An Eskimo or an Ashley piercing is a vertical lip piercing or a vertical labret which, unlike a normal labret, runs vertically through the lip.

This piercing is executed like the centered labret, the difference being that the needle comes back out on the other side of the lower lip. Depending on the angle, the piercing will feature a ball on the upper portion of the lower lip and another just under the lower lip, or only one ball on the upper portion of the lower lip.

The overall look of this piercing is incredibly sexy.

It is believed that this piercing was created when an American piercer seriously misjudged a regular piercing; this was the consequence.

One has to admit that this piercing has a beauty all its own.

Be it centered, left, or right—it catches the eye. The vertical labret has the most sex appeal when it is worn by women, who usually opt for the middle of the lower lip. Combined with a labret or a Medusa piercing, you can expect fascinated looks on the street, and perhaps even a little envy!

In Europe this piercing is still one of a kind, simply because very few piercers perform it.

Healing and care:

A vertical lip piercing can take between 24 days and 2 months to heal completely, rarely longer.

This type of piercing can be seen as both an external and an oral piercing, and should be cared for accordingly.

Like other mucous membrane piercings, in the first three weeks it should be cleaned with ProntoLind spray twice a day, and then with a ProntoLind mouthwash.

It is important to wash your hands before touching the pierced area and the jewelry itself—the hands should be kept away from the mouth.

ProtoLind mouthspray tastes good and helps to freshen your breath. It is ideal for when you’re on the go and should be applied after every meal in order to disinfect and cleanse the piercing area.

Disinfectant solutions containing alcohol or chlorine should be avoided. Mouthwashes are no substitute for proper care and should therefore be avoided.

The right nutrition is vital for oral piercings, and you will find detailed information on this topic in the care and maintenance section. Initially, the act of drinking may seem a little odd, but you will soon get used to it. Not to mention that kissing will be an entirely new experience.


This piercing uses sterilized titanium banana barbells which can be made longer or shorter depending on the customer’s preference. The balls can have a diameter ranging between 2.5-4.0mm.