Piercing - IntroductionPiercing is done by puncturing or cutting part of the body and inserting an object. Whilst many cultures use decorated metal jewellery such as earrings, other types of materials such as ivory, bone and plastic can be used.
Piercing is most common on visible parts of the body such as the ears, nose, lips and navel. Like shaping, piercing allows a person to incorporate beautiful and interesting objects into their body whilst highlighting a certain feature such as the mouth or stomach.
Having a particular body part pierced can be a sign of adulthood,
gender, sexuality or connected to a person’s individual style.
How socially acceptable the extent of piercing is, the part of the body
that is pierced and the age at which a piercing takes place
varies from culture to culture.