Beynon has gotten many piercings done over the years, most of which she had done before she was 18, including lobes, navel, nose, cartilage, industrial, and daith piercings. Some she got on certain occasions, like a birthday, and others for certain reasons.
“I struggled with body positivity issues and severe acne a lot in high school, but one thing I always liked about my face was my nose, and I wanted to draw more attention to it, so I got it pierced,” Beynon said.
There also seems to be a popularity and glorification of body piercings when it comes to big influencers such as celebrities. Popular culture plays a major role in influencing trends, piercings being one of those.
Another, arguably less spoken of reason people decide to get their body pierced can be fetishes. Some people can have a more sexual look on piercings and often get them done for the purpose of pleasure. For example a nipple piercing is said to enhance stimulation according to professional piercers.
"I love how different and unique people style their earrings and it kind of became an identity for me” - Caeleigh Wannamaker
But not all of these are done for erotic reasons, some are just plain and simple fetishes or obsessions.
“I really enjoyed that you could mix and match with all these different style earrings. That’s when I became addicted … I love how different and unique people style their earrings and it kind of became an identity for me,” said Caeleigh Wannamaker.
Wannamaker is an anthropology student at Carleton University and so far has 17 piercings.
“I’ve also gotten a piercing with my friend when we went on a trip because it’s something we bond over,” she added.
Piercings can be seen by people as beautification or body modification. The difference all depends on personal opinions.
WHAT DO THE PIERCER’S SAY?
Michael Bilinsky is a head body piercer and senior manager at the popular tattoo, Adrenaline Vancity, in Vancouver. After seeing hundreds of customers a day, he knows what is trending.
“There’s always new stuff, whether its new jewelry, new tools … it’s always changing, so it’s super exciting" - Michael Bilinsky
“Last year and the year before it was septums (nose), [they] were so … popular. Right now it’s nipples, I’ll do 10-12 a day, it’s crazy,” Bilinsky said.
He said ages 18-24 is probably the majority of piercing customers, but he can get good amount of people ranging from 16 to around 35.
”I think the oldest person I pierced was in her seventies,” he said.
“There’s always new stuff, whether its new jewelry, new tools … it’s always changing, so it’s super exciting,” he added.
Piercings are becoming normalized with the growing demand
The piercing industry is ever-evolving to suit the needs of customers and new trends, but one thing is for sure, it is a growing industry as more people experiment with new styles and ways to pierce the body.
STERILIZATION HAS AN EFFECT ON PEOPLE GETTING PIERCINGS
In these modern times, being careful with instruments and sterilizing tools can help prevent any infections with piercings. After all, they are open wounds.
People often look for the best reviewed shops because they do not want their piercing to become infected and have to deal with treating it.
Shops have to follow strict guidelines on sterilization if they want to stay in business according to Carrier at Ink Spot.
All these guidelines are set out in Health Canada, and if they are not followed, shops could be fined and even shut down.
Many parents want their babies to get piercings done at a very early age in order for them to heal easily without the baby wanting to touch them.
But it is not just up to the piercers to make sure tools are safe, it is also up to the customer to take care of their piercing with proper aftercare advised by the shop.
Bilinsky has had many run-ins with people not taking his instructions seriously and demanding a refund days after the piercing because they did not take proper care.
Piercings have become part of many individuals’ everyday lifestyle and are becoming more accepted by the general public as popularity increases.
Try checking out a local tattoo shop and find out more about piercings and the different kinds you can get. After so many years of the industry evolving, there seems to be piercings for almost everyone.