Andy’s Decade-Old True Mandible

Speaking of deep piercings, another classic of that genre is the mandible piercing, also known for a while as the “sprung” piercing, after the first woman to have it done by the late Mick Noland, although that name is all but forgotten these days. Although this piercing doesn’t pass into the inner body like subclavical piercings do, it passes through a remarkably large collection of different kinds of tissue and narrowly evades numerous pieces of anatomy that would rather not be skewered, so it is another piercing that makes many people’s “never do” lists… But again, it also has proven itself a viable and remarkably heal-able piercing on the small handful of people who’ve worn it. Andy Gehris of Modified Body (a part of Art-n-Soul in Allentown, PA) has had his as long as anyone I can think of, with the piercing now being ten years old and counting.

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Just to be clear for those that are not familiar with this piercing, it is a bar that passes from below the tongue (inside the mouth) straight down inside the jaw and out the bottom. You can also do a “fake” mandible piercing with a surface piercing or microdermal (or transdermal for more permanence), but this is a “true mandible”. Another slightly clearer photo from earlier this year is after the break.

mandible-10-year-2

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

4 thoughts on “Andy’s Decade-Old True Mandible

  1. Interesting piercing and nice neckpiece on Andy. Good to have Shannon back on the site too.

  2. Great to see some actual interesting content on here – after all, ModBlog should be all about us ‘normies’ (I’m putting myself under this umbrella) having a platform from which to learn about less common modifications. Nice work and good to see Shannon back. It’s been too long!

  3. I have always completely adored this piercing. It’s so simple but so complex of a position that it makes it such a beautiful piece of art. It’s on my list of things to build confidence enough to get. My scarification took me three years, this one may take a while longer. Cheers, Shannon!

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