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A Brief History of Piercings and Their Controversial Beginnings

by Parisa Hashempour

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When growing up in the 90s and 00s, giving parents a piercing scare was somewhat of a rite of passage. Whether insisting on a lip piercing after the release of Christina Aguilera’s “Dirrty” or coming home with a pierced navel to recreate Britney’s My Prerogative album cover; pop culture was awash with teen-influencing piercing inspiration. While that era is now known as the golden age of modern piercing, today’s trends show that bodily bars, rings, and studs are far from falling out of fashion. Your mum might pull a face if you come home with a piercing, but the general reactions to piercings are nowhere near as visceral today as they would have been in the not-so-distant past.

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