EARMAGEDDON 2013

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 March 1st, 2013 until July 31st, 2013.

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 15-20 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 assigned to each group of judges, will win the contest.

We are pleased to announce that the three V.I.P. judges that oversaw this category in EARMAGEDDON 2011 and EARMAGEDDON 2012, are back to oversee our JUDGES AWARD category again this year.

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 serves 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 late 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 taught numerous classes at the annual Association of Professional Piercers Conference and Exposition, spoken on body modification at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, talked about writing to students at Temple University, and lectured on body piercing at conferences in locations as diverse as Mexico City and Essen, Germany.

James served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). In 2005 he was elected as the APP’s Medical Liaison, and then went on to serve as President from 2008 to 2011. 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.

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 aesthetic placement of the piercings will play a big factor in their decision. They are looking for the appropriate juxtaposition of the jewelry, with the natural anatomical structures and the negative space.

2) CREATIVITY: They will be looking for the creative ways that jewelry components are used, or modified to enhance the look of the design.

3) PRACTICALITY: The practicality of the piercings is very important. They will judge on how feasible they feel it is that the piercings will be able to be worn on an everyday basis, and at how much of a chance that they feel the piercings have to fully heal.

Winners of the JUDGES AWARD will be announced three weeks after the deadline to enter has past.


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 sales 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.

Here’s a little hint: they think I.S. jewelry looks good.

The winners of the Industrial Strength’s Staff Awards will be announced three weeks after the deadline to enter has past.


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. 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, will be displayed here for your viewing pleasure. “LIKES” = “VOTES” An album will be created on the I.S. page called “EARMAGEDDON 2013 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.

FOR THIS PORTION OF THE CONTEST, THE PIERCER WHO ENTERS THEIR PICTURE EARLIER THAN OTHERS MAY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE.

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. Fan’s Choice Awards will be announced three weeks after the deadline to enter has past.


CLASSIC EAR PROJECT 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)

This category 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 bodypiercer 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.

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. It would be recommended to the entrants that choose to modify the jewelry used in their projects entered in this way, to have the jewelry re-polished before finally installing it.

CLASSIC EAR PROJECT AWARD JUDGE ~ Christina Shull


Chrissy has been piercing professionally since October of 2000, when she started her apprenticeship in Washington. She became an APP Business Member in 2003 and has worked in several APP member studios including The Hive in Moses Lake, WA, Evolution Body Piercing in Albuquerque, NM, and 23rd Street Body Piercing in Oklahoma City, OK.

Chrissy also served as the Secretary of the APP Board of Directors, from 2005-2007, following a year and a half of working as the assistant to the previous Secretary. As APP Secretary, she was responsible for membership application processing which included evaluating the health and safety standards followed by applicants and their studios. Chrissy has also taught at various APP Conferences and has represented the APP at an ACHA conference (American College Health Association). In Oklahoma City, she also had the privilege of serving on the committee that revised the piercing regulations and created the tattoo regulations when tattooing became legal in 2006.

In November 2007, Chrissy moved to Roseburg to open and manage the fourth High Priestess studio, where in 2008, she created the infamous triple forward helix. After 4 years in southern Oregon, she moved to Salem to manage the newest and largest High Priestess location. She is the senior piercer in Salem and specializes in custom ear piercings, including multiple piercing placements, large gauge ear piercings, and custom bent jewelry. Chrissy is also proud to serve as the Vice Chair of the 2012 Oregon Board of Body Art Practitioners.

The criteria that she will be basing her judgments on are:
1) AESTHETICS The aesthetic placement of the piercings will play a big factor in her decision. She is looking for the appropriate juxtaposition between the jewelry, the natural anatomical structures within the ear, and the negative space.
2) CREATIVITY She will be looking for the creative ways that jewelry components are used, or modified to enhance the look of the design.
3) PRACTICALITY The practicality of the piercing is very important. She will judge on how feasible she feels it is that the piercings will be able to be worn on an everyday basis, and at how much of a chance that she feels the piercings have to fully heal.


*NEW – ROB HILL’S PIERCER CHALLENGE

This category is designed to demonstrate the technical and creative talents of the piercer. The challenge is to create an ear piercing project with the limited jewelry provided to meet the piercing/jewelry criteria. This is a single entry, winner take all category! Do you accept the piercer challenge?

ONE PRIZE – WINNER TAKES ALL!!

Prize: $1000.00 – Piercer – INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH wholesale gift certificate
Prize: $500.00 Piercee – Gift Certificate towards Industrial Strength Jewelry (retail value)

*each entrant will be charged a $50 fee to participate in this category

PIERCING CRITERIA: Each project must contain:
- One Conch piercing
- One Tragus piercing
- Two Helix/Scapha piercings (including forward helix and other similar variations)
*Two of these piercings must be connected somehow
*All other jewelry must be removed (except the ear lobe)

JEWELRY CRITERIA: Each project must contain:
- The use of ONE threaded orbit
- The use of ONE dangle

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Essay: each applicant must write a short paragraph explaining the project they enter, describing what is shown, the status of each piercing, and the sizes of each piece of jewelry. (*be sure to add your entry # to the essay and not your name)

JEWELRY PROVIDED: Only these parts can be used.
- One threaded orbit – any size/style/pattern/color
- One dangle – any size/style/pattern/color
- One captive bead ring – any material/color/size (no larger than 12g)
- One captive bead – any size/style/material/color/gem etc. (to fit the captive bead ring)
- Up to six barbell shafts – any material/style/shape/color/size (16g or 14g only)
- Up to ten threaded ends – Including but not limited to: disks, balls, gems, spikes, ear construction pieces etc.
*All jewelry used for the Rob Hill Piercer Challenge will be supplied to each entrant by INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH. In order to participate, each entrant will pay a $50 flat fee to INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH that will cover all jewelry shipped and UPS ground shipping within the continental U.S. (all other shipping option charges will be covered by the entrant). All jewelry must be ordered through Jonathan at INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH via email (jonathan@iscmailbox.com) or by phone (1-800-339-5725 ext. 1077 or 1-760-795-1077). All orders must be placed by 07/01/2013.

HOW TO ENTER THIS CATEGORY:

Please enter your contact information into the “Get More Information” box towards the top of this page, adding “Rob Hill Piercer Challenge” after your name in the box provided for your name (i.e. *Name: Lance Pierceman – Rob Hill Piercer Challenge), and we will send you further instructions on how to enter this category.

RULES FOR THIS CATEGORY:

- One entry per piercer is allowed for this category, and entries in this category may not be entered in any other category.
- Not all jewelry provided needs to be used, but, no other additional jewelry can be used (except in the earlobe)
- Piercings can be fresh or healed.
- Up to 3 photos can be submitted along with the essay
- All additional jewelry in the ear must be removed to comply with the piercing criteria.
- Ear lobe piercings/jewelry are optional (not provided) and can be incorporated into the project.
- Jewelry can be altered/customized by the piercer if needed.
- Project photos cannot be released or advertised to the public (social media or otherwise) until the official unveil by Industrial Strength.
- Entrants must be at least 18 years old, with a valid form of legal identification.
- Prizes intended for piercers will only be awarded to professional piercers.
- 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.
- The entry will be disqualified if the image is deemed by the judges to depict a traumatic situation.
- Industrial Strength reserves the right to disqualify any picture, at any time, for any reason.

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION FOR THE ROB HILL’S PIERCER CHALLENGE CATEGORY IS 07/01/2013. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY SUBMISSIONS IS 07/31/2013.

ROB HILL”S PIERCER CHALLENGE JUDGE – Rob Hill


Rob Hill, owner of Prysm Body Piercing in West Des Moines, Iowa, has been piercing for 13 years. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Rob has traveled internationally perfecting his craft.
Rob comes from a background in art and body jewelry manufacturing; he is part of the H2Ocean Pro Team, an attendee at Fakir Intensives (2002) and is a regular attendee at the APP conference as well as an APP member.
While Rob finds joy in all types of piercing, his eye for detail and artistic expression has generated a piercer who loves ear projects. With over 50 body piercing awards, including multiple wins in various categories in Earmageddon (2011/2012), Robs experience will come into play judging this category.


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 this time around, will be chosen by the fans on the INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH Facebook page.

. “LIKES” = “VOTES” An album will be created on the I.S. page called “EARMAGEDDON 2013 BVLA GOLDEN 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.


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 2013 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 2013 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 2013

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 2013 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 in 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 adhere to the standards set by the Association of Professional Piercers for body jewelry to be used in initial piercings.

5) 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.

6) 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 2013 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.

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

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

The contest runs from March 1, 2013 through July 31, 2013. All entries must be received by midnight Pacific Standard Time, July 31, 2013.

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!!!