Stuck at home, due to a horrendous eye infection, I decided that I needed to chill. And what better way to do so if not writing about something you guys will hopefully enjoy reading, and maybe relate to – who knows?!
Piercings … there are those who do not want to ‘mark’ their face, there are those who get a nose ring, there are those who are more adventurous and opt for labrets or snake bites. Personally, I find facial piercings very sexy – alluring in some way or another.
This Summer I decided that I wanted to get a Labret done. The thing is here, the poor piercer did not know what was coming his way – he was not prepared for my panic attack and my ‘cry baby’ mode. I am not one who is scared of having somewhere poked with a needle – I mean I do sport a nose ring, have fourteen ear piercings, and have had tattoos done. However, having a needle at close proximity to my lip, made me go bananas. Needless to say, after god knows how long, I managed to sit through it and get it done. Man was I pleased with it!
This article will be split into 3 parts. This first part will deal with the Lip and Nose areas. Stay tuned for the parts to come where I shall introduce the Eyebrows, Tongue, Ears and any other areas I decide to write about 😛
Starting off with the famous Labret piercing. If this term is to be taken literally, it is any type of adornment that is attached to the lip. This however is usually a piercing done below the bottom lip, above the chin. It is sometimes also referred to as a ‘tongue pillar’.
The Labret was a traditional piercing among the American Northwest Coast Indians, where it was related to status. It was found that in the south, between 2000 – 3500 BP, the Labret was worn by males and females. This was important so as one could distinguish certain individuals in a very direct manner; either by cranial deformation (which occurred after the introduction of the Labret) or by the Labret itself. Gender and geographical region may also be identified by these methods. It is also known that when a mask was being made to represent someone of high status, that mask would likewise have a Labret.
There are more forms to the Labret, these being the Snake Bites (on either sides of the lip), Spider Bites (similar to snake bites, however they are closer in proximity) and a Lowbret (the piercing is placed as low as possible closer to the chin).
The Monroe Piercing is a lip piercing which is placed off-center, usually above the upper lip on the left hand side. It is generally done in order to resemble the famous beauty spot sported by my all time idol – Marilyn Monroe.
There is also a variation on this piercing, which are the Angel-bites. These are a double version of the Monroe with piercings worn on either side of the upper lip. Other terms to describe this type of piercing are – Crayfish and Anti Bites (being the anti version of snake bites). Like all other piercings, the Monroes, are prone to infection and it is vital that the piercing is cleaned regularly.
However, the advantage of getting a Monroe piercing done, is that the lip area generally heals faster than other piercings. This process usually takes between 6 to 12 weeks.
A famous creature found in Greek Mythology is also used to describe another sexy lip piercing – The Medusa. This type of piercing is usually an upper lip piercing. It is very similar to a normal labret piercing, however it is placed in the philtrum of the lip; this is usually found directly under the septum of the nose. It is typically pierced using a labret stud as jewelery, with the ball sitting outside of the mouth in the dip of the top lip.
A common variation of this piercing is a Jestrum (also referred to as a vertical medusa piercing). Here, the piercing is placed vertically through the lip using curved bar-bell so both beads are visible externally with the lower part of the bar-bell curving around the underside of the upper lip. Sometimes it is combined with a lower labret piercing to form a symmetrical look.
It is however important to say here that any incorrect jewelry and improper or poor placement of the latter, can lead to gum and tooth erosion, and other problems associated with oral piercings.
Moving on to the other areas – The Septum Piercing
Septum piercings, even though are so cool, they are less common than nostril piercings. The septum is the cartilaginous dividing wall between the nostril. Generally speaking, the cartilage itself is not pierced, it is the small gap between the cartilage and the bottom of the nose where the needle ventures. This piercing usually heals within a month and a half to three months, depending on the individual.
With regards to this piercing, one has many options when it comes to the type of jewelry to be used. The captive Bead rings are ones which close with a bead held in the center by the tension of the ring. The circular barbells are generally a circular bar with a bead that screws on to either end, it is a straight or shaped piece of material which is generally tapered on either end.
Some international information: Bengali women traditionally would wear this type of piercing as a sign of being a married woman (with this regards, I would have to
suck it up and get it done if I lived in Bengali). This piercing, also known as ‘nathori’, would be gold with a tear drop that would move along the ring. Many lower class women in rural Bengali still keep this tradition. This is now declining as many women prefer the nose studs. On the other hand, whereas in Benagli this is phasing out, in southern Nepal the septum piercing is still very common. Many older women still adorn their noses with both the septum and left nostril rings. Many women have gold nose piercings as this show their social, tribal and religious status in society.
Something useful if you work at a place this piercing is not that accepted is the septum retainer, which is staple shaped. This type of nose piercing is easy to hide when desired (thumbs up!). This retainer makes it possible to turn the jewelry up into the nose, thus concealing it.
Another ouchy is the Bridge piercing, which also involves in some way or another the nose region – even though this piercing is pretty much close to the eyes, more than I would like it to be.
The bridge piercing is a facial piercing through the skin on the bridge of the nose, usually directly between the eyes of the wearer (that is what scares me – the eyes man, the eyes). This type of piercing is also known as an ‘Erl’ or an ‘Earl’ piercing. This apparent
ly was named so after its first recipient, Erl van Aken (image on the right).
There is also a variation on this piercing – the vertical bridge piercing. This is a surface piercing and obviously it entails all of the risks or potential complications related to surface piercings. On a sad note, the risk of rejection when it comes to this type of piercing is quite high, as it is a surface piercing. There is also a high risk of scarring when the jewelry is removed
Some general information – Bridge piercings are most commonly pierced with straight barbells, although curved barbells and surface bars are also possible initial jewelry. For the more adventurous ones, once the piercing is healed, it is possible to wear a captive bead ring – this however depends on the placement of the piercing.
Like many other facial piercings, there are MANY misconceptions about this type of piercing. Some involve eye problems, such as involuntary eye crossing (this is a breathe of fresh air). Other beliefs have to do with infections from piercings spreading to the brain via the sinuses (a myth of course :D)
That is it for today dear folks – part 1 is done ^.^ More about piercings in the articles that will follow.
Go forth and get pierced 😀