9 Things You Know If You Have Piercings

9 Things You Know If You Have Piercings

This isn't a phase, Mom, this is the real me. No seriously, I really like my piercings.

1. People automatically judge you.

Oftentimes, the elderly will associate you with Satan, it happens.

2. You'll get asked if it hurt more times than you can count.

I had a needle pushed through my skin so, yeah, it kind of did but the pain level is different from piercing to piercing.

3. You'll also get asked why you got them.

Because I like it and it's my body. Do I question your decision to dye your grey hairs, Sandra?

4. Then you'll get told you're ruining your body.

So, I guess it's a really good thing it's my body, not yours.

5. Oh, there's always that person who asks "Do you have anything else pierced?"

... AKA they mean your genitals.

6. And you'll get told you won't be able to get a job or that you'll regret having them.

So far, neither of which has happened.

7. You buy new body jewelry promising yourself you'll change them out soon.

But 9 times out of 10 you're too lazy to actually do it.

8. You're always planning your next one.

You can never have too many piercings can you?

9. Despite what anyone else thinks you love them and the way they make you look.

Because as long as you're happy that's all that matters.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Balenciaga has another technology trick up their sleeve.

New, innovative, and stylish. All words that can describe the Balenciaga house of fashion. From pimped out dad shoes to oversized puffy jackets, Balenciaga has been one of the biggest influencers of the most popular trends today. An apparently, that doesn’t just stop with clothing.

For starters, creative director for the notorious fashion house, Demna Gvasalia, made headlines in early March for sending down both men and women in Balenciaga’s Fall 2018 RTW (ready-to-wear), something which had never been done before. On top of this rule-breaking bender, Gvasalia also decided to veer away from the standard fitting protocols and decided to embrace the technology of 2018.

3D scans were taken of each model, then printed molds of the bodies were made. And I must say, the precision and the angles of the clothing to the bodies was impeccable. Balenciaga’s Fall RTW was filled with blazers, trousers, and dresses, all of which are notorious for tricky fittings and trying to get the fabric to lay just right.

Speaking of fashion-forward, Balenciaga also has another technology trick up their sleeve.

One of the perfectly-fitted outfits that appeared down the runway was that of a button-down shirt and some slacks. But, of course, they weren’t just your average workday getup, it had a number plastered across the front: +33

This number, when called, transfers you to a Balenciaga hotline where you’ll receive a series of “confidential” answers. The reason I say “confidential” is because through your name may not be attached to your answers, they will be used for market research. Clever, Balenciaga.

During the phone call, you may receive questions like how old you are, where you’re from, what language you speak, if you wear glasses, if you have a pet, hat the highest level of education you’ve received, etc. All of these are demographic and psychographic research questions that can ultimately help Balenciaga pinpoint buying methods of their consumers – all through a seemingly fun and free phone call.

Even though Balenciaga is the first to plaster a market research hotline number on their runway shirts, they aren’t the very first to try and get market research data through nontraditional channels. Many retailers will ask you to fill out an online survey, but stores like J.Crew have started to use polling on Instagram to provide consumers the chance to help pick new products. Gucci also is said to have a “millennial shadow committee” that advises their team on what is new and trending in youth culture.

So if you’re looking to kill some time, and maybe even a good time, call Balenciaga.

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