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Common & uncommon piercings
Though there are many piercings that can be done, you see only
a few of them in the majority of clientele . Although any part of
the body can be pierced, they are separated into categories. There
are soft tissue, cartilage, and surface piercings. Soft tissue are
by far the most common. Soft tissue piercings will penetrate the
thickness of the body segment, with the jewelry protruding from
opposite sides (earlobes, eyebrows, nipples). Soft tissue piercings
tend to heal easily for most, with proper care. They are usually
done with a ring (captive), but after the piercings heal properly,
can adorn an assortment of jewelry. The minimum gauge for soft tissue
piercings are 20 Gauge, but are pierced mostly with 14 Gauge.
Cartilage piercings such as septum (inner nose), and ear cartilage
are generally more difficult to heal, and are prone to infection
if not cared for properly.
Surface piercings are usually the least common piercing. They
tend to be more painful, and are not permanent. The life span of
a surface piercing will depend on the area pierced. A corset (back
piercing) can usually stay inside the skin up to 48 hours before
the skin will start to tear.
The most common piercings are as follows:
Tragus (the rounded part nearest to the face)
Outer edge (rim)
Conch (inner surfaces)
Industrial (barbell crossing inner part of ear, pierced through
two portions of cartilage)
Septum (center cartilage)
Labret (between lip and chin)
The more uncommon piercings include:
Bridge of nose
Madonna (upper lip, with lebret stud)
Madison (base of throat)
Vampires kiss (side of neck)
Back of neck
Web between the thumb and fingers
Surfer (web between toes)
Clitoris (horizontal or vertical)
Hood (the hood of the clitoris, horizontal or vertical)
Inner and outer labia
T’aint (between vagina, or penis and anus)
Fourchette (back edge of vaginal opening)
Triangle (beneath clitoris)
Prince albert (base of head, through urethra)
Queen victoria (center top of head, through urethra)
Apadravya (vertically through head)
Ampallang (horizontally through head)
Frenum/ Lorum (horizontal base of the head, or along shaft)
Dydoe (through ridge of circumsized head)
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