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This is a good article. Click here for more information.Body piercingFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchFor other uses, see Piercing (disambiguation).Nipple piercings, vertical labret piercing and stretched earsBody piercing, which is a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturingor cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may beworn, or where an implant could be inserted. The word piercing can refer to the actor practice of body piercing, or to an opening in the body created by this act orpractice. It can also, by metonymy, refer to the resulting decoration, or to thedecorative jewelry used. Piercing implants alter body and/or skin profile andappearance (e.g. golden threads installed subdermal, platinum, titanium or medicalgrade steel subdermal implants). Although the history of body piercing is obscuredby popular misinformation and by a lack of scholarly reference, ample evidenceexists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by multiple sexessince ancient times throughout the world.Ear piercing and nose piercing have been particularly widespread and are wellrepresented in historical records and among grave goods. The oldest mummifiedremains ever discovered had earrings, attesting to the existence of the practicemore than 5,000 years ago. Nose piercing is documented as far back as 1500 BCE.Piercings of these types have been documented globally, while lip and tonguepiercings were historically found in Africa cultures and so many more but isactually from the Middle East. Nipple and genital piercing have also been practicedby various cultures, with nipple piercing dating back at least to Ancient Romewhile genital piercing is described in Ancient India c. 320 to 550 CE. The historyof navel piercing is less clear. The practice of body piercing has waxed and wanedin Western culture, but it has experienced an increase of popularity since WorldWar II, with sites other than the ears gaining subcultural popularity in the 1970sand spreading to mainstream in the 1990s.The reasons for piercing or not piercing are varied. Some people pierce forreligious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, foraesthetic value, for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebelagainst it. Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when appliedto youth. The display or placement of piercings have been restricted by schools,employers and religious groups. In spite of the controversy, some people havepracticed extreme forms of body piercing, with Guinness bestowing World Records onindividuals with hundreds and even thousands of permanent and temporary piercings.Contemporary body piercing practices emphasize the use of safe body piercingmaterials, frequently utilizing specialized tools developed for the purpose. Bodypiercing is an invasive procedure with some risks, including allergic reaction,infection, excessive scarring and unanticipated physical injuries, but such

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