All You Need to Know About Snake Eye Piercings

In the world of body arts, very few piercing styles make that definitive statement of confident and beautiful. Snake eyes piercings, not to be mistaken with snake bite piercings (lower lips piercings) make this esoteric list and not just because it affords the user a bold look but also for the refreshing and modern feel it gives to the face of body piercers. This is in contrast to most other facial piercings, known for their traditional and customary looks.

What is a Snake Eye Piercing?

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A snake eye piercing is a horizontal tongue piercing, carried out at the tip of the tongue (or somewhere very close to it). The piercing jewelry passes side to side through the tongue tip exiting at both ends, and as you would have already imagined recreating the look of snake eyes with your tongue serving as the imaginary snake head. Snake eyes piercings are not your everyday piercing style because 1) they require a great deal of commitment and 2) for the most part they remain hidden. As a result, it is highly unlikely to spot an amateur body artist with one. Among experienced piercers, the reverse is the case, for this class of body piercers, it is one of the trendy piercing styles. If you are looking to up your game as a body piercing artist, top on our recommendation list are snake eyes piercings

What does it take to get a Snake Eye Piercing?

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Like I mentioned earlier, snake eye piercings are somewhat complicated since the piercing jewelry is required to go through the entire horizontal length of the tongue tip. Nonetheless, for a skilled piercer, this is a relatively straightforward procedure. Typically a tongue examination to check if your tongue can bear the stress and strain of the piercing precedes the piercing process, the general concession among body artist is that the thinner the tongue, the less suitable it is for snake eyes piercings (and generally any other tongue piercing for that matter). The procedure itself is a quick one, and in the right hands, pain levels are also equally minimal. After completion, the piercer proceeds to insert a straight or curved barbell depending on the architecture of your tongue. This first jewelry is usually longer than the actual piercing length, to give room for any inflammation or swelling that may accompany the healing process. After a few weeks when preliminary healing is complete, your piercer then removes this mock jewelry to refit the piercing with more stylish jewelry selected by you. To safeguard the health of your tongue, don’t usurp the roles of your piercer and attempt to recalibrate your new piercing by yourself.

How Do I Care For My Snake Eye Piercing?

On the average snake eye piercings take approximately 4 – 6 weeks to heal completely. Your piercer would prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash to use during this period to quell any bacterial growth. This is aside from the standard snake eye piercing aftercare regimen that involves;

  • Avoiding hard and crunchy foods, and sticking to soft and fluid meals
  • Resisting the temptation to fiddle around with the snake eye jewelry
  • Staying clear of the bodily fluid of others transmitted through sexual acts like kissing
  • Maintaining a good hygiene and healthy lifestyle
  • And most importantly; routine mouth rinses (3-5 times daily) with a homemade or over the counter sea salt solution.

What Jewelry Fits Snake Eye Piercings Best?

The Ideal snake piercing jewelry is on that tautly fits your piercing (that is of course after healing is complete) and is made of high-quality materials that pose no threats of irritation to tongue tissue. 12g straight barbells made of either stainless steel or titanium does the trick for most piercers. Piercing enthusiasts looking for something more fashionable can find solace in barbells with stylized ends. This ends can also be made out of acrylic, which provides more color options.

It is important to note that the tongue is a sensitive organ, under no circumstance should you use counterfeit jewelry (which are usually the cheaper options) on your snake eye piercings, as this significantly raises the chances of infections, rejections and in the rare but possible instance loss of the tip or whole tongue.

Finally, inasmuch as changing the jewelry piece of a completely healed snake eye piercing seems like an easy task, it is in the best interest of your tongue to always seek help from your piercer. Again, this is to reduce case of complications in the form of infections, piercing closure or even tongue damage.

So there you have it, the ABC’s of snake eye piercings! Hope you’ve learned a lot? Don’t forget to check out other quality piercing articles hosted on our blog.