Top 5 Rare but Easy Piercings

Top 5 Rare but Easy PiercingsThere are many different types of rare and unusual piercings. Some of them are very difficult to get and can lead to numerous problems. Many rare piercings are also very extreme, which is one of the reasons why they are rare and unusual in the first place.

However, there are some original piercings that are not too complicated to get. If you wish to have a more effective and original piercing than the simple and common piercing types, check out these 5 rare piercings that are also easy to get.

  1. Madison Piercing

Madison piercing is rare and unusual but not really extreme. It is a surface piercing done one the jugular notch. This is a place on the neck directly above the collar bones. It got its name after a pornstar who made this type of piercing famous.

This piercing is not really complicated and the procedure is easy. As a surface piercing, however, keep in mind that it’s prone to migration and rejection. It is also not a permanent piercing, so you will probably need to retire it at some point.

That being said, Madison is an interesting and unusual piercing you can get if you wish to have a more original piercing that is not too extreme. Just be careful not to get it snagged on clothes since it can lead to tearing and other problems.

  1. Horizontal Lip Piercing

Horizontal lip piercing is one of the rarest lip piercing placements. It’s also a great way to get a rare and unusual piercing without going too far. If you don’t like extreme piercings but would like to have a more original piercing, horizontal lip piercing might be a good way to go.

This is considered a unique lip piercing placement. It goes through the lip horizontally. Typically, lower lip is used for this piercing, though there are some people who choose to have a horizontal piercing through the upper lip.

One potential problem with this piercing is that it goes through a lot of flesh. This is a long piercing so it requires a lot of care. Also, the jewelry for this piercing needs to be long enough. Long straight barbells are the best jewelry types for horizontal lip piercing.

This is a very effective piercing type that will sure draw a lot of attention. One possible drawback is that it may affect the functionability of your lower lip. It will make the lip less flexible, which can interfere with certain functions. However, if your piercer is experienced and knowledgeable most of the problems can easily be avoided.

  1. Finger Piercing

If you wish to have a relatively small piercing that is still very unique and rare. There are many different ways to pierce a finger. Horizontal piercing through the fingertip is one of the more popular variants, but there are many more. Also, you can choose which finger you wish to have it pierced.

As with any other unusual piercing, it is important to find an experienced, knowledgeable piercer who will know how to perform the procedure without a problem. One of the most important things is to avoid hitting the bone in the finger, which is why it’s important to find a piercer who has some experience with this type of piercing.

While you may choose any finger you want, it’s probably for the best to go with a finger you rarely use. Also, it’s better to use your non-dominant hand for a finger piercing. All these things will help you minimize the risk of infections and other problems.

  1. Neck Back Piercing

This is another rare piercing form that is not too extreme, so if you want something unusual, neck back piercing might be the right choice for you. A neck back piercing is another form of a surface piercing and as such, it brings all the usual risks associated with surface piercings. This piercing is prone to migration and rejection, so this is something to think about. Also, as any other surface piercing, neck back piercing is not made to be permanent, so it’s another thing you need to keep in mind.

Neck back piercings can be done alone or in pairs. Some people even choose to do them in groups. Whatever your preference may be, it’s important to find an experienced piercer who is knowledgeable enough with this piercing type. That’s the only way to avoid infections and other problems associated with rare piercings.

  1. Eyelid Piercing

This is a very unusual piercing and some people consider it more extreme than others presented on this list. Luckily, it is not really complex but it’s vital to find a knowledgeable piercer who knows how to perform this piercer properly.

Since the piercing is done so close to the eye it is a risky procedure that can lead to numerous problems. In order to stay safe you need to get pierced by an experienced piercer.

One good thing about this piercing is that it’s actually relatively easy and painless. The eyelid piercing is thus not really extreme in the true sense of the word. The skin is thin and it doesn’t require a lot of time to get pierced. In that sense, eyelid piercing is not the most extreme piercing type you can get.

However, there is a reason why this is a very rare piercing. The jewelry will sit next to the eye and rub on it, which can pose a problem when blinking or sleeping. The jewelry can rub against the eye, which can be uncomfortable and risky. For these reasons, eyelid piercing is not for everyone. If you want to get this piercing it’s important to be informed about all the potential dangers and drawbacks.

Oral Piercings

tongueOral piercings are those piercings located fully or partially inside the mouth.

When a piercing is fully located in the mouth, it means that both the enter and exit holes, as well as jewelry, are placed inside the mouth.

The most typical of these piercings is tongue piercing.

However, this is not the only way to have an oral piercing. A piercing can only be partially located in the mouth while the other side is located on the outside, such as on the lip or cheek.

Oral piercings require special aftercare and close attention because of the sensitive tissue and heightened risk of infections. It’s vital to perform aftercare with great care and to monitor your piercing for any potential problems.

Oral piercings include:

  • Tongue piercing.
  • Smiley piercing.
  • Some rare piercings, such as frowny, uvula and other rare oral piercings.
  • Various lip piercings can also be classified as oral piercings, because they are partially located inside of the mouth.
  • Cheek piercings can also be considered oral piercings if they are partially located inside of the mouth.

Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercing is among the most popular piercings and by far the most popular oral piercing. This piercing is performed on the tongue, and the placement can vary slightly based on person’s wishes and anatomy. One of the best things about tongue piercing is that it’s relatively painless and it heals quickly.

While it may seem complex or traumatic tongue piercing is actually one of the less stressful piercing types. However, to ensure satisfaction and safety, it’s vital to get pierced by a knowledgeable, experienced piercer.

Typical jewelry for this piercing type is a straight barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. Tongue piercing, just like all of the other oral piercings, require special aftercare.

Smiley Piercing

Smiley piercing is performed on the frenulum of the upper lip, that is, on the thin piece of skin in the middle of the inside upper lip. The skin here is very thin so it pierces easily. When positioned correctly, jewelry is made to sit on the upper lip and partially on the upper teeth.

Typically, this piercing is not visible unless the person smiles or opens mouth wide enough, so this is why it’s called a smiley piercing. Indeed, it can be best seen when the person smiles.

Since the skin is so thin the procedure is quick and this piercing heals quickly. However, it’s important to follow all aftercare instructions carefully in order to prevent infections and other problems.

Typical jewelry for smiley piercing is a small gauge Captive Bead Ring.

Rare Piercings

There is a number of rare and unusual oral piercings. Some of them are not actually rare among piercing enthusiasts, though they are certainly not as popular as the most common oral piercings. These piercings include frowny, uvula and some more unusual oral piercings.

Some users like to get creative and always seek the way to find new places to be pierced and new, unusual placements. Oral piercings are among those unusual types, though the anatomy of the mouth often makes it difficult to invent new piercing types easily.

Lip Piercings and Cheek Piercings

Most lip piercings are partially located inside the mouth while the other end is located on the outside. Piercings such as labret, Madonna and Monroe, as well as many so-called “bites” piercings (Angel bites, Snake bites, Dolphin bites, and more) are also partially located in the mouth.

What makes these piercings tricky is that they require double aftercare. The part of the piercing and jewelry that lies outside requires aftercare suitable for general piercings while the inside part, the one that lies in the mouth, requires special aftercare suitable for oral piercings.

Cheek Piercings are another type of piercing that resides partially inside the mouth. Similar to lip piercings, part of the jewelry is outside the body, this time located on the cheeks, while the inside part is inside the mouth and it’s considered oral piercing.

Gem Cuts and Body Jewelry

Gem CutsThere are many different ways to shape a gemstone. These different designs are also known as cuts, since this is what they basically are: different ways to cut a gemstone. Each of these cuts produces a unique shape and gives a special aesthetic to the stone and to the entire jewelry piece.

Many of these cuts are used for body jewelry. In order to choose the best jewelry piece for yourself, it’s important to know what these cuts are, how they are shaped and how they can be used to emphasize the beauty of any jewelry piece.

Popular Gem Cuts

The most popular gem cuts include:

  • Round cut is probably the most popular of them all. It is specially designed to emphasize the gem’s brilliance. Typically, a round (brilliant) cut has 57 or 58 facets. This is a very common gem cut but it doesn’t make it “ordinary” in any way, since it amplifies the gem’s sparkles.
  • Oval cut is a symmetrical design shaped as a faceted oval. It is particularly effective on rings since it elongates the hand. However, it also works great in body jewelry and can be used in many different ways.
  • Marquise cut is a very elongated design with pointed ends. It is said to be inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, as commissioned by Louis XIV who wanted a gem that resembles her smile.
  • Pear (Teardrop) cut. This is a very effective shape, a combination of the oval and the marquise cut. It is actually shaped as an oval on one end and marquise on the other, which makes a pear shaped gem.
  • Emerald cut is a special rectangular shape with uniquely cut corners. The whole design of the gem’s sides sometimes resemble stairs. This is a very old cut used by royalty in the past. This cut can emphasize any faults in the gem, so it can reveal a high-quality stone as the opposite of an inferior one.
  • Triangle cut produces a triangle gem. This is a very brilliant cut that makes gems striking and unique. This cut makes triangular gems usually with truncated corners. This may seem like a simple design but it’s very effective and striking, especially for body jewelry.
  • Princess cut is a rectangular or shaped design with many sparkling facets. It requires special cutting procedure and craftsmanship to make it truly brilliant. Princess cut is known as “Square Modified Brilliant cut”. This is actually a square version of the round brilliant cut. This cut produces elegant yet striking stones and gems for body jewelry.
  • Heart shaped is a less common cut, but it’s very popular with certain body jewelry types. The heart shaped design is actually a pear-shaped cut with a cleft on top. This is a great shape for cute and romantic jewelry pieces. Since heart shaped gems are very complex and difficult to make, it’s a sign of a quality jewelry piece to have a beautifully shaped heart gem.
  • Trillion cut is a complex design originally developed in Amsterdam. There are some variations in the design depending on the gem’s characteristics or even the artist’s individual preference. Trillion gems are often triangular with pointed corners.

How Old Should You Be to Get Pierced?

Older Man PiercingsMany people are interested about the best age to get your first piercing. It’s important to note that there is no one, universal good answer to this question.

Everybody has their own, individual life path and maturity, so what’s good for one person might not be good for the other.

There are, however, some legal and ethical issues to take into account. As a rule, there is no such a thing as being too old for your first piercing – but there is such a thing as being too young.

Legal Aspects

Before you decide to get your first piercing, you need to make sure it’s legal. There are numerous rules and regulations when it comes to clients’ minimum age to get pierced. These rules vary from state to state (and country to country), so they are not universal and not the same everywhere. If in doubt, make sure to check local rules and regulations in your area.

Generally speaking, minors cannot get pierced without parental consent. Usually, the youngest age to get pierced is 16, but you need to have your parents’ consent. Typically, it’s possible to get pierced without parental consent once you’re 18 (though in some places it can be 21 – this is why you need to check).

These general regulations, however, differ when it comes to certain types of piercings, such as genital piercings or nipple piercings (in some areas). Generally speaking, you need to be 18 years old in order to request this type of piercing.

There are some controversies about parents allowing their minor children to get pierced. Basic earlobe piercings are very popular even with young demographic, so it’s usually the first piercing a person will get. Some parents want their children, even babies, get earlobe piercings.

Different piercing studios have different ideas about this. There are some ethnical issues about performing piercings at such young children, even with parental consent. What can a baby or an infant know about piercings and aftercare? Will they like to be pierced or is this just their parents’ wish? These are just some of the questions about piercing and minors.

All in all, it’s important to know that there is such a thing as being too young for your first piercing. Sometimes, this age is regulated through laws and rules, while sometimes it’s a grey area and it’s more related to ethnical issues and individual piercer’s decision.

If you are a teenager who wish to get pierced it’s important to know that you’ll probably need your parents’ consent. If they are unwilling to provide one, it’s important to wait until you get their consent or you’re old enough to get a piercing without parental consent.

Under no circumstances should you agree to get pierced by a friend or do it alone: piercings are a serious matter and they should be done by professionals. Never endanger your health for this! It’s much better to be patient and stay healthy than risk a traumatic and dangerous experience.

Am I Too Old?

On the other hand, you may feel you’re too old to get your first piercing. There are, after all, many people in their 40s, 50s or 60s without any piercings. You may think you’re past the age when piercings are cool.

If you are intrigued about piercings, fear not. There is actually no such a thing as being “too old” to get you first piercing, provided that your health allows it. Piercings are always cool if you like them, so there is no reason to get your first one in your 40s, 50s, 60s or even later!

Navel Piercing Types

Navel PiercingNavel piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. While it’s mostly popular among women there are also many men who like this piercing type and visual effect it can achieve.

While a typical navel piercing is the one done through the upper rim of the navel, it’s important to know that this is just one of the possible placements for this piercing type. In fact, there are many different placements and navel piercing types you can get.

Typical jewelry for most navel piercings is a curved barbell, though there are other jewelry choices that can be used, such as Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Sometimes, the jewelry choice will depend on the navel piercing type you choose to get.

Piercing Types

Here are the most common navel jewelry types:

  • Regular navel. What is considered a “regular navel piercing” is a vertical piercing done through the upper rim of the navel. This is the most common and by far the most popular navel piercing in the world.
  • Inverse navel. This is another vertical placement. The main difference between this piercing and regular navel piercing is that the inverse variant is placed on the lower part of the navel (lower ridge) instead of the upper.
  • Horizontal navel. This is a horizontal variant of the navel piercing. Instead through the ridge of the navel, this placement is done long the ridge, horizontally. Sometimes, it’s possible to pierce different spots horizontally, so you may pierce through the lower ridge of the navel, to achieve the lower horizontal placement.
  • True navel piercing. This is a relatively rare placement and requires specific anatomy. To be able to get this piercing, you need to have an “outie” belly button. In the case of this piercing, instead of navel ridge, the piercing is done on the navel itself.
  • Navel industrial. This is a combination of several navel piercings connected by a single barbell. Typical jewelry is a long straight barbell (industrial barbell). There are many different directions to position a navel industrial. Typically, piercings are done separately and jewelry is added later, once the piercing are healed. However, some piercers choose to connect new piercings with the jewelry straight away.
  • Multiple navel piercings. A navel can be pierced multiple times to create different patterns. Some of these piercings can be connected by a single jewelry piece to create a navel industrial (see above), while others can use individual jewelry pieces. There are many different patterns and placements you can achieve with multiple navel piercings. These piercings always look very stylish and richly ornamented so it’s possible to achieve multiple different looks with these piercings.

Risks and Dangers of Oral Piercings

tongueOral piercings such as tongue piercing and other piercings located inside the mouth can be very stylish and effective, but they also bring certain risks you need to know about.

One of the reasons why oral piercings can be so dangerous is because mouth contains millions of bacteria and it’s in contact with food. This creates a more dangerous environment than the one made for many other piercings.

Not to mention that putting jewelry in such a sensitive place (inside the mouth) can bring numerous other problems. It’s therefore not surprising that oral piercings are considered more sensitive than many others. While these piercings are not necessarily complex nor dangerous, it’s vital to understand dangers and potential pitfalls of these piercings.

Potential Dangers

Here are some of potential risks and dangers of oral piercings:

  • Damaged teeth. Your teeth can be harmed in many different ways. You can crack a tooth if you bit on the piercing. Not to mention that repeated clicking of the jewelry against the teeth can cause damage.
  • Damaged gums. Gums can also suffer due to oral piercing. Jewelry might tear or harm gums in another way.
  • Infections. Since there are so many bacteria in the mouth, infections are always a risk. Keep in mind that mouth is a sensitive area and that it’s easy to cause an infection there. Piercings will only make the matters worse. In order to prevent this problem, it’s important to monitor your oral piercings so you could spot the problem right from the start and prevent infections.
  • Swelling. In the case of an infection or another problem your tongue might swell so much it might close off your airway. This happens very rarely, but it’s a dangerous situation to be in. In order to prevent it, you need to monitor your oral piercings and react to any sign of trouble (such as the beginning of an infection).
  • Affected functions. Any oral piercing can interfere with chewing and swallowing. It can also affect speech.
  • Allergies. Another potential problem are allergies. Since the tissue inside the mouth is even more sensitive than the skin, allergies are more common and pronounced. This is why it’s vital to wear only jewelry made of medical-grade materials in order to prevent infections.
  • Numbness. This problem often occurs as a result of improper piercing and a sloppy procedure. If not done correctly, tongue piercing and other oral piercings can cause numbness of the nerves on the tongue and other areas of the mouth. In order to avoid this problem, always hire only reliable, experienced piercers working for a reputable piercing studio.
  • Drooling. Some tongue piercings and other oral piercings can increase the production of saliva.
  • Problems with dental appointments. Sometimes, oral piercings will make a dental appointment difficult. For example, jewelry can block X rays or the position of the piercing will make it difficult for a dentist to approach teeth.

Common Questions about Surface Piercings

2005pSurface piercings are very popular and varied.

The most common surface piercing type is eyebrow piercing.

But there are many other surface piercing choices, such as corset piercings, nape piercings, and more.

Here are some common questions you might have before you get a surface piercing:

What’s the main difference between surface and regular piercings?

The main difference is that surface piercings are made on a flat surface of the skin, so both the entry and exit hole are located on this same flat surface. Regular piercings, on the other hand, are made on a fold of a skin: they enter the skin on one side and exit on the other. This makes regular piercings more stable and long-lasting. Surface piercings, on the other hand, are temporary. This is a very important think you should keep in mind.

How long will a surface piercing last?

It is never possible to tell for sure. Some surface piercings are made to be very temporary: some are removed after only a few hours, for example. This is often the case with decorative piercings such as corset piercings. These are often used for photographs and art, so they are removed as soon as the photographs and videos are made.

Other surface piercings are more long-lasting. Eyebrow piercing, for example, can last for years. In this sense, they can be almost as long lasting as regular piercings. However, it will all depend on various factors. In order to prolong the life of your piercing you need to take a good care of it, especially during the healing time. It means proper aftercare and cleaning. That being said, keep in mind that surface piercings are just not made to be permanent.

How to prevent rejection?

As you probably know, one of the main problems about surface piercings is a high rate of rejection. Since these piercings are placed directly under the skin, it is very easy for your body to push the jewelry out. Think about a splinter: the jewelry is moved up the skin until it’s out.

One thing you need to understand about surface piercings is that they are not as long-lasting as other piercing types. This simply goes with the territory. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent migration and rejection so do not be too sad if it happens.

The only thing you can do is to monitor your piercing carefully. Make it into a habit to inspect it regularly to notice any potential changes. Usually, the rejection starts from the edges and it moves to the center of the jewelry piece. Another telling sing of impeding rejection is redness, tenderness and swelling.

The best thing you can do to prevent rejection of your surface piercing during the healing process is to perform adequate aftercare on a regular basis. While it is not a guarantee that rejection or migration won’t happen this is your best chance to prevent it from happening.

It is rejecting! Now what?

Take the jewelry out. This is the best course of action for any piercing that’s rejecting. Once the process starts there is very little you can do to stop it, so it’s best to simply retire your piercing. Failing to do so can result in scarring and infection, which is something you definitely want to prevent.

So, simply take the jewelry out and let the piercing heal.

Do surface piercings leave scars?

Surface piercings are shallow so they do not leave scars if you don’t let them reject or get infected. Marks and potential scars depend on the type of the surface piercing, though: an eyebrow piercing will leave a different type of a scar than multiple corset piercings across your back. So this is definitely one factor to take into account.

However, if you are careful and take a good care of your surface piercings they should not leave huge or noticeable scars. Typically, these piercings are retired without a problem, but you need to treat them for what they are: temporary (or semi-temporary) tattoos.

Can I get repierced multiple times?

As long as you retire your surface piercings properly so they don’t leave notable scar tissue yes, you can get repierced. This is exactly what many people do. However, keep in mind that you have to let your piercings heal properly before you attempt to repierced or else you’re at risk to develop infections and other problems.

Surface piercings have a high rate of rejection. Your body can see the jewelry as a foreign object and slowly pushes it out of your skin as it would a splinter. These piercings can slowly migrate to the surface of the skin. Surface piercings will start to grow out, or reject, from the outer edges slowly in towards the center of the jewelry. Key signs of rejection are redness, swelling, tenderness, and gooey discharge. Following the correct aftercare will give you the best chance of your piercing being a part of your body for years.

Surgical Steel vs Titanium: Which is Better?

titaniumThere are several metals commonly used for body jewelry. They are considered safe and body-friendly.

While gold is one of the most popular jewelry materials, it’s not really suitable for initial piercings and any gold jewelry used has to be made of nickel-free gold in order to be safe.

What about other materials? The most popular ones include Surgical Steel and Titanium. In order to choose the best jewelry and ensure your safety it’s vital to know the advantages and potential disadvantages of each.

Surgical Steel as a Body Jewelry Material

Surgical Steel is one of the most popular body jewelry materials. Surgical Steel is a type of stainless steel with specific alloys. Some of these alloys include nickel, which is why generic stainless steel should not be used for jewelry.

In order to produce body-friendly material that can be used for body jewelry and implants, steel has to be treated in specific ways. What is colloquially known as Surgical Steel is a material with specific alloys and properties. There are many different grades of Surgical Steel but only a few are body-friendly and suitable for body jewelry.

The only body-friendly grades are 316L and 316LVM Surgical Steel. These are low-carbon Surgical Steel materials. They do contain alloys, however, the alloys are trapped inside the material through special process so they cannot be released from the metal. It means that even if a person suffers from allergies to some of alloys there is no problem since there is no release of alloys.

In order to achieve this, it’s vital to only use jewelry made of body-friendly Surgical Steel: 316L and 316LVM Surgical Steel. Out of the two, 316LVM is a superior material and recommended for body jewelry. It offers more protection and safety than the cheaper 316L Surgical Steel. That’s why 316LVM Surgical Steel is considered medical-grade and the top quality steel material for body jewelry.

This material works for a large majority of users, save for people who suffer from hypersensitivity. Luckily, those people have a few more options to get beautiful body jewelry for themselves.

Titanium and Niobium: Ideal for Hypersensitive Users

Those with hypersensitivity issues should use titanium instead of Surgical Steel. Also, titanium is a preferred material for initial piercings, though it’s not mandatory: most people do well with medical-grade Surgical Steel even for initial jewelry. If you have hypersensitivity problems, however, you should try titanium instead.

Titanium offers another advantage: it is lightweight so it’s more comfortable. It can also be anodized to produce many vibrant colors. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive material.

Titanium is a body-friendly material because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. While certain grades do contain a small percentage of alloys, those are low and, most important, biocompatible. This is why titanium is a perfect choice for people with hypersensitivity. The most popular and body-friendly is grade 23 titanium. This is a great body jewelry material.

A good alternative to titanium is niobium. This is another elemental metal and it doesn’t contain any alloys. It makes it ideal for people who are hypersensitive. It can also be anodized to produce many lovely colors, which is a great advantage for body jewelry. One downside is that niobium is relatively heavy and it’s still not such a popular jewelry material so niobium jewelry choice is somewhat limited.

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.

Learn More about Studio Etiquette

  • 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!