By: Claire Nenninger

Photos by: Sam K. Lee

Last spring we looked at some of the cool tattoos found on the Hilltop, not only to admire as art, but to demonstrate that not all of Georgetown is Vineyard Vines, J. Crew, and Canada Goose. Plenty of Hoyas have an edgier style.

In addition to tattoos, piercings are another great, and slightly less permanent, way to showcase nonconformist style. Piercings have been central to many cultures across the world since the dawn of time; yet in the US though piercing trends come and go frequently, they are still considered to be rebellious, and even job-preventers.


Historically, the most common piercings have been earlobe and nose piercings (with septum being more common than nostril). Cultures all over the world, from India to Africa to the Americas, and everywhere in between, have recorded cases of piercings; the first recorded piercing was an earlobe piercing in the Middle East approximately 4,000 years ago. Almost all types of piercings we know of today (even many genital piercings) were invented by early societies. If you’re curious to learn more about the historical origins of your own piercings, this site is an interesting read.


It’s illogical that piercings are not all widely accepted. Despite being around for thousands of years, only earlobe piercings are fully present in all avenues of mainstream, western society. Perhaps this is changing as other piercings increase in popularity, yet considering just how long it has taken for us to get even this far it’s easy to be skeptical. But perhaps the rebellious perception of piercings isn’t so bad; it gives them an edgy coolness that amps up any offbeat style. So let’s admire some Hoyas who have effectively done just that.

CLAIRE NENNINGER is a senior in the College, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Film & Media Studies and Psychology. You can probably recognize her roaming around campus by her ridiculously long, curly hair and absurdly oversized hoop earrings.
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