Wednesday, July 8, 2009

When youthful indulgence stops being cute

I saw a woman in her late 50s at the pool the other day wearing a two-piece bathing suit.

What caught my attention wasn't the fact that she was decked out in a bikini, but that she had a tattoo stretched out across her lower back.

She. Looked. Ridiculous.

As I silently judged her, perched lazily on my lounge chair, I glanced down at my own body. I've got a few tattoos of my own, but that's not what I started obsessing over. Instead, I focused directly on my stomach, asking myself the question that anyone in their late 20s should ask.

How old is too old for a navel ring?

I've had my belly button pierced for many years now and ever since I started wearing a bathing suit this season (like, two weeks ago because it's been so frickin cold in Chicago), I've been wondering if it's time to take that sucker out.

It's not gaudy. It doesn't dangle. It's not oversized. It's just a simple, standard jewel. Yet I can't help but wonder if people will soon start looking at me like I look at 55-year-old women with tramp stamps... if they haven't already.

I mean, a cry for attention is no longer acceptable once you pass 21. We're older! We're wiser! We know better!

So, at what point do you let go of this innocent, youthful rebellion and transition into piercing-free adulthood? I'm thinking soon...

9 comments:

Shellbell said...

uh, I would probably vote yes. Although, you look really youthful and can pull it off. I would say it needs to go by at least 29.
(sorry!)

Whiskeymarie said...

I say 29-31, somewhere in there it has to go. I know a few people with navel rings (and some also with tramp stamps) over age 30 that every time I see them, I think- really? Still?

God, I have conversations like this every time I get dressed lately. Like, how old is too old for a Fruit Loops t-shirt? Hmmm...

Lacey Bean said...

I just turned 26 and I took mine out about a month ago. Had it since I was 18! I didn't think I was too old, I just didn't like having that little tiny bump under my tight shirts anymore.

Sarah said...

i don't think you're ever too old for tattoos and piercings! dangly, sparkly navel rings, in my opinion, are kind of trashy. but i think a simple stud or ring are totally acceptable.

Rachel said...

My tongue was pierced till I was 25, there was something about having metal in my mouth when I met other moms that just felt...wrong. As for navel piercings? My cousin had one but when she got pregnant the holes got HUGE. It was funny. As for those ladies that aren't pregnant I think as long as you stay in shape you can have it in....till you are 35.

bodeloublogs said...

maybe its the burbs that have jaded me, but as soon as i graduated college i took that sucker out of my navel. and i still have people look at the little hole thats there and go wha???

Lovesfool said...

This makes me want to get a tramp stamp of kermit the frog.

stealthnerd said...

I feel the same way. I got my tragus pierced my jr. year of college and keep wondering when it needs to go. For now it's cool, my job is a Chucks and jeans kind of job anyway, but it looked super weird on my wedding photog (who's gotta be well into her 40s).

Your Ill-fitting Overcoat said...

I think I was 25 when I ditched the nose ring, but I don't think there's a specific time it needs to happen. I'd more say that the fact you're thinking about it means it's probably about time. I had to toy with the idea for awhile before I finally took it out, but when I did, I was ready, and I haven't looked back for even a second. But I totally loved it while I had it, and I don't regret that either.

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