By Janice from Texas
My favorite piercing is my tongue. Out of all of my 20 or so piercings, I have always been attached to my belly, industrial, and tongue. My tongue, though, has been an adventure.
I was about 12 when one day I was in the grocery store and I noticed a woman with a tongue ring, and I was like,”That is awesome!” I wanted one so bad that I kept asking my mom if I could get one. She, of course, is one of those no piercings allowed parents. I finally got upset at her one day and decided to pierce my own tongue.
I was alone on a Saturday night and I had already gotten a tongue ring from a friend that had gotten his pierced about a month earlier. I decided to use a sewing needle again like I had done on my belly before( another story). I had no idea what I was doing, but I wanted it sooooo much I could no longer deal with the compulsion to have it. I stuck out my tongue, and I pushed the needle through the top of my tongue in the area where you are supposed to do it( my friend told me). It ddn’t hurt as bad as I thought until I tried to push the jewelry through. I winded up leaving the sewing needle in my tongue until the next day. I tried pushing it in and I succeeded after an hour or so.Yay! So I thought.
A month went by, my tongue healing properly, and I decided to change out the metal bar I had to a plastic one. I had it in a week and my tongue started to itch like crazy. I didn’t want to take out the bar because it was pretty and I had lost my other one. It turns out my body prefers metal to plastic, so my tongue got an infection. I treated the infection, but I noticed my tongue was starting to scar a little. It was then that I decided to take out my beloved piercing. I was upset, but I got my piercing back for my 18th birthday.
If you choose to have a tongue piercing then the good news is that it heals itself really quickly. It is one of the most popular piercings available these days and it is not overly visible.
So it makes a statement, yet it doesn’t necessarily push it into people’s faces. However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of before you make up your mind that you want a tongue piercing.
Things to Consider
Whilst the tongue piercing is extremely common, there are some exceptions where you should not get the piercing. Generally the piercer should tell you if you are an unsuitable candidate for the procedure. However, just in case they don’t it is a good idea to understand when it might not be suitable for you to have a tongue piercing.
Firstly if you have a protruding tongue web then it is definitely not a good idea to have a tongue piercing. The tongue web is situated underneath the tongue and everybody has a different length web. It can sometimes extend all the way to the tip of the tongue, but in some people it is not really visible at all. The problem with piercing a tongue which has a protruding tongue web is that the piercing would likely end up rubbing the web and this would make it really painful.
Another reason why you may choose not to have a tongue piercing is because you may have prominent veins on the bottom of the tongue. Usually the veins do not cause a problem but a piercer will be able to advise you whether you should go ahead with the piercing or not. It is extremely rare for a tongue piercing not to go ahead because of prominent veins, but there are still cases where it might not be safe.
The above are just a couple of things to consider when deciding whether or not to get your tongue pierced. If you do opt for a tongue piercing then you can rest assured that it will likely heal really quickly and you will suffer very few problems because of it. However it is worth noting that just after the piercing has been done, swelling will occur and this can be very painful. You do not have to give the piercing much aftercare however and once it has healed you can choose from a variety of different tongue studs and jewellery to make the piercing stand out!
No doubt – body piercing is rather part of fashion than some under-ground trend. Since 60ies and 70ies, when body piercing was gay communities’ identity, so much has changed!
These days no-one will even look back at someone who has eyebrow piercing or a nose ring, not to mention different ear piercings.
But anyway, even now we can kind of separate ‘normal’ body piercing types from ‘extreme’ body piercing practiced only by those who are involved in body modification. I guess many folks would look back at someone carrying a huge plate in a stretched lip piercing, for instance!
So here I’ve sorted the most popular body piercing types and sub-types, and you can read more about them!
Facial & Ear Piercing
Ear Body Piercing
Cartilage Piercing, Tragus Piercing, Industrial Piercing
Eyebrow Body Piercing
Lip Body Piercing
Labret Piercing, Vertical Lip Piercing, Monroe Piercing, Double Lip Piercing
Nose Body Piercing
Tongue Body Piercing
Nipple Body Piercing
Inverted Nipple Piercing
Navel Body Piercing
Navel Industrial Piercing
Surface Body Piercing
Extreme Body Piercing
Female Body Piercing
Male Body Piercing