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OFF TO THE UKAPP CONFERENCE

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we are attending the annual UKAPP educational piercing conference, held in September.

This provides us a fantastic learning opportunity but unfortunately  means we will closing early, 4pm, on Saturday 16th and closed on the Monday 18th September.

We will be returning to normal on Wednesday 20th all bright eyed and bushy tailed and with heads filled with knowledge and pockets full of new shiny jewellery!

 

CLOSING EARLY 4pm Saturday 16th Sept

CLOSED Monday 18th Sept

 

100% NITRITE GLOVES

While there is a price difference between the standard use examination gloves and the safer Nitrite or non-latex gloves we will be using. There is a clear difference in safety. We hear of so many lovely clients suffering from this common allergy and having to remind health care workers, partners and dentists on a regular basis to take caution.

We decided since there is such a straight forward solution, an easy alternative: we are making the permanent switch.

latex-imgIt’s understood that numerous people have an allergy to latex and many more are sensitive to it, resulting in possible skin complaints and discomforts or worse.

We discussed at the end of the last year the option of going fully latex free throughout our store. Both to prevent ourselves from developing issues and furthermore to stop and incidents regarding yourself, our client.

 

However the journey has not been easy, with all new equipment there can be a trial and error stage of finding suitable suppliers in strength, quality and availability as well as the many things a piercer loves: stretchiness, comfort, grip etc

 

But it gives us great pleasure to announce that now and forevermore all services undertaken in Blue Lotus will be made with Nitrite examination gloves or similar. Never latex

There is no cure to a latex allergy, those with it can only avoid contact with latex

THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL PIERCERS

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WE ARE THE FIRST PIERCING STUDIO TO ATTAIN APP MEMBER STATUS IN THE UK FOR MORE THAN A DECADE

 

As of this today, Blue Lotus are proud members of the APP – Needless to say this has been huge cause for celebration at the studio.

Whats the APP I suspect you wonder? The APP has been around since 1994. Yet its existence is not as widely well known as it could be. Beginning as a political action group in California to address legislation concerns, it has grown to become a nonprofit  health and safety organization dedicated to the decimation of information regarding body piercing.

The Association of Professional Piercers [APP] is an international health and safety organization. It is a nonprofit voluntary alliance dedicated to the dissemination of information about body piercing. Governed by a voluntary elected Board of Directors, the APP is a united group of piercing professionals that freely shares information to help fellow members, piercers, health care professionals, legislators, health inspectors, and the general public get the best and most up-to-date information about body piercing.

“During the first week of my apprenticeship which started in 1999 I was handed copy of the APP health and safety procedure manual. 
Although it didn’t contain much looking back [but] at the time it was gold dust. A bible. I must have read that worn copy cover to cover over a dozen times.
I knew back then that my future contained the APP. That I’d eventually run my own studio and be responsible for the decisions that would include APP membership”  … Nici

The APP do not constitute as ‘the piercing police’ telling piercers how to pierce or judging their technical abilities – rather – actually ensuring that stringent environmental criteria are set, maintained and updated accordingly. Becoming an APP member does not mean a studio has better piercers. It means the environment you are being pierced meets the highest of safety standards currently required of any professional piercing body.

NIPPLE PIERCING AGE POLICY

Our age of consent for a nipple piercing is 18 years or over

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Please keep in mind that these age requirements are specific to Blue Lotus Body Piercing and our years of experience have dictated these moral/ethical decisions. We are constantly trying to improve our standards and are now working in line with the standards set by the Association of Professional Piercers.

We are asked constantly for under this age, however we have many reasons that contribute to our decision:

  • We would turn away so many that were not yet developed enough (Our bodies are still physically maturing until the age of 21 with huge changed around the age 14 – 16)
  • At a younger age there are higher chances of healing issues and complications.
  • At a younger age these issues are more likely to have departmental effects that effect the client as an adult.
  • Problems such as rejection and migration are exaggerated when we are younger.
  • The invasive and personal nature of the experience.

Any good studio is going to ask you for ID if you look under 21. Yes, it sucks, but we can get in a lot of trouble for just guessing. We only take originals, no copies, photographs of passports etc

We will not accept a parent or guardian as proof of age, you have to show your own ID.

  • UK Passport. Expired passports are fine as long as you can tell it is you or you bring in other I.D to link the information
  • CitizenCard. (available from http://www.citizencard.com)
  • ValidateUK Card. (available from http://www.validateuk.co.uk)
  • UK Driving License or Provisional.

We consider that under no circumstances is it acceptable or appropriate for a piercer to perform piercing on the nipples or genitals of an individual under 18 years of age.

 

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