October 17th, 2009
I received this question about Dolphin Piercing:
hi. my name is Blake and I'm a tattoo apprentice in Wisconsin. first I'd like to say I love picking up the new copy of Pain mag to read your article. it's always very helpful and interesting. second, typically, how long does a dolphin piercing take to heal and what are the pros and cons of this type of piercing?? thanks for your help, Blake W.
For those of you who don't already know, a dolphin is like a double Prince Albert piercing with one in the traditional placement and one further down the shaft. When a single piece of jewelry is threaded between the PA and the lower placement, this is termed a dolphin. My reply: Hi Blake, I appreciate the positive feedback. If you like my articles, I think you'll love my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing. There is information about the dolphin (and all the other body piercings) in there. It contains a great deal of information for everyone interested in piercing including loads of information about evaluating piercers and studios, piercing placements, appropriate body jewelry sizes, styles, and materials, aftercare, troubleshooting, and much, much more. The dolphin takes about 4-6 weeks to heal, just like the PA, but I don't suggest threading a single piece of jewelry between a traditional PA and a deep PA until after healing. Here is a little bit of information from my book: Prince Albert Piercing: Alternate Placement—Dolphin Piercing When a deep PA piercing is made (farther down the shaft) and jewelry is threaded between it and a traditionally placed PA, this is called a dolphin piercing. I usually start these with Tygon passed out the tip of the urethra for comfort and ease of healing. Men who have a large difference in size between flaccid and erect states may never find metal jewelry comfortable in a dolphin piercing. Orders are being filled by the Association of Professional Piercers: http://www.safepiercing.org/publications/the-piercing-bible/ Call toll free: 888 888-1APP or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm the Medical Liaison for the organization. The APP is a non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating vital health and safety information about piercing to piercers, piercees, medical professionals, legislators, and the general public. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the organization, and you will received a signed copy of my book. Alternatively, you can get it from major booksellers, or buy direct from the publisher (Random House), or Amazon.com You can see my web page and/or blog (referenced below) for more information about the book. Also, if you'd like to see me performing piercings, and demonstrating exactly where they should be placed and how quickly and easily an expert can perform them, I've got videos available here. Let me know if you have other questions. Sincerely, Elayne Angel The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing http://www.facebook.com/elayneangel http://twitter.com/elayneangel