By: Tori From: Houston, TX
This by far has to be the most painful piercing that I got. I have a few piercings and tattoos my nose piercing was the most painful by far, I also have my helix and tragus pierced. My helix and tragus were are breeze it didnt hurt much. I decided to get my rook done about a month ago, I was bored and needed a fix a piercing or tattoo would do. Of course I opted for the piercing because its less painful on my body and pockets LOL. One Saturday my best friend and I waited for the tattoo shop to open and as soon as it was 1 pm we headed there. When I got to the shop I told the piercer that I wanted my rook pierced, she had to look at my ear to make sure that the piercing was possible, I guess because every ear is shaped differently if you dont have enough to pierce it can reject. I filled out the release paper work and began to mentally prepare myself for the piercing pain. My best friend was there so that I can crush her hand if the pain was too bad LOL. My piercer was very thorough she explained everything to me the process she was going to do piercing it and she was very clear with the aftercare instructions. She marked my ear and had me look in a mirror to make sure I liked the placement, she used the clamps which were extremely cold, she then proceeded to pierce me the worst part about the piercing was the pop noise that I heard once the needle exited at the bottom. She then slipped the curved barbell in my new piercing, cleaned me up and I was done. I really like it alot, I plan to get a few more piercings before the year is over.
By: Ariel From: Alabama
My name is Ariel and my piercing story is pretty simple, nothing out of the ordinary. After about a week of thought I decided to get my tongue pierced. I just started college this past August, its my first time living away from home. I now have the freedom to get tattoos and piercings and basically whatever I want to do. The only catch is that I’m the youngest of four children. My brothers and sisters have piercings and tattoos, the only piercing I had was my ears and my mom let me pierce my belly button when I was 16. At first I wanted to get a tattoo but I dont think that I am ready for that type of pain yet so I opted out for the tongue ring. I went downtown to the tattoo shop with my roommate and a few of their friends. I was the only one that was going to get pierced. I walked into the shop and spoke to the piercer, I let her know that I wanted my tongue pierce, she had me fill out the release form for the piercing. My piercer also gave me the option to choose my tongue ring I got colorful acrylic end beads instead of the plain old silver ones. She had me sit down on a long table, I guess they use that for tattoos. She told me to stick my tongue out, she dried off my tongue and marked it for the placement of the piercing. When she put the clamps on I thought I was getting pierced LOL boy was I wrong. She proceeded to tell me to take a deep breathe and breathe out and as I was breathing out OUUUUCH! The needle was going through my tongue. It was pretty painful, but it was worth it. Thank God for 711 because we we there right after to get me a nice ice cold froze icee to help soothe my new tongue ring.
By: Cara From: Florida
My piercing story is quite interesting. I decided to get my snake bite piercings done one Halloween, in fact it was my first Halloween in college. There were a crazy amount of parties that were going on and everyone was dressing up and going costume crazy. My friends and I decided to be either zombies of vampires. I decided to be a vampire. I had always wanted to get a piercing I didnt really know what I was torn between snake bites and a tongue piercing. Being that it was around the time of Halloween and it was a Friday night before we strolled out the parties down town, we took a detour to the tattoo shop. At our shop they always have specials and they had 2 for $30 piercings. I couldnt pass that up so I filled out all the paper work to get pierced and my friends were almost in disbelief LOL they couldnt believe I was going to pierce my lip and go party! I had each of my friends hold my hands and it was the funniest thing we were all dressed in our costumes 2 zombies and a vampire HAHA! it was classic. The piercing itself was pretty painful and the swelling wasnt to fun either. After we left the tattoo shop we headed down town, and my lip began to throb. Most of the night I was holding ice on my new piercings to help the swelling go down, I wouldnt advise anyone to get a set of lip rings and go party, LOL its possible just not as fun! Lets just say I will be ready for the next costume party! Since my daring snake bites piercing I also went and got my nose pierced, I love piercings and I plan to get a few more.
By: Mallory From: California
Im not really a big body piercing person, I have more tattoos than anything. The only body piercings I have besides my ear lobes is my nose. I got my nose pierced when I was 16 my mom actually took me, she wasnt the type of parent against piercings or tattoos. I got my first tattoo when I was 16 as well. This story is actually about my hip dermals. So about 6 months ago my sister and I got some tribal tattoos done on our midsection. I really love tattoos and I wanted to add something extra to it. My sister suggested surface barbell piercings, but after doing some research we quickly changed our minds on that. Apparently those surface barbell piercings do not last very long, they eventually reject, or grow out…. ewww gross. Throughout my research I found dermal anchors and skin divers, I decided to go with the dermal because they are less likely to grow out. One Tuesday night after work my sister and I went down to the tattoo shop they were running a summer special, all piercings were $45 and dermals were $55. This was a great deal! I filled out all of the necessary paper work to get my piercing done and I was finally ready to get pierced. I had to lay down on the tattoo table because it was going to be on my hip , my heart was pounding I didnt know what to expect. My piercer explained that he will be doing it with a dermal punch and I was going to feel a slight pinch. It was a whole lot more than a slight pinch buuuut I survived. The piercing was quite painful but it was all worth it, the dermals look awesome with my tattoo.
By: Samantha From: Baltimore
About two years ago I got my labret pierced for the first time, I was a freshmen in college and it was my actual first real body piercing. I was super excited to have it, it was like a sense of freedom, I didn’t need permission to get it. At the time I was playing soccer for my school and I couldn’t play with the piercing, I couldn’t quit the team over a piercing because I was on a scholarship therefore I was forced to take it out. Since I couldn’t get any piercings because of soccer, I decided to get some tattoos by the time I graduated I had 6 tattoos and no piercings. There were a few things I wanted to pierce, I wanted an industrial barbell in my ear, my tragus and rook. The first thing that I got pierced was my labret Monroe again I went to a tattoo shop with my cousin, she was going back to have a tattoo finished up so I decided to go with. When I got there I was totally inclined to get a piercing, there was nothing holding me back anymore. I filled out all of the necessary paperwork gave them my I.D. and I was ready! Since I had the piercing previously I knew that it was going to hurt a bit more because of the scar tissue, but a bit more was an understatement it hurt a lot and the worst part was the little pop I heard at the end. The healing time was a bit interesting it was swollen and bled for the first two days which didn’t happen the first time, so it kind of concerned me but after the first week it was smooth sailing. I had no other problems with it. I later went on the pierce my tragus and rook too.
By: Mercedes From: Ohio
When I originally went to get my piercing I wanted a industrial piercing, but when I got to the piercing studio the piercer told me that my ear was to small and the way that it is shaped he wouldn’t advise me to get it. So I was back to square one, I was just dying for a new piercing so I decided to get my tragus pierced. This was just a spur of the moment kind of thing, I really had my heart set on the industrial but oh well it didnt work out for a reason. I have hear horror stories about those piercings. I didn’t go with anyone to get my piercing in fact I did it as soon as I got off of work on a Thursday night. I filled out all of the necessary paper work and sat in the piercers room. He marked my ear for placement of the jewelry and he set up for the piercings. He began the piercing with clamps and told me to take a deep breath and when I did I could hear the needle ripping through my ear it hurt sooooo bad. Just when I thought I was done he told me that the needle was only half way through! WHHHHHHAAAT I had to take another deep breath and breathe out and it was finally done… well getting the needle through. My ears are pretty small and maneuvering was pretty difficult. He slipped the earring in right behind the needle, getting the end bead on was a pretty hectic task but about after 5 minutes of dealing with it he got it on there. Since my tragus piercing I went back for my snug and helix, I love all of my body piercings.
Barbells are the most commonly used piece of jewelry aside from the captive bead ring for piercings. The great thing about barbells is that they come in a variety of lengths, sizes, colors and materials. Barbells come in many different materials from 316L surgical steel, solid gold, gold plated, solid titanium, anodized titanium and much more. Barbells are typically used when doing tongue piercings, nipple rings, industrial piercings, the eyebrow and several other piercings.
When it comes to shopping for your barbells make sure that you know the exact size of your piercings. Knowing the gauge size is crucial in shopping for body jewelry. The gauge size is the thickness of the stem of the ring. The next important thing to know is the length that you may need for your piercing. Buying a barbell that is too short can be harmful to your piercing.
For those who are really into body modification barbells are available for those that are interested in stretching their piercings. You can find large gauge barbells for stretching almost any piercing. Tongue piercings and nipple piercings can easily be stretched with large gauge barbells.
The eyebrow piercing can also be worn with a straight barbell, being that the eyebrow piercing is a surface piercing the curved barbell is normally used when the piercing is initially done. Once the eyebrow piercing has healed you are free to put in which ever jewelry to choose and some like the look of the straight barbell.
By Sydney From: Maryland
So about 3 weeks ago I was in California for a short summer vacation. While hanging out down by the beach with a few friends we came across a tattoo shop that was running a special on tattoos and piercings. What better than to get a tattoo or piercing on summer break right? so we went for it. The special was 2 piercings for $65. That was great because back home in Maryland its $65 for one piercing! This decision was spur of the moment and I didn’t know what I really wanted to get pierced. I didn’t have anything pierced at the time besides my earlobes and belly button. I always thought about some kind of cartilage piercing, I didn’t know which one I just wanted one. I thought that a labret would be cute but I don’t think my mom would have really approved of it so I decided to get a tongue ring! I filled out all the paperwork gave them my I.D. and was ready for my piercing. I let my friend go first and my other friend ended up taking advantage of the tattoo deal and got 2 for $100. When I sat down in the piercers chair I was super duper nervous Im not really one for pain, she started out with the tongue piercing. I was so nervous I thought I was being pierced when the clamps were just put on my tongue LOL! I felt a pinch and it was over. The next piercing was my tragus the piercing itself was a breeze my piercer was awesome, very gentle and talked me through everything. The only bad thing about the tragus is that you can hear everything single thing about the piercing I could hear the needle ripping through my cartilage haha! It was great and a was definitely a memorable summer vacation.
By Tony From Kansas
My piercing story is not the typical happy go lucky piercing story but its life and it can happen, my advise is to see a PROFESSIONAL piercer. I have always wanted my lips pierced, when I was in the 9th grade I actually pierced my lip with a safety pen while I was at school, and when I got home my mom nearly killed me. From that day we made a deal, she told me as long as I keep my grades up when I turned 16 she would let me get them done. When I turned 16 she took me to get my snake bites, I was super excited I didnt really know much about the piercing I just knew that I wanted it LOL. The first time I got them pierced the one on the right side didnt heal properly, unfortunately the piercer didnt really know what he was doing. When he pierced me it was with a short labret barbell instead of an extra long one of horseshoe rings, long story short during the healing time it swelled and covered the jewelry and I had to go to the hospital to have it removed. Not only was it painful I now only had one snake bite. I was extremely bummed and frustrated so I took the other ring out. Two years later, when I went off to college the first thing I did before I started classes in the summer was get my snake bites back. This time around it was pierced correctly and healed perfectly. My next project is to continue with my tattoo sleeve on my right arm. When I finish college I plan to start stretching my ears as well.