Now, if you’re on the fashion pulse as much as I am, you’ll have noticed that from A/W 2014 right through to S/S 2015, piercings have become a regular addition to catwalks of fashion shows everywhere. The trend has been written about in Elle, The Guardian, The Debrief and The Telegraph, just to name a few. As someone who recently gained some alternative ear piercings (tragus, helix and lobe so far, with more planned) I thought they would be an ideal topic for today’s post.
Personally, I’m glad that having multiple hoops in your ear is in this season. I’m not a massive fan of the hoop in my lobe at the moment, because paired with my helix I’m unintentionally channelling Jim Hawkins from the Disney film Treasure Planet. You can’t deny that I’m bang on trend, but once it’s fully healed in a couple of months I’ll be switching the hoop for a pretty stud, or maybe fake plugs.
Unfortunately due to my extremely flat ear cartilage, most of the more alternative piercings, such as the rook or snug, are out of my reach. You can bet that I’ll be piercing my lobe again at least once, though, with more hoops around the outer edge of my ear to make a real statement. For the first time in my life I’m not ashamed to draw attention to my massive ears, because now I have some cute jewellery to adorn them!
(I also have less pain to worry about than most people who get pierced, as I won’t be piercing my right ear at all. What’s the point, when my hair covers it 99% of the time?)
If you’ve ever been to a rock, punk or metal gig, you’ll know that those of us who are fans of alternative music are usually into alternative fashion too. And with alternative fashion comes alternative piercings. Imagine the drinking game, “take a shot every time you see someone at the gig with a septum piercing, stretched ears or an ear piercing that isn’t a lobe”, everyone would be wasted within about 15 minutes.
So, maybe I find it kind of irritating that all of a sudden, alternative piercings have become high fashion. Honestly though, I’m not that bitter about it. The more mainstream alternative piercings become, the more acceptable they become! Discrimination in the workplace due to body modifications is a major issue, so now alternative piercings are a little more on the radar, hopefully they’ll become more accepted. Plus, as I can attest, getting pierced is addictive. Even for a massive wimp like me, I can’t wait to get back in the chair for my next, yet-to-be-decided piercing. The more piercings we get, the more the trend is going to boom.
The alternative piercing trend doesn’t stop at ears though! Eyebrow rings, septum rings and double nose piercings are also on the rise, so if you’re already happy with your pierced ears, there are plenty of other places to turn to!
In conclusion, if you’re on the fence about whether to get an alternative piercing, altrocklife says go for it! Much like hair colours and styles, and unlike tattoos, piercings do not have to be a permanent addition to your body. Of course, make sure you’re educated about what the scarring could look like if you decide to remove your piercing, but if you get your snug pierced and 12 months later you decide it’s not your thing, there’s no harm in taking it out and letting it heal.