Mesoamerican Piercing History

August 9, 2015
Mesoamerican Piercing History
By Selene Torres

Body piercing can be traced back for centuries all over the world. Within Mesoamerican civilizations, body piercing was a sacred act of devotion, beauty, and purification. There was often a spiritual connection to piercing rituals and cultural traditions.  Among many of the Mesoamerican civilizations many believed blood to be sacred. For the Aztecs, piercing was (and is) an act of purification, and rituals once practiced became long standing traditions among the people. Tongue and ear piercings were performed as tribute to the goddess of the land and in return were blessed with spiritual purification. Piercings also helped in identifying the social classes. For example, a septum piercing would  commonly be worn by shaman, kings, noblemen, and worriers. Elaborate jewelry was worn of turquoise and gold with images of goddesses and sacred animals. Piercing the flesh was a way to stay connected to there gods and show their devotion.

The Mayan also strongly believed in the magic and power of their blood.  They also believed offerings to there gods were necessary to keep a balance in the world. Piercing took a great part in these tributes.  They were also in search of beauty and body modifications were practiced on all social levels. The common people would initially pierce their lobes and stretch them to incredible sizes, and tongues, lips, and noses were adorned with the finest jewelry available.  As part of the spiritual practice they would pierce to draw their own blood to keep the gods happy and to ask for a good life. In the death ritual piercing was still important. To ensure safe passage to the next world the departed's family members would pierce their cheeks to draw blood as an offering. The Gods that connect these great ancient civilizations needed the blood of their people. So they accommodated this in ritual offerings as a way to show devotion and gratitude. There is a Mayan creation story were the God  Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent) took the remains of another ancient being and pierced his genitals and the blood was used to create people.  


Play Piercing at New Flower in Long Beach

June 2, 2015

by Selene Torres

You may be asking your self what is play piercing? Perhaps you're already familiar with this practice or are one of the enthusiasts. Play piercings are not done with the intention to be long term. They are typically shallow piercings done with sterile hypodermic needles that can be placed just about anywhere in an aesthetically pleasing design. The piercings are then removed once the session is done sometimes in only a few minutes. Individuals that take part in play piercing c...

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A Brief history of Blake Perlingieri

May 3, 2015

By Selene Torres

Body modification, like tattooing and piercing, has always been a tradition among early civilizations. But in contemporary culture it appears new, and so new traditions have modern origins and pioneers that started and contributed to the industry of body art.

Blake Perlingiery, piercer and curator of the Nomad Museum and author of “A Brief History of the Evolution of Body Adornment in Western Culture,” began piercing in 1988 and co-founded the Association of Professional...

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Ötzi the Iceman and Body Modification

March 31, 2015
By Selene Torres

Body modification has always been a part of the traditions and rituals of many tribal cultures. Ötzi, the 5,300 year old ice man (now the oldest known person with stretched lobes) was discovered in 1991 in the Austrian alps.  We can only  wonder how long ago piercings became a part of his ancient cultural's traditions, and if there were spiritual or healing purpose to his tattoos, piercings, and body modification in general.

In September of 1991 a well preserved mummy was foun...

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Triple Conch at New Flower Studio

March 28, 2015
She's wearing 3 prong set gems from Neometal, the perfect jewelry for piercings like this.
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Gold Septum Clicker from New Flower Studio

March 11, 2015
We've received new gold orders from both Body Gems and Scylla recently.  Here's a picture of our friend Lindsay wearing her new Septum piece.
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Ear Piercing Guns by Selene Torres for New Flower Studio Body Piercing in Long Beach, CA

March 3, 2015

For many people piercing guns are a fast, cheap, and easy way to get their ears pierced. But this method of piercing is not necessarily harmless and can cause serious damage. The mechanism used to pierce is blunt force and they are more likely to expose people to transmitted diseases than professional piercing in a more controlled environment. Ear piercing guns aren't sterilized in between uses and their users are under-trained for disease prevention.

On July 13, 1880 Illinois inventor Edwar...

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Arizona Adventures

February 18, 2015
John and colleague Brett Perkins (Anomaly, Pasadena) took a 1500 mile trip over three days to the world famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and ended up driving going to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Meteor Crater.  They stopped first in Phoenix to spend the night with former APP board member Dana Dinius from HTC piercing,


Next stop was the gem show in Tucson.  Brett Perkins also uses his piercing studio to make body jewelry using stone and gems.  This was his annual trip to the show to stoc...

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Niobium body jewelry in Long Beach, CA for body piercing

February 5, 2015

Niobium Body Jewelry by Selene Torres, February 2015

Many jewelry standards vary in quality but at New Flower Studio in Long Beach we offer jewelry from the biggest names in the industry. From the available materials like glass, titanium, steel, and gold, niobium is one of the most unique metals. Like titanium, niobium can be anodized, and the fact that it’s hypoallergenic benefits its use in jewelry as well.  The selection of niobium jewelry in piercing studios is usually much smaller tha...

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Anatometal Flowers in Long Beach at New Flower Piercing

January 4, 2015
Kenny Crespo is our ear piercing specialist at New Flower Studio.  He proves it again with this perfect Flat piercing with this flower gem end from Anatometal.
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