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Shadowing and Guesting: Why is it Important?

Shadowing and Guesting might seem like a piercer jolly but it is much more important than you may realise. You may have noticed that over the last month there have been some friendly new faces around Rogue. All of these lovely piercers have been here to guest spot or to shadow.

Guest Spots

Guest spots are when a piercer goes to work in a different studio than their usual resident studio. These piercers can sometimes be permanent travelers or just heading to a single studio. Guest spots can be helpful to a studio for multiple reasons, with the most common reasons including holiday cover, illness cover and studio growth. Aiden was a permanent travelling artist before setting up Rogue and had spent 2.5 years globetrotting across the UK and Europe. Guesting and working in new studios can really push you to try new techniques to fit with that studio’s style, and increases the speed at which you learn. Guest spots are often well-paid and you are expected to be piercing the entire time. It’s a great way to earn money and travel across the world! Guest spots are often for highly-skilled piercers who have the flexibility to work in whatever situation they find themselves in.

Shadowing

Shadowing is the process by which piercers will attend another experienced piercers’ studio in order to specifically learn a new technique. It’s like a mini-apprenticeship! For example, Rae has been with us for the past three days to learn new techniques for forward helixes, tragus and daith piercings. Shadowing means that the learner watches everything the experienced piercer is doing, and the new techniques are explained in detail. This is a great way to brush up on new skills and confirm your own knowledge. It’s so important to realise that most piercers work alone and do not often have the chance to share knowledge or improve their techniques without visiting other studios.

We welcome piercers of all experience levels to shadow at Rogue. Get in touch via aiden@roguepiercing.co.uk if you would like to shadow us!

Who’s visiting?

Marianne has been our main guest this last month, and has been spending her Fridays and Saturdays working alongside us in our second piercing room. It’s been lovely to see her confidence grow! Marianne has been piercing for 9 years. She was trained just down the road from Rogue in Pierce of Art in Alfreton, so that’s the necessary Nottingham connection. Mari is currently in the process of opening her own studio in Bangor, North Wales!

Rae has been spending much of this week shadowing Aiden to hone her skills. She has been piercing just south of Cardiff for 7 years, but felt it was valuable to come and see another experienced piercer work. While she was here, we happily pierced a set of supremely high nostrils on her! We are looking forward to seeing these heal over the coming months.

We used a set of princess-cut London Blue Topaz ends from BVLA for these high nostrils for Rae. What a treat!
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August Guests!

Hi everyone! Today we’ll be talking about some exciting stuff that will be happening at Rogue in the coming weeks. We are pleased to announce a rota of guest artists who will be calling Rogue home between now and Autumn. We hope you look forward to meeting them as much as we are looking forward to hosting them!

In August we will have two new guest artists! You will be able to meet Marianne, and the wonderful David Angeles of Talisman Tattoo.

David

David will be our main piercer on the week of August the 17th to 21st.

How long have you been piercing?

I’ve been piercing full-time for five years, and running my own show for two. I currently work out of Talisman Tattoo. I’ve always pierced in Devon (Exeter, Ashburton, and now Plymouth) except for a few guest spots elsewhere. Really excited to add Nottingham to the list!

What’s your favourite piercings to do?

Nostrils! Bring me all your nostrils. Especially the paired ones! Daiths and kids lobes are a close second. Whilst I’m at Rogue, I’d also be absolutely gassed to do some large gauge lobes as there isn’t so much call for this in Devon.

What’s your favourite piece of jewellery at the moment?

Ah, I’m not wearing most of my jewellery at the moment. I took most of my piercings out a few years ago to “start again” and I’ve got loads of jewellery waiting to go in fresh piercings that haven’t gone in yet! I’m currently only wearing the Jolly Roger from Tsar, and three Junipurr seam rings stacked in my conch! I’ve got a Body Gems Spider, and a Buddha Jewellery Kite Shaped Bezel waiting for me that I can’t wait to install! I’m sticking with a yellow gold with black stones theme so; Onyx, Black Swarovskis, and Black Diamonds! On the market in general, my favourite piece of jewellery is (and very likely always will be!) the BVLA mini-olympus! I’ve literally just got a BVLA account, so that piece will 1000% be in my first order. And it will be going directly into my septum.

Marianne

Mari will be guesting with us every Friday and Saturday in August – Some of you have already met her!

How long have you been piercing?

I’ve been piercing for 9 years as of the first of August! I was trained just down the road from Rogue in Pierce of Art in Alfreton, so that’s my Nottingham connection. I’m currently in the process of opening my own studio in Bangor, North Wales!

What’s your favourite piercings to do?

My current favourite is any ear curation. It’s great to take the time with my clients and get creative with them! Especially with clients who haven’t got many piercings, it’s fun to work out a full plan with them and start the process of arranging a well thought out selection of piercings and jewellery that all work well together.

What’s your favourite piece of jewellery at the moment?

I think my favourite thing right now is the first piece of BVLA I ever used! Today I got the pleasure of piercing a long-term Rogue client with a BVLA Mini Kandy, set with genuine Chrysoprase. It’s absolutely stunning.

The next few months will be an exciting time for Rogue, and we are really looking forward to sharing this new direction with you all. We feel that having many talented artists work with us can only be a good thing as we share techniques, teaching experiences and meet other good piercings from around the UK. We will be confirming new additions to our permanent team soon, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy these new faces at Rogue!

-The Rogue Team < 3

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We are Hiring!

Hi folks!

We are looking for two new members of the Rogue Team, one full-time Piercer and one part-time Counter Staff.

Rogue is a high-quality piercing studio in the heart of Nottingham, and we pride ourselves on working to the highest standards of hygiene, safety, quality of piercing and client services.

Full Time Piercer

Salary- To be discussed 

Location – Rogue Piercing, 6 Bridlesmith Walk NG1 2HA

Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm, four days a week. 

Rogue Piercing is a luxury piercing studio in the heart of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market. We specialise in all forms of body piercing, including ears, facial, body and intimate piercings. As a high-end studio, we work to the highest levels of hygiene and safety. We are looking for a full-time piercer to join our growing team.

Role and responsibilities:

This role involves:

  • Working as a team to the highest levels of quality and client service. 
  • Offering a wide range of piercing services with high-end jewellery.
  • Safely sterilising jewellery and tools.
  • Making sales from our collection of fine body jewellery.
  • Providing aftercare speeches and advice to clients prior to their piercing.
  • Cleaning the studio to ensure that hygiene is met to the highest degree.
  • Opening and closing the studio as part of a larger team. 
  • Doing any other reasonable tasks when directed to.

Key requirements:

We are looking for a confident and energetic person with a passion to learn. You should be able to happily follow direction and absorb information. 

We are looking for someone who is comfortable with discussing all parts of the body and their relevant piercings with the client, and who will provide a calm and educational experience for them. 

Top candidates will have strong IT skills, including excel and other software. 

Pay will be related to your skill level and the range of piercing services you can provide.

Training and Paperwork:

Rogue will be responsible for paying for your Nottingham City Council License and PI and PL Insurances.

If successful in your application and probation period, you will be required to complete the following certifications:

  • First Aid training including CPR
  • OSHA/APP Bloodborne Pathogens training
  • WHO Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control
  • WHO Covid-19: How to put on and remove PPE

Top candidates may already have received this training, and have in-date certification.

To Apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter describing how you will be a good fit for this role, and a short letter describing your experience level to our Head Piercer’s inbox at:

aiden@roguepiercing.co.uk

Part-Time Counterstaff

Salary- £8.91 per hour. National living wage. 

Location – Rogue Piercing, 6 Bridlesmith Walk NG1 2HA

Hours: 9.30am-5.30pm, two days a week. Days can be negotiable.

Rogue Piercing is a luxury piercing studio in the heart of Nottingham’s historic Lace Market. We specialise in all forms of body piercing, including ears, facial, body and intimate piercings. As a high-end studio, we work to the highest levels of hygiene and safety. We are looking for a part-time counterstaff to assist on our busiest days who will work directly underneath our Jewellery Manager.

We must stress that this job will not lead to a piercing or tattoo apprenticeship, nor will you be piercing clients at any point. 

Role and responsibilities:

This role involves:

  • Working as a team to the highest levels of quality and client service. 
  • Answering the phone, ensuring all calls are dealt with in accordance with studio policy standards.
  • Responding to email queries in accordance with studio quality standards.
  • Managing the calendars of our piercers and artists when necessary.
  • Making sales from our collection of fine body jewellery.
  • Providing aftercare speeches and advice to clients prior to their piercing.
  • Cleaning the studio to ensure that hygiene is met to the highest degree.
  • Opening and closing the studio as part of a larger team. 
  • Doing any other reasonable tasks when directed to.

Key requirements:

We are looking for a confident and energetic person with a passion to learn. Experience with piercing studios and high-quality jewellery is preferred, but you will be provided with education on all parts of the piercing industry as part of your training. You should be able to happily follow direction and absorb information. Candidates should understand that piercing is as much a way of life as a job. 

We are looking for someone who is comfortable with discussing all parts of the body and their relevant piercings with the client, and who will provide a calm and educational experience for them. 

There are no qualifications required for this job, however strong skills in English and Maths are necessary.

Top candidates will have strong IT skills, including excel and other software.

Training:

If successful in your application and probation period, you will be required to complete the following certifications:

  • First Aid training including CPR
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training
  • WHO Covid-19 Infection Prevention and Control
  • WHO Covid-19: How to put on and remove PPE

To Apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter describing how you will be a good fit for this role to our Jewellery Managers inbox at:

kat@roguepiercing.co.uk

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The Best of April

Well, what a welcome! You have all be utterly wonderful and we cannot thank you enough for being so supportive, kind and generally lovely during this first week of piercing.

Today I’ll be giving you a highlight reel of some of the piercing work we have done this month! We have experienced everything from the excitement of first lobe piercings, to the more unusual including vertical scaffolds and intimate piercings. 

Aiden

A perfect bridge piercing with a mirror-finish Titanium barbell.

My personal favourite piercings that Aiden has done this month are the weird and wonderful. Anything to do with big needles makes me so happy! Large-gauge lobes are the perfect way to skip the hassle of stretching lobes. We can pierce up to 5mm, and clients often find it easier than standard stretched lobes to stretch up to 8-10mm once healed. You can see some photos of these badass guys and their cool new additions below!

Vertical scaffolds are so fun! This one is now happily healing out there in the world.

We have also had a run on bridges recently. We think it’s due to the currently mask mandate. It’s one of the few facial piercings we are offering right now, and one of the few that are visible when you wear a mask! Bridges are a complex piercing to perform simply because they have to be aligned and even in three planes of view.

Jess

Jess has been working hard on her apprentice piercings for the last three weeks! She has been doing an amazing job working on rooks, navels, forward helixes and scaffold piercings. She still has a few slots left for apprentice-rate navel, scaffold and forward helix piercings! Get in touch via her work account to claim your slot. There are only a limited quantity of each, so get in quickly!

Aside from apprentice work, Jess has been working with some beautiful anatomy recently. We love that every single client is different. It’s what makes this line of work so exciting! Gold jewellery has been very popular this week, and you can see a stunning example below. 

This was a fun one! This conch piercing looks stunning adorned with a BVLA Sophie Tear set with a genuine Diamond.

We love using BVLA jewellery. It adds a special touch to any piercing, no matter how simple. Our next BVLA order deadline is Sunday, May 16th. Get in touch before then in order to secure your place! Custom ordering from BVLA is no more expensive than if the item was in our studio, and you can customise the item to even the smallest minutiae.

Kat

I have been working hard behind the scenes – I may not be a piercer but I have been carefully curating all of our jewellery orders for over a year now. It’s a wonderful feeling to see a client fall in love with a piece of jewellery that you also adore. We have recently received our latest Anatometal order, and I happily chose a few statement pieces that can be purchased both in store and through our website! 

An Anatometal 4-Gem Marquise Fan set with rainbow Swarovski crystals in solid 18k Gold. You can purchase this here!

Again, we can’t believe the wonderful welcome we have received from the lovely people of Nottingham. We might make this a monthly series where you can see the best of that months piercing portfolio!

See you soon,

Kat

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Reopening Rogue and COVID-19

Well, it’s currently Friday the 9th of April and we reopen in 4 days on the 13th. I think it’s fair to say that it’s been a long wait and a very long time in the making. Being closed for another three months means that we have been forcibly closed for a total of about 36 weeks since March last year. It has been touch and go at times but we are proud to have made it out the other side of yet another National Lockdown. Hopefully this is the last long lockdown we have to endure, and we look forward to flourishing in Nottingham in the coming months and years!

Today we’re talking about what the COVID-19 policies will look like in our studio when we reopen. For a short summary, look on our instagram.  We have reopened our booking portal, so click here to book your appointment! We remain an appointment-only studio, so do book to avoid disappointment as we do not take walk ins.

Before Your Appointment

We send out all the consent forms and relevant details to you within your confirmation email. It’s super important you fill these out before you arrive for your piercing, as it takes up valuable time in your appointment which can be used for much more fun things like picking out Gold jewellery! Not only that, but we do need to be precise with our appointment timings in order to avoid overlap with previous or newly arriving clients. Please fill in all documentation before your appointment slot!

We aren’t doing orofacial piercings, but here is some inspo of piercings we can do! A beautiful daith pierced with an Industrial Strength Odyssey Clicker.

As always, we recommend you eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours of your appointment. We find it makes the whole process much easier when you are calm, well-fed and alert! This also makes the risk of feeling a bit woozy much smaller, which I think we can all agree is a good thing.

When we reopen, we will not be performing any under-the-mask services. This includes piercings, checkups, jewellery changes and troubleshooting. This is for the safety of our staff and other clients. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, and we feel it is reckless and irresponsible to be offering these types of oral and facial piercings during the pandemic. We will be closely monitoring the Government guidelines and local infection rates during the coming months, and will make a science and law-driven decision on this policy in the future. We do not currently have a provisional date for the reopening of under-the-mask services.

When You Arrive

We ask that you arrive a maximum of 5 minutes before your appointment. Normally we don’t mind if you arrive early (and bring snacks for us!) but at the moment we cannot have a waiting area and that means you will be turned away until your appointment time. We firmly stick to a one in, one out policy as it greatly reduces the risk of viral cross-contamination and gives us time to fully decontaminate all surfaces, door handles, anything that might have been touched by the previous client. 

Nipple piercings do count as intimate piercings, so you can have a chaperone for them. This pair was pierced with gorgeous Neometal threadless barbells set with Capri Blue Opals.

We also politely ask that unless you are a parent bringing a minor into the studio for their first piercings, or a client arriving for an intimate piercing or intimate piercing consultation, you must arrive alone for any piercing appointment. We do not currently allow groups or friends into the studio unless they are there to chaperone your intimate appointment. If you arrive with a friend or partner, they must wait outside the studio for the duration of your appointment. Please take this into consideration if you have booked 40 minutes of appointments and it is cold outside! If you arrive in a group, all with appointments back-to-back, then we will only allow one client in at a time to select jewellery and get pierced. This is regardless of social bubbles or family groups, this is simply to allow us to be able to socially distance from our clients within the studio and is entirely for the health and well-being of our staff.

As in previous opening periods, we will have our NHS Test and Trace QR code on the door and you must scan this before setting foot in the studio. This means you will need to download the Test and Trace app in advance of your appointment if you have not already. If you refuse to scan this, we also have a manual register on our tablet which you can fill out. 

The wearing of a medical mask is compulsory for the entire duration of your time at Rogue. This means you must not remove your mask for any reason. If you feel breathless or need a minute, we are more than happy to guide you outside where you can have a breather. If you refuse to wear a mask in Rogue, you will be asked to leave. If you have a genuine medical exemption, then please get in touch with us before your appointment and we will see if we can make reasonable alterations to our service. Our general advice in this instance would be, if you are mask exempt, to wait for a time where masks are no longer mandatory before booking for a piercing. Along the same vein, if you are medically exempt, this does not mean we will perform facial piercings on you. The same rules apply to everyone that we will not be performing any oral or nasal piercings on any clients until the laws on close-contact services are updated in the future. 

So there you have it, an introduction to the current policies at Rogue. It sounds like a lot, and it is! We are closely following current Government guidelines, and there is even more regulation that is recommended by the Association of Professional Piercers that we also follow which is more piercer-focussed and behind the scenes. You can put your trust in us as we are going above and beyond to make your visits to Rogue a safe and educational experience.

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Why Does a Piercing Apprenticeship Take So Long?

Today we’ll be discussing why apprenticeships take so long and why you shouldn’t pay for online or in-person piercing schools. A full, comprehensive piercing apprenticeship lasts 2-3 years. In this blog we delve into why that’s the case, and why you shouldn’t settle for anything less.

What is an Piercing Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is the best way to learn to pierce. During an apprenticeship, you will be trained by an experienced older piercer in all aspects of safety and technique. Choosing your mentor is a big decision as their experience and reputation will follow you into your professional career. Make sure your mentor is qualified, experienced and a respected member of the industry. For Aiden’s rundown of piercing education, click here.

Aiden has been working in this industry for over 10 years, and was a founding board member of the UKAPP. This is the kind of experienced mentor you should be looking for! (However we might be a little bit biased.)

What do you Learn during a Piercing Apprenticeship?

In short, you learn an awful lot!

You will first learn all the safety aspects of piercing: Bloodborne pathogens training, cross-contamination, how to clean and sterilise jewellery, how to safely reprocess tools, which chemicals to clean your station and clients with, and the correct use of a sterile field including sterilised gloves, needles, tools and jewellery. This first stage prepares you to confidently handle a clean environment and prevent infection of yourself and your clients with harmful pathogens. 

The second stage would be learning to handle your clients, organise your day, organise jewellery orders and keep up to date with the financial side of piercing. You will need to know how to take bookings, organise your finances, handle your clients from the moment they step in the door and how to keep a polite and respectful environment to work in. Most piercers work alone or in small studios, so it is important that you know how to be self-employed and confidently run your business. It’s vital that we take care to teach our apprentices everything there is to know, and how to become a good piercer.  Not only this but it is vital that we teach our apprentices about the history of the industry and where we come from. If we don’t pass on the knowledge of Jim Ward, Fakir Musafar, Mr Sebastian and all the founding greats then we are at risk of losing our history altogether.

Our lovely apprentice Jess is 12 months into her apprenticeship. Only 24 more to go! She is doing amazing.

The third stage of a piercing apprenticeship is the piercing itself. You will be taught how to prep your clients skin, how to open and handle your sterilised gloves, how to approach your client and how to correctly pierce them. You will be taught which jewellery is appropriate for which piercings, how to safely fit them and how to manage your clients when they come in for their checkups and downsizes. Learning to pierce straight, at the correct depth, angle and with your clients anatomy in mind is hugely important for a successful piercing and an uneventful heal for your client. You will be taught to pierce and master a few basic piercings such as conches, helixes and lobes before moving on to more complex piercings. This can take months of work and practice!

Finally, once you have shown you are adept at all piercings and can work cleanly and safely, you will fledge and become a junior piercer. It may take upwards of two years to get to this point. Yes, upwards of two years! There is so much more to piercing than simply pushing a needle through a client and taking their money.

In addition to piercing ears and noses, to be a solid piercer you do have to consider piercings other areas. Intimate piercings are an important part of what we do and if we don’t pass on the knowledge of how they should be pierced, then we risk letting intimate piercing die out in the UK. Being taught to be an ‘ear piercer’ only is a dissatisfying apprenticeship.

Why You Should Never Attend a Piercing School

At Rogue we have seen many piercing schools come and go, but we are yet to see a single school provide a course that gives its learners an acceptable skill level to begin piercing. There are far too many piercing schools or other people who feel that they can teach piercing but they simply do not grasp the scope and depth of knowledge that must be learnt.

Piercing Schools are not the way to go. Don’t fall into the trap!

The average piercing school course in the UK lasts 6 days. 6 days! 6 days is not enough time to learn the basics of hygiene, nevermind become a fully fledged and skilled piercer! There is no way that you will become a confident, adept and knowledgeable piercer with only 40 hours of training. Often these schools are teaching outdated techniques and training you to use low-quality jewellery. As a learner, you may not even realise you are being taught dangerous techniques until it is too late.

Apprenticeships are usually unpaid and usually free of charge. You should not be attending a piercing school that costs thousands of pounds to end up with a ‘qualification’ that actually devalues you in the eyes of the piercing industry. Most high-end piercing studios will reject applications for work or apprenticeships from someone who has taken a piercing course. Some piercing schools claim that a short 2 day course is enough to prepare you for an apprenticeship, but this simply isn’t true. A good studio will think twice about taking you on as an apprentice as they will have to sink time into retraining you out of bad and potentially dangerous habits. It’s simply not worth it.

So How Do I Get An Apprenticeship?

We understand that apprenticeships are rare and incredibly competitive to get. It’s like applying to a university that doesn’t tell you what A levels or grades you need! However, you should not get discouraged from trying to enter the piercing industry. 

In order to secure an piercing apprenticeship, you must first find a piercing studio that is qualified to give you the valuable education that you need. The best way to do this is to find your local APP or UKAPP member studio. This proves that they are working to a high standard of safety and do not compromise their clients safety in order to increase their profits. Some studios are not members and yet exceed the standards set by the UKAPP, so do your own research if you cannot find an APP studio. An piercing apprenticeship from a low quality studio that is not willing to teach you to be a high quality piercer is no apprenticeship at all. Be careful of studios that simply want unpaid labour!

A huge amount of an apprentice’s work is behind the scenes. It’s neither glamorous nor flashy!

Once you have found a studio, it is important that you attend the studio and get pierced by them regularly. Studios are often overwhelmed by apprenticeship requests, often from total strangers, so it is important that you become a recognised and valuable client first. If you have the funds, purchasing high-end jewellery and showing you appreciate high-quality items is a very good way to set yourself above the competition. Becoming a known client is good in that even if that particular studio doesn’t take you on as an apprentice, they can often recommend you as an apprentice to a studio who is looking to take someone on. At this stage you should also be familiarising yourself with high-quality jewellery. Read up on internal threading or threadless jewellery and why external thread is dangerous. Learn about ASTM regulations and why ASTM F-136 Titanium is the safest metal! Find out why sterling silver is not a safe material, and why jewellery must be a certain gauge or thickness in order to be safe. If you really want to impress, memorise the conversions between gauges and inches and metric millimeters!

From becoming a valued client, the next step is to offer your services. This is not a guarantee of an apprenticeship! You can simply ask the piercer if you can help clean up at the end of the day, answer the phone and generally make yourself useful. Quite often as piercers work solo, they will appreciate your offer!

From here, you can ask about an apprenticeship. Taking on an apprentice is a huge financial burden to a studio as you often cost them more money than you make. It’s a big decision to make and your studio may have to think about it. If they offer you an apprenticeship- Congratulations! You are taking the first step to becoming a piercer. If they refuse your offer, don’t panic. They may not be in a position to offer one to you now, but they may reconsider in the future. If not, you can always ask them if they would recommend you to another studio who can take you on. 

As an aside, piercing is a very hard job both physically and mentally. Yes, you can look however you want and be the person you want to be but only to a point. Even within piercings there are limits to how extreme you can look and still maintain a strong client base. Piercing is a fairly unstable job, and the pandemic has only made this more obvious. You don’t become a piercer if you want to be rich! Piercing is also a hugely demanding full time job and a lifestyle. Burnout is very real and mental health issues are a topic of constant conversation within piercing. Make sure you are certain that you want this life before delving into an apprenticeship.

So there you have it! A pretty comprehensive review of what a piercing apprenticeship looks like, and why you should not fall into the trap of piercing schools and courses. Thank you all for taking the time to read this and we will see you again next Friday for a new blog!

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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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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