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Groupon Promotions

On Feb 21 we ran an initial Groupon special offering $60 of value at Blackstar for $30. The response was phenomenal, and we have had a number of our clients ask when we are going to do it again. The simple answer is SOON.

If you are not following Groupon and their daily specials, we have to ask why not? The deals with local merchants in our and your area are phenomenal, and it gives you the chance to try something new at a very reasonable price. Not just for Blackstar, but see what other local merchants are offering.

Newsgroups? What are they?

One of the features available to our privileged users is our newsgroup galleries, where we show photos of piercings we have collected from the usenet groups. Our purpose is to give our users some idea of the trends we are seeing in piercings, but the result has been a flood of questions about the usenet.

Usenet was the original public access messaging system, conceived in 1979 and started in 1980, more that a decade before the ARPAnet became the internet.(Read more of the history at Wikepedia.).

How much?

We have never understood how normally conscientious people can choose a piercer by looking for the cheapest price! But it happens, and the people get taken for a ride. We see the results when they come to us and ask 'Can you fix this?'. Most of these problems would have been avoided if the people concerned knew the correct questions to ask.

Piercing! Heal thyself!

Piercing aftercare has evolved significantly over the time I have been piercing. A number of myths about aftercare have gained prominence in the industry simply because of the democratic nature of the internet. Dispelling these myths, and finding aftercare protocols that actually worked has been an ongoing endeavor at Blackstar.

We have come to realize three basic principals.

Holy holes

I like piercing. Obviously I would not be here otherwise. Over the past two decades I have had well over 36 piercings although none are visible. Things poking out of the head excludes a person from many forums. I could never have worked in my milieu, suit and tie. with flashing whatevers. However, after hearing Jim Ward interviewed on CBC around 1986, I thought that such stimuli to the endorphins might be pleasurable. And so another life began. The disadvantage of this other lifestyle is that it is addictive, particularly for a bit of an exhibitionist.

Microdermal implants

When I started piercing (now too long ago to specify) the state of the art was poor. Few people had anything besides their ears pierced, with a few nostrils thrown in for variety. The IDEA of piercing a nipple, or, heaven forbid, something else was completely foreign to most.

The rise of the Punk Rock movement (remember the safety pins and widespread dermatitis from the nickel reactions) created a split between the "I want that" and the "Why would anybody do that" groups without any hope of common ground or acceptance.

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