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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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    Asylum Tattoo and Piercing
    2300 Lyell Ave, Rochester, NY 14606
    We specialize in fine art tattooing for any type of style or design you're looking for. We do everything from portraits to tribal, color, black and white, lettering, and more.
    (585) 247-1390
    Normandy Ink Tattoo
    1460 Lyell Ave Ste 100, Rochester, NY 14606
    Welcome to a place where Quality Tattoos are... Priceless!!! A place where "Artist" are aiming to please!!!
    (585) 647-8883
    Arboreal Ink - Tattoo and Piercing
    1745 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
    We are the newest and classiest body art studio in the area. We specialize in custom tattoo design and operate our business with the highest regard for cleanliness and professionalism.
    (716) 931-9035
    Icon Piercing Studio
    637 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
    (585) 271-5210
    Primitive Impressions
    274 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607
    (585) 244-4290
    Physical Graffiti Tattoo Studio
    374 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14615
    (585) 262-4444
    F4F Tattoo
    516 Stone Rd, Rochester, NY 14616
    (585) 663-8287
    BARE Apple Art Tattoo Studio & Body Piercing
    14 Market St, Brockport, NY 14420
    (585) 637-7790
    Tip of The Needle Piercing & Fashion Emporium
    205 S Main St, Canandaigua, NY 14424
    (585) 393-1835
    Golden Orb Tattoos & Piercings
    436 Exchange St, Geneva, NY 14456
    (315) 781-0767
    Expressive Ink
    199 Main St, Dansville, NY 14437
    (585) 335-3860
    Halo Tattoo
    7629 Oswego Rd, Liverpool, NY 13090
    (315) 622-0400
    Forever Art Tattoos
    7500 Seneca Rd N Ste 3, Hornell, NY 14843
    (607) 324-3040
    Rotten Ink Tattoos
    17 W Main St, Lockport, NY 14094
    (716) 433-5025
    Defiance Tattoo
    826 Butternut St, Syracuse, NY 13208
    (315) 472-7546


    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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