Piercing is a popular means of body modification and expression for a lot of people.
According to professional piercer TJ Cantwell, there are few places on the body that can’t be pierced and there is always a cohort of people readily agreeing to be pierced.
However, when speaking to Bustle, Cantwell revealed the one place that you should abstain from sticking a needle through.
“It is typically called a snake bite piercing,” Cantwell reveals, “It is a curved barbell put through the tip of the tongue. It is incredibly unsafe to have this piercing.”
He explains that the piercing, which gives the illusion of being two separate piercings, is dangerous for the tongue.
“It binds together the 2 muscles that make up the tongue so they cannot move independently,” he reveals.
“The jewelry itself sits on the back of the teeth. It is almost guaranteed that the client will see gum erosion, cracking/chipping of the teeth, and migration/rejection of the piercing leaving a nasty looking scar.”
Another piercing which is generally a bad idea is the increasingly popular dermal anchor.
“Dermal anchors or micro dermals on the hands or lower forearms we also shy away from. They are becoming more popular but have an incredibly high rate of getting caught on clothing and being ripped out of the skin,” says Cantwell.