#COWPOKFAMILYVACATION CONTEST RULES

Excited for a chance to win a trip with the crew to Mexico for a week? Here are the details!

  • All travelers must have a valid passport that remains valid for one year beyond our travel dates (October 30th-November 8th, 2018). They must be 18+ years of age at time of submission to win.
  • Prize includes airfare from Buffalo, NY only. Entries from all over the world are welcome, but any travelers from outside the Buffalo area must fund their own trip for departure, and back home after our return. Flight dates and times are FIRM, so don't be late!
  • Trip covers flight, stay, and food at an all-inclusive resort for you and a friend in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Prize does not include: tips on services, extra excursions off the resort, and any additional activities/transportation (but we encourage you to have fun on your own or with the crew!).
  • Entries are only valid if applicant follows all rules and all restrictions. Social media profile must be public so entry is visible, and must remain visible on the day we announce the winner.
  • Travel includes one carry on for you and one for your friend.
  • We absolutely in no way condone any type of illegal activity in pursuance of prize. Use your brain.
  • All travelers must have passport information readily available at the time of winner selection.
  • COWPOK IS IN NO WAY LIABLE FOR ANY ISSUES THAT CAN POTENTIALLY ARISE.

 

#SURFACEANCHORS: truths and myths

There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there on this topic so here are a few facts that might help you decide if this is a piercing for you.

Myth:

You have make a cut or use a scalpel to put them in or take them out.

Fact:

Nope.  At CowPok surface piercings are done the same way every other piercing is done.  With a needle.  Make a hole, put in some jewelry.  Very simple. And taking them out is just the same.  No cuts, it’s not surgery.  Just like taking your foot out of a shoe we slide one end out and then the other.  Please don’t let anyone cut them out of you.

 

Myth:

They are a permanent piercing.

Fact:

No again.  We’ve seen them migrate out in as little as 3 weeks or last for years.  It really all depends on your body, the placement and how many times you hit it while it’s healing.  If/when it starts to get gross stop in and someone can help you figure out the next step.  Sometimes they can be saved with a hot tea bag compress while other times we’ll advise you it’s time to say goodbye.  While not as easy to take out as a ear or nose piercing they can be removed if needed.

Myth:

They leave horrible scars.

Fact:

Everyone’s idea of “horrible” is a little different but as long as you stop in to have it removed when it’s on it’s way out and it doesn’t get ripped out the scarring is not that bad; one of those things you’ll notice but no one else will.

 

Recap:  surface piercings are not permanent, don’t require surgical removal and leave minimal scars.  Stop in and we’ll make you sparkle (or help remove it when it’s time)

#AFTERCARE

Isn’t the internet wonderful?  Instant map and directions to anywhere, what’s the weather going to be tomorrow… in Greece, how long does it take to heal my piercing, and everyone’s favorite: what am I dying of today- WebMD.  While the internet can make life a bit easier at times there are specific instances it can complicate things.  Take the piercing aftercare topic for example.  Go ahead.  Open another window and search “piercing aftercare.”  I’m sure you’ll end up with at least 3 different suggestions for each piercing along with just as many suggested healing times.  Tattoo aftercare isn’t any different.

While every artist and studio will say something different there should be a few guidelines to think about before you follow any advise.

  • If it’s the same aftercare directions they gave out 10 years ago maybe you should ask someone else.  If your doctor or pharmacist hasn’t updated their suggested treatments in the last decade you’d find a new doctor, right?  We are always improving and learning.  No more Bactine.
  • Moving jewelry doesn’t make sense.  Does ripping the scab of a healing tattoo make sense?  The next time you skin your knee rip the scab off everyday.  Sounds dumb, right… it is.  Everytime you move a piece of jewelry you rip apart all the healing that has been done that day.  Stop moving your piercings.  Unless you got pierced at the mall.  But that’s an different problem requiring a different blog topic.
  • In preschool we are taught to wash our hand because they are dirty.  You’re not in preschool any more buy your hands are still dirty. Don’t touch it.
  • Over cleaning causes more problems than leaving it alone. When in doubt keep it simple.
  • Neosporin says right on the package not to use on puncture wounds.  What do you think a piercing is? You were just PUNCTURED by a needle.  It’s a puncture wound.  No Neosporin or ointments. And don’t take it from me.  It says so on the package.

There are a ton of variables that can change the healing time of a piercing or tattoo.  Some you have control over, some you don’t.

  • Was it done correctly?  While correct placement won’t guarantee a healed piercing it sure will help.
  • Is it the correct jewelry?  Jewelry that is too thin/short/long or wrong material will not help a piercing heal any faster. Did the piercing only cost $20?  What do you think that jewelry is made of if even after the piercer gets paid they can only charge $20 and still make a profit.  Melted down hubcaps.  That’s what it’s made of.   When the swelling goes down stop in to a reputable shop to downsize so it is less likely to get caught on things.  When?  When the swelling goes down.  Some people it could be 1 month, others 5 months.  If you’re jewelry is sticking out get it checked out.
  • Do you ever sleep?  What’s your diet like?  We all know what we put in is what we get out. Be nice to your body if you want it to heal weird things.  Getting a tattoo or piercing is not a normal bodily function.  It takes extra work to heal these things.
  • Are you always cold?  People with bad circulation take longer to heal.
  • Do you have a piercing/tattoo shop that you trust?  You should have someone you can ask 7 million questions, call, email, DM and stop in every other day to check if your new piercing or tattoo is “doing okay” without feeling dumb.

That’s us.  No matter where you got it done CowPok is always here to help.  We want everyone to sparkle.

 

#TEABAGIT

If you got your piercing at either of our locations you may have left with a bottle of soap, an aftercare card, a super awesome new piercing and some strange advice to put a tea bag on it.  Soap is for use in the shower, the card has our contact info if you have any more questions but what’s up with this tea bag thing.  Let us explain and hopefully answer some of the more commonly asked questions.

Do you really want me to put a tea bag on my piercing? Simple answer: yes.

How?  Okay, let’s break it down step by step.

  •         Take a tea bag out of the package.
  •         Put it in a cup (a mug or something that keeps hot water hot for a long period of time).
  •         Add hot water.
  •         Take the tea bag out of the mug. (Don’t burn yourself.)
  •         Squeeze it a little and put it on your piercing.  Yup. Right on the piecing.  Don’t wrap it in a towel, napkin or clean sock.  We want the tea in contact with the piercing.
  •         Keep it there as long as possible.

How often? As much as possible for as long as possible. 4-5 times a day would be perfect but anything will help. Do it on your next Netfilx binge, in the car on the way to work (enjoy the stares and legally I have to tell you to keep both hands on the steering wheel), when you’re doing homework, reading or tape it to yourself while playing Overwatch.  Any time is a good time to tea bag.

But Why?

  •         The best answer we can come up with is that tea is not actually made of leaves.  It’s a little known secret that tea bags are actually full of little ninjas that when activated with hot water bust out with their super ninja skills to kick some bacteria butt and keep your piercing safe.  If you’re not into science and this answer is all you need skip down to the “what kind” section.   If you don’t believe in ninjas or that everything you read on the internet is true please read on.
  •         Hello science friends…strong dark black tea is high in tannins that are antiseptic (they prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms), astringent (contraction of body tissues), anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling), and antiviral (hopefully you know what that means).  These are all good things.
  •         Stops the spread of infection by creating a protective layer over the exposed tissue all while helping the piercing to heal.
  •         Rich in flavonoids which are plant chemicals that protect against inflammation. Hear that- plant chemicals.  It’s safe for vegans.
  •         Chock-full of antioxidants that repair cellular damage.  We stuck a needle through you. I’m sure a few cells were damaged and hate you right now.  Be nice to them and give them tea.
  •         The heat will increase circulation and that’s especially important for ears.

What kind? I’d worry less about the type than the frequency.  If you or someone is going to drink it pick something you like.  If you hate tea buy something inexpensive like a simple green or black tea.

So that’s about it.  Make all the jokes you want but when your piercing isn’t crusty and heals faster than your friends who was too cool to tea bag you’ll thank us… and the tea ninjas.

 

We're your family. #PRIDE

June is Pride month; actually, every month is pride month here at CowPok. June is just a little extra. It's the perfect time to let everyone know we are the place to visit when you need a friendly smile, a random hug or just some silent understanding.

Not a fan of the name you were given at birth but haven’t legally changed it?  Let us know and we will update our computer system and use your name of choice.

Not a fan of pronouns?  Cool. Let us know and we’ll make sure to use the correct one.

No one thinks you should be wearing that and everyone looks at you funny?  CowPok is judgement free. We are accepting of everyone (except intolerant assholes, they will not be tolerated).

Not interested in getting a new tattoo or piercing but need a place to be yourself?  The lobby is open when we are, the couch is comfortable and Netflix is always on.

We love our clients and our city, and think you're perfect exactly how you are, even if you're still figuring it out.