Friday, January 20, 2006

...But Prince Albert Did It!

"The things I hear in beauty shops"

Conversation overheard in a beauty salon between a mother and her sixteen-year old daughter (who already has pierced ears and pierced navel):

Daughter: "I'm getting my tongue pierced."

Mother: "Oh, no you are not. You can get your nose pierced, but you aren't getting your tongue pierced until you are eighteen."

Daughter: "YOU have a pierced tongue, why can't I?"

Mother: "I didn't get my tongue pierced until I was 21."

...and I am sure someone out there is reading this and thinking, "Yeah? So?"

~~I wanna girl, just like the girl,
that married dear old Dad~~


Blogger A Unique Alias said...

Class, all class.

4:11 PM  
Blogger V said...

This reminds me of what Chris Rock said about his biggest job--keeping his daughter "off the pole"

4:51 PM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

Ha ha! I think that girl may be headed for more than the pole! hee hee

5:20 PM  
Blogger KOB said...

That photo and that cut: I wanna girl, just like the girl,
that married dear old Dad~~
..................................... Priceless.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

AUA: Class Da Dass. There was even more going on in the conversation, including the girl's boyfriend who was hanging while she had her hair done, and he was saying "I'm getting my tongue pierced, too!" He already had both ears done and blinged out.

V and Chase: Laughing. I remember that Rock comment. Actually, pole work isn't easy. You've got to be strong and limber to haul your body weight around like that. Ask Elizabeth Berkley. ;)

KOB: And I thought I was the only one who knew the lyrics to "Gay Nineties" (1890's, not 1990's) bar songs.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

There is only one reason and one reason only a girl gets her tongue pierced.

And if either one of my girls asks me, I'm gonna smack the s*** out of them.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Phil? I love you. You have the unique ability to make me burst out in laughter at your words. I was thinking the same thing the whole time the mother/daughter were having this little conversation...and this was in an upscale salon. I wanted to smack the daughter AND the mother.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Merujo said...

I used to work with a woman who had her nose pierced. For the longest time, I thought she always had a long booger in one nostril. It made it difficult to have eye contact with her. Finally I figured out that it was simply the extremely long post of her stud nose ring.

At last I told her it looked like she had something "organic" in her nose every single bloody day. She had no idea - she stopped wearing it when she had to make presentations. I thought this was a wise move...

12:22 AM  
Blogger Asian Mistress said...

I heard two girls the other day talking (couldn't have been more than 14 or 15)...

"(girls name) and her sister both have sidekicks. They sit in the backseat and text each other and make fun of their mom (laughter) how great is that?!?"

Reason Number 2859830248 why I am NOT having children in the near future.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Megarita said...

Ugh. Some people shouldn't breed. Nasty. The tongue piercing is the worst, because you can hear it clicking when the person talks and it makes me want to yak. There, I said it.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

As an ex-San Franciscan, I have many friends with pierced everythings, and I do mean EVERYTHINGS. It's a baroque fashion: "regular" piercings are layered over confusing arrays of tattoos juxtaposed with really weird piercings where people stretch out their earlobes (or whatever) by plugging thicker and thicker earrings into themselves. It took me, a girl from Kansas City, awhile to figure out this is a style, a modprim expression. Took me longer to figure out it's harmless. Some of my best friends have tongue piercings.

I love the report of the conversation, though. It's a pierced post-modern world! Whew!!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Merujo: It's hard not to think that. I've seen photos of people with nose studs and it always looks like a mole or acne or worse. One time Mick Jagger got his tooth drilled and an emerald put in. That didn't last. Everyone thought he had food stuck in his teeth.

Asian: One of the blisses of the very young is that they think whatever they are being smarmy about will never happen to them. Then they grow older, life changes and surprise. One thing that interests me about our society is that for the longest time, teens wanted to be considered older and adult; now things seem to have flip flopped and you see the seniors wearing biker shorts and other horrors, and yes, just this past summer I saw a woman in her eighties in full spandex. I guess I should be saying "good for her," but something inside was screaming "cover it up."

Megarita: They absolutely click away in their speech. It also can cause a lisp, as in the case of the woman I heard. I wonder if you already have a lisp if it corrects it? ;) Wouldn't it be funny that you have so much metal in your mouth your speech is totally garbled. Just like Demosthenes with pebbles in his mouth.

Reya: I tend to be pretty open minded about what people do to their bodies. Most of the people I have known with tattoos didn't go into it lightly, but have some personal meaning behind it, or...and I've seen this happen repeatedly, someone goes through a life-changing event in their life, and they get a piercing or a tattoo (usually a tattoo) that symbolically reminds them of this event or the scarring of the skin holds some ritual for them.

Now for a funny story. Last summer I was on U Street and saw this guy walking toward me, and I was thinking, "No he didn't." He had taken two rolls of 35mm film and was using them as pierced ear plugs. You may have seen him around the city. It sure jumps out at you.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Ewww! No I haven't seen him, thank goodness. I try not to judge body manipulations of whatever type, but still I have a delicate sensibility around it. What a wimp I am.

2:14 PM  
Blogger always write said...

My 15-year-old sister and I had one of these talks the other day. I'm not opposed to a nose piercing from an aesthetic standpoint -- in fact, I think she'd look cute with a little hoop in her snork -- but there's a permanence to piercing just like tattoos. I told her, "That hole won't close up, and every time you blow your nose you'll be spraying snot out the side like a leaky bucket." That pretty much took care of the issue.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous DRFS aka Sue said...

I have gotten addicted to watching MIAMI INK, which is about a tatoo place in Miami beach. I don't have any tattos...but I've always wanted one...but I can't think of anything I'd want forever on my body. Except for perhaps parts from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD...

8:29 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Love that avatar of yours!

The Tart

8:44 PM  
Blogger Siryn said...

That's disturbing.

Then again, we live in a society where billboards are teaching people how to be parents.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Jinxy said...

Hey there.

I found out about Rob Lowe's site when I was in Moscow in September.

It's pretty funny, 'cept he doesn't write that often and his choice of metaphors and descriptors can at times be gut wrenchingly tortured.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Chairborne Stranger said...

Very interesting new line of reporting you've taken to, Cubie. Interesting. Well researched. And pictures! Can't wait to read the next one.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Laurie (aka buggy) said...

Too funny.

My boyfriend's cousin has both his nipples pierced and I can't for the life of me understand the reasoning.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

This was a conversation I had with a guy friend in college:

Him: Hey, I just got my tongue pierced! Here, look!

Me: Cool!

Him: Yeah, the only thing is I have to make sure my parents never find out.

Me: Ummm, wait a minute...didn't you tell me that your dad is YOUR DENTIST!

Him: Oh, shit!


5:49 PM  
Anonymous Dave EE o said...

My nephew (wife's brother's son) has a couple of lip rings, eyebrow studs and a pierced tongue, funny, conservative, Chinese mixed race born again parents, home schooled, I guess he's 'rebelling'. In his suburban Sacramento community it might be radical, but here in SF where I live, he wouldn't turn a shaved and tatooed head, or raise a pierced eyebrow. To me he looks like he fell face down into his tackle box and came up with a face full of lures, that's one face I wouldn't take swimming !

7:14 PM  
Blogger trueborn said...

The tongue stund, possible the only piecing that can help you stop smoking. All that oral fixating can be moved to another object, though I'm sure somebody may be disappointed.

7:24 PM  
Blogger wharman said...

What sort of procedure were the mother and daughter partaking in at the salon?

8:44 PM  
Blogger Bon said...

Phil degrades the tongue stud, and yet does not hesitate to have his own genitalia pierced.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Always AKA Bat Dani: Typical sister behavior.

DRFS: I've watch a few episodes of those tattoo shows when I am feeling my trash quotient is low.

Jody: Thanks. I usually get compliments on the pinup ones.

Siryn: I have friends that teach and I'm constantly hearing from them about how the parents of their charges expect them to take on those responsibilities dealt with by parents, in the past.

Mister Jinxy AKA Zombie MurderMeister: I forget how I stumbled on the Rob Lowe site, but probably via Fictional Rockstar or one of that group.

Chair: Glad to see you back online. When YOU go offline in Iraq, people freak.

Laurie: Because it enhances his sexuality, of course. And for the masochists, there's always that "twinge" pain factor.

Stef: D'oh.

Dave: Laughing. Start calling him "Chum" as in "bait."

True: I've never heard any reporting on oral sex and tongue piercings, only that "it's supposed to, etc." What's interesting about piercings (no matter where it is on their body), they are only TOO happy to show you. This holds true for breast augmentations, as well, in my experience.

I win: The mother was having her nails done (next to me.) The daughter was having her hair done, and had this young male friend in tow who was repeatingly urging her, with foil covered head, to "go to school like that." The daughter wandered over during her color wait to share with the class.

Bon: You guys kill me. You know as well as I do that Phil does not have a Prince Albert...and amazingly enough no one commented on my title of this piece. I used "The Google" to gather more facts on the Prince Albert name origins for genitalia piercing of the male and found tons of interesting facts that one friend urged me to use with this piece. Another time, perhaps.

9:12 PM  
Blogger The Captain said...

Yeah, I don't believe Bon either. Didn't Phil say somewhere that he's afraid of needles? But he has no problem getting the best mate pierced? I think Bon lies here.

From personal experience, the tounge ring adds nothing to what a woman can do if she's no good in the first place. And unfortunately, I find tounge studs to be unbearable during kisses, they make me shudder.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

There you have it. A sworn testimonial from The Captain. :)

12:04 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

That's true Captain. I believe I was unconscious when it happened.

9:08 AM  
Blogger HomeImprovementNinja said...

My married friend whose wife is expecting always kids around by looking up at the sky and yelling "please Lord...only boys" I'm starting to think he wasn't kidding.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

haha, that's too funny. I got my toungue pierced when I was 18 and my mom flipped out and refused to talk to me until I took it out. I was stupid, what can I say?

12:51 PM  
Blogger cuff said...

Certain piercings really make me wonder. Like the ring in the lip. I think that's gotta be uncomfortable on a number of levels. The whole earplug thing too really is bizarre, but it does get attention directed your way.

3:05 PM  
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3:22 PM  
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11:28 AM  
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11:47 AM  

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