"Being Smart about Body Art"- Piercings and Tattoos
Over the break was very daring and got a body piercing! It wasn’t planned, I was just wondering the village in NYC and I walked into a tattoo parlor wondering about them and decided I’ll get a naval piercing. I hadn’t researched or looked up the dangers of piercing until now… I recently read an article that pointed out a growing trend of body art in teens. I though about it and said to myself, that’s always been something pretty popular. However, the difference between me and the teenagers spoken about in the article is that they were getting amateur piercing, from friends,instead of from a licensed professional.
The growing trend of teens getting amateur piercing has spurred so much in certain states that campaigns have started, so that teens are aware of the dangers of piercing. A piercing in general is not easy to take care of. You have to clean it and make sure it isn't at any risk of infection. It easy for the body to catch infections through body piercing. Here’s a story that happened to me two years ago. I was attempting to get my second hole on my ear lobe and went to get the piercing done at a jewelry shop. Two weeks later it was infected and I had to go to the doctor and she had to scrape out the infection. It got pretty bad. Piercing can be a pretty dangerous thing to do to your body. I however didn’t think of that when I pierced my naval the other day, so now I’m being careful and I’m on antibiotics, just in case. You can never be too sure. The point is that a piercing is not something you go and tell your friend to do. “Hey can u please pass a needle through my eyebrow?” is defiantly something you don’t want to trust any of your friends with. The article suggests thinking about it, and listening to the warning signs. It does not prohibit or demean piercing but it does raise alertness. So if your thinking of getting a tattoo or piercing, think it twice, and make sure you get it done the right way. Do what the slogan says and : “Think smart about body art.”