If you appreciate the art of body piercings, you probably know that a “hole” lot of options exist. In fact, today most body parts can be pierced and then adorned with the jewelry of your choice, and the cost of this service isn’t likely to set you back much – as long as you don’t experience any side effects.
The Art Of Body Piercing
While many young people pierce different parts of their body as a form of self expression, the use of body piercing actually dates back to ancient times. Some of the earliest forms of this practice were seen in Egypt, Greece and Rome, and allowed people a non-verbal way to communicate their positions in society, as well as a way to banish evil spirits.
In more modern days, body piercing has been viewed as an alternative practice and even as a mild form of rebellion, but over the past decade or so, it has been becoming much more mainstream. As a result, now it’s very common to see people with multiple ear, nose and naval piercings. Just keep in mind that certain parts of the body heal better, and more quickly, than others so you’ll want to do some research first so you’ll know exactly what to expect in advance.
In order to have body piercing professionally done, most states require you to be 18 years of age or older. Therefore, young people may need to bring proof of age, such as a birth certificate. However, some places will allow people who don’t meet the age requirement to bring a parent or guardian with them to the piercing salon in order to give their formal consent for the procedure.
Before you select a body piercing salon, it’s important to find a place that comes highly recommended by clients and professionals. Also make sure that any place you’re considering is extremely clean, uses proper sterilizing techniques and meets the local board of health regulations (if any exist in your state).
Further, be sure that the staff members have their license to perform piercings. This is a requirement in some states, but not all of them, which means that some piercers have very little training and can put therefore put you at unnecessary risk for things to go wrong. You should also steer clear of salons that use piercing guns, since these can’t be sterilized after use and can pose a risk of infection for the client.
The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) provides a list of registered members who follow proper safety regulations. When looking for a reputable body piercing shop, the AAP website can be a great place to start finding reliable places in your area.