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Male Nipple Piercing Pros & Cons by a Piercer 2020 - S02 EP03

In Season 2 Episode 03, DaVo, a Professional Piercer since 1994, covers the Pros and Cons of Male Nipple Piercings.

I aka DaVo have been a professional body piercer and the owner of the Axiom Body Piercing Studio in Des Moines, Iowa since 1994. My focus on education and helping clients make safe and informed decisions on getting pierced has always been a large part of my business practices and services. With my website and increasingly on youtube, I hope to expand and inform others outside of my small part of the world. I always encourage questions and comments, so if you have one, please comment. 

Show Notes:

  • Placed at the base of the nipple or slightly behind the nipple and into the areola.


  1. Represented in the native cultures of North America and Africa.

  2. Western Culture it dates back to the 14th century

  3. Modern piercing came out of the Gay, Leather, and Alternative Subcultures of the late 1970s.


  1. Increases the sensitivity

  2. Enhances the area

  3. Can make the nipple appear to be more developed

  4. Easy to hide

  5. Long History of healing


  1. Long healing period

  2. It’s Painful

  3. Can migrate or reject

  4. Can be grumpy

  5. can be greatly affected by jewelry

Things to look for:

  • Piercer should have experience with the piercing

  • Do they pierce with forceps or freehand

  • Piercer should offer a consultation that involves aftercare, risks, etc…

  • Piercer should evaluate your anatomy

  • Should suggest barbell for piercing

  • If they pierce with a ring, the jewelry must be oversized

The Piercing Experience:

  • Can be done freehand but I suggest forceps

  • Forceps can be uncomfortable going on and coming off

  • The piercing is done behind the nipple

  • Piercing is very quick but can be painful

  • Usually, you will have throbbing or aching for a few minutes after the piercing is done.

  • Piercing is extremely sensitive to the touch.


  • The average healing time is 6-12 months

  • Saline twice daily

  • Must practice cross-contamination prevention and isolate and avoid any contact with the piercing.

    • Clean hands

    • no oral contact

    • Keep your bedding, clothing, towels, etc… clean

    • No Swimming

    • Keep Pets Away

  • Avoid contact or trauma to the area.

  • First 3-5 you can experience slight bleeding off and on, redness/discolor, heat, and tenderness to the touch.

  • Do not sleep on the piercing even if it hurts or not

Jewelry Options:

  • Can change after the piercing is healed

  • Rings should be oversized

  • Barbells are the best option

Living with the piercing:

  • The jewelry should be left in at all times.

  • Avoid pressure or trauma to the piercing

  • Adjust or change loose jewelry

Abandoning the piercing:

  • Well begin to close quickly but may look open for some time.

  • The nipple growth may not go away

  • There will be a small indented circular scar on each side. This may fade in time.

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Suggested Aftercare Products:

  • For Premixed Saline DaVo suggests. NeilMed Neil Cleanse Wound Wash First-Aid Sterile Saline Solution 6 fl oz Each -
  • For Oral Piercings -     
    Biotene Fresh Mint Moisturizing Oral Rinse Mouthwash, Alcohol-Free, for Dry Mouth -

All footage was filmed using a Canon EOS 80D Camera with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens - and Canon EOS R  - with Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens -

Audio - Recorded with Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone - and Tascam DR-40x -

For more information on DaVo and the Axiom Body Piercing Studio go to

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Contact DaVo at or by phone at 515-966-4814
If you would like to set up a Piercing Appointment go to

Skin Kitchen Tattoo and The Axiom Body Piercing Studio are located at 3800 Douglas Ave./Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Tattoo hours are Thursday - Monday 1-8pm
Piercing hours are Thursday - Monday 2-8pm

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