The Frowny Piercing

The frowny piercing, also known as the anti smiley piercing, goes through the bottom web between your lip and your teeth called the frenulum. This is a piercing that’s growing in popularity as it’s so unique. It’s easy to hide for work or other formal occasions and doesn’t overwhelm the face. You might notice a frowny piercing on someone who smiles a lot, peeking out just above the bottom lip. How cute is that?

But be careful! There’s a little to know about the frowny piercing before you head off to the piercer.

 Be Careful When Choosing Your Jewelry

When getting your frowny pierced you shouldn’t go too big. That area of your mouth is very delicate, and usually doesn’t provide much of a landscape for piercing. Some people hardly have any web at all! Getting this spot pierced depends on whether your piercer deems it suitable with your webbing, and the size of the jewellery will follow suit.

Speaking of jewelry, there are certain types of jewelry that are used with frowny piercings. Curved barbells and ball closure rings are common. But beware of how the jewelry will sit in your mouth. It can seriously hurt your teeth or cause receding gums if your jewelry is constantly rubbing against vital parts of your mouth. 

A great suggestion is to stick to stainless steel and titanium bars but opt for softer rubber balls or jewelry without balls at all. These are the part of the jewellery that will cause most harm.

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Septum Piercing Expectations

Septum piercings are such a popular piercing. They’re easy to hide for work, don’t leave any marks if you eventually take it out and bring a beautiful symmetry to any face. With all the varieties of jewelry around, how can you go wrong?

Here’s what to expect if you’re considering taking the plunge yourself. From one septum lover to another!

Does Getting Your Septum Pierced Hurt?

When getting a piercing you are cutting into flesh using a needle, so of course it’s going to include some pain.

But septum piercings are much less evasive compared to getting other piercings like lip or cheek piercings, which need to be pierced through a thicker section of flesh, a septum piercing only cuts through the tiniest piece of skin on the inside wall separating the nostrils called the “sweet spot”.

The amount of pain you experience depends on your personal pain tolerance. For example I felt much less pain having my lip pierced or my nostril pierced than my septum. But the pain was over in a couple seconds!

What’s the “Sweet Spot” Exactly?

The “sweet spot” is named as such because it’s the spot the piercer is aiming for when they pierce your septum. The bridge between the nostrils is made up almost entirely of cartilage. But that generally isn’t the part that is pierced because it can be extremely uncomfortable and takes much longer to heal. Closer to the tip of the nostril is where the soft spot of stretchy skin can be found. Use your fingers and you’ll be able to find it.

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Upper Frenulum Piercing

We can all agree that the most beautiful thing a person can wear is a smile. A sign of happiness or appreciation, a person smiles an average of 20 times a day. The smiley piercing, or equally known as the scrumper piercing, will be noticed when a person smiles or their upper lip retracts. It is pierced through the thin, delicate tissue that connects the upper lip to the gums. Virtually pain free and obviously one of a kind, the scrumper is an up and coming piercing that people are getting done more and more everyday.

Aftercare

This piercing is known to have a quick and easy healing process, but proper care will be needed for a successful scrumper piercing! Since it is an oral piercing, caution must be taken with what one eats. Spicy food and extreme hot or cold food will make the piercing sensitive. Smoking and alcohol consumption will make the healing process more painful and put the frenulum at risk for infection and fall out. Kissing or any oral activity with another person is not recommended. The urge to touch this piercing will be prevalent in even the strongest of wills. Hands should be clean if this urge is too much. The tongue should not play with the jewelry either. Rinsing the piercing with warm salt water after meals and before bed is suggested by most piercing professionals. Avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol. For the scrumper piercing to heal and for you to be on your smiling way expect a month to three months of recovery time. The jewelry used by the piercer should be kept in until it is fully healed! 

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Industrial Jewelry

Industrial or scaffold piercings cross across the ear shell from the helix to the anti helix cartilage. It's popular with both sexes and is usually connected using a long straight barbell. This is technically two piercings and many piercers will actually pierce separately with two pieces of jewelry for ease of healing. A scaffold piercing can actually refer to any two piercings connected with a long barbell.

Depending on your piercer and your anatomy you may be pierced with either a 14g or a 16g barbell. The 14g is a larger barbell than the 16g by a fraction of an inch (0.013).

Most piercers will have a preference between 14 and 16g for industrial piercings and while having a 14g means you can swap out for 16g jewelry you cannot do it the other way around without pain. This piercing does not stretch well so it's unusual to find industrial jewelry that is any bigger then 14g. Since it causes less stress and less pressure on the tissue many piercers prefer to pierce using two captive rings or two studs instead of a single scaffold bar.

When choosing the jewelry you will want to make sure it's good quality. Most body jewelry is made of stainless steel, but not all steel is created equal. For sanitation purposes, you'll want to choose 316L or 316LVM stainless or Titanium. Titanium is actually an alloy of stainless steel which means its equally safe. If you're not a fan of the plain steel look then titanium can also be anodized to create beautiful colors.

Industrial Jewelry

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Tongue Web Piercing

Words are powerful. We think, write, and speak words. Stringing together fragments of our language to form ideas and thoughts. We verbalize thousands of words a day. Whether speaking love or spewing out anger, talking is more utilized than digital communication (believe it or not). We can thank our Frenulum Linguae for holding our tongue just enough to verbally express our feelings and thoughts. Everyone has this veiny, web-like tissue that is on the floor of our mouth and continues up to the undersurface of our tongue. This tissue is in charge of holding our tongue not too far forward or back and contains saliva ducts. The veins become more prominent as one ages.

If there is enough tissue and room allowed, piercing this part of the mouth becomes an option. This piercing location is often called the Marley piercing. There is no exact story on the name of this; however, we can give credit to the reggae revolutionist Bob Marley who was known to have powerful vocals.

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Top 5 Creepy and Freaky Plugs

10/28/2016 11:36 AM

Freaky & Creepy Plugs

1. Blood is supposed to voyage through our veins on the inside of our bodies, how about displaying some red blood cells on the outside of our bodies? These Liquid Blood Plugs fill the position nicely. Sold in pairs, the blood swirls around in an eerie effect. Acrylic, double flare plugs are available in 0 gauge, 00 aguge, 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 3/4", and 7/8" and 1 inch sizes

Blood Gauges

2. Arachnophobics beware; an eight-legged creature lay here! Casted in clear resin forever, walking around with these Spider Plugs in your lobes is sure to shock any with a faint heart. The spiders in these plugs are carefully laid out with a quality sure to amaze. Sold in pairs and in double flare, sizes are 5/8", 11/16", 13/16", and 7/8" inch gauges

Spider Gauges

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Nipple Piercing Jewelry

Nipple Jewelry no longer has to be plain hoops or barbells. Now you can style your nipple jewelry to be as unique as you are and to match your outfit too. While most pieces of nipple jewelry are marketed to women there are plenty of asexual designs in there as well. When shopping for body jewelry you'll need to look for certain standards to make sure you're getting a good buy.

Steel & Titanium - These metals reduce the risk of infections and prevents bacterial built up because the surface isn't porous. If you want to choose gold it needs to be for a well healed piercing and you'll need to know you don't have any allergies. Titanium can also be anodized in multiple colors.

The right size - There is no such thing as a “standard” nipple, so it's important to know your anatomy and realize that you may need a larger barbell or that you make have to wear barbells rather than rings for everyday comfort.

You should wait at least 6 weeks or longer (depending on your piercers instructions) after your initial piercing to change to anything fancier. this is because these are more likely to catch or irritate a fresh piercing. Standard nipple piercing sizes are 14g and 16g. Once you're ready to go you can look at some styles like these:

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  Finding The Best Size & Gauge For Your Nose Ring

Originating from Indian and Australian culture, nose piercings made an enormous ascent in cultures all around the world in the 80’s and 90’s with punk and young subcultures. Nowadays all walks of life parade nose hoops and studs. Having a comfortable piercing here takes a little bit of knowledge on gauge sizes, length, and diameter. The nose is the main route for breathing so the fewer traumas inflicted on this region, the better.

Everyone has a unique nose and because of this, gauge sizes for nose piercings vary slightly. Professional piercers are the ones to determine this. The most common sizes are 20 and 18 gauge, or .8 and 1 millimeters (18-gauge being vaguely thicker). People with petite noses can be pierced with a 22 gauge, which entails specialty jewelry. People with larger noses might consider going to a 16 gauge. Most nose jewelry will be available in 20- gauge since this size is predominately used just for nose piercings.

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Halloween Body Jewelry

1) How do vampires get around on Halloween night? By blood vessels. These Kiss of Death Plugs will have all unwanted ghouls scurrying away. That is, until they realize how much they want them too! Rocky Horror themed, the black and white stripes will match just about any costume, and the blood-red lips will stand out with a vengeance. Single flares with red "O" rings for the backs. These are available in 2G, 0G, 00G, 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", and 1 inch

Kiss of Death Gauges

2) Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have the guts. Maybe you will have the guts to wear these timeless Skull tunnels. To top it off, while you’re out trick or treating, or partying it up, the skulls will glow in the dark. A two-in-one? Yes, please! Pick from 0G, 00G, 1/2", 9/16”, 5/8”, 3/4", 7/8”, and 1 Inch. Single flare shaped with black "O" rings for the backs

Skull Gauges

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Body Jewelry Online

It used to be that taking a trip to a professional piercing shop was the only way for pierced folks to buy new or replacement jewelry. Now, much like every other product on the planet, there are a wide variety of online retailers available from which you can buy body jewelry online. But before you dive in and fill your cart with new goodies, read these tips to avoid some common problems that occur when purchasing body jewelry online.

1. Use the correct jewelry for the anatomical placement of your piercing.

Different piercings need different types of body jewelry for optimum comfort and minimal rejection. Wearing the wrong jewelry could eventually cause the tissue around the piercing to become misshapen, irritated, infected, or scarred. Our body jewelry is divided into multiple categories and also sizes so you can easily browse for what you need by what you have.

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5 Best Lip Piercings for Women

8/15/2016 2:07 PM

Female Lip Piercings

Getting a lip ring might sound simple, but there are more details to the decision than just showing up at the piercing shop. The definition of a lip ring is simply a piercing that penetrates the lips or an area around the lips. This means there are all kinds of options for the placement and lip ring jewelry. Find out which five lip rings are the best for women, no matter what piercing style you have.

Vertical Labret

A vertical labret piercing is aligned to the center of the bottom lip and enters in through the area under the lip and exits through the top of the lip. A regular labret exits in the mouth, so the difference of the vertical labret is that the top of the piercing and the bottom of the piercing are visible around the lip. The appropriate lip ring jewelry for a vertical labret is a curved barbell. The vertical labret gives a unique look to the lip.

Madonna

This piercing is aptly named after world-famous celebrity, Madonna. The placement mimics the trademark mole on Madonna’s face: it sits slightly above the lip and to the right. The only difference between this type of piercing and the Monroe piercing is the placement on the face. Named after equally famous Marilyn Monroe’s facial marking, the Monroe is the same as the Madonna but on the left side of the face. The appropriate lip jewelry for this is a labret stud, and some choose to go with an eye-catching anodized or jeweled labret stud.

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5 Unusual Piercing Ideas

Your body is an empty canvas with plenty of space for expressing yourself with tattoos and piercings. But do you know all of the different piercings that are possible? Check out this list of five of the more unusual body piercings that you probably didn't know you could get.

Back Dimple or Sacral Piercing

The sacral or back dimple piercing is a newer trend that uses microdermal piercings in the lower back on either side of the sacrum. Microdermals are single point piercings where a base heals under the skin and the top shows above the skin. A piercer can use a needle, a pair of needles, or a punch and taper technique for this piercing.

Some women have natural sacral dimples and add gems to accentuate them. Those without natural dimples can play with the placement a little and have the piercings closer together or even get double piercings on each side. While microdermals are versatile and typically heal easily, this particular placement can be problematic. Clothing and chairs often rub up against them causing irritation and migration and they have a good chance of eventually rejecting.

Back Dimple Dermal Piercing

Upper Lip Frenulum Piercing or Smiley Piercing

Most lip piercings are noticeable right away, but the upper lip frenulum piercing needs a smile to reveal its existence—earning it the nickname of a smiley piercing. This piercing goes through the small amount of webbing between the upper lip and the gums. Any style of captive bead ring can be worn in this piercing. A seamless ring is another choice if you don't want a bead on the jewelry.

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