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(1) An operation in forging and stamping carried out on presses and hammers to produce a hole or depression in an item by pressing a solid or hollow piercing tool or punch into the item. Piercing may also be used in preparation for subsequent hole expansion or broaching of billets on a mandrel and for preliminary marking of a through hole to be produced by subsequent punching.

(2) An operation performed with dies using a sharp-edged punch to remove the inner burr remaining in stamped objects after marking a through hole on them.

(3) An operation in the production of seamless pipe carried out on presses using a piercing tool or on piercing mills using a mandrel to obtain hollow tubing from ingots or billets.

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Even in the presence of the identified health risks, the body piercing and tattooing industry remains relatively unregulated by most states (Braithwaite, Stephens, Sterk, & Braithwaite, 1999).
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The British Medical Journal study found one in 10 people - and nearly half of all younger women - have a body piercing other than on the earlobe.
8 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, September 11, 2005, Atomic Tattoos and Body Piercing and an alliance of Tattoo Studios nationwide will be donating all proceeds from tattoos and body piercing to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
However aesthetically pleasing the result, tattooing and body piercing remain self-mutilation.