The evolution tradition of body-piercing
Nose ring is as popular now as it was in the hippy era
THERE are those who enjoy needles piercing their skin in a different way.
They say once you’ve had your first bodypiercing, you can’t stop having it done.
Body-piercing has become so popular these days that it’s common to have it done more than once.
Certain piercings once seen as unconventional have become more popular than conventional ones.
Belly rings, brow-piercing and tongue rings are as popular as dolphin tattoos. The nose ring is as popular now as it was in the hippy era.
Earrings – requiring piercing of the earlobes – are practically part of growing up. Some parents pierce their daughters’ ears when they are as young as 6 months old.
When Otzi, Europe’s oldest known natural human mummy, was discovered in 1991 with holes in his ears, part of that amazing discovery was the realisation that the tradition of decorating our ears could date back as far as 5 000 years.
“Piercings in many cultures is a rite of passage, but for others it is a form of self-expression,” says Kristin Weixelbaumer, founder of jewellery brand Black Betty.
“Ear-piercings are probably the most common piercing had, and almost every woman at a young age is taken by her mom to the local jewellery store to have her piercings done.”
There are girls who don’t even remember a time when they didn’t have earrings.
As we get older and become keen to explore other areas of the ear, experience can make the process quite daunting. Especially if you can remember the experience of being pierced with a gun – the usual tool of choice back in the day.
With so many options to explore for the ear area, it’s hard not to want to get more piercings done there.
Piercings in many cultures is a rite of passage Kristin Weixelbaumer BLACK BETTY
THERE are so many options when it comes to piercing placement on the ear.