Once upon a time, simple, single pairs of stud and hoop earrings reigned supreme, and dramatic piercings were strictly for punk girls who talked about Dead Kennedys a lot, and got detention more than was advisable. But, now, more ladies than ever are dipping a toe into the multiple-piercing trend — which means it's become less bad-girl and more just-plain-badass. It can even be really, really pretty.
Ahead, we rounded up 30 Instagram examples that prove facial piercings are not just a grungy fad, but the ultimate form of in-your-face self-expression (literally). Click on to see the coolest septum rings, tragus piercings, ear cuffs, and all forms of face-embellishing hardware. If you haven't already embraced the trend, these ladies might convince you to take the plunge. And, hey, for the faint of heart, there's always the faux septum stunner.