Snake Eyes Piercing Guide

In Piercing by Roxanne Adams

Thinking of getting a snake eyes piercing? You’ll need to be brave. These piercings look dope but they can cause quite a few complications. But first, let’s make it clear exactly what this piercing entails. A snake eyes piercing refers to a tongue piercing done in two areas at the front of the tongue. A barbell runs horizontally through the tongue to connect the two piercings. They look like two snake eyes staring out when the mouth is open, hence the name.


What you should expect

Make sure you find an experienced piercer who practices a high level of hygiene and who is able to answer all your questions. The individual will mark the piercing sites using a surgical marker to ensure precision. Next, they will clamp your tongue in place to avoid hitting a vein and then pull a hollow needle through it. The jewelry will then be pulled through. Typically, a 14-gauge curved or straight barbell is used. Pain thresholds differ among individuals but it’s generally not a particularly painful experience.

Cost of snake eyes piercing

Some high-end shops don’t offer snake eyes piercings because of the risks attached to it. When you find one that does, the cost will be somewhere between $30 and $70 including the cost of the jewelry. If you opt for fancier metalware, the cost can go up.

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How to care for a snake eyes piercing

Aftercare is very important for any piercing but especially so for snake eyes. Your piercer should give you a list of instructions which you should follow if you want to avoid infection. One key rule is to never touch your piercing without washing your hands. This is a sure way to introduce bacteria. You also need to rinse your mouth with sea salt water every time you finish eating. All you need is hot water a small amount of sea salt to make the rinse. Just make sure it cools to a comfortable temperature before you use it. You can also buy a ready-made aftercare spray from the pharmacy.

Brush your teeth as usual but you may want to avoid minty flavors which may burn. You definitely should not use mouthwash and you should also stay away from spicy foods.
Smoking and drinking alcohol will slow down the healing process so you’ll want to lay off those as well.

The piercing may take about a month or two to heal.



Snake eyes can cause a number of problems including damaged teeth, gum erosion and migration of the piercing. You can even develop a speech impediment. That’s why it’s important to make sure you really want this piercing and to choose a reputable individual to perform the procedure. Infections in the mouth are particularly dangerous and they are likely to spread. You need to be aware of the signs of infection.

Your tongue will be a bit swollen for a week or so after the piercing. If the swelling does not go away after seven days or becomes more pronounced, you should see a doctor. Similarly, some pain is normal for a few weeks, but it seems to be getting worse, you may have an infection.

Red lines coming out of the piercing site also indicates that something is wrong, and you need to get to a doctor. The infection could already be spreading to other areas of the body. You should be even more concerned if you have started to develop a fever. If your tongue is discolored (green, purple or black), this means a serious infection has developed. Your doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics and schedule a follow-up visit.

Snake eye piercings can be intimidating because of the risks involved. However, many people love them because they are bold, daring and quirky. If you have your heart set on getting one, you need to choose your piercing professional carefully, and follow their instructions to the letter.