The evo­lu­tion tra­di­tion of body-pierc­ing

Nose ring is as pop­u­lar now as it was in the hippy era

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - GERRY CUPIDO

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.

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