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11 Things You Should Know About Piercings

Despite what your grandma thinks of kids these days, piercing is nothing new.

Bedazzling the ears dates back thousands of years. Testament to the fact that everything old is new again: Dangling, chandelier-style earrings were particularly popular in the 18th century, the Chicago Tribune reported. One of the oldest mummies ever discovered, Otzi the Iceman, had stretched ear lobes, according to the BBC. Nose piercing is mentioned in the Bible.

But just because it’s been around for ages and has only grown more and more socially acceptable in the Western world, doesn’t mean we have all the answers. Whether you’re in the market for something shiny or still nursing your latest addition, whether you’re pierced as cultural tradition or as a unique form of self-expression, here are a few facts you might not have known about piercings.

1. Just 14 percent of people have piercings somewhere other than their ear lobes, according to a 2006 study co-authored by board-certified dermatologist Amy J. Derick, M.D.

And only 7 percent have a piercing somewhere other than their ear entirely, according to a 2012 Harris Interactive poll.

2. There is some form of complication in up to 35 percent of piercings.
A 1998 study is still frequently cited in estimates of ear piercing complications. The study found that 35 percent of nurses surveyed at a major Midwestern hospital who had ear piercings had reported some complication. Major complications were reported less than 1 percent of the time, and minor infection accounted for the majority of the issues. “You can get infection when you’re actually getting the piercing,” says Derick, who is also a clinical instructor of dermatology at Northwestern University, if the piercer doesn’t wear gloves or isn’t using clean instruments, “or later, in a piercing that’s already been done but didn’t heal well.”

3. You can be allergic to your piercing.
Jewelry containing nickel, cobalt or white gold can cause allergic reactions, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). “Nickel is a common allergen,” says Derick, and any reaction would usually go away shortly after removing the piercing, she says. Surgical-grade stainless steel, titanium or 14- or 18-karat gold shouldn’t cause problems, according to the AAD.

4. Don’t consider it a trial run.
If you find yourself in a piercing parlor with the cavalier attitude that, hey, you can always take your piercing out, Derick suggests you reconsider. Yes, she says, you can take the jewelry out, but healing flawlessly is a different story. Scarring, bumps, depressions or holes may remain even after you remove the piercing, she says. Not what you bargained for.

5. A piercing is technically trauma.
It’s a wound — and a little bit of swelling and redness is all part of the body’s natural healing response and doesn’t necessarily mean you’re infected, says jewelry designer and retailer Maria Tash, whose company Maria Tash Inc. provides piercing services at two New York City locations. “We see more redness due to harsh [cleaning] products” than from infection, she says.

The body works hard to heal all wounds, piercings or not, and doesn’t need much help from you other than keeping your jewelry clean. In some cases, the body will interpret a new piece of jewelry as a foreign body, like having a thorn stuck in your thumb. If it rejects the piercing, it’s essentially trying to “spit out” that thorn, says Derick.

6. There’s an art to it.

“There’s an art to piercing, to do it well,” says Tash, who recently trained Harrison Ford in preparation for his piercing of Jimmy Fallon’s ear. “The truth is, to do it well is a lot more complicated.” Yes, a sterile procedure is of utmost importance, but don’t forget jewelry is typically worn to improve appearances. Placement of a piercing requires more thought than a “let’s just throw a dart at it” kind of attitude, she says.

It’s also for this reason that Tash recommends not piercing an infant’s ears. Not only is he or she likely to squirm and cry, but the ear lobe is not yet fully developed, and what was once centered and flattering as a young child might look off as an adult.

7. Piercings in certain areas take longer to heal than others.
You’re not imagining it. The greater the blood flow to a certain area, the faster it will heal — and the less vulnerable it will be to infection, Dr. Joseph Adrian Tyndall, M.D., of Brooklyn Hospital Center told ABC News. Ear lobes, tongues and lips have some of the fastest healing times, says Tash, at four to six weeks, thanks to their high blood flow, or vascularity. Cartilage on the outer ear or nose takes longer to heal. That doesn’t mean a nose piercing will hurt for months on end, says Tash, just that it still requires careful cleaning during that time.

8. There is such a thing as over-cleaning.
Speaking of cleaning: The aim is to assist the body’s nature healing process, not derail it. Light cleaning twice a day will typically be sufficient, says Tash, with a very mild product. Sterile saline wound wash is the best bet, she says, which will irrigate a new piercing without causing reactions in people with sensitive skin, like iodine-based products used in the past sometimes did.

9. Ointment is out.
You’d put it on a cut, so why not put some antibiotic ointment on your new piercing? Turns out, this thinking is dated, says Tash. Ointment doesn’t rinse the piercing like a saline wash will, plus, dust or other irritants in the air might actually stick to that goo, finding their way into the piercing later, she says.

10. Only some states regulate the piercing industry.
There’s no federal regulation of the piercing industry, and some states don’t have any legislation on the books. Yes, confirms Tash, that means that just about anybody can open up a piercing parlor, so it falls on us as consumers to make good choices about


How millennials have normalized the ancient art of body piercing

Many ancient cultures practiced and cherished the arts of piercing, poking, dying and branding the skin, commonly known as body modification. With the growth of religions such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam and their stricter ethical structures, the practice of body art diminished in Western societies.

However, piercings are now a very common accessory, especially among American millennials.

As piercing and tattoo trends make their mark on the millennial generation, Traditional Tattoo in San Luis Obispo has become a popular spot for Cal Poly students seeking new body art. During promotions like their $20 Piercing Weekend, which took place Jan. 14-16, the studio does between 200 and 300 piercings a day.

“The number one piercing we do at Cal Poly is by far nipple piercings,” Traditional Tattoo piercer and tattoo artist Matt Southwood said. “I do so many nipple piercings a day, I can’t keep track. Almost all of them are girls. Right now, it’s really popular to show off nipples.”

By getting pierced, students are tapping into ancient adorning practices, Southwood said.

“I think generations are reclaiming cultural practices, whether they’re conscious of it or not,” Southwood said. “Maybe it’s built into the human DNA to want to adorn our bodies and skin.”

Southwood has been working in the piercing and tattoo industry for 16 years. He said that he has an undeniable personal connection with body art.

His own body art reflects that connection. He is covered in all-black indigenous-looking tattoos, with different shapes and patterns, evoking images from nature. A red-tailed hawk wraps around his neck and blends into the geometric designs running up his chin. Southwood said that patterns come to his mind and don’t go away until he makes them a part of himself.

Piercing trends

According to Southwood, body piercings became more commonplace in the 1980s as a result of the gay rights movement. Around the same time, Southwood said piercing culture became popular with people engaging in the erotic practices of bondage, domination, sadism and masochism (BDSM).

Up until the mid ‘90s, body piercings were an adornment of punk rock culture, Southwood said. Then, a tribal movement made piercing culture mainstream.

In 1993, Nomad Body Piercing was founded in San Francisco, in part by a man named Kristian White. According to Nomad’s website, it was the first body piercing studio in America that worked freehand, without the aid of clamps.

This means that piercers do not use tools such as forceps to support and stabilize the area being pierced.

“Kristian went all around the world staying with different tribes. He started bringing over organic jewelry, like plugs,” Southwood said. “He fell in love with indigenous cultures and their body art practices, and he made a business out of it.”

Plugs are short, circular pieces of jewelry commonly worn in larger-gauge ear piercings.

Visiting Nomad was Southwood’s introduction to the piercing world. Today, his piercing room replicates the rainforest-inspired decor of the Nomad studio.

Eliminating the “pierced person” stereotype

Southwood said there is no longer a certain type of person who gets piercings.

“The people that come here aren’t punk rockers with mohawks. All day long, it’s sorority girls and cheerleaders or an entire sports team,” Southwood said. “It’s everybody. It’s no longer an emo or gothic thing.”

Allison Teeter, a professional evaluator at Kansas State University, wrote her master’s thesis on the stigma associated with body art. Her report is called “Never Judge a Book by its Cover: a Sociological Examination of Body Art.”

“I had multiple piercings and tattoos in graduate school and I noticed a stigma associated with body modification,” Teeter said. “Despite the fact that I was extremely educated, I would be looked at differently by people. I was interested in why people were doing this.”

Based on her research, Teeter proposed nine analytical categories explaining why people get different forms of body art. Of the nine categories, Teeter said that five apply to piercings: to bond with others, to rebel, out of impulse, to develop their self-identity and to conform to current fashion trends.   

Although there remains a stigma toward body art, Teeter believes that since her youth in the early 2000s, people have become more accepting of the culture.

“I think that gender stereotypes, like women needing to look and be a certain way, were more conservative back then,” Teeter said. “Companies didn’t want to hire me because they felt they would lose customers by hiring someone that looked different. As (body modification) becomes more popular, mostly through pop-culture, it spreads like wildfire.”


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A Sexy Little Secret: Why Piercing Newbies Should Pierce Their Nipples

Before you clutch your breasts in horror, think about it: Except for a handful grateful people, nobody will even know you have them.

About six months ago—and much to my mother’s horror when she reads this—I decided to get my nipples pierced. I was sitting in the car with my boyfriend debating whether or not to do it, and by “debating,” I mean me repeatedly asking, “Should I do it?” while he watched YouTube (he’s the strong, silent type). When we did finally go inside the piercing shop, I was shaking from anticipation.

I had always been curious about nipple piercings, but, like most sensible people, the thought of having a needle stabbed through my chikubis made me grab my breasts and gasp. In fact, while my piercer got her supplies ready, my hands were clasped over my breasts. Why? I don’t know. For whatever reason, someone mentions nipples being stabbed or ripped off, and everyone else starts gently fondling their booby hats, which is probably what many readers are doing right now.

I won’t go into the gory details because there aren’t any, but I will say that nipple piercings hurt. That’s a “duh” statement, but I’ve heard people say that they don’t. Maybe that’s true for the first nipple because of all the adrenaline pumping, but the second nipple piercing feels like a titty twister—except the nipple gets twisted off (okay, even I’m grasping my boobies after that line). But the few seconds of pain is definitely worth it.

Here’s what you need to know about getting your nipples pierced.

Find a Good Piercer and a Clean Shop

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For any piercing, you should find a sanitary shop and a piercer who’s certified to pierce (their certification should be displayed somewhere in the store). If you walk into the shop and your initial reaction is, “I hope they don’t dismember my lifeless corpse in the back,” you should probably find a different store.

Before I went to get my piercings, I found a shop with good reviews, but then I also read these reviews to find out which piercer was the highest rated. I then went to the store when that particular piercer was working. The girl who pierced my nipples is now the only piercer who I’ll let pierce me or change my jewelry (she’s really awesome).

Maybe these statements are also “duh” statements, but a lot of people decide to get pierced on a whim or after drinking. For something as sensitive and intimate as your nipples, it’s better to find a reputable shop with a reputable piercer—not one who’s just interested in collecting your money with no regard for your safety. Chances are, that type of piercer will give you crooked piercings.

Better Than Navel or Ear Piercings 

I know, I know. Navel rings and ear piercings are cool, but for older girls a naval ring or an ear full of earrings can seem juvenile, and most guys probably aren’t interested in piercing their belly buttons.

Sure, a naval piercing can be hidden, but only until you’re on a company retreat at a beach somewhere, and you’re stuck in a one-piece or a swimsuit cover because you’re afraid of how “unprofessional” your piercing will look to your boss and co-workers. But nipple piercings can be your fun, dirty secret—one your boss doesn’t have to know about unless you’re sleeping with him. (Don’t sleep with your boss. You’re better than that.)

The best thing about nipple piercings is that no one will know you have them unless you’re whipping out your tatas all over town, or writing about them in an article and horrifying your entire family. They’re one of the few piercings that can truly be hidden.

Unlike ear or belly button piercings, nipple piercings require minimal care, they are pretty resistant to infection and they don’t hurt after a day or two. If your nipples are sore after a few days, you’ve probably jostled the jewelry, so start wearing a sports bra or a tight-fitting bra. I know some of you are thinking, “A sports bra?!” but the tighter your bra is, the better it’s going to feel (the tighter your clothes, the less likely it is that the jewelry will get jostled). Whatever you do, do not go braless. Going braless will guarantee your jewelry gets pulled, and yes, your nipples will bleed if that happens.

To put in perspective how resistant nipple piercings are to infections, I’ll admit that I knocked my jewelry around a lot, wore the same bra for days in a row and I was bad about touching them (they get a little itchy). Still, I never had any problems with infection. Contrast this to both my navel and ear piercings, which, regardless of how much I cleaned them, were constantly infected and sore.

After six months, I gave up on the navel ring and removed it. The same thing occurred with my helix piercing and also with my upper lobe piercing (but I was eventually able to save the upper lobe one). My industrial piercing, which I’ve had for around four or five months, still needs to be cleaned three to five times a day, whereas my nipples only needed about a month of cleaning one to two times a day. They’re a really low maintenance piercing and therefore a good choice for the piercing newbie.

Have Confidence in Your Breasts

I’ll speak candidly and admit that part of my decision to pierce my nipples was based on how my breasts look. A common myth about nipple piercings is that they’ll make your nipples permanently erect. Sure, they’ll be erect for a few months, but then they’ll go back to normal.

That being said, having jewelry shoved through your nips will make them stand out more, so if you’re a girl with inverted nipples, very small breasts or large areolas, nipple piercings may actually enhance the appearance of your bosom.

And even if your breasts don’t


The Kinkiest Piercings For Any Body

Piercings are all about getting something new and exciting, and for most pierced people, they’re a way to express our personalities. Let’s face it though – some piercings are just downright sexy.

With all the recent exposure and acceptance sexy piercings have had, with celebs like Amber Rose, Kylie and Kendall Jenner sporting their racey nipple blings, my FreshTrends people, it’s time to have “the talk”.

What Are The Sexiest Piercings?

The Dermal Piercing

These little gems can be placed on almost any flat surface of the body, so getting these put somewhere like your hips or chest can make this a very flirtatious option. There are so many cute, eye-catching dermals out there – opal dermals, as well as fun surgical steel shapes we have in stock, things like stars, broken hearts, and even a suggestive 69 symbol if you’re feeling shamelessly sexy.

Corset Piercings

They’re a little out there, I know, but there’s no denying the sex appeal of a corset piercing. Corset piercings, like the dermal, can be placed on almost any flat surface of the body – most people put them down their backs, but these days we’re seeing them more and more on hips.

Corset piercings are generally done with captive bead rings, and then laced with some satin ribbon once they’re healed (there’s nothing quite like tension to muck up the healing process on a fresh piercing). Keep it simple – these piercings are generally in tricky to reach spots, and you don’t want to over complicate it with jewelry that gets caught on everything.

Nipple Piercings

Like I said, nipple piercings have had a lot of attention lately with celebrities sporting them, and we can see why! If you’re looking to make it a bit steamier in the bedroom, maybe intensifying arousal, or just looking for a kinky change to boost your self-esteem, this piercing is a lot of fun.

With kinky designs like handcuffs, or cute jewelry that teases,  you’re going to have a lot of fun watching the reactions you get out of these piercings. It’s not all about who you let see them though – get a piercing because you love it, and enjoy all of the sexy new sensations that come with a nipple piercing.

It doesn’t have to be all sex appeal all the time with nipple piercings though – sweet and whimsical jewelry like dream-catchers, and badass pieces like some Love Bites are just a smattering of how you can style these piercings. Guys can keep it minimalist with some titanium barbells, or more elaborate with some studly tribal nipple shields.

Prince Albert Piercings

Rumor has it that this piercing can intensify pleasure for both parties if you’ve got the nerve. Getting a piercing on your pride and joy is a bold move, but if you have nerves of steel, well, you may very well reap the rewards.

This piercing can be a lot of fun, for both men and women, and man, talk about proving you have guts – Prince Albert piercings are not for the faint of heart, but they’re certainly bucket list worthy.

For this piercing, the captive bead ring, circular barbell, or bent barbell are the best options. You also need to make sure that you choose a high quality metal, since it’s in such a sensitive area – the last thing you want is a reaction. Gold is a great metal for this piercing, but titanium and surgical steel are great options if you’re on a budget.

For those sensitive to the initial stiffness (no pun intended) of the jewelry, BioPlast is a flexible jewelry that works with even the most sensitive body chemistries, and comes in some kinky colors – dare I say it – glow-in-the-dark is an option, fellas.

The Vch Piercing (Hood/Clit Piercing)

Last but not least, we can’t leave this one out – the infamous VCH – definitely a head-turner! Like the Prince Albert piercing, a clitoral hood piercing can be pleasurable for both parties, and let’s face it – what partner isn’t going to do a double take when they see what you’re sporting down there? This piercing is in a sensitive place, so a lot of wearers have reported some big bonuses to support this jewelry, including added sensation during intercourse – sounds good to me!

Like Prince Albert, this piercing goes south, so don’t skimp on cheap jewelry and damage your lady bits. Titanium is a great option, but if you can swing it, gold is by far one of the better metals and one of the purest, so you’re less likely to deal with things like infections and reactions.

If the thought of having a metal barbell down there makes you wiggle and twist in your seat a bit, you can also start out with something more flexible and comfortable like BioPlast, just talk to your piercer beforehand, as you may have to bring your own jewelry in.

Bent barbells, captive rings, and circular barbells are generally the recommended jewelry for a clitoral hood piercing, and there are tons of adorable options out there – diamond studded, ornate designs that take something already jaw-dropping, and invite your spectator to come in for a closer look ;).

Tongue Piercings

Oh baby – such a simple piercing, totally innocent, until your dirty mind remembers all of the wonderful things tongues do. Tongue piercings are so. Damn. Kinky. Any time you sport one, chances are the person that sees it is wanting to get to know you a little better.

You can get some really fun jewelry for tongue rings to play within the bedroom – vibrating ones and glow in the dark are pretty popular, but then there’s always the glimmer of diamonds behind your pearly whites that looks pretty sexy on its own.

Again we have a part of the body that’s prone to some unique biology here, so make sure you select high-end jewelry for the job, particularly after the initial piercing is done. From there, you can