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!

How to Recognize Piercing Infection

Piercing InfectionInfection is one of the most common problems with all body piercings. In fact, it’s more than a problem: it can be very dangerous. Most infections occur with new piercings, during the initial piercing time, but they can happen any time. It’s important to remember that even old, well-established piercings can get infected.

Since infections are so dangerous an can not only ruin your piercing but also seriously endanger your health in the matter of days (or even hours), it’s vital to know how to recognize an infection when it happens. The good news is that most infections can be stopped if caught at the early stages.

Initial Healing

The first thing you need to know is that some sensitivity, swelling or even painshould be expected during the initial healing period. Even the best-performed procedure will leave your body sensitive. Some people have a fear of piercing pain during procedure, but the truth is that most of the pain occurs after the procedure and during the initial healing time.

During the initial healing time, you can expect your new piercing to be highly sensitive and swollen. There are many normal things you will experience in the first hours and even days after getting the piercing done, such as redness, swelling or pain. Your piercing will be hot to touch (not that you should touch it much!) and the area will probably feel “funny” – chances are that you won’t be able to use this body part fully (for example, your speech will be affected after getting a tongue piercing done).

All of these problems are normal and should be expected during the initial stages of healing. Your piercer should instruct you about all of the things you should expect during this period. Also, you need to know that this is a critical stage for your piercing when infection is the most likely to occur. Therefore, you need to be able to tell a difference between normal sensitivity and infection.

Early Signs of Infection

Early signs of infection often resemble normal sensitivity, but last longer and are more pronounced. Also, they should never occur with older piercings (outside of the initial healing period) so if you ever experience them with your older piercings, you can bet they are a sign of a problem.

Common early signs of infection include:

  • Redness. While it’s normal for a new piercing to be reddened a bit right after the procedure, it should pass very quickly. If redness stays or if expands to the surrounding area, it’s a sign of a trouble.
  • Swelling. Swelling is a normal reaction you might expect from a new piercings, especially from certain types of piercings (such as tongue piercings). However, swelling should never increase and it should go away in a given time. Always ask your piercer how long should the swelling last to know if you’re in trouble.
  • Pain. A new piercing will be somewhat painful, but the pain should never increase or worsen with time. If your new piercing is more and more painful it’s a sign of a problem.
  • Piercing is hot to touch. A new piercing will be warm to touch, but it should never be hot. Also, the hotness should never increase over time. If you notice this problem, it is a sign of an infection or another issue.

Other Signs of Infection

If you don’t react to the first signs, the infection will spread. The pain, redness, swelling and other problems will increase, and you will also notice some other symptoms:

  • Pus and other discharge. A heavily infected piercing will typically have a discharge, usually pus. Pus may be white, yellow or even green, and it’s a definitive sign of infection. It’s also important to know that foul-smelling pus is a sign of a more serious infection and you should seek medical help immediately.
  • Numbness of the surrounding tissue. While the piercing itself will be red and painful you may experience numbness or other problems with the surrounding tissue around the affected body part.
  • Fever and chills. An infection that is underway will give you chills and fever. This is a very serious condition and you should seek medical help immediately.
  • Nausea. Another worrying sign of an infection that is underway is nausea. It may be a sign of an infection spreading. This is a very alarming sign and you should seek medical help immediately.

Two Piercings Connected by a Single Jewelry

i7un5cnwThere are certain piercing types that require more than one hole to be made. Or, to put it more precisely, those piercing types are created by joining two different piercing holes with a single jewelry piece.

While, in theory, one can connect any random pair of piercings with a single jewelry piece if it’s physically possible to achieve, there are certain piercing types specially made of different holes connected by the single jewelry piece.

Two Piercings, One Jewelry Piece

The most popular among those is Industrial piercing. However, there are many other examples of piercings connected with a single jewelry piece. Industrial piercing consists of two holes done on the ear cartilage. The holes (piercings) can have different placements, but they are always located on the opposing sides of the ear. The placement should be carefully done so the holes can be connected with a single jewelry piece, typically a long straight barbell. This sort of placement can be done on other body parts as well, so any time you connect two piercings with a barbell you will get some form of an Industrial piercing (though this name is typically reserved for the ear piercing).

Orbital piercings are two piercings connected by a single ring. These piercings are often done on the ear but can work anywhere on the body (including genital piercings). As long as you connect two holes with a single ring you will have an orbital piercing.

There are also some popular piercings done in pairs but rarely, if ever, connected with a single jewelry piece. A good examples are lip “bites” piercings (such as Angel bites, Dolphin bites, Vampire bites, Snake bites and others). These are lip piercings done in pairs or fours, but they are typically not connected by a single jewelry piece.

Also, it’s important to note that some people like to connect close piercings with a single jewelry piece, even temporarily. It’s often done on ears, usually for ear cartilage piercings. These piercings connected by a single jewelry do not typically have a special name.

Initial Jewelry

It’s very important to choose the right initial jewelry for these piercings. Since they are done in pairs, there are two fresh piercings to take care of, which makes aftercare more complex. Jewelry can make this process easier or more complicated, depending on the circumstances.

The first thing that needs to be ensured is proper placement of both piercings. It’s important that they work as a pair if you wish to use a single jewelry piece through both of them. It means your piercer has to angle both piercings accordingly. This is why it’s always best to do both at the same time to ensure proper placement.

When it comes to initial jewelry, there are two choices: to use a single jewelry piece straight away, or to use two separate jewelry pieces during the healing time. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. When two pieces are used, those are typically Captive Bead Rings, though some piercers choose to use other jewelry types.

The advantage of using two jewelry pieces is that it makes aftercare easier. You can clean your piercings separately and give each a proper attention. Also, piercings will use different jewelry so they will not pull each other or irritate each other during healing. Another advantage is that it’s easier to measure the proper length for final jewelry (orbital ring or Industrial barbell) once piercings are healed. However, a downside to this method is that sometimes, piercings will move slightly during the piercing time so they might not be perfectly aligned once they are healed.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a single jewelry piece are the opposite than what’s listed above. A good thing about using a single jewelry piece straight away is that jewelry will keep piercings connected and perfectly aligned. The downside is that it makes aftercare trickier and there is a possibility of irritating both piercings through the pressure from the jewelry.

At the end of the day, the choice will be made by your piercer. There are good reasoning for both of these methods, so it will all depend on your piercer’s opinion and your individual case. This is yet another reason why it’s always important to choose a knowledgeable, experienced piercer and a reliable piercing studio.

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.

Genital Piercings Made to Stimulate Erogenous Zones

coupleThere are many people who are fans of piercings but do not like genital piercings. On the other hand, there are many people who adore these types of intimate piercings.

One might wonder why someone might want to get a genital piercing, especially since these piercings are known to be painful.

While it’s true genital piercings are among the most extreme and painful piercing types, there is usually a great payoff: many of the genital piercings enhance sexual pleasure. This is a great reason to get a genital piercing: increasing arousal for both you and your partner is a great thing.

In other words, genital piercings are largely functional piercings, that is, they have a purpose beyond aesthetic function. However, this is not the only reason why someone might get a genital piercing. Some genital piercings do look good, so aesthetic is one of the main reasons to try one of these piercings.

Aesthetic or Pleasure?

You may wonder how to tell a difference between a purely aesthetic genital piercing and the one that brings pleasure. This may be an important factor when deciding which type of piercing to get. While there are not straight and universal answers that will suit everyone, it’s important to know which piercings are known to bring pleasure – and in what way.

Keep in mind: different genital piercings are made to stimulate different erogenous zones. Some will benefit the wearer’s partner only, while the others are made to increase pleasure for both partners.

Piercings and Erogenous Zones

Here are some common genital piercings and erogenous zones they are made to stimulate:

  • Penis head stimulation: Prince Albert, Reverse Prince Albert, Apadravya and Ampallang. All of these male genital piercings are great for glans stimulation and can increase pleasure for the wearer.
  • G-spot stimulation: Apadravya is the best piercing for this purpose. Other good piercings that can be used for G-spot stimulation are Prince Albert (PA) and Reverse Prince Albert. Ampallang can be pleasurable in some cases but it’s known to be too intense during vaginal stimulation.
  • Prostate stimulation (P-spot stimulation): Ampallang is known to be a great piercing for anal stimulation. It can also be used for prostate stimulation. Another good piercing for prostate stimulation is regular PA (reverse PA may also work but it may prove to be too intense for some users).
  • Clitoral Stimulation: Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing (VCH), Triangle piercing. These two are known to enhance the pleasure for a woman. Horizontal Clitoral Hood Piercing (HCH), on the other hand, is more aesthetic than practical. True Clitoral Piercing may also enhance pleasure for some women but it’s often known as too intense for most people.
  • Added stimulation during intercourse: Some genital piercings can provide added stimulation during intercourse, even if they are not fully effective at enhancing pleasure on their own. For example, inner labia piercings can increase pleasure during initial stages of penetration for both men and women.

Lip Piercings: The Basics

lip piercingLip piercing is one of the most popular piercings in the world, and also one of the most common facial piercings. It’s relatively easy to perform, but you need to find an experienced professional and a reliable piercing studio.

This is typically one of the first piercings a person will get. It’s more adventurous than a simple earlobe piercing but not as intimidating as nipple or genital piercings.

However, nothing prevents you from having a lip piercing as your first and only piercing, if this is what you want. Remember: there are no rules and “good” vs “bad” when it comes to personal preferences! The only thing to remember is how to stay safe.

Placement and Procedure

Lip piercings are often known as “labret piercings”, even though labret is just one of the many possible placements for a lip piercing. Lip piercings are very varied since there are many different ways and spots to pierce one’s lip. This is why there are numerous different lips piercings known under many names. The basics, however, remain the same.

With a lip piercing, what is actually pierced is not the lip itself (save for a few specific cases). Rather, what is pierced is a skin near upper or lower lip. The piercing hole itself doesn’t extend to the lip itself in most of the cases. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule but these general guidelines are true for most of the cases. One of the main reason is to allow for normal talking and eating without jewelry getting in the way. As usual, there are types of lip piercings that may violate this rule so it all depends on the particular placement. Most of the time, however, the piercers try to keep the jewelry away from the mouth itself, even though the inside part of the piercing (and jewelry) will usually be inside the mouth. This is why lip piercings are considered both facial and oral piercings, which dictates the aftercare and safety instructions.

It’s possible to pierce a lip almost anywhere, so this is one of the main reasons there are so many different lip piercings. Both upper and lower lips can be pierced. The piercing can be made centrally or to the side, depending on the wishes and individual anatomy. Typically, each of these placements has a different name (Labret, Monroe, Jestrum, etc.)

The procedure doesn’t last long. Your piercer will make marks on the desired area and make sure you’re happy with the placement. Most piercers will use forceps to stretch out the lips and keep them in place during the procedure. The piercing itself is done with a piercing needle and it’s pretty straightforward. After the piercing is done, your piercer will put the jewelry and instruct you on proper aftercare.

Lip piercing is not particularly painful. In fact, a standard lip piercing is one of the least painful piercings, so it’s one of the reasons why it’s often chosen as one of the first piercings a person will get. However, it all depends on the type of the lip piercings. Some more extreme lip piercings tend to be more painful.


Typical jewelry for all lip piercing is a labret stud. It is also commonly used as initial jewelry for all lip piercings. Labret studs are small and easy to use so they don’t cause much trouble. However, it’s vital not to twist or turn your labret stud during the healing time.

While labret studs are very popular, some people prefer to use a Captive Bead Ring for their lip piercing. It is particularly common for piercings done near the mouth, because the loop of the ring can go in and outside of the mouth in a very effective manner.

Keep in mind that your initial jewelry will usually be a few sizes larger, to account for initial swelling. After the swelling is gone you should go to your piercer to get the proper jewelry that will ensure a good fit.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Lip piercing has a long history among many cultures. It’s popularized on the West in the late 20th century and it remains very popular to this day.
  • Different lip piercings have unique names so they are often identified as special names. One of the most popular lip piercing is Monroe, which is done on the upper lip, at the place where Marilyn Monroe had her beauty mark. A similar piercing done on the other side is called Madonna. These are just two examples of many lip piercing varieties.
  • While most lip piercings are done through the lip (the hole going from the outside to the inside of the mouth), horizontal placements are also possible. Horizontal placements are rare and they include piercing of the lip itself and include the bar going through the lip’s surface. It is considered a more extreme type of a lip piercing. The most extreme lip piercings have a hole starting out at the lip and going thought the mouth to exit on the lower edge of the jawline. These piercings also tend to be the longest of all lip piercings.
  • Keep in mind that a lip piercing is both a facial and oral piercing. It requires two types of aftercare: general aftercare for the outside part and oral aftercare for the part of the piercing inside your mouth. It’s vital to use saline solutions and other products that are specially made for oral piercing aftercare. Never use harsh chemicals inside your mouth!
  • Lip piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, but other sizes are also possible.
  • It’s very important to ensure a proper placement. A bar that is too short can sink into the lip, causing numerous problems. Also, it’s important that the jewelry doesn’t rub on the gums or else it can cause it to recede. In order to achieve the best placement you need to find a knowledgeable piercer who’s experienced with lip piercings. Never allow to be pierced by a friend or another non-professional!
  • The healing time for most lip piercings is between 1 and 3 months. However, more complex lip piercings or multiple lip piercings will take a longer time to heal.

Are Ear Piercings Painful?

Ear Piercings PainfulEar piercings are generally considered to be the least painful of them all. Everybody knows about earlobe piercing. This is such a popular type of a piercing and fully socially accepted that it’s often not even considered a “real” piercing. It is also considered to be relatively pain-free. Even people who otherwise dislike piercings often have pierced earlobes.

The fact that earlobe piercing is done relatively easily and pain-free makes people believe that ear piercings are not painful in general. The truth is, there is a huge difference between a simple earlobe piercing and other ear piercing types. Some of ear piercings are actually more complex and painful. Cartilage piercings are known to be very sensitive. This is why it’s important to get informed about a particular piercing type you wish to get, to learn about the pain levels and other facts about this piercing.

Cartilage Piercings

As stated above, cartilage piercings tend to be more painful than the others. While each person is an individual and while there are no hard and fast rules on this, cartilage piercings do tend to be more painful than one might expect. They are certainly more painful than earlobe piercings, so one should not assume these piercing types are similar at all. They are both done on the ear, true, but they are very different types of piercings.

Also, cartilage piercings are sometimes known to be painful than other body piercings. For example, tongue piercing may look very painful but in reality, the pain level is lover than with many other piercings. Similarly, ear cartilage piercings tend to be more painful than people think.

That not to say that ear cartilage piercings are excruciating. The procedure is done relatively quickly and the pain is short. It is definitely possible to go through this procedure without trauma, and it’s definitely true that ear cartilage piercings are not the most painful of them all. That being said, it’s also vital to know that they tend to be a bit more painful than they look. As such, they might not be recommended to people who are very scared of pain or who wish to get their first piercing. It’s better to get more experience and then try ear cartilage piercings.

Also, it’s vital to get informed. Read as much as you can about this type of piercing to learn about the procedure and other aspects of these piercings. Also, consult your chosen piercer. A good piercer will be able to walk you through all the steps of the piercing process and explain everything you need to know. With this information at hand, getting an ear cartilage piercing is easy.

Stretched Ear Piercings

Another type of ear piercing you may wonder about are stretched piercings. Most commonly, this involves stretched earlobes, but some other piercing types can be stretched as well. With cartilage piercings, however, it gets tricky – these are very difficult to stretch.

What about stretched earlobes, then? Are they painful? The good news is that they start out as any other earlobe piercing. The hole is then gradually stretched to a larger gauge. This process has to be gradual in order to allow the ear time to heal and become stronger before the next stretching stage. It means that you need to go slowly and gradually. This process should not be painful. It may cause minor discomfort but it should never tear or damage the tissue, and it should not cause pain.

Rare Tongue Piercings

tongueTongue piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. However, a classic tongue piercing is not the only possible placement. Typically, tongue piercings are performed transversally through the tongue, roughly at the center. This is a very effective placement and it’s not surprising it’s so popular. Still, it’s just one of the possible ways to pierce a tongue.

If you are interested in tongue piercings but you’re looking for something more unique and unusual, try some of the rare placements. These can be very effective & sure make for a more unique piercing.

Rare Placements

Here are some of the rarer tongue piercing placements. Some of them are considered separate piercing types since they vary significantly from the classic tongue piercing. The more unique tongue piercings include:

  • Horizontal Tongue Piercing
  • Tongue Rim Piercing
  • Tongue Web Piercing
  • Tongue Surface Piercing
  • Lingum Piercing
  • Scoop Piercing

A good thing about these piercing types is that they are unique enough to truly make a difference, but also popular enough to have piercers with experience doing those types of piercings.

Also, a special tongue body modification is tongue splitting. This is a more extreme modification and it’s not considered a piercing in the strict sense of the word. However, it’s a procedure some people prefer to conventional piercings. If you wish to have a tongue splitting it’s important to find a very experienced piercer specialized in this type of procedure. Keep in mind, it deviates from usual piercing procedure and it’s more extreme in nature.

Horizontal Tongue Piercing

This is a horizontal variant of a tongue piercing. It goes through the tongue tissue horizontally, from left to right. As such, it passes through more tissue than a conventional (vertical) tongue piercing, and it’s therefore considered a more extreme type of a piercing.

When performing this piercing, it’s vital to preserve the tongue’s functionality. Your tongue has to remain in a good shape to eat and talk, so it’s crucial to choose an appropriate spot to pierce. While it’s possible to pierce any part of the tongue horizontally, it’s important to choose the one that will not interfere with speech and other functions of the tongue.

It is vital to choose an experienced piercer. Your chosen piercer has to have knowledge and experience performing this type of piercing – you should not rely on someone who’s performed classic (vertical) tongue piercings only. A good piercer will know not only how to identify the best placement that will not interfere with normal tongue functions but will also know how to find the major blood vessels and adjust the placement based on them.

Keep in mind that this piercing is anatomy-dependent. Not everybody is well suited for horizontal tongue piercings.

Another thing to know is that this type of piercing is more painful to perform than standard tongue piercings, since the piercing goes through more tissue. The healing time is also longer – you can expect this piercing to heal in 5-6 months and more.

Typical jewelry for horizontal tongue piercing is a long straight barbell. The barbell can be made of any body-friendly material. For initial jewelry, flexible barbells are recommended since they don’t put so much pressure on the tissue.

Tongue Rim Piercing

This is a specific placement for a tongue piercing. Instead of piercing centrally, tongue rim piercings are located on the outer edge of the tongue. While it’s possible to get a single tongue rim piercing, the most common variation are pairs of tongue rim piercings, one on the each side of the tongue.

Typical jewelry for tongue rim piercings are rings. They look very effective when placed on the tongue. However, a proper care has to be taken since these piercings and their jewelry can cause damage to the teeth and gums.

Tongue Web Piercing

This rare piercing is done on the thin web under the tongue. It is an unusual but relatively simple piercing with a short healing time. It is not known to cause much trouble for the wearer. The only thing to pay attention to is aftercare: it’s important to clean your new piercing after each meal and at least in the morning and evening.

This piercing is typically problem-free, but there is one downside: it is rarely visible. One needs to open mouth in a specific way for this piercing to be visible. As such, it doesn’t offer much aesthetic value but there are still other reasons why you might want to have this unusual tongue piercing.

Tongue Surface Piercings

There are many different types of tongue surface piercings. What they have in common is that they are done on the surface of the tongue, meaning, the tongue tissue is not fully perforated.

There are numerous ways to perform these piercings – almost any point of the tongue can be pierced on the surface. Also, it’s possible to choose between top and bottom placements, which create completely different effects.

As with any other surface piercing, keep in mind that these piercings may be prone to migration and rejection. Proper placement, experienced piercer and body-friendly jewelry will help preserving these surface piercings for longer.

The most popular types of tongue surface piercings are Lingum and Scoop piercing.

  • Lingum piercing is a tongue surface piercing that goes through the lower part of the tongue.
  • Scoop piercing is a surface tongue piercing done horizontally on the tongue. This piercing differs from horizontal tongue piercing in that it doesn’t go through the full tongue tissue: it is located on the surface of the tongue.