So why mention pain first when talking about septum piercing?
Septum Piercings are rumoured to be very painful. Read, for example, this septum piercing story and you’ll see that the very moment when the needle goes through the wall between your nostrils can be fairly painful indeed. But this is only true for a minority. In the majority of cases, the piercing is a simlpe pinch.
However painful, it doesn’t prevent thousands of people all around the world getting septum piercings and even stretching them to very large gauges!
And it definitely didn’t hold back the ancient warrior tribes from piercing their nose cartilages!
New Guinea, Solomon Island and Australian Aborigines performed septum piercings on young boys as a part of marking their transition into a manhood. Native Americans also wore septum jewelry. A tribe known for this type of a nose piercing was Shawnee and even their leader Tecumseh was depicted wearing a nose ring through his nose cartilage.
And Panama’s Kuna nation wears septum rings to this date, so as we can see this type of nose piercing has been popular in the past and will be popular in future thanks to the widespread body modification followers all around the world.
Another rumour about the Septum Piercing is that the piercing goes through cartilage.
When the septum piercing is performed (traditionally not smaller than 14ga), the very nose cartilage isn’t actually pierced! The needle goes right under the septum and passes above the base of the nose.
Yes, due to the location of the piercing hole, it is not always possible to get the septum piercing right – usually it will be a bit crooked on one side. However, in hands of a skillful piercer you’ll definitely get it sorted the best way possible.
And by the way, the beauty of a septum piercing is that it’s one of a few facial piercings that is invisible to the others, in case if you don’t want to. Just put a piercing retainer in the septum piercing, and no-one will ever tell that you have your septum pierced!
No doubt – the nose piercing is very popular among girls as well as boys. Starting with a tiny little nose studs in nostril piercing and ending with crazy stretched septum piercings – people’s fantasy has no boundaries!
But now let’s look at how people actually came to an idea of piercing their nostrils, nose cartilages and all other areas around nose.
Historically nose piercing has been first mentioned even in the Bible and it supposedly dates back to around 4000 years ago. There’s a hint pointing to a nose piercing in an old Hebrew word “Shanf” which can be also interpreted as a “nose ring”.
But we don’t have to assume that this is the earliest occurrence of nose piercing, at least I don’t think so. As we all know the tribes all across the world starting from Indians in America and ending with Papuans had countless traditions involving body piercing and tattooing.
Therefore it shouldn’t be a surprise to find out that septum piercing, for instance, was very popular among Native Americans like Shawnees and in New Guinea and Australia as well.
Those guys from the warrior tribes usually would have huge stretched septum piercings carrying a wooden or bone-made nose shaft and therefore they’d look even fiercer in a battle. And when every day poses a possible threat to your life, you’d do everything that gives you an advantage, wouldn’t you? J
The Bedouin tribes of Middle East and Berber and Beja tribes in Africa also used to adorn women’s nostrils with jewelry and noticeably, the bigger the nose piercing was, the wealthier the respective family was.
However, if you were asked where the nose piercing most likely originates from, I bet you’d say it’s India. Well, it’s not far from truth! Nose piercing is indeed very popular in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and I’d say that is exactly where the hippies back in the 60ies got the idea of their nose piercings!
But if you would like to find out about more sophisticated and weird nose piercing types – check out these kinds of nose piercing – bridge piercing, rhino (or nasal tip) piercing, Austin bar, nasallang and septril nose piercing.