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How to Get Your Tongue Pierced

Learn about tongue piercing from professional piercer Owen Beane in this Howcast video.


Hello, I'm Owen Beane, I work at Chameleon Tattoo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. is the website. Chameleon Tattoo's been here more than 10 years, but ten years as such with tattooing, over the last 14 years I've been doing body piercing here in Cambridge and I'll be talking to you about piercings today. What you need to know about a tongue piercing is that there is only one way to safely pierce the tongue. Which is in the center, nice and straight and about 1/2 an inch or 5/8 of an inch from the tip of your tongue. How far you go away from the tip of the tongue is totally dependant on what the underneath side of the tongue is shaped like. And if you ever go to a piercing place and they don't ask to look at the underneath side of your tongue, they are not doing their job thoroughly. The frenulum string which is on the underneath side, dictates everything and dictates placement. The reason piercing vertically is the only way to go is because the tongue is actually two separate muscles and you're going in between them. Never pierce side to side. It's really really risky. Really dangerous. The frenulum string underneath is iffy in a piercing and I try to talk people out of it. And I won't actually do. The jewelry length is really important. It has to be a certain length to avoid any complications with swelling getting out of control. And other than that, you let the piercer worry about everything else.

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