The other day we finally made out trip to North Carolina. It had been in the planning for a long time. For ages if you ask my oldest. She was one of the reasons we made the trip. For quite some time she had asked me if she could get a nose piercing. When we had talked about it we agreed that she needed to be at least 15 and pay for it from her earned money and be done with her NJROTC, because they do not allow you to wear any jewelry with your uniform.
Well after we had that agreement I had looked up what regulations are for nose piercing here in South Carolina. After finding all the information, I was thinking, maybe I should of done this first!?
The first link I had found was this one http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/tattooing-and-body-piercing.aspx where it said
|South Carolina||S.C. Code § 44-34-10 to 44-34-110||Tattooing. Prohibits tattooing anyone under the age of 21. If a person is at least 18, they may get a tattoo with parental consent.|
|S.C. Code § 44-32-10 to 44-32-120||Body Piercing Facility. Prohibits anyone from performing body piercing on an individual under age 18.|
Well, maybe I should of checked with the laws first. It didn’t even cross my mind to be honest. I had mine done 20+ years ago in a jewelry shop with the “gun” they use to pierce ears. I did find out though that this is not done in the US anymore. You will have to go to a tattoo shop to get your nose pierced. Oh boy, a total new can of worms that I just opened up.
I did find some shops, that looked good to me but they all disclaimed that here in SC you have to have parents and Doctors consent to get a nose piercing and at least 16 years old. When she had her yearly physical to get the sports physical we asked the Doc. Of course she said no.
Ear piercing and nose piercing have been particularly widespread and are well represented in historical records and among grave goods. The oldest mummified remains ever discovered were sporting earrings, attesting to the existence of the practice more than 5,000 years ago. Nose piercing is documented as far back as 1500 BC. Piercings of these types have been documented globally, while lip and tongue piercings were historically found in African and American tribal cultures. Nipple and genital piercing have also been practiced by various cultures, with nipple piercing dating back at least to Ancient Rome while genital piercing is described in Ancient India c. 320 to 550 CE. The history of navel piercing is less clear. The practice of body piercing has waxed and waned in Western culture, but it has experienced an increase of popularity since World War II, with sites other than the ears gaining subcultural popularity in the 1970s and spreading to mainstream in the 1990s.
The reasons for piercing or not piercing are varied. Some people pierce for religious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, for aesthetic value, for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebel against it. Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when applied to youth.
You can find into depth information about all the piercings and their history
When I searched our neighboring States I found out that they had different regulations. We live pretty much in the middle of South Carolina, so it was either direction not more than 1.5 hours. Plus going up North would mean we could stop in at IKEA which we love to go to, but don’t get to go very often.
So we found a Tattoo/ Piercing shop that had very good reviews and I kept my fingers crossed that it was all true. And it was, the store was very clean, the staff was very friendly and explained everything into detail. Everything was sterile and the piercing artist really made my kid feel comfortable and walked her through every step. She is told to come back in 4 weeks for a check up. I don’t remember me having that when I had mine pierced.
I never had anything against my daughter piercing her nose. How can I say no, when I have a pierced nose myself. We did talk about the aesthetics and how much would be too much, and what it would mean when wanting to work in certain fields. We agreed on that this is the only one I will allow, besides ear piercing, as long as she lives in our house.
So now you know a little bit more about body piercing and it’s history.
Wow, Etsy was full of jewelry for piercing. So I narrowed it down to nose piercing. (Click on it and it will take you to the Treasury on Etsy) Or do your own search for piercing jewelry.
It was a little tougher on Zibbet to find just nose piercings. So I added other piercing jewelry into the mix. Just click on the picture if you would like to take a closer look.
These are the ear piercing jewelry that I have found on ArtYah, I think some beautiful pieces.
Do you have any body parts pierced? Which ones?
I did have 3 holes pierced into my earlobes on both sides. I did wear earrings in all of them for the longest. But the last few years, I hardly even wear any earrings. Don’t know why. But after seeing all those wonderful creations I might just have to change my mind.
Here is a link from another blogger, going a little bit more into detail about body piercings if you would like to read more about it.