I think it depends what tradition you come from. In some Chinese traditions much is made of the balance of elements in the body, depending on one's characteristics and date of birth. For example, some people have a surplus of metal in their personalities so it isn't recommended they add to that by wearing jewelry.
In Jewish tradition all extraneous things must be removed before burial as the body must be free of anything impure before the Day of Resurrection. Even tattoos are removed.
But again, it depends on what you place your beliefs in. I had three piercing on my ears, a pierced eyebrow, a tattoo and a nipple ring and I liked them all immensely. Now I'm older and down to only the tattoo but I don't subscribe to the idea that it can affect my energies anyway.
That's interesting, I didn't know that about Jewish tradition.
I have a friend who works in a tattoo shop in Amsterdam, and an extra service they offer is the preservation of the tattooed skin after death. Not for any religious or cultural reasons, but for aesthetical reasons. They can preserve it in a liquid, or treat it like leather. They have a lot of people on their list, none of them died yet, but it is a bit controversial. I'm curious to see how that first project turns out (and about what the law would say about it).
I agree on that what you put your beliefs in, is the most important.
I think tattoos can be a very powerful personal symbol. And I find them beautiful as wellAgree in 100% And of course, we can't forget about personal choices.
I don't like piercings in general. I don't even wear earrings. When I wanted, after few days I got enough and removed them. There's no trace of piercing in my ears. Is it spiritual? Possible 'cause I don't feel ok around specific metals which are pretty "groundy".
I don't have tattoos, my "main" tradition is accepting tattoos (shia islam) and you can see shia wearing them. In my husband's tradition of sunni islam, no ink under the skin. But in my personal opinion - I find tattoos and scarifications very potent. Maybe in the future I'll end up with a tattoo for more spiritual purposes. But the truth is, I find them beautiful anyway.
Mine is covering my half of my back and is symbolically linked to my roots, my loved one(s), ideals and life goals. Carrying it so permanently is very empowering, and also a reminder of the transience of the body. For me personally, that is. Every tattoo has it's own purpose.
Interesting question. I'm a big proponent of the mind/body connection. So, if you believe your energy will be affected by piercings, then it probably will be. Myself, I have a few piercings/tattoos, but have never considered how they might affect the flow of my energy. And since I haven't thought of it, there has been no noticeable difference.
I fully agree with you on this, I think what you believe and the intention is the most important factor. And numerous things could influence that intention, like cultural, religious or spiritual factors.