When you look back at the history of body piercing, particularly the nose, you will find that it started a long long time ago. African tribes and Indians have been piercing their bodies for centuries. Only recently has body piercing become a fad in America and European countries.
Piercings in America started with good old fashioned punk kids, and occasionally hippies and indie kids. Piercings were originally seen as a form of rebellion and hardcorness. Piercings used to be associated with people who wore black and plaid and listened to certain types of music. Punk, Death metal, Metal Core, Black Metal, etc. Those were the people everyone expected to be pierced.
When Myspace became popular so did the style known as “Scene” this drew in a crowd of interesting people. These people didn’t necessarily listen to the metal music associated with facial piercings but yet they trended heavily amongst them. I think the scene kids really opened up the door for piercings to expand beyond the confines of metal kids.
Nowa days any one can walk into the doors of a piercing shop and get whatever they want pierced without a second look. Weather you’re preppy, sporty, scene, metal, ect. Everyone is being pierced. Especially the nose. The nose is one of the fastest growing piercings; it’s becoming more acceptable in the work place and looks less appalling to grandparents than a lip or other facial piercing.
Some people might refer to this as a nose piercing epidemic. Something that used to be unique to a certain group has exploded and branched out to many groups. Needless to say, nose piercings have become more and more common. Beyond that, the nose “hoop” jewelry has become more acceptable. It used to be that a modest stud was considered enough, and hoops were seen as the more edgy/rebellious style, but now the hoop is no longer seen as anything out of the norm.
This is all quite frustrating to people who are into having a stand-out style. Especially to those of us who hate having things that are the “same” as other people, myself included. It is becoming more and more difficult to have a style that is unique; someone out there somewhere will most always be very very similar to you. No matter how hard you try there will always be someone out there to “cramp your style”.