FAQ on Surface Piercings Offered by Tribal Voice Piercing Studio

This page is designed to cover a wide range of questions and queries that anyone could have about their Surface piercings. This information has been tried and tested by the Tribal Voice piercing StudioS. We will cover Jewellery, aftercare and a few "did you know fun facts" Due to the vast variety of piercings that Tribal Voice offers; we have broken this into categories.

All the sections will refer to a Sea salt or Rock salt solution, Tribal Voice recommends this solution to clean your new piercing. To clarify this please read the following instructions on how to make your solution and clean your piercing.

Sea salt or Rock salt Solution Information

The body piercer at Tribal Voice will explain in detail how to look after your piercing while you're in the studio and will also give you a aftercare form with the same details on including how to mix you Sea salt or Rock salt solution. We recommend that you use the Sea salt or Rock salt solution twice a day with a cotton bud around the piercing.

Sea salt and Rock salt can be purchased from any supermarket and so you shouldn't have trouble finding it for your solution.

The Body piercer at Tribal Voice will explain in detail the aftercare instructions so that you are able to maintain a healthy piercing once you have left the studio. We recommend that you use a Sea salt or Rock salt made up by adding a pinch of the salt you chose to a half pint of boiling water. Wait for the water to cool slightly before applying to your piercing as you do not want to risk burning your skin. This is the only recommended solution to clean your piercing with as it is chemical free and so doesn't interfere with your body's natural healing process. Other solutions you could use such as TCP, Tea Tree Oil or Savlon contain chemicals that could hinder the healing process by being too harsh. Once you leave the studio your aftercare form will go over any of the information that the piercer has given you.

The Following is List of Surface Piercings Offered by Tribal Voice in Plymouth

This list is not extensive and reflects the most common Surface Piercings that we offer at Tribal Voice. Due to the experimental nature of Surface Piercing we welcome suggestions on other types and aim to give the piercing you want and so if your piercing isn't on our list just pop in and talk to one of our piercings. We go by a saying here at Tribal Voice "if you can pinch it, we can pierce it" nowhere is this more true than when we talk about surface piercings. Commonly though surface piercings are done on the neck, chest, stomach, hips and pubic area.

Due to the nature of Surface Piercings they take at least 6-9 months, some even taking as long as a year. Although everybody is different and so the healing time can vary however this also means that we cannot give an accurate guideline on whether it will migrate or an average time in which it takes to migrate.

PENDANT-(Madison) 
Location: Pierced horizontally on the loose folds of skin just above the collarbone, giving the effect of a pendant without the necklace.
Gauge & Jewellery: 1.6mm needle and a 1.6 Staple Bar (The length of the staple bar will depend on each individual and is best to mark the piercing and measure before choosing the length) 
Healing Time: 6-9 Months
Aftercare: Using the sea/rock salt solution twice a day with a cotton bud.

NAPE-(Oblongata) 
Location: The back of the neck in the loose flesh between the shoulders and the head. The Nape is usually a horizontal placement.
Gauge & Jewellery: 1.6mm needle and a 1.6 Staple Bar (The length of the staple bar will depend on each individual and is best to mark the piercing and measure before choosing the length) 
Healing Time: 6-9 Months
Aftercare: Using the sea/rock salt solution twice a day with a cotton bud.

NAVAL & ANTI-NAVAL
Location: The Naval piercing is located just above the Naval. The top ball of the banana bar will sit just above the Naval and the larger ball of the bar will sit just inside the naval giving the effect of a Jewel in the belly button. This is a very popular piercing, especially with young teenage girls and here at Tribal Voice we ask that if under the age of 16 you bring a parent or legal guardian with you to give their consent. It happens very often that we have to turn young girls away and is very disappointing for us both when we have to refuse to do a piercing.
The Anti-Naval is located at the bottom of the belly button where again the larger jewel sits onside the belly button but the smaller ball sits just below. 
Gauge & Jewellery: 1.6mm needle and a 1.6x12 Banana Bar
Healing Time: 6-9 Months
Aftercare: Using the sea/rock salt solution twice a day with a cotton bud. Loose belts and clothing is recommended in the initial healing stage of this piercing.

Did you know?
Evidence of naval piercing was found in the remains of the mummified Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaton who died in 1400BC.
The piercing of the naval in Egyptian and Inca cultures was regarded as having spiritual significance and was reserved for only the elite members of their societies.
Aztec princesses had their navels pierced as a sign of royal status and for the Egyptian royalty it was an essential requirement for their most important rite of passage as it protected the wearer during the journey between this life and the next.
A Supermodel called Christine Turlington bared her new naval ring in the 1980's on the catwalk of a London fashion show and a day later Naomi Campbell bared the same, it was thought that this was the significant event by which Naval piercing really came into the limelight. Madonna, Cher, Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera quickly followed suit and now Naval piercing is one of the most popular and feminine piercings to date. 

WRIST
Location: On the upper side of the wrist, pierced horizontally. 
Gauge & Jewellery: 1.6mm needle and a 1.6 Staple Bar (The length of the staple bar will depend on each individual and is best to mark the piercing and measure before choosing the length) 
Healing Time: 6-9 Months
Aftercare: Using the sea/rock salt solution twice a day with a cotton bud.

PUBIC
Location: This is not a genital piercing and can be placed anywhere within the pubic area just below the stomach and above the genitals.
It is quite popular to have a vertical piercing in the centre of the area and advised that you shave this area before getting the piercing.
Gauge & Jewellery: 1.6mm needle and a 1.6 Staple Bar (The length of the staple bar will depend on each individual and is best to mark the piercing and measure before choosing the length) 
Healing Time: 6-9 Months
Aftercare: Using the sea/rock salt solution twice a day with a cotton bud.

If you have a specific question you would like to ask please email: piercings@tribalvoice.co.uk