I was pleased to see WhoWhatWear’s recent story about the popularity of gold hoop earrings among fashion bloggers, because I’d had a good feeling about hoops last year. I love it when my predictions are confirmed in a timely manner! (In late October, the New York Times had a good feeling about them too.)
Meanwhile, multiple piercings continue their march from sex-ay to standard. Last year, inspired by the plethora of single stud earrings I’d designed, I got my fourth earlobe piercing. This year, I added a tragus piercing …
… and a fifth lobe piercing. I felt so cool.
About a month after the latter, I was amused to find out that I was not a piercing rebel without a cause, but a basic bitch, thanks to this New York Times story about women over 30 going crazy for multiple piercings.
The Telegraph ran a similar article this weekend, just bumping the basic-bitch multiple-piercing age up to the over-40 crowd. I totally identified. As one organizer of a piercing party told reporter Kerry Potter, “Straight after being pierced, women would get on their phones, take a selfie and post it on Instagram.” Check!
Photo of new #traguspiercing by @_eryn_elizabeth. Also in photo: my gun emoji and #middlefingeremoji stud earrings. Skull pinky ring with ruby eyes. Self-designed engagement ring. Full-finger barbed wire ring. No Class ring. #piercedears #tragus #lovegold #beplatinum #gunemoji #emojijewelry #rings #showmeyourrings #newpiercing #lobepiercings #barbedwire #skull #skullring #skulljewelry #jewelry #jewellery #fullfingerring #barbedwirejewelry #smile #redlipstick #profile
The sentence from Potter’s story that best sums up the trend is this:
“Suffice to say, if the Unicode Consortium ever wanted to create an emoji signifying midlife crisis, a woman’s ear with multiple earrings would be a shoo-in.”
I literally laughed out loud at that because I’ve created a lot of emoji stud earrings, including designs that SHOULD be emojis. Maybe I need to create an emoji earring of an ear wearing emoji earrings. It will be the earring version of rapper Rick Ross wearing a diamond pendant representing his own face. Earring-ception!
Sheila (of Ephemera) says
I’m thinking a hoop, but open on one side, so it looks like the shape of an ear. Then little emojis hanging like charms off the side and lobe of it! What do you think? Go big or go home, right, Wendy! ;-P
Add me to the 45+ year old chicks with extra piercings. I had no idea I was so on trend!
This! Is! Perfect!
I love your entire barbed wire collection. Certainly not your average gold hoop earrings!!
That pic of you getting the piercing is still amazing! You brave bitch.
Best picture of me evah.
Most of us in that “mid-life crisis” age have had multiple piercings since before these youngins were even born! They can stuff it! 😉
Yay us! 🙂