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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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    Tit 4 Tat
    2304 W Fairfield Dr, Pensacola, FL 32505
    Tattoo studio offering custom designs and professional tattoo artists to handle all of your body art needs. We also provide body modification services. Check out our selection of pipes and smoking accessories, too!
    (850) 432-0442
    Dragon Trax Tatto & Piercing
    6415 Highway 90, Theodore, AL 36582
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    (251) 423-7867
    User Review: "I'm 15 will y'all pierce my tounge for me I really want to get it done"
    Exit 13 Tattoo
    1120 Shelton Beach Rd, Saraland, AL 36571
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    (251) 675-1359
    User Review: "The staff was very helpful and friendly and also the shop kept very clean I will for sure go back jeff did my tattoo and it..." - randy (AL)
    N V Upscale Body Art Company
    115 S Alston St, Foley, AL 36535
    (251) 943-2155
    Counter Culture
    501 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
    (251) 948-5152
    David's Gallery
    809 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
    David's Gallery is a Specialty Shop specializing in pipes, tobacco products, tattooing, body piercing and Bohemian clothing. Visit us today!
    (251) 948-7862
    Psychedelic Shack
    25 N Navy Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32507
    (850) 453-3166
    Vortex Tattoos
    5022 W Fairfield Dr Ste A, Pensacola, FL 32506
    (850) 455-5750
    Slow Fade Studio
    10654 Us Highway 31, Spanish Fort, AL 36527
    (251) 621-3710
    All About Ink
    2020 N 9th Ave Apt B, Pensacola, FL 32503
    (850) 607-6665
    La Body Art
    422 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36606
    (251) 476-0008
    Psychedelic Shack
    6707 Plantation Rd, Pensacola, FL 32504
    (850) 479-9007
    Pensacola Studio
    6229 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504
    (850) 477-1155
    Psychedelic Shack
    6215 N 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32504
    (850) 497-6916
    Tattoo Zone The
    3722 Moffett Rd, Mobile, AL 36618
    (251) 460-2779

    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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