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

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Archive-name: bodyart/piercing-faq/introduction
Last-modified: May 01, 2000
Posting-frequency: Quarterly

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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:

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

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This is Part 1 of the rec.arts.bodyart Piercing FAQ. This FAQ is updated
and posted quarterly.

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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
<> with contributions from various
The rights and responsibilities to maintain this FAQ was passed on to me
in July 1993.


  Under the Berne Convention, this document is Copyright (c) 2000 by
  Greenblatt, all rights reserved. Permission is granted for it to be
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All of the Piercing FAQs may be cited as:
  Greenblatt, Anne (2000) "rec.arts.bodyart Frequently Asked Questions
  Usenet rec.arts.bodyart, available via anonymous FTP:

While you are allowed individual copies of the Piercing FAQ, this does
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
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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.
information contained in the FAQ is culled from group knowledge and
experience. Each person's experiences regarding piercing viability,
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

I would like to recognize and thank the following piercers, jewelery
manufacturers, and enthusiasts for their contributions:

The Association of Professional Piercers
Keith Alexander of Modern American Body Arts, <>
Elayne Angel of Rings of Desire, <>
Dave Anthony of Body Work Productions, <>
Eerin Atkinson of Sine Qua Non, <>
Barry Blanchard of Anatometal, <>
Tom Brazda of Stainless Studios, <>
Sean Christian of Antometal, <>
Kevin Cook, Manager of the Piercing Links List
Michaela Grey, formerly of Gauntlet and the Association of Professional 
Michael Hare of The Exotic Body, <>
Karen Hurt of Future Primitives
Shannon Larratt of the Body Modification Ezine
Lynne Tatum Little, R.D.H.  
Derek Lowe of Body Work Productions, <>
Denise Robinson of Ambient, <>
Brian Skellie of Piercing Experience, <>
Jim Ward, formerly of Gauntlet
John Ward, M.D., aka "Dr. Jack," <>

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

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