Five-Year-Old Scalpelled Nape

On February 1st, 2008, Gabriele of Maxart Bodypiercing in Rome, Italy did a scalpelled nape procedure, and a year later it had healed nicely (as you can see in the left image below). A little redness and scarring around the edges (zoom in for a closer look), but almost none of the rejection or migration as is common with surface piercings done without surface-specific jewelry. By using a scalpel rather than a needle to create a large, non-destructive hole, big enough to form a “flap” that could sit comfortably over the jewelry without the jewelry putting pressure on the tissue above it, Gabriele avoided using something like a surface bar specifically designed to mitigate the pressures that lead to tissue dying off. Surface bars are great of course, but many people prefer the look of a ring to a pair of beads, especially in this age of microdermals. As you can see in the right two pictures, taken at five years after the piercing was done, it’s remained very solid long-term — and as the late Erl proved, piercings like this (his nape was almost identical) can last for decades.


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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 LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

5 thoughts on “Five-Year-Old Scalpelled Nape

  1. I’ve always been interested in this procedure…I remember seeing the very same one pictured here (i think) on bmezine galleries. However i couldn’t really figure it out. I guess it’s just a case of scalpalling a flat hole…No cauterizing, no stiching…!?

    To add my two cents, surface piercings especially napes, have to be done in the correct fashion, a skilled nape piercing such as my own is now in it’s 15th year, although migration has occurred yes, however 5-7 years in the placement was almost the same as the day it was pierced.

    I’d like to see this after 10 years and see how it’s doing! but yes it looks great and is amazing!

  2. I had my nape pierced for about 3-4 months. One of the least painful piercing procedures, but also the most annoying piercing I ever had.

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