The Labret Comes of Age
Happy Birthday, lip ring. You are 18 years old today. You can vote and fight, but you still can't drink...
I got this little ring in my lip on November 30th 1990. Back then I was one of maybe 2 dozen people in the country, and most definitely the only guy who also had a Dilbert day job. There was one other guy in Chicago, a girl in NYC, the guy in the Research book and a handful in San Francisco of course.
For the first 5 years I got asked 50 times a day, every day "Did that hurt?". Never any other question, and even in San Fran! So weird. I always answered with respect, but sometimes I wanted to scream.
Now it's a different world, and lip rings are completely passé, but I still like the little guy.