EARMAGEDDON 2015

Industrial Strength’s Ear Project Challenge

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Do you, or someone you know, have a crazy ear-project that wows everyone who sees it?

Are you a piercer that fancies themselves an ear project aficionado?

Well, now it’s time to show off your stuff.

The contest will take place from April 6th, 2015 until July 31st, 2015.

An “Ear project” piercing is a group of ear piercings that are strategically placed together with carefully selected, and sometimes modified, body jewelry.

Over the last 20+ years there have been quite a few talented body piercers who have created many imaginative and unique ear projects. Over the course of this contest, entrants will have a chance to:

1) Re-connect with clients that they have done successful ear projects on, and maybe spice them up with some new jewelry, or…

2) Get those half-finished ear projects into the shop and finish them up, or…

3) Find that worthy subject with that perfect ear, who is willing join forces with you.

THE OBJECT OF THE CONTEST

The object of this contest is for piercers to enter a picture of an industrial ear project that they have done. The picture of the project that appeals the most to the eyes of the judges, based on the criteria that the judges have provided, will win the contest.

We are pleased to announce that the three V.I.P. judges that oversaw this category in EARMAGEDDON 2011, 2012, and 2013 are back to oversee our JUDGES AWARD category again this year. They will also be picking the winners of the GOLDEN AWARD Category this year, and picking the recipient of the CLASSIC EAR PROJECT AWARD.

OUR V.I.P.JUDGES ARE:

Jim Ward

Jim Ward is considered by many to be the father of the body piercing industry if not of the modern body piercing movement itself. In 1975, with the inspiration and assistance of his friend and mentor Doug Malloy, he opened the Gauntlet, the first studio devoted exclusively to body piercing. He is responsible for introducing the world at large to the most common piercings as well as many of the implements, techniques, and jewelry designs that have become industry standard. He was the editor and publisher of Piercing Fans International Quarterly (PFIQ), the seminal publication on the subject. Jim is the author of a book about his experiences entitled Running the Gauntlet— An Intimate History of the Modern Body Piercing Movement, now available in softcover. Details are available on his website: www.runningthegauntlet-book.com

Elayne Angel

Elayne Angel is a world-renowned professional body piercer and author of The Piercing Bible–The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing (Random House, 2009), the only comprehensive book exclusively on the subject of body piercing. Details can be found on her website: www.piercingbible.com.

She’s performed over 40,000 piercings in her career since the 1980s when she managed Gauntlet, the first piercing specialty studio in the United States. She was founder and President of Rings of Desire, the only licensed body art studio in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where she pierced for over twelve years. She helped legislators to promulgate the regulations on body art for the state of Louisiana. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, she closed her business and relocated to the Yucatán in Mexico. Mrs. Angel currently guest pierces in fine studios around the US and she is a monthly columnist for the body art industry trade publication, Pain Magazine. She has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) as President, and teaches at the annual APP educational conference and at body art seminars around the globe.

James Weber

James fell in love with body piercing in the late 80s after discovering Gauntlet and PFIQ magazine while studying jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of the Arts. He received his BFA and started piercing professionally in 1993 and founded Infinite Body Piercing Inc. in Philadelphia in 1994.

Over the two decades James has been in the industry, he’s been not only a piercer and studio manager but has been actively involved at an industry-wide level in legislative, educational, and public relations projects. He has served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP), first as Medical Liaison, and then as President. From 2005 to 2012 he served as editor (and for several years co-editor, with Elayne Angel) of The Point: The Quarterly Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, overseeing twenty-seven issues. He has written extensively for the APP, and in addition to The Point his articles have been reprinted in many publications, including Pain Magazine and BMEzine.com. Infinite recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary. James still oversees the studio, in addition to writing for and managing the shop’s extensive website infinitebody.com.

JUDGES AWARD

Piercer

Piercee

1st place

$1000

$300

2nd place

$750

$250

3rd place

$500

$200

4th place

$400

$150

5th place

$300

$100

Industrial Strength Wholesale Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate towards Industrial Strength Jewelry (retail value)

The criteria on which they will be basing their judgments:

1) AESTHETICS: The overall appearance of the piercings and jewelry will be a crucial factor in their selections. Judges may consider quality over quantity, as simple designs that are well-executed can also be effective.

• Placement – Judges will be looking for the appropriate juxtaposition of the jewelry to the natural anatomical structures of the ear, including the use of negative space.

• Cohesiveness – Judges will be considering the entire ear (or photographed/visible portion of the ear). Extraneous jewelry unrelated to the submitted ear project may lower scores

2) CREATIVITY: They will be looking for the creative ways that jewelry components are used, or modified to enhance the look of the design. Submissions should include jewelry that highlights Industrial Strength’s product line.

3) PRACTICALITY: Jewelry wear-ability is key. Projects will be judged on their perceived ability to heal, and whether the jewelry can be worn safely and comfortably long term.

The Judges will begin deliberation as soon as the contest comes to an end, and the winners of the JUDGES AWARD category will be announced approximately 4 weeks after end date of the contest (July 31st, 2015).


INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH’S STAFF AWARD

Piercer

Piercee

1st place

$500

$300

2nd place

$400

$250

3rd place

$300

$200

4th place

$200

$150

5th place

$100

$100

Industrial Strength Wholesale Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate towards Industrial Strength Jewelry (retail value)

The Industrial Strength’s Staff Awards will be chosen by members of our fine staff. The lively and lovely ladies of the sales office will voice their opinion on what they think looks good. They will base their judgment on those criteria alone.

The winners of the Industrial Strength’s Staff Awards will be announced approximately 4 weeks after end date of the contest (July 31st, 2015).


I.S. FAN’S CHOICE AWARD

Piercer

Piercee

1st place

$500

$300

2nd place

$400

$250

3rd place

$300

$200

4th place

$200

$150

5th place

$100

$100

Industrial Strength Wholesale Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate towards Industrial Strength Jewelry (retail value)

The I.S. Fan’s Choice Awards portion will take place on Industrial Strength’s Facebook fan page from June 1st 2015 until July 31st 2015. That’s where you, THE FANS OF I.S., will get to look at the entries and choose your favorites! The images sent in by verified entrants prior to May 30th 2015, will be displayed here for your viewing pleasure. “LIKES” = “VOTES” An album will be created on the I.S. page called “EARMAGEDDON 2015 I.S.FANS CHOICE AWARD ENTRIES” . In order to vote, fans of Industrial Strength will view the pictures in this album, and “LIKE” each picture they feel should win the contest. The five pictures with the most votes tallied at the end of the contest will be awarded the prizes. “Likes” = “Votes”, and the entrant with the most votes in the end will prevail. The prizes will be awarded in the order of the amount of votes received.

There is no way to know on what criteria that the thousands of I.S. fans will base their judgment. on what criteria that the thousands of I.S. fans will base their judgment. Maybe they will vote for what they like, or they will vote for their piercer or they will vote for their friends! The winners of the I.S. FANS CHOICE AWARD category will be announced soon after the end date of the contest (July 31st, 2015).


CLASSIC EAR PROJECT AWARD

Piercer

Piercee

Winner

$500

$300

Industrial Strength Wholesale Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate towards Industrial Strength Jewelry (retail value)

This award celebrates the roots of the art that is the basis for this contest. It all started back in the 1990’s, in the relative early days of modern body piercing. Some artistically creative body piercers took the high quality body jewelry that they had available to them, sometimes meticulously modifying and re-polishing their components, and installed it with carefully planned out precision into piercings placed throughout the different crevices of the ear… connecting it all together visually, and sometimes physically. A lot has progressed in the body jewelry world since those days that piercers were limited to barbells, circulars, and captives, and there are many more options now available to the body piercer of the 21st Century. We wanted to pay homage to the beginnings of the art, and award the most spectacular projects that use only basic body jewelry.The only jewelry that will be allowed to be entered in this category will be basic, high quality body jewelry made from 316LVM ASTM F-138 implant grade stainless steel or 6AL4V ELI ASTM F-136 implant grade titanium that was marketed and available in the 1990’s. All entries that would qualify to win the CLASSIC EAR PROJECT AWARD, will also be entered into the JUDGES AWARD category. The winner of the CLASSIC EAR PROJECT AWARD in EARMAGEDDON 2015 will be chosen by our three V.I.P. Judges.

This includes:
Internally-threaded straight barbells with threaded balls, threaded dent-drilled balls, spikes, disks, or gem balls.
Internally-threaded curved barbells with threaded balls, threaded dent-drilled balls, spikes, or disks, or gem balls.
Internally-threaded circular barbells with threaded balls, threaded dent-drilled balls, spikes, or disks, or gem balls.
Captive bead rings with stainless steel, titanium, or hematite balls.
Continuous Rings
Standard Eyelets

NOTE: When body jewelry assemblies are bent, it affects their surface finish and they usually lose some of their high-polish luster. Entrants that choose to modify the jewelry used in their projects entered in this manner should re-polish the jewelry,  or have the jewelry re-polished, before finally installing it.

 

BODY VISION GOLDEN AWARD

Piercer

Piercee

1st place

$500

$300

2nd place

$400

$250

3rd place

$300

$200

4th place

$200

$150

5th place

$100

$100

Body Vision Los Angeles Wholesale Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate towards Body Vision Los Angeles Jewelry (retail value)

GOLD! This category will allow piercers to incorporate gold or other precious metals into an ear project that they enter. The ear project entered in this category may consist of all BVLA gold or other precious precious metal body jewelry, or it can be also a hybrid of BVLA gold or other precious precious metal body jewelry and titanium body jewelry, or BVLA gold or other precious precious metal body jewelry and stainless steel body jewelry. BODY VISION LOS ANGELES, the world’s premier manufacturer of fine quality gold and precious metal body jewelry, will be providing all of the exquisite prizes for this fantastic category. BVLA has decided that they wanted to do things a little different this year. Winners of the BODY VISION GOLDEN AWARD in EARMAGEDDON 2015 will be chosen by our three V.I.P. Judges.


ALL PRIZES ARE IN U.S. DOLLAR AMOUNTS

The winning piercees will be able to redeem their gift certificates won in the “Judges Award”, the “INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH’s Staff Award”, and the “I.S. Fan’s Choice Award” categories through their winning piercer, and INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH will then compensate the winning piercer with the appropriate amount of wholesale credit. The winning piercees in the “BODY VISION GOLDEN AWARD” will be able to redeem their gift certificates won in this category through their winning piercer, and BODY VISION LOS ANGELES will then compensate the winning piercer with the appropriate amount of wholesale credit.

We want you to be able to have some new jewelry, to show off your masterpiece!

HOW TO ENTER

The piercer entering the contest will have to complete an EARMAGEDDON 2015 registration form and release form. A registration form will be sent to you after you fill out the “Get More Information” form at the top of this page. After all information on the registration form has been verified, the piercer will then be sent a confirmation e-mail with an entry number. A piercer many enter as many different projects into EARMAGEDDON 2015 as they would like, but each separate entry must have its own registered entry number. Up to five numbers may be issued with one registration form.

The entrant will then send in images of the project that they wish to enter, attached to an e-mail that includes the registered entry number in the subject line of the e-mail (i.e. Entry # 001). To avoid confusion, each separate project entered must be sent in in its own e-mail, with the registered entry number associated with that entry in the subject line of the e-mail.

ENTRY IMAGES These images will be used for, judging purposes, display on the internet, and may possibly be printed as part of an upcoming article in the worldwide industry publication, TATTOO SAVAGE MAGAZINE. Here are the angles of the pictures of the projects that you wish to enter, that we would want registered entrants to send in: These next images will be displayed on the internet, and possibly be printed in TATTOO SAVAGE

  • 1 clear picture of the best angle of the project that shows the best view. This will be the picture that we will use to display the entry in the contest.
  • 1 clear ¾-shot picture of the piercee’s face that includes a view of the ear with the project in it, and at least part of the piercee’s face should also be included in this picture.

These next images will be used for judging purposes only. Images sent in are to be at least 800 x 800 pixels, and in the JPEG format.

1 to 3 clear pictures depicting the back of the ear, under the ear, the top of the ear… whatever angle that the entrant feels would help to better show off the sides of the piercings that you cannot see from the “best angle” picture.

RULES FOR EARMAGEDDON 2015

1) Entrants must be at least 18 years old, with a valid form of legal identification.

2) Prizes intended for piercers will only be awarded to professional piercers.

3) All threaded body jewelry used is this contest must be high-polished or anodized internally-threaded body jewelry made from 316 LVM ASTM F-138 implant grade stainless steel or 6AL4V ELI ASTM F-136 implant grade titanium (unless otherwise noted), and all body jewelry used must adhere to the standards set by the Association of Professional Piercers for body jewelry to be used in initial piercings. All jewelry used in projects entered into EARMAGEDDON 2015 must be body jewelry that was originally marketed as body jewelry. If there is any doubt cast by the judges or INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH as to whether or not the jewelry used in any particular entry doesn’t meet these specifications, further pictures may be requested to clarify the situation.

4) Gold body jewelry, as well as stainless steel and titanium body jewelry, is allowed to be used in projects entered in the BVLA Golden Award category. All gold body jewelry used in piercings in this contest must be from BVLA.

5) The images of entries to the  I.S. FAN’S CHOICE Awards portion  of EARAMAGEDDON 2015 will will be posted in an album on INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH’S Facebook Fan Page shortly before June 1st 2015, and voting will take place from June 1st 2015 until July 31st 2015. Only entries sent in by verified entrants prior to May 30th 2015 (excluding entries to the GOLDEN AWARD Category) will be eligible to be entered into the FAN’S CHOICE AWARD Category.

6) Entrants will be disqualified from participating if the image that they enter is fraudulently represented in any way; i.e. if it has been digitally manipulated or is not the property of the entrant.

7) We request that piercings (the area directly surrounding the entrance or exit hole of each piercing and the surface of the jewelry) in images that are submitted for entry into EARMAGEDDON 2015 be free of any visible bleeding and/or crusty matter. We will not allow submissions that depict this situation to be entered, and any entry will be disqualified if the image is deemed by the judges to depict a traumatic situation.

8) Industrial Strength reserves the right to disqualify any picture, at any time, for any reason.

9 ) Each entry is eligible to win one prize, per category.

The contest runs from April 6, 2015 through July 31, 2015. All entries must be received by midnight Pacific Standard Time, July 31, 2015.

Industrial Ear-Projects are considered to be an advanced form of piercing and this contest is intended to be for experienced body piercers only. That being said, Industrial Strength asks that piercers who plan to enter this contest, realize and respect their level of ability. Everyone’s safety is our primary concern and we do not want anyone to attempt anything that they feel is beyond the realm of their expertise for the purpose of entering this contest.

GOOD LUCK!!!