FAITH NO MORE | February 1993 | Select Magazine

Ever been intrigued by Mike Patton and Roddy Bottum's eyebrow piercing? Read Roddy's take on the piercing phenomenon. 

Select Magazine | February 1993

Where are you pierced?

"Just my ears, I'm not sure how many times...four maybe - and my left eyebrow." 


"My ears I got done just because that was the thing to do when I was growing up. My eyebrow is an erotic fashion statement." 

When did you get them done? 

"I was 17 when I had my ears done (he's 29 now). I've had my eyebrow done about two months." 

For any reason? 

"No. My ears maybe coincided with me moving out of my parents' and starting my own life. The eyebrow is an ambiguous statement. I like the reactions I get. It's a cheap man's bald head - same reactions but you can always take it out. It takes longer to grow your hair again. I like wearing coloured bandanas in my pocket too - you know they mean something in the gay world. My eyebrow pierce is like that, it means different things to different people. I like the risk and the conversations I strike up."

Did it hurt or bleed a lot? 

"No. It's just a little pinch." 

Has it ever gone septic? 

"God no. Actually it is a little infected at the moment, but it's not that bad. Mike the singer had his done the same time as me and he refuses to share his antibiotic cream with me. Can you believe that? I can't get over it." 

Have you ever regretted it? 

"No. Uh-uh. I love it." 

Does it serve any practical purpose? 

"Absolutely not. Well, Mike and I thought, because he had his right done and I had my left, that we could connect ourselves onstage. But we haven't so far." 

What's the worst thing that's happened to your pierced bit? 

"I haven't had any over-amorous lovemaking. Apart from catching it on my sweaters, nothing. It hasn't made me weep yet, and I cry at the drop of the hat. Still, as Patrick Swayze once said in a film when some woman was dumping on him - pain don't hurt!" 

Would you do it again? 

"Yeah, sure. I was kinda interested in getting my nipples done, but I'm not sure they're a suitable shape. They're not innies, they're like flatties. What's pierce right at the back between your dick and your anus? A guiche? I wouldn't mind having that done. That skin is kind of redundant, stretched. You'd have to be careful where you sat. No cycling." 

Why pierce? 

"No reason at all. I like the ambiguity of it. It's strictly fashion. I wouldn't recommend it for everybody though because I'd rather be original."


  1. Given all of Roddy's cycling now, I'm glad he left his guiche alone


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