Piercings in the Virtual World

March 29, 2009


I kept coming across these really interesting computer-generated depictions of piercings.   Being so not a gamer, it took me a while to figure out what they were.   If you’re nerdier than me, you may already know that Second Life is a virtual environment where people interact through avatars, have businesses, travel the world, and . . . get piercings.

sl-2-2477553229_b208f8c0c2_mApparently, a SecondLifer can purchase these type of customizations with virtual (or real?) currency, and what’s cool is they come in different gems.  The one on the left is emerald, but it also comes in onyx, silver, etc. These pics are from Knopperszarf’s photostream, who very kindly put them in the “some rights reserved” section so I can use them.

As pointed out in this blog post, customizing one’s avatar this way allows for experimentation in the virtual world with something many people would never do in the real world.

This virtual world gives us a lot of opportunity to experiment with different looks without worrying about any permanent changes that we will regret in the future. Does your full sleeve tattoo look out of place with your business suit? No sweat, just take it off…you can always put it back on later.

There are piercing events, virtual corset piercings that don’t have to be removed, and virtual tattoos.  Here’s another blog/store post with a bunch of virtual body art for your viewing pleasure. I’m sure there are a bunch of inaccuracies and misconceptions in this post, because I really know little about SecondLife, but I think it’s pretty cool!

I want a pierced avatar!  And yeah, I want a waist like that, too . . . well, I can dream, can’t I? Isn’t that what it’s all about?

For more information about SecondLife, go to (where else?) SecondLife.com.