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Painful Pleasures: The Art Of Body Piercing

the art of body piercing: blond woman with nose piercings looking at viewer.

For centuries, people have been decorating themselves in different body piercings. In fact, even the Ancient Romans used to get in on the act. Most historians agree that the art of body piercing has been around in various human cultures for the past 5,000 years. There are lots of reasons why piercing has become so important for cultures. In some cultures, wives married to rich husbands would wear gold piercings while those less well-off would stick to silver jewellery.

One of the most popular piercings, in every culture and society, has to be the earlobe. As a matter of fact, this became so notable in Europe in the 16th Century that short hairstyles that showed off the ear piercing became very popular with women. This style took off so much that it even led to Johannes Vermeer’s famous ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ painting.

The art of body piercing fell out of fashion in the 1920’s in western cultures. Instead, people opted for clip-on jewellery. But once punk took over in the late 1970’s, piercings became big news in the fashion world once again. Throughout the 1970s and 1980’s, body piercings and jewellery were seen as a fashionable sign of rebellion. These days, piercings aren’t a sign of rebellion anymore. More and more people are choosing to add these cool types of body adornments as purely fashionable additions.

Do you fancy getting a new body piercing? There are loads you can choose from. You might even want to get a few in different places on your body! Here are some of the most common that you can think about.

Earlobe Piercing

I’ve already briefly mentioned earlobe piercings, but they are by far the most popular choice, so they are worth mentioning again! As well as the most popular, they are also the most socially acceptable and many employers don’t have a problem with their workers wearing these types of piercings. The piercer will use either a piercing gun or a needle to make the hole in the ear. This hole can then be stretched so that larger jewellery or discs can be worn in the earlobe.

Belly Button Piercing

There are some DIY belly button piercing kits out there to buy. But you are far better off visiting a professional to do this for you. They can safely carry out everything and also inform you about treating a belly button infection. Traditionally, most belly button piercings are done into the top half of the naval. But if you’d prefer you can ask the piercer to put yours in the bottom. Be aware that it isn’t safe for people who have ‘outie’ belly buttons to get theirs pierced as it increases the chance of it getting infected.

Septum Piercing

Normally, nose piercings are done on the side of the nose. However, septum piercings – in which the hole goes in the cartilage between the two nostrils – are becoming a lot more popular, especially with women. That’s probably because lots of actresses and pop stars are getting them these days. Once you have this piercing done, you can choose whether to wear horseshoe, beaded, or bar-shaped jewellery in it.

Industrial Piercing

Also known as a scaffolding or a bar piercing, industrial piercing is a name used to describe a bar that connects two holes. More often than not, this is found in the top of the ear, in the upper cartilage. Even though this is quite an extreme form of piercing, it is often socially accepted. Especially if the wearer can wear their hair over it. One problem with this type of piercing is that it takes a long time to heal. Plus some wearers still experience soreness even up to six months after getting it done.

Tongue Piercings

If you look at African and Asian cultures, you will find that tongue piercings are often the most popular, even beating earlobe piercings. As long as you follow the correct steps for self-care, you will also find that these piercings are some of the quickest to heal. But the tongue will still swell just after the piercing has been made. For this reason, you may be required to wear quite a long bar as you wait for the tongue to heal.

You will find that the art of body piercing is a great way to show off your very own personality and style. I’m sure your very own tastes and preferences will dictate where you decide to get yours done! Don’t worry about the pain of getting any piercing done – it’s never as bad as you think it will be!

 

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