The times, they are a changin'!
used to be, multiple piercings/tattoos were considered a counterculture, a slap in the face against "normal" society.
now, they ARE the norm... at least as it has progressed through my family.
My mother had her ears pierced at birth. She's from a Hispanic family, and that is the norm for them.
My mother married a Caucasian man, so we were raised with a choice. I had my ears pierced at the age of 12 simply because every female in my family was pierced. (those Hispanics!)
BUT - by the time I was in high school, people of both genders were getting their ears pierced. The men typically pierced one ear - to indicate a gender preference.
And the women began double/multiple piercing.
I sneaked out to get my second set of ear piercings right before my 18th birthday. I had to lie about my age, by one week, to do so. My mother HIT THE ROOF!
And then, slowly, began to accept it.
My own children were raised with the same gender bias. Girls could get their ears pierced, boys no. No tattoos allowed, etc.
Then, my son came home from the army with a black panther crawling out of a purple mist on his left shoulder.
The middle son gauged his ears and pierced his tongue. He got a scorpion tattoo to commemorate surviving a motorcycle wreak. (yes, he nearly died.) Several years later, he got a tattoo up the side of his ribs, we a motivational saying in Latin.
Then my daughter got a "tramp stamp" (lower back tattoo). She also has MULTIPLE piercings, a helix, navel piercing, etc. She got an ankle tattoo later on.
As you can tell, once the taboo is broken, it's shattered! I no longer feel like my children are being intentionally rebellious when they decorate their bodies. That's just them. Self-expression. And I love them exactly the same.
It's totally changed the way I perceive pierced/tattooed people. I just see them as extraordinarily expressive human beings. And I greet them with a smile.
Maybe, that's exactly how it should be!