Navel Piercing Jewelry Styles

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Bezel Round Curved Barbell

Navel piercing is one of the most popular piercings. In fact, it is probably the most common piercing type after earlobe piercing. Since navel piercings are so popular it’s not surprising that there are many different jewelry types specially made for this kind of piercing.

Here is the list of the most popular navel piercing jewelry styles:

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are probably the most popular jewelry styles for navel piercings and they also tend to be among the most beautiful ones. The post of these barbells is slightly curved, which allows the jewelry to sit comfortably in the piercing.

Curved barbells are among the most versatile body jewelry types, so you can find one for every occasion and style. There are simple curved barbells made of Surgical Steel or Titanium. Or you may opt for richly ornamented and sparkly curved barbells that will sure draw a lot of attention.

Curved barbells typically have two balls (one on the top and other on the bottom), but other placements and designs are possible. The bottom ball is typically larger than the top one, both for easier gripping and for accentuating the jewelry piece. Sometimes, the top of the barbell is not a ball but it’s made into a different shape.

Curved barbells often include gems and other decorations. Gems can be found both on the top and the bottom of the barbell. Many barbells also include dangles and special dangle gems. Many unique decorations and patterns are possible, which makes navel barbells unique, interesting and very versatile.

Since curved barbells are so popular, chances are that you will want to own at least a few of them. Most people opt for several simple barbells and a few special, richly ornamented ones made for special occasions.

Another good thing about this jewelry type is that it can easily be concealed under the clothes. The jewelry rests very close to the body so it’s not really noticeable even under thin clothes. However, it also means it’s vital to choose only jewelry made of body safe materials. With the whole jewelry piece resting against the skin, you want to make sure that you are using only body-friendly materials. Unsafe materials, such as those containing nickel, can provoke serious allergies and should not be used.

Rings

Another popular navel jewelry piercing type is the ring. Navel rings come in many different sizes, styles, designs and materials. One advantage to other styles is that rings provide a circular, close shape on the piercing, which often makes jewelry more secure.

Rings come in several basic styles: Captive Bead Rings (with a removable ball on top), Screwball Rings (with the ball that can be screwed on the ring for more security), Seamless Rings, Segment Rings, and more.

Navel rings are decorated in many different ways. Some are simple yet elegant, and they can be worn with almost any outfit. Others are more complex, with bright, colorful gems or various dangles.

One good thing about navel rings is that they have a circular design, so it’s less likely that they will get caught on the clothes. It may be a significant advantage for new piercings, because chances of infection are reduced. On the other hand, rings tend to be a bit tricky to open. You will sometimes need special ring opening and ring closing pliers, as well as special pliers for large gauge rings.

Circular Barbells

Another popular type of jewelry for navel piercing are circular barbells. These barbells, also known as “horseshoe barbells” combine the effect of a curved barbell and a Captive Bead Ring.

They are circular in shape, so they slide comfortably in the piercing. However, they don’t form a whole circle. The ends are opened and have balls on them. This way, a circular barbell is very easy to insert and take out.

Circular barbells are made of many different materials (Surgical Steel, titanium, gold, etc.) and in many different sizes. While these barbells are usually simple in ornamentation, they look very elegant and they can match any clothing style.

An interesting thing about these barbells is that they can come in different sized balls, if this is what you want. You can have small, micro balls for your circular barbell, or you may opt for huge ones. Also, for many circular barbell types, it’s also possible to choose balls of a different size, if this is what you prefer.

Ear Cartilage Piercing Problems and Solutions

Ear Cartilage PiercingWhen deciding on a cartilage piercing you wish to get, it’s important to take both positive and negative aspects of this piercing type. While ear cartilage piercings are very beautiful and rewarding, it’s important to know how to take a proper care of them.

What to Consider

Ear cartilage is very sensitive and can be damaged easily. For this reason, all cartilage piercings should be performed with caution. Choosing the right piercer is essential. You want someone who is familiar with this type of piercing and someone who will know how to perform the procedure in a correct manner. Needless to say, you will need to choose a good, reliable piercing studio to get your ear cartilage piercing.

Keep in mind that while they don’t seem complex, ear cartilage piercings are trickier than they may look. While they are not among the most complicated piercings, they require someone who is familiar with this exact type of piercing. They are a bit more complex than they seem, so it’s something to keep in mind.

It all comes from the fact ear cartilage is extremely sensitive and can break easily. If done incorrectly, ear cartilage piercing can lead to numerous health problems. The cartilage may break and “melt” – meaning, you can lose part of your ear. In the more extreme cases, reconstructive surgery has to be performed to save the ear.

If this sounds too scary, don’t worry. Ear cartilage piercing is not dangerous if done by a knowledgeable, experienced professional and if you follow all recommended aftercare instructions. In these cases, chances are that your ear cartilage piercing will heal nicely and that you will enjoy it for years to come.

Problems and Solutions

Here are some common ear cartilage piercing problems and how to solve them:

  • Complicated procedure. While the procedure itself is not so complex, it should be done with great consideration. Piercing cartilage is not the same as tissue piercing. All reputable piercers are aware of this. Solution to this problem is easy: always get pierced at a reliable piercing studio and by a knowledgeable professional.
  • Pain. Ear cartilage piercings are surprisingly painful. While they are not as painful as certain types of male and female genital piercings or nipple piercings, they do hurt more than what people expect. The solution? Be informed. While ear cartilage piercings tend to be painful, the pain is not unbearable. Also, the procedure itself is not so painful – it’s that your ear becomes very sensitive afterwards.
  • Infections. Infections are dangerous for all new piercings, but with ear cartilage piercing it gets even trickier, because an infection can spread very quickly and damage your ear. The solution to this problem is to get pierced by a reliable piercer and to follow all the recommended aftercare instructions. Don’t forget to clean your piercing regularly with a saline solution or a specialized piercing cleaning product.
  • Discomfort. Ear cartilage piercings tend to cause discomfort during the initial stages of healing. This is normal. You may use some painkiller if your ear is too sensitive after the procedure. However, if the pain and discomfort persist, you should consult your doctor to make sure there’s no infection underway.
  • Soft bump on the back of the ear. These soft bumps sometimes form around cartilage piercings. They are not so dangerous, provided that they disappear quickly. The bumps usually form when you change your jewelry. To minimize this problem and risks associated with it, always use only well-crafted ear jewelry made from body-friendly materials. Never buy cheap jewelry at a mall – it’s a recipe for a disaster!
  • Long healing time. Ear cartilage piercing takes a long time to heal. There is no way around this. You need to give it that time and to perform cleaning routine every day. While your piercing may look fine after a few weeks, keep in mind that cartilage piercing takes between 3 and 6 months to fully heal. Don’t stop your cleaning routine just because your ear is not sore few weeks after getting the piercing done. Just keep the aftercare routine and your cartilage piercing will heal nicely!

Additional Tips

  • Observe your piercing to notice early signs of infection, migration or rejection.
  • During the healing time don’t wear large headphones and try not to sleep on the side where the new piercing is located.
  • Be careful: ear cartilage jewelry can easily be caught on clothes or hair. Be careful when changing clothes and keep your hair away from your ear during the initial healing time.
  • Since special care has to be made during the healing process, it’s advisable to only get one cartilage piercing at a time.
  • Stay away from cheap jewelry made of unsafe materials. Many cheap gold jewelry pieces are made with nickel, which can cause serious allergies. Always buy your jewelry from a reputable store and made of body-friendly materials.

Stretching Your PA Piercing

PA PiercingThe Prince Albert piercing is the most popular male genital piercing in the world. Even though it seems complicated, it’s actually among the quickest and least invasive genital piercings you can get. Another good thing about this piecing is that it can easily be stretched to a larger gauge if this is what you want.

What Makes PA Piercing Simple?

The PA piercing is less invasive than other male genital piercing because there is actually only a small piece of skin to be pierced. The majority of the flesh used for this piercing already has a natural hole: the urethral canal.

This piercing uses the urethral opening on the top of the penis, then goes through the urethra and only the small portion underside the head of the penis should be pierced. The PA jewelry is inserted using these holes: the hole on the tip of the penis, then urethra and finally the artificial hole made using a piercing needle.

If you like and enjoy your PA piercing you might also like to know that it’s easily stretchable if you wish to wear a larger gauge jewelry.

How to Stretch Your PA

One important thing that needs to be said about the Prince Albert piercing is that it’s very easy to stretch it. This is not true for PA piercing only, but also for many other penis piercings. They are all easily stretchable.

The reason is the penis (glans) tissue, which can be stretched easily. That’s why men who enjoy this piercing usually don’t have any problems stretching it to a larger gauge.

In fact, PA is so easy to stretch that it’s among the most popular piercings for stretching, just after the earlobes. It’s not unusual for guys to wear massive jewelry of large sizes in their PA piercing. Even rings in the gauge 0 or 00 are not unusual to wear with this piercing.

PA is so easy to stretch that, while you need to be careful just like with any other stretching job, you don’t have to go from size to size. You may be able to skip several sizes, though it depends on the tissue and individual anatomy.

One important thing before stretching is to wait for your Prince Albert piercing to be fully healed. This is important. Your piercing has to be healed, clean and in a great condition in order to stretch it to a larger gauge. You should wait at least several months (6 months preferably) until you attempt stretching.

Generally speaking, the stretching is done quickly and without a problem, using one of the many stretching devices available for body piercing enthusiasts. When stretching your PA, it’s important to use a curved device to accommodate your piercing. Chances are that you will be able to skip some gauges without a problem, but you should never force jewelry in.

Additional Advice

  • Large jewelry will stretch your piercing even further.
  • There is no danger to wearing heavy, large jewelry in this piercing. However, big rings and other PA jewelry pieces may be uncomfortable for your partner during oral sex.
  • Many men report increased sexual pleasure when wearing bigger jewelry. Big jewelry is also very enjoyable for the man’s partner during sex.
  • Stretched PA is generally easy to shrink. Penis tissue shrinks pretty quickly, so chances are that you will be able to shrink your piercing to a smaller gauge if you like, or to retire it altogether (provided that you didn’t stretch your PA piercing to a really large gauge).

Reasons to Choose Internally Threaded Jewelry

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally threaded body jewelry is superior to externally threaded. You probably know that it’s valued more, so it’s usually a bit more expensive. This higher price is completely justified: internally threaded jewelry is more complex to make and also more expensive to produce.

It’s one of the main reasons why cheap manufacturers of bad body jewelry rarely bother with internally threaded jewelry: they don’t have money nor equipment to produce it. They are counting on customers’ ignorance and inability to tell the difference. It’s sad to say that there are some people out there who don’t pay attention to this. While most piercing enthusiasts know internally threaded jewelry is the best way to go, there are always people who will buy any cheap jewelry piece at a mall, just because it doesn’t cost much.

Is Internally Threaded Jewelry Expensive?

While internally threaded jewelry is generally more costly to produce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a fortune on it. On the contrary: it is possible to find reasonably priced yet well-crafted internally threaded jewelry.

How? It’s simple. Reputable, reliable manufacturers and body piercing shops know about the importance of internally threaded jewelry. They know this type of jewelry is safe for the customers and they understand why it should be used. For reputable body jewelry makers, internally threaded jewelry is a standard.

Once you make something into a standard, you will stick to it and your customers will learn not to expect anything less from your products. For some, it means keeping high prices on internally threaded jewelry. The Chain Gang Body Jewelry offers high-quality internally threaded jewelry at affordable prices. For us, internally threaded jewelry is the standard, and we don’t feel you should be forced to spend a fortune on a jewelry piece just because it is manufactured using the highest standards. Since we use only the best materials and a high-standard manufacturing process you will never get cheap, subpar jewelry with us. At the same time, we are dedicated to keeping our prices reasonable.

Why Internally Threaded Jewelry?

Here are the main reasons why you should always opt for internally threaded jewelry:

  • Safety. Internally threaded jewelry doesn’t have sharp edges that go through your piercing. It means such a piercing is safe and recommended to be used. This is particularly important for new piercings.
  • Comfort. Internally threaded piercing jewelry is more comfortable to wear. It sits better and it’s easier to manipulate it. Internally threaded jewelry is made to ensure the best comfort for the wearer.
  • Vital for new piercings. Internally threaded jewelry should always be used for new piercings and piercings in healing. All initial jewelry pieces should be internally threaded in order not to hurt a new piercing. It is particularly hurtful and dangerous to pass an externally threaded jewelry through a new piercing hole.
  • Better quality. While externally pierced jewelry can be made of high-quality materials and using the latest manufacturing standards, internally threaded jewelry is generally better crafted. The simple reason is that all reputable jewelry makers stick to internally threaded jewelry as a standard, so they don’t even bother with less than optimal externally threaded jewelry.

Is Externally Threaded Jewelry Ever Ok?

While it’s highly recommended to buy internally threaded jewelry, you might have an externally threaded jewelry piece you truly like. Is it ok to wear it?

There is no simple answer to this question. As a general rule, you should always strive to use internally threaded jewelry. Stay away from shops selling nothing but externally threaded jewelry. That being said, externally threaded jewelry may be ok to use in certain situations.

For example, if your piercing is old and nicely healed, you might consider an externally threaded piece. If there is one jewelry piece you truly like and it’s externally threaded, then you may go for it. However, it’s always best to check if the piece you like is available as internally threaded.

Another reason why you might want to go with externally threaded jewelry is the gauge. Most gauges can be made in both variants (internally and externally treaded), but some very small gauges – generally 16 gauge and smaller – may be too small to be made internally threaded. In these cases, you may use externally threaded pieces, but only if they are well-crafted and made of body-friendly material.

In case you want to buy an externally threaded piece, make sure you go with a reputable store. Never choose cheap jewelry you can find at a mall. Such jewelry is often externally threaded and usually brings additional problems, many of which can be dangerous. This type of jewelry is typically made of cheap materials and using bad manufacturing process. Needless to say, you should stay away from such jewelry.

Enjoying the Apadravya Piercing

ApadravyaThe Apadravya is one of the most famous male genital piercings. Known as “vertical penis piercing”, Apadravya intrigues many people who are interested in this type of body modification. It’s important to note that while Apadravya is not a rare piercing (in fact, it’s one of the more common penis piercings), there are many people who still don’t know enough about it.

About Apadravya Piercing

The Apadravya piercing is a vertical glans piercing. It means that the piercing hole and jewelry pass vertically through the penis glans. The jewelry enters on the top of the penis glans and it exits on the underside of the penis.

This piercing is almost always placed centrally, and it passes through the urethra. Since the urethra is a natural opening on itself, the Apadravya doesn’t create a new hole through the whole glans – there is a natural hole inside the glans (the urethra). It makes the procedure a bit less complicated and less painful than it would be without the needle going through the urethra.

The exact placement will depend on the man’s individual anatomy and preferences. Most people prefer for Apadravya to be done on a slightly forward angle to the hips and not completely vertically. This makes penetration easier and sex more comfortable for the wearer’s partner.

Keep in mind that the Apadravya piercing technically consists of two separate piercings: Prince Albert and Reverse Prince Albert. The down portion of the Apadravya (from the urethra to the hole on the underside of the penis) is the Prince Albert piercing. The upper portion of the Apadravya (from the urethra to the hole on the top of the penis head) is the Reverse Prince Albert piercing. It means that if you already have a Prince Albert piercing, you can convert it to Apadravya relatively easily. If you have a Reverse Prince Albert, the process is even easier, since Prince Albert is a simpler piercing than the Reverse Prince Albert.

Sex with Apadravya

The Apadravya piercing is considered one of the most sexually pleasurable piercings, especially for the wearer’s partners. It’s one of the reasons why so many men decide to try this piercing. While there are no guarantees for heightened sexual pleasure, and while you should expect to go through certain adjustments, many men with Apadravya piercing report improved sexual satisfaction and more exciting experiences.

This is why Apadravya is considered a functional piercing: it’s not just aesthetically pleasing. It will also make sex more pleasurable for you and your partners.

This is particularly true for female sexual partners. Many women who have sex with men with Apadravya piercing claim that the jewelry rubs against their G spot, which is very pleasurable. Another benefit is that it makes the tip of the penis harder and the whole sexual experience more exciting.

In addition to this, some men choose to wear special vibrating jewelry during sex, which also contributes to overall satisfaction.

Also, some people claim that they simply find the look of a penis with Apadravya sexually stimulating. Performing oral sex on a man with Apadravya can be a very stimulating experience, because the jewelry allows for new sensation.

Many men with Apadravya piercing and their partners report increased sexual satisfaction in all areas of intimate life and all types of sexual activities. However, in order to reach this stage it’s important to follow a few simple rules:

  • Find an experienced piercer. Genital piercings are specific, so you need someone who is familiar with the Apadravya procedure. The piercing has to be done professionally, with a proper placement of the piercing and jewelry. This is the first step to ensure the enjoyment.
  • Follow the aftercare instructions carefully. It’s your penis and you want it to be clean. You have to prevent any possible infections so this is why you should be very careful during the healing time. It includes abstaining from all forms of sexual activities (even masturbating) during the initial healing period. After this period, you can resume sexual activities but with caution. Wearing condom during the healing time is highly recommended.
  • Get to know your body all over again. Chances are that the Apadravya piercing will change the sensations in some ways and that it will make you learn what feels right and how to satisfy yourself. Appreciate and enjoy this learning process. Learn what feels right and how to satisfy yourself and your partner. Remember: before you start enjoying sex even more than before, you will need to adjust to the changes and find the best way to enjoy sex all over again.

Additional Info & Tips

  • It’s important to note that it’s possible to perform an off-set Apadravya piercing, for various reasons. The piercing and jewelry don’t have to be made centrally. However, even these piercings will typically pass through the urethra.
  • Just like most of the other penis piercings, the Apadravya is relatively easy to stretch. You need to wait until the piercing is fully healed to start stretching, though.
  • As with most of the other genital piercings, the Apadravya may affect your sexual partner. If you want to have penetrative sex, it’s important to think about your partner and their feelings and enjoyment. While Apadravya is said to improve sexual pleasure, particularly for the female partners, your partner might want you to remove your jewelry during sex.
  • If you choose to remove jewelry during sex, make sure to put it back as soon as possible. Penis tissue tends to heal quickly and you don’t want to leave your Apadravya without jewelry for too long.
  • The most common jewelry type used for Apadravya piercings is the straight barbell. When choosing a barbell, make sure it’s long enough to accommodate erection (and, if it’s the first jewelry for a new piercing, it has to accommodate initial swelling). You will probably need to get a shorter barbell once the swelling is gone. It’s important that the barbell is long enough to accommodate for erection, but short enough not to pose a problem during sex.
  • The Apadravya piercing takes months to heal, but you will probably be ready to have sex (with a condom) after about a month.

What is Autoclave and Why it’s so Important?

AutoclaveAn Autoclave is an essential device every piercing studio should have. It is needed to achieve proper sterilization of piercing tools, instruments and jewelry. Therefore, any studio without an autoclave is a bad place to be pierced, because it is unable to meet all the essential health and safety standards.

When choosing a piercing studio, it is important to check for their autoclave. Not simply if there is one, but also if it’s fully functional. It is vital to make sure that the studio is capable of adhering to all the necessary safety standards and performing proper sterilization of all tools. This is why a properly working autoclave is an essential device each piercing studio should have.

How it Works

An autoclave is an important asset of all piercing, tattoo and medical studios. It is the only way to sterilize instruments and other tools properly. An autoclave can heat water to much higher temperatures than a simple boiling water, which means it can perform full sterilization.

In an autoclave, a steam enters the device under a very high pressure. Sterilization is performed using both pressure and heat. The process lasts for about 15 minutes, during which the tools, jewelry and other items used in the studio are fully sterilized.

Autoclaves can successfully remove many harmful agents, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. An autoclave will destroy all these agents, making tools and jewelry perfectly sterilized and safe to use.

Keep in mind: an autoclave is the only way to achieve full sterilization. Sterilization using dry heat, chemical solutions, alcohol or boiling water is simply not enough.

What Materials Can’t Be Sterilized?

Autoclaves are ideal devices to sterilize certain materials, above all, metals. An autoclave can be used to sterilize all the metal equipment and tools in a studio. Other materials that can be safely sterilized include glass and some types of acrylics, such as Bioplast, Bioflex, PTFE and PMMA. However, there are some materials that can’t be sterilized using this device.

Since autoclaves use damp heat and high temperatures, certain temperature-sensitive materials cannot be sterilized using this method. Plastics are particularly vulnerable and they will melt inside an autoclave. This is why plastic tools and jewelry can’t be properly sterilized. This is an important point to keep in mind. If you wish to get plastic jewelry, remember that it has to be new or else it can’t be sterilized properly. Same goes for plastic tools and devices used for the piercing process, such as piercing guns: they simply can’t be sterilized properly!

Other materials that cannot be sterilized include many natural materials, such as wood, horn, bone and gemstones. Also, keep in mind that most acrylics (apart from those mentioned above) can’t be autoclaved.

Additional Information

  • An autoclave used in a piercing studio should be tested regularly by an independent lab. Tastings should be done at least once per month. It is called “spore testing” and it tests an autoclave’s ability to destroy harmful agents. As a client, you have full right to see a studio’s recent spore test, so don’t forget to ask about it. 
  • Since plastic tools and jewelry can’t be sterilized in an autoclave, they can never be fully sterile. You need to remember this next time you go to a piercing studio. Never agree to be pierced with any tools containing plastic (such as piercing guns), since they can’t be sterilized properly.
  • The autoclave was invented in 1879 by Charles Chamberland, who was looking for a more effective way to sterilize medical instruments.
  • Keep in mind that sterilization should always be full. “Partial sterilization” is not really a thing, and it doesn’t help your case. Something is either sterile or non-sterile, and you should stay away from studios that can’t guarantee that their tools are sterile.
  • An autoclave as a device has a wide use in many industries. Hospitals, doctors and dentists use them to sterilize their equipment.

How to tell if a Piercing Studio is Safe

Piercing Studio SafetyOnce you have decided what kind of a piercing you want, it’s time to choose your piercer. It also means choosing a particular studio. You should never get pierced outside a studio, even by a professional. Studios are equipped with all the tools, furniture and devices needed to perform piercing successfully, and it just can’t be replicated in home conditions. Furthermore, piercing studios have to adhere to strict hygiene requirements. A reliable piercing studio is clean and all the equipment in it is properly sterilized. Again, this is not something you can achieve at home.

In order to pick the best studio to be pierced in, you need to know how to tell a reliable place from a shady one. A good studio doesn’t have to be big, but it has to follow all safety regulations to ensure client safety.

Inside a Studio

A typical piercing studio should have at least one bed reserved for performing piercings and consultations. Many studios have a bed located in the back, behind a piercing shop. This is not problematic, but it’s important that the area is private and separated from the rest of the shop. Larger studios have more than one bed, each in a separated, private area.

The area made for performing piercings and consultations should be perfectly clean, sterilized and well-organized. It should also offer privacy to customers. This is a place where you should be able to talk to your piercer, ask questions and relax before and after a procedure. In case a studio doesn’t offer a separated, private space for procedures it’s a sign that it’s not a good studio. It’s a sign that people there don’t care about your health and safety.

Apart from important furniture, such as the examination bed, a good piercing studio will also have all the needed equipment and tools for performing successful procedures.

A typical studio will also have an autoclave unit that is used for sterilization. Autoclave is a powerful sterilizator and the only thing that should be used to sterilize equipment and jewelry. Alcohol and other similar things are just not good enough. Never agree to be pierced in a studio that doesn’t have an autoclave.

Another important room inside a piercing studio is a sterilization room. It should be separated from the examination room. This is where all the tools, equipment and jewelry is sterilized in the autoclave.

Hygiene and Sterilization

It goes without saying that a piercing studio should always be clean and well-maintained. Piercing business is not a joke. There are numerous health concerns and it’s important that a piercing studio follows all the present standards of hygiene, sterilization and cleanness.

After sterilization in an autoclave, all equipment should be placed in special, sterile pouches. Piercers should not just keep the equipment around. Hygiene in a piercing studio goes beyond mere swapping the floor and removing dust. A piercing studio has to adhere to strict rules of sterilization and hygiene to ensure safety for all the customers.

These standards apply to piercers, too. All piercers have to wash their hands and sanitize them before work. In addition to this, piercers have to wear surgical gloves during procedures and consultation. In case of a more complex procedure surgical gloves have to be changed during work to ensure safety.

How to Check?

As a client, you have all right to know if a studio follows all standards and safety regulations. Don’t be afraid to ask a piercer to show you the examination room, autoclave and equipment. It is their job to present you with the evidence of highest hygiene standards and sterilization. Stay away from any studio that tries to hide its results or fails to produce a proof of hygiene standards.

Ask to see the examination room. Take a look around it. Is it clean? Are all tools in their sterile pouches? What about the needles? All needles should be packed and sealed until use. As a rule, a needle package should be opened in front of you before the procedure. A piercer should show you a packed needle and you should see it being opened. Never allow a piercer to use an already opened needle, even if they claim it’s “sterilized”. Once used, needles have to be disposed in special containers marked “biohazard”.

Also, don’t forget to ask about their autoclave. A proper autoclave has to be able to kill even the most persistent microorganisms, such as dangerous bacteria and viruses. Studios are required to perform regular checks and to go through inspections. If an autoclave is working properly, they are given a report that attests that such autoclave is safe to be used. When you go to inspect a piercing studio, don’t forget to ask them about the report. The staff should be willing to show you the most recent result proving that their autoclave is safe and working properly.

These are the basic measures you need to take before you decide on a piercing studio. Too many times, people are attracted by low prices so they don’t think much about consequences. Remember: you get what you pay for, so it’s advisable to spend a few bucks more to get pierced in a professional, safe and sanitized piercing studio.

Anti-Tragus Piercing

Anti-Tragus PiercingAnti-tragus piercing is one of the common ear piercing types. While it’s not as popular as some other types (earlobe piercing, helix, or even tragus piercing), it is not a rare kind of a piercing. It means that you will easily find a piercer experienced enough to do this type of piercing correctly and to your great satisfaction.

Anti-Tragus Piercing Placement

Anti-tragus piercing is not really related to tragus piercing. Its name comes from the anatomical position: anti-tragus piercing is made on the specific fold of cartilage that is located opposite of the tragus, on the outer side of the ear.

It’s important to know that the size of this cartilage fold differs from person to person. Most of the people have an anti-tragus that is big enough to pierce. However, some people have anti-tragus that is too small to be pierced.

Another potential problem for the placement is the number of other piercings. If you have too many piercings on your ear, especially near your anti-tragus, and if you wear big, heavy ear jewelry, there might not be enough room to have your anti-tragus pierced.

This is why it’s always important to check with your piercer and make sure that you can get an anti-tragus piercing without a problem.

The Procedure

If your ear is anatomically suitable for anti-tragus piercing, the procedure itself is pretty straightforward and does not take long to perform.

The piercing is usually done with a relatively small gauge piercing needle. As with any other type of piercing, it’s important not to use a piercing gun. Piercing needles are safer and should be used to perform this piercing.

Jewelry

There is no specialized jewelry for anti-tragus piercings, so you should use general, multi-functional body jewelry.

The most common jewelry type for the anti-tragus piercing is a small curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people also love to use ball closure rings.

Depending on the gauge you’re pierced with and if there’s no much room on the ear, you should consider microbarbells and other jewelry types with small beads and balls.

Additional Info

  • Always make sure there is enough room to have an anti-tragus piercing. If you have other ear jewelry, it may cause a problem. Jewelry can rub against the piercing and cause discomfort. It can also prevent your piercing from healing properly.
  • Don’t forget to clean your anti-tragus piercing at least twice per day using a saline solution.
  • During the healing time, avoid swimming and submersion in water. You should also make sure not to irritate your ear in other ways. Don’t hold the phone on this ear and try not to sleep on that ear during the healing time.
  • Anti-tragus piercing can take 6-8 months (often even more) to be fully healed.

The Beauty of Circular Barbells

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

Circular Barbells are common body jewelry types you can use in many different ways and in many different piercing types. While they are not as popular nor widespread as some other jewelry types, such as Captive Bead Rings or curved barbells, circular barbells can be used for many different piercing so they are definitely jewelry pieces you want to consider.

The Design

The basic design of a circular barbell is a U-shape (or a horseshoe shape). This is how you’ll recognize them. Most of the circular barbells are not round nor do they make a full circle, so don’t be confused by their name.

Circular barbells have a nice round shaft and two open ends with balls or other ornaments attached to them. The ends (and the balls) are usually parallel to each other.

This type of jewelry tends to be simple yet elegant, discreet yet attractive, so it’s suitable for many different piercing types.

Circular barbells can be made of many different materials, such as surgical steel or titanium, though there are also soft, acrylic circular barbells and circular barbells made of other materials. Most of the time, the choice is yours, just make sure to pick a circular barbell made of a body safe material.

When to Use Circular Barbells?

Circular barbells can be used for many piercing types. As a general rule, you may use them in all the piercings where Captive Bead Rings can be used. Unlike Captive Bead Rings, however, circular barbells offer certain advantages.

First of all, the beads of a circular barbell are attached to the barbell so there is no fear you may lose them. With Captive Bead Rings, losing a bead is always a risk. You simply don’t have to worry about it for circular barbells.

Another advantage to circular barbells is that they are much easier to put on and take off. Since they don’t make a full circle, it’s much easier to open them and to take them out. It makes the whole process of changing the jewelry much easier. Not to mention that circular barbells provide some unique visual styles not available with rings.

Tragus Piercing

Tragus Piercing Tragus piercings are popular, even though they are not as common as other ear piercing types. Tragus piercings can be very stylish and they accentuate your ear in a discreet but fashionable manner. It is a great piercing for those who prefer cute jewelry that is not too big or “in your face”. It also goes well with other ear piercing types.

Tragus Piercing Placement

A tragus piercing is made on a specific part of the ear (tragus). This is a little projection located in front of the ear canal. Most people have this part of the ear developed enough so they can have a tragus piercing performed without a problem.

In fact, it’s very rare not to be able to have a tragus piercing because of the anatomy. The vast majority of people have a tragus big and developed enough to accommodate this type of a piercing.

The Procedure

While tragus piercing is not the most common ear piercing type, it’s still pretty common, and it’s not a challenge for an experienced piercer. The procedure is pretty straightforward.

This piercing is typically done with a small gauge, hollow piercing needle. It’s important to be pierced with a specialized needle and not with another instrument (such as a piercing gun).

Users may choose to be pierced with a straight or a curved needle, which means the hole itself will be either straight or curved. This may dictate the type of jewelry you can wear in your piercing.

It’s important to note that tragus piercings are nor particularly painful. This area of the ear has small number of nerve endings. This way, even beginners and those who fear pain can have a tragus piercing without a problem.

After the piercing is done, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions and to take a good care of your new piercing during its healing time.

Jewelry

Jewelry worn in a tragus piercing is usually small and discreet, but still attractive and stylish. There is no specialized tragus jewelry made, so people opt for universal and multi-functional jewelry pieces.

Some of the most common jewelry types include small diameter Captive Bead Rings, studs and posts. Some people also like to wear barbells in their tragus piercings.

Additional Info

  • While tragus piercing is usually not problematic and doesn’t tend to cause problems, some people report minor discomfort while wearing earbuds and other types of earphones. This is something to think about.
  • Clean your new piercing twice per day using a saline solution. You should use a cotton ball soaked in the saline solution so you can easily clean around your piercing.
  • Resist the urge to touch your new tragus piercing or to play with the jewelry. This is never a good idea for any piercing.
  • Wait until the piercing is healed (at least partially) before you change your tragus jewelry.
  • During the initial healing time, do what you can to avoid irritation. Don’t hold your phone on the pierced ear and avoid sleeping on that side.