Whether it’s the ears, the nose, the eyebrow, the belly button, nipples, genitals, eyelids, or any other part of the body for that matter – you can, if you wish, walk into virtually any body piercing store and have pretty much any part of your body pierced that you would like. Whilst some of the aforementioned body parts may sound pretty painful to have pierced, in reality, they aren’t always as painful as you may have initially thought and besides that, if you can tolerate a little pain, the results speak for themselves as these piercings look simply amazing. Piercings are a form of body art and expressionism, not to mention the fact that body piercings have been carried out for tribal and cultural purposes for thousands upon thousands of years, in countries located all over the globe. Although body piercing is now incredibly common, there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding the art of body piercing, and so for that reason, to help enlighten you, here we’ll be taking a look at seven fun facts about piercings.
Ear piercings are the most common form of piercings – OK, this is probably not all that surprising as we all almost certainly know multiple people who have at least one piercing in their ears, with many people actually having several. What you may not have been aware of however, is the fact that the most oldest earrings ever found, can actually be traced all the way back to 2,500 BC, which helps give you a rough idea of how long ear piercings have been around.
Ear piercings were, and still are, popular amongst men – Although when we think of ear piercings, we probably tend to first picture women with an earring in either ear, in reality, ear piercings were just as popular amongst men as they were amongst women. A number of very famous and very influential men in the world famously wore decorative and elaborate earrings in their ears, with some of these men including: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, and Sir Francis Drake, to name but a few. Although nowadays you’re likely to see Z-list reality stars with over-sized sparkly studs in their ears, there are still a number of very influential men in our world who have their ears pierced.
Lip piercings are popular in Africa – In Africa, there are a number of locations in which African citizens have, what you would probably consider a very extreme form of lip piercing, In these parts of Africa, the individual in question actually has a very small disc inserted directly into their lower lip when they are just children. As they grow and develop, the disc is changed every so often, becoming bigger and bigger with each replacement. Eventually, these lip piercing discs can be as large as 15 centimeters in diameter, which is pretty astonishing and very impressive to look at.
The Kamasutra talks about the benefits of piercings – We all know that infamous Hindu sex manual – the Karmasutra, and in one particular part of the book, the book talks about the fact that, if both parties have their genitals pierced, intercourse can be incredibly more pleasurable and intense for both, the man, and the woman. However, it is worth noting that there is an increased risk of infection, particularly if the wrong type of needle is used.
Record breaking piercings – According to the Guinness book of world records, the official record for the most piercings on a person, is currently held by a woman from the country of Scotland in the UK. She currently has 4,225 certified piercings, and has made it clear that she intends to add to these piercings very shortly.
The risks of tongue piercings – Tongue piercings are also very popular and can look pretty amazing in most cases. Despite the fact that they can look so great, studies have found that, there are a number of risks associated with tongue piercings, especially when it comes to the teeth. Experts have found that individuals who have tongue piercings, are far more likely to develop very noticeable gaps in their teeth, which will be caused by constantly trying to force the metal piercing between the front teeth, which is often done simply by force of habit.
Religious rituals – There are some parts of the world, particularly in South Asia, where extreme piercings are performed as part of a religious ritual, to basically function as a form of self-mutilation on a spiritual level.