The most common branding methods are:
Strike branding uses pieces of steel heated and applied with one or more strikes. Results are less detailed and more painful.
Cautery branding uses a Medical Cautery Unit to draw the design onto the skin. Results have finer detail and are less painful.
The best initial jewellery thickness is 14ga, however women with smaller but suitable clitorises are best to start with 16ga.
Skin Removal Cutting is a method that removes entire sections of skin from the design. The immediate results look very impressive, the healed results cannot be predicted and may be flat, recessed or overly keloided.
See also Scarification.
Sizes range from 1.5mm-8mm, a twisting motion cuts out a core of flesh leaving a very clean hole.
Dermals may be installed with a 2mm dermal punch or 12ga needle.
The post is generally 14ga and 1 – 2.5mm long, the top and post are threaded to allow the tops to be changed.
Tissue grows through the holes in the feet, securing the jewellery.
Dermal anchors can be placed in areas of the face and body, healing is slow and even healed dermals can reject due to trauma, removal is done by cutting out the base with a needle or scalpel.
Rings from 12ga or thicker are suited to this piercing. Said to be of Arabic origin, the piercing only passes superficially through the skin it doesn’t penetrate the scrotal sac.
A slower healer at 8-12 weeks.
Snake Bite is a popular term for 2 side lip piercings. Other variations with 2 piercings are Spider Bite and Angel Bite.
Placement is best in the crease of the nostril flare. If a ring is chosen the placement is such that the ring sits parallel to the face, and a stud sits perpendicular to the nose. Either side can be pierced without any significant meaning
If a piercing is rejecting it is advisable to remove the jewellery to reduce scarring.
Rings, Spikes, or Tusks may be worn.
The snug piercing is generally placed horizontal. Ideally suited to a 16ga curved banana bar for initial healing. Rings may be worn once healed. This can be a slow healer as the cartilage may be quite thick in some individuals.
A surface bar is the only practical jewellery for these piercings, the ball ends are bent outward at a 45 or 90-degree angle that avoids tension at the exit points of the piercing. 14ga is the suggested gauge for surface piercing.
The hooks are removed after the victim has finished their suspension, very minimal scarring results from the hooks.
Time scale for hanging can be a few minutes upwards of a few hours.
The 3 most common forms of body suspension are:
This is generally the first type of suspension people try.
This suspension can use 2 – 8 hooks placed horizontally across the upper back, the victim is in a vertical position whilst hanging.
This position has the victim face down and horizontal hence the name “Superman”. This position uses a minimum of 8 hooks but can use as many as 22 hooks if desired. The more hooks used the greater the weight distribution.
This position has the victim face up and horizontal with arms at their side. A greater number of hooks are used in this position as more support is needed to keep the victim horizontal.
One form of suspension that has been seen by many people is the 2 Point Chest Hanging. This was portrayed in the Film “A Man Called Horse” and was based on the ritual performed by Native Americans in Dakota.
This is also widely acknowledged as the most painful suspensions to do. Former Flesh Wound Apprentice and Suicide Suspension Veteran- Nic Fletcher did this suspension with the assistance of Lukas Zpira from France at Fetish Ball 7 in Christchurch NZ. To quote Nic; “Yes it really f…… hurt.”
The tip of the tongue is less popular but is ideally suited to Oral Sex, it heals quicker, but is a much sharper piercing in comparison to the standard placement. Most people can support multiple tongue piercings, the longer your tongue the more room there is. See also Viper Bite.