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Labret Posts – Simple Right?

Neometal Threadless Labret
A photo of the Neometal threadless labret available here

Labret posts seem like humble little pieces of metal but they are the true workhorses of the piercing world. This week we will be looking at the importance of labret posts, why they are the shape they are and why we love them so much!

So to start with lets refresh on what a labret is. It is a Post with a disc on one end. The disc can be fixed or removable and they post can be threaded or threadless. The labret post is the part which passes through your body and the part that holds all the beautiful ends in place. Many different manufacturers make labrets but sadly not all are made equal. For a refresh on all of the different aspects of high quality jewellery then take a look back at our High Quality? Series of Blogs here.

Importance

Labret posts are one of the key reasons we have so many piercing and jewellery options available to us. Before labret studs the only options were rings and barbells. By changing the ball on a barbell to a disc, piercers were able to offer piercings in much smaller placements e.g. forward helix, with less space at the back e.g the labret piercing and for more comfort e.g. sleeping on lobe piercings.

Design

A CAD drawing of a threadless labret by Aiden

While they may seem simple there are a lot of design constraints. A labret must be sized correctly in post length and gauge, connection choice and disc diameter and thickness.

Length

NeoMetal: Threadless Titanium Labret Post - POST ONLY (16g and 14g posts  for 16g and 14g ends) - Body Jewelry
Labrets are available in an array of sizes, gauges, disc size and style

The length of the post for a jewellery maker is more than the piercer approach of ensuring the jewellery is long enough to not embed and not too long so it snags. The gauge of the post must be thick enough that a suitable thread can be placed inside with enough metal left to support the thread without breaking. 1.6mm/14g barbells were already around when labrets were invented but as demand grew for 1.2mm/16g and 1.0mm/16g jewellery the labret was ready to take the top spot.

Connection

Press-fit Jewelry
Threadless example from Neometal

Connection choice might seem simple. Just drill a hole either small enough for threadless or large enough to tap a thread. But threadless has been under patent since the early 90’s and has only just entered public license so this wasn’t an option for most manufacturers. For threaded pieces large taps could easily break the labret and smaller thread patterns can be weak and easily stripped. The solution was to settle on an unusual thread pattern for the smaller bars. 000-120 for 1.2mm/16g and 1.0mm/18g. For the larger 1.6mm/14g and 2.0mm/12g a much more readily available thread pattern of M1.2 is used. To top all of this off if the labret has got a removable disc then the post has to be long enough the the holes drilled for threadless of threaded don’t meet in the middle. Since threadless has become public domain we have seen a lot of advancement in the miniaturisation of jewellery and a rise in the popularity of smaller piercing sites such as forward helixes.

Disc Size

M&M Ends
An M&M Disc by Anatometal shown here

The Disc on a labret has 3 main dimensions; diameter, thickness and angle.

The diameter is important because it is used to balance the weight of the end placed on the labret. If the disc doesn’t balance then gravity will pull the jewellery down and the edge of the disc will start to irritate the piercing site. Diameter is also especially important during the initial healing phase as it prevents the body swelling over and embedding the jewellery. Conversely a disc that is too large will be pulled down by gravity and can pull the end into the body. It is all a balancing act.

Thickness of the disc can help to minimise any irritation of the jewellery in the body. If the disc is too thin it will essentially be knife edge scraping and cutting the piercing site all day. If it is too thick then it creates a corner that acts the same as a thin disc. The key here is ti find the balance in the middle and then polish the edges so that there are no sharp points that could hurt the piercing.

By angle of the disc we mean the angle from the post to the edge of the disc. We don not mean the angle of the post coming out of the disc. An easy visual of this is a Flat Disc compared to an M&M Disc. The reason for different angles is to allow space between the piercing and jewellery for drainage, to minimise sharp edges in soft tissue e.g. tongue piercings and to give more weight to balance larger ends.

When your piercer selects the labret post for your piercing they are taking all of this and more into consideration. No two bodies are alike and so our body jewellery has to be as unique as we are. Just remember that your piercer will pierce you with initial size and for comfort and a happy, healthy piercing you will need to go back for a downsize.

So hopefully we’ve shown you that we love labret posts. Without this humble piece of jewellery the world of piercing would be a much duller place! We’ll be back next week with another lockdown blog. Stay safe everyone!

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Custom Jewellery-The Custom Order Process

A suite of custom ordered jewellery from BVLA

Hi Folks! Today I am taking over the blog to demystify the process of ordering custom jewellery through Rogue Piercing.

Almost any piece of jewellery we sell can be ordered to your custom specifications. You need a Neometal threadless labret in a certain size we don’t normally carry? We can custom order one in for you. You need a full suite of BVLA jewellery for your wedding in 2022? We can custom order that for you. You can read a post about my favourite pieces of custom jewellery here.

A Suite of BVLA items custom-ordered with Rogue Piercing. From left: ‘Integrity’ with Clear Swarovski, ‘Pave Tear’ with Grey AA Diamond, and ‘Marquise Fan.’

Custom Jewellery- How the Process Works

  1. Making Contact

Let’s follow through and say you would like a full suite of BVLA items for your piercings in time for your wedding day in 2022. Your first port of call would be to email our jewellery manager Kat at kat@roguepiercing.co.uk or send us a DM through our instagram @roguepiercing

  1. Sharing Ideas

You may only have a rough idea of what you want- 18ct Yellow Gold and purple stones? From that, Kat will work with you and guide you through all the options for you. Do you want pieces that are large and in charge? Do you want a lot of solid metals or do you want the gems to do the talking? Once you have decided on a style, Kat will come back to you with a list of pieces she thinks you would love. If you need more inspiration, you would head to the companies website at BVLA, Anatometal or Industrial Strength and peruse their options.

  1. Deposits and Balances 

Kat will then give you a quote on the total cost of your order. Often we will take a 50% deposit in order to go through with the order but we can take as little as 25% if you are a regular client of ours.

Once this deposit is paid, you have 6 months from the date of order to fully pay the rest of the balance. Some clients will pay in as little as £5 or £10 a week! However most people will pay the other 50% of the balance once the jewellery has arrived with us prior to having it fitted. We are totally understanding of any clients undergoing financial stress as a result of the pandemic. We know that custom-made jewellery can be a source of joy and so we are happy to extend the 6 month payment date for clients who need that extra time. 

A custom-ordered BVLA ‘Coffin’ in 14k Yellow Gold set with Genuine AA Garnet.
  1. Checking and Double-Checking!

From here, Kat will write up a custom order sheet that covers each item in detail to make sure every single piece is exact to your specifications.

You get to double check all the intricacies of each of your items. We then check again to make sure you are happy. Kat will send you a link to your custom order payment screen on our website, roguepiercing.co.uk.

Here is an example of what you would be looking at!

An example of your custom order payment screen!

Once you are happy, you can add this custom payment to your basket and check out as normal. You may need to book for piercings too. You can go to roguepiercing.co.uk/book-now and pay for everything all at once.

  1. Manufacture

Each company we work with has a different ‘lead time,’ or how long it takes to make your jewellery. Since each item is made to order, it can take a little bit of time. Commonly orders from Industrial Strength or Anatometal can take between 6 and 8 weeks, and orders from BVLA commonly take between 12 and 14 weeks. It must be mentioned that due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, these lead times are only guidelines. Each company is working hard to make sure that your jewellery gets out to you in a timely manner, and we thank them for that!

  1. Arrival!

The next step is the exciting day that your jewellery arrives with us. This is one of our favourite parts of the whole process- This is many months of work finally coming to fruition! First we check that everything has arrived safely and to our clients specification, and then we get in touch. Normally we will send an email and give you a phone call to let you know it’s time to book in to get your jewellery fitted! After you have booked in, we take some of those stunning photos you are all used to seeing on our website and instagram. After we fit the jewellery for you, we take some more snazzy photos and you are ready to go!

BVLA ‘Single Swirl’ in 14k Yellow Gold and genuine London Blue Topaz

To conclude…

Our favourite part of the whole process is the happiness we see in your faces when you see your dream jewellery finally sitting prettily in your piercings. That moment makes all the work worthwhile for us.

I hope this has demystified the process of custom ordering jewellery for you all. As always, I am happy to respond to any queries you may have.

A BVLA Custom Suite. From left, ‘Gaia’ set with genuine Green Tourmaline and clear CZ, ‘Reema’ set with Peach Topaz, and ‘Mini Kandy’ set with 1.5mm Seafoam Tourmaline.
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High Quality? Part 20 – Gem Settings

Gem settings are how jewellery manufacturers make sure the gems in jewellery don’t fall out. There are different types of gem settings and each has its pros and cons as well as bringing a different style to the final piece. This week we will show some of the different settings and their pros and cons.

Bezel

An Industrial Strength Bezel Set Synthetic Pink Opal – available here

Bezel settings give one of the simplest and cleanest styles of all the gem settings but don’t let their simple look hide their hidden complexities. Simply put a bezel setting is a cup or box that a gem sits inside, and the top lip of the cup or box is rolled over to hold the gem in place. This could be something as simple as a standard round gem or something more complex like an asymmetric piece. Bezel settings are great for initial piercings as they have less snag risk than other options and, when well-made, will have nowhere for crusties to build up and dull the gems shine. As the gem is enclosed in the setting, bezel set gems don’t shine as much as other options. When mass manufactured bezel settings require calibrated gems (gems cut to tight measurement tolerances) and a high level of quality control to ensure gems do not move or spin.

Pros

  • Minimal snag risk
  • Can hold asymmetric gems
  • Cleaner for initial piercing

Cons

  • Gems can spin if not set correctly
  • Gems aren’t as bright due to being enclosed
  • Jewellery has to be deeper to enclose the gem

Prong/Claw

A Neometal Prong Set Ocean Grey Swarovski – Available here

Prong and Claw settings are two names for holding a gem in place using small pieces of metal around the gem like claws. Prong and Claw are interchangeable terms. These settings are perfect for making gems shine and sparkle as the light can enter the gem from all sides. Prong/Claw settings are capable of holding both large and small gems but at smaller sizes the gem can get obscured by the setting or not have enough metal for a strong setting. Due to requiring less metal to hold the gem securely, prong set jewellery can be made smaller so are perfect for daintier options.

Pros

  • Lots of light play
  • Can hold asymmetric gems
  • Gives a lighter and daintier look due to less metal

Cons

  • More attentive cleaning regime required
  • Can obscure smaller stones
  • More expensive due to highly skilled practitioner required

Pavé

A BVLA Pavé set Swarovski Snowflake – available here

Pavé settings are pure decadence as an entire surface is covered with gemstones. To achieve this lots of small settings halfway between a bezel and a claw must be made. This is the setting choice for those that really want their jewellery to stand out and to show off the gemstones more than the metal. By embedding the gemstones into the jewellery the jewellery will need to be slightly deeper. Snag risk is low to medium with this setting as the settings are low to the metal surface, but there are lots of them.

Pros

  • Lots of gems can be placed tight together to create a unique style
  • Minimal metal is visible for a more gem based style

Cons

  • An extremely skilled stone setter is required
  • If the setting becomes damaged multiple gems can be lost

Channel

An Industrial Strength Channel Set Clear Swarovski End – Available here

Channel settings involve cutting grooves into a channel so that multiple stones share the same setting. This is a very secure method of holding gems but requires very accurately made gemstones and jewellery. As the gems and setting are completely enclosed the snag risk is very low with these. Due to the open space between the gems channel settings allow a fair amount of light play and sparkle but can allow build up of crusties so require careful cleaning.

Pros

  • Lots of sparkle
  • Minimal snag risk
  • Durable design for high friction areas

Cons

  • Cleaning can be tricky if crusties build up
  • Not many manufacturers available for body jewellery
  • Calibrated gems are required

There are many variations on these settings and some jewellery will contain multiple different types of setting. If you are unsure about which settings will work well for you and your piercings then get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking. We will be glad to help you find the jewellery of your dreams.

That’s all for this week but we’ll be back next week with more piercing and jewellery knowledge.

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Apprentice Progression

While we’ve been in lockdown we’ve been taking a look back at how our apprentice Jess (Instagram) is progressing. Jess has got lobe, helix, conch and nipple signed off already and once lockdown is over she will be continuing to work through all the piercing options. Here are our top 5 piercings by Jess so far:

Perfectly executed spacing for this Triple Helix using custom anodised basic Titanium balls. Anodised to the colours of the Trans flag by Jess too!
Paired Upper Lobes using Neometal Bezel Set Swarovski Gems set into Implant Grade Titanium. Jess matched the piercings across the ears and kept the flow created by previous piercings.
A Nipple piercing using Neometal Bezel Set Synthetic Blue Opals set into Implant Grade Titanium. You can faintly see Jess’s markings here and can see how well she hit her marks.
A neatly tucked in Helix Piercing using Neometal Prong Set Swarovski set into Implant Grade Titanium. Working with the anatomy is vitally important to piercing. using little nooks and valleys can help protect a piercing from snags and knocks.
A Conch Piercing using a Rose anodised Neometal Swarovski and Implant Grade Titanium Flower. The conch was the piercing Jess starter her apprenticeship with. Due to mask wearing conch become a super technical piercing but Jess rose to challenge of piercing avoiding mask straps.

As well as the skill Jess is showing in piercing, her approach to aftercare and bedside manner is top notch. We are all enjoying see Jess grow and flourish and look forward to a bright future for her.

Jess will be available for bookings in her new piercing room at a mix of apprentice rate (for learning) and full rate (already learnt) when lockdown is lifted. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Google page for updates about reopening.

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COVID-19 Update 4/08/2020

COVID Update - A fresh Nose piercing featuring nose rings
COVID Update – A fresh Nose piercing featuring nose rings

COVID-19 restrictions have changed and the time has come! We are able to offer facial piercings again! This includes nose, tongue, eyebrows etc.

Our store protocols were already higher than Government COVID-19 recommendations and we will continue to go above and beyond. As a reminder here are just some of the protocols we are currently following:

  • All Customers must wear a mask upon entry to the store. For facial piercings the mask will be removed at the last possible moment and replaced as soon as possible.
  • Piercers will wear a medical face mask and a visor as well as gloves or sterile gloves.
  • Piercers will wash their hands and arms at the start and end of every procedure.
  • The piercing room will be decontaminated between every customer using medical grade surface disinfectants.
  • The shop will have all door handles decontaminated between customers using medical grade surface disinfectants.
  • Consent forms will be filled in on customers phones to prevent contaminating the shop tablet.
  • Our waiting area is closed and we ask clients to come alone (apart from minor’s piercing and intimate piercing where a chaperone is required)
  • We will be operating by appointment only but you can book an appointment online as little as 1 minute before your appointment time!

As usual we will be using single use sterile needles, sterilising every piece of jewellery before use and keeping the highest hygiene protocols.

Bookings for facial piercings will be open from 5pm Friday 14th August 2020 and facial piercings can begin from Saturday 15th August 2020. To book head to roguepiercing.co.uk/book-now

Thanks!

Love from Rogue x

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The Week in Review

Gorgeous Smoky Quartz Marquise Fan from BVLA in a Tragus

Wow! What a week! Things have finally started to get back to some semblance of normality in our little studio tucked away in the heart of the Lace Market. It has been a long lockdown for us, as it has for all of us, and we cannot express how happy we are to be back in, piercing and putting smiles on people’s faces. Piercing is a strong part of our identity and to be able to provide this for all of you means more to us than we could write down. If you want to read more about how the studio has changed, take a look here.

In this blog we will be looking at some of the things that we have been doing in the past two weeks. Some of the most popular piercings we did before lockdown were lobes, nostrils and nipples. But as you know, we are unable to pierce under the mask! All lip, tongue and nostril piercings have been a no-go, but that doesn’t mean we have been quiet! 

A Neometal project we are working on with a client

It always makes us proud to do first piercings and since we have opened we have done loads! We were finally able to provide birthday present piercings to some kids that have been waiting patiently since the beginning of lockdown, all of which were strong and brave! But it wasn’t just the little ones that had their first piercings this week – we have had a variety of ages in, including one woman in her 60’s overcoming her fear of needles! We have been very impressed. 

This absolute legend looking proud with his first piercing

Something that many of our clients have been waiting for is a good downsize. Here you can see a dazzling opal from Neometal that has had the bar changed to fit this client’s Helix perfectly. It is really important to downsize your piercings to avoid lumps and bumps and the photo pictured demonstrates well fitting jewellery beautifully! 

The clarity on this White Gold Bee from Le Roi got us buzzing

One thing that we won’t be showing you photos of is the sheer amount of nipples we have been doing! People have been taking ‘no under the mask piercings’ quite literally it seems and they appear to have been the most popular piercing of our second week! Post-lockdown has also seen a few intimate piercings, including a VCH and Christina piercing. These are an absolute honour to pierce and it always makes us swell with joy when we see the pride and ‘look what I did!!’ on people’s faces when the piercing is finished 🙂 

London Blue and Yellow Gold on this regular client of ours

For those of you waiting for the BVLA order we placed before lockdown to arrive, it is nearly ready! We are just waiting for the bars to arrive to complete the orders. We are so happy to put together custom orders for people so we can live vicariously through our clients – there are just not enough ears in the world to achieve all the things possible with the fantastic jewellery that is around. If you are interested in placing an order with us for BVLA, check out their website here.

Thank you for reading, it is always a pleasure to write! Until next time 🙂

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Piercing in the world of CoronaVirus

CoronaVirus update! As you know, the world has changed a little since the last time we were able to open! With new times comes new policies. As you know, we are dedicated to providing the best service we can and we want to update you with some upgrades to our booking system. 

To minimise the risk of further spread of the CoronaVirus, we cannot accept walk-ins and will be working on an appointment only basis. We will only be allowing one client at a time in the studio, but if you bring someone with you then we have a lovely bench outside for them to perch on and a very nice cafè opposite that serves excellent coffee! 

Picture your friend on a bench with a coffee…

There are also small changes to our consent form system. As before, you need to book online; but rather than fill in your consent form in the studio, it now gets emailed to you upon booking. Here you can click all the boxes and provide us with some contact information online, which needs to be done before coming for your piercing. If you don’t do this, we can’t pierce you! To book for your piercing, head to our website here https://roguepiercing.co.uk/book-now/

If you have had a piercing with us before, you may be familiar with the questions on the consent form. But we have added a new section requiring information on whether you have had any symptoms of COVID-19 and have been free of symptoms for a minimum of two weeks. If this applies to you, then we are happy to pierce you 🙂 

You must wear a mask when coming in for your appointment. If you don’t have one, masks will be available by the door alongside a hand sanitizing station to keep your hands as sparkly and clean as your new piercings will be! The mask must be worn throughout the appointment to keep it the safest for both you and staff. Unfortunately this means that we cannot pierce below the mask for now.

The new COVID-19 box

As always, we maintain medical standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the studio, now more than ever. All staff have been trained in bloodborne pathogens from the APP as well as infection prevention, hand hygiene precautions and PPE in the world of CoronaVirus provided by the World Health Organisation. 

What hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing the best service we can. We have had a lot of new jewellery come to the studio and now there is more choice than ever for you to pick from to get you on your way to feeling a little more ‘you’. Please keep an eye out for new announcements as we have something we are all very excited about sharing with you as soon as we can!

Thank you for reading, we are all so excited to get back to piercing and have been looking forward to this for a long time! 

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Jewel School 2- Oregon Sunstone

Oregon Sunstone is a unique and often underrated stone when it comes to jewellery. Since being used by high end jewellery brands such as BVLA, it has become a favourite amongst piercers and piercing enthusiasts alike. So where does this stone originate, what is it’s history and what makes it so beautiful? I’m sure you can answer at least one of those questions!

This BVLA Mini Kandy really shows off the “champagne bubble” effect that copper inclusions can give to Oregon Sunstone. Shop here!

Oregon sunstone is a feldspar, or crystal-forming mineral, that is found in Oregon, USA. In fact, it was declared the official state stone of Oregon in 1987. It is produced from shallow mines in two counties and is hard enough to be carved, polished and faceted for jewellery. Historically, the local Native American Tribes have a legend describing its origins. In the legend, the blood of a great warrior –who is wounded by an arrow – spatters onto pieces of sunstone. The blood carried his warrior spirit into the stones, coloring them with shades of red and giving them sacred power. Native American tribes traded this stone across most of Western America and it can be found in many museum collections as a result.

This BVLA Beaded Pear in Yellow Gold really demonstrates the potential that this gem holds when it comes to statement jewellery.

Oregon Sunstone originally formed in Basalt lava flows in aggregations called “Phenocrysts,” which are large collections of a crystal surrounded by glassy igneous rock. It is in the same ‘family’ as Labradorite and is fast becoming a highly popular stone with jewellers. The Oregon Sunstone found in body jewellery is often transparent and can be cut into a multitude of different facet styles. Oregon Sunstone can be shades of pink, tan, orange, yellow, green, blue-green, red, and clear as well as bi-colors. This colour is caused by unique inclusions of copper within the crystal structure, which causes a visual effect called “Schiller,” which gives the stone an almost champagne bubble-like appearance. These copper inclusions are flat, plate-shaped, highly reflective, and precisely aligned along the crystallographic axis of the stone. The “shimmer” seen in Oregon Sunstone is called aventurescence by gemologists and jewellery experts. Traditionally in body jewellery, Oregon sunstone is selected in pink to tan-orange shades which complement Yellow and Rose Gold.

This bead of Oregon Sunstone displays highly visible copper inclusions.

At Rogue we currently have two pieces containing Oregon Sunstone as shown in the photos included in this article. Currently the only high-end body jewellery brand using this stone is BVLA, which is renowned for its highly customisable bespoke jewellery. If you have any ideas for how you would like to use this gem in a piece of jewellery, do get in contact with us and we would be happy to help you get your ideas set into gold.

Remember to follow us on facebook and instagram for more information on piercing and the jewellery we have available! Don’t hesitate to message us any questions you may have.

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Myth Busters: The Prince Albert

Prince Albert apparently wasn’t compensating for anything when he had the Royal Albert Hall named after him

Welcome back to another blog in the Myth Busters series! It is here that we will be looking at common piercing myths. This week features the history of the Prince Albert piercing and where it got its name.

When it comes to intimate piercings, the Prince Albert, or the PA, may be the first male piercing you think of. Placed on the underside of the head of the penis and through the urethra, generally with a ring, it is notorious in the modification industry for having quick healing times and desirable results. The Prince Albert was popularised in modern piercing in the early 70’s by Jim Ward, an influential body piercer based in Los Angeles (he also features in our blog post here https://roguepiercing.co.uk/2020/06/05/myth-busters-which-side-is-the-gay-side/). But where did it get its infamous name? Doug Malloy, a friend of Ward’s, is said to have created a pamphlet in which he wrote stories of the piercings they performed, but many say they were just urban legends. To look further into this, we must ask – who was Prince Albert, anyway?

Maybe Robert Plant could have done with following Victorian fashion trends in the 70’s

Albert, Prince Consort, was born in 1819 and was married to Queen Victoria of the UK. Together they had 9 children and he supported the Queen throughout her reign. Initially reluctant towards the role of Prince Consort and the lack of power he had, Albert became known for supporting public causes such as educational reform and abolishing slavery! One of the rumours that Malloy wrote in his pamphlets was that Prince Albert invented the legendary piercing to hide his large penis in his tight trousers. If only they thought of this in the 70’s! 

There are many stories about how it got its name, from the theory that Prince Albert himself had Peyronie’s disease and used the piercing to straighten his penis, to the general public tying down their penises to hide their erection from the Queen’s daughters. Legend also has it that Prince Albert used the piercing to pull back the foreskin to keep his member sweet-smelling so as to not offend the Queen. How considerate! 

The Prince Albert is clearly a historical piercing. It is difficult for anyone to say how exactly the piercing got its name, however the most likely theory is that Victorian haberdashers called it the “dressing ring” and used it to firmly secure male genitalia to the more comfortable leg. It was very popular in those days for men to wear extremely tight trousers and the piercing helped minimize visible endowment. 

A banana with a PA

It is most certainly an interesting piercing that has been the subject of a lot of speculation throughout the years. But whatever the reason is, it is a timeless piercing that many people enjoy across the globe, and is just one of many intimate piercings that are available! Please check back again for another blog in the Myth Busters series. If you have any interest in getting an intimate piercing, please give us a call or a message to talk about your options. 

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Famous Piercing Enthusiasts

It might seem today like piercings are commonplace on a lot of people, but that is a relatively modern development. Piercings being seen on celebrities has really driven that change so this week we’re going to look at some famous piercing enthusiasts.

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman shows the attitude he’s famous for

Dennis Rodman

Whether it’s his piercings, tattoos or brightly coloured hair, Dennis Rodman always makes an impression. Famous for his time in the NBA playing basketball for the Chicago Bulls, LA Lakers and Detroit Pistons in the late 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. Noted piercings on Dennis are paired nostrils, labret, earlobes and nipples. His unusual style and attitude made piercings visible to large groups of people who may never have come across them before.

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu has been called the Queen of Neo-Soul. She is a Singer, Songwriter and Actress. With her main influences being R&B, 70’s soul and 80’s hip-hop. She is just as comfortable on stage as she is in front of the camera and has an unmissable style. As jewellery she has worn many different “fake” piercings but is currently rocking a bridge and some cheek piercings that are a personal favourite of mine. I’ve posted a video below of one of my favourite songs by Erykah.

Scarlett Johansson

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Scarlett Johansson
Young Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson today

Scarlett is a world famous Actress and Singer and is the world’s highest-paid actress since 2018 but she has always had her wild side too. She has always been at the cutting edge of style and this shows in her piercing and jewellery choices too, from her younger days where she had an eyebrow and septum piercing to today where she has a curated ear and enviable jewellery collection. I was unaware that she has a septum piercing before writing this blog and I think that makes her even cooler.

Keith Flint

Famous Piercing Enthusiasts - Keith Flint

Braintree’s very own firestarter, Keith Flint was the frontman for the band The Prodigy and brought piercings to every household in the UK in 1996 with the release of the song Firestarter. Famously wearing tongue, septum and various ear piercings, Keith is cited as the reason for many peoples tongue and septum piercings ever since. Sadly Keith took his own life in 2019 but continued to release music upto 2018 and was still a staple of British radio. RIP Keith.

It was fun writing this weeks blog and I could have easily listed many more people and will return to this subject in the future. Thanks for reading everyone!

Aiden