The oldest mention of male genital piercing is believed to be in the Kama Sutra. The Apadravya is said to be exceptionally good for enhancing pleasure, both for the man who bears it and for his sexual partners, whether male or female. 


The reason for this is due to the placement of this piercing. The Apadravya most often consists of a straight barbell that runs through the glans of the penis from top to bottom, running through the urethra. The ball on the top is ideal for stimulating the G spot of female partners during vaginal intercourse, while the ball underneath the glans is positioned for prostate stimulation during anal sex with male partners.


The Apadravya can be completed in either one or two sessions. When done in two, the first session creating a Prince Albert, as we recently covered, and the top half of the piercing being completed after healing. 


The Apadravya is normally centered, though it can be occasionally set off-center. Even in such a case, the bar still usually runs through the urethra. Rarely, the shaft instead of the glans is pierced in this manner, called a shaft apadravya, but many piercers do not perform it that way.




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The name of the Prince Albert piercing is a product of urban legend. The earliest mention of it was not until the 1970's, when Doug Malloy published a pamphlet filled with lofty stories of exotic histories of genital piercings, which many people believe he completely invented himself. Malloy had gotten together in West Hollywood with Jim Ward and Fakir Musafar and together developed, and apparently named the Prince Albert. 

The legend has it that Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria of England, was a gentleman most excellently endowed within his pantaloons, so to speak, and his trousers, tight as they were in those days as was the fashion at the time (as well as endless run-on sentences remarkably similar to this one), did embarrassingly bulge in a way hardly suitable for Court, and so did his wife allegedly insist that Old Albert concoct a solution to this most unusual problem. Though hardly elegant, and even slightly barbaric as one may believe, the Prince did eventually light upon the strategy of securing his rather large protuberance by way of tying it down to create a less obvious spectacle, and the PA was therefore born of necessity to create a place to secure and help tame the Beast from Below.

The legend further asserts that PA piercings became a fashion trend throughout Europe, as men looked to facilitate a modest public appearance.

Whether elements of Malloy's story is true or not, the PA caught on in a big way on our side of the pond, primarily in the gay community at first, and gradually spreading into mainstream culture. Given it's location, the PA remains a bit of a naughty secret for many who bear it, though in the end, that only makes it a more exciting and daring option for men looking to get pierced.   




Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.


You knew we'd go there eventually. When you're writing about the history of piercings, you can talk about ears and noses and even nipples all you like, but at some point you have to go down under, and we don't mean to Australia! Genital piercings have an important place in piercing lore, and are also extremely popular today. What that, said, we present the story of The Prince Albert:


For those who don't know, what is a Prince Albert piercing? The PA, as it's known, is a male genital piercing that consists of either a round barbell or ring that enters the penis at the frenulum and emerges through the urethral opening at the tip. The PA is created by inserting a small tube into the urethra and threading a needle down to pierce the frenulum at the appropriate point. The PA is sometimes placed in the center, and sometimes off to one side depending on a person's skin at the desired placement. Some men have a flat, pierceable area, while some have a chord-like web that would leave the piercing unstable at that point, and so moving the piercing down or off to one side is preferable.


Coming up next week, we'll look a the legend of the Prince Albert piercing, and the myths and facts surrounding it's unusual name.





Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website. 



The Karankawa were remarkable to Spanish explorers who encountered them. They are believed to be the first mainland tribe to encounter Europeans, and through exposure to disease, enslavement and other factors, they died out eventually.

They were physically striking in many ways. They were tall, between six and seven feet, more closely resembling Caribbean tribes than others on the mainland. Due to their territory along the coast of Texas, it has been theorized that they journeyed to the North American continent from the islands.

Secondly, they were heavily modified. Perhaps their most lasting contribution to modern piercing was their nipples, which the men all had pierced through with pieces of cane. They are believed to be the only native tribe who practiced this form of body art for males. The men also had their lower lips pierced, also with small pieces of cane placed through the holes for decoration.

Females were not pierced, though they were tattooed and painted. The Karankawa also underwent a skull flattening modification, contributing to their unique appearance.


When Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda was exploring the future US coast in 1519, he encountered a strikingly unique culture in the Karankawa people around modern Galveston, Texas.

These American natives were taller than most others and were heavily decorated with tattoos, body jewelry and paint. It is believed that they migrated north from a location somewhere in the Caribbean Sea as early as the 17th century, which would explain their physical differences from other Native Americans.

The Karankawans are now completely extinct, dying off as a tribe around 1860. Their contribution to the body art world is notable, however, as we will explore next week!



There was a short time when nipple rings became a hot Parisian style way back in the 1890's. Jewelry stores stocked them, and women all over Paris and beyond flocked to get in on the craze. The "Anneux De Sein," as they were called, inserted through the nipple, leaving it in a constantly erect state, adding to sensitivity and female arousal. True to the times, however, this sent the medical world into a rage, as it flew in the face of the societal conception of the purpose of the female body. 



As a London socialite remarked in Vogue in 1890:

"For a long time I could not understand why I should consent to such a painful operation without sufficient reason. I soon, however came to the conclusion that many ladies are ready to bear the passing pain for the sake of love. I found that the breasts of those who wore rings were incomparably rounder and fuller developed than those who did not. My doubts were now at an end…so I had my nipples pierced, and when the wounds were healed, I had rings inserted…with regard to the experience of wearing these rings, I can only say that they are not in the least uncomfortable or painful. On the contrary, the slight rubbing and slipping of the rings causes in me an extremely titillating feeling, and all my colleagues I have spoken to on this subject have confirmed my opinion."




Septum piercing is popular in India, Nepal and Tibet. The piercing is often a pendant known as a Bulak. 


In some cases, the Bulak is quite sizeable, and is highly decorated. At times, the Bulak is so big that it prevents the wearer from eating! The piercing must be lifted up in order to enjoy meal times, but such is the sacrifice many people around the world are willing to make for fashion… 


We've seen a number of African lip plate traditions in our Historic Piercing series, and the interesting thing is how varied the reasons are for body modifications.


While the Makololo tribe's history of female lip plates seems to have grown out of a cultural belief of the wonders of the male beard and the gross injustice of the female lack of such a fine, natural decoration (thus the lip plate was a substitute, adding great beauty to the women), the Djinja tribe uses the lip plate as a marker of possession of a wife by her husband.


It's actually the husband himself who will usually pierce his new wife's lip with a straw blade, after which larger and larger plugs will be placed as the lip stretches.


The rise of popularity of ear piercing in Ancient Rome is connected with the increase of wealth in their society. 



As Roman society grew rich and the elite class expanded, ear piercings became a symbol of status. Elaborate and valuable ear jewerly was prized by the Romans looking to show off how powerful and wealthy they were.  



It was supposedly Julius Ceasar himself who played a major role in making ear piercings fashionable, and in fact, it was more common for the men of the Roman Empire to sport such decorations than women, although it was a practice enjoyed by both genders. 


It's Week 1 of the London Olympic Games, and we thought we'd take a look at how ancient Olympic athletes utilized piercings in their sporting endeavors.


Of course, all ancient Greek Olympians were men, and they competed nude. Besides modern rules of decorum, as any guy will tell you, there are distinct advantages for a male athlete to wear clothing, especially something that keeps everything in place…down there.



Those naked, freewheeling Greeks realized this as well, and if they were going to compete in the buff, they had to figure out what to do about their flapping, swinging penises (apologies for that mental image).



The art of body piercing proved to be their solution of choice. At first, athletes would bind their genitals in place with a ribbon or strip of leather called the "Kynodesme." Later in history, a permanent piercing on the foreskin was used to help tie down the family jewels. 

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