Body piercing is something that has been done almost since the beginning of time, so I thought it would be interesting to share a few meanings of body piercings! Depending on where you live, and personal beliefs or preferences, body piercings can hold different meanings. Below are some of the most prevalent meanings of body piercings, so keep on reading.
1. Style and Trends
Probably one of the most common meanings of body piercings is to keep up with trends or to be in style! It could be due to peer pressure for teens, but it also has a lot to do with fitting in and being well accepted. I have pierced ears, and for me it was a matter of fashion and personal tastes! I love wearing cute earrings.
Many young people these days like to get body piercings because of the self-expression behind body piercing. Being unique and having your own sense of direction is something that our generation struggles with, and having body piercings seems to be a way of expressing your emotions, beliefs, or sense of personal taste.
3. Body Art
Body piercing is considered a form of art. I recently learned that! I always knew tattoos were considered body art, but I guess I never thought about piercings as being a form of body art! There are some creative and even crazy designs for body piercing, and lots of unusual places that people are getting piercings now. You can find nearly any style or color of earring or body jewelry for your piercings nowadays.
Body piercings can also convey sexuality. A belly button piercing was originally meant to signify sexual attraction, or to draw sexual advances to the woman wearing it. These days, most girls just like them because they are cute, but when women first started piercing their belly buttons, it was for a sign of sexuality! Interesting!
Many religions in countries overseas require a body piercing. Most of them are tribal or pagan religions, but not all of them. If you study out certain religions in the Middle East and Asia, you will find that while not all religions DEMAND a piercing, many people who follow these religions will all pierce certain parts of their bodies to signify unity and bonding.
Some people get or already have body piercings because of their culture. In India, nose piercings are quite popular, especially among the women. Some tribes in Africa pierce their lips, and even stretch them out! Depending on your culture and where you are from, a body piercing could hold great value to you if you are true to tradition!
7. World Records
Sounds crazy, but some people receive body piercings because they would like to achieve or beat world records! Sometimes the piercings are just temporary, but if you look up world record facts, you will see astonishing numbers for men and women across the globe that have held records for the most body piercings! If you go for something like this, just keep in mind that with temporary piercings, you may receive scars or marks that won’t go away.
8. The Feeling
While many people get a body piercing because they want to be stylish and 'in' right now or because of a tradition, a lot of other people get body piercings because they like the feeling of it. They like the needle going through their skin and it is something personal to them!
9. They Look Cool
Admit it, body piercings often look super cool and they are something that a lot of people get intimidated by! Body piercings are a self expression, as we went over earlier, but they are also something that just look sweet and rock 'n roll!
10. Being a Rebel
If you weren't allowed to get body piercings as a teen but are really looking for a way to drive your parents nuts, the first thing that you'll do when you are out of the house is get something pierced. Being a rebel is something that is personal to a lot of people and this is absolutely one of the best meanings of body piercings!
11. Shock Factor
Finally, the shock factor is another draw to getting your body pierced! Whether you get the corset piercings up and down your back or you get your nose pierced, it's a huge shock factor!
As you can see, there are many different meanings of body piercings, and many different reasons to get a body piercing. Do you have any body piercings? Please comment below with your own reasons for getting a body piercing!