Lips & Cheeks

Lip and mouth piercings have such a rich and illustrious history. The ancient Aztecs and Mayans used lip piercings as a ritual or ceremonial practice. It has been a common practice in many countries of Africa, the Dongon people of Mali, the Nuba of Sudan and Ethiopia, and Paupa New Guinea, and the Amazon; just to name a few. The history of cheek piercings (commonly called dimple piercings), became popular on the Aleutian islands off the coast of Alaska. This became a very common body modification for seal hunters. They were intended to help disguise the hunters as seals (the piercings were supposed to be their “whiskers”). This supposedly made the seals feel as though they were related.

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