Yea piercings defiantly have their advantages. In my younger days I had my eyebrow and my tongue pierced twice(yes I know it sounds bad, but I swear it was cool back in 2003). Being able to just remove the unwanted piercing is nice when you tire of it, or a fad dies. Elyse previously had her nipples pierced, and she she said the pain wasn't all that bad. Tattoos are much more permanent. So I always tell people to really think hard for an extended period of time before getting one. Especially if it is in a visible location. I waited until I was 30 before I got any work you could see in a tee shirt. I wear a mandatory shirt and tie at work everyday now, so it doesn't matter what I have anymore. As far as the pain, I don't really think they hurt that much. I almost look forward to it, but then once it begins I am pretty neutral and just zone out. But like after the 7th hour I think it's starts getting annoying and look forward to it being done.