This tongue piercing story was sent in by Hannah from Leicester, NC.
Hi 🙂 My name is Hannah. I’ll share the story of how I got my tongue web piercing!
For my 15th birthday, my parents took me to get my tongue web pierced. I was so scared! My mother would always express how painful it would be because she wanted to scare me out of getting it – hehe. Of course it didn’t work 😉
We chose the same shop I got my helix, eyebrow, and nose pierced in because everyone there was friendly and professional. My piercer was very kind, he explained the steps that were going to be taken to pierce my tongue web. He was going to use a single-use needle (and no clamps) to pierce me.
I was terrified of the pain even though I have a high pain tolerance hehe. Once he told me to take a deep breath in, I was expecting the worst. But alas, the pain was nothing! 😉
Continue reading “Tongue Web Adventure”
Tongue web piercing is a very interesting type of oral piercing. I added it to the tongue piercing category; however, itâ€™s not actually going through the tongue.
Tongue web piercing goes through the webbing right under the tongue â€“ you know, the one which becomes visible when you lift up your tongue.
They say that the healing process is quite fast and usually no complications are observed â€“ of course, if you adhere to the proper tongue piercing aftercare advice.
And it all makes sense because the small web under the tongue is a tiny little piece of tissue and no wonder it heals fast.
However, one thing puzzles me when I see the tongue web piercing. Namely â€“ whoâ€™s going to see this piercing if you donâ€™t lift up your tongue? We get body piercings so that the others would see them, right? And even if you have a genital piercing you donâ€™t have to lift up any flop of skin so that the piercing becomes visibleâ€¦
Anyway, there are folks who have this kind of tongue piercing and most likely it comes with a combination with other piercings. You know â€“ just to make fun and boast to friends to have a body piercing they donâ€™t have.
Well, on the other hand, the fact that no-one is going to see your tongue web piercing can be actually an advantage. Letâ€™s assume you really want some facial or oral body piercing. But you have a job, for example, where the companyâ€™s policy forbids wearing body jewelry. Even the usual tongue ring may be noticed by your boss.
So this is when the tongue web piercing comes handy. No-one on Earth will tell you that you have your tongue pierced and sure you wonâ€™t lift up your tongue when speaking to your boss, will you?
Oh yes, if youâ€™re probably wondering if the tongue web piercing has been recorded in the ancient cultures and tribes â€“ the answer is: â€˜noâ€™. There are no recordings known to us that someone before the 90ies would have their tongue web piercedâ€¦
Unlike other body piercing types like belly button piercing and nose piercing, the tongue piercing is a typical modern piercing. No-one from the ancient tribes and cultures wore tongue body jewelry.
The only recordings of a ritual tongue piercing come from the ancient Aztecs, Mayas and some other North-American native tribes.
However, they didn’t perform the tongue piercing with a purpose of wearing some tongue jewelry in it. Their main goal was to let the blood split out as a sign of honoring the Gods.
But these days, apart from some crazy bod-mod guys who like cutting and scarring their bodies, tongue piercing is performed with a sole purpose of wearing tongue jewelry in it.
So let’s look at how many different tongue piercing types are known out there – and what tongue jewelry can be worn with every of those.
The first and the most common type of tongue piercing is a usual vertical tongue piercing. In this case the tongue is pierced through the middle from bottom to the top and a straight barbell is inserted into the fresh piercing. Right after the piercing the tongue will swell up so usually a longer barbell will be inserted into the piercing which can later be replaced by a shorter one.
Variations of the usual tongue piercing are multiple tongue piercings when a person wears more than just one tongue ring. A separate case of a multiple tongue piercing is a venom piercing or a double tongue piercing because it resembles the placement of a snake’s fangs.
So apart from tongue piercings that go from the bottom to the top of the tongue, what other options do we have when it comes to choosing the tongue jewelry placement?
Well, horizontal tongue piercing is another type of tongue piercing and it’s not that common. In this case the piece of body jewelry – a straight barbell most likely – will pierce the tongue through from the left side to the right side. And another variation of this piercing is a Scoop piercing – a vertical tongue piercing, only the ends of the jewelry will face upwards and the body jewelry used is going to be a hoop.
And lastly – there are folks who go for piercing the web under their tongue instead! This is called just what it is – tongue web piercing – and you can wear small captive bead rings, straight and curved barbells into these tongue piercings.