Piercings might be more common than ever, but don't take piercing lightly. Know the risks and understand basic safety precautions and aftercare steps. Piercings are popular, especially among adolescents and young adults.
I've had my ears pierced since I was an infant, thanks to my mom. By the time I hit my teens, I wanted a row of piercings halfway up the ear and in the cartilage. I remember seeing the girls in TLC with cartilage earrings and coveting one of my own.
Sometime last week I had a stunning revelation. What kind of mother would do such a thing, I wondered, all in the name of gender performance? To some extent, the question of ear piercing is adjacent to the circumcision debate.
In the four decades Claire's has been in business, the accessories chain has pierced more than million ears around the world. While ear piercings generally go off without a hitch save for nervous butterflies and an iron-gripped hand squeeze, a new viral Facebook post written by a former employee has sparked a heated discussion around children and consent. Last week was a breaking point.
Getting your first ear or other body piercing can be an emotional affair - after all, it's usually one of the first times we make an outward sign of ownership over our bodies. But aside from trying to work out the difference between a daith and a helix piercingwhat else do you need to know before your first trip to the piercing parlour? We spoke to Kevin, a piercer at Liberty London and world-famous jewellery designer Maria Tash, to find out all the important bits the professionals think you should be aware of before you get a piercing.
Last year, out of the blue, I let a small, tattooed man with holes in his ears the size of silver dollars jab a needle straight through mine. The pain was quick then gone, and a moment later he held up a mirror so that I could see his handiwork. There it was: a small silver stud shining smack dab in the center of my now slightly bloodied earlobe. After months of considering it, I'd finally gotten an earring.
Not the kind you hear out of, but the man-made kind. The ones you put earrings in. I guess they're technically called "piercings," but I prefer the term "ear holes.