As you can see, Michelle-Belle (shoot, don’t tell her I slipped and called her that in public) has a lip piercing. She also has a belly button and some ear piercings. Her 20 year old brother has ears pierced (one is gauged), his tongue and a bridge piercing. (If he has any other piercings, I don’t want to know about them). Her 23 year old sister has belly button and tongue and nose and ear piercings. (If she has other piercings, I don’t want to know about them). Yesterday, a friend of mine took her daughter to get the back of her neck pierced. (adding a photo of HJ’s nape piercing Before you cringe and immediately say “No way, my kid is never doing that!” take a minute to think about the educational possiblities!
First, there’s the whole work for the money thing. Piercings are no longer $9.99, people. Michelle’s lip was $60 and she got a wee discount. HJ’s neck was $75 (down here I believe it probably would have been more). Don’t forget to add in the cost of salt spray and the notarized form if your state requires such a thing.
Second, that notarized form. It’s an interesting experience for kids, taking them to have a form that applies to them notarized. Learning what that means and why it’s required for things like piercing a minor.
Third, research. Before you get a piercing (or tattoo) you should really scope out the parlors and make sure you’re choosing a healthy, safe environment. Make your teen research the health department laws regarding piercing studios for your state, and for some surrounding states. It’s interesting to read those regulations. It’s also interesting to visit a few shops and see who is following the rules to the letter, who goes above and beyond and who might not be following those rules. During the research procedure, don’t leave out the possible DANGERS and COMPLICATIONS of piercings. You might even consider having your teen call his physician and ask questions about this topic BEFORE she gets that piercing.
And, last but not least, share this story with your teen and talk about this.
Everything is educational. Even getting a body piercing.