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.

Tongue Piercings Tips

tongueTongue piercings are very popular around the world. If you have a tongue piercing it’s important to know what to do and what not to do with your piercing to ensure safety and comfort.

Here are some important tips for your tongue piercing:

Before the Procedure

  • Choose a good piercer. This is the vital first step, because this is the only way to ensure safety. The good news is that tongue piercings are so popular, which means that there are many piercers who are experienced with this type of piercing. The downside is that there are also many people who “think” they know how to perform a tongue piercing even if they don’t. So, to ensure safety, it’s absolutely vital to choose a knowledgeable, reliable and experienced piercer.
  • Be informed. Before you get your tongue piercing, make sure to research this piercing and see if it’s right for you. Learn more about the procedure and aftercare. Think about this piercing and whether it suits your lifestyle or not. While it’s always possible to retire a piercing if needed, it’s better to be sure this piercing is truly what you want.
  • Prepare for the procedure. While there are no special preparatory measures needed, make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly, as well as your mouth. It’s also important to be healthy, so do not get pierced if you have a cold.


  • Listen carefully what your piercer has to say about aftercare. This is the only way to minimize the risk of infection and other problems. You need to know how to make your piercing heal.
  • Expect some swelling after the procedure is done. It should get better after a few days, but some swelling can persist for a week or more. However, if you notice pain or increased swelling, or if the swelling doesn’t go away, make sure to consult your doctor.
  • To reduce the swelling, drink cold drinks or use ice. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and spicy food. Also, it’s best to eat only soft food in the first days after the procedure.
  • Make sure to clean your piercing several times per day, as well as after every meal. Never skip cleaning after meal because this is where the risk of infection is the greatest. You need to sanitize your mouth after eating. Also, make sure to brush your teeth. It’s important to keep your mouth clean at all times.
  • After the swelling is gone, go to your piercer to get a shorter jewelry.
  • You should avoid kissing and oral sex for a while. Wait until the initial swelling is gone.

Healed Piercing

  • Just because your piercing is healed doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of it. Observe your piercing daily to notice any signs of potential infection, migration, rejection or other problems.
  • Always choose jewelry made of body-friendly, safe materials. Avoid cheap, poorly made jewelry. It is dangerous in more ways than one. Cheap jewelry is made of unsafe materials and it’s often poorly made so it breaks easily. It means you can swallow parts of the jewelry. To avoid these problems, stick to high-quality tongue jewelry.
  • If you notice a problem, such as infection, migration or rejection, make sure to contact your doctor. This is the only way to prevent even more problems.
  • Tongue piercings can close very fast, so you should never take your jewelry off for prolonged periods of time.
  • If you want to stretch your tongue piercing you can do it relatively easily once the swelling is gone.

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.

The Most Common Piercing Gauges

Jewelry GaugesThere are many popular piercing types, such as earlobe piercing, navel piercing, nostril, eyebrow, tongue, nipples, and more. It’s important to know that each piercing type has its own standard gauge. It means that the piercing will typically be performed using a needle of a particular gauge.

It’s useful to know the standard sizes for the most popular piercing types:

Earlobe piercing

The most common piercing in the world is earlobe piercing. It’s sometimes not even considered a “true” piercing, because it’s completely normalized and socially acceptable. The most common gauge for this piercing type depends on the procedure. Earlobes pierced with piercing needles are typically 16 gauge or 14 gauge. Piercing guns use smaller gauges, typically 18 gauge or even 20 gauge. Needless to say, piercing guns are harmful and should never be used. Also, 18 gauge and 20 gauge tend to be too small anyway – it’s best to be pierced with something bigger.

Earlobes are also easily stretchable, so you won’t have any problems stretching your ears from 14 gauge or 16 gauge to larger ones. However, it’s important to start small and build your way from there.

Other Ear Piercings

There are many other ear piercings that are very popular. Cartilage piercings seem to be particularly common among both men and women. Typical gauges for these piercings are the same as earlobe piercing: 14 gauge or 16 gauge. However, keep in mind that these piercings are much more difficult to stretch. In some cases, stretching is nearly impossible, so make sure you are satisfied with the gauge you are pierced with.

Navel Piercing

This is the second most common piercing type (after earlobe piercing). The standard size for belly button piercings is 14 gauge. This is almost universal. Sometimes, a piercer will choose 12 gauge, but this is rare.

Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow piercings are very popular and easy to perform. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that this is a surface piercing and thus prone to migration and rejection. Typical gauge for this type of piercing is 16 gauge, though some piercers choose to perform it at a smaller size (18 gauge). As usual, larger gauge might lessen the risk of migration and rejection, though this is not guaranteed.

Nostril and Septum Piercings

The standard size for nostril piercings is 18 gauge or 16 gauge. The only difference is if you are pierced with a gun, which produces a 20 gauge hole. However, guns should never be used, but some people still don’t understand all the reasons why guns are so bad.

Septum piercings are typically pierced at 14 gauge, though there are variations (some are pierced at 12 gauge).

Lip Piercings

There are many different lip piercing types, starting from a common labret piercing to more complicated double or multiple piercings (the so-called “bites piercings”). Regardless of the piercing type, these piercings are typically performed at a bit larger gauges than other starter piercings. Typically, lip piercings are done at 14 gauge or even 12 gauge.

What is important to note is that the length of the jewelry is determined by the thickness of your lip. Lip thickness can vary greatly between individuals, which means there are different labret lengths to accommodate it. Your initial jewelry will always be a bit longer, to accommodate for swelling. It will later be changed to a shorter one that will fit your lip. It’s vital to achieve a good fit or else you are risking damage to your teeth and gums.

Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercing is the most common oral piercing. The standard size for this piercing is 14 gauge, so chances are that you will be pierced with a needle of this size. However, some tongue piercings are done at 12 gauge.

Tongue piercings are stretchable so many people can easily wear 12 gauge jewelry even if they are initially pierced with a 14 gauge needle. However, we don’t recommend to go any further: do not wear any jewelry larger than 12 gauge or else you may risk injury.

Just like lip piercings, tongue piercings use initial jewelry that is longer than regular one in order to accommodate for swelling. Once the swelling is gone you will have to switch to shorter jewelry.

Nipple Piercings

Nipple piercings are typically done at 14 gauge or 12 gauge, depending on the individual in question. The gauge does not differ between men and women: both are pierced with standard 14 gauge or 12 gauge needles.

What differs between men and women is the length of the jewelry. Typically, women will wear longer jewelry.

Genital Piercings

There are many different genital piercings so standards vary greatly depending on the type. Also, male genital piercings and female genital piercings are somewhat different in this regard. What’s important to remember is that genital piercings are never done at a very small gauge. This is particularly true for penis piercings. Penis piercings are done at bigger gauges, such as 12 gauge or even 10 gauge. It’s crucial to never do any penis piercings at a very small gauge, since too thin jewelry can pose numerous problems for the wearer.

Nipple Jewelry Guide

Nipple Jewelry StylesNipple piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world, so it’s not surprising there are many different jewelry styles and jewelry types made for this piercing.

Some of these jewelry styles are basic ones and can be used for many different piercing types while others are made and designed for nipple piercings only.

The Most Popular Styles

Here are the most popular nipple jewelry styles:

  • Straight Barbells. Perhaps the most common nipple jewelry style is a straight barbell. It can accommodate nipple easily and it looks very effective in a pierced nipple. These barbells are smooth and go through a nipple easily, while their ends can be plain or decorated with a gem or another element.
  • Captive Bead Rings. Another common nipple jewelry style is a Captive Bead Ring (CBR). Rings are so popular that some people assume they are the only jewelry style available for pierced nipples. CBRs can be plain or they may come with a decoration, such as a decorative bead, gem, charm or another decoration.
  • Other Rings. Instead of CBRs, some people choose to wear different types of rings in their nipple piercings. Popular choices include segment and seamless rings, as well as screwball rings.
  • Nipple Shields and Nipple Rounders. These are more elaborate nipple jewelry pieces. They are usually larger in size and they are meant to encircle the nipple and accentuate it. Many nipple shields consist of a shield itself and a primary jewelry (usually a straight barbell). Others only include the shield and you have to add a barbell yourself. Nipple shields and rounders come in many different sizes, shapes and decorations, so they can be truly eye-catching.
  • Nipple Stirrups. Nipple stirrups are special dangle decorations added to the main jewelry piece, usually a straight barbell. Some of these dangle are very simple and consist only of a chain suspended from both sides of a barbell (or another jewelry piece). On the other hand, some dangles are very richly ornamented, with gems, beads, charms and other decorations. Some dangles are thick and made into full swings. Sometimes, these dangles are made to hold large decorations. These large decorations can be very attractive and made in the shape of birds, butterflies, flowers and other shapes.
  • Nipple Trainers. These are special devices made to be worn on the nipples in order to stretch and expand the nipples. They are often used in bondage and other sexual activities, but can be worn for the visual effect alone. Nipple trainers typically have special adjustment screws that allow the device to stretch to different heights. Nipple trainers are not, strictly speaking, nipple jewelry, but they are popular among people who like intense nipple stimulation, nipple stretching and nipple torture.
  • Decorative Elements. There are many other decorative elements that can be added to the basic nipple jewelry piece to make it more attractive. Some of the popular choices include charms, whirls, swings, chains, and more. Nipple jewelry is often very decorated so there are many decorative elements that are often used to make a jewelry piece more attractive.

Is Earlobe Piercing a “Real” Piercing?

Circular_barbellFor many piercing enthusiasts and general public, earlobe piercings are not “real” piercings. These are often not considered piercings in the true sense of the word, even though there is no much difference between them and any other piercing type, if we talk in technical terms. However, the way earlobe piercings are perceived differ greatly to that of other piercing.

Pierced earlobes (usually considered as: “pierced ears”) are fully socially acceptable, particularly for women. They are fully accepted to the point of not being considered a body modification at all.

The Earlobe Piercing

Technically speaking, the earlobe piercing is just like any other body piercing. It is performed on the body by piercing a hole through the tissue. It is the same mechanism as any other piercing type. As such, earlobe piercings are real and true body piercings.

What makes them different than other piercings is the public’s perception and level of acceptance. Earlobe piercings are socially acceptable in ways that other body piercings are not. This is particularly true for women, but even men with pierced earlobes do not face social stigma as much as people with other types of body piercings.

Earlobe piercing is so widespread that it’s often done on babies and infants. While it raises numerous ethical questions it’s very common to see a young child with pierced earlobes. Again, it is not considered unusual or on the same level as any other body modification.

Earlobe piercing is so popular – it is the most popular piercing in the world. One good thing about this is that it’s socially acceptable and easily made. All piercing studios in the world offer it and all piercers know how to perform it. However, the popularity of this piercing also means one downside: since earlobe piercings are so popular and not even considered “real” piercings, it may seem that anybody can perform it properly.

This is how you get all those botched earlobe piercings performed by friends or other non-professionals. This is how you get a bad practice of performing ear piercings with a piercing gun. Piercing guns are bad and should never be used to perform any kind of a piercing, including earlobe piercing. However, since earlobe piercings are often not considered piercings in the true sense of the word, some people think different rules apply. This is not correct: earlobe piercings are true piercings, even though the majority of people do not see them this way.

One Exception: Stretched Lobes

There is one huge exception to the general rule, though. Stretched earlobes are not considered an ordinary “ear piercing” and are seen as a more serious body modification. Even though most of them start as nothing more but an ordinary earlobe piercing, once you start stretching, especially to large gauges, the difference in perception shows.

As such, stretched lobes are considered more extreme and serious. They are not as socially acceptable as “regular” earlobe piercings. This is why some employers still prohibit their workers from having stretched lobes or force them to hide the lobes (or any other type of a “true” piercing).

Stretched lobes are considered a bigger deal even among the piercing enthusiasts. They are more difficult to get than regular earlobe piercing (since they require care and skill of stretching), and they are also more noticeable. Stretched lobes use specific types of jewelry, such as ear plugs and flesh tunnels, so it’s another thing that makes them different than “regular earlobe piercings”.

What about Other Ear Piercing Types?

Other types of ear piercings (done on parts of the ear other than the earlobe) are getting more and more popular and also more socially accepted. It is not uncommon to see a person with numerous ear cartilage piercings or other ear piercings. Some people who don’t like piercings in general will get multiple ear piercings.

As such, ear piercings are generally accepted among general public. That being said, most of these ear piercings are considered “real” piercings, unlike the earlobe piercing. It’s also uncommon (and often illegal) to pierce a baby’s ear on any other place than the earlobe. For these reasons, these ear piercings are considered true piercings, even though they are not perceived as extreme as some other forms of body piercings.

Tongue Piercing

piercingTongue piercing is one of the most popular body piercings in the world, as well as one of the most popular body modifications in general.

It is a common piercing with both men and women.

Some sources indicate that it’s currently the fourth most popular piercing in the world.

Piercing and Placement

Tongue piercing is very old in origin. It has a history in Meso-America and East Asia. For example, it was popular with Maya and Aztec cultures, typically through religious and performance practices.

On the West, however, tongue piercing is a relatively new thing, gaining popularity only in the late 20th century, during the 1980s. This is where we observe a rise in popularity of all body modifications and tongue piercing became one of the most popular piercings. The popularity is largely thanks to the first professional body piercing studio in the US, Gauntlet.

The most common placement for a tongue piercing is one hole through the center of the tongue. This is what is considered a “standard” placement, though other variations are also possible.

Tongue piercings are usually done at 14g or 12g, depending on the piercer. Before getting your piercing done, consult your piercer to see which gauge works the best for you. Also, your piercer will help you decide on the most optimal placement.

There are many blood vessels in the tongue so it’s important to hire an experienced piercer to perform the procedure. A knowledgeable piercer will know how to identify the large blood vessels and find the safest place to pierce.

The piercing itself is performed with a piercing needle or a cannula needle after the tongue is clamped. Typically, the piercing is done from bottom to top. While this type of piercing may seem very painful, it’s actually one of the least painful body piercings in the world. Therefore, the discomfort during the procedure should not be significant. That being said, tongues are known to swell after the piercing is done, so you should expect that. However, if the swelling persists you need to contact your doctor.


The most common jewelry for tongue piercings are straight barbells. It is vital to choose the barbell that matches the piercing perfectly. Tongue is a sensitive body part so it’s important to ensure a perfect fit. Luckily, this is not difficult: all you need to know is the exact gauge you’re pierced with (or your current gauge, in the case of stretched piercings).

While you may sometimes hear people referring to tongue jewelry as “tongue rings”, rings are rarely used for this type of piercing. That being said, there is nothing preventing you to have a ring in your tongue piercing. There are some people who prefer rings over straight barbells, though they are recommended only for fully healed tongue piercings.

When choosing jewelry, it’s important to ensure perfect comfort. The tongue moves a lot so jewelry has to sit nicely and shouldn’t prevent any movement.

Additional Info and Tips

  • It’s interesting to note that tongue piercing was once considered unusual and even extreme, but this is no longer true. Since this is such a popular piercing there are people from all areas of life and all demographics enjoying this piercing.
  • Tongue piercing has somewhat declined in popularity in the past several years, but it’s still considered a very popular piercing.
  • Tongue piercings tend to heal fast. They can heal in about 3 to 4 weeks. This is one of the fastest healing times for any piercing.
  • Since the tongue heals fast it also means that the hole can close quickly. This is why it’s not recommended to remove your tongue jewelry.
  • Initial jewelry for tongue piercing is always made to be significantly longer, to accommodate the swelling. Once the swelling is gone you can go to your piercer to switch jewelry to the right size. It’s vital that the jewelry change is made by your piercer and not by yourself.
  • To reduce the swelling after procedure, drink cold beverages and suck on crushed ice. Avoid alcohol and spicy food.
  • Tongue piercing can easily be stretched to a larger gauge. Gauges larger than 14g will reduce the chance of migration and rejection, so there are many people stretching their tongue piercings to 10g or even 8g.
  • There are other popular placements apart from standard. Some people choose to have their piercing done to the side of the tongue instead of center. Multiple piercings are also popular. One of the most popular multiple tongue piercings are the so-called “venom bites”: two piercings placed side by side on the tongue. Also, the tongue itself is not the only part that is pierced. For example, some people have tongue web piercings.

Popularity of Genital Piercings

54tGenital piercings are often perceived as extreme and unusual piercings. For some people, the idea of having a pierced genitalia is “too much” on itself.

There are even some piercing enthusiasts who’d gladly pierce their eyebrow, tongue or even a nipple but will never consider a genital piercings.

While piercings are a personal decision that should always depend on individual tastes, it’s important to know that genital piercings are not as rare as some people think. In fact, they are very popular among piercing enthusiasts. While they are not as common as, say, navel piercings or ear piercings, they are more popular than people think.

In other words, if you are intrigued by genital piercings, go for them! You are certainly not alone in your preferences.

How Common are Genital Piercings?

There is no clear statistics on genital piercings, or piercings in general, so it’s difficult to estimate the numbers. However, anecdotal evidence and popular demand show that genital piercings are far from being rare. While they may be rare in overall population, they are popular among piercing enthusiasts.

Some sources indicate that female genital piercings are more popular than male genital piercings. At the same time, Prince Albert piercing seems to be the most popular genital piercing in the world. It’s clear that both men and women enjoy this type of piercing so if you wish to get an intimate piercing you need to know you’re not alone!

Trained Piercers

A good thing about popularity of genital piercings is that there are trained, experienced professionals who can perform them properly. With any type of a piercing, it’s vital to find a reliable studio and an experienced professional to perform the piercing. This is the only way to stay safe and have a problem-free piercing.

When choosing a piercer it’s important to find an experienced person. An experienced piercer is the one who’s not only knowledgeable about piercings in general but also in the type of piercing you’re interested in.

This is even more important when it comes to genital piercings and other sensitive piercings. Since genital piercings are more demanding and somewhat rarer than common piercings such as ear or navel piercings, it’s vital to find a piercer who is truly knowledgeable about the piercing you’re interested in.

Luckily, there are piercers specialized in genital piercings. There are also general piercers experienced with genital piercings. In other words, it’s not impossible to find a good piercer for your genital piercing. It is yet another proof of how popular genital piercings are. Again, they are not the most popular piercings in the world but they are more common than people think.

Most Popular Genital Piercings

The most popular genital piercings are:

For men:

For women:

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.

Most Popular Body Jewelry Types

Popular Jewelry TypesThere are many different and unique body jewelry types in the world. Body jewelry is varied and comes in many different shapes, sizes and styles.

These are the most popular types of body jewelry:

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Ring, also known as “CBR”, is the most popular body jewelry style in the world. These rings are so popular that many people call any body jewelry piece “a ring”, even if it’s not a ring at all.

Captive Bead Rings are circular in shape. They have a removable ball or charm pressured by both sides to keep it in place. To open the ring one has to remove the ball, which is usually done using specially designed ring opening pliers. To close the ring, it’s best to use ring closing pliers in order to avoid damage to the ring.

These rings are widely used for almost all piercing types. They are very practical and relatively affordable, so it’s not surprising they are so popular. One downside to these rings is that it’s easy to lose the bead so it’s advisable to always carry a replacement bead in order to keep your jewelry in place.


Barbells are among the most popular jewelry types in the world. They come in many different styles and sizes and they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. The decorations vary significantly: some barbells are very plain and simple while the others are richly ornamented.

Each barbell has a shaft and a ball on each end. The balls are threaded to the shaft and there are two ways to make a threading. Internally threaded barbells have a ball with a threaded post and the shaft is smooth. Externally threaded barbells have a shaft with a threaded post. Internally threaded barbells are much better and safer to use.

Depending on the shape of the shaft, barbells can be divided into:

  • Straight barbells: They have a straight shaft with a ball on each side.
  • Curved barbells: They have a curved shaft. They are often used for navel piercings.
  • Circular barbells: They have a curved shaft and resemble rings that are not fully closed.
  • Spirals: These shaft have a spiral or wavy shaft.
  • Industrial barbells: They look like straight barbells, only with a much longer shaft.


Studs are relatively simple jewelry pieces particularly popular for lip, tongue and nostril piercings. Studs include a post with a decoration on one end and a flat or round base on the other end. The decoration is typically simple: a bead or a small gem. The base is often wider than the shaft to prevent the jewelry to fall out.

Studs are often worn in lip piercings, where they are known as labret studs. Labrets have wide, flat bases on the end. Studs are also popular for nose piercings, where there are known as “Nose Bones”. Studs are typically easy to put on and remove.

Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are jewelry pieces specially designed for stretched earlobes and other types of stretched piercings. They are made in larger gauges to accommodate the stretched piercing. Many of these plugs are made in organic materials, such as glass, wood, stone, horn & bone. Plugs can also be made of metals.

There are several distinctive ear plug types: double flared, single flared and no-flared plugs. Plugs without flares and those with only one flare require O rings to keep them in place.

Ear plugs should not be confused for flesh tunnels, another popular jewelry type. Unlike plugs, tunnels and earlets have a hole in the middle. Flesh tunnels also come as double flared, single flared or no flared designs.