INTERNATIONAL BODY PIERCING DAY
June 28th is International Body Piercing Day. The day recognizes the practice of body piercing and modification. It also promotes the education and awareness of both the culture and safety standards that should be practice with body piercing.
Body piercing is not new, even though it’s much more prevalent than a few decades ago when only ears were pierced. No one knows when body piercing actually began. Ancient civilizations (such as Mayan)Nose used nose jewelry as a symbol of wealth. Records and evidence of piercing going back at least as far as Ancient Rome.
Today, body piercing in all forms has grown in popularity among men and woman and across cultures. As the art form grows, the business and laws governing those businesses change around the country and world. In the United States, some states require studios to be licensed by the health department, while others have no legislation in place at all. Depending on where you work, having a piercing may be hazardous. However, in other positions, the personal expression of a piercing is an asset.
HOW TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL BODY PIERCING DAY
When considering a piercing, make sure you use a reputable artist. Visit www.safepiercing.org for a list of tips on finding the right studio for you. Are you an artist? Take steps to make your studio the best and safest for your customers and your art! They’ll keep coming back and recommend you for more. If you have a body piercing, when is the last time you removed the piercing and cleaned it?
Use #Internationalbodypiercing to follow the conversation on social media.
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL BODY PIERCING DAY
July 28th was selected for International Body Piercing Day because it is the birthday of the cosmetic piercing pioneer, Jim Ward. He opened Gauntlet, the world’s very first professional piercing studio in California in 1978. The holiday itself was reportedly begun by a friend of the great Mr. Ward to continue his legacy of piercing education and promote safety standards within the industry.