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Piercings




A.P.P. credit to Nathan
See "Association of Professional Piercers."

Age Requirement - Piercings credit to Anonymous
May vary per studio. There is no legal age for body piercing in Canada, however, common practice requires parental consent for individuals less than 18 years of age. Some piercers make age 16 an exception for ears, nostril, eyebrow and navel piercings regardless of parental consent. ID may be requested at the discretion of the piercer. Parent participation is encouraged.

Ampallang Piercing credit to
The Ampallang is made horizontally through the glands. A piercing intersecting the urethra is in effect two piercings.

Angel Bites credit to
This term refers to two monroe piercings on opposite sides on the face.

Anti-Eyebrow Piercing credit to
A piercing located on the upper-cheek, below the eye.

Anti-Tragus Piercing credit to
A piercing is made through the prominence of cartilage opposite of the tragus. Prone to swelling. Considered one of the most painful piercings.

Apadravya Piercing credit to
The Apadravya is made vertically through the glands, in front of the Corona (ridge of the glands), and is often a continuation of the Prince Albert. Healing time can be less if the piercing is a continuation of the Prince Albert.

Association of Professional Piercers credit to Anonymous
This non-profit organization monitors and guides the piercing industry, helping to educate piercers and the public about piercing safety. They work hard to educate, encourage, and facilitate the highest quality of work in the industry. Visit their web site at www.safepiercing.org for information and advice you can trust. See 'A.P.P.'

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Bridge Piercing credit to
A piercing placed horizontally on the bridge of the nose, in between the eyes.

Brooch Piercing credit to
Brooch piercing is placed at the top of the breast, to resemble the jewellery you attach to your clothing. They are extremely prone to rejection.

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Cartilage Piercing credit to
There are more than 12 different piercings that can be worn in the cartilage - some of which are even multiple piercings connected by the same barbell. Most common of those piercings are named Industrial and Orbital. For more information on Cartilage Piercings,

Cheek Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the cheek, giving the illusion of dimples. You do not need to have dimples in order to have a cheek piercing done.

Chin Piercing credit to
Chin piercings can either be placed vertically or horizontally. Vertical piercings often are more popular because they typically heal more rapidly than horizontal piercings.

Christina Piercing credit to
The Christina is a vertical piercing made through the V-shaped juncture of the mons and outer labia. Due to the thickness of the tissue healing time can be lengthy. This piercing is highly anatomy-dependent and should be performed only if a distinct ridge of tissue is available to support the piercing.

Clavical Piercing credit to
A clavicle piercing (subclavical technically) actually passes underneath the collarbone, penetrating the inner body cavity. While a surprising number of them have been successfully healed (at least partially), they have the potential to transfer infection past the body's natural defences and are not recommended - although they are striking to see.

Clitoris Piercing credit to
Clitoris piercing is not performed as often as clitoral hood piercing because few women are anatomically suited for this piercing. Nerve damage can result from piercing a clitoris that is too small or from piercing through the shaft of the clitoris and through the dorsal nerve.

Conch Piercing credit to
Piercings made through the bowl shape of the ear. Conch piercings can be described as either "lower" or "upper" with regards to the crus helicis.

Corset Piercing credit to
A corset piercing is a series of surface piercing done to emulate the appearance of the lacing on the back of a corset. Due to the difficulty and risks associated with permanently healing single surface piercing, most corset piercing is intended to be temporary in nature

Crayfish Piercing credit to
Crayfish piercing a local term for a paired high placement of Monroe piercings. This term was coined by Swirly Wanx Sinatra (yes, that's his real name) due to the longer initial bars making him look like a crayfish.

Cyber Bites credit to
A term refering to a medusa piercing and a labret piercing that are symmetrical to each other.

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Daith Piercing credit to
This piercing is made through the softer cartilage behind the hard edge of the inner-most ridge just above the ear canal.

Deep Shaft Piercing credit to
Deep shaft piercing is when jewellery is inserted through the penile shaft. They are rarer due to associated pain, difficulty, bleeding and long healing times.

Dimple Piercing credit to
See "Cheek Piercing."

Dolphin Piercing credit to
The dolphin is essentially two Prince Albert piercings with a single piece of jewellery, usually a curved or U-shaped barbell.

Dydoe Piercing credit to
Dydoe piercings are usually done as a pair, at the 10 and 2 o'clock positions through the corona (ridge of the glands). Dydoe piercings are less likely to migrate or reject if the corona is very pronounced.

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Earlobe Piercing credit to
Earlobe piercings can be easily stretched and are often pierced at slightly higher gauge for those intending to stretch. Ear piercing should be done by a needle rather than a gun, due to the issues with sterility, blunt force trauma and inappropriate jewellery.

Eyebrow Piercing credit to
A piercing located vertically on the brow-line. Eyebrow piercings are one of the most common of surface piercings. For more information on Eyebrow Piercings,

Eyelid Piercing credit to
Eyelid piercing is still very rare although it has been around for awhile. Most people with their eyelids pierced say the jewellery doesn’t bother them or impede their sight. However doctor do recommended against it because the eyelid is the main defense for the eye.

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Fistula credit to Anonymous
In the case of body piercing, the fistula is the internal "skin tube" that connects the two ends of the piercing. That is, the new skin that forms when the piercing is healed. It is literally a cylinder of skin, with each end attached to one end of the piercing. A common colloquial term for a fistula is "flesh tube".

Flesh Staple credit to Anonymous
See "Staple."

Foreskin Piercing credit to
This piercing can be very stimulating as the jewellery rubs against the glands.

Fourchette Piercing credit to
The fourchette piercing is named for its location. Highly anatomy dependent, this vertical piercing is made through no more than 3/8" of surface tissue, from the bottom wall of the vagina over the perineum.

Frenum Piercing credit to
This piercing is made through the loose skin along the underside of the shaft. A series of frenum piercings is called a frenum ladder. The skin of the lower half of the penis tends to be thinner and tighter, increasing the chance of migration or rejection.

Frowney Piercing credit to
This is a piercing of the lower lip frenulums. Frenulum piercings are prone to rejection. The frenulum is usually thin and easily torn. Playing with the jewellery frequently can cause rejection. Long term the jewellery can cause erosion of the tooth enamel and the gums. Also see 'Smiley Piercing'.

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Gauge credit to Anonymous
A method of measurement used for thickness of jewellery. Body jewelry is made of surgical steel in different thicknesses measured by gauge. The actual thickness of the jewellery increases as the numbers go lower. For example, a typical tongue piercing is done with a 14-gauge barbell, whereas a typical eyebrow piercing is done with a thinner 16-gauge barbell. Softer tissue (tongues, genitals, oral, etc.) should be pierced with at least 14-gauge jewelry to help prevent tearing and rejection. Ear plugs can range in size from 16-gauge to 2 inches and sometimes even larger.

Gauging credit to Anonymous
See "Stretching."

Guiche Piercing credit to
The guiche piercing is made horizontally at the base of the scrotum, through the perineum, just in front of the position of the inseam of a pair of pants. Guiche piercings can be difficult to heal because of friction and pressure against the wearer's thighs and pants.

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Hand Web Piercing credit to
A hand web piercing is a piercing through the loose skin between two digits, such as between the fore-finger and middle-finger or fore-finger and thumb. This piercing is considered a surface piercing and has a high rate of rejection.

Helix Piercing credit to
Piercing made through or around the upper edge of the ear. If the curl is large and pronounced, a piercing made through the apex of the curl and parallel to the side of the head may be more comfortable.

High Nostril Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the nostril, midway up the nose.

Hip Piercing credit to
A hip piercing is a piercing in the pelvic area through the skin near the hip bone. Hip piercings are done in pairs with one on each hip usually. They are extremely prone to rejection.

Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing credit to
A piercing located horizontally on the brow-line.

Horizontal Hood Piercing credit to
The horizontal hood piercing is made through the pronounced vertical ridge of hood tissue above the edge of the hood. The horizontal piercing does not pass through the hood itself.

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Inner Labia Piercing credit to
The size of the inner labia varies greatly. The labia must be at least 4mm thick to safely support the jewellery. Piercings should not be made through the thin folds that are sometimes present.

Inverse Navel Piercing credit to
An inverse navel piercing is a navel piercing pierced through the lower ridge of the belly button, rather than at the top. Inverse navel piercings work best when the individual has a prominent 'lip' on the bottom edge of the navel, which varies from person to person.

Isabella Piercing credit to
Isabella piercing is a female genital piercing. This extremely deep clitoral shaft piercing starts below the clitoris and just above the urethra, then goes up through the clitoral shaft and exits at the top of the hood (where the entrance hole is for a Christina piercing).

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Labret Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the lower-lip, located towards the chin.

Ladder credit to Anonymous
Multiple barbells placed horizontally, creating two vertical rows of visible steel balls. Most common in frenum piercings and nape piercings, but can be performed in many places on the body.

Lip Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the upper or lower-lip, along the lip-line.

Lowbret Piercing credit to
A lowbret is a labret placed as absolutely low as possible inside the lip. It still comes out parallel to the ground like a labret, but since it's placed so much lower, it is a VERY different piercing. Many people find this piercing quite physically uncomfortable.

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Madison Piercing credit to
The Madison piercing is a piercing placed horizontally, slightly above the centre of the collarbone, at the base of the neck (jugular notch). They are extremely prone to rejection.

Madonna Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the upper-lip, located towards the right side of the upper-lip. This piercing gives the illusion of a beauty mark, such as Madonna's.

Marilyn Piercing credit to
See "Monroe Piercing."

Medusa Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the upper-lip, located centrally below the nose.

Microdermals credit to
A microdermal or surface anchor has evolved from the techniques used in pocketing, dermal anchoring and transdermal implants. The simplest way to describe the jewellery is that of a miniaturised transdermal implant, a flat plate which sits beneath the skin with a single exit for a barbell post giving the visual effect of jewellery (a bead, spike, etc.) that appears to be screwed right into the body.

Monroe Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the upper-lip, located towards the left side of the upper-lip. This piercing gives the illusion of a beauty mark, such as Marilyn Monroe's. For more information on Monroe Piercings,

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Nape Piercing credit to
Nape piercings are placed on the nape of the neck. They are extremely prone to rejection. Long hair, hair products and shirt collars may irritate them.

Navel Piercing credit to
Navel piercing can be done on either the top or bottom of the navel or even angled. Navels with a defined outer ridge are more likely to be successful than flatter navels or “outties.” Rings should be avoided if possible, the ring allows movement of the jewellery and this is especially bad in new piercings. The more the jewellery moves the longer it will take to heal, often the ring ends up favoring one side, causing it to migrate or scar. Navel piercing takes longer to heal than most other piercings because the abdomen does not have a lot of blood vessels, limiting the supply of white blood cells and also because the naval is a bacteria trap.

Nipple Piercing - Male credit to
Nipples can be pierced horizontally, vertical or on and angle. However most nipple shields are designed for horizontally pierced nipples. If the nipple is flat or inverted, a curved barbell will “pop” it out. Most men have small nipples, male nipple piercings tend to be pierced deeper into the areola. Barbells may be more comfortable for men who lead a more active lifestyle or run the risk of having their nipple ring ripped out at work.

Nipple Piercing- Female credit to
Nipples can be pierced horizontally, vertical or on and angle. However most nipple shields are designed for horizontally pierced nipples. Rings should not be worn in women with larger breasts (B cup or above) because the pressure against the bra will push the ring forward and could result in migration or scarring. If the nipple is flat or inverted, a curved barbell will “pop” it out. Female nipple piercing should be pierced at the base of the nipple, where it meets the areola. Piercing into the areola increases the risk of mastitis.

Nose Piercing credit to
See "Nostril Piercing."

Nostril Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the nostril, most commonly located along the crease of the nostril. Nose piercings are very common for both men and women. For more information on Nostril Piercings,

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Oral Piercing credit to Anonymous
Refers to any piercing inside the mouth such as tongue, web, scrumper, etc. Oral piercings heal faster than any other type and are some of the least painful. Piercings that enter the mouth from the outside, such as labret, cheeks, and Marilyn, are a little different from completely oral piercings, in that the outside (skin) part of the piercing should heal in six to eight weeks but the inside (oral) part of the piercing should heal in thirty days. Both sides of the piercing should be cared for appropriately. Piercings that are entirely oral (i.e. tongue) should always be pierced at 14 gauge or larger, to prevent tearing and/or rejection. For oral aftercare, see our "Aftercare" page.

Orbital Piercing credit to Anonymous
A single CBR (hoop) passing through two piercings, usually on the ear. There are many creative variations of this piercing. Ask a good piercer what would be best for you.

Outer Labia Piercing credit to
Outer labia piercings often swell considerably during the first 4 to 6 weeks, the ring must be wide enough to accommodate swelling. Outer labia piercings are easily irritated by perspiration, lack of air circulation and friction against the wearer's clothing, thighs or the opposite labia.

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Piercing credit to
Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewellery may be worn. Although the history of body piercing is obscured by popular misinformation and by a lack of scholarly reference, ample evidence exists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient times throughout the world.

Pocketing credit to Anonymous
Pocketing is often described as an "anti-piercing." In piercing, the middle of the jewelry is under the skin and the ends are exposed. In pocketing, the ends of the jewelry are under the skin and middle is exposed. Small "pockets" hold the jewelry in place. The jewelry is usually just a custom curved bar with smooth rounded ends. It is extremely important that the jewelry be perfectly fitted to the skin, as pocketings have a similar rejection rate to traditional surface piercings. Placement is extremely important. Depending on the way the skin moves, the pocketed jewelry could actually fall out or stretch incorrectly.

Prince Albert Piercing credit to
The Prince Albert piercing is placed on the underside of the penis; behind the glands in the center of the triangle and out through the urethra. For more information,

Princess Albertina Piercing credit to
This extremely rare piercing enters the female urethra and exits at the top of the vagina.

Pubic Piercing credit to
A pubic piercing is a genital piercing in the pubic area, at the base of the penis in males. The placement is at the bottom of the pubic mound just above the penile shaft. Usually, the jewellery inserted is a custom-made surface bar, used to give the best chance of healing.

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Removing Jewellery credit to Anonymous
Is not always the best answer to a piercing problem and should not be attempted without the help of a professional piercer. Removing jewellery from an infected piercing can cause the area around the infection to heal, sealing the infection in thus causing further complication. If you have a problem, try to find a solution, like speaking with your piercer, before taking the jewelry out.

Reverse Prince Albert Piercing credit to
The Reverse Prince Albert piercing (or RPA) enters through the urethra and exits through a hole pierced in the top of the glands. It passes through the thicker gland tissue rather than the comparatively thinner membrane between the urethra and the underside of the penis; healing time is substantially longer than the standard Prince Albert piercing.

Rhino Piercing credit to
A piercing placed vertically through the tip of the nose.

Rook Piercing credit to
A piercing made through the antihelices (therefore sometimes referred to as an “anti-helix” piercing) due to the placement, Rook piercings are difficult to clean.

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Scrotum Piercing credit to
Scrotum piercing can be difficult to heal. The scrotum expands and contracts which exerts stress on the entrances of the piercing. Scrotum piercings are easily irritated by perspiration, lack of air circulation and friction against the wearer's clothing, thighs and penis. Also see 'hafada piercing'.

Self-Piercing Kits credit to Anonymous
No kit can replace the experience and knowledge of a professional piercer or the safety and cleanliness of a good piercing shop. Piercing yourself or letting someone who is not a professional piercer make a hole in your body, puts you at risk of disease, infection, pain, and permanent damage or impairment. These kits often include improper low-quality jewelry and un-sterile components or so-called "sterile" components that are actually un-sterile, as a result of being packaged alongside other un-sterile products by people that are not wearing gloves. There is no way to know if the components are unused. Don't put yourself at risk using questionable materials in an un-sterile environment; it's not worth it.

Septum Piercing credit to
A piercing placed through the nasal septum.

Smiley Piercing credit to
This is a piercing of the upper lip frenulums. Frenulum piercings are prone to rejection. The frenulum is usually thin and easily torn. Playing with the jewellery frequently can cause rejection. Long term the jewellery can cause erosion of the tooth enamel and the gums. Also see 'Frowney Piercing'.

Snake Bites credit to
Snake Bites is a term used to refer to two lip piercings on either side of the lower lip.

Snug Piercing credit to
A horizontal piercing of the anti-helix. This piercing is very anatomy dependant and is often difficult to heal, especially if the wearer sleeps on his/her ears. Considered one of the most painful piercings.

Staple credit to Anonymous
Also known as flesh staple, a surface piercing performed with a staple-shaped piece of surgical wire. It appears as a bar of metal attached to the surface of the skin. They can be easily taken out for cleaning or comfort during sleeping once they are fully healed. See also "surface piercings."

Sternum Piercing credit to
Sternum piercings are located over the breast plate, typically between the breasts or slightly higher to minimize movement. They are extremely prone to rejection.

Stretching credit to Anonymous
Is the gradual opening or widening of a piercing to insert larger-gauge jewelry or plugs. This is something that should be done slowly and patiently over time, allowing the piercing to fully heal before stretching to the next bigger size. Rushing through the process will result in the tearing of tissue, scarring, pain, and sometimes even permanent damage. It is recommended that stretching be performed by a qualified piercer with sterile equipment, including a surgical steel taper. Everyone heals differently: for some people, a stretched piercing will stay that size forever. For others, a stretched piercing will heal back to normal size over time after the jewelry is removed. If you stretch your piercing, there is a chance that the changes will be permanent. Cosmetic surgery will, in most cases, correct any changes you’ve made. See 'gauging'.

Surface Piercing credit to Anonymous
A piercing performed on an area of the body that does not have a lip or protuberance of skin, e.g. arm, chest, back, belly, etc. Although it is possible for surface piercings to heal, they are usually considered temporary.

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Taking Out Jewellery credit to Anonymous
See "removing jewellery".

Third Nipple Piercing credit to
Extra (supernumerary) nipples are relatively common in humans and generally are harmless and nothing to worry about. They are usually much smaller than the main two nipples (and look almost like moles), but in many cases are large enough to pierce successfully.

Third-Eye Piercing credit to
A piercing positioned vertically and located centrally between the eyebrows.

Tongue Piercing credit to
The tongue piercing is one of the most common, popular, and easy-to-heal. They are generally done centrally and vertically through the body of the tongue. Off-center piercings are also a valid option, as is the much rarer horizontal tongue piercing. For more information on Tongue Piercings,

Tongue Web Piercing credit to
The piercing should be made in the center of the triangle of the frenulum and not too close to the base of the tongue where several blood vessels and glands are present.

Tragus Piercing credit to
The triangular prominence of cartilage in front of the ear canal sometimes makes a “popping” sound when pierced.

Transdermal Implant credit to Anonymous
A transdermal implant falls somewhere between a single-hole pocketing and an implant. Simply described, it‘s like a labret stud with the flat part under the skin, or "a piercing without an exit." The visual effect is that of jewelery (a bead, spike, etc.) that appears to be screwed right into the body. While the end effect is not that different from a piercing, the procedure itself is radically more complex. See also “Dermal Anchoring” and “Pocketing.”

Transverse Lobe Piercing credit to
The transverse earlobe piercing is placed perpendicular to a standard earlobe piercing, from edge to edge. The transverse piercing can be placed to intersect an enlarged lobe piercing; making the transverse piercing two piercings which may reduces healing time.

Triangle Piercing credit to
This piercing is made horizontally through the loose tissue under (not below) the shaft of the clitoris, above the juncture of the inner labia and clitoral hood. The area to be pierced can be felt as a triangular shape behind the shaft when the area is pinched with the fingers.

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Uvula Piercing credit to
An uvula piercing is a piercing of the uvula (the little dangling punching bag shaped flesh at the start of the throat). At first it was extremely rare but these days, it's been done by hundreds of piercers. It is a hard piercing to endure as the piercee must be able to control the gag reflex during the entire piercing process.

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Vampire Bites credit to
A term referring to a double piercing quite similar to spider bites, but are farther apart. See 'Spider Bites'.

Venoms credit to
The term venom piercing was originally used to refer to paired side-by-side off-centre tongue piercings, named after the placement of a snake's fangs.

Vertical Hood Piercing credit to
The vertical hood piercing made through the clitoral hood. The hood must be large enough to comfortably accommodate the jewellery. A few women have reported becoming desensitized to the jewellery over an extended period of time; they find the jewellery is not as stimulating as it was when the piercing was new. In most cases the wearer simply becomes accustomed to the feeling of the jewellery rather than the clitoris losing sensation.

Vertical Labret Piercing credit to
A piercing placed vertically through the lower-lip.

Vertical Lobe Piercing credit to
The vertical earlobe piercing is placed vertically or close to vertically through the earlobe and anti-tragus. The vertical piercing can be placed to intersect an enlarged lobe piercing; making the vertical piercing two piercings which may reduces healing time.

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A piercing placed vertically through the upper-lip.

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