So I’m in 7-11 buying my biendang and this girl comes in. She’s kindof pretty, but she has this spike sticking out of her lower lip and I can tell by the way she’s walking and holding her head and shifting her eyes about, that she appears to be self-conscious about this thing she stuck through her lip. Of course she should be self-conscious about it: it’s the first thing everyone notices about her. Little kids surely say, “mommy, that lady has a thing in her lip.” I’ve seen plenty of weird stuff over the years, her spike is no big deal, but even I would have trouble carrying on a conversation with her without thinking of her spike (at least it’s not as bad as nose piercings; with those the booger factor always comes to mind). And of course if she ever had serious business to do – either in her employment or with a bank, landlord, etc – forget it, the spike will definitely count against her no matter how much she might protest that that’s not fair, that’s discrimination, blah, blah, blah.
So why do people want to stick pieces of metal through their lips, nose, tongue (those public, but not widely culturally accepted places in particular)? Is it hip or rebellious? I don’t see how it can be seen as the former when it’s been a fad for so long that it should be about as cool as wearing a Gap shirt – last decade, get with the times. Rebellious? Maybe in square Taiwan, but so what? What’s the point? Is it worth all the stares, the comments behind ones back (or to ones face) and the less favorable treatment? And then there’s the health issues – surely piercings will often lead to infections (I don’t even want to think of infected genital piercings). And tongue piercings – I knew a girl who did that once and she could barely talk or eat with the thing.
So that’s how I feel about the subject: piercings lame. Am I missing something?