5 Scary Piercings
There’s a few piercings out there that have honestly scared me for some time. Both from seeing other people have them done and the thought of ever having to do them myself, to the point where I probably would refuse to because of the risks they impose and how I feel about them. This isn’t to say that they shouldn’t ever be done, there are some amazing body piercing practitioners out there that have done and will do these piercings, but if you are going to have it done then the right and proper people need to be sought out to ensure that they are done properly and well, with the least amount of risk and most amount of knowledge. It’s not that I would ever wish to talk people out of getting the piercings done that they want, but I would definitely give them the positives and negatives to each one and point them in the direction of the correct people. Below are my personal top 5 no no piercings.
5) Clavicle Piercing
Deep Clavicle piercings scare me very much, just because, I don’t really understand the need for them. I think the clavicle area of the body is one of the most beautiful on the body and I completely understand why someone would want to emphasise this by adding jewellery to the area. But the very same look can be achieved with a pair of microdermals or through other methods.
A deep clavicle piercing is intended to be pierced beneath the bone of the clavicle itself and then to emerge on the other side of the bone through the skin. In effect it makes a massive loop beneath the bone. However it is a very deep piercing encountering much more body tissue than necessary. The depth adds to the length of healing time for the piercing and leads to the possibility of hitting something it shouldn’t as the body vessels and structures can’t be as thoroughly checked as other piercings on the surface of the body.
Finally, I have only ever seen a clavicle done with a bendy PTFE bar, and because of the depth of the piercing and the movement of the body, the bar extends out of the skin and is pulled back in with the flex and reflex of the bone and muscle structure of the area of the body. This makes the piercing bar move in and out of the skin which makes it look unsettled, and increases the stress of the piercing entry and exit holes and can cause them to inflame sporadically through the life span of the piercing.
4) Nasalang Piercing
A Nasalang piercing goes from one side of the nose to the other. It’s not necessarily scary as far as piercing it, it is a fairly straight forward piercing, as there’s nothing in it’s way, it just seems completely pointless. At the end of the day, the very same effect can be made by having two high nostril piercings in the same area and it can still look like a nasalang piercing, if this is your desired effect. It just doesn’t flow with the body to have a severe straight bar straight through the nasal cavity, not to mention it will slow healing down because of the back and forth tug on both sides of the barbell in place. It might help in teaching people to stop picking their nose though, depends how far you can get your finger up.
3) Uvula Piercing
This piercing is on this list for a couple of reasons really. Once again, I have seen one happy and healed and the bearer was very happy with it. My concern is not with the healing and living with the piercing, as once it is healed, there are little complications, it is more the completing of the procedure that bothers me.
I have heard of people training their gag reflex with lollipops and toothbrushes, training them to rest on the uvula and learning to not gag on reflex in order to make the piercing a much easier procedure for client and practitioner.
However, my main concern lies in the space that the procedure must be performed, it is small, it is dark and it is tight, and though uvulas can be trained to not force a gag, they are in the mouth for that very reason and so there is always the possibility that pressure on it for long periods could still cause the gag reflex to kick in. This is whilst someone can have a set of forceps in their mouth, a sharp needle, a tiny and swallowable barbell or ring, and an additional swallowable ball regardless of the jewellery in use. We all know how fiddly the smaller pieces of jewellery are at the best of times in your own fingers at close proximity, but at such a distance, between tools that are not ambidextrous with the threat of dropping something, not onto the floor but into someones throat, I’m not sure the positives outweigh the risks for me personally.
This selection isn’t because I think the piercing placement is bad, I’ve seen mandible piercings look phenomenal healed, but I also know how hideous the healing process is and how specific the piercing route needs to be to ensure it does actually eventually heal. Once pierced, the piercing will often drip with saliva for some time throughout the healing period. I’ve heard of it merely dripping and I’ve heard of it seeping. Either way, not sexy.
Beneath the tongue we have a set of tonsils (yes we have more than one set) and a set of glands which supply the mouth with saliva. Both of these sets of internal equipment are very important and not to be ruptured or pierced through. Therefore, when piercing the mandible, the piercer must know exactly what they are doing along with the anatomy of the mouth. So very much can go so very wrong otherwise, but then this is true with a lack of knowledge with any piercing placement on the body.
1) Eyelid Piercing
I remember first seeing an eyelid piercing online and all I could think was; it makes my eyes hurt. I also saw one in person at Derby Tattoo Convention a couple of years back and the girl with it seemed very happy with the piercing. Suffice to say that it had been done recently and her eye was very sore and swollen because of the piercing, I couldn’t tell whether this had reduced much since it had been done.
I think it just scares me because of how much I value my sight. Without it I couldn’t do what I do for a living, nor could I create the art and things I love to do in my spare time. I’m not suggesting that eyelid piercings can blind you by any means, but I personally cannot quantify introducing an open wound, and the possibility of that much additional harmful bacteria, to an area of my body that is so very significant to my day to day life. Let alone how irritating it must be to be able to see it out of the corner of your eye all the time. But then again, I said the same about my first set of glasses and now I love them, so maybe it works the same. I just know how annoyed I get when I get the tiniest hair in my eye and how immediate my requirement is to GET IT OUT, that I don’t know how anyone can live with a piece of metal constantly rubbing against their eyeball.