Archives for July 2013

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Just in case you didn’t get the memo, BodyCandy is on Google Plus. There are 500+ reasons to follow BodyCandy.  If you follow us you are eligible to win a huge $500 shopping spree to the site (you must follow us to enter the sweepstakes). Can you even imagine what you would do with $500 worth of free body jewelry? Start by following us, then enter the sweepstakes, and then, last but not least, call your piercer and make an appointment (you are going to need more holes to fill once you win).

Besides entering to win the big $500 grand prize you will also get to enjoy all the fabulous benefits of the Google Plus community. It is an amazing place to hangout with your friends and fellow body modification enthusiasts. The BodyCandy Google Plus page is the best place to see our freshest content: hilarious memes, brand new photos, brand new items, instructional and real piercing videos, what’s trending, contests with great prizes, tips of the trade, and even more.

Google Plus makes it ridiculously easy to share what is important to you with the people you want to see it. You can post videos and photos of your piercings, jewelry, inspiration, and more. Circles make it possible to only include certain friends in on the conversation. This is an awesome way to deter nosy bosses and parents. Communities are a great way to make new friends. They bring people together around common passions. It’s so fun to connect to others who are interested in tattoos, piercings, and body modification in general. The endless supply of resources, tips, real life experiences, and just knowing that you are not the only one out there is reason enough to join Google Plus. Adding BodyCandy and entering to win tons of cool stuff is just an added perk. See you in the winning circle.

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Extreme Modification – the Sub-clavicle Piercing

piercings that run underneath the clavicle

So, a lot of us have heard of a clavicle piercing, that cute little surface piercing right near clavicle, but have you ever heard of a sub-clavicle piercing?  Yep.  It totally exists, seriously.  This piercing is the only of its kind, and it actually goes underneath the clavicle bone and penetrates the body cavity.

Some people wear it with extra large, custom curved barbells or surface bars, but after testing the waters, most piercers who will do it have found that movable bioplast or PTFE shafts work better.  Consequentially, if you ever see this extremely rare piercing up close, that’s the type of jewelry you’re most likely to find.  I say “piercers who will do it,” because the vast majority of professionals refuse to even attempt this piercing based on the dangers involved.  A major artery, multiple important nerves, and the apex of the lung all run underneath the clavicle, and nicking any of them would be a very grave mistake indeed, and could result in permanent damage.

That being said, a growing number of well-trained, well-practice professional modification artist are completing this piercing with moderate success.  Here’s some excellent footage of the piercing being performed properly, with surgical equipment:

sub-clavicle piercing being performedsub-clavicle piercing by ChristOff

Based on anatomical references, the extensive drawing here ensures that the needle will enter, run, and exit in the correct places, avoiding all of the sensitive anatomy I just mentioned.  The piece of medical equipment used here is called an indwelling cannula.  After the hollow needle has run its course and successfully exited the body cavity above the clavicle, the outer portion of the cannula is stripped away, leaving only the PTFE barbell, which is ready to have its long ends capped.

Extreme piercings like the sub-clavicle are slowly beginning to grow in popularity amongst modification enthusiasts, spawning a whole new genre.  Some of the other amazing deep tissue piercings gaining momentum include the Achilles piercing (through the ankle, just above the heel), the crucifixion piercing (all the way through the hand from the palm and out the back), and the mandible piercing (beginning underneath the chin and emerging inside the mouth, under the tongue).

crucifixion, achilles, and mandible piercings