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Before the Piercing, Terms to Know

Body piercing has gone from obscure to mainstream in the past couple of decades. Nose rings that would have stopped traffic in the 1980's are commonplace today. Despite its popularity, body piercing and tattooing are still very foreign to most people. Piercing professionals in particular use medical terms to describe body parts that most people are just not familiar with. If you're considering getting a body part pierced in the near future, here are some commonly used terms you'll want to know.

  • Barbell - A piece of jewelry that consists of a shaft with two balls on either end.
  • Cartilage - The hard tissue which comprises most of the ear and nose.
  • Dermal - This term covers anything related to the skin.
  • Gage - The unit of measurement used to describe the size of various pieces of body jewelry such as barbells.
  • Helix - The fold at the top of the ear. It's one of several spots on the ear that can be pierced.
  • Labret - A piece of piercing jewelry that consists of a shaft with a flat end and a spike on the other end. This type of jewelry is used for piercings on the chin and mouth. Labrets are used in places where a barbell is not feasible.
  • Monroe - A piercing that is placed just to the side of upper lip so that it resembles a beauty mark.
  • Septum - The part of the nose that sits in between the nostrils, separating the nose into two different cavities.
  • Tragus - The small piece of cartilage that sticks out of the middle of your ear.
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    Adrenalin Body Piercing & Apparel
    1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753
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    (732) 244-7390
     
    User Review: "I went into this store/tattoo parlor. They first refused to give me prices for anything. Afterwards, I decided to buy a..." - andrea (NY)
    Fat Kat Tattoo
    89 Broad St, Keyport, NJ 07735
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    (732) 888-3444
     
    User Review: "If you don't mind waiting for an appointment this place is worth it. The artist work with your ideas and do beautiful work..." - Rebecca (NJ)
    Art & Tattoo Emporium
    227 S Main St, Milltown, NJ 08850
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    (732) 317-9368
     
    User Review: "Juilo is a great artist who can really tattoo!i have many tattoos he is the best."
    Qpiercing
    470 S Route 73, West Berlin, NJ 08091
    We offer body piercings, accessories and supplies. We do not manufacture these items, we work with the biggest suppliers. It lets us keep prices low for you on barbells, piercings, nose rings and more.
    (856) 767-5011
    Inksanity
    514 Hamilton St, Somerset, NJ 08873
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    (732) 545-7400
     
    User Review: "Terrible! the place was unclean and the people were not friendly. I went to get my belly button pierced and to top it off..."
    A-1 Tattoo
    3248 Delsea Dr, Franklinville, NJ 08322
    (856) 694-5567
    Immortal Ink
    9 Central Ave Ste 1, Flemington, NJ 08822
    (908) 284-9401
    Ink Station The
    2217 Atco Ave, Atco, NJ 08004
    (856) 719-8484
    Headlight Tattoo
    1086 Delsea Dr, Westville, NJ 08093
    (856) 848-8223
    Ernie White Tattooing
    1369 Us Highway 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852
    (973) 584-2122
    Revolver Tattoo
    43 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    (732) 247-8666
    Body Art I
    205 S White Horse Pike Ste C, Stratford, NJ 08084
    (856) 782-8866
    Eternal Ink Tattoo & Piercing
    621 S Main St Ste G, Williamstown, NJ 08094
    (856) 740-3311
    Physical Graffiti
    275 W Saint Georges Ave, Linden, NJ 07036
    (908) 925-5288
    A Adrenaline
    1307 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
    (732) 854-1200


    Since ancient times, men and women have pierced their ears, noses and other body parts. Research suggests that these early dermal piercings were often done for cultural, as well as aesthetic reasons. Unfortunately, it can be hard for researchers to ascertain exactly how or why these early people chose to pierce themselves. The Aztecs strung barbells and rings through the surface of their tongues, for instance, for religious reasons. The Egyptians often pierced their belly buttons and navels with elaborate studs and bits of jewelry. And many African tribespeople wore nose rings, lip rings, and labrets. Even genital piercing has been popular in certain societies for centuries. Throughout most of history, men and women have been piercing their flesh with sterile needles and other sharp objects. They have also been tattooing their body parts for just as long. It can sometimes be hard to tell why these early humans chose to put barbells and piercings through their body parts. Some scholars suggest that the pain of piercing ear cartilage or septum tissue or the skin above the eyebrow was meant to be symbolically significant. Other scholars suggest that early humans chose to tunnel through their flesh for more aesthetic reasons. After all, they say, a tragus, monroe, or helix piercing can certainly be aesthetically pleasing. Other scholars are of the opinion that certain groups of people chose to pierce themselves for cultural and religious reasons, while other groups of people chose to pierce themselves for artistic and expressive reasons. This last explanation is perhaps the most compelling.
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