Why do people pierce? The answer could vary depending to whom you ask. Some people do so for self-expression, others for cultural identity, many do it for spiritual reasons, while others want to rebel against religion or their own culture.
Piercing started thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations believed ear piercings had magical purposes such as repelling demons and spirits because of the metal worn. Did you know ancient Romans would pierce their nipples to signify strength and virility? Well, even Julius Caesar did! We all know that Egyptians loved adorning themselves, but certain body piercings were only possible for the royal family. For example, only the pharaoh was allowed to have his navel pierced. In America, the Aztecs and Mayans pierced their tongues for their rituals and their women would wear lip labrets to look more attractive and sexier.
Nowadays, this practice has evolved and now it is very popular and other ways of body modification are in vogue. It is common to see both men and women having stretched earlobes, and of course nose and lip piercings. Nowadays there are professionals, special machines and anesthesia which make this fashion easier and less painful. However, these trends still imply certain health risks people should take into account.
Are you thinking about getting a piercing or having your ears stretched? Well, you should come by and participate in our first session of May and get some points of view on these trends. If you already have one of those done, tell us your experience. Do you recommend them? Do you regret them? Where you stereotyped for having a piercing? We want to know it all!