Studio Etiquette

Inside a Piercing StudioPiercing studios are great places. This is where you can get that piercing you’ve been dreaming about or pick a fancy jewelry piece.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that there are some guidelines you should follow in order to make the experience better for everyone.

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  • Before going to a piercing studio it’s best to have at least a vague idea of what you want. Your piercer needs to start from somewhere, so it’s best to visit a studio once you have at least some ideas in mind.
  • Piercers and other staff are there to answer your question. Do your best to ask questions related to their job and something that’s actually relevant. In other words, do not waste piercer’s time.
  • It’s best to do some research beforehand (see above). If you do that you will be able to ask more specific questions and get a better picture of what you need.
  • Listen. As much as questions are important, so are the answers. Listen to what your piercer has to say, especially if it’s about aftercare and health.
  • Do not touch your piercing or jewelry in the studio’s common room. Some people like to take their old jewelry out or to simply touch their piercing, which is not safe because it can pose a health danger. Keep in mind that a studio has to stay clean. Do not  touch or handle your piercing in any way, even if it’s a healed one.
  • This warning stands for all common areas of the studio, including the restroom.
  • It is very, very dangerous to change your jewelry in the studio, so it should be avoided at all costs (see above).
  • If you wish to change your jewelry, let the piercer do it in the piercing room.
  • Old jewelry should always be handled in a sealed container, such as a bag or a box. Never take it out, even in the common rooms.
  • Ask where to put your bag, coat and other personal belongings. It is important that the piercing room stays clean. Do not just assume that you can take your bag or another item into the piercing room. Ask to know what’s expected of you.
  • Be cooperative. Piercing procedures tend to make people anxious and nervous, but that’s not the reason to misbehave. If you feel you could not go through the procedure, communicate this to your piercer.
  • During the procedure, try to stay focused. Your piercer will want to talk to you and walk you through the entire process, so do your best to listen.
  • Questions are more than welcome. In fact, they are expected. However, you need to let the piercer do their job.
  • Ask if it’s ok to have a friend or a family member with you. This is usually allowed, since piercing artists know how important is to have moral support.
  • If visitors are allowed, they need to behave. They are not allowed to compromise the procedure in any way.
  • Ask before you use a camera or a phone in the piercing room, especially during the procedure. The same goes for your companions. You will probably need to skip flash. Flashes are very distracting for the piercers.
  • Don’t drink or take drugs before getting a piercing. The piercer will refuse to provide the service if you are under influence.
  • Mind your manners. Do not yell or disrespect your piercer, staff or other customers.
  • Tipping is typically welcome and highly appreciated. It is not necessary to do so but it’s a nice thing to do if you are satisfied with the service.
  • Do not bargain. Do not ask your piercer to match the price from the mall kiosk or another shabby place. The prices are there for a reason.

5 Surprisingly Painless Piercings

1729pThere are some piercings that are known to be relatively painless.

Earlobe, for example, is known as probably the least painful piercings of them all.

However, there are some other piercings that are relatively painless or definitely much less painful than they look.

But let’s start with the easiest one:

Earlobe Piercing

Everyone knows this one is relatively easy to go through. Earlobe tissue is soft and not particularly thick, so it’s easy for a needle to go through. However, it’s always important to use a proper piercing needle for this procedure.

Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Guns are dangerous, unsanitary and can make the whole procedure much painful than what it’s supposed to be. Plus, no knowledgeable professional will want to use a piercing gun so if your piercer uses it, there is a good chance they are not a reliable professional. Find a studio and a good piercer who will perform this piercing properly.

Septum Piercing

When done right, nose septum piercing does not hurt much. It’s because the piercing itself doesn’t go through nose cartilage at all. Instead, the piercing is done on the thin skin just in front of the cartilage. If you pinch your nose on this spot you will feel how thin the tissue actually is.

For a septum piercing to be positioned correctly, your piercer has to go through that tissue alone. If done correctly, it doesn’t bring much pain. It is actually one of the least painful piercings out there.

However, many people say that they experienced significant pain during the procedure. The reasons is that some piercers are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to hit the right spot. If the needle goes through the cartilage or if the piercing is positioned too low, it might end up being painful. To avoid this problem, always seek an experienced piercer who knows how to perform septum piercings correctly. Chances are that it will be one of the least painful piercings you’ll get!

Tongue Piercing

It may surprise many people, but classic tongue piercings are not particularly painful. They may seem painful because tongue is thick and there is a lot of tissue for needle to go through, but fear not: it is actually one of the least painful places you can get pierced.

However, please note that this is only true for a typical central tongue piercing. Other tongue piercing types may prove to be more painful. Also, it’s important to find a knowledgeable piercer who is experienced with tongue piercings to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Bridge Piercing

Surprisingly enough, but piercing the bridge of your nose is not particularly painful. Bridge piercing, also known as Erl piercing, is not as popular as some other piercing types, but there are many people who choose to get it.

It may seem like a sensitive spot, but bridge piercings are relatively quick to perform and they don’t hurt much. They definitely look more painful than they actually are, so if you are thinking about getting this piercing, there is no need to fear pain.

Prince Albert

Now, this one is a bit different. PA is a genital piercing and as such, it is more painful than some other piercing types. At the same time, Prince Albert is surprisingly painless compared to most other piercings. It is one of the least painful genital piercings for sure, but it’s also less painful than many “regular” piercings.

The thing is that only a little bit of a very thin tissue is pierced during this procedure. Most of the piercing uses the natural hole – urethra, so all the piercer needs to perform is a slight cut on the underside of the penis. The skin on that spot is thin and the procedure is done quickly. Most men describe the pain as a pinch and claim that PA piercing was much less painful than some “ordinary” piercings, such as ear cartilage piercings or nose piercings.

In other words, if you want to have a genital piercing but you’re scared of the pain, Prince Albert may be the perfect solution for you!

Are Piercings a New “Fad”?

Piercing FadSome people think that piercings and other types of body modifications are just a “fad” and a modern trend that will likely disappear very soon. While people are free to hold their own opinions it’s important to know that nothing can be further from the truth. Piercings and other types of body modification actually have a long history and cannot be classified as a “fad” or a latest trend. They are not even modern in origin.

Body Piercing Has a Long History

Body piercing has been around since ancient times, probably even before that, as early as prehistory. That is thousands of years of body piercings. While this type of body modification hasn’t been equally popular in all historical periods and all geographical places, it is safe to say that it is a very old practice and definitely not something invented a few decades ago. If you add other old body modifications (such as tattoos) into the mix, it becomes clear that this type of modifying one’s body is actually a very old practice that has been with humans for ages.

The reason piercings and other modifications may appear new is that they are getting more socially acceptable in modern society today. Also, let’s not forget that the eras before ours, such as early 20th century or 19th century, were not really pro-body modifications in the modern society. This is why it may seem to some people that piercings and other modifications are a new thing.

Why It’s Seen as a Fad?

There may be several reasons why piercings are seen as a “fad”, but it probably depends on the judgmental person making this assertion. As many people with body modifications know, not everyone approves of their choice. There are those who strongly oppose any form of body modification and speak badly about it. While these people are free to hold their own opinions it is also true that nobody forces you to have a body modification if you don’t want to. It means that people who don’t like piercings, tattoos and other modifications don’t need to have them. At the same time, people who like body modifications should be able to enjoy them to the fullest without being judged.

So, prejudices and judgmental attitude sure are some of the reasons why some people see piercings as a fad. For the others, it’s simply because of the lack of education on the subject. Since piercings and tattoos are getting more popular these days, they may seem like a new thing. Also, since piercings and tattoos are more socially acceptable today than they were a couple of decades ago, it may seem that everybody has them or that it’s some kind of a new fashion statement.

As stated above, nothing could be further from the truth: piercings and other body modifications are actually very ancient in origin. Sure, the piercing industry is expanding and there are new forms of piercings and other modifications being invented, so some of these things are relatively new. The practice of modifying one’s body and piercings themselves, however, are very old in origin.

Attract Attention with Piercings

Attract Attention with PiercingsPiercings are a great way to express your individuality and show a particular aspect of yourself. There are as many reasons and motivations to get pierced as there are people, so it’s impossible to find one, unifying reason.

That being said, piercings tend to attract attention. Some piercings more than the others, and some jewelry types more than the others, but it’s important to know that it’s something that does attract attention.

Piercings and Attention

Piercings do attract all sorts of reactions, from very negative to extremely positive. Regardless of the type of reaction, piercings tend to attract attention in almost all areas of life. Again, some of this attention will be positive and some of it will be negative. Many times, it will be neutral. Piercings are getting more and more common these days, so it takes away people’s curiosity a bit. Also, many types of piercings are getting more socially acceptable today, so it’s another factor to consider.

All these things combined make piercings less of a novelty and unusual thing to have. That being said, piercings and body jewelry still attract a lot of attention. The same can be said for tattoos and other types of body modification. That’s why it’s not surprising to have people notice your piercings or even comment on them.

While there are judgmental people who see these body modifications as bad, there are many people who view piercings in a positive light. That’s why it’s vital to knowhow to attract the right kind of attention with your piercings and get a desired reaction out of them.

What you want from your piercings is deeply personal so there is no one answers to this question. However, you need to keep in mind that piercings do attract attention and you need to understand how different piercing types and different jewelry can produce reactions.

Send a Message

How to send the right kind of a message with your piercings? First of all, you need to decide whether you wish to send a message or not. It is perfectly possible that you wish to wear your piercings and jewelry just for yourself. For example, you may choose to get pierced in a place not seen by people, or seen only by people you are intimate with. You may choose to make your piercings as plain as possible. Or you may choose to wear whatever jewelry type you like without worrying whether it fits your current clothing and style. All of these choices are valid. There is no one way to wear your body jewelry or to express yourself through body modifications.

If you want to send a particular message, however, you need to be conscious of your piercing types and jewelry you choose to wear. There are many different piercings and body parts to be pierced, and not all of them are equally noticeable or common. Unusual and rare piercings tend to attract more attention. More common ones are less likely to provoke a reaction.
The same can be said about jewelry. Simple, plain-looking jewelry is less noticeable than heavy, richly ornamented jewelry. Since you can change jewelry once your piercing is healed you can experiment. You can easily choose jewelry that will match your clothing or your general style. Or you may go to the opposite direction and choose mismatch jewelry to attract more attention.

As you can see, there are many choices and the only limit is your imagination! With so many beautiful, high-quality jewelry pieces on the market today it’s sure possible to choose the best one for your needs. Whatever you wish to evoke in terms of attention and reactions you will be able to achieve using varied jewelry pieces and styles. Try many different things until you find what you like and are comfortable with.

Tips for New Piercings: What to Do If…

how-to-clean-your-nose-piercingFirst hours and days after getting your piercing done are crucial. This is when you should take special care of your new piercing so it can heal properly. Many people are unsure what to expect during this time, because even the normal, healthy piercings will show some warning signs during this period.

Here are some handy tips on what to do during this time.

Keep in mind that the healing time is long so you’re definitely not off the hook after the first few days. However, these first days are crucial for ensuring success with your piercings.

What To Do if…

… You don’t know how to clean properly

Many newbies do not know how to clean their piercings properly or how to perform adequate aftercare. This can be very detrimental to the health, so it’s important that you know how to care for your new piercing at all times. This is the job for your piercer, so if there is something you don’t understand, do not hesitate to ask them, even if it means going back to the studio to clarify.

The good news is that cleaning and aftercare are not complicated: the most complex thing about aftercare is that it has to be done consistently! Since many piercings take months to heal, many people may skip cleanings or do them sloppily. This is where things get nasty. However, as long as you stick to the recommended aftercare you don’t have to have any special technique for cleaning. In other words, it’s not difficult to clean properly.

There are only a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning:

  • Clean as many times per day as recommended (no more, no less)
  • Use only gentle cleaners (saline solution works wonders)
  • Try to disturb your new piercing as little as possible while cleaning. No turning or twisting the jewelry!
  • If you touch your new piercing or jewelry, make sure your hands are absolutely clean

…You notice fluid coming out of your piercing

Some secretion is not uncommon for new piercings. You may notice some fluid coming out of the piercing in the first days after the procedure. This fluid should be liquid, almost clear (or just a bit yellow). It will typically form a crust around the hole and on the jewelry. This is a perfectly normal thing and it’s actually a sign that your piercing is healing properly. All you need to do is to clean your piercing as instructed. It should remove the crusts from the skin and jewelry. However, never scrub hard or try to remove the crusts with force. Just clean the piercing as you always do and leave it alone.

Fluid coming out of the piercing can be a sign of an infection, but it’s usually easy to tell when there’s a problem. You will notice swelling and increased tenderness if that happens. Also, the secretion will be darker in color (darker yellow, white, or another color). This is pus and it’s typically not as liquid as the normal secretion. If in doubt, it’s best to seek medical advice.

… Your New Piercing is Swollen

Tongue_piercingAfter you get pierced, you can expect some swelling. Most piercings will swell right after the procedure and in the following days. This swelling is normal and it’s just a body’s reaction to what happened.

Keep in mind, however, that this swelling should be temporary. It should not hurt much and it should go away on its own within a few days. You should definitely see it getting better every day. This is a good sign of healing.

If, on the other hand, the swelling becomes worse or if you experience pain and discomfort, it is a sign that something is wrong. Your new piercing may be infected. The best course of action in these situations is to consult your doctor, not your piercer. Keep in mind that piercers are not medical professionals. Most of the time, these infections and problems are not serious, but only if you get medical help straight away. Never wait for too long to seek help if you experience any prolonged swelling or other signs of infection.

… Your New Piercing Hurts

Your new piercing will definitely be sensitive in the first hours, if not days, after the procedure. This is normal and you should not worry about it. You may take painkillers to ease the pain, but other than that, it’s not a sign that something is wrong.

However, keep in mind that your piercing should get better quickly. The pain should be gone within a day or a few days. The exact time needed for a piercing to stop hurting will depend on numerous factors, first and foremost, the body part and the type of piercing you have. Make sure to ask your piercer about the normal time in which you can expect your new piercing to be painful. This way, you will know if everything is healing normally or if there is a reason to be concerned.

If the pain persists for longer than normal or if it gets worse, it’s important to seek medical help immediately, because it can be a sign of an infection or another problem. It’s vital to react quickly because piercing infections can progress quickly.

… Your jewelry cuts into the skin

The initial swelling after the procedure can make the jewelry become “tight” so it might cut into the skin. If the swelling is barely noticeable this should not cause any problems. However, it can become an issue if the swelling is more pronounced. It can also be a sign of an inexperienced piercer, because knowledgeable piercers know they need to use longer jewelry to account for swelling.

This is the reason many initial jewelry pieces are longer than the regular ones. The longer ones are used for swelling and the jewelry is changed once the swelling is gone. If you feel you didn’t get proper jewelry and if you feel the jewelry is too short, go back to the studio and demand a longer jewelry piece.

What if you have a healed piercing and the jewelry still cuts into the skin? This should never happen with healed piercings so it’s either a sign of improperly fitted jewelry or a swelling. If your piercing is healthy (no swelling or other signs of infection), you will need to get new jewelry. It is vital for your body jewelry to be long enough to sit comfortably: it should never cut into your skin.

The Labret vs Lip Piercing: The Differences

vertical-labretThere is some confusion about labret and lip piercings. These two words are often considered to be synonyms describing any piercing through the lip. However, there is a difference.

The Labret is, simply put, just one of the many possible lip piercings. There are many other lip piercing placements that are not considered “labret” placement.

The confusion comes from the name itself. “Labret” comes from the Latin name for the lip (labrum). However, not all lip piercings are considered to be Labrets, since many of them have their unique names.

To make the confusion even further, “labret” is often a word used to describe a particular type of a jewelry, a labret stud. This type of jewelry is often used for lip piercings (not just for the Labret piercing), and it can also be used for some other piercing types.

What is the Labret?

The Labret, as a piercing name and placement, describes one particular type of a lip piercing. Namely, this is a piercing done through the lower lip, typically placed at the center and not to the side.

It’s important to note that with this placement, the piercing is not actually attached to the lip and do not go through the lip itself. It’s actually done just above the chin, under the lip and when your lower lip meets the chin. This is the most common placement for the Labret. Some people consider only this placement to be the “true” Labret piercing. Other lip piercings may be known under other names but they are not considered Labret in the true sense of the word.

Of course, some opinions differ. Some people consider several different types of lip piercings to be labrets. For example, a lip piercing that is not done centrally on the lower lip but to the sides. Another popular variation is a vertical labret, the one that goes from the lip itself to the chin and has both holes on the outside.

What is important to know, however, is that “labret” is not a synonym for a lip piercing: while all labret piercings are lip piercings, not all lip piercings are labrets.

The Labret piercing has a long history among Native Americans and in some parts of Africa. It is a very ancient type of body modification. It gained more prominence on the West in late 20th century. Some of the newer forms of lip piercings are a product of contemporary interest in body modifications but the Labret itself is very old in origin.

Interesting fact: “Labret” can be pronounced in two different ways, as “lay-bret”, not “luh-bray”. There is no clear consensus about which one is the correct way to pronounce it, though some experts are more favorable of the “luh-bray” pronunciation. That being said, “lay-bret” pronunciation tends to be more common among general population.

What is a Lip Piercing?

A lip piercing is any piercing done on the lip (upper or lower lip), regardless of the placement. Some lip piercings are Labrets, but others have different names. Since there are so many possible placements for a lip piercing, there are many different types of lip piercings performed today. Many of these piercings have their unique names and Labret is just one of them.

In this sense, the Labret is a lip piercing done centrally on the bottom lip. Another type of a lip piercing (as defined by a different placement) will have its unique name. The most popular forms of lip piercings other than the Labret are: Monroe, Madonna, Medusa, Philtrum, Jestrum and various types of the so-called “Bites” piercings.

What is a Labret Stud?

A labret stud (also known as simply “labret”, to confuse matters even more) is a jewelry type usually used for lip piercings. It’s a stud with a bead or another decoration on one end and a flat base on the other. These studs resemble nostril studs (also known as “nose bones”) a lot.

The decorated part of the jewelry is placed outside of the mouth while the flat base is located inside the mouth. Labret studs are often lightweight and discreet, though they can be very pretty and nicely ornamented.

It’s also important to note that most types of lip piercings use labret studs – they are not reserved for the Labret piercing only! Also, it’s possible to use labret studs for other types of piercings (not just lip piercings). It all depends on comfort and the person’s individual preferences.

Rare Ear Piercings: Ragnar

ragnarThe Ragnar piercing is a special version of the snug piercing. It’s also known as “deep snug” and it’s considered a special placement and a modification of the more popular snug piercing type. As such, it’s not as popular as its more common counterpart.

However, this is a very interesting piercing variation so it’s definitely something to try if you’re looking for a reliable but unique ear piercing.

What Makes Ragnar Piercing Different?

Ragnar is a special, rare piercing performed on the ear cartilage. For a piercing to be called “Ragnar”, it has to be performed on a specific place, on the point where the earlobe blends into the helix. However, unlike the regular snug piercing this one is made to extend and go all the way through the outer rim of the ear. This way, the cartilage is deeply pierced and the jewelry exits on the other side of the ear.

This is a very effective piercing type, and while it’s considered a variation of a snug piercing, it’s vital to keep in mind that it should be treated as a unique piercing, especially when it comes to procedure and aftercare. Ragnar passes through so much tissue, which make it more complex than many other ear piercings. While this is not a fully complex piercing, it’s undoubtedly more sensitive and complicated to perform than a regular snug. Therefore, it’s absolutely vital to choose a piercer who is experienced with Ragnar piercings and who knows how to perform them right. You do not wish to end up with a scar tissue, infection or another problem. While this piercing type is not problematic on its own, the fact it’s rare makes it necessary to be careful.

Ragnar is a type of a horizontal piercing, which is always unique to see on an ear. Horizontal ear piercings are very effective and they add a special visual effect, so they are made to attract attention. What makes Ragnar special is that it creates a very unique look, since it’s made to look like the jewelry has one ball inside the ear rim while the other one is on the outside edge of the ear.

Pay Special Attention

If you wish to have a Ragnar piercing, there are some things you need to think about. Like it’s said above, it’s absolutely crucial to find a piercer who is experienced with this piercing type. In addition to this, pay close attention to:

  • Ragnar passes through a large amount of tissue, which makes aftercare more complex. Cartilage is sensitive so it has to be touched with care. Since this piercing goes through major points in the ear cartilage it makes the piercing not only sensitive but fragile. The piercing takes months to heal (often close to a year to fully heal), so it’s important to be careful with the aftercare. In addition to regular aftercare measures (cleaning your piercing with saline solution), you need to make sure not to hurt your ear in any way. Avoid any harsh chemicals near your ear, including shampoos and skin products. Do not sleep on your ear for at least several weeks (perhaps even more). Keep your hair away from your ear. Be very careful when dressing up or taking your clothes off. It’s absolutely vital not to touch or hurt your piercing. It goes without saying: you should not twist or turn jewelry in any way. It’s important to let your new Ragnar piercing heal.
  • The most common jewelry type for a Ragnar piercing is a simple straight barbell. While this piercing is a relatively long for an ear cartilage piercing, it’s still shorter than Industrial piercings, so no special barbells are needed. In other words, a regular barbell will do – you don’t need one that’s super-long. Keep in mind: Industrial piercings are actually two piercings at one and while the jewelry is long the actual pierced area is smaller than that of Ragnar. Ragnar pierces more tissue. For this reason, some people opt for barbells made of flexible material rather than metal barbells. Flexible barbells but less strain on the tissue, which minimizes risk of migration, rejection and other problems. Also, flexible jewelry is more likely to adjust to the ear’s natural curves. On the other hand, metal jewelry is generally more reliable, so you may consider it for your Ragnar piercing once it’s fully healed. Some people use metal barbells as initial jewelry and they don’t have any problems, so it depends on the case.
  • Knowledgeable piercer? Finding a good piercer for a Ragnar piercing might not be easy. Even some highly experienced piercers are unfamiliar with this piercing type. Of course, the more experienced a piercer is, the more chances they will know how to handle a Ragnar. That being said, always try to go for someone who’s actually performed this piercing in the past. Ask for photos and credentials before you decide on a piercer.
  • Since Ragnar passes through a lot of cartilage tissue, it is bound to be painful. As you probably know, all ear cartilage piercings are painful to some degree. Since this one is particularly long, you can expect some degree of pain. However, there are certainly piercings that are more painful than Ragnar. People with Ragnar tend to agree that it’s worth a pain, so this should not prevent you from getting a Ragnar piercing if you want. That being said, this is definitely not a piercing for beginners or those who hate pain.

Mistakes to Avoid Before Getting Your Piercing Done

ear_piercingThere are some well-known piercing and aftercare mistakes you need to avoid.

They are vital for ensuring your safety and well-being. The only way to avoid problems is not to do anything stupid, and some of the mistakes are so common that it’s worth reminding people over and over again what not to do when it comes to their piercings.

Here is a list of additional mistakes to avoid even before you get your piercing done:

Not Knowing what You Want

This is a common mistake that’s often overlooked. If you want to get pierced, you need to have at least a basic idea of what you want in terms of piercing type and placement. If all you want is to “be pierced” but without any idea of a piercing you actually want, perhaps it’s best to wait for a while until you figure out what is that you truly want or if piercing is really the best idea for you.

Also, just because your friends have a particular piercing doesn’t mean it will fir you and your lifestyle. Think about what works for you and what would make you happy. It may be different than what makes your friends happy.

Piercing Yourself

Perhaps the worst idea in the history of bad ideas. You should never pierce yourself. It doesn’t matter how many articles you’ve read about the procedure or how many videos you’ve watched. It doesn’t matter if you think you can do it properly. Don’t. It’s a bad idea any way you look.

You are not a professional piercer and you do not know what you’re doing. Not to mention that even professional piercers often have another knowledgeable piercer perform procedures on them. Piercing yourself is a very, very bad idea.

Being Pierced by a Friend

Another huge mistake. Unless your friend is a professional piercer working in a reliable piercing studio, it’s a very bad idea to let them pierce you. Your friend is not a professional and just because they’ve seen how it’s done doesn’t mean they know how to do it. Also, chances are that your friend’s place is not the most sanitary environment to get pierced. You should avoid this at all costs. Find another, safe activity for friendship bonding and get pierced by a professional.

Shady Piercing Places

Another thing to consider is the studio. Do not allow to be pierced in a place known for being shady. They may have lower prices but it’s for a reason! Just because someone claims to be a professional with a proper studio doesn’t mean they truly are!

In order to stay safe you need to research studios in your area. Find out which is the best one and get pierced there. Yes, even if it means paying a little more. It’s better to give more money for a professional service than to be pierced by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Also, a lot of that will depend on the studio itself. Reliable studios that adhere to safety and hygiene standards employ knowledgeable staff. This is one of the ways to know you’re in good hands.

Getting Pierced at the Mall

This one is only marginally better than having your friend pierce you at their garage. Do not do this! The staff at a mall kiosk is not professional. They are required to pass one short course and are allowed to pierced customers with little or even no experience. Even worse, getting pierced at a mall often means being pierced with a gun, which is something you should avoid at all costs.

Also, jewelry sold at a mall is typically of lower quality than those offered at professional jewelry shops or reputable piercing studios. You don’t want to wear this cheap, poorly made jewelry. This is why getting pierced at a mall is a bad idea altogether. It’s just not worth saving a few bucks.

Functional Piercings

Functional PiercingsYou’ve probably heard of the so-called “functional piercings”, but you may be unsure what this term means. As the name implies, functional piercings are those that can serve a specific piratical function for the wearer. In other words, those are piercings that are not purely decorative and whose purpose is not only aesthetic.

One can say that all piercings can serve a purpose other than pure aesthetics: they are great for expressing the wearer’s individuality and style. Some piercings and jewelry types can also be used to signify belonging to specific groups or supporting specific causes.

However, for a piercing to be considered truly functional, it has to have an immediate practical purpose. The best example of these functional piercings are genital piercings: these piercings serve an important purpose for the wearer – they are made to enhance sexual pleasure.

Genital Piercings and Pleasure

While not all genital piercings are also functional piercings, it’s important to note that many are. In fact, genital piercings are so great precisely because they can be both aesthetic and functional. Many times, the placement for a genital piercing is chosen based on the intended goal – enhancing sexual pleasure for the wearer or the wearer’s partner.

There are many erogenous zones men and women have, and many times, placing a piercing and jewelry on these erogenous zones make the pleasure stronger. These piercings are made to hit these precise spots and enhance the pleasure.

This pleasure enhancement can happen during all stages and types of sexual activity, from masturbation to intercourse. Some piercings and jewelry types are specially designed to stimulate the wearer’s partner during intercourse.

Opinions vary when it comes to the end result. Some people claim the pleasure enhancement is not that high while others say piercings are the only thing that can make them reach orgasm. This is particularly true for women who are otherwise unable to reach an orgasm. These women find very enjoyable to have a piercing done on the clitoral hood (Vertical Clitoral Hood piercing) since the jewelry is positioned in such a way to stimulate the clitoris. Of course, this is only one example of a functional piercing.

Functional genital piercings can also be used to enhance the pleasure for the wearer’s partner. For example, Apadravya piercing is a popular male genital piercing that is said to be very stimulating for women during vaginal intercourse. Similarly, many claim that Ampallang piercing is stimulating for the receiving partner during anal sex.

Another way to use functional piercings is for weights. Piercings can be enhanced by adding some weight to them to enhance the experience. There are specially designed weights you can use for this purpose. It’s another great way to make your experience more stimulating and use your piercings for sexual pleasure.

Weights for Piercings

tongueWeights are a great way to add something extra to your piercing or a sex toy.

While it’s possible to use any sort of a weighting device to achieve the same result, it’s always best to use specialized devices made just for this purpose.

There are many different weights you can use. These small but powerful weights are made to be used on piercings and sex toys to enhance the sensation.

What Do Weights Do?

You may wonder what a small weight can do to your piercing or a sex toy. The answer is: a lot. A small weight carefully placed on the jewelry or a toy will increase the weight of the piece. This is very sensual and pleasurable, especially if used on very sensitive body parts, such as nipples or genitalia.

In many ways, heavy, sturdy toys and jewelry increase the pleasure. They put the pressure on the tissue and pull the skin, which is arousing to many people. While some of this tension can be created manually or using other devices, small weights are ideal for this purpose.

Weights made for piercings and adult toys are specially designed to be attached to jewelry or toys in numerous ways. Typically, it is done using “S” hooks or another type of hooks. Sometimes, chains and ropes are used for this purpose. Some jewelry pieces and sex toys will come with chains and hooks so they are designed with added weights in mind. The weights are small in size so they are not a nuisance while still providing that sensual feeling and added stimulation.

The best weights are made of body-friendly steel material so they are sturdy, strong and reliable. They are safe to be used on the body and they will last you for a long time.

How to Use Weights

There are many people who find this added weight stimulating, so weights can be used in numerous ways. They can be used alone or for some kinky games with a partner. That being said, it’s important to be careful when using the weights. Since they stretch the tissue it’s vital not to leave them on for too long or else you are risking tears and other damage to the tissue. Also, in case you wish to use them for piercings keep in mind that they can make piercings stretch. This is fine if stretching results is what you want but if not, be aware of the unwanted stretching weights can bring.

Just like with any other toy or jewelry, it’s important to be careful and to use weights with awareness. If used properly, weights can add a lot to your sex life and ensure that extra satisfaction you sure want to experience.

There are numerous ways in which you can use the weights. In a way, the only limit is your imagination! Here are some commons ways to use these small weights:

  • Adding Weights to Piercings. One of the most common ways to use weights is to add them to piercings, particularly those located at sensitive body places. Most people prefer to use them on nipples and genital piercings. Both men and women like to enhance the feeling by attaching weights to their genital jewelry or nipple jewelry.
  • Adding Weights to Sex Toys. There are numerous sex toys that feel much better with some added weight applied. Weights enhance the pleasure and make the area more sensitive. They are particularly great to use during BDSM and other kink games between partners. Of course, you may use weights with toys for some fun alone time.
  • Piercing Stretching. While stretching with weights is not the most reliable method and other methods are often preferred, it’s possible to stretch your piercings using weights. Once the piercing is fully healed you can add weights to the jewelry in order to stretch the piercing to a larger gauge.
  • Ball Stretching. There are many men who like to stretch their balls to achieve low-hangers. There are numerous stretching devices specially designed for this purpose. Some of these weights and stretchers come with hooks or chains so additional weights can be applied to make the effect even more pronounced. Also, there are some ball weights specially designed to accommodate additional weights. One of the most popular stretchers of this type is a Parachute Ball Stretcher. It comes with special chains so weights of different sizes can be added to it.