If getting pierced or inked is a spiritual experience for you, you'll be glad to know that you're not alone. The Church of Body Modification, a 3,000 member congregation dedicated to helping its members "grow as individuals through body modification and what it can teach us" is taking its vaguely worded message to the streets. Most recently, the Church received a spate of media attention when one of its members, 14-year-old Ariana Iacono, got suspended for having her nose pierced in violation of school dress code. Her mother then took the school to court, where a judge ruled the suspension a violation of Ariana's religious freedom.
Recently on Facebook, I came upon some photos of my friend's baby — red-eared and crying — getting her ears pierced at the mall. This immediately conjured up images of my own first ear-piercing experience, although it was a lot less traumatic. However, according to my dad's strict rules, ear piercings were strictly forbidden until the age of 12. You better believe that the minute my 12th birthday arrived, I made a beeline to the nearest Claire's. How about you? When was the first time you had your ears pierced? And if you've never gone "under the gun," when's the first time you wore clip-on earrings, if at all?
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In a world where vajacials are listed on a spa's menu and disturbingly wacky ladyparts trends are thrown our way, here's something to add to the excess — the Va J-J Visor ($10 for six). I groan at the name, although I suppose it's slightly better than the Hoo Ha Hoodie.
Similar to a cup for women, this gynecologist-invented disposable covering is intended to protect the dainty bits. Its suggested usage is to cover the region while tanning; for hygienic use while trying on underwear or swimsuits; for privacy when getting tattooed or pierced; and, of course, for hair removal. (I think it may be more awkward to wear a vulvar visor during a wax than to go naked, but that's just me.) Shaped to be held into place by your own natural muscular movement, the Va J-J Visor can also be "suctioned" on. Oh, and the one-use visors are recyclable, too. The mind reels. What do you think about this thing?
There are lots of different types of piercings, and with them comes lots of room for error. From infections surrounding the site to jewelry that becomes "ingrown" around the piercing, the fact of the matter is that things can go wrong. For instance, last year, I decided a third earring in my left ear would look really cute, but about two months later, the little stud had to be removed due to a raging earlobe infection. Not fun. So tell me all about any disasters you've had. Whether the actual piercing was more than just a painful experience or an earring accidentally tore out because it got caught on your sweater (ouch!), we're curious to hear your stories.
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Earlier this week, Miley Cyrus showed off her new nose piercing on her Twitter page. What do you think of her latest addition? Throughout the years, celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Nicole Richie, Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson have all accentuated their nostrils with a little bling. As for me, although my schnoz remains unpierced, I have to confess that the temptation definitely exists. However, I remain conflicted as to whether or not I could ever face the needle — that long, big, scary needle. How about you? Are you all for calling attention to this facial feature, or is it just not your bag?
Sadly, a high school friend's father recently passed away. The other day my friend made a Facebook announcement that he'd like to get a tattoo in remembrance of his dad. Several people commented that they, too, have gotten some ink after a sad life event. Call it somewhat of a therapeutic release, if you will. This got me to thinking. Have you ever done a little piercing and/or inking after a bad breakup? Or perhaps you've gone from a raven-haired look to a platinum blond when your significant other did you wrong. Whatever the case, please dish about your appearance altering experiences — running from the law aside.
At a recent visit to Sally Beauty, I couldn't help but notice a DIY ear piercing display with something like the Studex System 75 Ear Piercing Instrument front and center ($17). While I'm definitely not afraid of the needle, I think I may actually be more leery of this sharp object if it were coming straight from my own hands. (Blood, fainting.)
What about you? Whether it was the old ice-and-a-needle trick or the regular piercing gun routine, have you dabbled in any self-piercing techniques? If so, how did it turn out? Did you end up with a nasty infection or were the results problem-free?
I had a friend once who came up to me all excited to tell me that she had gotten her hood pierced. I wouldn't say that I'm in the dark about most things having to do with your private parts, but this one left me puzzled. Then she explained what she was talking about and my eyes widened.
"Hmph," I said, which basically meant "ouch" and "what the hell were you thinking?" all in one. She said that it's supposed to enhance your sexual experience greatly, and that you can even get aroused from just walking down the street! That sounds good at first, but honestly, I think it'd be a bit too much. I think about sex enough as it is so I'm not sure a physical reminder hanging next to my clitoris 24-7 would be necessary. Body piercings like this navel ring are one thing, but genital piercings — well, I'm going to have to pass.
So what do you think about them? Do you have one or would you ever consider getting your lady business pierced? Have you ever been with someone who's had genital piercings? If so, do they really enhance your sexual experience?
I was playing a soccer game, and my belly button ring broke and fell out
without me noticing. Once I did notice, I couldn't do anything. I only got it pierced a couple months ago, so the piercing was still fresh. The only way I could keep the hole open was to put my regular earring through the hole. The only problem is I had to shove my earring through the hole because the bar on my earring wasn't as big as the barbell bar.
So when I got home and switched the earring to a barbell, I noticed my whole was stretched out, and I saw more of the barbell then I did before. I really don't like the way it looks now, will my skin tighten up and go back to the way it was before? Or will it be like this forever?
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If you weren't born with a beauty mark, there's a new way to fake one. A growing trend in piercing is the Monroe (named after Marilyn), which places a small stud to one side of the upper lip. What do you think?