Hi all; hope you're all doing well! I've been looking for inspiration for my artwork and one element that I've noticed that I have been consistently using in my paintings are piercings! I hadn't realized, consciously anyways, that I invariably paint my female characters with piercings (usually wearing a cartilage/ nose piercing of some sort). I suppose it's because I see piercings as something empowering in a way. People are often pressurized into conforming and as most of us have 9- 5 type jobs - which require adopting a certain 'professional' dress code' - we tend to refrain from pursuing a look that is unique and that shows our individuality. I personally love dying my hair and sometimes wish I could dye it blue or purple! However, I just don't feel it would go down very well with my boss...Piercings, on the other hand, allow us to have a certain degree of flexibility as you can remove them if you want and can always cover the marks/ holes with make- up. The ones from Fresh Trends for example tend to be quite discreet and that's so cool as you can remove them when you go to work (and therefore conform with the professional look required) and then put them back on when you get home. This degree of flexibility is empowering and gives you a choice - and who doesn't like the freedom to make choices? I know I do.