Piercings are a fun way to express your creativity and decorate your body with tasteful bling.
Most piercings have existed for centuries, with ear piercings dating back to over 5,000 years ago, and nose piercings existing for the last 1,500 years. They’ve always been around, and the popularity isn’t slowing down.
While it’s fun to show off your piercings to the world, sometimes, you’ve got to keep them private.
If you work a job that bans piercings - such as in a factory or fancy office - you probably can’t even get away with just simple stud earrings. So, how do you satiate your piercing cravings without anybody seeing it?
Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered. You can get pierced just about anywhere nowadays, because body jewelry is so versatile and fun to decorate. Here are the 7 coolest hidden piercing ideas to get on your body!
Belly Button/Navel Piercings
One of the most popular hidden piercings you can get is the humble navel piercing, also known as the belly button piercing.
Belly button piercings look good on absolutely everyone regardless of body type, and come in a variety of designs, colors, and patterns.
The best part about belly button piercings is that you can hide them so easily, but you also have the freedom to show them off.
If you’re at the beach on your day off, throw on a bikini or crop top and show your pretty piercing to the world. If you’re working, your belly button is probably covered by clothes anyway.
Navel piercings have a lot of cultural significance, with evidence of the piercings dating back to Ancient Egypt.
Contrary to popular belief, belly button piercings were worn by men as a status symbol for royalty and wealth, worn mostly by pharaohs and those at the top of the social hierarchy.
It wasn’t until the early 1990s when belly button piercings came into modern fashion. This was largely thanks to Aerosmith’s “Cryin’” music video, wherein famous actress Alicia Silverstone sported a navel piercing.
It has since become a popular piercing among predominantly women who want a piercing that is easy to hide.
It’s kind of obvious why nipple piercings are such a popular hidden piercing.
Unless you actively have to reveal your nipples in the workplace, nipple piercings are a risqué yet private piercing that will spend most of its time hidden away. In most cases, these piercings are reserved for you and your partner.
However, there are still ways to show your nipple piercing if you want. This doesn’t necessarily mean showing off your nipple to strangers - instead, you can control what clothing you wear.
Certain clothing items will hide the piercing, such as padded bras or sweaters.
However, going without a bra or simply wearing a thin t-shirt will reveal the silhouette of the piercing. Of course, it’s probably not wise to show the shape of your nipple piercing in your workplace, but the option is there.
Interestingly, nipple piercings date back to the 14th century in the Western world.
They became a fashion trend in the Victorian period, wherein society women wore low-cut dresses. Nipple piercings came back into fashion in the 1990s, featuring in fashion magazines such as Vogue.
Tongue Web/Marley Piercings
Regular tongue piercings aren’t exactly the easiest piercing to hide. Sure, nobody will see it if you keep your mouth shut, but how often are you going to open your mouth during work?
It’ll be quite obvious when they see the sparkling barbell sitting on your tongue.
So, a good alternative to the tongue piercing is the tongue web piercing, also known as the marley piercing.
This is where the underside of your tongue is pierced, right on the web connecting the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. It’s arguably the most discreet oral piercing you can get, because it cannot be seen unless you lift your tongue up.
While it might look like a tongue web piercing is located in a fragile place, you have to remember that the likelihood of you accidentally ripping this piercing out is pretty low.
This bit of skin is also stronger than you’d think. Plus, it is believed that the tongue web piercing is the least painful and blood-free of all the tongue piercings!
The only downside is that you need a fairly thick tongue web (known as a frenulum) for the piercing to hold.
You’ll also need enough time to get used to the ring or piercing in your mouth. Otherwise, a tongue web piercing is a great discrete oral piercing option!
Dermal piercings are a type of piercing that lies flat against the skin. Unlike most traditional piercings, dermal piercings don’t have an entry or exit point.
Instead, they are pierced directly into the skin, making it appear like your skin produces beads of bling.
The best part about dermal piercings is that you can get them basically anywhere you like. They are probably one of the most original piercings you can get, because you can have a dermal piercing on any part of your body.
Some of the most popular places for dermal piercings include the chest, hips, collar bones, back of the neck, back dimples, and arms.
Contrary to popular belief, dermal piercings hurt no less than a regular piercing, and also don’t take longer to heal than any other type of piercing.
The main difference is that it takes some time to get used to the piercing, because it’s normal to feel unsure about a piercing in a foreign place.
Like with nipple piercings, dermal piercings can be a risqué option that only yourself and your partner will see.
Unless you want to show it off in your workplace, you can completely control who gets to see your dermal piercing depending on what clothes you wear.
Daith piercings are probably the least discrete piercing on this list, but if you know how to cover it properly, these piercings can be made private very easily.
A daith piercing is located on the upper part of your ear that hugs the inner cartilage. They are usually decorated with a small hoop.
The main reason why daith piercings are so popular is that they are believed to help with migraines.
While this is yet to be scientifically proven, a lot of people with daith piercings will swear that the piercing has helped their pain.
So, if you’re prone to developing headaches and migraines from looking at screens, a daith piercing might help.
The only downside is that daith piercings technically aren’t hidden, but there are ways to cover them.
If you have long hair, use it to your advantage and cover your ear with your hair while you’re working. You can also accessorize with a hat, headphones, and a headscarf.
It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Undoubtedly, the most hidden piercing you can get is a genital piercing. We’re not going to go into descriptions about these piercings - instead, we’ll leave it up to your imagination.
Much like with nipple piercings, you’re not likely to be showing your genitals to strangers and coworkers.
Instead, these piercings are incredibly private and designed to be for your eyes only, and the eyes of whoever you choose to see it.
They might not be for everyone, but genital piercings are definitely the easiest piercings to hide.
Lastly, septum piercings are a great option if you want the option to show off or hide your piercing whenever you want.
These piercings are located in the septum, which is the piece of cartilage between the nostrils. The piercings are like half hoops, allowing you to easily remove and install the piercings.
Septum piercings became all the rage in the West during the 80s. They were originally adopted in the punk scene as a symbol of rebellion.
However, septum piercings have existed in indigenous tribes for centuries, each with different connotations depending on the culture.
The best part about these piercings is that you can easily flip them up into your nose for nobody to see.
You’ve just got to be careful about the type of piercing you wear. You can buy septum retainers, which are smaller pieces of jewelry that are mostly see-through, allowing you to maintain the piercing without people seeing it.
Not only that, but you can also use a regular piercing, but just make sure that you don’t tilt your head up too high, because somebody might see the glimmer of silver.
However, it’s unlikely that people in your workplace will be actively looking up your nose, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
So, there you have it! Contrary to popular belief, there are lots of piercings out there that can be easily hidden or made private.
The beauty of these piercings is that they are for your eyes only, and you can control when the world gets to see them.