Piercings should not be stigmatized

Opinions Columnists | Journalism sophomore

Piercings are a fun way for students to express themselves visually and should not be looked down upon in society.

Piercings are as much a form of self-expression as hair color or clothing style and should be treated as such. Unfortunately, people can often be judgmental when it comes to piercings. Body modifications such as piercings and gauges are typically frowned upon in workplace settings and in general public situations.

Case in point, at my high school graduation I was told if I did not remove my nose stud I would not be permitted to walk across the stage. Interestingly enough, I was allowed to wear both my nose stud and double-pierced ears at my actual job in retail.

There are many different types of body modifications available to students looking to spice up their appearance. In addition to the standard ear piercing there are also ear plugs, which involve stretching the ear lobe to larger gauges via a taper. For those more into facial piercings, there are almost no limits on what can be pierced as long as it is done by a qualified professional.  From lips and eyebrows, to truly unique places such as cheeks, the bridge of the nose and even under the eye, the possibilities for facial piercings are endless.

The most interesting and extreme piercings to me are ones on the body. I knew a girl in high school who got her hips pierced, and it was the coolest and weirdest thing I have ever seen. Every time we went swimming she looked like a metal mermaid hybrid emerging from the water.

There are piercings students can get on the nape and sides of the neck, often referred to as “vampire bites.” Perhaps the strangest of all are corset piercings, which involve two rows of symmetrical piercings on the back intended to have lace weaved through them, much like an actual corset.

Students should make sure a licensed professional does their piercings. I speak from personal experience when I say that. As tempting as it may be for people to let their boyfriend’s younger sister do their piercings because “she’s done it for her friends a million times, and it will be cheaper this way”—I would advise against it. If an infection sets in, that younger sister is not going to know how to help, and, although it will be horribly embarrassing, that person will likely end up going to see a professional by the name of doctor anyways.

Personally, I am pretty tame when it comes to piercings, but I love how they look on others so I say the more the merrier. However, many students have probably heard that old adage about how getting piercings can affect job availability. Although it shouldn’t, the fact of the matter is sometimes it does and that is certainly something to consider before running off to get one’s dimples pierced.