Anorak News | The Tabloid Times: When Piercings Attack

The Tabloid Times: When Piercings Attack

by | 2nd, October 2007

FURTHER signs that The Times has ambitions to be a tabloid on the paper’s front page: “Body art – it can seriously damage your health.”

On page 13, it’s unlucky for Jessica Collins who “was almost killed when her belly-button stud tore through her stomach ‘like a bullet’ during a car accident”.

Readers are invited to wince as the seatbelt forces the metal stud through Collins’ body.

Yes, the seatbelt. Had she not been wearing one, the 19-year-old from Cardiff would not have been punctured. The dangers are all too apparent.

Amanda Beadle, Jessica’s mother, tells the Times: “She told me, ‘All my friends have got belly button piercings. Please let everyone know what has happened.’”

We are at the beginnings of a camping. The Times hears Jessica’s step-dad say how she is “determined to make others aware of the possible risks”.

Says Mr Beadle, “for a decorative bit of jewellery, it’s not worth the risk.”

The Time hears him. “Tattoos and flying pens can also be dangerous,” it says. A Dr Thomas Stuttaford notes “people involved in crush accidents that have had pens, lipstick holders and even coins driven into their chests or abdomens”.

We urge Anorak readers to take care on the roads, to remove all piercings, belts, buckles, anything with throttling elastic, coins, pens, pencils (HB and propelling), shoe laces, wigs, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aides and drive as nature intended – with a winter-weight cloth cap on your head and pair of sensible snug-fitting gloves over your trembling hands…

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