By Kaleb B. from Houston, TX
My name is Kaleb and I am a twenty-three year old female. When I was seventeen I got my nipples pierced! My boyfriend and two of my other friends came with us. We went to my friend’s piercer/tattoo artist in The Woodlands, Texas to do the job because of all of his and his shops great reviews. Never go anywhere that wasn’t recommended by a friend or you have read the reviews for the place! You want a very clean place! My boyfriend and I went into the room together and the piercer asked me to sit on the table while he got all of the supplies ready. Once he had everything and he asked me to remove my shirt and bra and he was very professional about it. He had me sit up straight and to stay as still as possible. Seems simple enough, right? But when someone is coming at you with a needle, especially when they are coming at your nipple you naturally want to move away. While sitting very still, I had my arms bent at a 90 degree angle right by my sides. At the same time my arms were flexed, like I was bracing myself for the first one. Most of the time when you get a body piercing you’re only getting one so I am getting two, one right after the other. So when I braced myself and prepared for the worse he pierced my right nipple first. After it went through I said out loud, “Wow, that wasn’t bad at all.” Much to my dismay the other wasn’t going to be as painless. When he got ready to pierce the left I had my arms down at my sides and I was relaxed, which is what the piercer told me to do from the beginning. WRONG! I should have braced myself for it like the first one because the second one hurt WAY more than the first. I don’t know why but it did, so my advice is prepare for the worse and if it doesn’t hurt that bad, still assume it will and prepare for it to hurt.
By Mike A. from Novato, CA
I pierced my left ear when I was 15 years old, this was my first piercing experience. When I turned 16 I pierced my right ear. As I got older I kept piercing my ears, I have 5 piercings in my right ear and 6 piercings in my left ear 1 of which is in the top part of my ear. When I turned 17 I got my first tattoo on my right bicep, it is a wild multi-colored arm-band, in the center there is an image of an island with magic mushrooms covered with a rainbow. When I turned 18 I got my nipple pierced and I got a tattoo on my right calf it is of a winged unicorn flying through purple space. My next piercing is my Prince Albert, I can not show a picture of that because it is considered X-Rated… I have a rainbow anodized ring in it.
Now,this isn’t really about piercing but I thought I could share it. I want to get another tattoo. I want to get a tattoo of a dragon on my left arm. I want his tail to be at my wrist with it going up my arm, I will have his wings wrapping around my bicep. His neck will then go up to my shoulder with his head going over and his mouth going over to my back with flames of fire coming out of his mouth down to the middle of my back.
I am thinking about getting my right nipple pierced, I think that it would be very cool to have both of my nipples pierced! Then they could be tugged on LOL….
Well, in order to reach 350 words my story would get boring so I think it is best to stop here. Go out and get pierced and tattooed!!!
By Meghan N. from USA
After debating for a long time of where I wanted my next piercing (which would be my 10th – they are so addictive!), I finally decided on the rook piercing of my right ear. Unique, fun, and I had the perfect rook to be pierced – plus it would look great above my tragus piercing and three lobe piercings. So one night soon after, my best friend and I headed to the piercing/tattoo shop (this would be my third piercing from them). We were led to the room, I sat down, and told the artist what I wanted. He nodded, then asked me to pick a flavor, mint or bubblegum. I didn’t think much of it at first, so I said mint (just a fun question to keep me from being nervous, I thought). Then he handed me a little cup of mouthwash, told me to swish it around, and spit it out in the sink. I started to wonder if this was a new protocol for any piercing around the facial area (just in case I had bad breath, perhaps?), so I did as I was told. Next he asked me what size loop I wanted. Another weird question, as I thought a barbell was standard for a rook piercing. However, I dismissed this as well (maybe the shop had become a little unconventional), and requested the barbell. No problem. Moving along, he grabbed the antiseptic and a pen to mark the spot. He asked me what side, and I said right. At this, he does not ask me to turn so my right side is facing him. Instead, he started towards me, getting closer…closer…and I began to freak out – I was not understanding his methods! His hand comes up within an inch of my lip. WHAT?! I draw back exclaiming “WHOA! Dude, what are you doing? I want the ROOK pierced…on my right EAR!” The artist’s eyes got big, he started laughing, then apologized for having a crazy busy day and mistaking ‘rook’ for ‘lip’. Now, a year and half later, the piercing bug has me again. This time around I think I will go for the forward helix on my left ear…hopefully no one could misinterpret THAT!
By Jay P. from Antelope, CA
My piercing story begins all the way back to the end of my freshman year in highschool. I’m now a senior so this was at least four years back. I’m not very much of a piercing person but for some reason at that time in my life I desperately wanted a piercing. After considering where I wanted to be pierced at I decided my belly button since my tongue and face were off limits. So being the young kid that I was I didn’t think of what it entailed to get pierced. When I went in there I was so nervous. Everything went fine until she pulled out the huge needle. I did not expect that for sure. But everything went fine and I got it pierced. The piercing took a whole year to heal so I was hesitant to get my belly pierced again at a shop again because of the setting. So since that first time getting my belly button pierced I only get pierced at home because it makes me more comfortable. My bestfriend coincidentally wants to be a piercer. So when I was 16 and she was 15 we decided to start piercings on me. I used my card and bought all the supplies online so we could pierce properly. So we got it all together and we pierced my second one for fun. That piercing went well and then I started wanting another one. I heard a girl talk about how people have gotten four piercings on their belly and I was eager to try it. So we pierced my third hole on the right side of my belly button and it went fine. The piercing just like the one before it healed fine and it looks good. Now my fourth hole was the biggest pain in the butt. It took a total of three times to pierce that side and get it good. The first time everything went fine and we got the bar through. Now im a very stubborn person so I dont take adivce very well. Well it started to bleed and my friend suggested taking it out but I said no it’ll stop like an idiot. Well we went on an hour walk and then I went to pull up my pants and that’s when I found all the blood. During the whole walk my belly button had been bleeding and gushing out blood like no other. For some reason it wouldn’t clott. Come to find out she hit a pretty big vein in my belly button since she went a little deep. I tried not to freak out but it was bleeding like all hell. After taking it out it was still bleeding and so we looked up online how to stop bleeding. I ended up laying upside down off the bed while my friend told me to keep pressure on it. Well it stopped and everything was fine. When it healed it was time to redo it. I was so scared I was going to bleed. Well to help me my friend went not to deep. It ended up not being deep enough. There wasn’t much skin over the bar so it ended up ripping out. The healing process came and went and my friend finally persuaded me to finish it so I did and that piercing came out fine. Well that was some time ago. After that I started getting piercing mad. I said to myself, if people can do four what’s so wrong with doing eight? So about a month ago my friend pierced my two bottom ones so now I have six, she pierced them on the same night so I bled on the second one but it wasn’t to bad. But now I still have two more piercings to go and then ill have all eight of them done. That’s how im making my way around my belly button.
By Emily N. from Colorado Springs, CO
I got my auricle pierced on December 21, 2012. Other than my lobes this was my first piercing. I read a lot of stories about the horror that piercing guns can unleash so I decided to go to a professional piercer. I decided to take a friend with me for moral support. I was really nervous about getting my ear pierced because I have a pretty low pain tolerance. I psyched myself up for nothing! When it was my turn I hopped up on the table and prepared for the worst. It’s really important to breath normally. If you don’t it hurts a lot more. I was so scared it would hurt but it wasn’t much worse than when I got my lobes done at Claire’s when I was 13. I was pierced with a 14g needle and I hardly felt it. I purchased H2Ocean which really helped heal my piercing faster. About 2-3 months later I could change my piercing and it wasn’t sore at all! I love my piercing so much! I recommend having your piercing done at the highest rated place. All shops are rated and you can access the ratings by just searching on Google.
I made sure that the establishment I went to was clean and took the proper safety precautions. If something looks wrong don’t do it! A pretty new hole isn’t worth the risk of a blood borne illness. Also make sure you ask what kind of metal you are being pierced with. Some of the cheaper places use silver plated metals which can have nickel. The more expensive piercers will make sure they are piercing you with something that you aren’t allergic to. Don’t be cheap when you get piercings or you will pay. I was pierced with a titanium CBR. Even though I really didn’t like the look of the ring it made cleaning a whole lot easier and I knew that if I took good care of it I would heal faster and then could change it to what I liked better. Labret studs work really well for cartilage piercings because the back is more low profile and it wont get caught on your hair if it is long. I think the thing that was hardest for me was being patient enough for it to heal, but using the H2Ocean 2 times a day my piercing healed quick and painlessly!
By Michelle G. from Blue Island, IL
My piercing I have is an industrial. I was in 10th grade and it was my birthday present. Not many people had that piercing at the time so I thought it was cool. When I got it pierced it didn’t hurt at all until I got home. I was constantly cleaning it with the h2o sea salt. Many people complemented me on my cool ass piercing. The only down side I have about this piercing is that the bars are hard to fit in my small ear. The ones with the loops and stuff in the middle are ones I can’t even buy. It really sucks when you’re at the mall and can’t buy them because you don’t know if they will fit. Another down side is I have to take it out for work. I had this piercing for 2 years now so my holes don’t close even if I sleep with the bar out too. I am disappointed in the designs of these bars. I rarely buy them and almost decided on closing mine because there are no cute bars. Another hard part I face is those acrylic balls those bitches stick to the bar so hard and I have to use two paper towels to get them off. Did you know many are scared to look at it but it doesn’t hurt at all. I guess I love my piercing and I hope to check out your website and see what kind of bars you have. I just wish more websites had a size option to their length of the bars. Many of my friends and family were interested in getting it pierced. I also got my belly pierced recently. Personally mine healed very fast. I just ordered some belly rings and I am pleased with those because there are a lot of choices to pick from. I wanted to get my tragus pierced but because of work we can’t have piercing so it would close while I work so I’m sad about that. I also have my ears pierced. I don’t plan on getting anything else pierced.
By Mike A. from Novato, CA
Here is my “Body Piercing Story” I am going to try to get 350 words without booring you! When I was 12 years old I got my ears pierced for the first time. Then as I got older I pierced them more. Now my left ear has 6 piercings and my right ear is pierced 5 times, I have white zirconiums in them, they go from large to smaller at the top. In the left ear my piercing is at the top and the earring is a small pink zirconium. When I was 17 years old I got my first tattoo. I got a small tattoo on my right bicep, it is an island with mushrooms and a rainbow. When I turned 18 years old I added an armband tattoo on my right arm that goes around the mushroom island tattoo, it is multi-colored. Shortly after that I got my first body piercing. My first body piercing is my left nipple piercing. It is a nipple ring. Shortly there after I got another tattoo, it is a “Reiki” symbol in rainbow colors on my left chest just above my nipple piercing. When I was 19 years old I got the last tattoo that I have. It is on my right calf it is a unicorn with wings flying thru space. Now my last body piercing is a “Prince Albert” which is extremely enjoyable. I want to get another body piercing, my right nipple. I also want to get another tattoo, I am saving up for it now. I want to get a Winged Dragon on my left arm, the tail at my wrist going up my arm…. the wings going around my bicep, the neck going up and over my shoulder with his head going down my back with some flames shooting out of his mouth. I also want another body piercing, I want to pierce my right nipple.
Well, that is my “Body Piercing Story” I hope that it was interesting and made the 350 word requirement…..
By Elise D. from Chapel Hill, NC
I have waited 18 years to get my first piercing. This past weekend, I walked into my nearby piercing shop, Skin City Body Art, with my three best friends and we all pierced our ears. My piercing isn’t anything fancy, just a basic stud, but I’m so proud that I was finally able to convince myself to get it done.
When I was younger, I watched my older sisters add to their collections of piercings: they started out with a simple lobe piercing, then added several more, then cartilage piercing, and now my eldest sister has her eyebrow, lip, and belly-button all pierced. I love the look of the jewelry, but after hearing harrowing stories about infections and piercings gone wrong from friends, I was scared to get some myself. The needle, and really the whole process in general, particularly scared me.
However, this past weekend, I decided to go for it. I had been talking about it with my friends for months; two of my closest friends also haven’t had their ears pierced and wanted to take me to get them all done. At first I wasn’t sure; after going without earrings for so long, I wasn’t sure if I needed to mix up my style at all. But then the idea caught in my head and stuck. The body shop wasn’t too far away, and I wasn’t held back by anything. So I went ahead, gathered my friends, and we all picked out our first real earrings.
Now, I can’t wait to start trading out my ear studs for large hoops, or maybe even eventually trying for ear gauges. The fashion options are limitless, and I could embrace any style I want to: punk, fashionista, indie…there are earrings for all those genres. In particular, the idea of ear gauges interest me because they stand out so much. The different colors and styles are creative, and the idea of stretching your ear is both weird and cool: a definite fashion statement. I think I could pull it off if I wanted to. After all, I got over my fear of needles to go and get my ears pierced; who’s to say I can’t go for gauges as well?
By Patricia C. from Nicholasville, KY
I have been (very, lol) slowly stretching my ears for about ten years now. I am currently at 7/16 and plan to go up at least two more sizes. Over the years, I have learned a few “tricks” to make the process easier. First of all, always, always, ALWAYS stretch gradually. If you don’t you are going to end up with a torn lobe. I’ve seen it happen more time than I can count. Second, it’s much easier to stretch your lobe right after your morning (or evening) shower. Your skin is much more pliable then. Third, use a skin-safe oil of some kind to “lube up” the lobe. I personally use virgin coconut oil for this. Not only does it lube, but it also has antiseptic properties as a bonus. Another good tip is to get your self some tea tree oil. This stuff works wonders. It helps heal piercings like no other. I also have an industrial piercing in my left ear. I have had it for about nine years now. It took right at a year to heal completely.
I had keloids form around the bottom hole, and the tea tree oil healed those right up. Trust me, you do not want those hanging around. Very unattractive. My last tip is for anyone with stretched ears that is plagued by “the smell”. Everyone gets it, unfortunately. The one thing that worked for me was switching to a natural material. I use organic wooden tunnels (purchased from this site!), but I have also heard that glass or stone ones will cut down on smell, too. Since I switched to wooden, my ears NEVER smell bad. It’s so much nicer for me, and my partner. In conclusion, I have to say that while I LOVE my tunnels, and other piercings, it is NOT for everyone. Stretching your ears is just as permanent as a tattoo once you get to a certain size. They will not “shrink down” without surgery. Please understand that. I’ve seen so many parent let their under age children start stretching, and they do not realize how permanent it is going to be.