A man and his navel

by bellyringsadmin on August 15, 2009

By Laurens, Amsterdam.

belly button piercing

It was in the first years of high school that I became interested in navel piercings. If performed well the persons sporting them radiated a sense of confidence and dare I say sexiness.

The problem here is that I am male, and raised in an old fashioned family there were specific limits to what one can do.

When I asked people what they thought of men with pierced navels the answer was mostly that they must be gay. To be honest I never understood why some things should be limited to one gender only. Truly the mental image of a fat hairy man wearing a navel ring, skirt and heels makes me shiver, but the same counts for women as well.

At the age of 23 I decided that it was now or never. I have a flat stomach and a healthy weight of 70 kgs, the only thing unclear was how it would turn out.

Last week I walked to Dare 2 Waer, a cosy clean piercing shop where I got my tonge pierced earlier and talked what I wanted. She liked the idea and checked my navel to see if a piercing was possible at all. No problems there and we selected the jewelry. Knowing my body loves to reject piercings I decided on a fairly long 12mm curved barbell with a deep blue gem so that it could be pierced a bit deeper than usual. While preparing my navel we talked about how rare it is for a man to have his navel pierced, I was the first for her.
After deciding on the placement my navel was cleaned and I was told to lie down on a table. The clamp was attached, which I barely felt at all.

Next came breathing exercises. She told me to regularly breathe in and exhale deeply, and after a couple exhalations she pushed the needle through, which timing came as a complete surprise to me.
To be clear, it did hurt, but the pain was not the dominant feeling. The feeling of pressure and the needle sliding through were much clearer than the pain. The actual piercing lasted no more than 2 seconds. After that the jewelry was inserted and the top ball screwed on.
From that moment the pain was completely gone. Checking out my new jewelry in t!
 he mirror I was surprised to see that it looked better on me than I expected. The placing was perfect with the actual bar completely invisible showing only the 2 balls.

While calming down we talked over the Instructions on the aftercare and I recieved a leaflet sumarizing the do’s and dont’s. She reccomended to drink juice and to sunbathe in order to speed up the healing process.
I thanked her again, paid and went on my merry way.

Now I am in the healing process and so far no problems.
After 2 days the 2 holes became a bit read and a small amound of crusting stettles on the bar, which is normal. In contrast to my tongue I don’t feel it so I am only reminded of my new addition when I accidentally touch it or when I bathe.

I wash my piercing in the shower with antibacterial soap and soak it with a warm saline solution while watching TV or reading. It is important that a fresh piercing gets fresh air so I regulare expose my belly while walking or driving a bicycle, although I have to say I am still unsure about showing other people.

Happy piercing!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

DeMarcoJ January 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I am a straight guy and I got my navel pierced in 2008. I was also surprised to find out that this piercing on men is associated with homosexuality, but it’s really risky to desume the sexual orientation of people from a piercing! People get piercings in all the places and for innumerable reasons.

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bellyringsadmin January 31, 2014 at 7:23 am

You’re dead right, piercing one’s navel has no real implication as to one’s sexual orientation of course, but then again – it’s hard to change some people’s stereotypical thinking… That’s just the way the world operates!…

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Anthony August 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I got my belly button done about 2002,
I like it, so I did it, plus my wife don’t mind.
I am not gay! not that it matters, but, its my body, my life, and I like it, thats all that counts.
I proudly wear in when I go to the beach, or by the pool, yea I get looks, but no one says anything to me, so I take it as if they don’t think anything of it.

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Dave Houston July 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Good on you! Had my first belly button piercing in 1996, again long before it was popular for either gender but mainly for females. Had it done a second time a year or 2 later so now have the bottom as well as the top done.

All these years on, i still love it but it doesn’t look quite so good anymore – a bit of middle aged spread combined with disability (due to injury) means i can’t exercise to get a smooth belly back but i don’t care!

They are my longest existing piercings, closely followed by my nipples (both have 5mm thick BCRs in), tongue and tragus (both sides). I have a few more that i sometimes wear (usually just to remind the holes to stay open!) but those are my main ones.

Anyway, why should women have all the fun!! As for “being gay” if you’re a bloke and have it done, they used to say that about blokes with pierced ears . . . . . .

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Geo September 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Dang, can’t edit…

Just wanted to add that after the pain of the nipples (brief but INTENSE) the navel was a walk in the park!

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Geo September 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Good for you (I’m a 40 y/o married guy)

I decided I wanted to be pierced, both nipples and my navel as well… It’s been a week and I really enjoy how it looks. It’s my body and I felt it was strange that some people felt the need to label a guy with a navel piercing as being gay. At least the pros at my shop are the least likely to judge. I didn’t care, I got what I wanted and I am pleased. I am well tanned and smooth – the bright stainless steel looks great!

PS CBR in th nipples and a curved bar bell for the navel.

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Katie April 6, 2010 at 4:07 am

I think it looks really cute :) I got mine done 3 days ago & I absolutely love it!! I am female but I don’t think it matters what gender you are. It is YOUR body and you do WHATEVER you want to do to it :) Our belly bars are exactly the same!!

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Robert March 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I asked my wife if I could one of 3 things pierced.
My eye brow, My nose or my navel
She let me get my navel pierced.
I love it!
I think it’s sexy.
I’ve been getting mixed reactions from ppl I know.
Some think it’s cute and are amazed I had the guts to do it and others think only females should have it done.
I don’t have a super hard body but I’m happy with it none the less..

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TOM August 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

NOTHING GAY ABOUT IT ! IF YOU HAVE A SMOOTH TONED TORSO, AND WARE THE RIGHT JEWELRY IT WILL LOOK GOOD. IM A STRAIGHT MALE AND HAVE MINE PIERCED TWICE, AND HAD THEM BEFORE IT WAS SO POPULAR,WITH WOMEN. MEN AS WELL AS WOMEN ARE PIERCED FROM HEAD TO TOE SO WHY NOT THE BELLY BUTTON. THE KEY IS A FLAT SMOOTH TORSO. LETS FACE IT THATS ONE PIERCING EVEN A WOMAN WITH A BIG BELLY CANT PULL OFF. ROMANS HAD THIER BELLY PIERCED AS A SIGN OF WEALTH OVER 1000 yrs.AGO .

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Breanna August 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Heyy I Looovve Itt!! Urs Is Veryy Cutee!! : ]

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Erika August 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

Wow not alot of Men have that piercing!
its cool for you to do it

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