This morning I had a lovely conversation with Erica a very
knowledgeable piercing artist at Enigma Inc. This is a remarkable
tattooing and body-piercing salon located at 1817 West Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia, USA. Phone # 804-353-8161. Here is the LD (low
down) on the posted body piercing terms according to Erica:
Industrial- this is a two whole one ring piercing through the
cartilage at the upper part of the ear, just below the top curved
portion of the ear. The ring is a full circle with a ball to complete
the circle. The upper part of the circle goes through the ear twice.
The earring lays flat against the ear. A similar piercing called a
Saturn is made through the top curved portion of the ear.
Labret- (pronounced la bre) this is a piercing just below the bottom
lip, not in the pink part of the lip but in the skin part just below
the lip. Some people refer to this as a chin piercing. The ring is
similar to a straight barbell ring however the portion that is in the
mouth resting against the gum is flat so that no damage is made from
impacts against the teeth. The location of the piecing is in the
center area just below the lip. The exposed ball portion of the ring
Monroe- this is also a barbell shaped ring with a flat side inside of
the mouth. The placing of the piercing is on the face where a “Marilyn
Monroe” beauty mark would be, on the cheek in between the corner of
the lip and the upper cheekbone.
Madison- this is a slightly curved barbell like ring that is put
through two wholes pierced in the fleshy skin of the neck in between
too tendons, this is the small indentation in between the collar
bones. In a male this would be below the “Adams apple”. Some people
use a horseshoe shaped ring with two balls for this piercing.
I have a twenty three year old daughter that is friends with a tattoo
artist at this salon. When she was thirteen we sadly lost her father
and my first husband to cancer. He was an artist as well as a
mechanical engineer. About three years ago she had one of her fathers
drawings tattooed on her spine below the waist. The idea being that
this tattoo was covered when she wanted it covered and visible in a
bikini. A few months ago she call me and said that she had some of her
fathers art tattooed on her and now she wanted some of my art tattooed
on her. She asked me to design an armband for her and I did. Personal
adornment can take many forms.
It has been a lot of fun researching the piercing terms.