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Subject: rec.arts.bodyart: Piercing FAQ 1--Introduction

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Summary: This posting contains information about body piercing. Anyone interested in the subject and/or who wishes to read/post to rec.arts.bodyart should read the Piercing FAQ first. The rec.arts.bodyart Piercing FAQ is divided into 30 parts: 1--Introduction 2A--Jewelry Materials 2B--Jewelry Sizes & Designs 2C--Facial Piercings & Their Suggested Jewelry 2D--Body Piercings & Their Suggested Jewelry 2E--Genital Piercings & Their Suggested Jewelry 3--Getting A New Piercing 4A--Professional Organizations, Piercing Instruction 4B--Professional Piercers - United States - Alabama - California 4C--Professional Piercers - United States - Colorado - Iowa 4D--Professional Piercers - United States - Kansas - Nevada 4E--Professional Piercers - United States - New Hampshire - North Dakota 4F--Professional Piercers - United States - Ohio - Pennsylvania 4G--Professional Piercers - United States - Rhode Island - Wyoming 4H--Professional Piercers - Canada 4I--Professional Piercers - Beyond N. America 4J--Professional Piercers - Beyond N. America Cont'd 5--Care Of New Piercings 6--The Healing Process & Healing Problems 7--Healed Piercings 8--Historical Information 9A--Resource List 9B--Resource List Cont'd 10A--Personal Experiences - Facial & Unisex Piercings 10B--Personal Experiences - Genital Piercings 10C--Personal Experiences - Genital Piercings Cont'd 10D--Personal Experiences - Genital Piercings Cont'd 11A--Jewelry Manufacturers 11B--Jewelry Manufacturers Cont'd 11C--Jewelry Manufacturers Cont'd This FAQ has been rated by Magellan as a Four Star Site! This is Part 1 of the rec.arts.bodyart Piercing FAQ. This FAQ is updated and posted quarterly. If you would like to know what rec.arts.bodyart is as a newsgroup please visit The RABbit Hole http://www.eskimo.com/~rab Queen Spako's Slug Patch http://www.achilles.net/~dextra/spako/ All texts written by Anne Greenblatt unless otherwise noted. The Piercing FAQ is maintained on a voluntary basis and is produced for free distribution. No funds are generated by the circulation of the rec.arts.bodyart Piercing FAQ and the author and contributors are not remunerated in any way. This FAQ was originally compiled by Paul Davies aka Synthetic Man <pdavies@alchemy.chem.utoronto.ca> with contributions from various people. The rights and responsibilities to maintain this FAQ was passed on to me in July 1993. COPYRIGHT AND DISSEMINATION Under the Berne Convention, this document is Copyright (c) 2000 by Anne Greenblatt, all rights reserved. Permission is granted for it to be reproduced electronically on any system connected to the various networks which make up the Internet, USENET, and FidoNet so long as it is reproduced in its entirety, unedited, and with this copyright notice intact. Web sites are included. Individual copies may also be printed. All of the Piercing FAQs may be cited as: Greenblatt, Anne (2000) "rec.arts.bodyart Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" Usenet rec.arts.bodyart, available via anonymous FTP: rtfm.mit.edu:/pub/faqs/bodyart/ While you are allowed individual copies of the Piercing FAQ, this does not mean the FAQ is in the public domain. Part of the value of the Piercing FAQ is that it is a living document; it is updated quarterly to include the most current information available. For this reason you are explicitly requested to include a notice of how to obtain the most recent edition of the FAQs. You must obtain prior permission from me before you make the FAQs available commercially. If you are a media reporter or journalist, you are explicitly requested to contact me prior to using material in or quoting from the Piercing FAQ. Additionally, I would appreciate a copy of the article or publication in which the FAQ is cited. You need not obtain special permission to quote parts of this FAQ for academic research purposes, although you must cite this FAQ. Additionally, I would appreciate a copy of the article or publication in which the FAQ is cited. If you are not sure how to cite electronic information please refer to _Electronic Style: A Guide to Citing Electronic Information_ by Xia Li and Nancy B. Crane (Westport, 1993). SHARING THE FILES ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS: You may copy and disseminate the entire set of FAQs electronically and in print on an individual, non-commercial basis. If you must break up the files, use the sectional format provided. Do not create your own sections. Do not add your own information in the FAQ. SHARING THE FILES THROUGH A BBS: If you maintain a BBS and wish to have these files available please include a notice of how to obtain the most recent edition of the FAQs. CREATING YOUR OWN HTML PAGES FOR WWW: If you would like to include the FAQ on your webpage, I ask that you provide a link to the FAQ archives in order to provide your visitors with the most recent edition. The FAQ is archived at: http://www.cs.uu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/bodyart/piercing-faq/.html http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet-faqs/bygroup/rec/arts /bodyart/top.html http://www.faqs.org/faqs/ http://www.landfield.com/faqs/bodyart/piercing-faq/ ftp://ftp.cse.cuhk.edu.hk/pub/faq/bodyart/piercing-faq/ Please look at the "Last-Modified" line in the headers for the current edition. The Piercing FAQ is updated and posted quarterly. Please remember that body piercing is an inexact science. The content of the FAQ reflects the continual advances made in the field of body piercing. The information contained in the FAQ is culled from group knowledge and experience. Each person's experiences regarding piercing viability, healing, and longevity may be different. The Piercing FAQ contains material of a sexually explicit nature. The information contained in the Piercing FAQ should not be construed as medical advice. I would like to recognize and thank the following piercers, jewelery manufacturers, and enthusiasts for their contributions: The Association of Professional Piercers http://www.safepiercing.org Keith Alexander of Modern American Body Arts, <keitha2@mail.idt.net> http://www.modernamerican.com Elayne Angel of Rings of Desire, <angel@ringsofdesire.com> http://www.ringsofdesire.com Dave Anthony of Body Work Productions, <bodyworkprod@earthlink.net> http://www.bodyworkprod.com Eerin Atkinson of Sine Qua Non, <Eerin@worldnet.att.net> Barry Blanchard of Anatometal, <barry@anatometal.com> http://www.anatometal.com Tom Brazda of Stainless Studios, <bodyart@io.org> http://www.stainless-studios.com/ Sean Christian of Antometal, <sean@anatometal.com> http://www.anatometal.com Kevin Cook, Manager of the Piercing Links List <kevincook@worldnet.att.net> http://www.geocities.com/soho/cafe/8816/list.html Michaela Grey, formerly of Gauntlet and the Association of Professional Piercers Michael Hare of The Exotic Body, <mike@exoticbody.com> http://www.exoticbody.com Karen Hurt of Future Primitives Shannon Larratt of the Body Modification Ezine http://www.bme.freeq.com Lynne Tatum Little, R.D.H. Derek Lowe of Body Work Productions, <piercr@earthlink.net> http://www.bodyworkprod.com Denise Robinson of Ambient, <ambient@ambient.on.ca> http://www.ambient.on.ca Brian Skellie of Piercing Experience, <bskellie@pop.mindspring.com> http://www.piercing.org Jim Ward, formerly of Gauntlet John Ward, M.D., aka "Dr. Jack," <bones@softdisc.com> Table of Contents of the rec.arts.bodyart Piercing FAQ: 1 Introduction 2A Jewelry Materials 2A.1 Metals 2A.1a Report on Stainless Steel by Sean Christian 2A.2 Non Metal Materials 2A.2a Report on FDA Approved Acrylic by Michael Hare 2A.3 Organic Materials 2A.3a Hardwoods 2A.3b Bamboo 2A.3c Ivory, Horn, Antler 2B Jewelry Sizes & Designs 2B.1 Jewelry Sizes 2B.1a Gauges And Equivalents 2B.2 Jewelry Designs 2B.2a Basic Designs 2B.2b Piercing-Specific Designs 2C Facial Piercings & Their Suggested Jewelry 2C.1 Facial Piercings 2C.2 Oral Piercings 2D Body Piercings & Their Suggested Jewelry 2D.1 Navel Piercings 2D.1a "The Navel Piercing - A Better Alternative" 2D.1b "Angled Navel Piercings" 2D.2 Nipple Piercings 2D.2a Female Nipple Piercings 2D.2b Male Nipple Piercings 2D.2c Nipple Piercings and Breast Feeding 2D.3 Surface & Unusual Piercings 2E Genital Piercings & Their Suggested Jewelry 2E.1 Female Genital Piercings 2E.2 Male Genital Piercings 2E.3 Genital Piercings and Sexual Activity 2E.4 Genital Piercings and Pregnancy 3 Getting A New Piercing 3.1 What to Look for in a Piercer 3.2 Assessing Anatomy and Selecting Jewelry 3.3 Piercing Needle or Gun? 3.4 Basic Piercing Procedure 3.5 Methods of Disinfection and Sterilization 3.6 Anesthetics 3.7 Are You Under 18? 3.8 Does It Hurt? 3.9 Making Your Experience More Comfortable 3.10 Piercing Kits and Doing It Yourself 4A Professional Organizations, Piercing Instruction 4A.1 Professional Organizations 4A.2 Piercing Instruction 4B Professional Piercers - United States - Alabama - California 4C Professional Piercers - United States - Colorado - Iowa 4D Professional Piercers - United States - Kansas - Nevada 4E Professional Piercers - United States - New Hampshire - North Dakota 4F Professional Piercers - United States - Ohio - Pennsylvania 4G Professional Piercers - United States - Rhode Island - Wyoming 4H Professional Piercers - Canada 4I Professional Piercers - Beyond N. America 4J Professional Piercers - Beyond N. America Cont'd 5 Care Of New Piercings 5.1 Skin Cleansers, Wound Cleansers and Soaps 5.2 Antiseptic Products 5.3 Other Products 5.4 Products to Avoid 5.5 Essential Oils 5.6 Aftercare for Facial Piercings 5.7 Aftercare for Oral Piercings 5.8 Aftercare for Body Piercings 5.9 Aftercare for Genital Piercings 5.10 Herbal Hot Compress Recipe 6 The Healing Process & Healing Problems 6.1 The Healing Process 6.2 Abandoning a Piercing 6.2a Reopening or Repiercing an Abandoned Piercing 6.2 Healing Problems 6.2a Dry Skin 6.2b Prolonged Healing 6.2c Follicular Cysts 6.2d Infections 6.2e Hypergranulation 6.4 Scars 6.6 Piercing Migration and Rejection 6.7 Metal Sensitivities 7 Healed Piercings 7.1 Changing Jewelry 7.2 Stretching Piercings 7.3 Bondage Play 7.4 Hiding Percings 7.5 Retaining Piercings During Surgery 7.6 Piercings and Common Medical Procedures 7.7 Body Jewelry and Metal Detectors 7.8 Piercings and Employment 8 Historical Information 8.1 History Of The Nipple Piercing 8.1a "History of the Nipple Piercing" 8.1b "Titrings, A Bit of History" 8.2 The Apadravya in the Kama Sutra 8.3 History of Late 20th C. Piercing and Why? 9A Resource List 9A.1 Books and Magazines 9A.2 Calendars and Posters 9B Resource List Cont'd 9B.1 Videos 9B.2 Online Sites 9B.2a Chat Rooms and Online Clubs 9B.3 Software and CDs 9B.4 Places of Interest 10A Personal Experiences - Facial & Unisex Piercings 10A.1 Tongue Pierce 10A.2 Labret Piercing 10A.3 Hand Web Piercing 10A.4 Eyelet Piercings 10A.5 Nipple Piercing - Male 10A.6 Niehbuhr, or Erle 10A.7 Piercing Inverted Nipples (Male) 10B Personal Experiences - Genital Piercings 10B.1 Triangle Piercing 10B.2 Vertical Clitoral Hood Piercing 10B.3 Ampallang Piercing #1 10B.4 Foreskin & Septum Piercings 10B.5 Frenum Placement with Intact Foreskin 10B.6 Ampallang Piercing #2 10C Personal Experiences - Genital Piercings Cont'd 10C.1 Reverse Prince Albert 10C.2 Apadravya 10C.3 Bead Implants 10C.4 Prince Albert with Intact Foreskin 10C.5 Camilla's Custom Nipple Studs 10D Personal Experiences - Genital Piercings Cont'd 10D.1 Inner Labia 10D.2 Fourchette Piercing 10D.3 Dolphin Piercing 10D.4 Childbirth with Clitoral Hood Piercing 11A Jewelry Manufacturers 11A.1 Jewelry in All Metals & Materials 11A.2 Distributors of Jewelry in All Metals & Materials 11B Jewelry Manufacturers Cont'd 11B.1 Jewelry in 316L/LVM Steel Only 11B.2 Jewelry in Other Steel Grades 11B.3 Jewelry in Niobium / Titanium Only 11B.4 Jewelry in Gold / Platinum Only 11B.5 Jewelry in Acrylic Only 11B.6 Jewelry in Glass Only 11B.7 Jewelry in Organic Materials 11B.8 Accessories for Healed Piercings 11C Jewelry Manufacturers Cont'd 11C.1 Piercing Supplies / Needles 11C.2 Jewelry Manufacturing Suppliers 11C.3 Medical Suppliers / Sterilization Services 11C.4 Insurance Brokers -- -- Anne Greenblatt Manager of the rec.arts.bodyart Piercing FAQ Piercing Exquisite http://www.piercingexquisite.com