The One Body Piercing You Should Never Get, According To This Expert

We love a piercing. But this news has got us ruling one out...

We don’t know about you, but we’re partial to a piercing or three.

A number of the LOOK girls have introduced their ears, belly buttons, noses and other parts to the piercer’s needle, and we’re constantly finding ourselves pining for more.

Feathered ? #nightattheparlour #GOLD #pierceme

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Well, just one look down our Instagram feed introduces us to a field of pretty little jewels in all manner of different places.

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But now it’s emerged that there’s actually one part of your body that you should probably never pierce. Because, health and safety.

The folks over at Bustle spoke to TJ Cantwell, a professional piercer from Studio 28, and he’s offered his thoughts on one trend that could prove incredibly dangerous.

Yup. This little fella is called a Snake Bit Piercing. And it might look super cute, but TJ warns that it is, in fact, very unsafe.

He told Bustle, ‘Here at Studio 28 Tattoos we have one piercing that we refuse to do. It is typically called a Snake Bite Piercing.’

Yikes.

The expert continued, ‘It is a curved barbell put through the tip of the tongue. It is incredibly unsafe to have this piercing.’

Want this piercing. Cute and subtle

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So this particular variation of the Snake Bite (sometimes also known as Snake Eyes or a Venom Bite) is actually made up of one curved bar with a ball at each end, and it sits right at the end of the tongue.

So, why is this one banned from Studio 28? ‘It binds together the 2 muscles that make up the tongue so they cannot move independently,’ explains TJ.

Ouch.

And that’s not all. This baby could also spell disaster for your teeth too.

He continues, ‘The jewellery 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.’

Don’t get us wrong, we’re still all for a pretty piercing. But we won’t be adding a Snake Bite to our list.