As someone who wants to go into quite a professional career, I have to be really careful when it comes to thinking about whether or not I want tattoos or piercings. I only got my lobes pierced when I was 13- obviously I wasn’t thinking about my future or anything then, but that was my mum enforcing the concept of having a proper think about these things.
When I went to university I got a scaffold bar, or an industrial bar, which looks like this:
It was something I had been wanting since around the time I got my lobes pierced, so a good 7 years, and even though the bar was actually too long for my narrow little ear I really loved it. I followed the advice and left it in for over a year, and the one night I took it out overnight to sleep comfortably it healed up and I couldn’t get it back in the next morning. Since then I’ve had my lobes pierced again and I’ve also been thinking about getting my scaffold repierced, or at least the back half, but when I spoke to a piercer about it she said that it would probably be better to just get a helix piercing (one of these):
All of these, however, are on the ears. I can’t say I’m particularly bothered by getting anywhere else pierced, although I’ll admit that I have spent periods of time wondering how I would look with a nose stud, and more recently a nose ring…
(I’ve just accidentally made myself want a nose ring.)
I think piercings on the face are a bit iffy though, especially if you’re going into quite an official career, and given that I’ll technically be representing my country, even though it shouldn’t matter, you know it would. Even if you take it out, people will see the little hole in your nostril and make all kinds of assumptions about you, even if you really impress them, in the back of their mind ‘but you’ve got facial piercings’ will always bother them. The same goes for visible tattoos. At least with piercings you can always take them out, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having them done. Tattoos are harder to hide- and the difference between them and piercings is that plenty of companies actually have official rules about visible tattoos, such as various airlines, and Disney. I don’t agree at all, I think that, in the 21st century, it’s unrealistic to dictate to people what to do with their own bodies. Unfortunately for now I’ll have to stick to the rules but here’s hoping people relax to tattoos and piercings in the years to come! I’ll probably still get my helix pierced eventually, I’m building up to it- but as for the nose ring, I might leave that for now…
What do you reckon? Do you have any tattoos/piercings, and have they held you back in your career at all? Let me know!