For some, piercings and tattoos are like eating potato chips: you can never stop at just one. The first evidence of piercing predates Jesus Christ: the oldest instance of a piercing is on Otzi the Iceman, a mummy discovered in the Alps. The cold weather helped preserve the body enough to show that the earlobes had been pierced as well as stretched. His age? Archaeologists estimate that he is over 5,300 years old.
Even older than piercings are tattoos: archaeologists discovered tools that are around 12,000 years old. People from criminals and soldiers to royalty have all been guilty of wearing a little ink from time to time.
Why do people get tattoos or piercings? For some, it is to celebrate entry into womanhood: in many Indian societies, girls receive piercings when they hit puberty. For others, it is as a sign of rebellion against authority. And most commonly, it is a form of self-expression that helps give uniqueness to an individual's body.
So the question is, do you think we could guess how many piercings and tattoos you have? One way to find out is to take this quiz!