Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Piercings

Piercing and JewelryThere are many popular piercing types and many different jewelry styles. It’s always useful to know what kind of jewelry suits your piercing.

Generally speaking, most piercings can accommodate at least a few different jewelry styles, but it’s always useful to know what is best to wear for your piercing.

Jewelry Types

There are several basic body jewelry types. Among the most popular ones are barbells of different kinds (straight, curved and circular barbells) as well as rings (Captive Bead Rings, seamless rings, screwball rings and others).

These jewelry styles can accommodate most piercing types. Most of these can be used for many different piercing types, which makes these jewelry types multi-functional.

On the other hand, there are also specialized jewelry types. These are made for one specific jewelry type. For example, ear plugs and flesh tunnels are made for stretched earlobe piercings. Labrets are made for lip piercings. Nose screws and nose bones are made for nostril piercings, and so on.

That being said, even the most specialized jewelry types can usually be used for more than one piercing type. The trick is to know when to use which jewelry type and style. Sometimes, the choice will depend on your individual style and preferences, while it will sometimes be guided by practical reasons. Simply put, some piercings are made to accommodate some specific jewelry types and not the others.

To ensure a good fit and perfect comfort it’s worth knowing when to use which jewelry style for a particular piercing type.

General Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines on the jewelry types to use with specific piercings:

  • Ear piercings. There are many different ear piercing types, such as earlobe piercings, cartilage piercings, and many others. There are numerous earrings used for earlobe piercings, as well as special jewelry types made for stretched earlobe piercing, such as ear plugs, earlets and flesh tunnels. Ear cartilage piercings use many different jewelry types, such as barbells (for example, long straight barbells for Industrial piercing), rings or labrets.
  • Nose piercings. Nostril piercings typically use specific jewelry types, such as nostril screws, nose bones, fishtails and L-bars. Also, this piercing type can use a ring. Some other nose piercings, such as septum piercings, use different jewelry types, such as rings and tusks.
  • Eyebrow piercing. This piercing type usually uses a special curved barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. However, this piercing type can also use different jewelry types, such as barbells of different kinds.
  • Lip piercings. A typical jewelry type for most of the lip piercings is a labret. However, some lip piercings can also use rings or even barbells.
  • Tongue piercing. All tongue piercings are oral piercings, so special care has to be made to use only jewelry made of medical-grade materials and specially designed for oral use. Tongue piercing needs smooth jewelry that will not damage teeth and gums. Straight barbells make great tongue jewelry, though some people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings.
  • Navel piercings. Belly button piercings usually use special curved barbells. These barbells are ideal for this piercing type. However, you may also use a typical Captive Bead Ring or another ring type.

Navel Jewelry Sizing

Navel Piercing SizeIn order to be fully satisfied with your navel piercing, it’s important to wear jewelry of the appropriate size. It means you need to ensure proper fitting.

Here are some tips on how to choose navel jewelry of the right size:

Things to Keep in Mind

Typical navel jewelry is 14 gauge. This is the gauge most people are pierced with so jewelry in this size is very common. However, other gauges are also possible so do not assume your belly button piercing is 14 gauge if you are unsure. It’s important to know the exact size you are pierced with to ensure a good fit.

When it comes to length, there are some common sizes. Typical navel jewelry is a curved barbell, so the length discussed here applies to this jewelry type. Most common navel jewelry is a barbell that is 3/8” to 7/16” long. Keep in mind however, that this is a length for healed piercing. Initial navel jewelry has to be a bit longer, to account for swelling.

While curved barbells are often used for navel piercings, you may also use other piercing types, such as Captive Bead Rings. CBRs are a good choice for initial jewelry, though many piercers choose to use curved barbells for initial jewelry. If you decide to get a ring, make sure it’s large enough to account for swelling.

How to Measure Jewelry

In order to find the best fit for your navel piercing, it’s important to know how to measure your jewelry properly. For a curved barbell, it’s vital to determine the length. This will be a straight line between the balls. Do not measure along the curve of the barbell! Simply measure the straight line between the top and bottom ball. Make sure to start measuring under the top ball and go all the way to the top side of the bottom ball.

When deciding on the best length of a curved barbell, make sure to give it some space. You should leave some barbell showing when you wear your navel jewelry. It means you should not get a barbell that is so short to dig into your flesh. Leave a bit of a barbell showing to make the piercing air properly and prevent the jewelry from pulling into the flesh.

On the other hand, you don’t want to get a barbell that is too long. It might end up catching on clothes and hurting you. For the optimal result, leave around ¼” of barbell showing.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips about finding the best belly button jewelry size:

  • You need to be patient. You might need to experiment with a few sizes to find the best fit for you.
  • The length of your navel jewelry will depend a lot on your piercing. If you have a shallow piercing you will need to get a shorter jewelry than a person with a deep piercing. Typically, a good length for a shallow piercing is 5/16”, 3/8” to 7/16” for a standard piercing and around ½” for deep piercings. In some extreme cases, if your piercing is very deep, you might need to get jewelry as large as 9/16”, but this is rare.
  • In case you have a very sharp-angled piercing, you might experiment with jewelry types to find the ones that suit you best. Some jewelry types will make the piercing look straight so you might want to use them. Since this type of a piercing is not a standard one it’s tricky to determine the best size. This is why you should try several different things to find the one that’s best for you.
  • Shallow piercings will go best with smaller, lightweight jewelry pieces. You don’t want to go with anything too big, heavy or ornamented because your piercing might not be able to sustain it.
  • Keep extra care of your new piercing. You need to get a body-friendly initial jewelry that will account for swelling and help your navel piercing heal properly. This jewelry will typically be bigger than the standard jewelry you will wear once your jewelry is fully healed.

Piercing Discomfort

Piercing DiscomfortMany people wonder how much discomfort is normal and expected when wearing body piercing jewelry. There is no one universal answer to this questions, but generally speaking, your jewelry should not cause discomfort. In fact, discomfort and pain can often be a sign of a problem so you should never ignore it!

Discomfort Associated with Piercings

There are several different types of piercing situations in which you can experience discomfort. It’s very important to know which of these situations are “normal” and when you should take discomfort and pain as a warning sign.

Common sources of discomfort:

•           The procedure

•           Initial healing time

•           Swelling

•           Improperly Sized Jewelry

•           Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

•           Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

•           Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

•           Infections and Other Problems

The Procedure

You should expect some discomfort and even pain during procedure. This goes without saying. Some people are scared of piercing needles and piercing pain, but the good news is that it’s usually not as scary as it sounds. Also, the pain itself lasts only for a few seconds (for most piercings) so it’s not something to worry about.

Another type of pain and discomfort you should expect happen a few hours after the procedure. In fact, this is typically when you can expect the most discomfort or even pain. You can use some painkillers, but if the problem persists, make sure to consult your doctor.

Initial Healing Time

Piercings take a while to heal. Out all of this time, the initial days are when you can expect the most discomfort. This is also when you should be extra careful with your piercing. You can expect it to be tender and to cause some discomfort.

Make sure not to touch it too much. In fact, you should touch your piercing only when you clean it and perform aftercare. Never twist or turn your jewelry because it can bring more problems. Monitor your piercing to notice any potential infections or other problems.

Swelling

Swelling is normal during the initial phases of healing. In fact, it is expected. Your piercer should account for swelling when choosing initial jewelry for your piercing. You will probably need to replace your initial jewelry with a shorter one after the swelling is gone.

Monitor your piercing to see if the swelling is gone. It’s normal for a new piercing to be tender, but it should start healing. If you think the swelling is not going away, make sure to consult your doctor.

Also, keep in mind that swelling is not a normal occurrence past the initial healing. If you experience swelling, bumps or tenderness in your old piercing, it’s a sign that something is wrong so you should see your doctor to treat the problem.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Improperly sized jewelry is one of the most common reasons for discomfort. This can also lead to numerous other problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It’s vital to wear only jewelry of the appropriate size to ensure a perfect fit.

First of all, you should always wear only jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with (or your current gauge, if you have stretched piercings). Never wear jewelry of the larger or smaller gauge than your piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of your barbells and diameter of your rings. A properly sized jewelry should sit comfortably against the skin. It should not dig into the skin or else you may develop problems. On the other hand, your jewelry should not be too long or big or else may get caught on clothes and hurt you.

Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

This is a common source of discomfort and it happens every now and then to most people. In most of the cases, this is not alarming and will cause only minor discomfort, but in some more serious cases you can hurt yourself and tear the tissue.

In order to avoid this, you need to be careful whenever you change your clothes. Be aware of your piercing and proceed with caution. Another way to prevent this problem is to wear appropriately sized jewelry. Stay away from too large jewelry or overly ornamented pieces.

Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

This is another common source of problems, and a dangerous one. Unsafe materials can cause numerous problems, such as infections, allergies, migration and rejection. Nickel allergy is among the most common allergy types, so in order to avoid it you need to ear only materials that don’t contain nickel.

It’s vital to stick to body-friendly materials, such as Surgical Steel, titanium, nickel-free gold or acrylic. This is why it’s so important to always buy only high-quality jewelry. Stay away from cheap jewelry you can get at a mall – these jewelry pieces are poorly made and typically contain harmful materials.

Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

This can be another source of discomfort. Sometimes, a perfectly good jewelry piece just won’t fit you and your anatomy. A ring or a barbell style that fits another person just doesn’t feel right for you.

In these cases, a solution is simple: use another jewelry piece. It may be frustrating, especially if you really wanted to wear a particular jewelry piece. However, it’s much better to use another piece than risk problems. Luckily, there are so many different jewelry pieces so you will always be able to find those you like. There is no need to restrict yourself to only one jewelry type or style.

Infections and Other Problems

Infections, allergies, migration and rejection are a common source of discomfort. They are also dangerous, so it’s important to always react quickly whenever you spot a problem. Watch for any changes in your piercing. If you experience rash, redness, tenderness, pain, discharge or another problem with your piercing, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. These problems are dangerous and can harm you so it’s crucial to visit your doctor. In some cases, you may need to retire your piercing, but it’s a small price to pay.

It’s always important to monitor your piercings and treat any problem immediately. Keep in mind that while new piercings in healing are at the most risk any piercing, even an old one, can get infected. This is why it’s so important to keep a good eye on your piercings. Never ignore discomfort or tenderness since it can be a sign something is going on with your piercing.

Nipple Piercing Information and Tips

Nipple PiercingNipple piercings are popular for both men and women. While they are not the most common type of piercing a person can get, they are sure among the most popular intimate piercings.

Nipple piercings are known to be painful but with the right procedure the pain doesn’t last long and you can enjoy your new piercing for years.

Placement and Procedure

Nipple piercings are done on the base of the nipple, where the nipple meets areola. It’s very important to pierce only the nipple but not areola, or else you can experience numerous problems, such as infection, migration and rejection.

In order to ensure a good experience and a proper nipple piercing, it’s important to choose a knowledgeable and experienced piercer. Make sure to pick a reliable piercing studio and a person who knows what they’re doing. Nipple piercings are a bit complex so you need someone who has plenty of experience performing this type of piercing.

There are several ways to perform this piercing: clamping and freehand. The choice will generally depend on your piercer and your anatomy.

Nipple piercings generally do not have harmful side-effects. However, it’s important to ensure proper placement and correct procedure in order to have a good nipple piercing.

Jewelry

There are many jewelry pieces you can use for nipple piercing. A lot will depend on your personal preferences and anatomy.

Typically, a straight barbell is used for nipple piercings, though many people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Another choice may be a circular barbell, though this is a rarer option.

Whatever jewelry type you choose, keep in mind that it has to be properly fitted. Initially, you will want to get a bit longer jewelry that will account for swelling. This jewelry should be replaced after the swelling is gone.

It’s vital to make sure that jewelry is not too short. If it’s short, it will dig up into the nipple or areola, which is a recipe for trouble. A too long of a barbell or too big of a ring can easily get caught on clothes so that’s another situation you want to avoid.

Make sure to always use body-friendly jewelry. It has to be made of safe materials in order to prevent problems such as infections, migration or rejection.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips and info about nipple piercings:

  • Most people can have their nipples pierced, but it’s always important to consult your chosen piercer before you book an appointment.
  • It doesn’t matter which side you get pierced. It will depend on your preferences and desired effect. Of course, you can always pierce both of your nipples.
  • You can have more than one piercing on your nipple, which can create interesting effects when you insert your jewelry.
  • The most common type of a nipple piercing is a horizontal one, but you can have your piercing oriented in any way you like. Vertical and diagonal nipple piercings are other common variants.
  • Nipple piercings are usually done in 16 gauge (or larger) for women and 14 gauge (or larger) for men.
  • Nipple piercings are sensitive and take a while to heal properly. It takes about 3-4 months for men and around 6 months or longer for women. You can experience tenderness during this time, which is normal, but if the problem persist you need to consult your doctor.
  • Nipple piercings can do wonders for inverted nipples. They will typically keep your nipple erect so it will improve the visual image of your nipples.
  • Nipple piercings can be very erotic. They not only look great but can also provide sexual pleasure and amazing sensations.
  • Generally speaking, a nipple piercing does not prevent breastfeeding. However, it’s always important to remove jewelry before breastfeeding to prevent the baby from swallowing the jewelry or hurting their mouth.

Different Types of Beads

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Beads are both functional and decorative, and they make an integral part of many different jewelry types. Barbells and Captive Bead Rings are among the most popular jewelry types that use beads, but there are many others.

Beads come in many different designs, shapes, sizes and decorations. Many times, bead is the main decorative element of a jewelry piece, so it makes the whole piece more beautiful and attractive. However, it’s important to understand that beads and balls are not just decorative elements: they serve an important purpose for a jewelry piece.

Why Beads?

Beads are pretty, but they are much more than eye candy. They make an integral part of your barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. You will discover this quickly in case you ever lose the bead on your jewelry. Suddenly, this gorgeous barbell or a ring becomes useless.

Why so? In many ways, beads are there to keep the jewelry in place. They are attached to the jewelry in many different ways. While some of them are permanently attached to the jewelry piece and cannot be removed, the others are made precisely for removing. By removing a bead you open the jewelry so you can put it on or take it off. Once the jewelry is in place or once it’s removed, you can put the bead back in place.

In short, beads keep the jewelry together and prevent it from slipping out of your piercing hole. Also, for many jewelry types (such as Captive Bead Rings), the beads are part of the mechanism for opening and closing the jewelry.

Where Are Beads Used?

Main jewelry pieces that use balls and beads:

  • Captive Bead Rings (CBR). The bead is used to close the ring and keep it inside your piercing. The beads can be attached in many different ways. Most commonly, the bead has dimples on both sides so it fits nicely into the ring. The beads can be popped in and out of the ring. Sometimes, it’s difficult to open and close a CBR so this is why you should use Ring Opening Pliers and Ring Closing Pliers.
  • Barbells. Barbells come in many different types and designs. Straight barbells, curved barbells, circular barbells, spirals – they all use beads as part of their design. Typically, one bead on the barbell is permanently attached while the other is removable. The beads on barbells are typically screwed so they are threaded. There are two threading types: Internally Threaded (means that the ball itself has an externally threaded post) and Externally Threaded (means that the ball has a threaded hole).

Bead Design: Different Types of Beads

Typical bead design is spherical. It means that most of the beads are round. This design is simple yet practical, because it makes the bead sit comfortably against the skin. However, it doesn’t mean that other design types are not possible. There are beads that are cubical, triangular or conical in shape, just to make a few examples.

What makes a bead stand out is often its decoration. The simplest way to decorate a bead is through different coloring. Sometimes, it simply means that the bead is made of a different material, such as 14k gold. Other possibilities are Titanium beads. These beads come in many different colors because Titanium can easily be anodized to produce numerous bright, vibrant colors.

Another way to decorate a bead is to put a gem in it. This is a popular way to make a jewelry piece truly exceptional. Gems in beads look very effective and eye-catching. The gem itself can be a Zircon, a Genuine Precious stone or even a Genuine Diamond.

Finally, a bead can be decorated with a charm or a dangle. Such dangles are attached to the bead and they fall down from the piece. It produces a very striking and unique look. Typically, dangles are made of shiny chains but they often carry their own gems to make the jewelry piece truly outstanding.

Common Problems with Navel Jewelry

Navel PiercingNavel piercings are among the most common piercings in the world. Most people don’t have any problems with their belly button jewelry, but sometimes there is discomfort caused by jewelry or improperly performed procedure.

Keep in mind that in order to enjoy your navel piercing, you need to get a proper fit for your navel jewelry. Most of the time, people who report problems with their belly button piercing actually have issues with inadequate jewelry or improper procedure.

In order to prevent these issues, it’s important to wear only appropriately fitted belly jewelry and ensure that your jewelry suits your piercing perfectly.

Common Problems

Here are some common problems you may face that will make it difficult to find a proper fit for your piercing:

  • Angle and depth of your navel piercing
  • Improperly sized jewelry
  • Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

While there are some other problems you may encounter, these seem to be the most prevalent ones.

Getting a proper fit on a belly button ring has nothing to do with your body size, it has to do with the angle and depth of the actual piercing.

Angle and Depth of Your Piercing

The first problem you might encounter is improperly done procedure. Simply put, you might be pierced in a way that is not fully suitable to your anatomy. Some piercings are done to be very deep or very shallow, which can cause further problems. Sometimes, the angle of the piercing is not right. All these things will make it difficult to find good jewelry.

Another problem may be your anatomy. While most people can get their belly button pierced, the exact position and depth of the piercing will depend on your individual anatomy. You might have such an anatomy that will require a piercing to be done at a unique angle or depth not usual for typical navel piercing. All of this can cause problems when you wish to get your navel jewelry.

Not to mention unique navel piercings. You may wish to have a stylish belly button piercing done at a special angle or many different navel piercings. All these things may make it tricky to find jewelry that suits you best.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Another common problem you may encounter is improperly sized navel jewelry. This is actually a common issue. Even if your belly button piercing is performed in the most optimal way chances are that you will encounter a problem if you use jewelry that is too big or too small for you.

“Size” can mean many different things in this context. For example, it can refer to the gauge of the jewelry. You should always wear jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with, or gauge you currently have (if you have stretched your navel piercing). This is the only way to achieve a good fit.

However, size can mean many other things. It can refer to the length of your curved barbell or a diameter of the Captive Bead Ring or circular barbell. It’s important to ensure that jewelry is of the optimal size so you don’t face any discomfort or other problems. Remember, improperly sized jewelry can lead to numerous problems. It jewelry is too big, it will get caught on clothes. If it’s too small, it will dig into your flesh and hurt you. For these reasons, it’s vital to always ensure a good fit for your navel jewelry.

Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

You should stay away from cheap, badly-made jewelry. This goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning it again. Cheap jewelry is often made of materials that are unsafe for your body so it should be avoided. Not to mention that this type of jewelry is usually poorly made and it can break easily. To avoid any potential problems of this kind, make sure to always use high-quality navel jewelry made of body-friendly materials.

Nipple Piercing Placement

Nipple Piercing PlacementIn order to be fully satisfied with your nipple piercing, it’s important to make a proper placement. Improper placement can bring a lot of problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It can endanger your health and make you retire your piercing even if you don’t want to. Therefore, it’s very important to have a properly placed nipple piercing. The best way to ensure that is to get pierced by a professional. It means that your chosen piercer has to be experienced with nipple piercings and know how to make a placement that will work the best for you.

General Placement

Generally speaking, nipple piercing is placed at the base of the erect part of the nipple. It is very important for your piercer to pierce the exact spot where the nipple meets areola. It’s different for every person so this is why nipple piercings will vary a bit for everyone.

It is crucial to pierce only the nipple and not areola. Areola has a fatty tissue and it should not be touched or else you can experience problems. In some extreme cases it can even lead to mastitis. You don’t want this to happen to you so make sure to choose a piercer who knows what they’re doing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that nipple piercing can be oriented in many different ways. The most common placement is horizontal, but you may get a vertical nipple piercing, a diagonal nipple piercing. You can have your nipple piercing oriented in any way you wish.

Things to Keep In Mind

There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to nipple piercing placement:

  • Almost any nipple can be pierced, but in order to be sure, ask your piercer for advice.
  • Some things to consider when deciding on placement for nipple piercings is the length of jewelry and the shape of your nipples. These things are individual and nipples vary a lot among people.
  • In order to get a properly placed nipple piercing, your nipples have to be erect. It’s difficult to judge the best placement if your nipples are completely flat when they are not erect. Let your piercer know about this before the procedure so they can judge properly on how to place your nipple piercing.
  • It’s vital that the balls of the jewelry don’t press areolas. It can lead to redness, swelling and infections. Not to mention it’s very uncomfortable.
  • Keep in mind that everyone is unique and there are no two unique nipples. Even your own nipples tend to vary slightly, which will influence the placement.
  • Improper placement is not just dangerous but it also makes your nipples look bad. It’s just not aesthetically pleasing and jewelry will not sit properly.
  • When doing a proper placement, it’s also vital to choose good jewelry. It has to be made of body-friendly materials and of appropriate size or else you risk numerous problems, such as migration, rejection, infection and other issues.
  • The placement depends on the shape and size of your nipples. More defined nipples tend to pierce a smaller piece of tissue. Flat nipples require more tissue to be pierced.
  • Nipple piercing for men will often extend to areola, but if done properly, this is not a problem.
  • Typical jewelry worn in nipple piercing is straight barbell, Captive Bead Ring (or another type of a ring) and circular barbells. You piercer will need to determine the proper length of each jewelry piece to ensure the proper placement and correct procedure.

Additional Tips for Industrial Piercing

Industrial PiercingHere are some additional things to know about Industrial Piercings. This is among the most popular piercing types, and while most people know how to recognize it, there are still some things one can learn about Industrial Piercing.

If you want to get an Industrial Piercing it’s very important to know how to take a good care of it. Aftercare is of utmost importance for any type of ear cartilage piercing. Since Industrial Piercing is basically two piercings in one, it means you basically need to take a double care of it.

However, none of this means that Industrial Piercing is dangerous or particularly problematic. You just need to stay informed and to know what to expect of your Industrial Piercing.

Some of the most important things to know about Industrial Piercings include:

Placement

An Industrial Piercing has to be placed properly in order to work. Since this piercing consists of two holes connected by a single barbell, it means the holes have to be positioned properly and carefully. Inadequate placement will not only look bad but will also make it difficult or impossible to put a single barbell through both holes.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself for just one type of Industrial Piercing placement. While diagonal is the most common choice (in which the barbell goes diagonally from one side of the ear to the other), you may choose a different placement. For example, many people choose horizontal of vertical Industrial placement.

Two Holes and Two Piercings

As you probably know, Industrial Piercing consists of two piercings connected by the same barbell. It means that the procedure involves piercing two holes. Typically, each of these piercings has its own name and its own placement.

The most common Industrial Piercing type (diagonal) actually consists of a helix and anti-helix piercing connected by the same barbell.

Vertical Industrial Piercing consists of a rook and a daith piercing, two conch piercings, anti-helix and a rook piercing or a daith and a lower conch piercing. Other combinations are also possible. You may even run two Industrial Piercings parallel to each other.

Ideal Gauge

Typically, Industrial Piercings are done at 14 gauge. Some piercers choose to use 16 gauge instead, but this is rare. In case you think you are pierced with too small gauge, you can stretch your piercing to 14 gauge. However, keep in mind that extensive stretching is not possible nor recommended. Most Industrial Piercings are good at 14 gauge.

Special Barbells

Industrial Piercings typically use straight barbells. However, these barbells are not standard barbells used for other piercing types. Since the holes connected into an Industrial Piercing are often separated by an inch or more, a barbell that goes through them has to be long enough to accommodate it.

This is why Industrial Piercings use special, long barbells. These barbells can be simple in design or they may include certain decorations, typically in the middle of the barbell.

While the choice of decoration is up to you, keep in mind that you have to order a special Industrial Barbell for your piercing. A simple straight barbell just won’t do.

Aftercare Tips

Aftercare is very important for any piercing, but it becomes even more vital in the case of Industrial Piercings because there are basically two new piercings to take care of. Some quick tips on how to care for your new Industrial Piercing:

  • Clean both of your piercings regularly. It’s best to use a simple saline solution or special cleaners designed for new piercings. Don’t use harsh chemicals.
  • Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools during the initial stage of healing.
  • Don’t touch your new piercing and don’t twist the jewelry.
  • Keep your hair away from the piercing and avoid wearing earphones for a while.
  • Check your piercing regularly to see if it’s healing properly.
  • If you notice any problems or if your piercing becomes tender, it’s a sign that there’s a problem. Make sure to clean it properly, but if the problem resist, consult your doctor. Ear cartilage piercings can get infected quickly and they can lead to numerous problems if not treated immediately.

Large Gauge Jewelry Types

Large Gauge Jewelry TypesOne of the best things about stretched piercings are all those gorgeous jewelry pieces you can wear.

Large gauge jewelry fits your stretched earlobes or another piercing type perfectly.

There are many different jewelry styles you can use.

So it is important to know how to find the best jewelry pieces for your stretched piercings.

Stretched Piercings and Large Gauge Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types suitable for stretched piercings. Large gauge piercings require jewelry of the same gauge, so it’s important to always wear jewelry that fits perfectly.

Your choice of jewelry will depend on many factors. First of all, there is your personal style. You should always choose jewelry pieces you truly like and that fit your preferences. On the other hand, your personal style is not the only thing that matters. It’s also important that your jewelry is suitable for your piercing. It means that it should fit your piercing size, which means it has to be of the appropriate gauge. Whenever you stretch your piercing to a larger gauge, you should also change your jewelry. You should always know what your gauge is so you can choose the appropriately-sized jewelry.

Many popular jewelry types are made in all gauges, such as Captive Bead Rings or various types of barbells, such as straight barbells, curved barbells or circular barbells. These jewelry types are usually simple yet very elegant, so they can go with any outfit.

These jewelry types are ideal for stretched nipple and genital piercings because they are smooth and comfortable. Also, their large size makes them heavy, which will enhance the sensations for the wearer. This is particularly important for genital piercings, because they can help you and your partner achieve great sexual pleasure.

There are also some jewelry types specially designed for stretched piercings. Typically, these are worn in stretched earlobes, though you may use them on other body parts. These jewelry types are often made of special organic materials. These jewelry types are only made in large gauges and they are intended to accommodate stretched piercings.

Common large jewelry types are:

  • Plugs
  • Flesh tunnels and Earlets
  • Claws
  • Spirals
  • Crescents (also used to stretch your piercings)
  • Tapers (used to stretch your piercings)

Plugs

Plugs (also known as ear plugs) are probably the most popular type of jewelry for stretched piercings. They are often incorrectly referred to as “gauges”. They are solid jewelry types, usually cylindrical in shape. They are meant to be inserted in a stretched piercings. Some plugs have the same thickness throughout the length of the plug, which means they are perfectly cylindrical in shape. Such plugs require O-rings to hold them in place.

Other plugs are flared on the ends, which means they cannot fallout from the piercing and O-rings are not required to keep them in place. Plugs come in many different styles and are made of many different materials. Some are simple yet elegant while others are richly ornamented. Some plugs even have gems on front, so they are very effective. Plugs made from organic materials are particularly interesting and stylish.

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets

Flesh Tunnels and Earlets are another popular forms of large gauge jewelry. These jewelry types resemble ear plugs, but unlike the plugs, they are hollow in the middle.

Earlets and flesh tunnels adorn the piercing on the edges but leave an open middle, which produces a very effective look. There are many different styles of flesh tunnels and earlets. Many of them are made of organic materials.

Claws

Claws are specially designed pieces made for unique look. They are shaped like claws or talons so they are curved and typically have a pointed end. The other side of a claw is wider and it’s inserted into a piercing. Claws are made of many different materials. Acrylic claws are particularly effective.

Spirals

Spirals are very stylish jewelry pieces typically made for stretches piercings, though they are sometimes made in smaller gauges. A spiral is usually worn as an earring in a stretched earlobe, though this jewelry types can also be worn in other piercings. The thickness of the spiral is actually the gauge you need to order.

Crescents

Crescents are multi-functional jewelry pieces. On one hand, they make great jewelry for stretched piercings, particularly stretched earlobes. You may wear them just like any other large gauge jewelry type.

On the other hand, some crescents are made to serve as tapers (see below). They have a different gauge on the ends and in the middle, which means that you can use them to stretch your piercing. Depending on your current gauge, you will insert the crescent up to a point and then slowly move it to a thicker part and stretch your piercing gradually. This stretching method is ideal for those who wish to go slowly and avoid pain and discomfort.

Tapers

Tapers are specialized tools used to stretch piercings to a larger gauge. As a rule, they should not be worn as jewelry. Some people choose to wear them as regular jewelry pieces, but this is not a good practice. Tapers are tools and not jewelry. We only included them on this list because there’s still a confusion over this.

In short: tapers are tools for stretching your piercing and they should not be worn for a prolonged period of time. They are not jewelry! Once you have stretched your piercing to a larger gauge using a taper you should remove the taper and insert a proper jewelry piece, such as a plug, flesh tunnel, spiral, claw or another large gauge jewelry piece.