Body piercing is by no means a new trend; it has been around in some fashion since the beginning of time. There are a number of reasons that a person would choose to get pierced. Many are personal, some are religious, some are an act of rebellion, and others are based on pure aesthetics. Body modification is a personal decision to alter your appearance forever, and it is not one to be taken lightly.
Personally, I’ve always been fascinated with piercings and body mod. When I was a little girl I remember seeing a beautiful girl with a nose piercing and instantly becoming obsessed with the culture. As soon as I was old enough, I was in a piercing parlor. To me, each new piercing and tattoo I get is one step closer to completing the vision I have of my perfect self. The idea of pain can be intimidating, but never as bad as one would think. Pain is momentary, and the confidence and adrenaline rush lingers on for much longer. Aftercare and healing is never fun, but like most things it doesn’t last forever, and the outcome is always worth the effort put forth.
Right now body piercing and modification are more popular than ever before. Everyone from the girl next door, to your grandma, has a piercing or tattoo. Doctors and teachers are even pierced and it’s all good. Our society celebrates individuality and pushes people to be who they are. Every piercing and tattoo is one more sentence in the story of your life, a collection of pretty things that make you happy and more satisfied in your skin.
I do have some tips for impressionable youth who are considering body modification for the first time. It is important to do things because YOU want them, not because it’s cool or your friend is doing it. It is also important to respect your parents; it may seem annoying and unfair to have to wait, but in the end you will be happy that you did. You would be surprised how a parent reacts to an adult conversation about piercing. You need to show them that you’re serious and explain to them why you want this done. Research the modification that you want in great detail, and become an expert; it is your body. Try out faux body jewelry first to make sure you are ready to commit. There is no good reason to rush into something or be unsafe; always go to a professional body piercer. This person will become your best friend, because they are there to educate you and take care of you.
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