Anything I do with my body is for me.
I'm not interested in making my body a statement about anything or anyone, I don't wish to identify with a "tribe" or group or any political ideology. It's simply my body and I'll do with it want I want to.
I have several piercings, dating back to my teens -- that's a long time ago -- and they exist, or cease to, because I find them decorative. Tattoos, on the other hand, are different.
Having ink injected into your skin in various shapes and patterns isn't a new thing, but it's seen a renaissance over the past decade or so. I got my first bit of ink over 30 years ago, as a coming of age symbol. The second tattoo, which came a few decades later, was symbolic of the birth of my daughters. The third, a kanji on the back of my neck, is a deeply personal symbol that represents my ability to survive and thrive under incredibly difficult circumstances. My eldest daughter, now in her 28th year, has chosen to adopt the same symbol, because the two of us have overcome so much, and continue to thrive.
I've made this thread because I'm curious about choices that others have made about their physical adornment. It doesn't have to be a piercing or a tattoo, but I'd like to hear about choices people make when they decide to change some aspect of their physical appearance.