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.
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.