Before the Body Jewelry is Installed – Pre-Piercing Preparation

Pre body piercing preparation is much easier than this tongue-twister-of-a-phrase. All it requires is a little bit of alertness, care and clear-cut know-how on part of the girl or guy deciding to take the pinch of the needle.

So what should you do to get your body piercing-ready? Follow the steps below and get all set for the sparkles :)

  1. Binging on alcohol is definitely a no no. Not even if the binge was 48 hours before  the piercing appointment.
  2. Go to the piercing parlor well hydrated and avoid taking blood thinning medication  or other such foods. That means aspirin, Advil or Aleve.
  3. Stop taking caffeine several days before the actual piercing happens. Take Vitamin K as much you can. It’s needed for optimal piercing.
  4. Get enough rest the night before your piercing appointment. Nervousness won’t really help you much.
  5. Personal hygiene needless to say will come in very handy in fighting off the undesired things that may come along with body jewelry like infection.
  6. Right before you’re on the chair/table; try some breathing and relaxing exercises and be acceptable to the situation and remember that it’s only going to take a few moments.

Have a snack, fruit or juice after the piercing is done. It will help maintain the blood sugar level and will relax you a bit.

Pre-piercing prep is area-specific too. That means it depends on what part of the body are you getting the piercing done. So oral piercing, eyebrow piercing, genital piercing  each will have unique preparations before the piercing. However, the basic points above  also remain  valid for all sorts of piercings.

Smile & Shine with Smiley Piercing

This ain’t no emoticon but instead a new body piercing style!  Want to add a little sparkle to your smile? Then the smiley piercing is for you. Also known as upper lip frenulum piercing, this piercing is one of the easiest to heal and involves minimum pain. The piercing is done on the inside of the upper lip (the webbing) and hence shows only when you smile.

Smiley piercing has surfaced recently and even has an antagonist to it – the Frowny piercing! Gaining popularity by the minute, many people are getting attracted towards smiley piercing due to a virtually painless procedure and obviously the shine it adds to your smile.

Captive bead ring is the most commonly used jewelry option for smiley piercing. Curved barbells have been known to be used as well.

Smiley Piercing – Smile your way out of the parlor

Since it does not really hurt much and heals quickly, smiley piercing may be the best way to get initiated into body piercing (just may be, rest depends on your choice). The piercing jewelry will fall below gum line and hence keeping gums and teeth clean (especially after meals) is very important.

Take care that there are no gum infections or damage to teeth. Touching/ playing with the jewelry is a total no no. This not only because your oral health is threatened but also the piercing jewelry may tear out!

Smiley piercing sure has a lot of takers lately yet its still rare overall. It’s body modification at it’s innovative best.

Potential (Avoidable) Problems Involved in Body Piercing

Body piercing has many takers and why not? It’s about being yourself, after all! However, sometimes even the greatest of things come with a few not-so-great risks and in body piercing these are a few (avoidable) problems.

When a piercing goes wrong it’s the pierced area that gets effected the most – sometimes serious and other times curable. That’s why it is mandatory to get body piercing done from a certified professional with great piercing skills and even a more hygienic piercing studio and tools.

Let’s take a look into what problems there can be and how you can avoid them.

Infections – Generally happens when the piercing is fresh and susceptible to bacterial and fungal invasions. Swelling, redness may result as the body fights them off. A discharge of puss is also common. A good clean up after piercing and compresses can help to prevent infection.

Metal Hypersensitivity – It’s nickel that causes it. Many people are allergic to nickel and hence the body rejects body jewelry with nickel in it, causing an allergic reaction. Go for nickel free body jewelry always or hypoallergenic metals.

Migration – Yes a piercing can move to another place. The piercing can travel through the skin and position in a different location other than the original. This is usually a result of improper piercing or a body’s reaction to body jewelry.

Scarring – The pierced area may appear scarred and different from the surrounding tissue. Scars become prominent when the piercing is removed.

Others could be skin abscesses, boils etc. Body piercing isn’t just problems but since there’s piercing, needle and skin involved you can’t really get out of it the way you went in. And if you ask those with piercings they will tell you how the passion and plenty of reasons-to-get-pierced easily outnumber these problems. Moreover, these can be easily avoided by being a little more aware and following healthy practices.

So don’t let these put you off, remember it’s about who you are and not what can go wrong.

Engagement Tongue Rings – For a Jaw Dropping Proposal

Engagement rings are no longer cut out for the ring finger. The bling symbol of commitment has found a different place to make its mark – the tongue!! Make way for engagement tongue rings!! Hard to digest? Well the trend not really but the rings should be (hard to digest) as these better stick to tongues only.

A unique and fast catching body piercing jewelry trend, engagement tongue rings is no tongue in cheek humor. Love bitten couples daring to be bold, different and not so traditional are finding engagement tongue rings to be pretty fab!

Available in diamonds and gold, tongue rings for the pre-nup commitment are not short on any shine or sparkle. Branded under the tag of ‘alternative engagement’ jewelry, engagement tongue rings are sure alternative!

Tongue Engagement rings – Piercing trends do not stop at that

There’s more – belly button rings have also caught the fancy of couples ready to go down the aisle. Now we’ve heard about Cupid piercing hearts but spouses piercing each other is something rare. Anyhow whatever floats one’s boat!

When you are in love nothing seems beyond it. Thinking of popping the question and wanna go the road less traveled – go for engagement body piercing jewelry. However, first make sure that your girlfriend/ boyfriend is fine with it or else one of you will end up with a bruise!

What say the traditionalists?

New Plymouth District Council Mulls a New Piercing By Law

A new bylaw (under consideration) in the New Plymouth District Council will impose new restrictions on tattoo and body piercing parlors that will require them to be licensed and maintain strict health standards vis-a-vis sterilization of equipment, general health and safety and also record keeping. The new law proposed is to prevent transmission of Hepatitis B and C. Read the whole story at:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/3671703/Piercing-bylaw-plan-welcomed

The law has been welcomed by tattoo artists and body piercers alike who would want to break the unpleasant myths clouding their profession. Whether it’s getting inked or under the piercing gun, safety is primary!

Young people smart enough to be rebel or should also be smart enough to worry about their health! You have to remember that body modification is only valid as long as there is a body to modify.

Want body piercing? Get it the right way

Body Jewelry – Go for nickel free body jewelry only. Nickel causes allergies and may lead to infection.

Body Piercing Parlor – Go to a licensed piercing parlor. New Plymouth will have many licensed parlors now. But you can sure find one in your area because if not the law, the practice should be followed everywhere (at least)!

Body Piercing Professional – Is this still a mystery? Certified professional piercer only!!

And if you are a body jewelry/ piercing enthusiast then spread the word of law in your area too. So that body piercing law becomes as popular as body piercing.

Tribal Dream Rings or Circle Rings

Circle Rings

Sometimes called Tribal Dream Rings, these are based on the same idea as the Segment Rings, However they are in much larger gauges, and also have been further improved upon. These Circle Rings will come apart in 2 halves so it is incredibly easy to insert into your piercing. No need to worry if it will fit with the small opening of some Segment Rings. Also each ring is precision drilled so that a tiny side fitting set screw securely locks the two halves together. The screw is set deep into the ring, and with the secure fit, there is no pinching, scratching, or binding, and the screw is not even seen at all. Also this prevents another hassle of losing a ball or a segment at the worst time. These are also made from the same high quality 316LVM Surgical Steel as all of our Steel pieces. These rings are even patented and are protected under patent law, because they are so custom. They are actually cut out of a single block of Surgical Steel, not bent wire.

The Bizarre World of Body Piercing gets more bizarre with Eyeball Piercing Jewelry!

The Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery came up with eyeball piercing jewelry read Cosmetic Extraocular Implant (CEI). Sounds strange or tempting – read the full story at: http://tattoo.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=tattoo&cdn=style&tm=26&gps=81_294_1276_874&f=00&su=p284.5.420.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.niioc.nl/cei-eng.htm

The jewelry does not influence functioning of the eye – no risk to visual clarity or mobility is claimed.

Eyeball piercing – Definitely unheard of!

With the rate at which new body piercing ideas seem to pop up, there will come a time when body jewelry designers may not be able to keep up with the pace! Still this lack of body jewelry innovations won’t really stop body piercing adventurers to just sit back and stare at the needle and the body piercing world will continue to grow.

Perhaps someone bored of regular body jewelry and piercings came up with eyeball piercing too or as the source states – the poor organ of sight has been left jewelry less for a long time now! With ears, nose, lips and even eyebrows getting all the attention and the body jewelry.

Made from special material the CEI or the JewelEye (affectionately called) is implanted on the superficial conjunctiva through an exclusive surgical procedure which involving anesthesia. To put it more simply the CEI will be twinkling in the white of the eye.  The JewelEye is available in the following shapes:

  • Heart
  • Star
  • Eurosign
  • Four-Leaved Clover
  • Music Notes and even other shapes

Now getting that spark in the eye will only be a surgery away. Intrigued enough to try it?

All the very best to those considering eyeball piercing!

Surgical Steel Gem Set Dome Curved Barbell

Surgical Steel Gem Set Dome Curved Barbell

This curved barbell is ideal for a Prince Albert piercing, a navel or even an eyebrow piercing. Anywhere that you want the jewelry to sit flatter against your skin rather then the typical ball look the domes are great for. This piece has a gem inlay that gives it a classier look making this piece perfect for a special occasion and daily wear.

New Piercing Article

Here is a link to a new piercing article on our website;

http://www.thechaingang.com/article/291/the-ins-and-outs-of-body-piercing

Types of Upper Lip Piercings – There’s no end to being different

Body piercing on any part of the body screams of individuality but with so many followers,  sometimes it gets hard to rely on body piercing for exclusivity. So what do you do then? Simple go for more unusual trends just like the ones that have emerged in upper lip piercing.

Now it’s not only the Monroe or Madonna piercing that upper lip piercing is all about. These days labret studs, barbells and other kinds of body jewelry are put to more unique (piercing) uses.

There’s much more and beyond…

Monroe Piercing – Remember the sexy mole on her upper lip? Well it’s just that but the difference is here a labret stud makes you beautiful instead of a mole.

Jestrum Piercing – In this a curved barbell goes through the philtrum or the groove in the center of the upper lip and comes out under the upper lip.

Medusa Piercing – Here the labret stud goes through the philtrum or the groove under the nasal septum.

Angel Bites -  If a single piercing on the upper lip makes a Monroe piercing then two on either side makes angel bites.

Horizontal Philtrum Piercing – When the piercing goes horizontally through the philtrum. The two barbell beads become visible on either side of the groove.

Cyber Bites – When a Medusa piercing is complemented by a labret piercing, it’s called cuber bites. Trendy and cool, cyber bites are an in-thing these days.

Choose whichever suits you best and be a trend-setter!