Symbolism associated with ear piercings has all but vaporized since the close of the 20th century as body piercings have been embraced by pop culture. According to Life123.com, between 1960 and 1990, gay American men pierced their right ears as a covert signal to help them identify other homosexual males. Their European counterparts pierced their left ear. Compounding the confusion, some scenes wore earrings in both ears to signal homosexuality.Continue Reading
In some localities, dominant gay males pierced their left ear. Piercing the right ear was a sign of sexual submissiveness. With the onset of body piercing and modification, old prejudices and taboos started to subside, and it became fashionable for men to pierce either or both ears. Much of the earlier symbolism has taken a back seat to fashion.
In the sports world, the size of the diamond stud worn by male athletes has become a sign of status. A single, small stud in a man's ear has evolved to include plug, barbell and spacer earring styles. This is nothing new, however. In 1991, a mummified body with pierced ear holes was found embedded in an Austrian glacier, according to CareFair.com. So which ear should a straight man pierce? The one that seems best when he looks in the mirror.Learn more about Jewelry & Watches
A nose piercing hurts more when compared to other body piercings, including ear piercings. A nose piercing involves inserting a sterile needle through a nostril or through the septum, both of which are made of cartilage.Full Answer >
Hip hop jewelry is a style of fashion accessorizing that is often associated with hip hop pop culture. The hip hop fashion trend that came about with the rise of rap music in the 1980s saw popular artists wear big and bold metallic hip hop jewelry.Full Answer >
Ear gauges smell bad because of a buildup of oil, sweat and dead skin cells, according to Arka Shop. Larger sizes have more buildup, resulting in a worse smell. This buildup is visible on the jewelry as an oily, thick substance.Full Answer >
Pain in the outer ear cartilage may be caused by several factors including ear piercings, cuts to the ear, trauma, complications from surgery and a rare condition called polychondritis, according to WebMD. Damaged cartilage takes longer to heal than other tissues because cartilage lacks its own blood supply.Full Answer >