Some of the reasons that people get body piercings are cultural customs, the desire to appear fashionable, the thrill associated with getting a piercing and the yearning to customize the body to fit someone's personality. Piercing is viewed by many as a reversible way to change the appearance of the body. Some piercings can be removed when someone needs to appear more conservative.
Piercing has been practiced in numerous cultures for thousands of years. The Romans, Greeks and Egyptians used body piercing to identify and mark different groups. It was used to make the body appear more beautiful and to flaunt financial status. Different piercings indicated whether or not someone was married and which tribe they belonged to.