I pretty much agree with Whoopee. The trend is going towards the more inconspicuous. The kids are getting older now and are realizing that when you have a half a pound of metal hanging from your face, well, it's gets to be kinda difficult to get a "real" job.
The ones that are going so far as to cause large basketball sized holes to be formed of their ear lobes or have actual spikes surgically implanted into their skulls are pretty much too far gone to be looking for a "real" job anyway.
The same is true for the tattooed mortals. The trend now is "don't get them where you can't cover them up." A lot of Tribal art is going on now also.
But don't be so judgmental when it comes to these types of expressions.
You'd be surprised at who actually has these hidden tats and piercings.
I met up with an older man at a tattoo shop in Augusta, GA. awhile back that was getting a spot finished up right behind his right arm/shoulder joint.
It was the only spot left on his right side that was not tattooed. He had both arms from just above the wrist to just below the neckline finished. (They're called "sleeves") He had his whole right side of his torso finished and most of his left. He had a full back piece of an oriental woman that pretty much covered his whole back. It was beautiful work. (If you can appreciate that type of art)
He told me in conversation that if anyone were to find out about his passion that he'd be finished. People at his level are ruthless when it comes to this type of thing. It turnes out that he was pretty high up in the states government and a prominent business man of that city.
I've got a few questions for ya'll. In the past, men of various ages have, for one reason or another, pierced their left ear.
Here recently, a lot of men have been piercing BOTH of their ears. Not just gays but a lot of "straight" men also. And these are older, more stable men of various races. I'm not talking about the big dime-sized holes but the regular pierced ears, or using the small gold "hoops."
Why do you suppose that is? What does it represent? How do ya'll feel about it? If you were to go to work one day and saw your late 40's or 50's boss sporting a set of diamond earings, how would that strike you? Would you say anything? What would you say?
It's something to think about for sure.
As for me ansering my own question....
I'm not fond of facial piercings. I'm sort of conservative in that regard. If you can't cover it up, don't get it.
Both ears being pierced on men does not bother me in the least.
Tattooes do not bother me. I do, however, in my older years, now feel the same way about tattoos that I feel toward piercings. If you can't cover them up, don't get them.
As for what I would say if my boss came to work sporting a pair of diamond earings? "Sharp looking set O' stones, boss! What prompted you to get 'em?"
As for me, I have no piercings. I do, however, posess several tattoos.Two of which I cannot cover up. Those two I regret. The others I do not. They are symbols of my past. Of what I experienced in my life. They are mine and mine alone. I show them when I feel like it and I cover them when I feel it's appropriate.
These "underworld" types of expression are enjoyed by all types of people of all types of life. I personally wouldn't be surprised if some of our most prominent citizens were sporting a few, if not more, of these less than mainstream idioms. "The boss" could be in the process of having a "back piece" finished as we...er...type.