World Record for the Longest Rope Crossing Using Pierced Clamps

Pavlo-Klets-and-Mariya-GafitsaUnusual world record is set in Ukraine: a couple made the longest rope crossing using clamps pieced on their backs. This combination of extreme surface piercings and strength allowed Mariya Gafitsa and Pavlo Klets to claim a new world record.

The couple managed to cross 550 meters on the Dnipro River in Kiev. They used Tyrolean traversing techniques first used on Swiss mountains. The procedure included piercing clamps into their own backs to use for their rope crossing. This way, they had to carry their whole body weights on nothing but their own skin. The couple wore supplementary harnesses as a back-up, just in case something goes wrong and piercings tear of. However, this wasn’t necessary and they managed to make the crossing using piercings on their backs.

The couple managed to complete the challenge and set a world record, even though their backs ended up damaged and bleeding.

Penis Pumps: An Ongoing Debate

Battery Operated Penis Pump / Erection Device

Battery Operated Penis Pump / Erection Device

Several weeks ago, The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee made a surprising reveal about penis pumps. According to her findings, penis pumps are federally funded and regularly paid by Medicare. Judging by the newest development, the debate about penis pumps and federal funding won’t be settled any time soon.

There’s also an ongoing debate over oral contraceptives for women and whether they should be federally funded. There are still many of those who believe contraceptives shouldn’t be paid by Medicare. It makes Samantha Bee’s reveal even more shocking. Not many people know that penis pumps are, indeed, federally founded. According to these findings, Medicare has spent $172 million on penis pumps in the last give years. That’s about $360 per pump.

While the discussion about oral contraceptives is still ongoing, the reveal about penis pumps is also interesting. There are many men who would otherwise be unable to afford a penis pump, so this information is very valuable to them.

What is important to understand that the crux of the problem is not whether it’s inappropriate for Medicate to pay for penis pumps, but that the same isn’t true about birth-control pills. When it comes to penis pumps, it’s undeniable that they are valuable devices made to improve the quality of life for many men.

The Importance of Penis Pumps

Penis pumps may seem like a luxury, but they can help many men live a better, fulfilling life. These pumps may not be the most necessary items, but they sure contribute to a man’s quality of life.

What can a penis pump do? A vacuum-powered penis pump is an excellent device made to improve erections and enable a man to have a fulfilling sex life. Penis pumps are effective in two ways. First of all, they provide almost immediate effect, so a man can achieve a strong and long-lasting erection that will allow him to have a full intercourse.

Another benefit penis pumps can provide is a long-term effect and improvement. Using a penis pump regularly can help a man cure erectile dysfunction and achieve stronger and longer-lasting erections. Another advantages penis pumps can bring include preventing premature ejaculation, correcting weak erections and curing a wide range of erectile dysfunction problems.

For these reasons, it’s clear why penis pumps are so important for many men and why so many men use them to improve the quality of their sex life and achieve overall satisfaction.

Leather Ball Stretchers

55mm Leather Ball Stretcher Weight

55mm Leather Ball Stretcher Weight

Leather Ball Stretchers and weights are among the most popular ball stretching devices (along with metal ball stretchers). These are made to be fully comfortable and to provide both stretching and erotic stimulation to those who prefer this type of sensations.

Generally speaking, leather ball stretchers are not so intense like the metal ones, which means they don’t give so effective results. However, they are still effective enough for those who like to achieve low hangers. One great advantage to leather ball stretchers is that they are more comfortable than the metal ones, which means they are ideal for beginners who wish to try ball stretching for the first time. Also, many men who wish to use stretchers for light sexual stimulation prefer leather stretchers. They are easier to put on and remove whenever you want.

All in all, it’s important to know that the downward pull leather stretchers and weights provide is not as strong as with metal ball weights. This is what makes them less effective, but it also makes them more comfortable. In any case, leather ball stretchers are fun to wear and can be used to achieve great results.

Two Types of Stretchers

Generally speaking, there are two main types of leather ball stretchers: lather straps and leather ball weights. It’s important to note the difference because the two types of devices may look similar but give very different results.

Leather stretchers/snaps are the most comfortable types of ball stretchers. These are basically straps fastened on the scrotum. They don’t come with added weights, which makes them less effective, but also super-comfortable. These are great for beginners who wish to try stretching for the first time, or those who want to try this type of scrotal stimulation for erotic purposes. These leather straps are also great for men who practice balls stretching regularly: they can be used to retain the already existing stretch while allowing testicles to have break from wearing heavy ball weights.

Another popular type of  leather stretching devices are stretchers with weights. These stretchers come with strategically placed weights inside, so they provide more pressure on the scrotum and therefore give better results. You can get them in numerous sizes and weights, depending on your experience and desired results. These leather ball weights provide good results with excellent comfort.

Quick Notes

Here are a few notes related to leather ball stretchers and ball weights:

  • When choosing a good leather stretcher, make sure it’s soft enough to provide a pleasant feeling and absolute comfort. At the same time, the stretcher has to be firm enough to ensure the needed pressure on the scrotal area.
  • Leather stretchers tend to get  a bit sticky when you sweat. This is not dangerous, but it may be a bit annoying. To avoid it, use talcum powder on the area to prevent the sticky feeling.
  • Leather stretchers have a special erotic feel so they can be used for kinky games. There are also special stretchers with rings made to be used with chains and other devices.
  • While not as effective as metal weights, leather ball stretchers give good results if you wear them regularly, so they can help you achieve those low hangers you’ve always wanted.

How to Hide Your Piercing

Bioplast Nostril Retainer

Bioplast Nostril Retainer

There are many situations when you might need to hide your piercing. For example, many employers still ask for piercings to be hidden. There are also some situations when you might want to change your style and appear like you don’t have a pierced eyebrow, nose or another body part.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to know how to hide your piercing when you need to. One might say that the easiest thing to do is to simply take out the jewelry and mask the piercing hole with makeup. While this may work short term, keep in mind that piercings tend to heal quickly. Even a few hours (or, in some cases, less than an hour) can make your piercing start to heal so inserting jewelry can become difficult. One day without jewelry can make your piercing heal to a smaller gauge, which will make inserting jewelry painful and uncomfortable.

To avoid these problems, it’s important to find a way to keep jewelry inserted but without making the piercing overly noticeable. There are two main ways to achieve this: using special hider jewelry (usually made in skin color variations) or using transparent retainers.

Hider Jewelry

Hider Plug

Hider Plug

Hider jewelry is specially made to hide your piercing. They don’t always match your skin tone perfectly, but they are often close enough not to be distracting. While they won’t hide your piercing completely, they are very plain-looking so they don’t attract attention. In some circumstances, it can appear like you don’t have any jewelry or piercing at all.

Hider jewelry is particularly useful for large gauges and stretched piercings, especially for stretched earlobe piercings. To hide your stretched earlobe, it’s useful to wear a special hider plug made to minimize the piercing hole in your earlobe while still allowing you to retain your piercing.

Stretching your earlobe is a time-consuming process so once you get to a gauge you’re happy with, it can be very annoying to make your piercing heal to a smaller gauge. To prevent this, wearing a hider plug is the best way to go.

Piercing Retainers

Piercing retainers are special jewelry pierces made of transparent materials. These retainers are made to keep your piercing open and ready while making it seem like you don’t have any jewelry. They are not completely invisible, but they are plain enough so they are suitable for all situations in which you are not allowed to wear your piercing jewelry.

There are many different types of retainers. They are shaped differently, based on the type of peircing and the body part. You may choose between eyebrow retainers, navel retainers, labret retainers, and more.

Retainers are typically made of special, transparent materials, such as lucite or bioplast. There are also many quality acrylic retainers. Whatever you do, it’s important to choose a retainer made of a body-safe material.

Retainers also come in handy during pregnancy. Many pregnant women face a dilemma on what to do about their belly piercing, since most jewelry types are incompatible with a growing, pregnant stomack. At the same time, many women don’t want to get rid of their navel piercing altogether. This is why flexible navel retainers are so useful: this is a great way to keep your belly piercing during pregnancy without hurting your stomach and without wearing inappropriate jewelry.

Metal Ball Weights

Donut Ball Stretcher Weight

Donut Ball Stretcher Weight

Metal ball weights are among the most popular ball stretching devices. They are specially designed to provide effective results and to help you achieve those impressive low hangers. Quality metal ball stretchers are made to be sturdy and heavy, yet perfectly comfortable.

All you need is to find the best fit (you need to measure yourself carefully to determine the right diameter you need). Metal ball weights come in numerous sizes so you will be able to find those that fit you perfectly!

Designs and Materials

There are many different types of metal ball weights you might want to try. Some of the best ones are made of surgical steel. This is a an excellent, body-safe material. It’s smooth so it won’t damage the skin, so you can wear your ball weights with perfect comfort. Stainless steel is a safe material that doesn’t irritate the skin and it doesn’t cause allergies, so you know you are safe while wearing ball weights made of surgical steel.

When it comes to designs, all ball weights are made to be worn on your scrotum, usually above the testicles. Depending on the height, a ball weight may resemble a ring, a donut or to be made in another comfortable shape.

Many metal ball weights are two-piece devices made to ensure the best comfort and effectiveness. These ball weights consist of two parts and they are worn directly above testicles. These stretching devices are specially designed to provide targeted ball stretching and they can be adjusted perfectly.

It’s vital that you find a ball weight that fits you, and this is why measuring is so important. When choosing a metal ball weight, there are several things to take into account. First and foremost, internal diameter. After this, pay attention to the external diameter, weight and the design you want.

Another advantage to this type of ball weights is that they can be worn combined with other weights, so you can always add pressure and adjust the amount of weight you wish to apply. This way, you can have more rapid results and more intense stimulation, in case you wish to use ball stretchers for sexual purposes.

Metal Ball Weight Tips

Metal Ball weights are the most effective types of ball weights you can wear to achieve the best possible results. To ensure your safety and comfort, however, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • Metal ball weight are heavy. This is one of the reasons they give the best results. It also means they put a strong pressure on your scrotum.
  • If a ball weight becomes uncomfortable at any moment, remove it immediately.
  • Measure yourself carefully and order a ball weight of an appropriate size. Try different ones until you find a size that fits. It’s vital that you ensure a perfect fit.
  • When stretching, it’s important to go slowly. Never put too much weight on your testicles unless you are experienced and ready.
  • It’s best to put your ball weights after a hot shower or a bath, because this is when testicles hang down naturally.
  • Generally speaking, the smaller the ball weight, the most comfortable it is. At the same time, heavier weights provide more effective results.

Penis Plugs with Cock Rings

Ribbed Wedge Plug with Glans Ring

Ribbed Wedge Plug with Glans Ring

Penis plugs are excellent toys for exploration, kink and achieving new sensations. This kind of sex play can be very exciting and rewarding, so it’s not surprising so many men wish to try it at least once. Thing is… Once you try penis plugs for the first time, you won’t be able to stop.

This is a truly amazing form of pleasure and satisfaction. It combines medical play, kinky games and pure pleasure. A quality penis plug can make you discover new sensitive spots and it makes sex so much more exciting for both partners. Even the visual satisfaction is amazing: the image of a plug being inserted inside penis is very arousing and stimulating.

Add a Ring

Out all of the penis plugs available, those with added glans ring are the most exciting. This penis plug & ring combo truly works for creating unique stimulation. These penis plugs are carefully designed to press all the right spots and they provide targeted, simultaneous massage to all your erogenous zones.

The penis plug can be inserted for a perfect feeling of fullness. Most plugs have a hole inside so they allow for easy ejaculation or urination, if this is what you like. Other plugs come without a hole and they provide yet another kind of sensation, especially during high arousal. Many plugs are carefully textured to provide both smooth, easy insertion and added stimulation. The feeling of inserting them and the pressure of stretching is incredibly arousing to watch and experience.

The glans ring is there not only to keep the plug in place securely, but also to provide additional stimulation and enhance your performance. It acts as a standard cock ring, so it makes your erection super hard. These rings are typically made of steel so they are very sturdy and provide a firm grip that will make your penis super hard and sensitive.

Glans rings can be secured right below the penis head, making it larger, more pronounced and super-sensitive. If you ever wanted to enhance your performance and make your glans rock hard and sensitive to touch, this is a perfect toy combo for you.

Combined, a penis plug and a ring provide some of the hottest stimulation imaginable. The way they sit inside and outside your penis provides a perfect visual stimulant and also give you rock hard erections. You will enjoy the feeling of perfect fullness, stretched urethral opening and a tight grip around your penis.

Choosing a Penis Plug with a Ring

When choosing that perfect penis plug with a ring for yourself, there are some things to think about. First of all, the material. A quality penis plug should be made of body safe material. Surgical steel provides firmness and sturdiness you need and it feels comfortable to the body. The temperature play you can achieve with this material is also incredible.

The other thing to keep in mind is the size of the plug you will need. It should provide a tight grip but also to be comfortable enough to wear. Other things you may think about are the design, penis plug texture for additional stimulation and, of course, the size. It’s best to start with smaller models and then work your way up. It’s a very arousing training you will sure enjoy!

Is Ever OK to Wear Unsafe Body Jewelry Materials?

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

Internally Threaded Double Gem Set Curved Barbell

With so many different materials around, it’s sometimes difficult to choose the right jewelry. You’ve probably heard about body-safe materials and the importance of choosing them for your body jewelry. It’s crucial that you pick jewelry made of materials that are safe for you to wear. Meaning: materials which don’t cause allergic reactions, infections or other problems.

It’s well-known which materials are body-safe and frequently used for body jewelry: surgical steel, titanium, bio-plastic, and more. However, it’s also important to know when it’s crucial that you wear jewelry made of these materials and when it’s ok to wear other materials. There are certain types of jewelry or parts of jewelry that can safely be made of other materials without compromising your health. This way, even if you are sensitive, you will be able to wear hybrid and composite jewelry pieces made of several materials.

When to Use Safe Materials

Using body jewelry made of body-safe materials is crucial for numerous things, first and foremost, your health. Certain materials are not suitable to be worn as piercing jewelry because they can cause allergic reactions and infections. Of course, it’s important to note here that a material known to cause allergies can still be worn by you if you are not allergic. However, for initial piercings and most piercing jewelry types, using safe materials (surgical steel, titanium) is the best way to go.

What about hybrid jewelry made of several types of materials? Are they ok to wear? The answer will depend on several factors, one of them being your allergic reactions. As a rule of thumb, however, it’s ok to wear composite jewelry made of different materials as long as the “unsafe” material doesn’t go through your piercing and/or it doesn’t touch your skin.

In practice, it means that the part of the jewelry (barbell, captive bead ring, etc.) inserted into the piercing must be made of a body safe material. It’s best to use popular body jewelry materials, such as surgical steel (not stainless steel!) or titanium. Surgical steel is probably the most popular material used for body piercing and it offers numerous advantages. It’s reasonably prices, smooth, durable and easy to clean.

Titanium is another highly-recommended material. It’s hypoallergenic, very strong but light and it can be anodized to make a wide variety of colors (blue, purple, rainbow, etc.) Titanium and surgical steel are ideal for initial piercings and can be used for all types of piercing jewelry.

Some other materials are also good to use. Bio-plastic, for example, is a very flexible and it’s a good choice for initial piercings, particularly facial piercings. Gold is also a good (safe) material, but it’s not recommended for initial piercings and its downside is a high price.

When to Use “Unsafe” Materials

Generally speaking, unsafe materials should never be used for body jewelry. However, it’s still possible to wear jewelry partially made of these materials as long as the material doesn’t go through the piercing hole and as long as it doesn’t touch your body.

A good example of this are various gems and other ornaments worn on the balls of straight or circular barbells. These materials can add color and beauty to jewelry without compromising health because they don’t come in touch with the piercing itself. Same can be said for various chains, pendants and other ornaments made to highlight different body jewelry styles.

One of the most popular materials of this type is Sterling Silver. It’s very beautiful and soft, so it’s suitable for making many elaborate designs and unique patterns. However, Sterling Silver should not be inserted in any part of the body so any jewelry containing this material should have a basis (shaft) made of surgical steel or titanium.

How to Use a Gauge Wheel

Gauge Wheel for Measuring

Gauge Wheel for Measuring

Gauge Wheels are excellent tools for measuring your jewelry. Many people are unsure about their gauge size of their jewelry, which can lead to many problems. You need to know the gauge size of your jewelry and the size of your piercing at all times. It’s the only way to get the most appropriate jewelry for yourself, and it’s the only way to order a correct jewelry size when you purchase jewelry from a shop.

Gauge Measuring

It may sound strange, but many people are unsure about the gauge size they need. Some people don’t even know at what gauge they are pierced at, which creates numerous problems when ordering new jewelry or determining what jewelry size they truly need.

While the most reliable piercing studios will always inform you about the gauge size, and while there are several standard gauge sizes for new piercings, depending on the piercing type and the body part, there is always a chance that you are not pierced with a standard-sized needle or that you simply don’t know your gauge.

This matter gets even more complicated when it comes to stretching. Stretched piercings require larger jewelry, but it’s sometimes difficult to tell what’s your currrent gauge. It’s particularly problematic when it comes to the stretching process itself: you need to know your gauge to know the size of a taper you’ll need. Stretching too much or going many sizes above your gauge is not recommended and it can lead to numerous problems.

For all these reasons, it’s important to know your gauge and you need to be able to measure your jewelry at all times.

Using a Wheel

Using a handy gauge wheel is the easiest method of measuring your jewelry. You don’t need to use any tapes or complicated tools: the wheel does all the job for you.

All you need to do is to place your jewelry between the flanges, along the outer edge. Don’t put it inside the hole – keep it between the flanges for the most accurate measurement.

Start with a size you think might be alright, and if it’s not a correct one, move to the next size, until you find the correct gauge. After you have determined a correct size, don’t forget to write it down.

All piercing enthusiasts should have one of these gauge wheels to make gauge measurement easy. The best wheels are made of metal, so they are long-lasting.

Organic Jewelry Care Tips

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Genuine Honey Amber Plug

Organic body jewelry is beautiful and unique. Made of natural, raw materials, these jewelry pieces are very attractive. Most of the organic body jewelry designs are made for ear piercings, particularly stretched piercings. However, that’s not all. Some organic jewelry pieces are specially made for other types of piercing or other body parts (for example, nose piercings).

To make the most of your organic jewelry, you need to know how to take a good care of them. Remember, these are organic, natural materials, so they require a bit different care routine than your metal jewelry in order to make them shine and last for long.

The first thing you need to know before using organic jewelry is that there are many different materials you can use. Unlike metal jewelry, these can’t be sanitized, so you need to take a good care of them. Also, it’s important to buy your organic jewelry from reputable stores. Not all types of wood and other organic materials are body-safe. To ensure your safety, it’s important to buy only quality, well-crafted jewelry sold in reputable stores.

Care Tips

Here are some quick tips on how to care for your organic body jewelry:

  • Know the materials. With organic jewelry, the exact material is very important, because it usually dictates the care needed. Is your jewelry made of wood? Glass, stone? These materials require different care routines, so you need to know what to use.
  • Organic jewelry should not be put under extreme conditions (sun, light, heat, cold, etc.)
  • Don’t wash your organic jewelry with strong cleaners. Even a regular soap is too harsh (you may use mild and anti-bacterial soap).
  • Bone and horn are good materials for allowing your skin to breathe. Another advantage is that it doesn’t get cold. However, it can easily dry out, which may cause cracks.
  • Never soak your organic jewelry in water for too long. Make sure you dry it out properly before you wear it again.
  • Polish your jewelry with vegetable oils to make them shine.
  • Make sure to always keep your jewelry clean. Organic jewelry can’t be sanitized, so it’s important not to put it on dirty surfaces.
  • Some jewelry made of wood should be sanded regularly.
  • Organic jewelry is best to be used for fully healed piercings only. Never use it for new piercings or as initial piercing jewelry.
  • Store your organic jewelry in a cool, dry place.

Industrial Piercing

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

An industrial piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s made by driving a jewelry (usually a straight barbell) through two different holes. It’s most commonly made on the ear (the cartilaginous part, sometimes known as the scaffold). Due to the placing, this type of piercing is sometimes known as a “scaffold piercing”, or “construction piercing”, though the term “industrial” is the most common. This type of piercing is often called “the bar” piercing in the UK and Ireland.

About the Piercing

While an industrial piercing can technically refer to any two holes connected with a jewelry, it’s most commonly referred to an ear cartilage piercing. This is a popular form of piercing. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one is typically located very close to the head (anti-helix) and the other one further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix).

The original piercing is typically made with a 14g piercing needle, so this is the original size of industrial piercing holes. Another common size is 16g.

Sometimes, the original piercing is pierced with a flexible plastic tube that’s swapped for a metal bar when it’s completely healed. Some piercers choose to use two captive bead rings for initial piercing jewelry. This may be a more comfortable choice but it makes proper alignment of the piercings difficult. The alignment of the holes is very important because it’s vital to create proper balance. Balance is important because it will minimize the stress on the cartilage. If cartilage is stressed it can lead to infections. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer and to get pierced at a reliable piercing studio.

Typically, an industrial piercing takes around 6 months to heal. However, it can take a year to heal completely. Remember, you don’t have one pierced hole but two, and they may take different times to heal. During the healing time, it’s important to clean the piercings regularly. Clean the inside folds carefully, best using a saline solution. Use a cotton swab (not balls) drenched in warm saline solution or an unscented anti-bacterial soap. The piercing should be cleaned two times per day.

Common problem with industrial piercing is migration and scar tissue build up. If scar tissue build up occurs it’s best to wear captive bead rings to prevent further problems.

Jewelry

Industrial piercing typically uses a long straight barbell. One side of the barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear. It goes diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage and then goes through the second piercing. Jewelry is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

The straight barbells used for industrial piercings have to be extra-long so they can reach both ends (holes) of the piercing. The length used will depend on the individual ear size and the distance between holes. Typically, a 1.5 inches long barbell is used, but it’s important to measure your own ear and the diagonal distance between the holes to determine the length of the barbell you should use.

The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is simple but very effective. While straight barbells are typically used, it doesn’t mean that the jewelry itself has to be plain. The position of the piercing is very visually effective and it stands out even if the simplest straight barbell is used, so you might be satisfied with a “plain” straight barbell for your industrial piercing.

However, there are other options. For example, you can use titanium barbells in various colors to make your industrial piercing stand out. Or you may use a straight barbell with uniquely-shaped balls on the end.

Another thing to spice up your industrial piercing is to use special bars with spirals and twists. These twisted barbells look very effective and unique. You may also use straight barbells with small ornaments, such as skulls or hearts, depending on your individual style and the effect you wish to achieve.

Another type of jewelry used for an industrial piercing is a pair of captive bead rings. They are not as effective in a way that they don’t produce an effect of “connected holes” so they basically look like two piercings (which they are). However, captive bead rings may be a good choice for initial piercing, during the healing period.

Also, if you ever get bored of the typical look of the industrial piercing (two holes connected with a straight barbell) you can always use the holes to insert a different type of jewelry (such as captive bead rings) and make an industrial piercing into two piercings with different jewelry. You can always go back to the typical “industrial look” whenever you want.