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In this section you will find information, terms, and more about piercing the body and body jewelry. If there is something you can't find please feel free to email us.

Alloy
Type of metal that is made up of of at least two different types of metals.

Anaphylactic Shock
This is an extreme allergic reaction to an antibiotic given to treat an infection.

Anti-tragus
This is the ridge of cartilage that is opposite the tragus, it is what comes out over the ear canal.

Argyria
When silver is leached into the pierced hole before it has had time to healed the skin around the area will often turn black.

Attachments
Any type of an add-on that is attached to the primary body jewelry.

Autoclave
Is a medical sterilization device that uses high pressure steam heat to sterilize.

Barbell
Its a piece of jewelry with a rod that goes through the piercing and a ball at either end to hold it in place.

Belly Button Ring
Is placed through the flesh at the top of the belly button and comes out the actual belly button opening.

Body Modification
Refers to any kind of procedure that deliberately changes or enhances the body for aesthetic or personal reasons, but especially certain forms of body art such as piercing, stretching, scarification and tattooing.

Bridge Piercing
Is a piercing horizontally through the bridge of the nose.

Calipers
Is a measuring device used to measure distances and thickness.

Cannula
Is the plastic sleeve that's on the outside of the piercing needle the cannula stays in place after the needle is withdrawn and is then used as a guide in order to put the jewelry into place.

Captive bead ring
A popular style of ring that holds a bead in place tightly by clamping it between the two bent ends. The bead can only be removed by opening the ring with special pliers.

Cartilage
It is the tissue that gives shape to the nose and ears.

Chloroxylenol
An antiseptic solution that is very good at fighting bacteria, yeasts and fungi infections.

Chondritis
Is a type of bacterial infection that you get in the cartilage.

Circular barbell
Is a round barbell that has a small gap and balls at either end.

Clamp
Is a medical clamp that is used to hold either skin or other instruments during your piercing.

Claw
It is a piercing accessory that looks like an animal’s claw.

Conch
The shell-shaped area located in the center region of the ear.

Curved barbell
A barbell that is slightly curved or bent.

Daith
Is the part of the ear that broadens out slightly extending down from the upper curve of the outer ear.

Expander
Is a plug that is used to stretch or enlarge a piercing.

Eyelet
A hollow tube or cylinder that is put into a punched or stretched piercing.

Fistula
A medical term referring to any opening or break in the skin that is lined throughout its length with skin. Any time a piercing has fully healed, it has formed a fistula.

Gauge
The term they use when referring to the size of a barbell or other piece of body jewelry. The larger the opening, the smaller the gauge.

Helix
The outer ring of cartilage of the ear.

Keloid
Is the scar tissue that builts up around a piercing.

Labret
Its the piercing of the lower lip or the jewelry that goes there. 

Monroe piercing
It's a labret piercing that looks like a birthmark such as Marilyn Monroe's or Cindy Crawford's.

Mastitis
This a painful inflammation of the breast tissue that is most likely caused by a bacterial infection from a nipple piercing that has not been properly cared for.

Migration
The shifting of body jewelry from its original placement. 

Nipple Rings
This a straight or curved barbell goes through the back of the nipple it can be a man or a woman.

Nipple Shields
It is a decorative that goes around the nipple and is held in place by the nipple ring that goes through it.

Nose Ring
It's a ring goes in a side nostril piercing.

Nose Stud
It's a lot like the ring however it is a straight or curved bar with only one ball on the outer end that is to be inserted into a side nostril piercing.

O-Ring
It is a rubber ring that fits on the end of a plug to keep it in place in your piercing.

Oral piercings
It is piercings that are done to the mouth, including tongue, lip, cheek and labret piercings.

Parking
This is when piercings shift slightly to one side or the other, like a belly button piercing, because it is more comfortable.

Piercing Gun
Its just has the name says, its a spring-loaded device used to shoot a piercing stud through soft tissue for piercing. 

Piercing Needle
Its just has the name says also, a needle specifically used to pierce a small hole in the flesh to allow jewelry to be passed through. 

Plug
It is a solid plug that can be made of different materials that is placed in a stretched piercing, usually in an earlobe.

Resorption
Its when a piercing has been poorly placed and it rubs against the bone and causes it to disintegrate over time. 

Retainer
Is body jewelry that is clear and is for keeping a piercing open but not noticeable. 

Ring Closing Pliers
Pliers that you use to reduce the gap in body jewelry such as captive bead rings without doing any damage to the jewelry.

Ring Opening Pliers
Just the opposite of ring closing pliers these are designed for opening body jewelry.

Rook
Rook is the piercing of the anti-helix, and that is the cartilage part of the ear that is directly below the upper curve of the outer ear.

Scaffold
This is the piercing of the ear where the barbell goes through more than one area of the ear they also call this an industrial piercing.

Septum
Is the cartilage that is inbetween the two nasal passages of the nose. 

Taper
Is a rod that is larger at one end than it is at the other end. It is used to stretch the opening of a piercing. 

Tongue barbell
It is a lot like a standard piercing barbell, the difference is the ball at one end is not removable. This is the ball that is on the top of the tongue and the bottom ball is secured underneath the tongue.

Tongue Rims
This is the piercing along the outer edge of the tongue, and most likely done with rings.

Tragus
This is cartilage opposite the inner curve of the ear that protrudes over the ear canal and is attached to the front side of the face.

Tube or Tunnel
This a hollow plug that is placed in a stretched piercing so that you can see through it.

UV Reactive Jewelry
This fluorescent body jewelry that is really popular right now for wearing to raves and clubs.

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