January 7th, 2014

me: abby

Topic Meme: Day 15

[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 Collapse ) 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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