Are piercings intimidating

Yep, the act of putting sharp objects through ones skin isn't an idea we conjured up in the past couple of decades — or even centuries — but it's still holding on strong.

The It Girl smiley piercing has been trending as of lately and a handful of celebrities have been seen sporting the more inconspicuous nipple piercings. Colby Smith of New York Adorned equates the act to riding a roller coaster.

"You have to think about piercings as a long-term thing... ) Thompson recommends taking your time finding someone you really trust and believe in, because that could be the difference between a great piercing that hurts a little and a mediocre piercing that comes with a little more pain.

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Compared to getting a tattoo, piercings can be a wee bit more intimidating (What, the idea of a complete stranger sticking a foreign object in you doesn't make you giddy with excitement?! "You wait in line, you're like, 'A-ha it's really scary,' but it's really fun once you actually do it," he says.

"People just get scared, which is totally normal — I feel like it's part of the experience." Just like a roller coaster, once that minute-long ride is over, you often want to come back for more.

This is one of those things that can be extremely effective wielded properly – it can shoot through the roof, make you physically intimidating even to men twice your size, and communicate “I mean business” to anyone and everyone like nothing else really can (although it can also send you directly to creepy guy land if you aren’t careful how you deploy it).

Early on in life, I learned that not everyone had this ability – in fact, few did.

Get a good night's sleep before you come in, bring friends that are supportive, and, most importantly, don't stress.

Going back to the tattoo comparison, while piercings might be a little more intimidating, the upside is that they're also a lot less permanent.

— all with a swift, delicate hand and artful precision. For starters, it’s fresh and modern, completely unique to the individual, and it falls on the less intimidating end of the piercing spectrum because it can be done on the lobes — which is appealing for those not into cartilage piercings. To get the inspiration flowing, Thompson walked us through some of his recent constellation piercings, sharing tips on jewelry choice and arrangement.

Suffice it to say, when he talks best practices, we listen; when he recommends jewelry combinations, we update our shopping carts; and when he spits trends? This time around, he’s ushering in the raddest (and most practical) piercing trend we’ve seen on celebs, L. cool girls, and even on the lobes of our favorite Constellation piercings are exactly what they sound like: an artful grouping of piercings, normally three or more, that are as unique as the star clusters they're named after. These piercings also tend to be incredibly dainty and minimal, perfect for girls who prefer their jewelry to be more Catbird, less costume.

From cheek piercings to the classic ear and some other NSFW areas, we talk with piercing gurus Smith and Thompson about what you should know about any and every piercing.

There's no better time than the present (or the new year!

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