I am just curious. What is it with all of the ear gauging and tattooing? Is this something that people are trying to do introduce us into a tribal society? Ear gauging and tattooing is a custom amongst aborigines. The practice of ear gauging is originally not thought of as a fad; it is practiced amongst the hierarchy of their society. They also run around naked. Is this really the message that people are trying to send, that they want to be as the aborigines? For centuries they were looked down upon by the more civilized societies as thought to be stupid and uneducated. Are we trying to create a new form of aboriginal acceptance. Not trying to judge; I am just curious as to what is the ultimate goal of this new trend. Are we slowly going to see the same people walking the streets of America in the nude or possibly just a loin cloth?