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Why do people get body piercings? It's an important question given the rise of piercing popularity in both mainstream and general culture. Whether you view body piercings as personal beautification or mutilation, there are many reasons people consider piercing.

From traditional to pop culture, there are as many reasons for piercing as there are people. Piercing is a personal journey and the reason for taking the first steps varies from person to person.

Tradition

In certain cultures, particular body piercings are a part of their heritage and tradition. In Asian cultures, a nose piercing is considered to be a rite of passage. This piercing is given upon the transition to adulthood for young women, and in some cases is never removed. These traditions remain strong in these cultures and can be seen in practice today. Pacific Island cultures also practice ritual body modification including both tattoos and piercings. These cultures are at the root of the modern primitive and tribal movements which use piercings in the same fashion.

Aesthetics

Many people simply like the way body piercings look. This aesthetic attraction to piercings may have roots in popular culture, but differs in that popular opinion will not affect the person's decision on where and how to be pierced. When asked why do people get body piercings, subscribers to the cult of aesthetics will often respond with an answer about their personal feelings about the piercings and stress the importance of their own opinion of the work.

Popular Culture

It cannot be denied popular culture has had an irreversible influence on the culture of body modification, including piercings. Musicians, models, actors and actresses alike all glorify the art of piercing by displaying visible modifications to the world. Piercing trends include navel piercings, labret piercings and cartilage piercings, all of which have been displayed by pop culture icons in recent decades. The popularity of these piercings has risen dramatically among young adults where marketing is targeted.

Fetishes

Often considered to be the dark side of piercing, fetishes and sexual gratification are the reason behind many body piercings, even seemingly innocent ones. Obvious choices for permanent fetish piercings include genital and nipple piercings, which are used to enhance sensation in the erogenous zones or as a part of fetish play. Other piercings, called play piercings, are temporary and are used for display, such as corset piercings. It should not automatically be assumed these piercings are for erotic reasons, but it is a valid view in the piercing community.

Commemorative Piercings

A piercing can be used to mark an occasion in much the same way some people use tattoos as a commemorative modification. The piercings may be a reminder, a memorial or simply a mark of distinction which helps to remind the wearer of where they were at a certain point in their life. The temporary and reversible appeal of piercings make them an ideal choice for a person who is looking for a commemorative modification but who is not ready or willing to commit to the permanent nature of a tattoo.

No matter what the reason for a tattoo or piercing, a person's decision to receive a modification is an intensely personal decision. It is important to remember this when asking or questioning modifications, since personal choices can be a source of unpleasant argument. No matter what the reason for a piercing, remembering that the ultimate answer to "Why do people get body piercings?" is that it's a personal choice will better help you to understand the piercing community.

 

Success stories

Stephanie Crank

Jan 11 at 06:22 am
I have a nose ring, used to have a lip ring and I have my daith pierced as well as two sets of earrings.

Tiffany Lemmons

Apr 25 at 12:43 pm
Ears pierced as a child, upper ear pierced, and eye brow piercing

Alina Masotti

Jan 23 at 01:20 am
cool

Samahina Azevedo

Jan 21 at 14:49 pm
Finally did it and it was in my ear lobe

Ceri Glenie

Dec 16 at 11:02 am
ears pierced as a fifth birthday present. helix pierced Jan 2016. nose pierced march 2016. labret pierced Oct 2016.

Lee Bachelor

Jun 03 at 01:47 am
Tragus with my friend George in 2013

sehrish saghir

May 01 at 12:53 pm
my ear piercing

Jessie Abbott

Feb 03 at 10:51 am
I got my ears pierced.

Raunak Thakar

Feb 02 at 15:03 pm
Being an Indian we generally do nose piercing, but in my family no one has done it after me. Now that ritual is out of trend but may people who are excited by the thought are doing it. I was 6 years old when I did that. Most Indian ladies wear nose pin but I like nose ring more than nose pin.

Szennyai Fanni

Jan 24 at 12:12 pm
2011 maybe

Anne Chauhan

Nov 19 at 07:40 am
ear piercing

vanessa schroll

Nov 10 at 04:55 am
Had my Rook pierced, nothing major, but still non traditional!

Chantal Groeneveld

Nov 07 at 22:10 pm
Tong

Krystal Hill

Nov 03 at 19:13 pm
I got my belly button pierced in a school bathroom ... by Meagan

Karina Callirgos

Oct 08 at 04:33 am
I got a tongue ring when i was 19 and i loved it. I probably kept it until around 2006.

Tribe de Jordyn

Sep 17 at 01:36 am

Sheena Williams

Aug 26 at 20:22 pm
I have had my tongue pierced and my belly button pierced.

Femke Peeters

Aug 10 at 22:37 pm
did it when i was 14

Louisa Leemann

Jul 29 at 02:50 am
It was not so impressive

Nikita Van Meyeren

Jul 28 at 00:02 am
i got a belly ring

Kim Mesorten

Jul 04 at 11:43 am
tong its my second piercing

Kim Mesorten

Jul 04 at 09:06 am
tong and already had navel

Alex A.

Jun 30 at 00:59 am
...

Malin Fagerqvist

Jun 28 at 01:08 am
My first was in the nose

Jennifer Quintela

May 14 at 16:27 pm
I just got discharged from the Navy always wanted my nose pierced.

'Q' Bjorndalen

Apr 27 at 09:09 am
Ears

Samiksha Shashikumar

Apr 24 at 17:37 pm
It is religious and plus it looks FAB

Soraia Henriques

Apr 24 at 03:59 am
Waited until I was 14 to finally get a belly button piercing

Clair Elliott

Apr 16 at 14:51 pm
used to have my nose pierced

Manô Bisordi

Mar 27 at 17:41 pm
Orelha, até agoraaa

Siru Wallin

Mar 24 at 04:06 am
Just ears ;)

Bence Bence

Mar 15 at 17:46 pm
7 now!

Philip Leuenberger

Mar 14 at 07:52 am
Benchod!

Caitlin Breen

Mar 14 at 04:46 am
Multiple in my ears and my belly button

Shannon Frederick

Mar 08 at 03:12 am
ear full and belly button

Jessica Peragine

Mar 07 at 03:02 am
Cuff

Takyah Henning

Mar 07 at 01:02 am
27 piercings

Cherie Stratton

Mar 05 at 10:55 am
...

Samantha Ho

Mar 03 at 13:55 pm
Technically I got 3, which really isn't a lot, and they are all sealed already but oh well

Urban Elysium

Feb 26 at 03:34 am
5 total

Rebekah Heale

Feb 26 at 02:23 am
done

Mersadise Zartman

Feb 24 at 02:10 am
Double ears, belly button and smiley.

Julia Eriksson

Feb 17 at 12:00 pm
...

cherri massey

Feb 07 at 00:09 am
...

Marina Kotsianouli

Feb 06 at 22:57 pm
already have six and I want one more

Carly Pollard

Jan 30 at 06:19 am
have many, want more

Margreet van der Wouden

Jan 23 at 19:56 pm
...

Samantha Yore

Jan 22 at 12:46 pm
ears

Aroha Shepherd

Jan 21 at 10:18 am
Ears, Tounge and Belly button

Shannon Kokkonen

Jan 21 at 08:05 am
...

Sophie Smither

Jan 21 at 00:19 am
xxx

glitter dust

Jan 15 at 22:14 pm
had my nose pierced

hianna .

Jan 14 at 20:28 pm
Helix selbst gestochen am nächsten Tag Desinfektionsmittel und Piercing (erst) ausgesucht und platziert bzw benutzt. Bin fast umgekippt vor Schmerz. Nochmal? Eher Stechen lassen.

Sadhbh Sutton

Jan 11 at 21:10 pm
Done

Beckie Sotherden

Jan 11 at 16:19 pm
I've had several

Α Α

Jan 11 at 02:49 am
ggfh

Natasja M

Jan 10 at 23:12 pm
navelpiercing

Sarah Bre

Jan 10 at 19:23 pm
IT hurts...

Victoria Vernier

Jan 07 at 09:50 am
got 7!...so far

Sabrine feelingismy

Jan 06 at 23:49 pm
belly piercing

Kat Stewart

Jan 04 at 23:49 pm
got my ears pierced when I was 2 months old, but got my 2nds in 2015

Viviana White

Jan 04 at 22:05 pm
Got one in my ear when i was 4months old and the n in my belly 3 times coz it fall out i got the first in 2010

Kat Geo

Jan 04 at 22:00 pm
nose piercing,had to redo it 2 weeks later cause it fell off while kissing

Savi Khanal

Jan 04 at 01:19 am
got my cartilage done

Kayla Chambers

Jan 03 at 02:36 am
my nose!

Rebecca Nolletti

Dec 25 at 03:14 am
Daith piercing to help combat migraines...I love it!

Hannah Gray

Dec 24 at 03:30 am
Got my ears pierced when I was 10.

Bianca Laprade

Dec 17 at 15:39 pm
Got my "nombril" pierced... it was ok

Daiana Muniz

Dec 17 at 00:42 am
niple

Billie Andrews

Dec 06 at 23:13 pm
Had a few

Becca Gee

Dec 05 at 20:36 pm
went with my best friend

Leelou Fitoussi

Nov 25 at 10:35 am
Belly button

JeongWon Choi

Nov 17 at 12:41 pm
I got piercing by myself.

Kimberley Ann

Nov 07 at 14:12 pm
bellybutton