The Eyeball Tattoo FAQ

Eyeball Tattooing FAQ
by Shannon Larratt

INTRODUCTORY NOTES

  • Unless otherwise indicated, this document refers to scleral tattooing (over the white of the eye) using the ink injection method, rather than to corneal tattooing (over the iris) using repetitive needle punctures.
  • This document is under constant revision and reflects the current amateur understanding of the art of eyeball tattooing. It should not be taken as definitive or absolute advice. This document is not medical advice. This document will be updated whenever relevant and possible, so please check back for updates.
  • Eyeball tattooing carries with it significant risks up to and including blindness and life-threatening complications. Nothing in this document should be taken as condoning or recommending or encouraging eyeball tattoos, or presenting it as safe. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Because this FAQ is constantly changing, please do not reprint it elsewhere. Instead, please link directly to BME.com where it is hosted: http://news.bme.com/2012/10/18/the-eyeball-tattoo-faq/

FAQ REVISION HISTORY

Current Version: 1.1 / November 21, 2012

Updates since the previous version are highlighted in red (like this).

1.1 – Added additional risks information (glaucoma, ocular hypotension, etc.), multicolor inks, and various notes.
1.0 – FAQ updated after long talk with Howie/LunaCobra
0.9 – Original version written by Shannon Larratt


** What is eyeball tattooing?

Eyeball tattooing, in the context of this FAQ, is the process of permanently altering the color of the eye. Generally this refers to the injection of ink under the surface of the white of the eye, rather than changing the color of the iris, although this is theoretically possible.

** Why would someone want to tattoo their eye?

This is a rude question that no one should feel obligated to answer to anyone but themselves. But to generalize, people get eyeball tattoos for the same reasons people would get any tattoo or make any permanent change to themselves — because it makes them happy or feels right in some way. Because they like the way it looks. Because it suits them spiritually. Because they find it sexually appealing. Because they want to differentiate themselves from others. Because they feel tattooing has gotten to mainstream and want something more socially offensive. Because they saw it in a dream. Because it appeals to them as an artist. Because they want to make a political statement. Because they’re mad at their mommy for not hugging them enough. Because it’s none of your business.

Continue reading

Remember when 80′s hair bands toured the world to spread glam and STD’s….

……this is like that, except  less glamorous, and without the disease transmission.

Ron Garza, as I have mentioned in previous post, LIVES body modification. He often travels the world to personally experience  the other cultures rituals and body modification practices. Currently though, he is out on tour not to experience things for himself but to help others have their own experiences and to spread his knowledge.

1iskzqrb

Ron has 2 days still open in Prague and  some appts. left in Croatia also, where he will be teaching as well.
He will also be teaching in Mexcio city APP also and taking scar appointments in Mexico City as well. If your in any of these areas and want to take some of his classes, get cut or just shoot the shit with a guy who lives for body modification, definitely hit him up.

Coming to Toronto: Health Educators, Inc.


This weekend, David Vidra will be making his triumphant return to Toronto as Health Educators rolls into town to give the famous Bloodborne Pathogens and Sterilization workshops! Information for each is below. Space is limited and walk-ins cannot be guaranteed, so please pre-register! E-mail David for registration information.

* * *

BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS & THE PRINCIPLES OF
INFECTION CONTROL FOR MODIFICATION PRACTITIONERS

WHEN: Sunday, March 8, 2009

TIME: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
(Registration begins at 10:00am)

WHERE: 1 Hook Ave.

Bloodborne Pathogens & Principles of Infection Control for Modification Practitioners is by far the most comprehensive industry-specific bloodborne pathogens training course available for Traditional Tattoo Artists, Cosmetic Tattoo Artists & Professional Body Piercers. This course is compliant with the federal Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) & Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). It features comprehensive updates on the very latest changes in health & safety regulations as they apply to the modification industry, with training in solid, industry-specific solutions for maintaining compliance within a modification studio environment.

The Bloodborne Pathogens & Principles of Infection Control for Modification Practitioners course is being offered at a special convention rate of $150.00 per person if pre-registered or $175.00 at the door. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required per person at the time of registration. Full payment & deposits can be paid via money order, certified check, or credit card. Price includes all course materials, copies of industry-specific OSHA interpretations, free product samples & a certificate of training valid for one year. Course Space is limited! Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure availability. Pre-registered participants receive the discounted rate & are guaranteed course space & materials; all others are welcome on a first-come-first-serve basis, as availability allows. Lodging is not included, but a morning coffee service and a late, light lunch will be provided.

* * *

STERILIZATION FROM START TO FINISH
FOR MODIFICATION PRACTITIONERS

WHEN: Monday, March 9, 2009

TIME: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
(Registration begins at 10:00am)

WHERE: 1 Hook Ave.

Sterilization from Start to Finish is a hands-on workshop that examines the theory behind cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization. This course takes an in-depth look at the many factors affecting sterilization including equipment processing, packaging, monitoring, troubleshooting, equipment storage, documentation, and quality control practices. Sterilization from Start to Finish is by far the most comprehensive industry-specific sterilization training course available for Traditional Tattoo Artists, Cosmetic Tattoo Artists & Professional Body Piercers.

The Sterilization from Start to Finish course is $200.00 per person for the Sterilization course only. OR $250.00 per person for BOTH the Bloodborne Pathogens course on Sunday, March 8th AND Sterilization course on Monday, March 9th (that’s $100 SAVINGS!!). A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required per person at the time of registration. Full payment & deposits can be paid via money order, certified check, or credit card. Price includes all course materials, free product samples & a certificate of training. Course Space is limited! Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure availability. Pre-registered participants receive the discounted rate & are guaranteed course space & materials; all others are welcome on a first-come-first-serve basis, as availability allows. Lodging is not included, but a morning coffee service and a late, light lunch will be provided.

Companionship.

A friend of mine sent me a link to this beautiful (and informal) interview between Clayton Cubitt and Vic Taurewa Biddle discussing his homosexuality, Tā moko, Maori heritage, the Twelfth Realm and everything inbetween.

Apparently Veoh (the provider of the video above) is blocked in quite a few countries so if you can’t view it above, here is the YouTube video.

Mods Require Education

So I was thinking about the recent post about job discrimination with body modification, as well as reflecting on the inspirational interview with Alvar from last year… it’s been my observation that the higher quality the job is and the better you have to be at it, the less relevant your body modifications become. On “low end” jobs it seems employers are much more able to get away with judging a person for petty things like earrings — but in the kind of job that I believe most exceptional people aspire to, one is generally judged more on ones frontal lobe than one’s 1″ lobe..

Anyway, so I was really pleased to see Kiowa from Missouri’s graduation photos proudly showing his stretched piercings, and wanted to use it as an excuse to (a) if you want to be free to live your life publicly modified, performing well academically is a great start, and (b) the BME 2008 scholarship application is available.

kiowa-grad-photo.jpg

Summer Suspension School

susschool_roo.jpg

Note – There is an error in the banner above – The suspension school is actually taking place on Saturday June 30th!

Big News! To coincide with upcoming BME Toronto events: BMEfest 2007 and MODPROM 2, BME will also be hosting a small private suspension seminar class for body art professionals only. The class will be led and taught by Allen Falkner (suspension.org/TSD) and assisted by some of the most well trained professional suspension practitioners in the world. Confirmed teaching assistants are Emrys Yetz, Jill Allen, Jon Pett and Jason Shaw with possibly more to be announced.

The Suspension school seminar is a rare opportunity for piercers to further raise their skill level and become a strong and active part of almost any suspension team/event. Due to the nature of the class and that we only have one day to present the seminar, emphasis will be placed on safety as well as the practical discipline and mechanical practice behind how body suspension works as well as an important lecture on the history of modern body suspension.

This is an intermediate/advanced level course, so it’s primarily intended for piercers and people who already have a solid and practical understanding of skin, contamination control, and so on (no suspension-specific experience is needed) but you must already be able to demonstrate a professional understanding of bloodborne pathogens and the principles of infection control.

To ensure that everyone has a complete hands on experience the classes will be kept small, only 15 student spots are available. There is a charge to attend the seminar (approximately $200 CAD) to cover expenses such as supplies, space rental and flying up the instructors!

There will be a few scholarship spots available to apply for as well so don’t worry if you don’t have any money*.

If you’d like to come to learn, please sign the RSVP on the events page and we will contact you as soon as registration opens up. The class will also require a few suspension “test subjects” for the students to work on, if you would like to apply for this please email me** and I will reply with an application form, however there are no guarantees you will be selected.

And finally let’s all remember that “Rome Was Not Built In A Day” and as professionals you did not learn to pierce overnight. It is our goal with this seminar to educate and empower you as body art professionals. This class will not certify anyone to be a solo suspension practitioner but more a very strong addition to any professional suspension team where you will then gain further experience and confidence in your practice.

We are actively looking for sponsors for the event – if you have something you can offer please contact me for our wish list.

If you have any questions please email me at phil@bmezine.com.

*Scholarship application requests may be forwarded to phil@bmezine.com with the email title “Scholarship application request”. You will then be sent the application to fill out and send back to me by June 1, 2007, no later!

**Student test subjects or guinea pig application requests can also be emailed to phil@bmezine.com with the subject tittle “Student test subject”.

Piercing Studio Improvements

I think I mentioned that part of my goal with this education series is to get piercers to think about improving their game in ways they might not have thought of, so this time I want to address the question,

What item(s) do you have in your studio that many other studios may not have? And what are some inexpensive ways that a studio can be inexpensively improved?

Because of education funding cuts, teachers in Canada and the US (and I’m sure around the world) are often forced to buy classroom materials using their own money because the school doesn’t have or isn’t willing to spend the money. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for modern tattoo shops to be the same — because at most shops piercing makes a fraction of what the tattooing makes, it can be very difficult for a piercer to convince the shop owner to spend money on that aspect of the business, and they’re often left trying to find ways to improve it using their own time and money. This time around we’re talking to the folks in the picture below.


Above, L-R: Anders (iam:Alienboy, Anders the Piercing Guy, Brisbane Australia), Dustin Sharrow (iam:Aesthete, Mata Mata, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), Leo Ziebel (iam:5point, 5pointstudios, Johnston, Iowa, USA), and John Lopez (iam:John Lopez, Slave to the Needle, Seattle, USA).

Continue reading

Is Body Jewelry Quality Important?

This is a new section that I’m adding to ModBlog in which we talk to some of the best artists around the world about the nuances of the business of being not just good at what you do, but great. In this first column, we’ll be talking about jewelry — does it really make a difference if you’re using generic “316LVM” versus something that’s “ASTM-spec”? Is titanium really better? Is threading important? What if someone brings in their own jewelry?

I thought this would be a good one to start with, given the recent example of the kid who thought chain links would make acceptable jewelry!

Continue reading