Ötzi the Iceman and Body Modification

March 31, 2015
Ötzi the Iceman and Body Modification
By Selene Torres

Body modification has always been a part of the traditions and rituals of many tribal cultures. Ötzi, the 5,300 year old ice man (now the oldest known person with stretched lobes) was discovered in 1991 in the Austrian alps.  We can only  wonder how long ago piercings became a part of his ancient cultural's traditions, and if there were spiritual or healing purpose to his tattoos, piercings, and body modification in general.

In September of 1991 a well preserved mummy was found in the Ötztal alps on the border of Austria and Italy. He was discovered by two German tourist whom initially believed they had found a recently deceased body. He was frozen in ice from the torso down, and on September 22, 1991 he was officially extracted and relocated to the University of Innsbruck. Ötzi has several carbon tattoos of rows of lines and dots. It's believed that many of his tattoos could be related to pain relief treatments because of their similarity to acupuncture points today. However, there are no theories to why his lobes were stretched. It was just as likely for aesthetic reasons as it was a ritualistic part of his life. He can now be found on display in the South Taylor Museum of archaeology in Italy.

Stretching piercings is an ancient tradition that is still growing strong among tribal people all over the world. The Masai tribes of Kenya see beauty as a very important part of there lives, and both men and woman stretch their lobes and use methods such as weights to elongate the them as well as using large pieces of tusk, wood, stone and horn to decorating themselves.  Another tribe that practices stretching as a beautifying practice is the Huaorani of the Amazonian rain forest. Their ear piercings are done with a spike taken from the trunk of a tree and they begin stretching during childhood. Children wear large plugs made of stone or wood until they become much older and leave their stretched lobes with no decorations at all.

What started as a practice among tribes has now become a popular westernized trend. But the history of ear stretching and tattooing is rich and has been part of cultural groups all over the world. The Egyptians accurately sculpted their people's body modifications in art like on Pharaoh Tutankhamen images as well as Buddha statues that show his elongated lobes. Today museums have ancient jewelry from Incan noblemen that wore disks of precious metals and the Maya who wore tunnels of jade, alabaster and gold. Make sure to stop by new flower studio and check out John Johnson's private jewelry collection displayed in the studio.  


Triple Conch at New Flower Studio

March 28, 2015
She's wearing 3 prong set gems from Neometal, the perfect jewelry for piercings like this.
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Gold Septum Clicker from New Flower Studio

March 11, 2015
We've received new gold orders from both Body Gems and Scylla recently.  Here's a picture of our friend Lindsay wearing her new Septum piece.
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Ear Piercing Guns by Selene Torres for New Flower Studio Body Piercing in Long Beach, CA

March 3, 2015

For many people piercing guns are a fast, cheap, and easy way to get their ears pierced. But this method of piercing is not necessarily harmless and can cause serious damage. The mechanism used to pierce is blunt force and they are more likely to expose people to transmitted diseases than professional piercing in a more controlled environment. Ear piercing guns aren't sterilized in between uses and their users are under-trained for disease prevention.

On July 13, 1880 Illinois inventor Edwar...

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Arizona Adventures

February 18, 2015
John and colleague Brett Perkins (Anomaly, Pasadena) took a 1500 mile trip over three days to the world famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and ended up driving going to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Meteor Crater.  They stopped first in Phoenix to spend the night with former APP board member Dana Dinius from HTC piercing,


Next stop was the gem show in Tucson.  Brett Perkins also uses his piercing studio to make body jewelry using stone and gems.  This was his annual trip to the show to stoc...

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Niobium body jewelry in Long Beach, CA for body piercing

February 5, 2015

Niobium Body Jewelry by Selene Torres, February 2015

Many jewelry standards vary in quality but at New Flower Studio in Long Beach we offer jewelry from the biggest names in the industry. From the available materials like glass, titanium, steel, and gold, niobium is one of the most unique metals. Like titanium, niobium can be anodized, and the fact that it’s hypoallergenic benefits its use in jewelry as well.  The selection of niobium jewelry in piercing studios is usually much smaller tha...

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Anatometal Flowers in Long Beach at New Flower Piercing

January 4, 2015
Kenny Crespo is our ear piercing specialist at New Flower Studio.  He proves it again with this perfect Flat piercing with this flower gem end from Anatometal.
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Neometal in a triple flat piercing by Kenny Crespo at New Flower

December 27, 2014
New Flower is the only studio in Long beach that offers Neometal brand's jewelry.  It's incredibly user friendly and made with beautiful Swarovski gems.  Visit the studio and see what we can do with your ears!
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New Amethyst Jewelry in Long Beach at New Flower Studio

December 19, 2014
This pair of genuine Amethyst plugs and Conch pins came today from Heart on Sleeve jewelry.  These are a special order for one of our clients who doesn't yet know he's getting them for Christmas.
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Neometal Trinity Gem ends available in Long Beach at New Flower

December 5, 2014
John did this ear cartilage piercing with this trinity setting and Champagne CZ gems.
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