Post # 1
So, in New Zealand body modifications (piercings, tattoo’s) are pretty common. I’m just wondering what it’s like in the rest of the world, and what body mods you bee’s have? 🙂
I have 6 ear piercings, one of them used to be stretched to 12mm, but I took the plug out this year. I had my ears pierced when I was 3, and the most I’ve had have been 5 in each ear 🙂 I got my bellybutton pierced at 13 🙂 Nipple at 14, and nose at 14/15 🙂 I used to have surface piercings on my hand and arms.I also got my first tattoo done this year in March for my 21st Birthday and plan on getting a few more 🙂
What have you bee’s got? Any cultural views or rituals associated with body modification?
Post # 3
I got my first ear piercing when I was 11 days old. At the most I had 7 in each ear, but now I just have 2 in each lobe and my tragus. I also had my belly button, nose, and tongue (twice) pierced, but I took those out. The belly button hole is still open though. I also have one tattoo and probably won’t get anymore.
Post # 4
I’d say piercings and tattoos are common in the USA, at least in NYC, where I live. Culturally, they’re not seen as professional, but a lot of people have them and keep them hidden at work.
Post # 5
Multiple piercings, no tattoos. Both are very common in California. I don’t have any opinion of it really.
Post # 6
In my life, I’ve had plenty of piercings. Nipples, lip (several times, in different spots, not necessarily all at once), ears 2+, nostril, vertical labret. Now I just have my ears once (stretched to 13mm) and my septum.
And my tattoos of course! I have 11 currently, itching for more.
Post # 7
Tamoko’s (Maori cultural tattoo’s) are quite common in New Zealand, as well as tattoo’s in general, but they’re still frowned upon a bit and seen as unprofessional sometimes. I’ve noticed that most of the people my age (in their 20’s) have their ears pierced or a tattoo. I was born in South Africa, and from what I remember and have heard from relatives tattooing and facial piercing isn’t too common or accepted there; I think because it’s sometimes seen as satanic or as going against God’s wishes over there.
Post # 8
@katedesaccord: I so want more! I’ve been hinting to everyone that I want another tattoo for Christmas, and if not I think it’ll have to be a prezzie to myself 😛
Post # 9
@MissMfutureMrsB: over the years, I’ve had 13 piercings but right now im only wearing one, my left tragus. But I’ve had my top belly button, bottom belly button, lip and several in my ears in the past. Oh and 2 anchors, both of which rejected. I have awful luck 🙁
i have 4 tattoos right now. Plan to get more&soon
Post # 10
@ChuckNorris: Aw! I had one of my surface piercings reject once, it wasn’t nice!
Are tragus piercings painful? I’ve always wanted one 🙂
I don’t think you really hear many people say “I’ve got my one tattoo and I don’t want any more” I wanted my next one straight after I got my tattoo done, and I think if I had the funds it would’ve happened 😛
Post # 12
I am a super big wuss when it comes to needles so I just have one piercing in each ear at the moment. I got my ears pierced when I was 8 but they closed over and I had them re-pierced when I was 12. I am getting my first tattoo for my birthday soon and I am really excited/nervous about it!
I agree that here in NZ we have a pretty relaxed attitude towards piercings and tattoos etc. I think most of us don’t really care what other people do with their own bodies. Although I do have a friend who has a sleeve and she has to keep it covered at work.
I think religion plays into peoples views on body modification a lot too; my step dad is a super catholic and he is very anti tattoos and piercings. Religion isn’t as big here in NZ as in other parts of the world so perhaps that is part of the reason NZers are more accepting of it…
Post # 13
Just my ears and belly button from years ago. I will never get anything further than that.
Post # 14
I have my ears pierced (one on each lobe) and I appear to be the only one who admitted to having a genital piercing lol I had a VCH done about three years ago and it is the best! Love it so much. I had my left nipple pierced but it became so problematic that I took it out after a couple of years.
I have three tattoos at the moment although I technically have had four done with the third being a cover up of the second. My first was a lower back (yes yes I’ve got a tramp stamp ) one, then an upper back and then one on my right thigh. I’m planning on getting another on left thigh – I’m big on symmetry and possible making slight design modifications on my existing to make them more elaborate.
I agree that in NZ, we are more generally tolerant towards body mods although because of my chosen career path and my cultural background, I have chosen to place my tattoos and piercings (with the exception of my ears) in places where they can be covered up/hidden pretty easily. In fact, when people find out that someone like me has tattoos, they are generally quite surprised which always amuses me.
My family are originally from the Philippines and there is a lot of negative perception associated with having tattoos. My parents still hate the fact that I have them – I think the fact that I’m a girl makes it worse. They, along with a number of my older relatives, associate tattoos solely with criminal behaviour.
Post # 15
I have nine small tattoos on my feet, hip, ribs, back of my neck, and tramp stamp 🙂
Post # 16
I’m in the USA and I have two sets of ear piercings + a cartilage that I keep a small ring in, a nostril piercing that I keep a teensy little diamond in, belly button piercing, and two tattoos (one small wrist, one small rib cage). I haven’t run into a lot of problems with them in academia – I keep my nose piercing in all the time but sometimes if I’m working with clients I wear a thick watch that covers most of my wrist tattoo.