Ever since a very young age, I’ve been fascinated with the world of piercings and tattoos. I love how creative people can be with them, and I’m always intrigued to know the stories behind people’s body art and modifications.
For a few years now, I’ve been steadily cultivating a “nice collection” – as my new piercer put it – of piercings. I currently have 14, which may sound a lot to most people, but I had two done yesterday and I’m already planning when and where my next one will be. And I don’t plan on stopping any time soon, although I do tend to leave at least 6-8 months between visits to the piercing shop, to allow my new ones to fully heal before putting my body through it again. I don’t have any tattoos yet, but it’s kind of inevitable that it’ll develop into that at some point (sorry mum).
I don’t do all this to be cool, or to get attention or provoke a particular reaction. I know that a lot of people aren’t a massive fan of them, and that’s cool with me, just as long as you don’t base your opinion of me on your opinion of piercings. I can’t pinpoint the exact reason I do it, because to be honest, I hate having them done. I’m rubbish with pain, (the way that giant needle feels being punched through your skin and then ripped out again, only to have a piece of foreign metal screwed in its place, is an indescribable and horrendous experience) and every time I go, I’m always described as a “bleeder”, which is never comforting to hear when you feel like you’re about to pass out.
I guess it all simply comes down to the fact that I love the way they look, and therefore I love the way the make me feel. It might sound strange, but the more I get, the more comfortable I feel in my own skin, and the more confident I become. They’re a little piece of my body where I feel free to really express myself.
So if you don’t like piercings, I’m sorry. Sorry that you let the way myself and so many others choose to look offend and upset you. No one is forcing you to have them done. If someone can’t choose what happens to their own body without being judged, then there is something very wrong with the world. If you think they’ll regret it, then it’s their decision to regret, and you can say I told you so then. Also, on a side note, I am of the opinion that if you have your earlobes pierced, you are in no way entitled to provide an opinion about someone who has their everything pierced.
Sincerely, the human colander. ❤