POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 9:57am
EL PASO — Summertime has arrived and skin is in...
"All the kids are out of school, everybody's going on vacations, parties, things like that," said Tattoo Artist and Piercing Pro Christopher Sobey.
Sobey... who works at "Otto Matick Tattoo and Piercing"... knows how to get under your skin.
"People nowadays love to express themselves. They want everybody else around them to know exactly how they feel of what their message is," said Sobey.
As more El Pasoans enjoy the pleasures of the flesh... Sobey adds a new piercing trend to his body of work... dermal implants.
"It's a little piece of steel that looks like an upside down T. We punch a hole in your skin and we set that anchor inside you skin and when it heals the skin literally heals through the anchor and it's attached to your body. The only way to get it out once it's healed is to surgically remove it," said Sobey.
Sobey says dermals have become popular mostly with women... like Amanda Caldera... who had no piercings or tattoos until today.
"Oh it's awesome. I love it and I wasn't even expecting it. So it's going to stay on for awhile," said Caldera.
Dermals can cost up to $60 each... and they take about six weeks to heal.
So if you're needled by doubt... Sobey has some advice for you.
"Wait until you're absolutely sure this is what you want because it's going to be on your body forever and if it's a piercing, it's going to hurt like hell so be sure this is what you want," said Sobey.
A three-day tattoo convention will take place at the El Paso County Coliseum July 13th through the 15th.
The event will feature about 200 tattoo artists.