Tongue Rings and Some of Their Best Advantages

Fashion of tongue piercing and wearing some kind of adornment in the pierce part could be sourced back to the Aztec and Mayan cultures; however, their purpose behind getting their taste gland pierced was mainly to please their respective Gods. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was adopted as a fashion trend by the west, and they started adorning their pierced tongue with a specifically designed piece of jewelry, namely tongue rings or barbells. There are accessible broad varieties of tongue rings in the market, which the fashionistas pick as per their unique preferences. They state diverse motives and advantages of piercing and wearing oral jewelry. Some of the best benefits of going with this trend are –

Increased appeal – Sporting this fashion brings an added appeal to your persona. Most people claim that with a pierced tongue they look more attractive than those without it. The look of a simple piercing could be transformed radically by using a stylish tongue ring. With so many options available, the fashion buffs can get a new makeover every occasion they pay a visit to.

Look different – One of the best parts of wearing these body jewelries is you start looking completely different from how you looked earlier. And you know, being different is being more attractive. So, if you have been willing to catch attention of your crush or the group of dudes, you always wanted to hang out with, tongue rings could be your ideal choice. After this, you will notice that people have started taking an interest in you, because of your different looks. With a shiny ring, you will be reflecting your very new shiny image.

Less painful than other piercing practices – Some people do not go for piercing declaring it to be very painful. However, people with a pierced tongue assert that it is not as painful as they had thought it would be. With employment of anesthetic drugs and injections, whichever amount of pain resides there could be eliminated.

Improved sex drive and pleasure – Another top reason why the youth of today is more interested going with tongue piercing is plenty of oral pleasures in the bedroom. Most of them emphasize that they get an increased stimulation during their impassioned act.

Come whatever may be the advantages, there are certain points that the people with pierced tongues should take care of. You should wear the ring when the wound has been healed completely. Moreover, after taking this, you need to be extra careful while eating, especially when the piercing is fresh. Further, the size of the barbells should be chosen considering the size of your tongue and piercing. Furthermore, you should never compromise on the material quality over design.

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Tips on Buying Safe and Sterile Body Piercing Jewelry

Nowadays, the trend of body modification seems to be at a peak. You can see teens and youngsters roaming around in the streets flaunting beautiful jewelries in their pierced lips, nose, chin or eyebrows, and stretched earlobes.

Piercing and stretching both are body modification.

Different sorts of accessories are used for body modification and attractive jewelries are used for the adornment of modified body parts.

As it is an extreme fashion, in which body parts are cut or infused, and metallic jewelries are worn, the pieces of equipment, used during the modification, and jewelry, both should be of high-quality material.

There are many points to think over when you are going for body modification and when purchasing body jewelries, described below –

Know which metals are safe. For piercing ideal metals are stainless and implantation steel, titanium, niobium, and solid 14k or higher k gold. You can also consider using jewelry made of acrylic, pyrex, plastics and wood.

However, you need to be extra careful when buying wooden piercing jewelries, as there are high chances that it can react with the wound and heighten the risk of allergies and reactions. The metals you should AVOID are: sterling silver, copper and nickel.

If going for earlobe stretching, you can consider buying cheap ear gauges from a dependable seller or supplier.

Though, you need to make sure that the wholesale ear gauges supplier has ear gauging kits made from kosher materials. Safe and acceptable materials for ear stretching kits are: stainless steel, titanium, acrylic, marble, etc.

Buy the real piercing jewelries only. The best way to avoid risks of hazards is to buy only real ornaments to garnish your modified body parts.

Never use piercing jewelry used by someone else. If you have to, sterilize it well the appropriate way.

Do not use un-suggested oils and solutions for lubrication when stretching ear lobes. It might cause serious infections and wounds during the operation. Further, learn details and care tips of from YouTube tutorials before stretching your earlobes.

Ask the piercer about the possible health risk. Piercing for some people could be risky. They cannot resist the pain that occurs during and post the operation. The ache of wound piercing and stretching increases just because of panic. And creating panic impacts your health a great deal. It also disrupts the operator, which can lead to severe mistakes. Additionally, due to heavy pain, you may suffer from fever for a couple of days.

Check if your piercer has a sterilization device available at his facility. When going for piercing, you must ask the operator whether there is available a sterilization device with them. If not, it will be better to visit some other piercing shop.

To evade the infection and accident, you should visit a professional and experienced piercer only. They will be doing it the expert way, lessening the chances of blunders.

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An Epigrammatic History of Body Modification & Piercing

Body modification started as a taboo in ancient times. When it all started, it was more like taboo, which was practiced as some sort of sacrifice, tradition, or myth. But today, it is a blooming fashion culture, among fashionistas, especially teenagers and youngsters all over the world.

The long-established and widely-accepted annotation of body modification is: It is a practice in which your body parts are reshaped, repurposed, or modified, to meet some additional purposes. When you go for body modification, you visit a body modification shop or specialist that makes the alterations in your body, using his unique equipment, following a hygienic, meditated procedure.

It is like personalizing your body to exhibit your unique fashion sense.

Body Piercing is also a kind of modification, in which the professional creates a hole or puncture in certain body parts – like ear, eyebrows, chin, lips, tongue, belly, nose, nipples, and genitals – in which piercing jewelries are worn. Some of the jewelries that are worn in pierced body parts are: navel rings, nose rings, barbells, curvatures, etc.

Stretching – Earlobe and lip stretching looks like a painful fashion trend. The earlobes are stretched to an extreme extent, and adorned with distinctive stretching jewelries like ear tapers, ear gauges, and tunnels. However, it is not as painful as it seems like. But, when stretching your earlobes, the suggested precautionary measures should be kept in consideration. Stretching carelessly may encumber your overall look permanently.

Tattooing – Technically, getting tattoos is also considered as a stream of body modification, when practicing which, the color/texture of your skin changes everlastingly. However, today, it has a separate history and identity, and is popular among herds all over.

The following pointers enlighten how this fashion trend evolved over time-

According to archeologists, piercing is not ancient thing. Though, why exactly the primitive tribes used it is still unrevealed.
A mummified body has been recovered in Austria, which as per the studies; it is more than five thousand years old. This mummy has her ears pierced.
Researchers have also unearthed ancient earrings at an archeological site in an ancient Sumerian city.
The Holy Bible also has several mentions of earrings.
The mentions of earrings can also be found in the oldest text on earth, Rigveda.
Nose rings also root back to before Christ era, in 1500 BC.
Body piercing turned popular in the decade of 1970s, following some blockbuster Hollywood movies.
Today, it is one of the most commonly seen fashion trends in the world. Celebrities, fashion models, sportspersons, etc. are to thank for this new fashion trend.

It is because of the human nature which always keeps aspiring for something new that we came across several inventions and milestones in the history of evolution. The fashion of body modification is an example to the previously made statement. Be it whichever reason or purpose, for which we, the people started this, today it has become a magnificent fashion statement all over the globe.

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Pierce Me!

There are various ways by which humans apply art to the body, these are called Body Art. Body art is done for the aesthetics, status, or identity. Some cultures adopt one and criticize the rest, or sometimes, adopt a fair share of one and condemn its ‘excessive use’. Body Art includes piercing (for the purpose of wearing jewelry or other ornaments), tattooing, branding, and scarification. I will treat ‘Body Piercing’ in this article.
I still don’t get the unfair criticism of Body Piercing. We express ourselves in different ways. I come from the Yoruba Tribe in Nigeria, a place where virtually all female pierce their ears, mostly from birth. And in this same society, nose piercing is considered as a sign of waywardness. I think nose piercing is cool, but really, they all don’t make sense to me, not even ear-piercing. I was at a gathering some time ago and I saw a woman probably in her mid-50s with her ears pierced in about 5 different locations each. She adorned the ears with beautiful jewelry. It was a beautiful sight, I must confess. But at that same gathering, I could see some people eyeing her with disdain. I don’t know if they were irritated by the fact that it was ugly to them or they just felt that it was wrong to pierce one’s ear in more than one spot.
Ever heard of The Taínos? It is a beautiful set of islanders in indigenous Columbus.

“The islanders were friendly and open to trade with the Spanish sailors. They traded anything for anything: balls of spun cotton, parrots, and spears for the sailors’ glass beads, red caps, and trinkets. Most interesting to the explorers, however, was the fact that the islanders had small pieces of gold pierced in their noses. In addition, they told Columbus that the inhabitants of other islands wore gold bands around their arms and legs. They also described countless islands, all like theirs. The Spaniards, believing that they had arrived in the Indies, soon called all islanders Indians.” -Microsoft ® Encarta ® 2009.

This is just to show that a pierced body doesn’t affect a person’s behavior, therefore stereotypes against body piercing is unreasonable and baseless. The next time you see a person with a pierced body, as unreasonable as it may seem to you, the worst you should do is keep your mouth shut.

If you see me with a pierced body, it isn’t just the piercing process that hurts, your words too pierce me.

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A-Z on Body Arts: Tools, Materials, Techniques, Health Hazards and Prevention

Body art is an ancient but populous form of body enhancement. There are various reasons why people engage in body art such as coiffure, body painting, body markings and the like. Some are done for purely aesthetic or decorative purposes while others are for medicinal, spiritual, entertainment, identification or symbolic reasons.

A wide of tools can be used for body enhancement. These include dabbing tools, painting tools, incising tools, smearing tools, tattooing tools, etc. Materials used for body arts include tattooing dyes, special cleaning agents etc. Drawing and writing inks, such as Indian ink, Pelican ink and printer inks are popularly used for amateur tattoos. Other colourants that can be used include pigments and dyes. Other materials used include plant extracts, soot, carbon and ochre. Henna, which is a natural plant, is also used for the production of temporary tattoos.

There are several causes of health hazards in body arts. Majority of them are as a result of contamination of the instruments used. Examples of these are the skin penetrating tools such as lances, electrolysis needles and extractors. When these instruments are not effectively cleaned and sterilized before use on another person, or when single-use instruments are not discarded immediately after use.

There are also allergic and toxic reactions which are due to impurities from the production process of the pigments and dyes used for tattooing. Tattoo inks can contain aromatic amines with carcinogenic potential (can cause cancer). Some tattoo products have been seen to cause mild forms of skin cancer. Tattoo dyes especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattooed area. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo.

Moreover, skin problems such as bumps called granulomas form around tattoo ink. Tattooing also can lead to keloids or raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue. It may cause blood borne diseases. For instance, if the equipment used to create the tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, the person can contract various blood borne diseases including tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C or even HIV/AIDS.

These health-related cases can be prevented by taking some practical steps. For instance, the tools and equipment used for the production of body arts must be sterilized. Washing hands is the single most important factor in preventing infection.

Also, chemicals used in body arts must be properly labeled so that there will not be any substitutions. The chemicals must be properly cared for. They must be kept in well secured containers etc. The instructions on how to use and care for them must be meticulously followed.

Moreover, all working surfaces used, for example, procedure couches/chairs, benches and tables, should be washed with warm water and detergent, rinsed and dried using a clean lint-free single-use cloth. Additionally, at the end of each working day, wash all visibly soiled surfaces with warm water and detergent. Rinse and dry the cleaned surfaces using a clean lint-free single-use cloth.

There are a lot of techniques that can be employed in body arts. The commonest technique is painting. It involves the application of the paint, dye or pigment by the use of brush. After drawing the sketch or layout of the design on the skin surface, brush is used to apply the paint on the body surface. Printing, whereby designs are sometimes printed on the body surface is also used. Sometimes papers with permissible ink are transferred onto the body surface. Laser printers are also used to transfer computerized designs onto the surfaces of skin. Paint can be dabbed on the body surface using sponge or foam to transfer designs onto skin surfaces. Sometimes, the ink or paint can be spread over the surface of the skin to create the design or impression on the surface of the skin.

Other techniques include incision, thus, cutting into the surface of the skin to create a design. This is used in scarification and some forms of tattooing. The interlocking of the hair strands to form decorative forms referred to as braiding or plaiting falls under body arts.

Body art is gaining much fame today in the art industry. Artists must be weary of the health hazards in the use of tools, materials and instruments. They must endeavor to keep healthy practices while engaging in this interesting form of artistic expression.

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