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Ever wonder when the tradition of piercing got its start and how to celebrate it? Well, National Piercing Day is here to give a little attention to this unique body art and show some appreciation for the beauty it provides around the world!

History of National Piercing Day

While some people might think that body piercing is a trend of self-expression that started somewhere in the 80s or 90s, this tradition actually has a history that can be followed back into ancient times.

Piercing, whether in the ears or other parts of the body, comes with a history that dates back thousands of years. In fact, the oldest evidence of ear piercings from mummified remains were from at least 5,000 years ago. And nose piercing can be traced back as far as 1500 BC. Cultures such as Native Americans, Alaskans, Indians and Africans have been connected with piercings.

The first National Piercing Day seems to have taken place in 2007 as an online grass roots declaration by a group of people who wanted to celebrate the art of piercing. Since that time, the day has been observed annually and has grown in popularity each year.

How to Celebrate National Piercing Day

Whether partaking in a new piercing or just enjoying and appreciating the way they look on others, National Piercing Day is a fun day to celebrate with some of these ideas:

Get a Piercing

Depending on family traditions or even cultural origins, piercings may or may not have been a rite of passage growing up. Some people pierce their children’s ears at a very young age while others prefer to wait until the kids are old enough to make their own decisions. For those who have never gotten a piercing, or for those who want to get a new one, National Piercing Day is the perfect time!

Get those ears pierced for the first time — or the second, or third. Get a nose piercing, eyebrow piercing or even a belly button ring. Go for a stud or a ring. Whatever the preference, this is a great day to enjoy and celebrate with a new piercing.

Buy New Pierced Jewelry

In honor of this day, many body piercing stores and jewelry shops will offer discounts or sales for their customers. (Remember to buy high quality body jewelry from trusted sources to prevent infection.) Check out a local shop to see what kind of deals they are offering. And while in the shop, don’t forget to thank the piercing artist and wish them a Happy National Piercing Day!

Check Out Famous People with Piercings

Looking for a bit of inspiration on National Piercing Day? Do a little online image search to see what kind of piercings these folks have:

  • Scarlett Johansson — multiple ear and cartilage piercings.
  • Jessica Biel — septum piercing that can be easily hidden.
  • Zayn Malik — side nose ring and two ear studs.
  • Beyoncé — belly button ring.

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