National Piercing Day is observed on May 16th of every year, and while it’s not an official holiday, it’s still something to be celebrated! Piercings are enjoyed by all ages across the nation and globe. It has a rich history with many different meanings, or it can just be purely for aesthetic purposes!


There’s no way to pinpoint exactly when this holiday sprouted up, but it can be traced back to 2007, when a group of body piercing enthusiasts joined together and declared that May 16th would be the day to celebrate piercings of all kinds. Though this is a great and fun holiday to celebrate (especially by going out and getting a new body piercing), don’t call off work today!

Piercings by Mitch (Lodi location)


So how can you celebrate this day? Well, here’s a short list on things you and your friends can do in honor of National Piercing Day!

  • Obviously, GO GET A NEW PIERCING! There’s no better way to commemorate this day than to get something new and shiny!
  • Check out your local shop and write some positive reviews for them! Everyone enjoys hearing that they’re doing a good job.
  • Upload a picture or two of your piercings onto social media and hashtag them #nationalpiercingday and with your local shop hashtag (such as #emeraldtattoolodi). Don’t forget to download our FREE Emerald Tattoo app and upload your pictures directly into the app!
  • Do some research about piercings! Did you know that piercing guns are a big no no? Check out our other blog on it here!

Popular Piercings

If you’re looking to be on the cutting edge of the piercing trends, check out this post about the top trending piercings of 2017. For ear piercing, the daith is one of the most popular, along with the tragus. Body piercings is a toss up between nipple piercings and navel piercings, and when it comes to nose piercings, the nostril is quickly gaining ground and will soon beat out the septum piercing for the most admired.

Some of Mitch’s happy clients! (Lodi Location)

Come Get Poked

This is an exciting and fun day to celebrate with your friends and family. Be sure to come down to an Emerald Tattoo shop near you and take advantage of our National Piercing Day sale! For May 16th only, you can buy one piercing and get one 50% off! Grab a friend and come celebrate with Emerald today!

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