I love piercings! At one point, I had well over 16 but all of my piercings had meaning. My sexuality, my freedom, etc. Nowadays, people will get anything pierced with no other reason than to prove they can. Lest we not forget, butt-crack or wrist piercings and the very popular "monroe" piercing; a small stud right above the upper lip. It kind of resembles a booger and whenever I see people with the monroe, I have an almost overwhelming desire to tell them they've got a snot-bubble under their nostril. I think they're just unattractive and pointless. More so than the days when women accented "beauty marks" a.k.a huge moles on their upper lips to achieve the Cindy Crawford look.
Body modification has changed drastically. The more hardcore has become the most traditional while piercers are raking in the money. Piercing has transformed from something someone did out of rebellion or symbolism, to something someone does to impress or prove they can withstand the pain. Teens often irritate me when they talk about the sting of getting their belly buttons pierced. "Oh! It hurt so bad!" And I always respond with, "You think that hurts? Try sticking a needle through your clitoris for enhanced sexual gratification or to reclaim your body as your own after a particularly abusive relationships." It usually makes their rebellious belly-rings look insignificant.
Appearance is something very personal that someone should definitely experiment with, but the point is always to make yourself appear more attractive. Monroe piercings seem to do the exact opposite and what's a piece of metal without some meaning behind it. Ladies and gentleman, please extract the faux moley off your upper lip and settle for something less distracting. Boogers, even fake diamond ones, don't look good hanging under anyone's nostril.