A bloke can do a lot with his tongue!!!!!
I've got a tongue piercing, had it 10 years in November, so here is the low-down;
It only hurts when the needle gets to the middle part of the tongue but stay still and any decent piercer will have it over very quick.
Your mouth is actually the most sterile place on your body and saliva contains natural antibodies.
It will swell, suck ice cubes and use salt-water mouthwash daily. Protein shakes, MRPs and ice cream will be your diet for 2-3 days.
A special long bar will be used initially, then once the swelling goes down you can move onto a shorter permanent fixture. When you do make sure the balls are screwed tight - I lost mine a few times, once woke up and the bottom ball was missing presumed swallowe. So wash and dry hands, then grab them balls and tighten as far as possible. This also makes it impossible for the forces to remove too - as below!
DO NOT put your tongue on anyone elses body or in their mouth for 6 weeks. As above you have antibodies in your saliva but only for your own bacterium - will not protect against another persons random flora.
Dentist will have a fit, I've been told it's weakening my teeth - but mine is quite far back and hardly touches my them. Reality is in 10 years I've 'crunched' on it twice - both times removing small bits from my mollars, not bad enough for fillings though so I reckon that's not bad for that length of time.
I've had navel, lip and tongue piercings (don't wear the lip one any more) and I will say the tongue was the easiest as well as quickest to heal. I suspect that's because it's quite protected in your mouth - as well as the saliva issue.
A good tongue piercing is very good - most folk don't see it until you laugh, yawn or do something very sexy. I like mine since I'm a demure type these days, yet I have this hidden away!
ps if you ever get arrested by the police do not let on - they will want you to take it out and may try and put their hands in your mouth.
post edited by gingernut - 2009/07/25 11:01:03