Apprentice Progression

While we’ve been in lockdown we’ve been taking a look back at how our apprentice Jess (Instagram) is progressing. Jess has got lobe, helix, conch and nipple signed off already and once lockdown is over she will be continuing to work through all the piercing options. Here are our top 5 piercings by Jess so far:

Perfectly executed spacing for this Triple Helix using custom anodised basic Titanium balls. Anodised to the colours of the Trans flag by Jess too!
Paired Upper Lobes using Neometal Bezel Set Swarovski Gems set into Implant Grade Titanium. Jess matched the piercings across the ears and kept the flow created by previous piercings.
A Nipple piercing using Neometal Bezel Set Synthetic Blue Opals set into Implant Grade Titanium. You can faintly see Jess’s markings here and can see how well she hit her marks.
A neatly tucked in Helix Piercing using Neometal Prong Set Swarovski set into Implant Grade Titanium. Working with the anatomy is vitally important to piercing. using little nooks and valleys can help protect a piercing from snags and knocks.
A Conch Piercing using a Rose anodised Neometal Swarovski and Implant Grade Titanium Flower. The conch was the piercing Jess starter her apprenticeship with. Due to mask wearing conch become a super technical piercing but Jess rose to challenge of piercing avoiding mask straps.

As well as the skill Jess is showing in piercing, her approach to aftercare and bedside manner is top notch. We are all enjoying see Jess grow and flourish and look forward to a bright future for her.

Jess will be available for bookings in her new piercing room at a mix of apprentice rate (for learning) and full rate (already learnt) when lockdown is lifted. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Google page for updates about reopening.

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COVID-19 Update 4/08/2020

COVID Update - A fresh Nose piercing featuring nose rings
COVID Update – A fresh Nose piercing featuring nose rings

COVID-19 restrictions have changed and the time has come! We are able to offer facial piercings again! This includes nose, tongue, eyebrows etc.

Our store protocols were already higher than Government COVID-19 recommendations and we will continue to go above and beyond. As a reminder here are just some of the protocols we are currently following:

  • All Customers must wear a mask upon entry to the store. For facial piercings the mask will be removed at the last possible moment and replaced as soon as possible.
  • Piercers will wear a medical face mask and a visor as well as gloves or sterile gloves.
  • Piercers will wash their hands and arms at the start and end of every procedure.
  • The piercing room will be decontaminated between every customer using medical grade surface disinfectants.
  • The shop will have all door handles decontaminated between customers using medical grade surface disinfectants.
  • Consent forms will be filled in on customers phones to prevent contaminating the shop tablet.
  • Our waiting area is closed and we ask clients to come alone (apart from minor’s piercing and intimate piercing where a chaperone is required)
  • We will be operating by appointment only but you can book an appointment online as little as 1 minute before your appointment time!

As usual we will be using single use sterile needles, sterilising every piece of jewellery before use and keeping the highest hygiene protocols.

Bookings for facial piercings will be open from 5pm Friday 14th August 2020 and facial piercings can begin from Saturday 15th August 2020. To book head to roguepiercing.co.uk/book-now

Thanks!

Love from Rogue x

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The Week in Review

Gorgeous Smoky Quartz Marquise Fan from BVLA in a Tragus

Wow! What a week! Things have finally started to get back to some semblance of normality in our little studio tucked away in the heart of the Lace Market. It has been a long lockdown for us, as it has for all of us, and we cannot express how happy we are to be back in, piercing and putting smiles on people’s faces. Piercing is a strong part of our identity and to be able to provide this for all of you means more to us than we could write down. If you want to read more about how the studio has changed, take a look here.

In this blog we will be looking at some of the things that we have been doing in the past two weeks. Some of the most popular piercings we did before lockdown were lobes, nostrils and nipples. But as you know, we are unable to pierce under the mask! All lip, tongue and nostril piercings have been a no-go, but that doesn’t mean we have been quiet! 

A Neometal project we are working on with a client

It always makes us proud to do first piercings and since we have opened we have done loads! We were finally able to provide birthday present piercings to some kids that have been waiting patiently since the beginning of lockdown, all of which were strong and brave! But it wasn’t just the little ones that had their first piercings this week – we have had a variety of ages in, including one woman in her 60’s overcoming her fear of needles! We have been very impressed. 

This absolute legend looking proud with his first piercing

Something that many of our clients have been waiting for is a good downsize. Here you can see a dazzling opal from Neometal that has had the bar changed to fit this client’s Helix perfectly. It is really important to downsize your piercings to avoid lumps and bumps and the photo pictured demonstrates well fitting jewellery beautifully! 

The clarity on this White Gold Bee from Le Roi got us buzzing

One thing that we won’t be showing you photos of is the sheer amount of nipples we have been doing! People have been taking ‘no under the mask piercings’ quite literally it seems and they appear to have been the most popular piercing of our second week! Post-lockdown has also seen a few intimate piercings, including a VCH and Christina piercing. These are an absolute honour to pierce and it always makes us swell with joy when we see the pride and ‘look what I did!!’ on people’s faces when the piercing is finished 🙂 

London Blue and Yellow Gold on this regular client of ours

For those of you waiting for the BVLA order we placed before lockdown to arrive, it is nearly ready! We are just waiting for the bars to arrive to complete the orders. We are so happy to put together custom orders for people so we can live vicariously through our clients – there are just not enough ears in the world to achieve all the things possible with the fantastic jewellery that is around. If you are interested in placing an order with us for BVLA, check out their website here.

Thank you for reading, it is always a pleasure to write! Until next time 🙂

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Piercing in the world of CoronaVirus

CoronaVirus update! As you know, the world has changed a little since the last time we were able to open! With new times comes new policies. As you know, we are dedicated to providing the best service we can and we want to update you with some upgrades to our booking system. 

To minimise the risk of further spread of the CoronaVirus, we cannot accept walk-ins and will be working on an appointment only basis. We will only be allowing one client at a time in the studio, but if you bring someone with you then we have a lovely bench outside for them to perch on and a very nice cafè opposite that serves excellent coffee! 

Picture your friend on a bench with a coffee…

There are also small changes to our consent form system. As before, you need to book online; but rather than fill in your consent form in the studio, it now gets emailed to you upon booking. Here you can click all the boxes and provide us with some contact information online, which needs to be done before coming for your piercing. If you don’t do this, we can’t pierce you! To book for your piercing, head to our website here https://roguepiercing.co.uk/book-now/

If you have had a piercing with us before, you may be familiar with the questions on the consent form. But we have added a new section requiring information on whether you have had any symptoms of COVID-19 and have been free of symptoms for a minimum of two weeks. If this applies to you, then we are happy to pierce you 🙂 

You must wear a mask when coming in for your appointment. If you don’t have one, masks will be available by the door alongside a hand sanitizing station to keep your hands as sparkly and clean as your new piercings will be! The mask must be worn throughout the appointment to keep it the safest for both you and staff. Unfortunately this means that we cannot pierce below the mask for now.

The new COVID-19 box

As always, we maintain medical standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the studio, now more than ever. All staff have been trained in bloodborne pathogens from the APP as well as infection prevention, hand hygiene precautions and PPE in the world of CoronaVirus provided by the World Health Organisation. 

What hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing the best service we can. We have had a lot of new jewellery come to the studio and now there is more choice than ever for you to pick from to get you on your way to feeling a little more ‘you’. Please keep an eye out for new announcements as we have something we are all very excited about sharing with you as soon as we can!

Thank you for reading, we are all so excited to get back to piercing and have been looking forward to this for a long time! 

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Jewel School 2- Oregon Sunstone

Oregon Sunstone is a unique and often underrated stone when it comes to jewellery. Since being used by high end jewellery brands such as BVLA, it has become a favourite amongst piercers and piercing enthusiasts alike. So where does this stone originate, what is it’s history and what makes it so beautiful? I’m sure you can answer at least one of those questions!

This BVLA Mini Kandy really shows off the “champagne bubble” effect that copper inclusions can give to Oregon Sunstone. Shop here!

Oregon sunstone is a feldspar, or crystal-forming mineral, that is found in Oregon, USA. In fact, it was declared the official state stone of Oregon in 1987. It is produced from shallow mines in two counties and is hard enough to be carved, polished and faceted for jewellery. Historically, the local Native American Tribes have a legend describing its origins. In the legend, the blood of a great warrior –who is wounded by an arrow – spatters onto pieces of sunstone. The blood carried his warrior spirit into the stones, coloring them with shades of red and giving them sacred power. Native American tribes traded this stone across most of Western America and it can be found in many museum collections as a result.

This BVLA Beaded Pear in Yellow Gold really demonstrates the potential that this gem holds when it comes to statement jewellery.

Oregon Sunstone originally formed in Basalt lava flows in aggregations called “Phenocrysts,” which are large collections of a crystal surrounded by glassy igneous rock. It is in the same ‘family’ as Labradorite and is fast becoming a highly popular stone with jewellers. The Oregon Sunstone found in body jewellery is often transparent and can be cut into a multitude of different facet styles. Oregon Sunstone can be shades of pink, tan, orange, yellow, green, blue-green, red, and clear as well as bi-colors. This colour is caused by unique inclusions of copper within the crystal structure, which causes a visual effect called “Schiller,” which gives the stone an almost champagne bubble-like appearance. These copper inclusions are flat, plate-shaped, highly reflective, and precisely aligned along the crystallographic axis of the stone. The “shimmer” seen in Oregon Sunstone is called aventurescence by gemologists and jewellery experts. Traditionally in body jewellery, Oregon sunstone is selected in pink to tan-orange shades which complement Yellow and Rose Gold.

This bead of Oregon Sunstone displays highly visible copper inclusions.

At Rogue we currently have two pieces containing Oregon Sunstone as shown in the photos included in this article. Currently the only high-end body jewellery brand using this stone is BVLA, which is renowned for its highly customisable bespoke jewellery. If you have any ideas for how you would like to use this gem in a piece of jewellery, do get in contact with us and we would be happy to help you get your ideas set into gold.

Remember to follow us on facebook and instagram for more information on piercing and the jewellery we have available! Don’t hesitate to message us any questions you may have.

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Myth Busters: The Prince Albert

Prince Albert apparently wasn’t compensating for anything when he had the Royal Albert Hall named after him

Welcome back to another blog in the Myth Busters series! It is here that we will be looking at common piercing myths. This week features the history of the Prince Albert piercing and where it got its name.

When it comes to intimate piercings, the Prince Albert, or the PA, may be the first male piercing you think of. Placed on the underside of the head of the penis and through the urethra, generally with a ring, it is notorious in the modification industry for having quick healing times and desirable results. The Prince Albert was popularised in modern piercing in the early 70’s by Jim Ward, an influential body piercer based in Los Angeles (he also features in our blog post here https://roguepiercing.co.uk/2020/06/05/myth-busters-which-side-is-the-gay-side/). But where did it get its infamous name? Doug Malloy, a friend of Ward’s, is said to have created a pamphlet in which he wrote stories of the piercings they performed, but many say they were just urban legends. To look further into this, we must ask – who was Prince Albert, anyway?

Maybe Robert Plant could have done with following Victorian fashion trends in the 70’s

Albert, Prince Consort, was born in 1819 and was married to Queen Victoria of the UK. Together they had 9 children and he supported the Queen throughout her reign. Initially reluctant towards the role of Prince Consort and the lack of power he had, Albert became known for supporting public causes such as educational reform and abolishing slavery! One of the rumours that Malloy wrote in his pamphlets was that Prince Albert invented the legendary piercing to hide his large penis in his tight trousers. If only they thought of this in the 70’s! 

There are many stories about how it got its name, from the theory that Prince Albert himself had Peyronie’s disease and used the piercing to straighten his penis, to the general public tying down their penises to hide their erection from the Queen’s daughters. Legend also has it that Prince Albert used the piercing to pull back the foreskin to keep his member sweet-smelling so as to not offend the Queen. How considerate! 

The Prince Albert is clearly a historical piercing. It is difficult for anyone to say how exactly the piercing got its name, however the most likely theory is that Victorian haberdashers called it the “dressing ring” and used it to firmly secure male genitalia to the more comfortable leg. It was very popular in those days for men to wear extremely tight trousers and the piercing helped minimize visible endowment. 

A banana with a PA

It is most certainly an interesting piercing that has been the subject of a lot of speculation throughout the years. But whatever the reason is, it is a timeless piercing that many people enjoy across the globe, and is just one of many intimate piercings that are available! Please check back again for another blog in the Myth Busters series. If you have any interest in getting an intimate piercing, please give us a call or a message to talk about your options. 

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Famous Piercing Enthusiasts

It might seem today like piercings are commonplace on a lot of people, but that is a relatively modern development. Piercings being seen on celebrities has really driven that change so this week we’re going to look at some famous piercing enthusiasts.

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman shows the attitude he’s famous for

Dennis Rodman

Whether it’s his piercings, tattoos or brightly coloured hair, Dennis Rodman always makes an impression. Famous for his time in the NBA playing basketball for the Chicago Bulls, LA Lakers and Detroit Pistons in the late 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. Noted piercings on Dennis are paired nostrils, labret, earlobes and nipples. His unusual style and attitude made piercings visible to large groups of people who may never have come across them before.

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu has been called the Queen of Neo-Soul. She is a Singer, Songwriter and Actress. With her main influences being R&B, 70’s soul and 80’s hip-hop. She is just as comfortable on stage as she is in front of the camera and has an unmissable style. As jewellery she has worn many different “fake” piercings but is currently rocking a bridge and some cheek piercings that are a personal favourite of mine. I’ve posted a video below of one of my favourite songs by Erykah.

Scarlett Johansson

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Scarlett Johansson
Young Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson today

Scarlett is a world famous Actress and Singer and is the world’s highest-paid actress since 2018 but she has always had her wild side too. She has always been at the cutting edge of style and this shows in her piercing and jewellery choices too, from her younger days where she had an eyebrow and septum piercing to today where she has a curated ear and enviable jewellery collection. I was unaware that she has a septum piercing before writing this blog and I think that makes her even cooler.

Keith Flint

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Keith Flint

Braintree’s very own firestarter, Keith Flint was the frontman for the band The Prodigy and brought piercings to every household in the UK in 1996 with the release of the song Firestarter. Famously wearing tongue, septum and various ear piercings, Keith is cited as the reason for many peoples tongue and septum piercings ever since. Sadly Keith took his own life in 2019 but continued to release music upto 2018 and was still a staple of British radio. RIP Keith.

It was fun writing this weeks blog and I could have easily listed many more people and will return to this subject in the future. Thanks for reading everyone!

Aiden

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Jewel School 1- Cubic Zirconia vs Diamonds?

At Rogue we offer jewellery adorned with real Diamonds, and also pieces set with Cubic Zirconia. So what is Cubic Zirconia, and what is the difference between the two?

Cubic Zirconia, or CZ, is a man-made crystal structure that was first produced in 1976 as a more affordable alternative to Diamonds. CZ is not to be confused with Zirconium- This is a silvery metal used in the production of Cubic Zirconia. CZ is made from a specialist mixture of Zirconium and Zirconium Dioxide which is heated to 2750 celsius. Cubic Zirconia of varying colours are created by adding different coloured oxides to the molten CZ mixture during its firing process. Once the molten mixture begins to cool, crystals will form that are then cut and polished in the same way that Diamonds are. Diamonds are often naturally formed from Carbon deposits by intense heat and pressure in the Earth’s crust. They can also be formed synthetically in labs. There is almost no difference between naturally formed and synthetically made Diamonds.

This BVLA Snowflake is an example of a Diamond-set piece which is available on our website! How handy. Shop Here!

How does Cubic Zirconia differ from Diamonds? 

Well, because it is completely man-made, it can be made absolutely perfectly with no inclusions or imperfections. Almost all Diamonds will have minute inclusions in them. Hardly any Diamonds are completely perfect as they are naturally formed in imperfect conditions. Even professional Diamond jewellers may never see a completely perfect Diamond in their entire career.

Cubic Zirconia are slightly less hard than Diamonds- They are an 8.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale whereas Diamonds are a 10. One notable difference is that since CZ are slightly less hard than Diamonds, the facets of their cut are slightly softer and more rounded than a Diamond. Diamonds, being incredibly hard, can hold a significantly sharper facet. However to the naked eye looking at a CZ gem and Diamond of similar size and cut, it is often impossible to tell the two apart. CZ gems are also slightly heavier than Diamonds, being 1.7 times more dense. 

This Marquise Fan from BVLA is set with three Swarovski Cubic Zirconia gems. If you look closely at the far right gem, you can see the Swarovski logo laser-cut into the gem. Shop Here

How are CZ similar to Diamonds?

Cubic Zirconia can be coloured any colour a diamond can, and more. Diamonds can be steel gray, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, or black. Cubic Zirconia offers a more affordable yet still visually impactful option. CZ shouldn’t be considered a “poor man’s Diamond” as it can offer intense colours and variety. 

This BVLA Marquise Fan is set with three Cubic Zirconia gems, but they have been created with an Aurora Borealis finish that simply cannot be recreated with genuine Diamonds.

To conclude, both Diamonds and Cubic Zirconia have their own merits. Diamonds are, of course, highly sought after and expensive for a reason. They can become family heirlooms and are often treasured for generations. Cubic Zirconia is often more perfected than Diamond simply due to its manufacturing process and can give a gorgeous sparkle without as much of a large price tag. Some people say that CZ is lower quality because it is placed into cheaper, less well-made settings and jewellery than Diamonds. This is simply untrue for any jewellery sold as Rogue. All of our jewellery is produced by brands at the forefront of jewellery quality. We simply do not sell low-quality jewellery so you can be confident that whichever gem you chose, you will be very happy with the results!

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Myth Busters: Which side is the gay side?

Welcome to the first blog post in our Myth Busters series! In this series we will investigate some of the most popular piercing myths around and get to the truth about them! As it is Pride Month, our blog post poses this question: Which side is the gay side when you are getting your ears or nose pierced? A common question, and one we’ve heard more than a few times in the studio! But to give an accurate answer, we have to go into a bit of history… 

The piercing world has been and continues to be closely linked with the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, they are so closely linked that Rogue wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a small niche gay community in the United States that practiced piercing on each other in the 70’s! Some gay body piercers and body modification enthusiasts have even made it to the Leather Hall of Fame for their prolific work that lead them to be the icons they are. Let’s take a look at just three influential gay piercers of history! 

Jim Ward

Mythbusters -  Jim Ward
Jim Ward

Jim Ward gained recognition for pioneering body jewellery such as BCRs and Barbells. Inspired by a German peer, he took the idea of threaded pieces back to the States and introduced it to his clients in the mid Seventies. Before this, people were using much more ‘unorthodox’ methods of piercing each other, making piercing a whole lot safer with Ward’s innovative jewellery. In 1975, Jim opened his studio The Gauntlet and drew in clientele from the gay and fetish community before opening to the general public three years later. The Gauntlet was considered one of the first piercing studios in the world and was at the forefront of the birth of modern day body piercing. 

Mr Sebastian

Mythbusters - Mr Sebastian
Mr Sebastian

Alan Oversby, otherwise known by his professional name Mr Sebastian, is very dear to us here at Rogue. Mr Sebastian was close friends with Jim Ward as well as other members of the gay community in the 70’s. Financially supported by a Hollywood friend, Mr Sebastian would visit LA to see Ward and friends as well as having them visit him at his home in London. This friendship is what brought body piercing to the UK. Being in the time before the internet, it was a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge with each other to help the progression of piercing. He was also involved in the Spanner Case which still affects the piercing industry today!

Luis Garcia 

Mythbusters - Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia began his piercing career in 1991 in Florida. After moving to Philadelphia in 1998, he began to expand on his knowledge in piercing and specialised in large gauge piercing and ear projects. Luis is an active member of the APP and has gifted others with his knowledge in piercing at many conferences world wide, including the first piercing conference in Mexico, the Latino-American Body Piercing (LBP) Conference. He has won awards for his outstanding dedication to the industry, including the APP’s Josh Prentice award and even a piercing competition run by Industrial Strength, one of our suppliers!

As you can see from our history, when it comes to the original question, technically both and neither sides are the gay side! Modern day body piercing simply wouldn’t exist without the gay community. That is why we are passionate about supporting Pride and LGBTQ+ rights, now and always.  If you want to get a piercing then get it, the only thing that will change is you will have a new piercing.

Keep an eye out on our blog for future posts in the Myth Busters series where we debunk myths like the origination of the piercing name Prince Albert and more! 

Happy Pride Month, everyone! 

-Jess 

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COVID-19 Plans

Hi Folks!

COVID-19 has caused a wave of messages from our lovely clients asking when we will be able to reopen. At the time of writing this (28/05/2020) we only know that we won’t be in the first wave of businesses reopening. and that we may be allowed to reopen in July. We thought we would help put your minds at ease about safety at Rogue by letting you know what changes we are implementing in store for reopening time.

COVID-19 - Appointment Only

Longer Appointment Only – We work mainly by appointment but to allow time to clean more of the studio before and after each client we will be solely appointment based. Each appointment will also be longer than normal.

Single Client – To minimise contamination we will only be allowing one client per staff member. For piercings on minors and intimate we will allow a parent/legal guardian or a chaperone. Make sure to select which staff member you want to visit on our booking screen.

No Waiting Area – We will temporarily close our waiting area. Our comfy sofa will be back soon!

COVID-19 - Gloves and Masks

Mask and Gloves For Clients – Each client will be given a face mask and nitrile gloves as well as having access to hand sanitiser when they enter the store. This will help us create a clean bubble.

Cashless Payments – By paying with card you help us not having to hand cash and change between ourselves and our clients.

Webstore – If you know exactly what you want you can use our webstore here or contact us at hello@roguepiercing.co.uk

Remote Consent Forms – When you book your appointment you will be emailed a link to where you can fill out your consent form. We will check the info on our shop PC so we aren’t sharing tablets or pens.

Masks and Visors for Staff – Our staff will be wearing more PPE than usual. We understand it can look scary but we promise we’ll do our best to ease the tension with bad humour and even worse dancing.

COVID-19 Social Distancing

Social Distancing Markers in Store – We will create zones around the store so it’s easier to keep distance between everyone.

Front Desk Screen – A perspex screen will create a barrier at our front desk to protect us while we serve you.

Increased Cleaning Schedules – We already use medical grade disinfectants regularly throughout the store but we have increased how often we clean public surfaces such as door handles etc.

Limited Piercing Range – We will be holding off on Oral and Nasal piercings for a short while. This takes away some of our favourite piercings but we’ll bring them back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Training – As well as all of these changes we have also been working on our knowledge behind the scenes and taking WHO courses in Infection Control, Decontamination, Hygiene and COVID-19.

Thanks to the UKAPP for putting out some great guidelines that can be seen here

We love what we do and we love sharing it with you. As soon as we know when we can reopen we will post on our social medias and open our booking system again. Thank you to everyone that has locked down, quarantined or continued an essential service. We will do our very best to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 at Rogue when we are allowed to reopen. But for now Stay Safe everyone!

Aiden x