The history of nostril piercings…

“Nostril piercing is a body piercing practice often associated with India and Nepal. In India the outside of the left is the preferred position of the piercing as this is supposed to make childbirth easier. This is because Ayurvedic medicine associates this location with the female reproductive organs. In India piercings were regarded as a mark of beauty and social standing as well as a Hindu’s honor to Parvathi the goddess of marriage in the 16th century. Nose piercing is still popular in India. It also remains popular in Middle Eastern and Arab countries. Nostril piercing is also part of traditional Australian Aboriginal culture (Stirn 2003). Nostril piercing has in recent decades become popular in the industrialized nations, as have other forms of body piercing. Afterwards punks and subsequent youth cultures in the ’80s and ’90s adopted this sort of piercing. Today, nostril piercing is popular in the United States, UK, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe, with piercings being performed on either the left or right nostril.” -wikipedia

The nostril piercing is by far, the most popular piercing in America. I have performed hundreds(thousands?) of nostril piercings over the years and my favorite thing is that they look good on EVERYONE! There is no specific demographic of the people that get nostril piercings anymore. I’ve pierced the nostrils of people from every walk of life you can imagine. There are thousands of different jewelry designs, to make the piercing as unique as you desire. Just imagine how good your nose could look with a nostril piercing!

I prefer to use the threadless style of jewelry for nostril piercings, due to the comfort of the jewelry. Using a freehand piercing technique, no clamps are used, making the piercing virtually painless!

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~ by Born This Way Body Arts on October 30, 2010.

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