Mixtec or Aztec lip plugs, Mexico.
”In Mesoamerica the labret, or lip-plug, was a piece of jewelry worn only by noble males in Central Mexico. Inserted through a pierced hole in the lower lip, a labret qualified the wearer’s speech and breath as precious.”
Mayan Ruins in Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Deep in the Guatemalan rain forest lie the remains of the ancient Maya city of Tikal, a sprawling metropolis of temples, palaces and pyramids.
Once a vibrant city-state of 100,000, Tikal now lies empty, partly buried beneath moss, ferns and vines. Once the cradle of Mayan civilization, the city has collapsed, but the Mayan race has never disappeared. The Great Plaza holds the Temple of the Giant Jaguar which rises 170 feet with a steep staircase ascending to a doorway crowned by a mammoth limestone block bearing the faint image of Ah Cacao surrounded by serpents. In 1962, archaeologists discovered the tomb of Ah Cacao under the temple along with 16 pounds of jade ornaments now in the park museum. Temple II, directly opposite, may conceal his wife’s grave.
As grand as it now, Tikal dazzled in its heyday. The city has been called the Manhattan of the Maya, and from 600 BC to AD 900, the city was a major force throughout Central America. Temple pyramids were painted blood red and bore massive faces of kings. Today’s overgrown plazas were covered in smooth white plaster. Raised causeways connected the city. There were ball courts and bustling markets. Ultimately, drought, famine and warfare may have caused Tikal’s collapse.
Tikal has 3,000 sites across a 220-square-mile park and far more lying beneath. The major attractions are within a 6.2-mile area and can be explored in a two-day visit. Since there are few signs its recommended that you hire a guide which can be obtained for about $20 a day — otherwise, you’ll most likely get lost. Important sites are often given boring names such as Complex N, Complex P or Complex Q. A guide will be able to point out the names and meanings behind the particular sites.
I’ve been to Tikal once and really want to return soon to explore even more.
Hey Tumblr! Let me take a moment to tell you about my friend Ash Misako (she’s the one about to drown in that picture because of my aquatic antics at a pool in Vegas a few years ago). She’s an amazing body piercer and an APP Board Member (meaning she works REALLY hard to help keep safe piercing accessible and to make sure there’s standards for piercers like me to adhere to and and for piercees like you to benefit from). She owns a shop in Springfield, Missouri, called Kira Kira Fine Jewelry and Body Piercing. It’s an amazing studio, full of amazing jewelry (including the new ANATOMETAL gold pieces named after her studio) and she’s there every day, making folks pretty. She told me the other day her shop’s tumblr doesn’t have many followers, so I’d like to fix that for her. Start by visiting her studio’s tumblr page and following them, and then reblog this! Ash has less than 30 followers right now, so let’s see how many we can get her!
Opalscrote says follow the lady with the silly shop name.
A: Yes, you need a single use sterilized needle. So you’ll need to pick up an autoclave first before you can do your piercing so you can sterilize the needle. You can usually find a nice one for around $4,000-5,000.
Once you’ve used that needle, remember that it needs to be disposed of properly,…