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Your views on teenagers and piercings?

Asked by confuzzlement (274 points ) August 3rd, 2011

I was thinking of getting a piercing, and I was just wondering how you feel about them? Or, why you think teenagers should not get them.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I’m fine with them, although I worry about the ear gauging things.

confuzzlement's avatar

The spacers?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Ears can be gauged to a pretty significant size and they will still shrink back up to normal sized earring holes. As long as they are stretched, and not punched out.

I say go for it. As long as your parents are cool with it, anyhow.

Tattoos, on the other hand, should wait. That shit’s permanent, folks, and I guarantee that no matter how cool you’re convinced something is when you’re 16… there is no way you’re going to feel the same in 10–20 years.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

It is a matter of taste in my opinion.
I don’t like alot of jeweley worn at once and if the piercings like any other jewelry, are excessive, then it is in bad taste.

confuzzlement's avatar

Yeah, I also thought I might use my piercing as a way of preventing myself from ever getting a boring desk job. lol

confuzzlement's avatar

I heard it can be addictive?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Piercings come out. You can just choose not to go into a field that would stick you behind a desk, though. There is always that wonderful thing about freedom of choice.

I would say that it definitely has an addictive quality for a lot of people. Not everyone will feel the same way, but, it’s not uncommon. I found it addictive.

Despite having had multiple facial piercings, as well as gauged ears, I managed to grow up to live a normal life, with a job that would definitely frown upon those things. I think when you’re young it’s best to get it out of your system, before it’s hard to get by in the world as a “respectable” adult. Not that I agree with that concept, but a lot of society still does.

Seelix's avatar

Piercings are reversible. I don’t have a problem with teenagers getting piercings. If it were my child, I’d draw the line at any kind of stretching and anything in the mouth. Though I know that skin can be stretched pretty far before it completely loses its ability to get back to “normal”, I’d want my kids to be sure they wanted to do it – and so they’d not be allowed until they were 18. Mouth piercings – my dad’s a retired dentist, and always forbade me to get any kind of mouth piercings because of the risk of infection and breakage/erosion. I guess it’s just in me.

Cruiser's avatar

I think it is OK to a point. As a parent I would not disallow piercings but I would request that they are able to make it through security at the airport without making a scene.

tranquilsea's avatar

My 16 year old son got his ear pierced. It’s his body and it looks pretty cool.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I think it really depends on the piercing and the person. Some piercings look good on some people, but not so good on other people.

YoBob's avatar

As for me, I rather worry about folks wearing a lip stud accidentally sneezing and putting somebodies eye out.

IMHO, some piercings are rather artsy, others make you look like you lost a fight with a rogue staple gun. Alas, opinions on the difference are wildly varied.

8Convulsions's avatar

I got my lip pierced when I was 14. Now, at 23, and 21 piercings later, I can say I’ve never regretted any of them.

Be prepared to have permanent holes or scars left over, depending on the piercing you get. I’ve had my lip piercings for so long, I don’t think the holes will ever close. I often take them out for days on end. I don’t mind how the holes look, but it’s something to take into consideration.

Blackberry's avatar

I disregard teens anyway, and there’s nothing wrong with piercings.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@8Convulsions is right. The holes are permanent. I mean, most of mine are closed up, but it leaves a little scar.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

Its okay as long as you don’t go too far piercing other parts… for instance my friend’s brother has his penis pierced. I think thats just crazy!
Actually myself I am thinking of getting my cartiladge? pierced :D

Ayesha's avatar

They’re both awesome.

confuzzlement's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic Holy c**p. why?!
That’s a bit much. I feel more sorry for the person that had to pierce him. ha
I definitley think ears are the safest bet, if you don’t want to stand out too much.
I was going to pierce either my lip or nose.Can’t decide.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

@confuzzlement I know right people are crazy. Now imagine how uncomfortable it must be for the girl when having S3X with him… eurgh!
I actually think he did it himself or his friends or something like that.
I was also thinking of getting snake bites but then ugh. I won’t like it for long so I don’t wanna take the risk. What types of piercings are you thinking of getting for your lips and nose?

filmfann's avatar

My daughter works as a body piercer in San Francisco, so I’m all for it, as long as you’re over 18.

lonelydragon's avatar

I agree with @ANef_is_Enuf. Enjoy the freedom to have unusual piercings while you are young and don’t have to follow a professional dress code.

Your_Majesty's avatar

I think they’re awesome. Just don’t do it with your tongue and nipple since it could be bad for your sexual experience.

Seelix's avatar

@Your_Majesty – Those piercings could also be good for one’s sexual experience. Just sayin’.

Bellatrix's avatar

I don’t like them personally, except one or two ear piercings, but my son has quite a few. My philosophy is when he gets fed up of them, he can take them out and yes, while they will leave a scar, that scar will be small as compared to a tattoo. It is his body and he is now old enough to make such decisions himself.

Nullo's avatar

Outside of a very narrow range, they end up saying unkind things about you. Excessive piercings can impact your public image in such a way as to make difficult such things as employment and respect from teachers.

confuzzlement's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic
Haha
Just a normal nose stud, and lip piercing. But I was thinking I’m going to think about it for a while, before I make a hole in my face.

KateTheGreat's avatar

As long as it’s not excessive, it’s perfectly fine. Pierce in moderation.

Also, ear stretching is not that bad. I have mine done and they have grown back numerous times. Plus, I love it.

laineybug's avatar

I think it’s perfectly fine. I want to get my cartilage pierced and then a lip ring and maybe a nose ring. But the lip and nose piercings probably won’t be for a while.

spittingamethyst's avatar

It’s fine if its tasteful and in moderation. And if they are behaving well enough to show their parents that they’re capable of making decisions like that.

LiveWithNoRegrets's avatar

I’m a teenager myself and personally, I think that the only piercings that look decent are ears, hip and belly. Lip, eyebrows, tounges, nose, and anything else looks yuck.

desiree333's avatar

I like to go with the general opinion of: “it’s your body, do what you want with it”. I don’t like when people give their opinions on what is “ugly” and what is apparently acceptable in their eyes.

Piercings are not permanent, and if you take care of them they shouldn’t scar much, if at all. The only piercing I’d say to really take caution with are dermals; they hurt like a b*tch to remove and scar up quite a bit more than others.

Other than that, go for it! It’s easier to remove some jewelry than regretting you hadn’t tried more things in your past.

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