Reason tells you that tattoos are permanent, while body piercings are reversible. Yet when it really comes down to it, tattoos, although not reversed easily, may not be as permanent as you may have been led to believe. Depending upon the inks used, the depth of the work, and add in the factor of ‘time’, tattoos can fade substantially from their original brilliance. Advances in tattoo removal have also allowed for complete removal of most tattoos from the skin, although at a hefty cost.
Body piercings can usually be reversed by simply removing the body jewelry that ‘retains’ the opening in the skin. Because of it’s reversibility, body piercings do not have the aura of permanence around them. However, the fact of the matter is that a body piercing will hold up intact and in the same condition it originally held for as long as you keep body jewelry in it. Unlike a tattoo, your body piercing will not fade, or change from it’s original likeness, ever. It’s not that a piercing or tattoo is any ‘better’ than the other, it’s just that they are intrinsically different when it comes to the passage of time. Just a little food for thought the next time you can’t make up your mind whether to get a tattoo or a body piercing.