Jewelry FAQ

Fatty’s Tattoos & Piercings offers only the highest quality body jewelry available to the industry. All of our barbells are internally threaded and have a mirror polish. All our Captive Bead Rings are fully annealed and also have a mirror polish. All of the titanium and niobium implant jewelry we carry meet the ASTM medical implant grade standards.

Why Internally threaded jewelry?

Safety and quality are the reasons that Fatty’s uses internally threaded jewelry. Jewelry threads look much like the threads on a screw. With internally threaded jewelry, the threads are on the removable end piece of the jewelry. The part of the jewelry which passes through the pierced skin does not have threads and is smooth. With externally threaded jewelry, the threads are on the are on the part of the jewelry that passes through the pierced skin every time the jewelry is inserted or removed. This is undesirable for two reasons. The threads going through the pierced area can cause irritation to the piercing and the threads provide nooks for bacteria to reside in, enhancing the risk of irritation even after the piercing is healed. You will notice when comparing jewelry prices that internally threaded jewelry costs more than externally threaded jewelry. This is due to the fact that it’s more difficult and costly to manufacture.

ASTM is the Association for the Standardizing and Testing of Materials. Our manufacturers are more than willing to provide a materials certification including the ASTM numbers assigned to each of the corresponding metals:

  • Medical implant grade steel (316lvm): ASTM F138
  • Medical implant grade titanium: ASTM F136
  • Medical implant grade niobium: ASTM B392

All of our jewelry comes from companies that are known for their quality products including BVLA, Neometal, Gorilla Glass, and Anatometal.

We also carry a wide selection of handmade organic jewelry from Tawapa and One Tribe. These are elaborate traditional pieces made from sabo wood, water buffalo horn, ebony, bloodwood, and bone.

Jewelry Special Orders:

If you can’t quite find the exact piece of jewelry that you’re looking for, we invite you to make a special order. All jewelry special orders are done in-store so that a piercer can properly size you before ordering. A 50% deposit must be received before order can be placed.