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Bye bye piercings...

So last night, I finally got around to taking out my last piercings (eyebrow, three earrings). Even though I still like the idea and they were 100% healed (and therefore pretty much no problem), I found that I just wasn't all that into them anymore. It didn't help that everywhere I looked I saw way too many people with way too many poorly done piercings and that I increasingly found myself not wanting to be lumped into any category that included them. Add in the fact that from a professional standpoint they do tend to detract and more importantly distract from what I'm trying to do and I kept finding myself wanting to take them out.

If I'm pitching something to a prospective client or debating some technical issue with another engineer or inspector, I don't need to be seen as the young/crazy guy. I need to be seen as a professional and even though I will never be a suit & tie, white-collar professional, I can definitely clean myself up a bit and find a way to look good/cool (IMO) without looking strange. Don't get me wrong, it takes a lot for me to personally think "gosh that person looks strange" but I deal with way too many conservative/traditional folks (e.g bankers, business people etc...) and I think the piercings were ultimately starting to get in the way.

It's unfortunate, but just like the long hair, the piercings would be fine if I was just a worker in the field, but I'm the guy in charge and I need to look more like what people expect to see. Maybe if I was a bit less physically intimidating (i.e. scary looking) I could get away with things like that, but as it is, with my height and my build, I'm pretty much stuck looking like I could break most people in two (especially if I'm scowling/thinking) so I have to consciously pull myself back from the "leather-clad tattooed & pierced biker" look and go for the "clean-cut competent professional that we feel comfortable hiring" look.

So, yeah. I'm pretty much cool with the change, but I still feel weird that I finally did it (I'd been thinking about it for a couple of months already). Fortunately I can't really tell the difference and so far I haven't missed them at all (so that's good). I think I've missed my beard or my goatee more whenever I've just shaved them.


He, I can actually buy that as being a good look for you. A far cry from your boozing tire swinging hause days, but still a good look.

Hell, I like the way I look now (at work and in general I just softened the evil/mean biker look). It's nice being able to choose to dress certain ways because it gets me what I want, I guess it's just weird when the choices start to move towards more mainstream looks. Although I think in both our cases we're inclined to head towards mainstream for practical reasons and then veer off when we see something a little anachronistic and different from what everyone else is doing.