A multiple tongue piercing in progress. - The piercer uses forceps to hold the tongue while pushing a hollow 12gauge needle through an ink-marked spot. Next, the jewellery will be inserted so that it matches the other side. Long bars are used to accommodate swelling (this tongue swelled to the full length of the bars during the first few days). These will be "changed down" to a smaller length after the swelling has subsided.
Photo: Johnleach/Physical Poetry, Leeds, UK