I was a bit of a late bloomer into the piercing thing. I started with tattoos at 21 but it wasn’t until I was thirty that piercing became cool in my book. As a rocker chick, it just seemed a natural next step. I had my ears pierced since I was 12, but I was ready for the next big thing. And, apparently, so was my daughter.
I have always felt that I wanted my kids, all four of them, to feel like individuals–rather it was purple hair, no hair, or gulp! Piercings. I was all set to go get my first piercing and my then-thirteen year old wanted one, too. I nearly choked! I wanted her to be expressive, but a piercing? Was it too soon? Was she too young? There was no way I going to get a piercing done and declare them off limits to her.
I called the pierce and tattoo shop and asked some questions, looking for some advice. They were more than happy to answer questions for me. Here in Maine a person under 18 can get pierced with parental consent and the shop had no problem as long as she was old enough to care for it. So, I made an appointment for us both to go and get pierced. I got my tongue pierced, and the kid was sporting a shiny new nose ring.
Since our first outing two years ago, the both of us have discovered a love of piercing. At 15 she has had several, some she eventually took out. Currently she is sporting Viper Bites and a Vertical Labret in her lower lip, and a shiny new hoop in her left nostril. Re-pierced last week on a whim!
I now have become a piercing collector myself. Angel Bites in my lip, my tongue, both nipples and an eye brow ring very soon! My partner also has himself pierced, with his two in each lobe gauged to a 12.
Her piercing experience has taught her a lot about being responsible, probably more than I ever could. She had to care for them herself, and has done a perfect job! In fact I think they all suit her personality.
As she is the oldest of my four, she has certainly set a trend. The younger ones are already planning their “first” with excitement. We use a trusted quality shop in our area to minimize the risk of complications. Like so many other things, there is a risk involved, and you need to make an informed decision about what is right for your family.