tongueLooking to get your tongue pierced in Toronto & Vancouver?  You can find comfort that all of the piercers Chronic Ink has come with a wealth of experience and not only meet, but exceed the standards set out by the Toronto & Vancouver Public Health guidelines. Our shop has received a lot of awards over the years and has been regarded as one of the “Best Piercing Studios in Toronto & Vancouver” by Blog TO. We take a lot of pride in giving our customers the best piercing experience.


Typically a tongue piercing made directly through the centre of the tongue, however, there are a few alternatives to the norm. The centre of the tongue is more popular as it is the safest choice.

History of Tongue Piercings

If you’re considering getting a new piercing on your tongue, you’ll be joining an exclusive club including many of Aztec and Mayans. These cultures believed that getting a tongue piercing was a way of honouring their God.

Healing Process

The typical healing process of a tongue piercing typically faster than most piercings and will usually take 2 to 4 weeks for the swelling to decrease and a total of 2 to 3 months (depending on how fast your body heals and the scope and scale of the piercing.) To ensure a faster and healthier heal, it is well advised to avoid any contact with the area around your new tongue piercing, and avoid to need to rub it against your teeth or on the roof of your mouth.


Tongues are pierced with straight barbell style jewelry.Because the tongue is in frequent motion, proper jewelry size is crucial. Wearing thin barbels can allow the piercing to migrate, causing irritations, discomfort, and potentially the loss of the piercing. Tongue piercings should always be done at a 14g, or thicker, though many people chose to stretch them to larger sizes, after the piercing is well healed

Like many other piercings, it is not recommended to remove the jewelry from the tongue for extended periods of time. If you are unsure of how to change the jewelry, or if the piercing is adequately healed, it’s best to consult with your piercer. Only when your tongue piercing is completely healed, and you are comfortable manipulating the jewelry, should you consider changing the jewelry by yourself. Typically, the initial jewelry can be removed after 3 to 4 weeks.

Caring for your Tongue Piercing

Our piercers will always give you appropriate aftercare advice that has been tailored specifically to the placement of your new piercing. It’s important that you follow the advice given by our piercing professionals as improper care can lead to the new piercing eventually becoming rejected (unlikely) by the body or other irritations and infections could take effect. The pierced area of the tongue is vulnerable to infection so it’s very important that you get it pierced by a professional who provides you with proper aftercare instructions. Contact us for more advice on proper piercing aftercare for your tongue or other types of body piercing.

Contact Chronic Ink

If you are considering a new tongue piercing or you would like to discuss how we can help you with any body piercing in Toronto & Vancouver, contact our experienced artists to see how we can get you the tongue piercing you like today.