Bring on the body art
Jeweler’s street- cheaper but not safer
In Bangalore, there is a special road or street for everything. Though there isn’t any for body piercing or tattoos in particular, there is a street called Jeweler’s Street, off Commercial Street, which is dedicated to Jewellery. From junk jewellery to gold, silver, diamond, platinum, you will get all of them in this one street. The shops on jeweler’s street perform body piercing and a few also have amateur tattoo artists. These body piercing shops are not really safe as not all perform sterilization and not all know how to mark the piercing spot. Tattoo artist Girish points out that, they “steal” art from senior tattoo artists. You will definitely find people who will ask you never to go to jeweler’s street to pierce. Better is to head to the doctor. May be, but for the more funky people, jeweler’s street is the place to go to.
Going the medical way
Body piercing and tattooing is more than just a trend, it is a culture in Bangalore. Being a south Indian city, there are traditional values attached to nose piercing. Though there are grandmother methods to get that hole in your nostril, but safer are the medical methods. The latter surely makes the experience a less painful one. However there are experiences like that of Kavitha’s can be really dangerous. She describes her experience, “While it was not painful, it was definitely the most uncomfortable of my piercing. As soon as the needle left my nose, a jet of blood followed. I sat there dumbly, dripping blood all over the floor and my clothes while the guy ran around looking for ice cubes to stop the flow.”
Medical piercing is not all boring. You do get to choose from an array of jewellery with which you can pierce. Just for the sake of precaution, it is always better to carry a sterilized stud with you, or trust the stud they will ‘gunshoot’ in your body. Make sure to keep the place clean and disinfected, it takes a little more than a week to heal. Doctors like Dr. Anamika Das warns, “If the instruments being used are not sterilized, there is definite risk of contracting diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, liver cancer, HIV, and tetanus. Sterilizing happens after you boil the metal in water for 10-15 minutes. Sterilized kits are not safe either.” Her suggestion, “Go to your doctor, they will always help you pierce” It is the same with Tattoos she mentions. Though doctors can not help there, but recognized tattoo artists do help. The best is to ask for the needle they used to tattoo or pierce you. If everyone follows this, the chances of infection are negligible.