The Flat Back Labret: Mix-and-Match Body Jewelry for Every Occasion - Siren Body Jewelry

The Flat Back Labret: Mix-and-Match Body Jewelry for Every Occasion

Wondering what kind of body piercings you can wear a flat back labret stud in? Well, actually; there are quite a few body piercing locations that can easily enjoy the fit of a flat back labret body jewelry design.

Just to make sure we're on the same page here, let's discuss the design of a flat back labret stud. A flat back labret stud is a style of straight shaft that has a flat back disc on one end and an externally or internally threaded ball on the other end. The name itself gives away a little of the mystery of the design, since the words "flat" and "back" in the name help describe what type of backing the jewelry displays.

According to the website, Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, The word, labret is a noun: "used to describe an ornament worn in a perforation of the lip". This definition is helpful to our understanding, especially when this source also writes that the first use of the word labret dates back to the year 1831. Since then, not only has the word labret been used to describe a preference for a lower lip piercing; it has been widely accepted to be a verbal phrase or online search engine term that helps someone to find the style of body jewelry piercing shaft of a flat back labret stud with a wide variety of ball, gemstone or cluster tops on the front.

If you have a labret (lower lip under chin) piercing, that is just one of the many body piercings that can comfortably house a flat back labret stud earring. You'll find that many 16g and 14g ear piercings are convenient and enjoyable locations for any flat back labret stud. In fact, it's not uncommon to have your earlobes, lips and cartilage body piercings started out initially with a flat back labret stud and round ball font to match. Below are the body piercing locations in which you can happily enjoy the flat back labret design:

  • Earlobe
  • Tragus
  • Cartilage/Helix
  • Conch
  • Upper & Lower Lip Piercings
  • Cheek/Tongue

It's important to note that the most common type of flat back labret stud has a fixed disc that does not come off the straight shaft. However, you can easily call a straight barbell shaft with a removable disc backing a flat back labret style stud. For example, perhaps you wear a 14g straight barbell in your tongue or cheek piercings and decide to wear a 4mm disc back instead of a round, ball backing. You could call that a flat back labret style design with a removable flat disc back. 

One of the most popular reasons to enjoy a flat back labret stud is the variety and convenience of being able to purchase and wear them in multiple body piercings. If the thickness (or gauge) is thin enough, you might find a flat back labret stud in an 18g or 16g nostril piercing. That way there's less metal in the nostril cavity to be seen or felt.

Whether or not you've tried a flat back labret stud or not, it's an experience for each body piercing jewelry enthusiast to try out for themselves. Even if you were originally pierced with a hoop, you can easily buy and try out your very own flat back labret stud and see how much mixing and matching you can do on your own with this popular body piercing jewelry style. Perhaps you'll find an entire new body jewelry collection to enjoy in your very own body piercings.

“Labret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/labret. Accessed 13 Jan. 2023.

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