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Topic Meme: Day 15 [20140107|11:53]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd requested that I witter about: any body mods you have/are willing to discuss

I only have one left: my tongue piercing, which I have no plans to remove. I still had my belly button piercing right up until just a few weeks before giving birth to Humuhumu. I had to remove it because it was getting so uncomfortable rubbing against my clothes. I have had various other portions of my anatomy pierced at different times. My eyebrow piercing grew out. I took out my upper ear piercings after a few years - I can't remember why. Most of them were put in by reputable piercers, with the exception of one of the upper ear ones, which was done via the medium of safety pin through ear into chilled apple. Ridiculous. I don't know what I was thinking. Other piercings elsewhere upon my anatomy had shorter lifetimes due to either absurdly heightened sensitivity or a refusal to heal. My ear lobes have never been pierced. I keep debating whether or not to do this. At some point I will, so that I can wear some of my paternal grandmother's jewelry.

I count wearing dreadlocks as a body modification as well. It's a dramatic hairstyle that provokes strong reactions from observers. It also requires very specialised upkeep, and it's still hands-down my favourite. I cut them off myself when I finally decided to stop wearing them, and I still have them carefully preserved. I would wear them now, except that my working environment is quite conservative. I'm only willing to push the boundaries so far (e.g. with some of the t-shirts I wear), otherwise life could become unnecessarily difficult.

As you can probably deduce from the above, while I enjoy dabbling in body modification, I haven't been consistent in my tastes for it. This is why I have no tattoos. I can't guarantee that I wouldn't tire of a design I selected and then want it removed. This is more difficult to do (and expensive) than taking out a piercing. That said, I have fancied having a bar code for sliced bread (as in "best thing since...") on the back of my neck for over a decade now. Perhaps one day when I have something important to mark - most of my piercings correspond to significant milestones.

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[User Picture]From: attimes_bracing
2014-01-07 15:40 (UTC)
I thought for many years that I'd want a tattoo and the best advice I was given was to keep a picture of what I wanted in my wallet for 6 months because if I could look at it that often for six months then I'd probably be ok with it as a tattoo. When I was 18 I found what I thought was a very cool celtic dagger which I wanted on my lower back. These days it would look like a tramp stamp and I'm glad I didn't get it because I'd very probably have regretted it quite quickly. I used to have 5 ear piercings and a nose piercing but all expect the standard two ear piercings have healed up.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-09 13:06 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm afraid a lot of the tattoo ideas I've had over the years were logos for long-defunct industrial bands. Some of them were geeky (scientific equations and diagrams) and I'd probably still be okay with them. But I don't feel deprived because none of them are permanently etched on my flesh.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-01-08 01:19 (UTC)
I remember some of your older photos with the dreads and you were soooo hot looking!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-09 13:03 (UTC)
I just looked through some of them to put in a reply to the comment below. I was so tan! Sometimes I really miss living in SoCal...
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2014-01-08 09:40 (UTC)
Never knew you had dreads. Photos?

My current PhD student used to have rather impressive dreads, but about a year ago she spent about a week, and used a lot of cream, taking them out. I don't think she had any issues with them or the piercings she still has with people being conservative about them - maybe astronomers are a bit more liberal ;-) ?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-09 13:02 (UTC)
Here's one:



And another:



And a third:



I don't know if astronomers are more liberal in general, but I do think Imperial College is quite conservative. You don't see a lot of students sporting extreme looks. I can count the number of goth students I've taught in the last six years on one finger.
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2014-01-09 13:14 (UTC)
Cool!

If you've not seen the BBC-US TV show Orphan Black, the top one makes you look almost like one of the characters :-)

(And you should watch it - it's good!)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-14 22:01 (UTC)
I've not seen it. Does it get repeated on any of the Freeview channels? Or should I get a DVD?
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2014-01-14 22:11 (UTC)
It was on BBC3 (I think) in the autumn, and there will be a second season sometime this year.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-14 22:03 (UTC)
I'm glad you concur. Also, *icon love* for Dancing R2D2.
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