Archives for May 2014

Piercing and Tattoo Trivia – Just for Fun

Piercing and Tattoo Trivia

Since I’ve learned a few interesting facts over the years while talking to others who are pierced, tatted, and modified, I thought it might be fun to see what everybody knows, so here’s some modification trivia!  (Look for answers at the very bottom, but no peaking until you finish!)

Question 1: When did the first piercing parlor in the Us open it’s doors?

Question 2: Which gender is the most pierced?

who is more pierced

Question 3: When was the APP (Association of Professional Piercers) founded?

Question 4: Who is the most pierced person in the world?

who holds the piercing record

Question 5: Who is the most tattooed person in the world?

Question 6: Which Native American tribe was originally named after a type of piercing they wore?

Question 7: What do the Maori tribe of New Zealand refer to their tattoos as?

what do the Maori call tattoos

Question 8: Sailors used to get an image of what tattooed on their foot to prevent drowning?

Okay, now look at the answer key and see how many you got right.  Who did really good!?  Let me know in the comments.

1) 1978, and it was called The Gauntlet, 2) women comprise nearly 3/4 of the pierced population in the US, 3) the APP was officially founded in 1994, 4) Elaine Davidson of the UK is the most pierced person in the world with over 7,000 piercings to date! 5) Australian native Lucky Diamond Rich is the most tattooed person in the world with literally 100 percent of his skin inked (and that includes the eyelids, insides of the ears, and a few other “sensitive” places you might be wondering about) 6) The Nez Perce tribe, so called because of their nose piercings 7) moko, or tā moko 8) sailors would get a chicken, rooster, or other bird tattooed on their foot, because according to superstition, the wings would help keep everything above the foot above the water if they fell overboard

Have You Heard? – Ragnar Piercing

deep snug ear piercing

So, for anybody who’s thinking “what the heck is a ragnar piercing,” it’s just a fancy word for deep snug.  It’s basically just a transverse ear piercing that starts about where a regular snug would, but goes through the entirety of the scaffa/helix cartilage and emerges at the outside edge of the ear.  Funny name, awesome piercing.

A ragnar can have a slightly different orientation from person to person, depending on that person’s individual ear anatomy and the amount of other lobe, conch, or helix piercings that are already present and might need to be worked around.  Sometimes it’s almost perfectly horizontal, but other times there can be a mild to moderate incline or decline.  It all depends.

different ragnar/snug orientations

Apparently the name “ragnar” comes from the first fella to ever be pictured where the piercing, which believe it or not wasn’t even invented until after the year 2000.  So it’s definitely a contemporary piercing.

Some people wear a ragnar with a straight barbell, others with a curved one, or sometimes even a flexible straight bar (usually made of bioplast or PTFE).  Rarely it can be seen with a large diameter horseshoe or captive, but for most wearers that isn’t really an option.

flexible PTFE and bioplast bars

So that’s the ragnar.  Admittedly unique, interesting, and enticing for a next piercing choice.  We’ll see!

Keep Calm and Love the Galaxy

space and galaxy print

So since today is the unofficial “Space Day,” can we just talk about how much we all love galaxy/outer space print EVERYTHING?  It’s not even just about what’s trendy anymore; there’s so much amazingly beautiful universe-themed accessories and clothes out there that it’s unreal. And it doesn’t just stop at things that you take off every day.  Galaxy hair, galaxy nails, galaxy tattoos…  In fact, just check this out:

constellation dermal piercing

It’s a dermal piercing of the Southern Cross constellation, a star grouping visible in the Southern hemisphere that we’ve know about since the times of ancient Greece.  Awesome!  And while we’re on it, just feast your eyes on this:

spacey alt fashion

From Converse, to body jewelry, to funky neck ties, it’s all about outer space.  Not sure if I would wear any of these things together (it would probably be a little bit much), but individually, galaxy print is definitely on the list.  Especially these fun zodiac nebula plugs.

galactic zodiac sign plugs

So whatever you’ve got, make sure you get it on, and have a stellar (ha!) Space Day.