I got very interested in piercing. Not tattoos or other body modifications, just the piercing. As someone who has never worn jewellery in his life, it was a new adventure for me.

Let’s dispel a few myths:

It’s not an expensive exercise. You can get a septum piercing for £25, maybe more depending on the jewellery you pick.

It can be painful, of course, when it is done as people are sticking needles in your body, but only for a short time.

Piercings need to heal. Some can take months, others days.

If you don’t like it, take it out and it will heal and disappear. There may be a scar, but that’s no problem for me at my age.

Yes, you do have to think carefully if your piercing choices might affect your employment. It shouldn’t, but you can see that someone, for example, serving in a posh restaurant may be frowned on if they have a face full of piercings.

Having piercings does not mean you are a bad person, but it does make you more approachable for vagrants on the streets.

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