About Donna

Donna Carlson is a staff writer for TheChainGang. She combines her love for body piercings with adult fun, such as sex toys, BDSM and other forms of pleasure. She says: “Piercings and sex toys often complement each other in the most sensual ways. I am happy to help you discover new ways to pleasure yourself and your partner. With a bit of practice, anyone can learn how to enhance their love life. And with a bit of courage, anyone can enjoy body piercings”. In addition to intimate piercings and adult toys, Donna also writes about body jewelry and other piercing adornments.

How is Length Measured on Bent Barbells?

Bent BarbellsIn order to be completely happy with your body jewelry, it is important to get proper jewelry size. This goes both for the gauge (thickness of jewelry) and length. While everybody knows about the importance of proper gauge, length can be somewhat of a mystery. There are many different types of barbells, so how do you measure their length? It may be easy in the case of straight barbells, but what about the other ones? How is length measured on bent barbells?

Barbells and Lengths 

Barbells are among the most popular body jewelry pieces. There are many different types of barbells you can use for many piercings. In fact, almost all piercing types can use barbells as jewelry. However, it is important to know just the kind of a barbell you should use for each piercing. While some can … read more

Can You Use a Nassallang Piercing to Bring the Nostrils Together?

Hi. Do you know if there can be used a nasallang piercing for more than an aesthetic piece of jewelry, with a medical function as well? In my case, I was born with both nostrils widely open, not in the Afro chic style, but rather awkwardly ugly. I cannot afford a rhinoplasty surgery at the moment, therefore I was wondering whether I could use a Nassallang piercing to bring the nostrils together. I tried with two pens, and it works fine. It definitely improves my appearance, although the problem seems to be that I cannot use the nostrils to get the same amount of air, through my nose. Well, to be honest, until I can make the money for a proper surgery this should do just fine. What do you think? 

~ G 

Use a Nassallang Piercing to Bring the Nostrils TogetherA Nassallang piercing is a relatively rare … read more

Titanium vs Surgical Steel Piercings Jewelry

Titanium vs Surgical Steel PiercingsThere are many different types of body piercing jewelry that you can choose. With piercings becoming more and more popular, there are even more jewelry choices you can make. However, in order to stay safe, it is always important to think about the body jewelry materials. You should never take just any cheap, mall kiosk jewelry piece you can find. You need to make sure that the material is safe. Surgical Steel, particularly 316 Surgical Steel, and titanium, are among the best piercing jewelry materials you can get. So, which one is better? Titanium vs Surgical Steel piercings jewelry: which one will win?

Titanium vs Surgical Steel Piercings Jewelry: The Basics

Titanium vs Surgical Steel piercing jewelry: which ones to choose? In order to answer this question, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of both materials. Also, … read more

Can’t Take Ear Plug Out: What to Do?

can't take ear plug outCan u help plz lol. I’ve had my ears at 6mm for about a month, I put in double flair “fashion” plugs yesterday and my ears are having a reaction to them, I was able to get one out but the other feels like it was might be getting an infection. It’s super tight and because the front is a large design I can’t get lube/oils down to the actual hole. There metal and trying to take it out really hurts but I don’t want to leave it in there and cause a full blown infection. Ps I live in a small mining town and there are no piercers here that I can go to for help. Thank you

~ Paige

This sounds like a problem. Many times, people try to insert an ear plug that is too big for … read more

The Most Popular Titanium Metal Piercing Jewelry

titanium metal piercingTitanium is amazing body jewelry material. In fact, it is among the safest materials for your piercing jewelry. There are many different designs of jewelry pieces that are made in titanium. Titanium metal piercing jewelry can be used for many different piercings and in many different sizes.

Here are the most popular titanium jewelry pieces that we offer:

Ear Jewelry

Ultra Premium Titanium Captive Bead Ring. This is a premium Captive Bead Ring ideal for many different ear piercing styles. It comes in many vibrant colors so you can choose the one that suits your needs the best. Keep in mind that beads are also available in many different colors so you can choose a different color than the one you pick for the body of your ring.

Build Your Own Titanium Circular Barbell. This is … read more

Can You Wear a Smaller Gauge Jewelry?

Wear a Smaller Gauge JewelryWhen you choose the right jewelry for your piercings, it is important to pick the ones that are of the appropriate size. As you probably know, the size of your piercing hole corresponds to the size of the piercing needle. In turn, you need to wear jewelry of that same gauge.

Many times, people do not go this way. Some try to insert thicker jewelry into their piercing hole, which can lead to pain, irritation and other problems. What about smaller gauges, then? Can you wear a smaller gauge jewelry in your piercings?

Wear a Smaller Gauge Jewelry: Yes or No?

If you want to wear a smaller gauge jewelry than you piercing hole, you can run into several problems. You may think that it is an okay thing to do, especially if there is a body jewelry piece you … read more

Can You Get an Industrial Piercing with a Gun?

Industrial Piercing with a GunIndustrial piercings are among the most effective ear piercings in the world. While technically any two piercings connected by a straight barbell are considered “Industrial piercings”, the name mainly refers to the ear piercings. This opens the question of the use of piercing guns. Is it safe to do an Industrial piercing with a gun?

The Danger of a Piercing Gun

If you wondering about getting an Industrial piercing with a gun, think twice. Piercing guns are unsafe and proper piercers do not recommend them at all. In fact, doctors and piercers alike agree that performing piercings with a gun is a bad and dangerous practice.

The main problem is that is not possible to properly sterilize most of the piercings guns out there. This opens the door for infections and many other issues. Another problem is that piercing with … read more

Choose the Right Captive Bead Earring

Captive Bead EarringThere are many different earring styles you can try. Some people opt for large, heavy and dangling pieces. However, not everybody likes this type of big jewelry. What happens if you are a fan of a more subdued style? Luckily, there are many simple yet captivating styles you can use. Among all, Captive Bead earring style is one of the most elegant ones.

What is a Captive Bead Earring Style?

Earrings come in many different designs. Since earlobe piercing is so popular, there are numerous types of earring styles you can use. Even people who are not into body piercing have pierced ears. This means that there are so many earring types you can use. Most of them come in very small gauges, since earlobe piercing holes are typically small for most people. The only exception to this rule are … read more

Do You Twist a Piercing?

Twist PiercingOne of the most common rookie mistakes when it comes to body piercings is twisting the jewelry. It is usually not the person’s fault: this used to be an advice by ill-informed people at mall kiosks and similar places. Proper piercing studios do not recommend you to twist a piercing during the healing time. This can be very dangerous so it is best to leave a piercing alone. Why is so dangerous to twist a piercing.

Should You Ever Twist a Piercing?

If piercing twisting ever a good idea? First of all, it is not really possible to twist a piercing. Rather, people twist their jewelry to prevent it from sticking to the piercing hole in healing. This may seem like a logical idea, but it is actually dangerous.

Your new piercing in healing needs all the care to heal … read more

Do Surface Piercings Last Forever?

Corset PiercingSurface piercings are amazing in so many ways. Perhaps the best thing about them is that you can get them almost anywhere. You don’t have to restrict yourself to the usual body parts such as ears, navel or lip. You can get surface piercings on your back, your arms, your chest or almost anywhere else. They also look stunning, too! However, it is important to understand that surface piercings are not like “regular” piercings. One of the most common questions people ask is: “do surface piercings last forever?” This is, indeed, a very important question and you need to think about it.

Can a Piercing Last Forever?

Before you learn whether surface piercings last forever or not, let us consider what “forever” means in the context of piercings. It is not really possible to find a piercing that … read more