International Piercing Day 2020!

International Piercing Day 2020!

June 28, 2020

Happy Birthday to Mr Jim Ward - the body piercing industry's "granddaddy" and inspiration behind my piercing passion!  

Jim opened the World's first piercing studio "Gauntlet" in California in 1978 and his teachings and innovations were the source of my early education during my apprenticeship ten years later! (The Responsible Body Piercing manual he co-authored with Michaela Grey was my Bible in the early years!)  Jim pioneered both the fixed bead ring and internally threaded barbells and over the years, his original, learned practises have been continually replicated all over the world.  Any professional Piercer should be familiar with the name Jim Ward and Gauntlet!

I highly recommend reading "Running the Gauntlet", Jim's candid, intimate insight into his background, personal life and experience from the start of his  incredible piercing career.  Jim brought the piercing scene from behind closed doors to the wider, accepted mainstream culture. He was the first, to make this once fetish-only scene become widely fashionable, acceptable and desirable for all walks of life.

So thank you Jim, for the inspiration and excitement you enabled myself and many others in the piercing industry - happy birthday!

running the gauntlet an intimate history of the modern body piercing movement book 2011 by Jim Wardresponsible body piercing training manual 1995 by michaela grey and jim ward





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Gauge (G) / Post Thickness

Length / Internal Diameter

1mm = 18G 3.1mm = 1/8"
1.2mm = 16G 3.9mm = 5/32"
1.6mm = 14G 4.7mm =3/16"
2.0mm = 12G 5.5mm = 7/32"
2.4mm = 10G 6.4mm = 1/4"
3.2mm = 8G 7.1mm = 9/32"
4mm = 6G 7.9mm = 5/16"
5mm = 4G 8.7mm = 11/32"
6mm = 2G 9.5mm = 3/8"
8mm = 0G 11.1mm = 7/16"
10mm = 00G 12.7mm = 1/2"
12mm = 1/2" 14.2mm = 9/16"
14mm = 9/16" 15.8mm = 5/8"
16mm = 5/8" 17.4mm = 11/16"
18mm = 11/16" 19mm = 3/4"
20mm = 13/16" 20.6mm = 13/16"
22mm = 7/8" 22.2mm= 7/8"
See how and where to apply these measurements on our handy pictorial guide.