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What is the purpose of the eyebrow piercing?

Updated on March 29, 2009

Adorning the Body




Men and women throughout history have adorned themselves. First of all, to increase their attractiveness to those around them. Secondly, as an artistic expression. Moreover to mimic their peer group they want to fit in with. The way a person chooses to enhance their appearance depends on the culture they live in. More specifically, what subculture they belong to. A wide variety of methods have been used such as foot minding by the Chinese during the 10th Century. Tattoos have been popular in many cultures as well. Ancient Egyptians painted their eyes, dyed their hair, and wore wigs. In America, women used to wear corsets that bound their waists so tight many would faint from lack of oxygen to the brain. People have an innate need to belong and many times that means taking on a certain appearance.

What is appealing to some may be strange to others. Artistic expression takes many forms. Subtle, drastic or somewhere in between, everyone has adorned themselves at one time or another. A necktie, a hat, make-up or a piercing. At the young age of 13, I had my ears pierced. I can remember feeling special and pretty.

Change is the name of the game. We all tend to mimic the appearance of our peer groups. For example, my grandfather kept his hair high and tight his whole life. The sides of his hair never once touched his ears. If, however, he had been born in 15Th Century Scotland, he would have kept his hair longer and perhaps worn a kilt too. People gravitate their appearance to fit in with their peers.


3 Common Myths About Piercings:

1. Piercing yourself is perfectly safe. It requires a professional. The procedure needs proper tools, technique and sterilization.

2. Alcohol, peroxide and Betadine applications are good to treat an infection. It is no longer concidered acceptable because these are overly strong substances and dry out the skin, which can hinder healing, according to the APP.

3. Body piercing is just a fad, which won't last. Fads typically last for 5-8 years and then fade out. There has been steady growth in the art of piercing for the last 30 years and shows no signs of dying out.


In the United States, body piercing has spread beyond a select few subcultures. Altogether, it has been widening in interest since the 1970‘s. It used to be only a few groups of people participated. Now, the interest has broadened to include people of all ages and social status. Some have even named it as The Western Body Art Renaissance.


Why would someone pierce their eyebrow, bellybutton or even somewhere down south?

For the same reason a man wears a suit or a child dons a backpack to school. It all is a response to the time and culture in which we live. More specifically, it is considered an art, part of the rise of the genre of body art. The diversity of personal taste is part of what makes life that much more interesting.

Do you have your eyebrow pierced?

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      3 years ago

      I have my eyebrow pierced. And I have known quite a few people that also have them. The reason I believe I wanted one. Is that I believe it is attractive on some people ( not everyone ). Some people really don't look good with facial piercings. And I believe it looks good on me. If I didn't, then it would be gone.

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      7 years ago

      I have my eyebrow and tongue pierced and I love both of them. I didn't necessarily do it for anyone or to fit in anywhere. Because none of my friends really have any piercings. It was just a spur of the moment, I want to do something different for once kind of thing. I did the eyebrow first, and I was expecting mixed feelings about it from myself but I've loved it every second, so I decided to get the tongue. They're both great.

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      9 years ago

      I like your view on this topic. I am currently writing a research paper for my English on the History of Piercing and I stumbled upon your page. I had no idea about how long something lasted to be considered a fad. =)

      Fun fact! Gladiators had the head of their penis pierced with a ring so they could tie the penis back to prevent serious injury. If the ring was large enough they could not have sex without their owners permission since most gladiator were slaves.

      In all my research that one has made the biggest impression, I had no idea they did that back then.

    • The Real Tomato profile imageAUTHOR

      The Real Tomato 

      9 years ago

      puff - thanks for stopping by

      Eldritch - I am glad you enjoyed the Hub - I just tell it as I see it, that's all.

      glassvisage- good to see you

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      9 years ago from Northern California

      This is great! Thanks for including the myths and facts... Those are actually really good to know.

    • Eldritch Elegy profile image

      Eldritch Elegy 

      9 years ago

      "People have an innate need to belong and many times that means taking on a certain appearance."

      I'm glad to see someone mention that things like this are done in an effort to "fit in". So many people make the mistake of thinking "extreme" appearances are an effort to "separate oneself from the crowd", when in reality it is typically done for attention or, to put it more mildly, companionship or a sense of belonging.

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      puff daddy 

      9 years ago

      whoa amazing

    • The Real Tomato profile imageAUTHOR

      The Real Tomato 

      9 years ago

      Hello Frieda - So glad you popped in. The second myth I discovered in researching a bit - learn something new everyday!

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      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great pics. Had no idea about the second myth. I'm going to have to remember that!

    • The Real Tomato profile imageAUTHOR

      The Real Tomato 

      10 years ago

      Hello Proud Mom- I chose those pictures to show the two extremes. Both piercings were done for the same reason. I would never add any piercings to my body, but that is only because I am a frugal nut and don't want to put out money.

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      Proud Mom 

      10 years ago from USA

      KCC Big Country says:

      'why not that spot?'.

      So many reasons, KCC. So many reasons.

      That 2nd picture at the top of the hub, tomato, was startling!!!!

      Very interesting hub.

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      10 years ago from Central Texas

      I agree Tom....I have no problem with them either. I just wondered where it originated and thought someone might enjoy writing a hub about it since I'm sure others wondered the same thing.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile image

      Tom rubenoff 

      10 years ago from United States

      Wikipedia reports that eyebrow piercing is contemporary in origin. As such, it would have no deep cultural or religious meaning, if Wikipedia is correct. I find piercings, wildly dyed hair, tatoos and other unusual forms of self expression to be greatly entertaining, and at no cost to me! Certainly an entertainment bargain!

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      10 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for answering my hub request, The Real Tomato. Great hub.

      Although, the answer you gave could have been assumed.  Is there something in particular that makes the eyebrow so appealing?  Where did it start? Does it have some special meaning or symbolism? I need more.  I find it fascinating.  I guess I'm saying I understand WHY someone does it, I just wonder why that particular spot.  And, for some other reason other than 'why not that spot?'.


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