So, you’re a man who wants to get something pierced. And, come what may, you are going to get something pierced. Whether you’re absolutely certain of what you want, or a little undecided, there are a number of things to think about. From listening to professional advice to niche preparation tips like learning how to shave your chest, here are four essential tips for male piercings.
- Listen to professional advice
First up, don’t consider piercing your own flesh. Or get a friend. Or a friend of a friend. Always stick with a trained piercer. And listen to the advice they offer. That includes contacting them before the appointment to walk through what it is that you want, especially if you’re a man who’s never been pierced before.
Listen to what they say, and between you you’ll come up with a plan for something that you’ll not only love, but that’s safe and doable too. In addition to getting advice about essential prep beforehand, and what to expect during your appointment, you’ll get aftercare information as well. It’s all important.
- Think carefully about ear piercing placement
Did you know that there are over 10 recognised places you can get pierced on your ears? Lobes, inner conch, outer conch, helix, tragus… the list goes on. So, take your time to get familiar with the different areas and, if it’s ear piercing, you’re going for, you’ll have a complete overview of what’s possible.
- Prepare for a little pain… but not a lot
One of the most common questions we get asked is: ‘will my piercing hurt?’ The reality is that you’re going to feel it, but it really shouldn’t be that bad. The level of ‘pain’ is largely determined by a handful of factors: the skill level of the piercer, the location of the piercing and how relaxed you are.
Doing your research and choosing a top piercer takes care of the first point – we have that more than covered. Then it’s onto location. In general terms, the fleshier areas cause the least amount of pain. Lobes, navels and lips spring to mind. Your nose will bring a tear to the eye, but that’s not so much to do with pain as it is to do with the connection between the nose and your peepers. Areas with less fleshy skin like eyebrows and ear cartilage can cause a sharper sensation, and sensitive areas like nipples can also be a little uncomfortable.
- Preparation for piercings
There are a number of general things you need to consider before you get your piercing, including:
- Make sure you eat something before your appointment.
- Hydrate yourself.
- Wear loose fitting clothing if you’re going for a body piercing.
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
- Seek medical advice if you’re unsure of anything to do with any specific medical condition you may have and its effect on your piercing appointment.
Then there is more niche prep that you may need to do. Things like knowing how to shave your chest effectively. This one’s pertinent if you’re a particularly hairy man who’s going to get his nipple pierced. The last thing you want is strays getting caught in the process. There may be something specific to you or not, you just need to make sure you know in advance. Just talk to the studio if there’s anything you need advice on.
Put these tips into practice and you’ll end up with a piercing you love!