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Tongue Splitting
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September 6, 2011
11:02 pm
vampyremage
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Does anyone have any experience getting their tongue split?  This was originally something I was planning on doing a few years down the road, but I think I'd like to move it up in my que of projects and get it done sometime next year.  I have a practioner in mind who I'm sure will do it and who I trust completely and when I get closer to the time I want to get it done I will certainly be speaking to him directly, but I do want to do a little preliminary research before hand.

 

For those who have gone through it, what is the experience like, both getting it done and healing it afterwards?  My major concern is the fact that I work in a call center so I'll probably be wanting to take a bit of time off after I get it done due to speech concerns.  About how long would it be recommended for me to do so? 

 

My other concern is that the idea of getting any work done in my mouth tends to freak me out a bit and the idea of literally cutting my tongue open freaks me out even more.  How does one get over something like that?  I have a feeling the fear in my head is probably worse than the actual experience, but this isn't something I've really had to deal with when it came to my other mods.  Any feedback would be appreciated.  Thanks.

September 8, 2011
11:16 am
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@Vamp, I'm curious to see responses as well. I like the idea of it, but I get seasick when I think of my tongue split. Although, I'm still waiting to see what kissing would be like!
Good luck, if you do it. I would think how the split is done affects healing time.

September 8, 2011
4:09 pm
Chris Pixi Smith
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hoping to see activity here as well…live in Tennessee where all this shit is illegal…trying to get it done as well as some other mods…looking for someone nearish…

September 8, 2011
4:34 pm
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If you ever come up to Canada I can recommend someone, but unfortunately I don't really know any artists in the US.

September 8, 2011
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oooh, how i love Canada!:) i wish i was close! planning a move westward at the beginning of the year… being a piercer in an area where i cannot spread my wings blows! since it's illegal, i cannot even learn it here:(

September 8, 2011
5:30 pm
Chris Pixi Smith
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i've noticed some older threads on this topic…mostly folks looking for info but a few comments from someone with experience… check em out if you haven't already:) i'm new to this forum stuff-trying to figure out navigation!

September 9, 2011
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A couple of threads here where i put my experience…

/forum/general-discussion/electro-cautery-tongue-split-healing-experience/?value=1307&type=8&include=1&search=2&ret=all

/forum/general-discussion/scalpelled-tongue-split-sutures-or-not/?value=1307&type=8&include=1&search=3&ret=all

 

I thought i put a bit more about having it done somewhere, but i can't find it!

 

For speech i had a slight lisp for 2 or 3 days, but people generally needed it pointing out, so work should be ok. I still have a very slight lisp somtimes, but it gradually had lessened over time.

Feel free to ask anything!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 9, 2011
2:58 pm
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Thanks very much for the links.  I think I'm going to end up looking into doing mine early next year, maybe January or February, funds permitting.  Hopefully I'll be able to take a week off of work to get it done and by the time I get back, the worst of the swelling and lisping will be behind me.  I'm not entirely sure what method my artist typically uses as I haven't actually spoken to him about getting mine done yet.  Perhaps I'll mention it when I go for my suspension on Sunday. 

 

When I do get it done I'm thinking of putting a journal of sorts up here, detailing procedure, healing, aftercare ect.  Would anyone be interested in reading such a thing? 

 

Aside from that, if I think of anything else, do you mind if I ask you Oakbear?  I don't really know of anyone else who has gone through it, aside from my artist and a friend who used the fishing line method.

September 9, 2011
3:31 pm
Chris Pixi Smith
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i'd be interested in documentation of your experience!:) the info here is kinda lacking in details to the diff procedures—i'm not interested in cauterizing due to the blistering…but am having issues finding detailed info on any of it… especially being in this area where no major mods are done…:/ just got my first puter so this internet research is proving a bit difficult… i'm hoping to find more peeps here that have personal knowledge with this & other major mods… soooo jealous you are suspending this wkend!!! we brought Pain Tribe here a few times yrs ago to perform…it was amazing!!! my heart longs to do it-both suspending & hooking! cannot wait to relocate!!!:)

September 9, 2011
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vampyremage, it's always interesting to hear experiences, and feel free to ask anything as and when!

Chris Pixi Smith, electrocautery is not like thermal cautery, so no blisters!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
September 9, 2011
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ahh! nice:) i forgot i had read that…sooo much info filtering in my brain!:)

April 1, 2013
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What do you guys think about splitting using the tie-off method? I'm getting my tongue pierced today, and intend to stretch it to about 2g before i try splitting. Any thoughs, opinions, or experiences that can help me out he? :)

April 3, 2013
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I think the tie off method is unnecessarily painful and prolonged, and creates a less aesthetically pleasing result (less even, more ragged).
Complications are common, and i believe a large majority do not successfully complete this because of these, as well as the pain.
While i can see someone having a specific motivation to do this procedure (it is certainly a challenge), those i have spoken to who have tried it tend to be less educated and more keen on saving money.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
April 3, 2013
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Yeah, the main motivation for me is the fact that i can do it myself and proudly tote that to people if it were to be successful. I have a high pain tolerance (not having felt a single peircing so far), so i feel that i could handle that part of the process with relative ease. but i dont want a rough result D:

April 8, 2013
6:16 pm
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I attempted the tie off method years ago, and I gave up after about 3 days. To be honest, every second of it sucked. And I had the same motivation, to say that I successfully did it myself, but it bloody well hurt, constantly. I'm still wanting to have a split done, but at this point, I have oral issues that need to be addressed before going through with it. When it does happen, I will document it fully so others can gain from my experience.

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April 9, 2013
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I can understand wanting to do it yourself. As an artist who works in a few different mediums, I know the sense of accomplishment and pride one feels when you stand back and look at something you created yourself.

But dude…I don't think body modification is the right medium for do-it-yourself projects.

There are a few people out there who have the knowledge and skill to perform a DIY modification, but these are professionals who have the proper facility, tolls, and experience to do it safely.

Different modifications carry more and less risk so they are more and less foolish to attempt on your own, but one risk that is common among all mods (to my knowledge) is hepatitis. So even if you're just giving yourself a tattoo, which doesn't carry much risk of disfigurement, and as far as I know carries no risk of nerve damage, you're still at risk for a very serious and incurable disease.

I could go on, but I suppose I've made my point. Stay away from DIY mods unless you seriously, SERIOUSLY know what you're doing. There's only one exception to this rule I can think of. If you're going to gauge a piercing in such a way that it doesn't cause any damage to the skin (gradual tapering, the tape method, jewelry of slightly increasing sizes, etc.) then knock yourself out. As far as I'm concerned, if it doesn't break the skin then it doesn't require aftercare, so there shouldn't be any risk of infection.

Also, stay away from mods that people are doing in their own home, unless their home has a room specifically designed for modifications. Kitchen tables, even well sterilized kitchen tables, are still not as safe as an entire room where every surface has been sterilized.

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April 11, 2013
12:59 am
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True Sasquatch – i dont want to destroy my body, just modify it. i may however get my piercer to tie a string through my tongue for me in a noose fashion – that way i can tighten it daily with great ease, and i will have had it professionally aligned on the tip of my tongue. And of course, i will be making daily check-ins with my piercer, to make sure the process is going smoothly. So only semi-DIY :D

April 11, 2013
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Getting someone else to tie it isn't going to align it better or produce a better result, as it's still move as your tongue moves.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
April 13, 2013
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Oh, touche… haha, i didnt think that through too well :P

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