I'm open minded when it comes to piercings. I don't have any myself, but I'm not bothered by people who do, so long as it isn't excessive. Women with multiple ear piercings are fine by me, as are nose (except horseshoe ones) and navel ones, among others types.
But there's always been one that strikes me as completely arbitrary, useless and totally unattractive: the Monroe. I suppose it emulates Marilyn Monroe's famous freckle or beauty spot, whatever you want to call it, and it's cool that so many people want to pay homage to an iconic figure. Except somehow they always wind up looking dumb and out of place.
Maybe the idea is to send a message that says: faces are beautiful no matter how they look or what's on them. If that's the case, I applaud the sentiment, but I have to ask - is body modification the only way to get that point across?
Let's put the Monroe this way: 1. It's a piece of metal jutting out from a random flap of skin on your face.
Don't fool yourselves, kids - no matter how cool you think it looks, it's still a metal ball sticking out of your face. And when you take it out now and then, guess what? There's a hole there. A hole in your face. It doesn't make your face prettier - it calls attention away from your natural features, which brings me to my next point:2. It's distracting.
When I'm looking at someone's face, or having a conversation, I'd much rather be looking at them directly in the eyes than staring at the shiny little invader on the side of their upper lip. Nose, ear, eyebrow and even lip piercings don't really divert attention away from the center of your face, but the Monroe does. Do you really want someone trying to find their fortune in your little magic face ring? 3. The backing is sure to scrape against your gums.
But what do I know? Maybe it's bad-ass to let a foreign object fuck up your gums and teeth. I'm sure most people know how to take care of their piercings, of course, but there's always that off-chance of bad teeth and a bloody mouth. Plus, I'd rather not be poked in the face by your mini-ball while I'm trying to make out with you. 4. It was unique when only a few people had them. Now it's just typical.
Many people will certainly be okay with this fact, and it can really be said about pretty much any piercing. Maybe you've just always wanted one, regardless of everyone else. Still, I think of body modification as a form of self expression, so if you're just following in the footsteps of all the others, how does that make you original?
So Mancouchers: The Monroe, bad piercing or worst piercing?