Archive for Belly Piercings
Summer is finally here. There is no better feeling in the world than finally getting a chance to wear that new bikini and navel ring that you have been working so hard to rock. Your summer skin looks perfect with its piercings and tattoos. You put in that long, luxurious dangling belly ring and it looks stunning in the blazing sunlight. You’ve put on your shades because it’s almost blinding to look directly at this gleaming belly bling. Thank goodness that this ice is not the kind that melts, or you would be wearing nothing but a puddle. That being said, it’s time to sit out and catch some rays.
Sometime later, you inspect your nubile tanned summer skin and ….BAM, ugly weird tan line! Long, dangle belly rings are absolutely glorious, but precautions must be taken if you want to execute that kind of glamour and enjoy basking in the sun without its unsavory side effects. No matter how much makeup you put over a weird tan line or burn you won’t be able to make it go away.
Whether your skin is sensitive or not, it is wise to be careful not to get sweat, tanning oil, or sun block into a new piercing. Brand new piercings are technically open wounds, so getting them in contact with lotion or oil will only aggravate the piercing. UV rays dry out the skin, so you should also be careful of drying out your piercing and causing infection. While your belly button is healing, it’s best not to sun bathe or go into a tanning bed. I know this will be hard for a lot of our tanorexic folks out there. A lot of girls will take their belly rings out while tanning to avoid these odd tan lines; this is obviously not an option with a new healing piercing. If you do decide to tan with a new piercing, one option can be to cover it up with a cotton ball and some surgical tape or a band aid. After all, it’s much better to have a pale skin around your new piercing than infected red skin around it.
Swimming should also be avoided until your piercing is completely healed. It may be very tempting to get pierced during the warm, summer months when you want to show off that lovely midriff, but this practice is not ideal if you love to swim. The bacteria levels in any public or natural water source are extremely high. Sand and other small particles are also to be avoided. And always be mindful of a metal belly ring heating up in the sun or tanning bed. While tanning, it may be best to wear a bioplast belly ring or retainer to lessen the chances of this occurring. Long dangle jewelry can act like a reflector, and the area around it may be affected.
It’s easy to wear a short, curved barbell belly ring in a tanning bed to avoid crazy tan lines, but you don’t have to sacrifice wearing your long dangly belly ring to the beach. You can put a thin layer of sun block behind the jewelry in a healed piercing (still being mindful not to get it in the hole) to protect the skin behind and around the area of your belly ring. If the jewelry allows, you can sort of coil the dangle up and tuck it in so it rests right in your belly button. Another option is to move the dangle around and not let it sit in the same place to insure that no unsightly tan lines occur. There are plenty of options to tan and wear your beautiful belly ring with pride. Have fun this summer!
Watch as Lexii gets her first piercing. Her belly button was pierced by James at American Skin Art in Buffalo NY. She is a sophomore in High School and was lucky enough to have an awesome mom who took her to get pierced and was actually holding the camera while it happened. Her sister Jennah also got her lip pierced that day; look for the video soon. If a minor wants to get pierced in New York State you must have your parent or legal guardian present with a birth certificate and ID.
Belly button piercings are the number one body piercing (next to the ears). The jewelry options are endless: belly rings can be a curved barbell, spiral barbell, top mount, or BCR. This piercing does however take a very long time to fully heal. The abdomen lacks blood supply which causes slower healing than most other piercing locations. A professional piercer will assess where your anatomy allows for a belly piercing. Placement and jewelry needs to be specific to your body in order to allow for proper comfort and healing. This precaution is also to prevent migration and rejection. A piercer will look at this placement when you are sitting and standing. The most common place for a belly piercing is through the center of the fold on the top of the navel. It is also very popular to get multiple belly piercings.
Most people find their navel piercing to be fairly painless, when done properly by a professional piercer. Initial jewelry is most often a 14g curved barbell but rings are also used. Healing time is approximately 6-9 months with proper care and cleaning.
The piercing may be done standing or lying down; Lexii’s was done lying at a slight incline. After moving her shirt out of the way, the piercer then cleans and marks the site of the piercing. After she approves the placement he lines up the forceps. Then he uses the 14 gauge hollow needle to pierce the belly button skin from the bottom up, corks it, and inserts the new jewelry.
As with any piercing the hype is worse than the actual poke itself. Lexii was naturally a little bit nervous, being her first piercing, but she didn’t even flinch as the needle went through her flesh. (The actual needle insertion is at around 30 seconds in the video). She exclaimed with a huge smile on her face “It didn’t even hurt! I love it!”and after complimenting the piercer on a job well done, immediately took a photo for Facebook.
Aftercare for your new belly piercing includes sea salt soaks and cleansing with antibacterial soap. Avoid exposing the fresh piercing to the sun. It is recommended to avoid sleeping on your stomach during the initial healing as well. Clothing rubbing up against the fresh piercing can also cause irritation, so make sure you dress accordingly. Wearing low rise pants and loose breathable garments will prevent friction. Use caution while working out or playing sports and especially avoid abdominal exercises. You should not change your own jewelry for the first 6 months, and if you are experiencing difficulties, contact your piercer immediately.
A good option for those who are impatient is to make sure your initial belly ring has removable balls, this way you can change the look of your piercing without removing the barbell. Avoid wearing elaborate jewelry until the piercing is completely healed. Adding the additional weight and potential for snagging is a bad idea.
Lexii’s first piercing was a great experience because James was very calming and professional. She did not even realize that the piercing was complete, it was just a little bit of pressure and discomfort from the clamps. The cleaning was a slight tickle and the most “painful” part of the piercing is not being able to change the jewelry for 6 months. She loves her brand new belly button piercing and cannot wait to eventually change to longer, dangly jewelry. The days following: the piercing was not too painful, just a little swelling and redness. Patience is the key to success. Following your piercer’s aftercare guidelines is very important for the health of your piercing.
Piercing: Depending on the preference of the piercer, a belly piercing may be done either standing up or laying down, and may include markings with surgical pen, a hollow needle receiving tube, a pair of Pennington forceps, and/or a cork. As with all piercings, the area will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the piercing itself.
Aftercare: Aftercare for belly piercings may include gentle cleansings with antibacterial soap and cue tips, sea salt soaks, or saline rinses. During the initial weeks of healing, avoidance of sun exposure, chlorinated water, and makeup or self tanner are also recommended. Because of their precarious placement, care must also be taken to avoid scraping, tapping, or blunt trauma, all of which may increase the chances of migration or rejection.
Jewelry: Although most belly rings are variations on the standard curved barbell (often referred to as a banana bell), other types of belly jewelry may also be worn including BCR belly rings, spiral barbells, and top mount belly rings.
Style Variations: Depending on individual anatomy, piercings of the navel rim may be performed at almost any point along the belly button, or in multiple places at once. Piercing of the lower rim of the belly button is an especially popular alternative to the standard, and is often called “bottom belly piercing.”
The navel piercing is unique amongst modifications. As a primarily modern piercing, first gaining popular momentum in the 1990s, it remains one of the only standard modifications to never be heavily practiced amongst the native peoples of any particular nation. But the belly button ring has forged for itself a distinctly cultural purpose in the new millennium, as a noted accompaniment to eastern dance.
Belly dance, as is the popular western term, is a combination of several traditional Asian and Middle Eastern dance styles repurposed and modified for wider practice. First popularized in the west during the Victorian era, this type of dance has grown to include navel adornment as an important costuming feature, particularly amongst practitioners in the US and UK. The most popular of these of course, is the belly button piercing.
As body modification in general continues to rise in the western world, so too do the social and cultural connotations adherent to particular forms of that body art, and just as nose piercing has grown to be forever connected with Indian culture and Ayurveda, navel piercing has begun to interlace itself socially with the imagined exoticism of the Middle East, Egypt, and Asia. Beginning in the late 1800s, belly dancers from across the globe carved out a niche performing at symposiums and World’s fairs. Their style of dance was decidedly foreign and mysterious to the American public, and drew followers almost immediately.
In today’s society over one hundred years later, bare bellies, piercings, and alternative dance are a cultural norm, so it’s easy to forget about all of the less superficial reasons for modifying the human belly. While navel piercings are sure to continue their partnership with the sometimes media-driven aesthetic of modern beauty, it’s certainly worth noting that amongst their virtues we can now count the drive to explore our deeper cultural roots. It’s enough to make you wanna dance.
It’s no secret that belly piercing jewelry has fast become one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts, with the piercing itself ranking number two as most common piercing in the world. The connection of navel rings to common Valentine’s themes is undeniable, and the number of women who own at least one piece of high end belly jewelry is rapidly on the rise. Much like a diamond tennis bracelet or journey necklace, a gold or sterling silver belly ring with precious or semi-precious stones has begun to be thought of as an expression of exclusivity and a symbol of status.
So why do we ladies love the “designer” belly ring? Well, as with most trends that encompass women in nearly every age group, the answer is that it’s actually a combination of factors. A growing number of women are developing skin sensitivity to metals like nickel, and 14, 18 and 24kt gold have both beauty and hypoallergenic composition working in their favor. On the other side of things, pricing relative to quality is also a powerful issue, and in today’s economy, female shoppers are interested in high quality items, at reasonable discounted prices. In direct correlation to quality and durability comes the question of sustainability, and in this arena both gold and sterling silver shine. With a myriad of recycling options at our fingertips, we can rest a little bit easier knowing that our favorite pieces are apt to gain new life as something else, rather than wasting away in a landfill when we’re done with them.
For fashion’s part, the precious and semi-precious stones that create an effect known as “belly bling,” started a slow crawl to the top as a style favorite of the American supermodel. Beginning with Christy Turlington’s turn on the runway in 1993, a classy hint of belly sparkle has become a model mainstay, popular (among others) amidst the Victoria’s Secret angels, including Adrianna Lima.
So what girl wants a gorgeous new belly ring for Valentine’s Day? What girl with a navel piercing doesn’t?
As some of you may not be aware, I’ll start by saying that today is an unofficial Holiday simply called World Peace Day. I say unofficial, because the Holiday itself appears to be a grassroots movement gently set into motion by a single individual: Don Morris, or as he has come to be known in recent years, “Peace Guy.”
Don’s idea was simple. He wanted to create a day of celebration, learning, hope, and perhaps most of all change, in an attempt to end the less savory aspects of human existence and strive for peace. A day for reaching out to our fellow man regardless of things like race, age, and gender, and rediscovering the universal truth behind all life: that we’re in it together.
Now, you might be thinking, isn’t there already an International Peace Day? The short answer is yes, but the general feeling is that “International Day of Peace,” was created and promoted by the United Nations, and as such adopts a more political agenda. World Peace Day, however, has no boundaries, no borders, no geography. It’s meant to be celebrated around the globe as a force to end war, corruption, greed, pollution, prejudice, censorship, and hate.
On the fashion side of things, it’s worth noting that just prior to this year’s Holiday, fabulous clothing company United Colors of Benetton released their new add campaign. The somewhat controversial project called Unhate features a series of doctored prints showing world leaders pecking eachother on the lips, and a short film by Laurent Chanez. Though some have questioned the strange and provocative series of adverts, the message is clear: strive for a peaceful world through cessation of hostilities and dissolving of rivalries.
Some of the things we can all do to actively celebrate World Peace Day?
1. Show our support for peace by wearing jewelry and clothing sympathetic to the cause.
2. Join the paper crane movement. The crane is a symbol of peace and a movement has sprung up to fold origami cranes and publicly display them. Peace Guy’s suggestion is to use your unwanted junk mail for this purpose. (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle folks!) Here’s how to do it:
3. Start your own offshoot of this movement at home by promoting support of peace, adoption of the crane symbol, and the use of earth friendly accessories within your group of friends.
I bet some of you are feeling the chill in the air that’s practically shouting, “I am Winter, HEAR ME ROAR!”
Some of you are probably like, “Ugh, really? Can’t it be an endless Summer, just this once? Snow is such a pain. Christmas music? ALREADY?! It’s not even December yet.“ Or you might be thinking to yourself how you really don’t wanna crawl out of your nice warm bed in the morning to warm up the car and shovel the driveway. You hate snow….
Unless you’re like me, of course.
Winter is my absolute favorite season. There’s so much Holiday cheer. How can you not love the concepts of good will to all, blaring Christmas music in the car and singing along to every word, decorating for the Holidays, and winter sports? Have you ever gone sledding on a crisp Winter day so you could come home, put on your warm pajamas, make hot cocoa and popcorn, and watch a good movie? SUCH a great feeling.
But Winter wouldn’t be the same without the best part: SNOW!
Work up some excitement for the first snow this year. Imagine the ground covered with a thick blanket of pure, white snow that glitters and sparkles. Millions of snow flakes combine to form one big lump of snow that many people see as dreadful, but have you ever taken the time to look at one individual snowflake? Well, snowflakes are so unique that no two are alike. Ever. Crazy, huh?
If you don’t believe me, then see for yourself. This Winter, take some time to build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. And while you’re doing so, take a close look at a few snowflakes. I dare you.
Don’t have access to real snowflakes? No problem. You can still have a unique winter snowflake experience with jewelry. There’s another dare for you. ☺
On August 3rd, 1990, George Bush approved a joint resolution declaring November “National American Indian Heritage Month.” This is a month dedicated to learning more about the legacy and history of Native Americans. The goal was to give recognition to the first Americans who helped established and explore the United States.
National Indian Heritage Month provides a time for native peoples to keep their traditions and culture alive. Congress chose November because it was the traditional harvest season and a time of celebration and thanksgiving for American Indians. The first thanksgiving was a three day feast in celebration of good harvest by the pilgrims and Native Americans. It was also a time to give thanks for reaching the New World safely. This first festive gathering took place in the autumn of 1621. However, Thanksgiving was not an annual observance in the United States until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday. Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the forth Thursday of every November, and this year it falls on November 24th. Thanksgiving Day is historically known for celebrating the year’s harvest, but it’s also a time for Fall traditions.
This holiday is not only a time to reflect on the great accomplishments of the American Indians, but it’s also the perfect time to celebrate family, friends, food, and beautiful Autumn weather. What else could you ask for?! If you love this holiday as much as I do, then you’ll love showing off your spirit with Thanksgiving and Native American style jewelry. Cute pilgrim and turkey belly rings are perfect for this time of year, and there are also many types of jewelry with natural feathers, American Indian motifs, and gorgeous Fall colors. So be fashionable while you celebrate this Thanksgiving Day and National Indian Heritage Month!
Hey guys! Today we’re celebrating el Día de los Muertos, or as we would say, the Day of the Dead. Sounds kind of spooky, right? WRONG. We’ve got a lot to learn!
El Día de los Muertos is a national holiday celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central and South America, and it actually takes place para dos dias (two days.) Wouldn’t it be super awesome if Christmas lasted that long? I’m a little jealous, not gonna lie.
Anyways, the Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. Those dates might ring a bell for some of you, because you may have heard of the Catholic holidays called All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, (which also take place on November 1st and 2nd) and yes, there is a connection.
Day of the Dead celebrations can be traced far back to the native cultures of Mexico, like the Aztecs. Even back then, almost three thousand years ago, it was common for people to have rituals celebrating the deaths of their ancestors.
So you may be wondering, why the two day celebratory instead of just one? Well, in most regions of Mexico, the babies and children, los ninos, who have passed away, are honored on November 1st. Some people may refer to this as “Día de los Inocentes,” the day of the Innocents, or “Día de los Angelitos,” Day of the little angels. Then, on November 2nd, the adults who have passed are honored.
The celebration is planned throughout the entire year. Hours, and in some cases days, are spent preparing and making the celebration a beautiful one. Most people spend about three days cleaning and decorating the graves of their loved ones. Private altars are also built, and generally, the favorite foods and drinks, pictures, and other things that are reminders of the deceased are placed on the altars.
Offerings, or “ofrendas,” are usually set up in the home as a welcoming gesture for the spirits, and many decorate with orange marigolds called cempasúchitl, which are said to attract the souls to the offerings. Some traditional foods that are offered are el pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and sugar skulls, or “calaveras.” They taste like candy and are often made of marzipan. Toys are given for the souls of the children, and mezcal, an alcoholic drink, is offered for the adults.
In keeping with tradition, skulls, flowers, and Catrinas (representations of a female skeleton connected to the goddess of the dead) are the most common symbols used in decoration and accessories during the modern celebration. Many celebrants wear masks, various renderings of the Catrina, marigold wreaths, and jewelry with skulls and bones, and some even paint their faces.
The Mexican Day of the Dead is not just a predecessor to the modern Halloween, but an age old tradition that continues into the modern era. We all have ways of honoring our ancestors and deceased relatives, but in Mexico they spend two days doing it in style. How will you celebrate?
October 25th, 1945 was a day that will forever go down in history. It was the famous day that the United Nations approved its’ official charter with signatures from countries all around the world. A couple decades later, in 1971, the General assembly declared October 24th United Nations Day to mark the anniversary of its founding. This international holiday is a day dedicated to honoring the great achievements of the United Nations and reflecting on its accomplishments.
This year, United Nations day is focusing on 8 UN Millennium Development Goals. These include, achieving universal primary education, improving maternal health, ensuring environmental sustainability, reducing child mortality, eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, promoting gender equality and combating diseases. The General Assembly has adopted a global action plan to conquer these goals by 2015!
In addition, many schools around the world celebrate this day in regards to the diversity of their student body. The schools have celebrations including cultural performances, food fairs, and other fun festivities in honor of United Nations Day. What a wonderful way to celebrate our world and its history.
United Nations Day is simply about bettering humanity and making the world a safer and more pleasant place. If you want to show your support for any of these serious problems occurring in today’s society or simply want to support world peace, then October 24th is a perfect day to do so. You can even incorporate this amazing holiday into your everyday fashion by adding world flags and culturally inspired jewelry to your wardrobe. Not only will you be looking good, but you’ll be feeling good too.