I’m a professional piercer – what your jewelry style says about you from eyebrow bolts, single studs and nose rings
WHEN it comes to making a statement with our look, a new piercing can be a bold and exciting change.
There are so many styles of jewelry to choose from, and whether it’s your ears, your nose, or even your nipple – where you choose to place your body art also creates a lasting impression.
Professional body drill and tattoo artist Elle Rose says, “Just like my clients, the piercings they choose and the jewelry they choose varies widely.
“Obviously there are many different reasons people choose a particular piercing, but we tend to notice patterns in the type of people who do certain things.
“I love piercing. I especially love the creative freedom I get when keeping ears, the satisfaction of performing an aesthetic piercing, and the confidence that a well-placed piercing can give a person.”
But what does your piercing say about you? Here Elle – who owns Ellerose Piercing and Tattoo in Colchester, Essex – reveals all…
nose and septum
Nostril and septum piercings are also very popular right now, especially with college students, men and women, who are more likely to choose hoops.
There has recently been an increase in the number of more mature women getting their nostrils pierced and again they tend to opt for a more understated style, usually a sparkly little gem.
Surprisingly common and usually more in professionals of all ages (doctors, teachers, etc.) who are hesitant or unable to have visible or less traditional piercings.
It seems like a way to express their wild and outrageous side without affecting their status in life.
You’d be amazed how many people hide a little metallic secret under their clothes!
For as long as I can remember belly button piercings have always been popular with young teenage girls.
It’s as popular today as it ever was and I don’t see that changing.
Ever since I was a teenager, navel piercing was almost the 14-year-old girl’s uniform!
The only thing that has changed there is jewelry, with girls opting for a banana bar over a ring these days.
We find that eyebrow piercings are more popular with men.
A lot of older men are having them right now, maybe in an effort to regain or reclaim their youthfulness perhaps?
Everything in detail
There has recently been a huge increase in the popularity of the organized ear [multiple piercings in one ear].
Older, more mature women, who have a little extra disposable income and take pride in their looks, opt for this and tend to choose solid gold jewelry in classic, understated yet eye-catching styles.
Young women in their twenties and older are more likely to choose delicate and shiny designs as well, but often in white gold, rose gold or titanium.
They usually opt for something bolder, such as mismatched studs, lots of hoops, or more unusual designs like little skulls.
Meanwhile, piercing shop owner Ben Harris has revealed some of the weirdest and most wonderful requests he’s ever received from customers.
Her piercing business has seen Kate Moss, Rihanna, Little Mix, Kelly Osborne and Gordon Ramsay walk through its doors.