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When is National Piercing Day?

May 16th is National Piercing Day.

What is National Piercing Day?

Eyebrows and septums and outer ear cartilage, these are a few of our favorite things to pierce. Piercing is as old as the history books. These days it tends to be more artistic expression, less bloodletting and mystic ritual. National Piercing Day celebrates the art of body piercing.

Maybe you’re not into suspending your body with meat hooks—though that’s apparently a thing. No worries. There are plenty of other ways to perforate, puncture, and impale parts of your body in the artistry of body piercing.

Modern piercings can be graceful additions to an attractive face, or they can send a message of individuality to flaunt society’s attempts to pigeonhole people. They frequently perform both functions. That’s a big leap from ancient times when piercings were often spiritually charged elements of archaic ceremonies, or even signs of servitude.

From ancient religious and social practices to modern body art, piercing is here to stay, and National Piercing Day is the day to celebrate.

Fun facts about National Piercing Day!

  • Needles are easier to sterilize than piercing guns.
  • Piercing guns don’t actually hurt less. Needle piercing only involves minor pain in the hands of an expert.
  • Naval piercings take the longest to heal.
  • Cleaning a new piercing with rubbing alcohol can dry it out, leading to cracking and bleeding.

How to celebrate National Piercing Day:

  • Find a boutique, salon, parlor, or whatever else you want to call it, and get yourself a new piercing. Many such places offer discounts on National Piercing Day. Be sure you pick a clean and reputable establishment to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Keep new piercings clean to avoid infection. If National Piercing Day inspires you to run down to your piercer for another earring, use good hygiene. Clean it with a saline solution or with soap and water.

What’s the hashtag for National Piercing Day?

Share your piercings on social media with #NationalPiercingDay.