Body piercing is a common form of body modification. Along with tattoos, piercings are the most popular body modifications in the world. Piercings involve making holes in the skin and tissue for the purpose of wearing jewelry. There are several ways to punch or cut the skin and tissue so there are numerous piercing methods an artist can use. People who perform piercings are known as piercers or piercing artists. These are licensed individuals typically working at piercing studios. Since piercings involve cutting and puncturing of the skin and tissue, there are certain risks involved. In order to minimize these risks it is very important to get pierced only at professional, reliable piercing studios. The piercer has to be experienced and knowledgeable about the type of piercing you are interested in. Body piercing has a long history in numerous cultures but it gained more popularity in the West only in the late 20th century.
There are many different types of body piercings, depending on the body part that is pierced and the exact placement of the piercing. The most popular piercing in the world is earlobe piercing – it is so popular and socially acceptable that many people do not even count it as a “real” piercing. Other popular piercings include eyebrow piercing, navel piercing, tongue piercing, nostril piercing and lip piercing. There are also some less common yet relatively popular piercing choices, such as nipple piercing and genital piercing. A special type of body piercing that goes only through the skin surface is known as surface piercing. It is also important to know that there are many rare types of piercings, too. However, certain piercings are more popular for a reason: certain body parts do better when it comes to creating holes, healing and wearing jewelry. It is important to keep this in mind before you decide to get your first piercing.