The Amato Team

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Over-pierced and Under Stress: How Piercings Heal

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One of our favorite things we get to do here at Amato is ear curations! Often times, these projects require 3 or 4 (or 5 or 6…) new piercings to help complete the look a client wishes to achieve. With everything all planned out,  it’s understandable to want to just jump into it head first and get all those piercings done at once for that sweet instant gratification. Trust us when we say, we understand how addictive a new sparkly piercing can be. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, you can certainly have too much of a good thing. Having multiple ...

The “Gay” Ear- Debunking the Myth for Pride Month

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In piercing studios around the country these questions are still asked today: “Does one side have any special meaning? You know….which ear is the gay ear?”   Despite changing times and modern progress, many people still associate body piercings (particularly a single piercing in the earlobe) as a symbol of someones sexuality. So, just in time for pride month, the team here at Amato decided to delve deeper into where this all started. It’s time to shed some light on what’s true and what’s myth with a little history lesson on how one specific piercing developed such recognition as a ...

I was Scared but now I’m Sparkly- Staying Calm During Your Piercing

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Getting a piercing can be such an exciting thing! Although, most people aren’t too excited about the actual piercing portion. It’s fairly common to find the idea of a needle a little intimidating. Things like anxiety, fear, stress, nervousness are all par for the course. It’s easy to get a little worked up before a body piercing; especially if it’s your first one, or one you haven’t had done before. We see scared clients regularly. We (even as piercers) are also a little scared to get pierced! It’s perfectly normal and never something to be embarrassed about. We’ve had so ...

Ear Curation

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Let’s talk ear curations!  This has to be one of our favorite new trends. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, ear curation; sometimes called constellation ears, is essentially jewelry and piercing styling that results in a unique and fun combination of jewelry and piercings to meet your ear fashion goals! It’s like dress up for your ears but with your own personal stylist and shopper! Ear piercings can make as much of an impact and statement as a bold outfit, and these days we see more and more clients looking for just that. It can be hard to decide exactly ...

Jewelry Care and Cleaning

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Modern body piercing has reached a point where the jewelry selection has expanded to much more than just a simple silver bead or an overly bright acrylic dice. There are now an abundance of companies who make genuine stone and solid gold or platinum pieces exclusively for use in body piercing! After all, who doesn’t love the beautiful shine of a diamond, the play of color across an opal, or the glittering reflection of white gold? We are more excited than ever to be able to offer body jewelry with the same exquisite design and stone selection as is available ...

Internal Threading Vs. External Threading: Don’t get Screwed by Catchy Marketing Terms

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“There’s no way I could be reacting badly to my jewelry. I paid a lot of money for this piece and my piercer promised it was totally safe!” Unfortunately, we see this same scenario unfold again and again. Something thought to be safe because it’s advertised or sold as “surgical” or “solid”, ends up containing sensitizers like nickel that cause irritation. So how do you, as a consumer, protect yourself from buying low quality jewelry? Well, there are a few different ways to tell what material a piece is made out of, but thread pattern is the number one dead ...

Pregnancy and Navel Piercings

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Getting pregnant is such an exciting time! There’s a new little life growing inside of you which means big changes are coming. We all know about the changes pregnancy can cause on the body, but it’s easy to overlook the changes it can cause with your piercings. Most notable being navel piercings. Navels change, sometimes dramatically, during or after pregnancy; which we briefly cover in our “Unique Anatomy Navels” article. The main question we get though, is “can jewelry be left in the piercing throughout pregnancy?”. The simple answer to this is unfortunately, no. There’s a few reasons why navel ...

Wedding Curations

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Weddings are meant to be memorable! A special day to celebrate you and the one you love joining lives. Everything is usually planned out to a T. From the outfits, to the flavor of cake, and of course the wedding rings; it’s all in the details! What about jewelry? Sure you have the rings, maybe a necklace or some cufflinks, but what about your piercings? There’s a million ways to dress up your piercings to make them picture perfect for your special day and the process can sometimes being overwhelming on top of the already immense planning list, so we’re ...

Unique Anatomy- Navel Piercings

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Undoubtedly one of our most popular piercings here at Amato is the navel. Since we are located in sunny South Florida, navel season is year round! We love these piercings so much that they’re actually a specialty for our head piercer Joe. What makes them such a specialty of his? Well he has over 19 years of experience in the industry and has pierced an endless amount of navels, including navels that are a little different than most/may require a more advanced approach. Unfortunately, these piercings are also amongst one of the more frequently seen done incorrectly. Belly-buttons are organic ...

Makeup and Piercings

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This article is for all the lovers of make up and piercings alike. Here at Amato, we know how fun makeup can be, especially when there’s an abundance of pretty palettes to drool over. Whether you’re a makeup addict, or an occasional wearer, there are some important considerations to keep in mind when wearing makeup while having piercings. Particularly healing ones. Fortunately, our staff has been there, done that, and are here to help! Healing facial piercings such as: nostrils, septums, eyebrows, and/or micro-dermals can be targets for makeup mess. It may seem obvious not to put makeup directly on ...

Skincare and Piercings

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Having healthy skin is a priority for many of our clients. The journey to healthy skin usually includes some kind of product regimen; whether you use a simple daily moisturizer or sunscreen, a prescription cream for acne, or a super in-depth daily course of toners and masks, we know it’s all part of the process! With healing piercings though (particularly facial piercings), balancing your skin-care with keeping your piercings clean and healthy can be tricky. We’ve written this article to give you a few tips and tricks to help you keep both your skin and piercings happy! With healing piercings, ...

Holiday Gift Guide

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As we enter November, the holidays are fast approaching us. There’s sure to be that dreaded gift list looming over our heads as we try and get each special person their perfect present! For many, there’s that one person on their list who adores all things piercing and jewelry related, so of course the perfect gift would be exactly that! Shopping for such a thing can be a little tricky though, so we decided to write a short piercing gift guide to help ease the holiday hassle.  How and where a piercing is worn is very individual. Each person has ...

Sterile Wound Wash Saline Vs Salt Water Mixtures

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  When we review aftercare with clients, we always discuss using a sterile wound wash saline to clean and care for new piercings. Many times we have clients ask “That’s just salt water right? Can I make my own at home?”; and although this used to be something we all suggested as part of aftercare back in the day, through some extensive research, the recommended aftercare changed to no longer include the option to DIY saline at home. If you’re curious as to why store bought is better, we’ll go a little more in-depth in this article!  Sterile wound wash ...

Under 18- How to Ask Your Parents About Piercings

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The Amato staff has had an affinity for piercings even in our younger years; which means we all understand just how difficult it can sometimes be to get Mom or Dad on board with the idea of getting a new piercing. We often get asked questions like “how old were you when you got your first piercing?” and “how did you get your parents to say yes?”. When it comes down to it, these types of questions have very personal and circumstantial answers that may not work for everyone, but we figured we’d write a little article about things that ...

Asprin Paste on Piercings? A Look at this Dangerous Internet Trend

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Irritation bumps can be one of the most frustrating things when healing a body piercing. All piercings run the risk of these minor set backs and they can sometimes be difficult to deal with. The bumps can be caused by a range of issues which we address in a previous article about them. From material, angle, improper care,  it is not uncommon to end up with one of these irritations at some point in your piercing journey. There is unfortunately a lot of misinformation out there online about these irritations and one of the biggest suggests putting aspirin on your ...

Picking Your Piercer

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We understand that choosing the right piercer can be tricky. How can you be sure that the piercer near you is reputable? Well in an ideal world, we’d love to assume that every state has laws and regulations to ensure only someone who is highly experienced and well trained can pierce you. Unfortunately though, that isn’t the case. There are very few states that have strict laws in regards to body piercing; and even if a state does have body piercing laws, they typically only dictate age limits and basic studio cleanliness. This means there are no laws that regulate ...

Breast Feeding and Nipple Piercings

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It’s often wondered if nipple piercings and breast feeding are compatible. One of our frequently asked questions when it comes to nipple piercing is “Will I still be able to breastfeed later on down the road?” The answer to that question is what will be discussed here. To begin with, it is possible (and very likely) to still be able to breast feed with nipple piercings, but under certain circumstances, the piercings may inhibit that ability.The nipple itself is made up of not one, but many small openings. These openings are where the milk comes from. They’re connected to multiple ...

Pierced Positive: Considerations for Body Piercings with HIV

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With the ongoing controversy surrounding the subject of piercing/tattooing someone who is HIV positive, we felt it necessary to address a few things. The question at hand is basically this: Can you get pierced/tattooed if you are HIV positive? Here at Amato, we believe that yes, you absolutely can! There are some different considerations to keep in mind though, and thats what will be further discussed. We’d also like to dispel some myths surrounding being pierced/tattooed when you’re HIV+. Any disease or illness that can effect the healing of a piercing/tattoo should always be taken into consideration beforehand. Things that ...

The Magic of the Marquise

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Marquise cuts (sometimes called navette, French for “little ship” since they resemble the hull of a ship) are one of our favorite cuts for gems here at Amato! With gentle sloping sides and neat points at either end, these elongated cuts are a striking way to showcase a range of colors and stones. This cut was first designed for diamonds in the 1740s, and is said to have been named for the Marquise de Pompadour, a mistress of the king. Rumor says the graceful, elongated curves were designed to mimic the shape of her mouth. The name stuck for the ...

Don’t Try This At Home, Body Piercing and DIY Dangers

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Ever hear-“Well actually, I have a friend who does piercings and tattoos from home. It’s totally legit and they’re cheaper.” Or “My friend did this piercing for me in their bathroom and nothing bad happened so I’m going to have them do my other one!” ? Well you’re not alone. These are pretty commonly confessed things we hear near daily. With this being a frequent occurrence, we decided to help shed some light as to why “D.I.Y.” doesn’t apply to body piercing. We’ve written a comprehensive article that goes over the numerous ways at-home piercings aren’t safe, no matter the ...

Alcohol, and Why it NEVER Belongs on Your Piercing

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If you’ve been following some of our articles then you may have already read our article about hydrogen peroxide and why it isn’t awesome for your piercings. Since writing that, we’ve gotten heaps of messages and emails about using alcohol for piercings and if its okay to do. Much like hydrogen peroxide, alcohol is something most of us are familiar with for old-school wound care. We’ve put it on every childhood scratch or scrape; it’s was a school nurses best friend. Some of our parents, and grandparents may even clean their jewelry in it. Like everything else though, its important ...

Autoclaves- Understanding what to look for from a Clean Studio

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Thinking of getting a new piercing? Awesome! When going to get pierced, most folks know that its important to get pierced in a clean environment. Most even know to ask if needles are single use, and ensure gloves are worn by their piercer. These things are all great, but how do you actually know everything is clean and sterile? Are there other things you should be asking to see? If you were interested in knowing more in depth about cleanliness when piercing, this article may help. We will be going over one of the most important aspects of a clean ...

Gloves- Your Safety and the Law in Florida

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Let’s talk gloves. It seems like it’d be obvious not to let a piercer touch you with bare hands, but many assume its not necessary to glove up. And more assume that as long as gloves are being worn, everything is fine. But there is more to it then that! Piercers should be following the same rules of cleanliness as physicians, dentists, and other similar professions. Not only is it common sense for piercers to use gloves, but its the law. Here in the state of Florida we are required by law to wear not only just gloves, but sterile ...

Hydrogen Peroxide, and Why it doesn’t belong on your Piercing

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Hydrogen peroxide is a product many of us are quite familiar with; we’ve kept it nestled in our bathroom cabinets for most of our lives. We’ve all gotten use to splashing it on any wound we’ve ever gotten, including body piercings. That’s where it goes wrong. Peroxide might be okay for a scraped knee or skinned elbow but it doesn’t belong ANYWHERE near your body piercing. Often times clients look at us in shock when they first hear this, so we decided to write a little educational article all about why peroxide doesn’t belong on, in, or near your body ...
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