Ear – Weaving

Weaving piercing is two or more separate rim (or cartilage) piercings that are joined by one barbell. This procedure can be performed as separate piercings with separate jewelry and allowed to heal individually; but can also be fitted with Medproflex or PTFE , which will decrease the amount of tension placed on the structure of the cartilage itself. The piercer should carefully mark and plan the piercing so the gauge is suitable for all the tissue it travels though. Ear cartilage piercings generally take longer to heal than lobe piercings. 16g or 14g is probably the wisest choice. Healing Time: 10 – 20... read more

Ear – Verticaltragus

The tragus is the tough fold of cartilage that sticks out, away from the ear, at the entrance to the ear canal. The tragus can vary in size and thickness from person to person and so it can take a curve barbell jewelry 16 gauge. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Ear – Transverselobe

The ear lobe the fleshy tissue that hangs at the bottom of the ear. It gets plenty of blood supplied to it and thus should heal fairly quickly. Healing Time: 6 – 10... read more

Ear – Tragus

The tragus is the tough fold of cartilage that sticks out, away from the ear, at the entrance to the ear canal. The tragus can vary in size and thickness from person to person. Micro jewelry 16 gauge Ball Closure Rings, labrets,horseshoes or barbells can be used . Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Oral – Tongue

A Tongue piercing usually refers to a piercing of the tongue from the underside, vertically through to exit from the surface of the tongue. A piercer should check the tongue thoroughly before the piercing. There are three arterial veins that run from near the tip of the tongue right back along the length of the tongue. The tongue is a muscle and so gets alot of blood pumping into it. The piercer should be very careful NOT to pierce into the arterial vein, often found running down the centre of the tongue. The dimensions of the tongue should also be considered well, before the piercing. Some people are ‘tongue-tied’, a name which refers to people whose Lingula fraenum runs right to the tip of the tongue, preventing the tongue from extending, even a short distance, out of the mouth. Healing Time: 4 – 12... read more

Surface – Cleavage

Preferably pierced with a Titanium staple barbell 14 gauge jewelry with flat discs or Medproflex 14gauge, they offer best chances at preventing migration and rejection. Healing 8 –... read more

Oral – Superior fraenum

The Superior Fraenum(smily) is the membrane of very thin muscular tissue connecting the upper lip to the upper gum. Often pierced with 18g,16gauge jewelry like Ball Closure rings and short curved barbells. Healing Time: 4 – 12... read more

Ear – Snug

The Snug piercing is located through the inner cartilage, halfway down the outer rim of the ear, above the anti-tragus. In most cases this area is quite shallow, and micro jewelry is often used. Again curved barbells are preferable and need only be a few millimetres longer than the thickness of the cartilage. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Nasel – Septum

The Septum is the cartilage on the inside of the nose that separates the nostrils. It is usually pierced quite near the front, or tip, of the septum rather than centrally. In many cases the septum cartilage is high enough to pierce through the tissue below it. In other cases the cartilage may have points along its base where it is thinner. More often than not, however, the septum cartilage is very tough all the way down to the bottom and piercing it will require some effort on the part of the piercer, and the piercee. Many people get this piercing with 16g, 14g, 12gauge jewelry. There is an item of jewelry called a ‘Septum Keeper’, which can be worn hanging down or flipped up, into the nostril cavities to hide it, which is nice; but a Ball Closure Ring, Barbell, or Circular Barbell is ok too. Healing Time: 8 – 12... read more

Ear – Scaffold

The scaffold piercing is two or more separate rim (or cartilage) piercings that are joined by one barbell. This procedure can be performed as separate piercings with separate jewelry and allowed to heal individually; but can also be fitted with one medproflex or PTFE barbell, which will decrease the amount of tension placed on the structure of the cartilage itself. The piercer should carefully mark and plan the piercing so the gauge is suitable for all the tissue it travels though. 14 gauge,16 gauge are probably the wisest choice. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Ear – Rook

The Rook is the highest fold of cartilage, beneath the Helix. Make sure that there is enough cartilage to support the jewelry comfortably. If a shallow Rook is pierced with large gauge jewellery, the jewellery has a higher chance of migrating (but a thin gauge, or Micro, jewelry can migrate faster!). Ball Closure Rings, Curved Barbells, Medproflex or PTFE Barbells are recommended for this piercing. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Ear – Orbital

An orbital piercings is a piercing that enters and exits the same part of the ear. It actually made up of two piercing holes, with one ball closure ring going through both the piercings. Orbital piercings can be placed anywhere in the ear but they often located in the helix (outer ear rim) or ear lobe. The most common jewelry to wear in an orbital piercing is a ball closure ring. BCRs are very secure and available in a wide range of materials. Both piercings can be done at once or one at a time. It is also possible to turn a single ear piercing into an orbital by adding another piercing nearby. As a rule orbital piercings placed in the cartilage will take longer to heal than those nearer the ear lobe. This is because cartilage contains fewer blood vessels. When piercing an orbital it is very important to use the correct size jewelry – a BCR that is too big or small will put pressure on the piercing and can cause migration or rejection. While the piercing is healing you may experience discomfort while sleeping. Orbital piercings should be cleaned daily using saline solution and the BCR rotated gently in the piercing once it becomes comfortable to do so. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

oral – Lower Lip

The Lower Lip piercing is usually pierced through the thinner tissue just beneath the lip itself. A labret of 16g, 14gauge are normally used and the length often depends on the thickness of the tissue being pierced. Healing Time: 4 – 12... read more

Oral – Cheek

Cheek piercing is facial body piercing through the cheek. The most common variation of the cheek piercing penetrates the facial tissue into the oral cavity. The usual placement is symmetrical on either side of the face, either penetrating or imitating dimples. Cheek piercings are normally pierced with 14g flat back labret studs, a type of barbell jewelry. The flat back provides comfort and lessens the chance of the jewelry damaging the teeth and gums of the bearer. During healing, the piercing is fitted with longer jewelry to accommodate for swelling. After the piercing is healed, shortened jewelry further reduces the chance of damage to the teeth from unintentional biting. Medproflex labrets (flexibilty and soft flat back are the best ), over a surgical steel labret. Healing Time: 8 – 12... read more

Nasel – Nostril

The Nostril is pierced anywhere along the curve of the nostril, as this is where the cartilage is at its thinnest. The initial jewelry can be of 20g,18gauge. Nostril studs, labrets, or barbells need only be long enough to allow for initial swelling; but a Ball Closure Ring needs to be of a large enough diameter to just hang a little away from the bottom of the nostril, in case of swelling causing the Ball Closure Ring to ‘pull’ into the nostril. The jewelry length of the stud needs to be bent different from person to person. Healing Time: 12 – 16... read more

Nipple – Female

Nipple piercings are not only very elegant piercings to behold, but also rather titillating to the wearer, so to speak. The jewelry placement is the same for both male and female piercings, and is extremely important. Improper placement is most frequent cause of scarring or problems healing these piercings. The piercing should be done at the base of the nipple itself, where the nipple meets the areola (the larger, flat dark circle). If the piercing is done any deeper than the base of the nipple, healing can be extremely lengthened, often causing excessive tubes of scar tissue and misshapen nipples. If the piercing is done too far forward, e.g. in the tip of the nipple, there is a definite possibility of rejection (growing out). Done properly, this piercing should cause the nipple to stay erect, and possibly grow slightly, giving you that just-in-from-the-cold look all the time. They will also get more sensitive Healing time 4 – 6... read more

Surface – Nape Piercing

The Nape Piercing (Medula Oblongata) is anywhere on the rear of the neck running along the length of the spine. The Nape is preferably pierced with 14g, 12g, 10gauge Tianium jewelry with flat disc.(the shape of the jewelry looks like a staple do not let anybody fool you) Specially made surface Titanium piercing jewelry and Medproflex jewelry offer best chances at preventing migration and rejection, though both are common with this of piercing. How to know is real titanium grade 23: if you compare a barbell same length/same gauge made of steel. The titanium barbell will weight half. They both have the same color -high luster you can only put them apart by weight. Healing Time: 8... read more

Oral – Monroe

The Madonna Piercing (Angel Kiss / Marilyn) is a piercing of the upper lip, usually anywhere but often located where many models such as Cindy Crawford, have a ‘beauty mark’. Depending on the location, this piercing often heals better when using a labret, labrets are considered the ‘norm’ for this piercing. Standard jewelry 16g and 14 gauge are often used. Healing Time: 4 – 12... read more

Oral – Medusa

The Medusa piercing (central upper lip) is located in the centre of the top lip, in the area where most people have a ‘dip’ beneath the nose. Jewellery is often a labret and follows the same directions as for the ‘Madonna’, but it should be noted that piercers should avoid piercing through the upper fraenum when performing this procedure. Healing Time: 4 – 12... read more

Oral – Lower fraenum

The Lower Fraenum is the membrane connecting the lower lip to the lower gum. Often pierced with micro jewelry such as Ball Closure Rings and short curved, or straight, barbells. Healing Time: 4 – 12... read more

Oral – Labret

The Labret piercing is usually pierced through the thinner tissue just beneath the lip itself. A labret of 16 or 14 gauge is normally used and the length often depends on the thickness of the tissue being pierced. Ball Closure Rings are also used the initial piercing, but they often have to be larger in diameter to allow for swelling. This often means that the jewelry flops about on the lip and this can cause the kind of aggravation that prolongs healing. Healing Time: 6 – 12... read more

Ear – Industrial via rook

The industrial piercing is two or more separate rim (or cartilage) piercings that are joined by one barbell. This procedure can be performed as separate piercings with separate jewellery and allowed to heal individually; but can also be fitted with one PTFE barbell, which will decrease the amount of tension placed on the structure of the cartilage itself. The piercer should carefully mark and plan the piercing so the gauge is suitable for all the tissue it travels though. 1.6mm gauge is probably the wisest choice. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Ear – Industrial

The industrial piercing is two or more separate rim (or cartilage) piercings that are joined by one barbell. This procedure can be performed as separate piercings with separate jewelry and allowed to heal individually; but can also be fitted with one Medproflex barbell, which will decrease the amount of tension placed on the structure of the cartilage itself. The piercer should carefully mark and plan the piercing so the gauge is suitable for all the tissue it travels though. 1.6mm gauge is probably the wisest choice. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Ear – Forward Pinna

The Forward Pinna (forward Helix) is the beginning of the carat that begins at the top of the ear, by the side of the head. This is often a slim strip of cartilage, as it is close to the side of the head, and can take micro jewelry (18gauge to 16 gauge). These include Ball Closure rings of 6mm and curved barbells, labrets or straight barbells of 6mm in length. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Surface – Eyebrow Piercing

An Eyebrow piercing is the thicker strip of tissue across and above the eye. Usually pierced from above the corner of the eye, and inwards. Avoid piercing the eyebrow too close to the bridge of the nose as there is a risk that you might pierce into a nerve cluster and this damage could cause partial muscular paralysis in the face. The initial jewelry is often curve barbell, ball closure ring or a straight barbell. Usually 16g and 14 gauge jewelry is adequate. Healing Time: 6 – 8... read more

Surface – Eyebrow Piercing Horizontal

An Eyebrow piercing Horizontal is the thicker strip of tissue across and above the eye. The piercing sits obove the eyebrow.Usually pierced from above the corner of the eye, and inwards. Avoid piercing the eyebrow too close to the bridge of the nose as there is a risk that you might pierce into a nerve cluster and this damage could cause partial muscular paralysis in the face. The initial jewelry is often curve barbell. Usually 16g and 14 gauge jewellery is adequate with micro balls. Healing Time: 6 – 8... read more

Ear – Pinna

The Pinna Piercing (Helix) is located on the cartilage rim along the top part of the ear. Usually a small diameter Ball Closure Ring can be used for this piercing. Even the labret or barbell can be ‘micro’ jewellery (at 18g or 16 gauge), and need not be any larger than 5/16. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Ear – Lobe

The ear lobe the fleshy tissue that hangs at the bottom of the ear. It gets plenty of blood supplied to it and thus should heal fairly quickly. If piercing the lobe, try to make sure the piercing is central in the lobe itself. Rings, barbells or labrets can be worn, though barbells and labrets do not need to be much longer than 3/8; the rings are often around 2g or 00gauge. The dimensions of the earlobe will effect the gauge used, but it is common to find that anything up to a 10 gauge is used. Other techniques like dermal punch can be used for initial piercings with a larger gauge , this can guarantee that the initial hole will never close, which can be a serious commitment for many people. Healing Time: 6 – 10... read more

Ear – Daith

The Daith (Crux of Helix) is the fold of cartilage that sits beneath the rook and is closest to the ear canal. Again, there must be enough cartilage to comfortably hold the chosen jewellery. Micro jewellery (18g to 16 gauge) often rests well in most Daith piercings because the Daith can be quite shallow, and again the diameter of the ball closure ring can be as little as a couple of millimetres larger than the thickness of the pierced cartilage. Curved barbells are a better choice, over straight barbells and labrets. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Ear – Conch

The Conch is the large area of cartilage that makes up the back of the ear. Though large diameter Ball Closure Rings have been successfully used, this piercing heals quicker when a labret or barbell is used. Again, the gauge can be anything up to 3.2mm but the length need only be a couple of millimetres larger than the thickness of the cartilage; usually 8mm long is suitable. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more

Oral – Colombus

Often called Snake eyes, pierced with 16gauge jewelry like curve barbells. It is the tip of the tongue, so the lenght of the jewelry changes from person to person. Healing Time: 3 – 12... read more

Surface – Bridge

The Earl “bridge” piercing is the tissue that runs along the bridge (above the top of the nose). A curved barbell 16 or 14gauge is advisable, but if the piercing can be placed in enough tissue, then a straight bar could be worn; smaller gauge as 16gauge can increase the chances of migration. Healing Time: 8 – 12... read more

Ear – Auricle

The Auricle (Rim) piercing is the cartilage rim that runs along the side/edge of the outer part of the ear (away from the side of the head). Many people like to use Ball Closure Rings for this piercing, athough they are more prone to movement and to catching on hooks or clasps etc, thus aggravating the piercing. Labrets and barbells that aren’t too long will help minimise snagging. Usually, jewellery that is a millimetre or two larger than the thickness of the cartilage is sufficient. Healing Time: 3 – 4... read more

Ear – Anti tragus

The Anti-Tragus is the raised fold of cartilage that sits on the outer side of the ear, above the ear lobe and just opposite the tragus. Many people’s anti-tragus’ are too small to be pierced, however micro jewellery is often successfully used. Ball Closure Rings can be used, but they will flop about a lot and aggravate the piercing. Using a curved barbell will probably improve the chances of a quick healing. Healing Time: 8 – 16... read more