28 April 2012


As part of the Team Dauntless UK blog tour for Insurgent, I'll be looking at the wonderful world of body piercings.

Although tattoos and piercings are now fairly commonplace in our society, they can still be a taboo thing to have, especially when it comes to work. But in the Dauntless faction, it wouldn't be odd or out of place.

Nowadays body piercing is a form of self expression, but different forms of body piercing have existed since ancient times, often with a spiritual or ritualistic element. The oldest mummified body with ear piercings is 5,300 years old and the tradition in India for women of childbearing age to wear a nose stud dates back to the 16th century. Even back then you could find the dauntless!

As my current partner is an ex-body piercer (and it was in this role that we actually met) I thought I would ask him about some of the more unusual and interesting piercings he’s done: 

"The more unusual and most complicated, piercing I did was a corset piercing on a girl's back. It took two of us to do and 4 hours overall, as we had to do 12 individual ring piercings that all had to line up as it would later be threaded with ribbon to make the corset effect. The most fun one to do was actually nail piercings as I got to use a tiny drill to make a hole in the nail. But it was often the most unassuming of people that would walk in, wearing their office suit, to get hidden piercings..." 

Many, many years ago as a young teenager I was considering what first piercing to get when I saw an article on the different types of piercings in Kerrang magazine. The one that stood out for me was the septum piercing (think Keith from Prodigy). After that I got the back of my neck pierced with a small bar, followed by my wrist piercing (which was when I met my lovely other half whilst he worked in the piercing studio) and then I set about stretching my ears to 10mm. I've lost a few piercings over the years, but think I may still  have one or two left in me.

But if piercings aren't daring enough for you, then there is a myriad of other forms of self expression that might take your fancy such as implants. Far from the 'normal' surface piercings such as ears, lip, belly button or tongue, dermal implants are surgically anchored under the skin with the jewellery showing on the skin like a little flat ball. For those with no fear at all, then full implants under the skin might be your style.

What I’d really like to know is whether you have been tempted or could be tempted to get a piercing? What kind of piercing would you have and where would you get pierced?

Click here to pre-order Insurgent which comes out on 1st May 2012.

Don't forget to check out Jayde's post which is also up today and forthcoming posts from Andrew and Keith…

28th April: Jayde @ Ink Scratchers
29th April: Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
30th April: Keith @ Books and Writers


CazApr1 said...

I always wanted to get my septum pierced, but hayfever put me off the idea...I wanted my lip done but thought my Mum wouldn't approve, then my sister had it done...so I've stuck with many in the ears and one in the tongue, and now that I'm a 30yr old school librarian I'm still happy with them. The kids LOVE them and are always asking me to put my hair behind my ears (we dress 'professionally' so I keep my hair down to cover them up). I'm still very tempted to get my wrists done!

Hannah Mariska said...

It's annoying that to be considered professional you can't have visible piercings or tattoos. I can't wear my septum at work :( I'd love to get more in my ear though. Sounds like you have some little dauntless too!

April said...

I've got my ears pierced and I also had my nose pierced in January and I love it! It's annoying in school though because they say that it's okay to have your ears pierced but if they see any facial piercings then they make you take them out or put a plaster over it :( If they see me with it in I just take it out and put it back in when their gone anyway lol :P

Cliona said...

I have my ears pierced... :) HOW could you get the back of your neck and your wrist pierced???? It must be so painful to get it done!!!! It does look cool though :)

CarlyB said...

I always wanted my septum and snakebites. I always think your septum looks awesome :). I have eleven piercings but they're all pretty tame, love them though. I work in a pretty professional office but I'm allowed all my piercings and three of mg tattoos are visible but they still hired me, which always makes me happy.x

Cait said...

would love my septum pierced but I CONSTANTLY have a runny nose, so it would be pretty gross. I also would love a line of little micro dermal implants along my collar bone! I've had my tragus, belly button and ears done twice, but they're all gone now, no piercings at all! Yours are really awesome, I love them

The Cait Files

Hannah Mariska said...

I do wish I worked in an office that let me wear mine? Where are all yours then? I'm intrigued!

Hannah Mariska said...

I love Tracy's piercings...I want one too! Collar dermals would be cool too :)

Raimy-rawr said...

awesome post! (sorry it took so long for me to get to!) I love piercings, Ive got my nose dones and my ears have been pierced three times on the lobe, twice on each side at the top and I've had the little bit that sticks out on your ear (I cant remember now what its called!) done as well. I also had my belly button done and want my tongue or lip doing… I cant get enough of them but have to be careful now cos of work!!

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