Bump on Cartilage Piercing

We received the following anonymous question on Tumblr about a cartilage piercing and the use of tea tree oil:

I have a bump from my cartilage piercing, most likely caused by the fitting of the piercing or the weight of it. I used tea tree oil to treat it but now the skin around my first lobe piercing is peeling off. I know the tea tree oil was to harsh for my skin, but should I just wait it out and see if the skin around my lobe piercing heals or would aquaphor or hydrogen peroxide help?

Hi there…

The best thing to do is leave things alone for a while. Once the skin has become irritated from the tea tree oil, it needs time to calm down. Putting more stuff on your skin/the bump will increases the chances of your skin staying irritated or getting even more irritated. When the skin stays irritated longer, there is also a greater chance the bump will get worse.

If the bump formed because the jewelry wasn’t fitting correctly, then it should start to go away pretty quickly once the jewlery issue is resolved. If the bump doesn’t start to get smaller soon, then it’s likely the bump wasn’t caused by the jewelry.

This is also a good reminder to others that tea tree oil, while commonly touted as a good fix for piercing bumps, is very often too harsh for skin and can create more problems than it solves. We rarely suggest the use of tea tree oil for fixing piercing bumps. In many case, the tea tree oil only treats the symptom and not the problem itself. It’s common that when the tea tree oil is topped, the bump comes back because the actual problem hasn’t been taken care of.

We are hiring in Uptown Minneapolis

Saint Sabrina’s is hiring counter staff! 

We are looking to fill openings for both Tattoo Hosts and Body Jewelry counter staff.

The positions are different, but both require great people skills, attention todetails, dependability and a genuine desire to help our clients and put smileson their faces. Delivering outstanding customer service is what these jobs are all about!

  • We have availability from part-time to nearly-full-time, depending upon how amazing you are.
  • No prior knowledge is required. We will teach you the ins-and-outs of the job. However, If your customer service is top-notch AND you have a love for all things piercing, jewelry and tattooing…you’re going to get some bonus points.
  • Prior face-to-face customer service is essential. (the right person might be able to convince us otherwise, but you are going have to be amazing).
  • You must have weekend and evening (4:30 to midnight) available. Did we mention this is a MUST?
  • We are looking to fill these positions quickly, but finding the right people is more important than hiring quickly.
  • Applicants with additional super powers will be strongly considered.

Here’s the deal:We love piercing, exquisite jewelry and great tattoos and we really like helping people discover, explore and enjoy them. It’s important to us that anyone that joins our team understands that and is committed to providing fantastic customer service all the time.

We are looking for people who are interested in joining us on a long-term basis. If you are looking for a temporary/seasonal/summer/short-term job, please don’t waste your time or ours.

If you think you’re the right person, get an application at the front counter, fill it out and leave it with the manager-on-duty. You can get the application online if you want, but you still have to give it to us in-person (www.saintsabrinas.com/forms/webapp.pdf).

Oh yeah: This is not, and will not, be an offer for a piercing or tattoo apprenticeship.

Doing Piercings on Minors

We received this question on Tumblr the other day.

Hi! Need someone’s advice on my situation. I’m 17 and on long island, and I’ve been waiting to get my septum pierced for months now. I live with my aunt and she finally said I could get it. But I’m not legally under her roof or anything; so we don’t have legal paperwork for her being my guardian. (although she does have my birth certificate- with my parent’s names on it). I figured I’d call where I want to go and ask them, but I know its not legal. Is there any way around it?


If it’s illegal for you to get pierced without permission/consent of a parent or legal guardian, there probably isn’t a way around it…at least not one that doesn’t involve you putting your health and safety at risk as well as you putting someone else’s job/livelihood/career/business in jeopardy (more on that later).

The desire to get a piercing can be very, very strong. That is certainly something we understand. it can be a challenge to have the patience, and in-turn the maturity, needed to “war it out”. But, if you are 17, at the very most, you have 1 year to wait to get your piercing done; probably even less. While a year probably seems like forever, it’s really not that long and that time will go by quickly.

If you still want the piercing when you turn 18, then you will be even that much more certain about it and getting it done will be even more rewarding. If you don’t want the piercing at that point, chances are good it wasn’t really the piercing for you to begin with and you will have not spent the time, energy and money on something that you weren’t that into anyway.

If you get the piercing done before you are 18, it sounds like you are going to have to do it illegally. Besides breaking the law (that will matter more to some people than others), you will really only have one of two choices for getting it done:

1) You will have to find a piercer/studio that will be willing to ignore the law/regulations and do it for you anyway. That might sound like a great solution, but we can assure you it’s not. There isn’t a singe responsible, ethical, professional piercer that is going to be willing to break the law to do your piercing. That means you are left with the irresponsible, unethical, unprofessional piercers. You might think, “So what? If they will do my piercing, that’s all I care about.”

Think about this: if a piercer is willing to ignore/overlook the law about piercing minors, what other things are they willing to overlook? Proper training? Proper sterilization of equipment? Proper cross-contamination awareness? Reusing needles? Proper and safe jewelry?

Anyone willing to knowingly illegally pierce a minor is only interested in making money. Ignoring, or cutting corners, on all the things we mentioned above is another great way for them to lower their cost, and thereby make more money…which is clearly their main concern.

While you might end up with the piercing you want, you might also end up with a poorly-done piercing with garbage jewelry…or you could end up with an infectious disease that could be with you for the rest of your life. Is the risk of harming your body for the rest of your life really worth it just to get a piercing a few months early?

2) The other option is to get the piercing done by a responsible, ethical, professional piercer by misrepresenting your age (i.e., fake ID, lying about who your parents are etc). That might not seem like such a big deal either.

Trust us, it is. Besides the potential legal issues you could create for yourself by misrepresenting your age, you are tricking someone who is trying to be a responsible, law-abiding professional into breaking the law. Even though it might be your fault for misrepresenting your age, it is still very likely they could suffer the consequences for unknowingly breaking the law.

This might be something as simple as a small fine, but it could be as serious as having their license revoked, having their business fined severely and developing a bad reputation for their business. These are all things that could affect someone who has dedicated themselves to a career that allows them to support themselves, feed their family, pay their mortgage/rent, care for their pets etc.

if you are willing to consider putting someone else’s livelihood and well-being at risk just so your can get what you want, then you need to sit down and take a hard look at what kind of person you are and what kind of decisions, you are making.

So, after all that, we probably sound like somebody’s grumpy aunt who wants to keep minors from getting pierced. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We do a wide variety of piercings on 16 and 17 year olds. But, our younger clients are getting pierced by us lawfully and they are meeting all of the requirements set forth by the state as well as meeting our shop policies. Those clients whose parents/legal-guardians won’t consent for them to have a piercing done usually wait, because they want an awesome piercing done safely by skilled professionals.

We love piercing and we want everyone who wants a piercing to get one. But, we want them to get pierced by an experienced professional who is going to do it safely and provide them with a great experience.

If you wait until you are 18, you can choose exactly who you want to be pierced by. You don’t have to settle for the piercer that is willing to duck the rules and who is willing to potentially put your health and safety at risk.

Hopefully you will consider the things we’ve said and simply wait until you turn 18 if that is the only legal option left to you.

Closing Early for Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone!!!!

Just a heads-up that we will be closing at 9pm tonight. We want our lovely staff to be able to don their superhero and princess costumes and fill their little pumpkin bags with as much candy as possible.

This means we will stop taking walk-ins for piercings at 8pm. If you want to get in as a walk-in for a tattoo, please call the studio to check availably. 612-874-7360.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!!!

Mystic Topaz Gold Body Jewelry from BVLA

Sarai body jewelry from Body Vision Los Angeles

Sarai body jewelry from Body Vision Los Angeles

We didn’t really think you could do much to make the Mystic Topaz and CZ Sarai look more amazing than it already does. We were wrong. All it took was a pair of Mystic Topaz gem plugs.

You won’t be surprised to learn that both pieces of white gold body jewelry are from body vision los angeles.

Thanks to Nate for the great shots.

Color Portrait Tattoo


tattoo by Bleach at Saint Sabrina's in Minineapolis, MN

tattoo by Bleach at Saint Sabrina’s in Minineapolis, MN

In a world of great book/film bad-guys, Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men” really stands out. Bleach did this fantastic color portrait of him a while back.

Nice work, friendo.

Triple Forward Helix: The next level

Who doesn’t love the triple forward helix? Yeah, we didn’t think there was anyone either. And of course, the most obvious/common way to do them is with a series of different-sized gems…like you see in our original blog post about ye’ ol’ triple forward helix piercing.

But, as you can see here, that’s not the only way to go. Nate and his client pretty much killed it with this variation on the standard triple forward helix; using rose gold ends. While symmetry/similarity is important to some people, this set of piercings is a great example of the beauty that can be achieved if you allow yourself (and your piercer) a little creative freedom.

Jack-of-All-Trades – Master of One

by Matt Roberts

Bleach Temby (a.ka. Bleach Methane) is a pretty talented guy.  If you’re aware of who he is, you probably know that he is an accomplished tattoo artist and pretty good with a pen and pencil.  But did you know he plays a mean bass guitar?   Or that he’s pretty handy with a computer or that he knows his way around a camera? How about the fact that this guy has developed his own unique tattoo style?  And when it comes to eighties trivia- he can go toe to toe with the best of ’em!

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Old School

by Derek Lowe

This past weekend I went to Santa Cruz, CA to spend some time with my friends at Anatometal, Inc. If you’ve ever been pierced at Saint Sabrina’s, there is about a 98% chance you were pierced with Anatometal jewelry. When it comes to steel and titanium jewelry, they simply make the best jewelry available.

Even though my trip was a social occasion, I spent a bit of time at their facility. While there, I wandered in to the bathroom and (re) discovered this stunning photograph I had forgotten about:

Large, stretched nostrils

Large, stretched nostrils

If you’ve never seen stretched nostrils before, or you’ve never seen them stretched to this extent, it can be a bit of a shock to the system. Add to that the age of the person in the photograph, and you have a sight that very few people in our culture can easily wrap their heads around.

Regardless of whether you find this aesthetic attractive or not, there is no denying the striking and powerful nature of the image.

Whatever the cultural or societal motivation behind the stretching, I think the commitment and perseverance required to accomplish such a thing is to be admired. I wanted to share it with our customers as well as others who have never had the opportunity to see it before.