a brief history

The tradition of ear piercing has been traced back to ancient Persia. Illustrations on
the walls here, depicted soldiers with pierced ears. Earrings were discovered dating
back to 2500 BC Iraq. During the Roman Empire, earrings were crafted & worn as a
sign of social status & luxury. During the Middle Ages as collars became higher, &
hair was styled up, earrings became more popular. In the 1850's, earrings lost
popularity. This was probably due to the fact that hair was tied back covering the
ears & bonnets or hats were worn. Not to mention in religious aspects, earrings
were frowned upon & associated with heathens.

1920's the clip on earring was invented, causing a further decrease in popularity for
the pierced ear. Yet some men still carried on the trend. For instance, sailors saw
pierced ears as a symbol of their travels on the sea. Some say it was a symbol that
a sailer had either sailed around the world, or across the equator. The earring was
also considered payment for whoever would discover their body washed up from sea,
in request for a proper burial.

Finally pierced ears started to become cool again with the arrival of hippies
& homosexuals in the sixties, punk rockers with multiple piercings in the seventies,
& the majority of women in the 80's. Often, especially with woman during the sixties
piercings were done at home, or at "ear piercing parties" because there was not a
large commercial market for them.

Ear piercing usually refers to a single hole in the earlobe, but there are actually eight
other places in the ear for potential piercing. Another type of ear piercing is the
modification of gauging, where a person stretches the ear lobe to extremes. This
can range from the size of the tip of a pencil, or even around soda cans & larger.