By Autumn B. From Virginia
During my sophomore year of college, right before Halloween, I convinced my friend to go get the cartilage piercing she’d been wanting for years. The night before we drove two hours to another college campus to go to a party that we would never find, despite all of the time we spent asking other students where the specific fraternity house was.
We ended up driving to her aunt’s house at around 2am and slept in her car until her aunt woke up and saw a text message that said we were outside of the house. After getting a few hours of sleep on the couch in her aunt’s house, we ended up discussing piercings with her aunt. The city we were in was well known for piercing/tattoo shops, and my friend’s aunt thought it would be great for my friend to just get her cartilage pierced before we drove back to school. After grabbing a bite to eat, we went to a few shops (the first few only did tattoos) to see how much each of them charged, before we reached our final one. They charged $15 for anything above the waist. My friend was incredibly nervous and was second guessing as to whether or not she should get her cartilage pierced, so at the last minute, I told her that I would get a piercing with her. I decided to get my nostril pierced, and I went before her.
The only piercings I had before that were the ones in my lobes from when I was an infant. I didn’t remember how much those hurt, so I was pretty nervous. I picked out a pink stud, closed my eyes, and held my friend’s hand in anticipation of the needle. The needle went in, and I was okay. However, my friend made me even more nervous by making a gasping noise once she heard the cartilage in my nose pop and saw the blood. It wasn’t half as bad as I thought it would be.
My friend also admits that if she hadn’t had that extra push, she probably wouldn’t have gotten her cartilage piercing. What should’ve been a mediocre weekend ended up being great, and we’ll have this memory for years to come. Even though I got the piercing on a whim, I absolutely love it, despite everything I’ve been through with it (ex. my dad not speaking to me for a couple of weeks, stubborn scar tissue, and the fistula almost closing on me during changing).
By Lynn M. from Coos Bay, OR
I was already running late to my new job with only moments to spair before my new boss bombarded me with my daily duties assigned to a newly hired page planner at our towns local paper. I was not expecting to encounter the man of my dreams via high heal collision in the businesses foyer. We crashed into one another sending stacks of papers flying upward as my butt fell downward sending one shoe off towards the elevator that promptly closed shut. (I never did get the shoe back).
He stared at me with those dreamy baby blue eyes framed with studded sexiness. He smiled a crooked grin reaching his hand out to help me up undoubtedly quicker on his toes than I.
I took in his tasteful placement of studs and tattoos unable to take my eyes off that sexy smile for a minute. I don’t know who spoke first but we wound up eating lunch together that day and the next followed by spacers and tong studs placed by Brad himself. He was a journalist that expressed himself not only in his writing, but with his piercings and tattoos that told a story of there own. He had an interesting pass time tattooing teens struck with cancer in a program similar to make a wish but it did ink and piercing.
Tragically Brad passed away himself a year later in a car accident hit by a drunk driver. Here is my first eyebrow ring piercing he ever did on me….the others my husband wont allow me to post, but they were done by a pro in good taste:) Today I know many lives were touched by Brad and I am researching how to start a foundation to fund body art for ill people that cant afford to express themselves the way Brad loved to express himself.
By Emily L. from Bristol, RI
Last year I decided to get multiple cartilage piercing’s. (A different color each rhinestone stud earring, to form a rainbow.) I thought to save money it would be better if I did it myself, so I bought a sterilized piercing needle off of Ebay. I would just numb my ear with an ice cube and then push the needle through. On a couple times when putting in earrings, I lost the hole, so blood kept pouring out until I was able to get the earring back in (It was extremely difficult and time consuming, because of how short the earring stems were) After all that, I finally was pleased. However, it swelled up a lot and was a bit red, and within a week it still didn’t look much better. I went online and read horror stories about piercing infections (like how one girls infection got so bad she had to have surgery, and part of her ear was removed and was deformed for life) and got really paranoid that I had an infection. It was strange though, because it wasn’t leaking blood or odd fluids, just bad swelling. I decided to just try sea salt soaks and hope it would cure up on it’s own (so long as it didn’t get any worse)
So eventually it did heal on it’s own after a month or so, I’m happy to say! I think I’m done with doing my own piercing’s, safer and quicker to just go to a professional, and so you know things are done right. I don’t regret doing it though, as I do love my rainbow! I haven’t seen many people with rainbows, I think because it’s hard to find cartilage earrings in multiple colors. It requires up-keeping though, as the studs keep falling off after a couple weeks, so I have to keep gluing them back on. It’s also difficult with screwball type earrings to get them in. I wish they sold just the push in kind (16g) like regular earrings in multiple colors. I haven’t yet seen them, I’m hoping one day a company will make them. (Either that, or some type of glue that will stick permanently.)
The photo included is when it was still swollen and not fully healed.
By Carina L. from USA
When I was fourteen I told my mom I wanted my nose pierced. Thinking I would change my mind in a few months, like I did with most of my fashion choices during that time, she made me a deal. If I still wanted it by the time I turned seventeen I could get it without her ever nagging about it or trying to talk me out of it. I agreed and though there was a belly button piercing at sixteen that my mom did not approve of, I did not mention or attempt to get my nose piercing until my seventeenth birthday was coming up. It is just easier if mom is happy. The belly button piercing was a spontaneous decision, and she was fine with it, as long as she didn’t have to see it, but the nose is a little harder to hide. So my seventeenth birthday came around and I mentioned the deal. She remembered, mostly because she was hoping I would forget, but she is not a good liar and admitted the deal was made. My mom’s one condition was that my sister drive because she thought the pain might make me pass out on the ride home. I wanted my sister there anyway so it was fine, and we made plans to go after school. I kept psyching myself out, thinking about how much pain I would be in, and my dad’s blood loss jokes the night before did not help. Still after school I found myself with a needle fast approaching my nose. I was nervous, since any nose injury no matter how slight makes my eyes water. And have you ever plucked a nose hair? Admit it, you have. And that HURTS. Well to me, that hurt more than getting my nose pierced. My mom was glad I got a diamond stud and even had to admit it looked good. She was less pleased with the hoop I put in a few months later. Then I headed off to art school where everyone had the hoop and I felt less cool for having it, though I still think they look awesome, I just felt the need to always be a little different. So I searched for a unique stud. Guess where that brought me? Bodyjewelry.com! Where I found cute studs, like the curly type one in the photo. Four years and a few more piercings later, including my tongue and dermals by my collar bone, I am still wearing nose studs from body jewelry.com, and I am always getting compliments.
By Micah T. from Bellevue, NE
Ever since I ordered the stainless steel taper kit I have not been disappointed. It was a speedy delivery that was hear I less then a week. The product was real cheap for such a large amount of piercings. Overall I was really happy with this product and I love shopping online at this store. They are constantly offering deals for their merchandise. I have taken them up on these deals plenty of times I bought a pair of plugs for 00 and they were 50% off so they were real cheap I am currently wearing them and couldn’t be 100 more proud. When anyone ask where I bought these plugs I kindly direct them to this store and tell them about the great prices that they offer, and how after and order they send you a 20% off of your next purchase.
I love the wide variety of ear tapers that they offer and the ear plugs are really nice and the quality better then any other store. I ordered a pair of 0 plugs from a store called pierced fish and it took ten days to get to me. I had to call them and make sure my order went through so 200 the moral of that story is I’m sticking to ordering from here the other online stores I haven’t had the best of luck with them. I really like this store because they offer live assistance they will send you links for certain questions you have. Its really helpful instead of digging through the site aimlessly you can easily just ask and you shall receive. The help from these guys is great they tell you about deals and want you to come back they appreciate your business and they love it when you support their site. It is really important to a 100 customer qualities like this about a site where they want you to come back and they want you to send pictures in so they can use them and they have so many support pages that people write plenty of reviews personally i have no problems with this site at all and i will keep coming back for a long time.
By Lauren P. from San Marcos, TX
I already had a conch piercing, a tragus piercing, a helix, a nose, and two cartilage piercings; I was ready to have something hat completed the set. I was SO terrified to get my rook pierced. So I finally chocked up enough courage to get it done, and it wasn’t bad at all. I barely even felt it. So I went along, happy with my new rook piercing, and one morning I wake up and it’s gone. It fell out of my ear while I was sleeping. I couldn’t push it back through that morning, and being a theater major I basically have no free time to even eat, much less go to a piercings shop. I moved things around and finally got like 30 minutes to run to the piercing shop. They told me they had to taper it through, and for those of you who don’t know that means they shove a needle that progressively gets bigger and bigger as it goes along. Needless to say, it was really really painful. Then my piercer had to try to push the jewelry through…four different times. He kept grabbing the wrong size bar or he would drop it. So after having the jewelry shoved through my ear four different times, after having it freshly re-pierced, I finally have my rook jewelry in my ear…hopefully for quite a while.
By Cassie C. from USA
It was prom weekend…in Seaside Heights. That statement alone should tell you something about this story. Anyway we get there and a few hours later my friend’s friend, a girl who I know only slightly, bursts into our rented shore house sporting a brand new belly button piercing. “I just got it on the boardwalk!” she says. And I, being pretty hammered at this point, decided I just had to have one too!
So this girl and her boyfriend, who I had only just met, take me back to the piercing place. And by “piercing place” I mean a typical Seaside boardwalk shop with a piercing room in the back. And let me tell you, I do not know how they let me get this piercing done! I messed up at least three times filling out the paperwork and when I got to the back I literally stumbled onto the piercing table! The piercer either didn’t notice or didn’t care, probably the latter. He asked me what color ring I wanted I chose black and he responded with, “ooh black- I like that!” Which totally made me feel like a badass. He gripped my skin the clamp and before I knew it I was pierced! It was kind of crooked but I didn’t care at all. I then tipped him and went on my merry little drunk way showing everyone my new piercing.
Later that day, after joining in on a random beach zumba group, I realized I had to clean the piercing and for whatever reason thought that seawater would do the trick. In most cases it may have- but Seaside ocean water? No way! I may as well have rinsed it with toilet water. I went up to a group of strangers holding an empty water bottle and asked one of the guys to fill it up for me. Coincidentally, the guy I asked was trying to decide if he wanted his nipple pierced. I obviously voted yes!
I’m almost forgetting the best part of the story! After I got pierced I stopped by my friends’ motel room- yes, motel- excited and giddy to show them. Everyone, being just as drunk as I was, thought it was the coolest thing ever. One friend, who gets particularly mischievous tried to touch it and when I told him not to he proceeded to say “I’m not gonna touch it, I just wanna rip it out,” and tried to pounce on me! Our friends held him back as I cowered behind a chair and eventually escaped.
All in all everything surrounding getting my belly button pierced was random, ridiculous and drunk. So there you go, that’s my piercing story!
Here are some general instructions for the after piercing healing process. All piercings are different and may take more time to heal than others and may require more attention than others. Please follow the aftercare instructions given by your piercer to avoid infection and other healing complications.
After getting a piercing it can be very exciting you want to show it off and you just can’t wait to change the jewelry. But before you can freely touch or change your jewelry there is a healing process that is extremely important.
You must remember that a new piercing is no different from an open wound so initially there will be bleeding and swelling after a piercing is done and maybe even some soreness and redness almost like a bruise. There next step in the healing process is when you may experience some itching and some yellowish or white fluid around the piercing itself. This is completely normal and your body is just reacting to healing the piercing. Once your piercing is healed it may or may not move freely through and you should not force the piercing to move as this may cause the healing process to revert depending on the type of piercing you may have.
The cleaning process
Before touching your piercing in any way you should make sure that your hands are clean be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Unless you are instructed otherwise you should wash your piercing at least 2 times a day with a gentle anti bacterial soap. Follow up by using a saline solution that you can purchase from the piercer or you can mix sea salt and water and make a solution yourself. Your jewelry does not need to be removed for cleaning. If you have a tongue piercing you should rinse your mouth with alcohol free mouth wash.
Another very important factor in the healing process is your diet, amount of rest and use of tobacco products and other recreational drugs. The healthier your body the faster and easier the healing process will go.
You should avoid cleaning your piercing to often as this can slow down the healing process and may complicate things.
Signs of infection
Extreme pain, swelling, and excessive discharge maybe a sign of infection, if you feel that your piercing may be infected you should consult your piercer or a doctor as soon as possible.
By Ashley V. from San Antonio, TX
My big sister had 4 piercings in her belly button. I, of course, couldn’t wait to get my belly button pierced so I could be just like her. I was a little scared, not so much of the pain or the piercing itself, but of my parents finding out. I didn’t think they’d be too happy about it. Much to my surprise, on my 16th birthday my mother asked me if I wanted her to take me to the local piercing parlor. I was shocked but so excited. We made a whole mother daughter day out of the experience. We live in a small town so we had to drive about 20 minutes to the next town over. My ma picked me up from high school, we had lunch and headed to the funky little piercing joint. When we got there, I was nervous, but as I laid down on the table, one of my favorite songs came on, which helped me relax.
The guy touched my belly button and I clenched up, waiting for the pain. As I was waiting, he said, “Ok, all done.” I literally didn’t feel a thing. My ma asked if it hurt and when I told her no, I could see the wheels turning in her head. “Ya know, I think I want a piercing too,” she said. I thought she was kidding but before I knew it she was telling the guy she wanted her nose pierced. She had always wanted it, but my dad is super against it. I told her he’d get over it and it would grow on him (probably not true). We picked out a small stud for her and she got the piercing! The next day, I couldn’t wait to show my friends my belly button, and I definitely couldn’t wait to tell them my ma had spontaneously pierced her nose. My belly button was sore and bled on and off for awhile, but having my belly button pierced is a good memory. Sure, I love the ring, but really I love memory of going with my mother and sharing the experience together.