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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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    John Monk's Revelation Tattoo
    7208 N Oak Trfy, Kansas City, MO 64118
    With over three years of experience, our tattoo professionals are clean and precise. We are proud to provide the best tribal, gothic and color tattoo services in the local area.
    (816) 420-0987
    Skin Illustrations
    9954 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212
    (913) 642-7464
    Irezumi Body Art
    1603 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 756-5141
    Freaks Tattoo & Body Piercing
    4101 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110
    (816) 531-7246
    Freaks On 39th Street
    311 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 561-0038
    Freaks On Broadway
    4039 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 531-5825
    King City Tattoo & Body Piercing
    10632 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212
    (913) 649-2501
    Irezumi Body Art
    8441 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114
    (816) 363-6396
    Freaks On North Oak
    1103 Burlington St, Kansas City, MO 64116
    (816) 452-0393
    East Coast Al's Studio of Tattooing & Piercing
    2308 Nw Vivion Rd, Riverside, MO 64150
    (816) 584-8704
    Titanium Ink
    13124 S Us Highway 71, Grandview, MO 64030
    (816) 763-8287
    A 1 Tattoo Co
    6805 N Oak Trfy, Kansas City, MO 64118
    (816) 436-0622
    Freaks On Noland
    1212 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 64055
    (816) 836-4828
    Og Tattoo and Piercing
    507 S Main St, Grain Valley, MO 64029
    (816) 355-0885
    Big Daddy's Cadillac
    938 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044
    (785) 312-8288

    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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