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How to Heal an Infected Daith Piercing

Are you looking for help with an infected daith piercing? Wondering what the signs, symptoms, and remedies are? Here's how you can care for and heal an infected daith piercing. Read my own personal story with an infected daith!


A Guide to Ear Stretching

This article contains everything I've learned on my ear stretching journey: the process, healing, jewelry, tips and tricks, sizing, and more.


Septum Piercing General Info and FAQs

I've had my septum pierced for many years, so I've become quite knowledgeable about how to take care of it. Here, I share everything I've learned from my experience and research.


Beginner's Guide to Ear Stretching

So, you've decided you want to stretch your ears, but you're wondering how to start? Look no further; I'll teach you the basics of stretching your ears.


My Septum Piercing Experience (With Healing Tips)

Thinking about getting your septum pierced? Here's my personal experience!


Everything You Need to Know About Tongue Piercings

Here is everything you need to know about getting a tongue piercing and how to care for it based on my personal experience. Plus, learn about interesting myths and facts that will blow your mind.


How to Stretch or Gauge Your Ears

Nothing looks cooler than stretched earlobes, but you have to stretch them properly, or it can result in an ugly disaster. This article shows you how to stretch your ears safely.


Ear Piercing Types and Styles

Learn about a few different ear piercing names and what types and styles are right for you. Check out an ear map to see where a helix or industrial bar will go, and find additional options like gauging or stretching.


How to Make a Silver Nose Ring

Want a silver nose ring but with a special homemade touch? Enjoy making your own jewelry? Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to save money by making your own nose rings.


Tragus Ear Piercing: Everything You Need to Know

The tragus is the small piece of cartilage right in front of the ear canal opening. Be sure to find an experienced piercer and follow these proper aftercare steps to avoid infection and speed healing.


How to Stretch Your Ears Safely: The Complete Gauge Guide

Thinking about stretching your ear piercings to a bigger gauge? Check out these tips for a safe, pain- and infection-free journey to perfectly stretched holes.


Dermal Piercing: Pictures, Procedure, Aftercare, and Risks

Dermal piercings (single-point piercings) lie on the surface of the skin and are held in place with an anchor that is implanted underneath the dermis. Learn the procedure, infections, and problems.


The Methods, Types, and History of Gauging and Stretching

Since the dawn of the human race, we have created countless methods of altering and modifying our bodies. This article will touch base with the origins of gauging, otherwise known as stretching.


How to Stretch a Piercing

Here's how to stretch a piercing, the gauge, and plug sizes (up to 1"). In addition, I'll explain how to treat and prevent piercing blowouts.


How to Take Care of a Tongue Piercing

So you finally did it! You went out and got that weird muscle in your mouth pierced! I'm so proud of you! Or maybe you're still thinking about it and curious as to what it's like to take care of this piercing. Either way, I'm here to help you.


8 Ways to Care for a Tongue Ring

Learn how to take care of your new tongue ring and prevent infection with these eight simple tips.


Do Tongue Piercings Hurt?

This article compares the pain of a tongue piercing to pain from tooth extraction and bee stings. It also includes recommendations for faster healing from your tongue piercing.


Beautifully Dangerous: Corset Piercing and Scarification

Read all about—and see some photos of—two extreme body modifications: the corset piercing and scarification.


Pushing My Limits With Body Suspension (Hanging by Hooks)

Here's my first experience with ritual body suspension with the Modern Body Suspension team in Vancouver.


How to Safely Stretch Your Ears With Gauges

Here are a few ear-stretching pointers drawn from my personal experience.


Nose Piercing 101: Choosing the Right Jewelry

Deciding to sport a nose piercing comes along with a few responsibilities. Find out what you need to know about getting a nose pierced.


Different Kinds of Facial Piercings (Pictures Included)

Here are photos and recommendations of the top 26 facial piercings, with jewelry recommendations and healing time information.


Tragus and Anti-Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercing is the process of piercing the small cartilage that is at the end of the ear canal. Read on to see examples of these piercings, pain and soreness that can be expected, aftercare, infections and healing, and other relevant information about tragus and anti-tragus piercings.


A Long List of Belly Button Piercing Problems

Navel piercings are very popular and generally pretty easy to heal, but that doesn't mean there won't be complications. Here's what to do if you experience any of these common problems.


Signs and Treatment of an Infected Belly Button Piercing

How can you tell if your belly button piercing is infected? Doctors explain the signs of an infected belly piercing and how to treat an infection to help it heal faster.


Hip Surface Piercing Healing Tips

If you get a hip surface piercing, choosing the right jewelry and doing proper aftercare may keep it from being rejected. You don't want your piercing to be rejected, because it could mean pain and hefty doctor's bills! Here's everything you need to know about piercing aftercare.

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Traditional African Mursi Lip Plates

To an outsider, a stretched lip is a form of body mutilation rather than art, but to a Mursi or Suri woman, it's an expression of female maturity and a sign that she has reached childbearing age.


Everything You Need to Know About Oral Piercings

This article provides in-depth and specific information on the care of oral piercings, as well as examples and pictures of the types available. You'll also find useful links that relate to you and your piercing.


Belly or Navel Piercing

Learn what to do before and after getting a belly button piercing, including how to choose a salon and ensure the piercing heals without infection.

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Navel Piercing Tips and Aftercare

Navel piercings should heal fairly quickly if you clean them regularly and follow some dos and don'ts.


The Healing Process of a Tongue Piercing (With Pictures)

Learn about how long it takes for a tongue to heal, what to avoid, how to heal quicker, and view a variety of pictures of single, multiple, horizontal, and venom piercings.

Steel ear plugs and spirals

A Guide to the Four Types of Hoop Earrings

One of the most common styles of earring is the hoop earring. Learn about the various types of hoop earrings and the mechanisms by which they open and close.


An Illustrated Guide to Neck and Nape Piercings

This article explores great piercing ideas and includes useful tips for deciding whether or not to get a neck piercing.


How to Stretch Your Ear Piercing to a Larger Gauge

This is a guide on how to stretch your ears to larger gauges, as well as what tools and techniques to use.


Types of Body Modification

This article looks at the different types of body modifications out there.


All About Nipple Piercings

Read this article to learn about how nipple piercings are done, what types of jewelry are worn, and how to deal with nipple rings and airport security.


Facial Piercings Don't Mean Much

How much does a lip ring matter in a job interview, or at the workplace? How much should it matter? I say don't judge a book by its cover.


All About Nose Piercings

Read this article to learn about different nose piercings and jewelry styles, see videos, and get information and advice before getting pierced.


If You Want a Lot of Ear Piercings, Here's What You Should Know

Thinking about an ear full of piercings? Learn the types of ear piercings possible, find information about stretching, watch piercing videos, and more!

Body Piercing Videos to Watch

Sometimes pain is alleviated when you know what's going to happen. Before you get a body piercing, you might want to take a look at what you're in for.

Surface Barbells were used, but they were sized a tad too large.

All About Surface Piercings

Want a surface piercing? Here's what you need to know: a look at the different types of surface piercings, how to heal them, and what can cause piercing migration. Don't be scared of body modification!


A Guide to Ear Piercings

Learn all about ear piercings, from the various placements and jewelry types to dos and don'ts.

Placing surface piercings in areas of high impact should be avoided

Extreme Body Mod: Surface Piercings

As opposed to a traditional nose or tongue piercing, a surface piercing has both entrance and exit holes that go through a flat area of skin such as the arm, leg or sternum. Read on to see great examples of surface piercings.


Lip Piercings: Labret, Lowbret, and Madonna Pictures

We only have one pair of lips, but lip piercings actually fall into eight separate categories. Here's a look at all the cool different ways you can pierce your lips.


An Illustrated Guide to Navel Piercings

So, you want a navel piercing? A navel (belly button) piercing passes through the rim of the navel. While they are typically done just above the navel on the top ridge, they can also go anywhere around the outside of the navel, wherever there is a fold or "lip."


Nose Piercings: Types, Healing, and Pics (Nostril to Nasallang)

When you hear about a nose piercing, chances are you think of a nostril piercing, which is the most common, or in the septum, which is the second most common. Learn about placement, heal time, and more.


Illustrated Guide to Eyebrow Piercings

Look at all the different ways to pierce an eyebrow: vertical, spiral, bridge, anti, etc., and learn about the heal times, jewelry types, and risks for each placement.


Where on Your Body Should You Get a Piercing?

So, you want a piercing, but you don't know where. If you are considering where you should get your piercing, read this page for information on the pros and cons of each location, including the ear, nose, eyebrow, and belly button.

There are over half a dozen types of tongue piercings other than the standard center piercing

An Illustrated Guide to Tongue Piercings

So, you want a tongue piercing. Do you know which kind? You might be surprised to know how many different ways there are to pierce your tongue. So, before going in, check out this illustrated guide and learn what your options are.


A Guide to Different Ear Piercing Types and Their Positions

The human body can pretty much be pierced virtually anywhere that there is skin, and the ears are no exception to this rule.