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#navel piercings

 Other than swimming and warm weather, spring and summer months bring out lots of unclothed midsections, the ideal season for showing off the ever popular navel piercing. If all the people sporting shiny stomachs this year are making you jealous, maybe it’s time to see if a navel piercing should be the next new piercing for you!

NAVEL CHECK:

Not everyone is suited for a navel piercing, so a simple check is all that’s needed to see if your anatomy would suit one. Stand up and slouch forward while looking at your belly button. If your stomach creases above your navel, congrats! You are a perfect candidate for a navel piercing! Navels that crease in the center if pierced will be irritated more often once the jewelry will be moved every time you bend over. This has nothing to do with weight or height but genetics. Being pierced can still be an option, but you do run a higher risk of problems and rejection.


ALTERNATIVE NAVEL OPTIONS:

 There are a couple of other options if you still want some sparkle around your navel but don’t feel the traditional navel piercing will work due to your anatomy.  

The first option is a surface anchor.  Surface anchors are inserted under the surface of the skin rather than all the way through the tissue. The body will eventually realize it as a foreign object and reject the piercing, so they are considered to be semi permanent, but they can last for years and scarring is usually minimal.

The other option is a floating navel. Instead of a large jewel applying pressure in the center of the navel a disc is used.  This limits movement of the jewelry and gives you a lower chance of rejection or migration if your navel creases in the center.

AFTERCARE:

A navel piercing only needs you to do three things: soap in the shower, hot compresses and no touching.   After you get pierced at CowPok you’ll receive a little bottle of soap. It’s not magic soap nor does it speed up the healing process, but it neutralizes other soaps like body wash in case something full of fragrance comes in contact with the piercing. Allow 30 seconds to a minute of warm water to wash over the area during your showers to ensure that any buildup does not stay around the piercing. Then use a pea-sized amount of our soap on clean fingers only if fragrance-infused projects come in contact with the piercing site. The last thing to remember is to do hot compresses with tea bags to speed up the healing process and soothe the piercing. Simply make tea as usual (nothing spicy or acidic, black or green tea is perfect) and place the tea bag over the area for 5-10 minutes. The combination of heat and antioxidants from the leaves will aid with redness and irritation. Do this as many times as you can to keep your navel piercing happy and healthy!


#we believe

Everyone should sparkle.

It's going to hurt less than you think.

Everyone will be greeted with a smile.

We will make you comfortable.

Life is a dance party.

Stereotypes are wrong.

In tea bags and coconut oil.

It's okay to be weird, heck, we are here to help.

In answering all your questions and there are no dumb ones.

You will leave with a smile.

In using high quality jewelry.

Singing makes it hurt less.

If we don't have an answer we will find one for you.

In post piercing selfies.

in teamwork

in a lot of options

in simple directions

in clean glass

In acceptance

In treating your mom with respect.

You are worth it

People respect honesty

Everyone is good at something

in doing the right thing for you!

in a brighter tomorrow.

in deep breaths

in being ethical

work will be fun!


#ETIQUETTE

Hello Internet Land! Ever wonder what we at Cowpok complain about after a long day? We’ve put together a list of our pet peeves to help all you newbies look not so new. We know you’re nervous and have questions when you first get to the counter but here is a short list of how not to be the customer we talk about around the water cooler. When you step in the door please try to avoid saying the following:


  • “Yeah, I called.” Well so did about 23 other people in the last half hour. Please be a little more specific.  

  • Just the single work “piercing” or “tattoo.” #1- please speak in sentences. #2- There are over 30 types of piercing procedures we offer and an even larger number of places to put a tattoo so to help you we need a bit more information.

  • “I’m just price shopping.” If you’re looking for the cheapest place in town let us save you the trip, we’re not it. But if you want quality jewelry, friendly faces and tattoos that will look good forever come on by.

  • “We tried to go to four other shops but you guys were the only ones open today.” We’re happy to help your body piercings or tattoo dreams become a reality but as with any other place of business you are looking to get help from, respect from both parties needs to be present. Don’t let us think we were your last choice and only option.

  • “It’s not going to take long.” Please don’t tell us how long it will take to do our job. We want all our clients to leave satisfied and with the confidence to heal the new change they have made to their body and doing that is not something that should be rushed.


Now that you know both how to make a great first impression and what not to say, there are just a couple more things we’ve seen in our years working in our studio. These are some things that while common in customers are not good etiquette and are known to make any piercing or tattoo shop employee cringe:


  • Taking your jewelry out and placing it on our counter. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been pierced, it’s still full of dead skin and germs, boogers, spit, you name it. We can measure, assess and help with anything you need while your jewelry is still in. Let’s keep the jewelry cheese off of common surfaces.

  • Walking into the studio while on your phone. And do you know what’s worse? When you’re on speaker. Stay outside or in your car, our staff will be happy to assist you but not while you are on the phone.

  • Coming in for a tattoo and not having a clue what you want. It’s exciting to get some new ink but that fact that tattoos are permanent should persuade you to put more time and effort into your next piece.  

  • Asking how much a script tattoo is “per letter.” Who does that? Who charges per letter? No one.

  • Complaining about having to drive back home to get your I.D. when you live 15 minutes away. Plenty of our staff have hour commutes every day. And why did you leave the house without I.D.?  

  • Letting your friends speak for you. It’s your body and your decision only. Everyone needs a buddy but bring someone who will help you make decisions, not make them for you.

  • Bringing 6 friends. FYI: Watching someone get tattooed is boring and you’re only allowed to bring one person in the back with you. Everyone else will be stuck in the lobby watching Netflix.  

  • Staring at a CowPok customer/staff member or making them feel uncomfortable.

We are a safe space and everyone is welcome here. If you are making others feel uneasy or self-conscious you will be required to leave.



Walking into a piercing or tattoo shop for your first or even your 10th time can bring a whole slew of emotions and fears, but at least if you don’t do anything we’ve listed you can leave knowing you were a model customer!