Frequently Asked Questions

What does Stimpunks mean?

Stimpunks combines “stimming” + “punks” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our stims, we bring them to the front.

Everything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front.

Source: Punk subculture – Wikipedia

Stimpunks follows the terms cripple punk and genderpunk.

It’s about rejecting pity, inspiration porn, & all other forms of ableism. It rejects the “good cripple” mythos. Cripple Punk is here for the bitter cripple, the uninspirational cripple, the smoking cripple, the drinking cripple, the addict cripple, the cripple who hasn’t “tried everything”. Cripple Punk fights internalized ableism & fully supports those struggling with it. It respects intersections of race, culture, gender, sexual/romantic orientation, size, intersex status, mental illness/neuroatypical status, survivor status, etc. Cripple Punk does not pander to the able bodied.

Source: Urban Dictionary: Cripple Punk

Before I discovered Cripple Punk – a term originating as an angry post on someone’s blog and transforming into a global movement for disability pride – it never occured to me that I could like my leg braces.

Source: Cripple Punk: The hashtag that helped me wear my disability with pride | Life

Genderpunk: a colloquial term for culture and resistance against gendernormativity; an identity that in and of itself is a resistance against gender norms, homophobia and transphobia, oppression and societal status.

Your gender has nothing to do with your eligibility to be genderpunk. If you agree with the mindset, no matter how you identify, you can be a part of the movement. 

Source: Have A Gay Day : What is ‘Genderpunk’?

What is stimming?

Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects

Source: Stimming – Wikipedia

Stimming is a necessary part of sensory regulation. Stimming helps keep me below meltdown threshold. “Stimming is a natural behavior that can improve emotional regulation and prevent meltdowns in stressful situations.” “Let them stim! Some parents want help extinguishing their child’s self-stimulatory behaviors, whether it’s hand-flapping, toe-walking, or any number of other “stimmy” things autistic kids do. Most of this concern comes from a fear of social stigma. Self-stimulatory behaviors, however, are soothing, relaxing, and even joy-inducing. They help kids cope during times of stress or uncertainty. You can help your kids by encouraging parents to understand what these behaviors are and how they help.

Source: I’m Autistic. Here’s what I’d like you to know. – Ryan Boren

We have seven senses:

  1. Taste
  2. Smell
  3. Touch
  4. Sight
  5. Hearing
  6. Proprioceptive
  7. Vestibular

We engage those senses with stimming for a few reasons:

  1. Self-regulation
  2. Sensory seeking
  3. Expression

At Stimpunks, we aim to provide sensoryaware jewelry and fidgets that engage all of our senses for all of the reasons above.

while stimming I am able to unravel the everyday ordinary barrage of sensory and social information that becomes overwhelming.

Source: The Predictability, Pattern and Routine of Stimming | Judy Endow

Where’s my stuff?

We usually go to the post office in the afternoons around 2pm US Central time Monday through Friday. If your order arrives before we head to the post office, it will probably go out that day. If your order requires resizing, it may slip to the next day.

We aim to have all web orders shipped within two business days (we take the weekends off). If your order will take longer than that to ship, we will contact you.

You will receive a tracking number when we ship your order. Note that, sometimes, USPS does not provide shipping updates until the day or day before your order is delivered. Your order will appear to be stuck or lost after going past its estimated arrival date without an update. Allow up to 10 days for USPS to update shipping info before worrying about your package.

If your order is lost or arrives damaged, we offer three options:

  1. We will immediately refund your money.
  2. If we have the materials to make another one of what you ordered, we will ship you another.
  3. If we don’t have the materials to make another, we will give you store credit to buy something else.

If you order arrived damage, you don’t have to ship anything back to us.

Contact us any time at stimpunks@stimpunks.com if you have questions about your order.

What if I don’t like it?

Is your order not what you were expecting? Not to your liking?

Options:

  1. We will immediately refund your money.
  2. We will give you store credit to buy something else.

For more expensive pieces, we might send a shipping label and ask you to ship the piece back at our expense. For less expensive pieces, keep it. Maybe a friend or family member will like it.

What if it doesn’t fit?

Did it not fit?

We offer three options:

  1. We will immediately refund your money.
  2. We will send you a shipping label so that you can return the piece for resizing at our expense. We will throw in a surprise when we ship it back to you by way of apology.
  3. We might be able to ship you a new one sized properly without asking you to send the wrongly-sized one back. This depends on the expense and availability of materials.

If we send something that doesn’t fit, there’s no need to send it back in order to be refunded. Keep it. Maybe it will fit a friend or family member.

How do I scent my scentable bracelet?

Simply rub your favorite essential oil into the lava and wood beads of your bracelet with your fingers. Reapply as needed to maintain your desired scent level.

Be careful with essential oils. Keep in mind they can be absorbed transdermally.