Answers to the Tattoo & Piercing Questions You Were Afraid to Ask
There are some questions about getting a tattoo or piercing that are difficult, even embarrassing, to ask. But that doesn't mean they're not valid and important questions to ask. Here the questions have been asked for you, and the answers are provided.
I want to get a tattoo on my hip, but does that mean I will have to go bottomless? How can I get this tattoo and keep my modesty?
You will want to make it easy for your artist to get to the area of the tattoo, but never do anything that makes you uncomfortable. If your artist makes you feel uncomfortable, walk out.
That being said, I think the best thing for you to wear in this case would be a skirt or dress. Not tight, and not fancy though. You will need to be able to pull it up enough, and you don't want to get ink on a nice dress. If you can't stand the thought of wearing a skirt or dress, I would go with a pair of shorts that are really loose in the leg and can be pulled up enough.
Pulling your trousers down or taking them off would be a last option if you are concerned about showing too much. I think the other 2 ways make more sense. You can also bring along a towel or blanket to cover up your lower legs if you're a little shy - just tell them you're cold. ;)


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I want to get a PA (Prince Albert) piercing, but I've heard that after you get it done, you have to sit down to urinate. Is this true?
Sometimes this is the case, especially during the initial healing period of the piercing. However, that doesn't mean it's a permanent situation. Many men with PA piercings have been able to "train" themselves to control their urine flow so that they can continue to stand. It may take a little practice, but it's all mind over matter. If it's important for you to stand, you'll be able to find a way to teach yourself to do it.
I want to get my nose pierced, but I have allergies and get colds in the winter. How do you blow your nose?
Once a nose (nostril or septum) piercing is healed, blowing your nose is as simple as if it weren't pierced. The jewelry really doesn't get in the way, and you learn to work around it if it does. But the first few weeks, during the healing process, it will be difficult to relieve your sinuses. It is best to keep this in mind when making an appointment to get your nose pierced - the peak of allergy season or flu season is not a good time to do this.
Getting the piercing can even lower your immune system and make you more prone to illness. Take vitamins to keep your immune system healthy and keep up with your allergy medication to avoid excessive mucus in the sinus cavities. If you must blow, do so carefully and thoroughly clean your piercing afterward.
I am thinking about getting a tattoo on my penis. Do I have to be erect for them to do this?
My friend (tattoo artist and piercer) Gerry answers this one with, "[It] does not have to be hard (erect). However, it does need to be stretched taut; the method being left to the imagination." So, what he means is that the artist, who will no doubt (and had better be) experienced in this kind of tattoo will do whatever is necessary to keep the skin tight for a good, clean tattoo. It is not necessary for you to do, or worry about, anything.
If I get my penis tattooed or pierced, I'm afraid I might get aroused when the artist touches me. How can I prevent this, or what should I do if it happens?
Gerry also answers this question by saying, "If a guy is turned on, it's a human reaction. If the piercer is a [female] just smile; if a man, (depending on sexual preference) smile or apologize. Most professional artists understand these things and don't take them personally." In other words, don't sweat it!
I'd really like to get a (clitoris) hood piercing, but I'm so shy. I hate going to my Gyno; how can I handle this?
Getting a piercing you want is nothing like getting an exam you don't want. There are no stirrups, and no speculums. Your can bring a friend if that makes you more comfortable. Your piercer is a professional, just like your doctor. The experience may not be everyday for you, but it is for them. The procedure is over in seconds, and you leave with a great new piercing. The end justifies the means.
I Have Low Sex Drive Problems. Will a Genital Piercing Make Me More Apt to Want Sex?
Unfortunately, no. Once stimulated, a genital piercing can enhance the sexual experience and help you feel more during sex, but it won't arouse you on its own. Low sex drives can be part of a mental or physical problem and should be discussed with your doctor.

Is it true that a tongue piercing can enhance oral sex?
This really depends on both individuals - the one giving (with the tongue ring) and the one receiving. If the one with the tongue ring is not skilled in cunnilingus or fellatio, the receiver may not get any benefit from the tongue ring. If the receiver is not very sensitive to oral stimulation, a tongue ring may not make that much difference. Women tend to gain the most benefit from a pierced partner, because the ball of the ring comes in direct contact with the clitoris. Men who are uncircumcised also (sometimes) gain more benefit because the ball can move the extra skin and serve as a massaging action against the penis.
I want to get a tattoo, but I am currently pregnant. Can I still get the tattoo?
For the safety of yourself and your unborn child, you should not get a tattoo when you're pregnant. Most tattoo shops won't do it, anyway, for safety reasons. Everything you take into your body can affect the baby - why risk it? Getting a tattoo can also lower your immunity to other illnesses while your body heals the tattoo, making you and your child susceptible. In a worst case scenario, if the tattoo became infected, you could pass that infection along to the baby. It's just not worth the risk, and this likewise applies to piercings.
Can I get a tattoo (or piercing) if I'm breastfeeding?
Again, just like when you're pregnant, what goes into your body will affect what eventually goes into the baby. The general rule is no tattoos or piercings until at least 6 weeks after the baby has been weaned. This ensures that your body is back to "normal" and that the child is not dependant on your milk. Then it should be safe for you to get a tattoo or piercing.
I heard that if you do cocaine with a nose piercing there is a greater risk of your cartilage collapsing than with not having one. Is this true?
Drugs that are inhaled through the nose like cocaine destroy the cartilage inside. Although I've never seen a clinical study on the effects of piercings and drug users, it is only logical to assume that a hole in the cartilage could weaken it and increase the speed of decay.
But if you're sniffing coke, you really ought to be more concerned about your health than whether a piercing is going to collapse your cartilage. Please get help.
Can I get a tattoo if I'm on my period?
A tattoo will not affect your period, and being on your period will not affect your tattoo. The only thing you might want to consider is your pain tolerance - if you're already cramping and uncomfortable, you might not want to add the discomfort of a tattoo to that. But there is no reason you can't get a tattoo when you're on your period.
I just got a nose ring about a month ago and there's an embarrassing little bump above my ring. I clean it 2-3 times a day so something like this wouldn't happen. Is this normal or is it infected and how do I get rid of this?
Many people have this problem with piercings in all different locations - I had a terrible one on my tragus. Contrary to what most people say, this is NOT a keloid. Keloids are hard scar tissue that usually have to be surgically removed. However, this bump we sometimes get is usually full of blood, puss and other fun things. Fortunately, the treatment is simple - sea salt soaks 3 times a day should get rid if it in just a few days time. For instructions on how to do a sea salt soak, go to the piercing aftercare page.
I have some lower back fuzz...obviously I would shave it when getting a tattoo there, but is it true that I "should" keep shaving the area after getting the tattoo to keep the ink from fading, breaking up and looking bad?
Hair growth does not hurt a tattoo in any way. Men certainly don't shave their legs and arms after getting a tattoo, and many of them wear great looking tattoos for many years. What damages a tattoo is not caring for it properly before it's healed, or exposing to ultraviolet rays from sunlight or tanning beds. Just be sure to take good care of your tattoo, but shaving isn't a requirement.
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