tik tok piercing challenge


TikTok’s piercing challenge leaves the fate of your face up to a filter

No, please, don't do it yourself.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Nov 12, 2019   Updated May 19, 2021, 11:10 pm CDT

A lot of curious challenges happen on TikTok, but the piercing challenge will have you screaming “No!” at the screen.

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According to Know Your Meme, the challenge started circulating in early October, and possibly originated with a video from user Jamie Madison Read. The gist: Participants cycle through a Snapchat piercing filter, accompanied by a mashup of Rex Orange County’s “Loving Is Easy” and Sage the Gemini’s “No Ex’s.” Whatever piercing filter they land on, they have to get in real life. Allegedly.

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In this TikTok, it was a bridge piercing. And though it looks real, Read states in the comments, “It’s a joke guys.” It also seems to be pretty easy to game the filter so it lands on a piercing you want.

While a lot of people seem to be getting performative with this challenge and going with fake piercings, elsewhere, participants are allegedly going to get their piercings professionally done, which is absolutely what should happen if you’re getting a piercing.

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While others were more honest about why they weren’t following through.

Honestly, this is the most appropriate reaction to this challenge.

Again, for the love of God, don’t pierce your own face.

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*First Published: Nov 12, 2019, 2:54 pm CST