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This website is aimed not only at promoting a business and the skills of Beyond Body Modification and the artist/s involved, but also to inform the general public about Body Art and related Practices. This is so that the general public may conceptualize and after contact with one of the artists, will have that concept manifested.
“Concreate Body Art” was and still is the continuation of a brand well known as “Wicked”. “Wicked” was synonymous with the skills of Master Piercer Eddie Graham, who was widely regarded as the best piercer and modification artist in South Africa at the time. Before Eddie passed away, he made sure that all he had learned and envisioned would be continued through his apprentice, Conrad Francis Feldman.
Eddie believed Conrad had the vision, coordination, and aptitude necessary to take the body modification industry to the next level. Which is not only to further and improve on standards and techniques but more importantly to educate a nation. Breaking down negative stigmas associated with expression through body art.
It became evident to Conrad that the task at hand was too big for him to handle on his own, so he sought out the right people to help him. By rebranding and branching out into reputable studios across the country, Conrad believed he would have a greater reach and influence on the practice of body art in the country. Concreate Body Art is the Flagship and will always be at the core of Beyond Body Modification.
Body Art is and always will be an important means to self-expression and is one of the ways people can pay homage to themselves as individuals, by acknowledging their existence through aesthetic representation. Since tribal days, Body Art has been a way to mark one’s acceptance of one’s self, and in so doing, helping one to understand, accept and respect the individualism of ourselves and our fellow human beings.
The world at large seems to have forgotten this in its quest for civilization and has inadvertently turned us into savages who judge recklessly, without regard for an individual’s achievements and abilities.
“The Beyond Brand” will continue to offer quality, creative and innovative Body Art and Jewellery, as did its predecessor “Wicked”. In so doing, breakdown the barriers in human understanding to the point of conscious enlightenment for all.
We invite you to tour this site and contact us so that we may set up lines of communication to co-create a more comfortable You.
It is to be noted that all piercings done through cartilage must be done with larger gauge needles than the gauge of the jewellery to follow. It is also helpful to twist the needle to remove the cartilage to reduce pressure from the cartilage on the jewellery. The use of a dermal punch to remove the cartilage for larger gauge piercings is recommended. Healing time for ear cartilage piercings can be anything from 6 to 12 months depending on aftercare.
Firstly it must be said that all oral piercings carry with them the risk of doing damage to the teeth and gums. This can happen by accidentally biting the jewellery or constant abrasion because of positioning, or playing with the jewellery against the teeth and gums.
Listed below are the most common Oral piercings with a short description, of which there are two main groups.
1) True oral piercings which are completely inside the mouth and,
2) Pseudo-Oral Piercings that travel from the Outside of the Mouth to the Inside of the Mouth.
GSS | GAUGING, STRETCHING & SCALPELING
Gauging and Stretching are merely terms used to describe the enlarging of a piercing to increase its internal diameter to be able to wear larger more prominent jewellery. This procedure can be done to most piercings with special care taken when dealing with cartilage piercings as these piercings take much longer to stretch and are more prone to keloiding and hypertrophic scarring. It is for this reason that dermal punches are used to rather remove the cartilage.
In order to safely stretch a piercing, one should only move up one gauge size per month. Better yet, wait more than a month between stretches. This is to prevent “blowout” or tearing of the fistula.
There are many methods used to stre