Among the different piercing options practiced on a global basis, tongue piercing is by far the most common one. From being pierced in a number of innovative ways to experimenting differently on boys and girls, there are options galore when it comes to cool tongue piercing ideas with aftercare. Whether it’s the double or the quadruple piercing, split tongues or zippers at the sides of the split tongue, it is amazing to find how looking eccentric can be in vogue!

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For those who look forward to getting vertical, horizontal or piercings made with multiple studs should always consider the aftercare bit. Piercings are susceptible to tremendous infections, particularly tongue, as oral problems extending to the gum and teeth are also not uncommon. Ensure that you visit a reputed piercing studio or expert only and not a novice who does it purely for fun, caring little about the safety bit. Try some dainty Monroe piercing designs for the inner star.

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  1. Smiley Face

If you are interested in having a little fun, then you can’t go wrong with this piercing.

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2. Snake Bites

These piercings are embedded right in the tongue. They are designs that are very eye-catching.

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3. Cool Designs

Another great tongue piercing that is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

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4. Bold Piercings

This barbell is quite long, so it’s sure to draw some attention to you. If you are looking for a cool design, then this is it.

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5. Cool Elements

These bold studs have all the glitter and glam that you are looking for. These snake bites inside the mouth are obviously there to catch the eye.

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6. Bold Barbell

The barbell piercing is one of the most popular styles that you can have.

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A kind of oral piercing, this is usually done directly through the tongue, the center of it to be precise. The piercing usually penetrates the tongue from one end to the other. Trendy and popular, getting this piercing is a tough one, especially for the pain involved.

7. Multiple Piercings

This is obviously a much edgier style and with these piercings, they are also harder to hide. If there is a dress code at your place of employment or at school, you may be asked to remove them.

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8. Cool Vibes

This is another example of a barbell piercing.

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9. Small Studs

This is similar to the snakebite piercing except she has them on the end of her tongue instead of in the middle. The fact that the barbell is so small will also give your piercing a very different look. These are styles that are bold and unique.

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So if you have made your mind to take the plunge, here are some cool tongue piercing ideas and care details that not only showcase courage but also boasts of the creative side of those we commonly label as insane! Take a look and go ahead.

Standard Piercing

This is a pretty simple look that isn’t edgy but it still looks cool.

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8. Long Styles

Tongue piercings come in all shapes and sizes and in this case this piercing is sure to bring you some attention.

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The most common and preferred one is a standard piercing where the center of the tongue is pierced and the barbell is visible at the top or bottom of the tongue. Traditionally, a ring or a simple stud formed the common choice, but now youngsters love to play with colors and varieties in studs.

Double center piercing

This style, of course, gives you a very different look when it comes to piercings. We love the bright colors that are here with these piercings as well.

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9. Double Studs

These styles are cool and also very simple. If you want a casual style, then this is probably the best look to go for.

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10. Bold Choices

With this piercing, she has both a barbell and a ring. It spices up the overall look and gives you something interesting to show off.

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This is a variation of the single center one, with a duplicate or sometimes triplicate style. ‘Double center’ is like the second piercing on the tongue and has acquired popularity over the years. It usually features two barbells right at the center of the tongue or one right behind the other.

Mid-line piercing

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11. Gold Designs

Another great example of a simple design.

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12. Cool Colors

Get a piercing that suits your personality and then show it off as much as possible.

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Done along the mid-line section of the tongue, it often resembles the common standard one. However, the measurement is somewhat about 1.9 cm away from the tongue tip and longer barbells are chosen.

Off-center piercing

Having an off-center piercing gives you a very different look. It’s eye-catching because the piercing is not where people expect it to be. It is a little more edgier than the standard piercing.

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13. Cute Designs

This stud is a lot bigger than most that we have seen here and it has a large jewel. If you are looking for some bling in your life, then you can’t go wrong with this style.

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14. Small Styles

A great example of a simple and small piercing.

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It’s not mandatory to stick to the center for tongue piercing. Those who are not fond of symmetry can choose the ‘off-center’ or what we commonly call ‘venom’ or ‘sublim.’ This kind of piercing is slightly complicated than standard ones as the muscletissue is thick on both sides of the tongue. Besides, the piercer has to consider the mouth size, teeth crowd and whether it will fit the mouth or not. If you wish to go for this, it might hurt you than the others.

Tongue web piercing

This style is underneath the tongue instead of through it.

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15. Gold Styles

If you love gold, then you are sure to love this style.

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16. Cool Images

This style, of course, gives you a very different look. You have decided for yourself what piercing style suits you the best.

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Not that it resembles the web, but this piercing on the tongue placed side by side with equally attractive jewelry can cause an effect that has determined this name. For those who love to go for multiple web styles, you can get a few more piercings, but they must be on the same line.

Multiple piercing

If you like drama or edgy styles, then you might think that having multiple piercings is right for you. They will certainly offer you a more dramatic look than a single piercing would. Just make sure you are taking care of them properly to avoid infection.

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17. Freaky Styles

There’s no doubt about it; this style is sure to make everyone do a doubletake at your tongue. There are a ton of piercings here and it’s definitely a dramatic look.

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18. Bright Styles

If you love bold and bright colors, this may just be the piercing you are looking for.

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A combination of few piercings like double center or double off center that results on four or more separate piercings to achieve a diamond shape at the middle of the tongue is a hot favorite for the bold and adventurous. Sometimes, it might look a little claustrophobic, but that is best left to be decided by the piercer who can devise a proper design.

Horizontal piercing

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19. On the End

This barbell is sitting right on the end of the tongue which will give you a very different look.

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20. Add Some Sparkle

You can’t go wrong with a style like this. If you are looking for bold choices, then a little sparkle won’t hurt.

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This one might seem like the venom or side ‘web’ piercing, but in reality, it’s different. Don’t confuse it for two separate barbells, but it is just a single one that pierced horizontally through the tongue. These are usually very risky and piercers also never recommend this style, leaving it to the discretion of the one who wishes to get it. The real reason- it causes considerable nerve damage.

Frenulum piercing

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21. Bold Rings

Another bold style but in this case, she is using a ring instead of a barbell on the bottom.

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22. Bigger Rings

There are many sizes of rings that you can choose from when it comes to piercings. It all depends on the look that you are going for.

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A dangerous one indeed, but avid piercing lovers will never tell you so! In fact, when done right, this piercing induces no pain at all. For this piercing, a hoop or barbell is pierced through the small flap of the webbing that’s kept at the bottom of the tongue. This actually links it to the mouth. Depending on the web, which can either be too small or too thin, the piercing is done and that too with the correct form of jewelry. Talk to your piercer before going ahead with this style to know whether it is suitable for you.

Gauged piercings

There are piercings inside and outside of the mouth which will give you a very dramatic look.

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23. Large Barbell

The barbell here is much larger than most and although it will give you a dramatic look, it’s also going to feel a lot heavier than most piercings.

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24. Bold Colors

If you want an eye-catching style all you have to do is just add a little color. The orange here is a bright color that is not only friendly, but it is sure to have people talking.

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This is a common modification that’s followed in the present day. Owing to skin elasticity, this kind of piercing can be stretched or gauged to sustain thick jewelry (say about 14 gauges for tongue). For this style, the gauging is done by upgrading the jewelry size. Little by little, the larger jewelry is made to fit the hole till the desired size is reached.

The above-mentioned list is not an exhaustive one, but the major types have been discussed in detail. What is important to note is that one should not proceed with the piercings if unsure. Going by trends or imitating someone else will only land you in trouble. So take a wise decision before you choose to get pierced. Most importantly, select the right kind of jewelry in consultation with your piercer and take effective preventive measures to stay safe.

Here’s how:

Jewelry alignment

The structure of your teeth and how you align the jewelry is a factor that must not be disregarded under any circumstance. Always ensure that the piercing is made at some distance away from the tip of the tongue so that there isn’t consistent contact of the jewelry with teeth backs. If you keep rubbing the barbell, hoop, ring or your preferred stud constantly with the teeth, stay rest assured that your tooth enamel will be significantly affected.

Common jewelry designs for tongue piercings

Here’s taking a look at some popular and cool tongue piercing ideas and care options:

Straight gold barbell

A cool piercing like this one not only has some cool colors to it but there is not a lot of fuss involved with a piercing like this.

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25. Golden Styles

These are all simple styles that will also be easy to care for.

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Simple and fuss-free, this design is a common choice for many. These are also available in different color variants.

Surgical steel barbell

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26. Deep Embedding

You can get a lot of different style for your piercing. In this case, the barbell is shorter, so it looks as if it is embedded right into the tongue. This offers you a very different style then seeing the barbell exposed.

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The steel ones often come with colored stones at the top. Not only do they look fabulous but carrying off is also a matter of one’s own style.

Purple flower ring

These are pretty styles that will also have people complimenting you on your cool sense of style.

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26. Pretty Shades

These cool flowers come in many different colors. They are all beautiful and unique in their own way. Choose a color that speaks to you ad rock it out all summer long.

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Piercings made with wonderfully shaped studs like flowers in various colors are common choices for many. For example, a purple colored flower is a hot pick.

Whitish opal ring

This is clearly a beautiful shade and on that will always draw the eye. It’s an elegant color and one that you could wear on a day to day basis but also feel comfortable wearing it to a formal event as well.

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27. Stunning Shades

This one is a little different from the last but no less beautiful. These opaque shades are magical and mysterious. They will make you feel like a queen wherever you go. Try them on for size this summer and see how awesome you feel.

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For a magical effect, the white opal ring is a must try that can make your tongue piercing distinct from the rest.

Glittery barbell

This is also a very different look and one that will show off your spunky spirit. If you are someone that likes creativity and wants something different from your piercing, then this might be the style for you.

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28. Red Styles

Who wouldn’t love a style like this one? The color alone will help you to stand outside of the crowd.

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So what happens when your tongue sparkles? Yes! It looks awesome. Thank your selection of some glittery studs as tongue piercings.

Handmade barbell

If you are looking for a style that is a little more original, then why not go for the handmade barbell. It’s unique and will have you feeling special. They also come in an array of beautiful shades that you are sure to love.

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29. Magical Styles

These styles are truly unique and the color is brilliant. It’s sure a beautiful array of colors that it will be hard to pass up.

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Instead of opting for readymade options in the market, the handmade barbell speaks volumes about one’s creativity.

Titanium anodized barbell

These styles are definitely a lot bolder than most plus who wouldn’t want something that was handmade?

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30. Sweet Colors

The colors alone here are enough to make anyone want to snap up this style. Sometimes color is everything and it all depends on your personal style. You can’t go wrong with colors like these.

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With various hues from all sides, the titanium-anodized barbells look amazing as standard and also side and multiple piercings.

Acrylic barbells

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31. Simple Styles

These styles are a little more casual and easy going. They have beautiful colors, or you can just get a jewel like this one. Simple, yet sweet.

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These are usually the common choices for the younger groups, owing to the throw of colors and designs characterizing these acrylic barbell piercings.

Crystal balls

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32. Big Jems

If you want a style that makes it look like you have a diamond sitting on your tongue, then this is the look for you. It’s a little more glamorous and it will certainly draw some attention your way. It’s gorgeous and elegant and you won’t believe how much it will sparkle when you are out in the sun.

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Not the huge ones of course! These are small and prove the right ones for those who love to try something unique as tongue piercings.

Cubic zirconium

33. Square Styles

If you want something that is different then getting a square piercing might be the way to go. This piercing has squares on each side instead of the traditional ball. It’s also black so it’s likely to be a style that will really stand out.

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34. Stainless Steel Designs

A cool design that is not only unique because of the square but the stainless steel element really gives it a badass look. If you want something different, then why not try out a style like this one?

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Check for the color of the stone and ask your piercer before choosing this option.

Rose or white gold

35. Pearl Styles

These gorgeous piercings will probably give you the same look like a pearl nestled into a clam. They are cool and unique, a truly surprising and original style. You can’t ever go wrong with pearls because they are a classically beautiful style that is timeless.

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36. Cool Roses

Choosing jewelry is a very personal choice and not everyone is going to make the same decision. The sky is the limit for the choices that you can have with a piercing. These roses are just a small example of the cool styles that are available to you. These are your average pretty florals; they are black and a little badass. How could you not love styles like these?

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Derivatives of the traditional gold, white or rose gold are soft hues that can impart a lovely sheen to the tongue.

Once you have made your choice among innumerable options, it’s time to focus on the care bit. Also, try cool belly button piercing.

Getting prepared

There are many different ways that you can prepare for your piercing. You want to make sure that you are making the right decisions for yourself. Getting a piercing is a big deal and it’s also something that is going to have some pain involved.

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  • Start by looking for salons or clinics specialized in cool tongue piercing ideas and care. You can talk to those who have pierced before you and learn from their experiences prior to fixing an appointment. It is very important for you to do research on the piercing artist. Not everyone is equal in the business and if you pick someone without a lot of experience, it could mean a bad piercing for you or even infection. Make sure they have a lot of experience and even testimonials.
  • Talk to a doctor or expert about the type of piercing you would like to get and if that will prove suitable for you. Once you are ready, the procedure will only happen after the best placement has been chosen and a mark fixed on the body.
  • Experts usually mark the place and thereby measure the thickness of the tongue using a tool. This is crucial to help get an idea about the proper length of the jewelry.
  • Ensure that you have adequate amounts of food because you might face trouble in consuming any solid food for 2-3 days after the piercing. It’s likely that you will be asked to just eat soup for a few days after the piercing to avoid infection. You won’t have to starve, you will just have to avoid solid foods for a little while.
  • For safety, carry some ice cubes and juices to the clinic where you have scheduled your tongue piercing. This not only helps you stay hydrated but also curbs swelling.
  • It won’t help if you choose to bring your own hoop or barbell. This is because the requirement is usually longer than what you buy, as it helps adjust with the swelling of the tongue. Once the swelling reduces, the piercer will change the accessory.

The piercing process

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For starters, this is what must be kept in mind about the process involving cool tongue piercing ideas and care:

  • Cleaning the mouth using mouthwash right before the piercing begins is of utmost importance. This will help to remove any bacteria in the mouth and avoid infection.
  • The marking done by the piercer is right at the placement site of the tongue. This will only ease the process of correct marking.
  • A tool is used to measure the tongue thickness. This will aid in the process of jewelry selection and also help in curbing excessive swelling.
  • The piercer knows exactly the process of doing it, so you need to simply follow his or her instructions.
  • Once the jewelry is placed at the end of the piercing needle, the guilding will take place through the piercing and the process will be over.

Aftercare and healing

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Compared to other types of piercings, the tongue takes lesser time to heal. There will be a maximum of 4-6 weeks that will be spent in complete heal up, as the increased production of saliva speeds the process and reduce bacterial infections. Here are few common things that you must keep in mind as part of cool tongue piercing ideas and care:

  • First few days of piercing can be a tad problematic, so you might experience greater swelling of the tongue (almost two times its original).
  • Stay out of solid food and drink lots of water and cold beverages like juices, milkshakes and the like in addition to swallowing ice cubes. Again we recommend eating soup before any other solid food, but you may find that it’s uncomfortable eating anything for the first little while.
  • Keep rinsing your mouth frequently with saline water. Iodized salt can be harmful as it only delays the healing process.
  • After every meal, keep a disinfectant mouthwash handy and gargle.
  • Ensure that you wash your hands properly whenever you touch the jewelry to avoid infection.
  • Use a soft brush (preferably new) to clean the jewelry.
  • In case of any problem or infection, always consult the expert.

Risks and Infections

Cool tongue piercing ideas and care are sometimes not welcome for fear of risks, but chances of infections can spell a real problem. It is so important that you properly care for your piercing after the procedure to avoid infections. Take a look at what you must be wary of:

Tooth damage

Tooth damage is something that can happen when you pierce the inside of your mouth. Sometimes the body rejects foreign objects in the most interesting ways. Piercing is not for everyone and although the risk of tooth damage is low, it is also something to keep in mind.

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Don’t rub the jewelry to the teeth frequently. This will pose a problem to the enamel and your overall tooth structure.

Taste and speech

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Few areas of the tongue are sensitive to certain tastes. Though it’s not common to all, few people can have their sense of taste affected as a result of the piercing. This is something to discuss with your doctor if it occurs.

Nerve damage

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The reason why experts should always be consulted is that they know the exact process. If done incorrectly, few nerves that run along the tissues can be damaged. As you can see, zipper piercing is no laughing matter. They are cutting right into your tongue, so you want to make sure that they know what they are doing. You must make sure that you have a talented piercer for such a job. If nerve damage occurs, that is not something that can be fixed, so you want to make sure that the job is done right the first time.

Infections and diseases

Infections and diseases are no laughing matter and when it comes to getting piercings, you will want to do whatever you have to in order to avoid the things that are going on in these pictures. Research, research, research. Do all the research you can before you get the piercing done to make sure that it is the right decision for you.

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Infections inside the mouth or diseases as a result of using unsterilized needles, instruments can bring about severe problems if not attended to. This is why it is very important to know who you are dealing with and that the artist knows how to do their job.  Those who love piercing but are afraid of a needle should consider trying some realistic fake piercing.

As we said before piercings are not for everyone and you must know all the risks before making the decision for yourself. As long as you keep these in mind, cool tongue piercing ideas and care will certainly put you in a better state than others who fail to observe these essentials.

Do your research especially when it comes to getting a piercing and finding an artist. There are a lot of hack jobs out there and those are the ones that you want to avoid. Make sure they are sterilizing their equipment and that the facility is clean.

Good luck with your piercing adventure!