My eldest daughter, Precious Princess, returned from a three-day music festival in the wilds of Tasmania with a piercing. It's only small and it's in her ear (that little bit of cartilage in the front) so I can handle that. At least a piercing can be removed.
But I have told her, in my headmistress voice, that a tongue piercing is banned. One of her friends has one, a silver ball that makes her talk funny. It's easy to become distracted when chatting to someone with a tongue piercing because you catch occasional glimpses of the ball as it rolls around the mouth.
Tattoos are also on my fuddy-duddy banned list. That same friend has the word gentleness tattooed on her lower abdomen. It sounds like an ad for an antacid to relieve indigestion.
Whatever, she's going to have to keep toned because gentleness could very well sag into a gentle mess when she's 40.
PP mentioned another of her friends who has All things must come to pass tattooed on her lower back.
Even PP concedes that one's an unfortunate mistake.
Girls just can't get away with tattoos, especially as they get older, the way boys can.
PS: I admit it, Hamish Blake does look adorable with his tiny tatt. Cheeky boy.