What Kind of Nose Piercing Should You Get?

By: Ian Fortey

What Kind of Nose Piercing Should You Get?
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About This Quiz

Some older folks might look at nose piercing as some kind of fad that the weird kids get into and grow out of, but it's worth noting that nose piercings are older than any of us by a long shot. There are references to nose piercing that go back about 4,000 years, and it even appears in the Bible, so this body modification has an extremely long and proud history. If something has managed to last for 4,000 years, it has to be for a good reason. You can't even buy a computer that lasts more than five years these days.

Nose rings come in all shapes and sizes and can really help you find a way to express who you are and how you feel. The nose is the most prominent feature on your face after all, so having it pierced is a simple way to make a statement about yourself without saying a word. But you do need to pick the right piercing. There are several different types of piercings you can get for your nose, and it's a limited piece of real estate, so you can't take them all. But if you want to figure out which one will be best for you, why not take this quiz and see?

When you first arrive at a party, what are you most likely to do?
Scope out the scene and see who's here already
Say hi to everyone
Find my friends and have a good time
Find those drinks

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If you're out at a club, how hard is it to stay off the dance floor?
Oh, not that hard.
I'm there to dance, aren't I?
Guess it depends on the music and who I'm with.
Get a few drinks in me and I'm there.

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If you were single right now, how likely would you be to have a dating app on your phone?
Hard to say
Yeah, I'd have a solid profile online somewhere.
I'm sure I'd give it a try.
Just one? I'd have a few.

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What's your favorite genre of movie?
Comedy
Action
Horror
I like everything.

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How many piercings are too many piercings for someone to have?
I think a handful is good.
You've got room for 10 or 20, easy.
You should stop if you're getting tangled in your clothes.
No such thing as too many

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Have you ever seen a piercing that you would never, ever get?
Oh yes. More than a few.
I've seen some crazy surface piercings.
I'm willing to try almost anything. Almost.
I mean, there are some I'd never get, but if someone else likes them that's awesome.

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How many piercings do you have right now?
Just a couple
Under 10
Over a dozen
Around 10

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Is there any other kind of body modification that you like the looks of?
Not a lot, really
Tattoos are cool.
I've seen some cool implants.
There are some really cool surface piercings out there.

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People often say "what's that going to look like when you're older?" about piercings. What do you say to that?
It takes like five seconds to remove.
No one said I have to keep this forever.
Going to look as cool as it does right now.
I'll probably have even more by then.

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How do you decide on where to go to get a piercing done?
There are shops around that look good.
Word of mouth
I like to research and find out who's best in the area.
That's why Google exists.

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Are you on the ball when it comes to proper piercing upkeep and maintenance?
I get the stuff to keep it clean and mostly remember to use it.
I follow the instructions from my piercer.
I'm meticulous.
I learned the hard way.

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What would you do if your piercing became infected?
Take it out.
Go to the doctor, see what they think.
Get in touch with my piercer, find out what they think is best.
Have the piercing removed and treat the infection.

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What kind of jewelry do you like most for a piercing?
Something small, maybe silver
Nothing too crazy, but I want it to be noticeable.
Whatever, I can always change it later.
I like some color and a good size.

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Would you feel awkward if you caught someone staring at your piercing?
I wouldn't want something that noticeable.
Stare if you need to stare.
I'd prefer if they asked about it.
Nah, I got it to be seen.

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What's your pain tolerance like?
I'm a bit of a wimp.
Pretty good. Maybe?
I can handle anything.
It's up there.

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What would you do if your boss told you that piercings aren't allowed at work?
I could take it out at work.
I can't just cover it up?
Is that legal?
Reconsider if I need that job.

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Would you ever use a needle and pierce yourself?
That sounds like an awful idea.
That sounds like something I'd do.
I've done it before.
Well, I'd get a friend to do it.

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When you get your very first piercing, did your parents know about it?
Yeah, it was just my ears.
My parents took me to do it.
I may have failed to mention it.
My parents and my piercings don't really cross paths.

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Have you ever had an incident that lead to a piercing being torn out?
Thankfully no
I've yanked a couple by accident, but not torn out.
Once or twice
I have before. It's not a good scene.

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How much money would you spend on the actual piece of jewelry you were wearing?
I dunno. Nose rings are pretty cheap, aren't they?
I'm not looking to spend much more than $20 or $30 on the jewelry.
Definitely depends on the piece of jewelry. If it's really nice, you can go up to $100 or so.
You gotta pay for quality.

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Do you think there's an age limit on when people should be getting piercings?
It seems weird when really old people do it.
At a certain age, some piercings are probably not as cool as you think anymore.
Do you mean too old or too young? I guess you shouldn't let little kids be doing it unsupervised.
As long as you're rational, go to town.

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When you're in a group of people, do you like to be the center of attention?
Not particularly
I don't mind at all.
That all depends on the people paying attention to me.
If it's good attention, sure.

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Do people often come to you for advice in life?
Sometimes
Not that often
On certain things
Every so often a friend will.

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Were you considered the black sheep in your family or not?
I don't think so.
Maybe a little bit grey
My family was all black sheep
You could say that.

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Do you worry about how your close friends and family might react to a piercing?
I wouldn't want anything too crazy, just in case.
Nah, they know what I'm like.
What they don't know won't hurt them.
Not in the least

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How would you react to someone close to you telling you they didn't like your piercing?
I'd consider removing it.
I'd tell them to mind their business.
I might discuss it with them.
Everyone's entitled to an opinion.

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How would you react if a much older family member was inspired by you and got the very same piercing?
This really depends on the family member.
That'd weird me out.
I'd be oddly proud.
Well, that calls for a celebratory drink, I think.

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Do you find people more attractive if they have piercings?
I don't think they make a person more or less attractive.
Depends on the piercing
Definitely
I'm attracted to the kind of person who would get a piercing more than the piercing itself.

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In your opinion, what would be the worst body part to get pierced?
Your private parts. Yeesh.
I'm told nipple piercings can hurt.
Ever seen corset piercings? That's intense.
I hear the septum is harsh.

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If you were a parent, how would you react to your 13-year-old asking for the same piercing you have?
Sure, why not?
That could be a bit young.
We could talk about it.
Nah, not at 13.

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