So I have always found ear piercings intriguing. Over the years I have gotten several piercings. However, I had not experienced a piercing with a needle. Let me start at what led me in the direction of getting my ear pierced by the needle. I started noticing the different kind of earrings that people were wearing…I thought it looked way better then the average earrings. At this particular time I knew nothing about gauges, piercing needles and etc. I wanted “cool” jewelry like the ones I was seeing around and I thought about the fact that I’ve always wanted my cartilage pierced but I had heard so many horror stories about it. What really began to draw me in was when I saw my cousin’s industrial piercing. I asked questions but never thought to ask how it was done. So one day I decided to go to the mall and get pierced (with the dreaded gun). Of course I eventually discovered that I should have went to a “professional” piercer. I was not satisfied at all with the mundane piercing. I started researching body piercings and the tools required to achieve them. I was terrified of the needle when I saw it. I mean who would such a thing that appears to take out a small pinch of skin? Eventually I got the courage to get it done.My piercer was very professional and I tried not to look at the needle in the pack. We discussed the type of jewelry I wanted. I went with the circular horseshoe ring. The piercer advised me that this would be easier to clean during the healing process which it was. She cleaned the area we talked about and told me to take a deep breathe….when she told me to let it out…in the needle went. The piercing didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. It’s a mind thing I guess you can say. Afterward we discussed how to care for the piercing. It was simple…clean with antibacterial hand soap and try not to manipulate it. I say that everything was going great until I got the ring caught in my hair brush after having my piercing about a month…It started to bleed and about a week later a “piercing bump” begin to form. I started to research this and found that it happens and with extra care it would go away. I began a routine of cleaning along with sea salt soaks. I just dipped a cotton ball in a mixture of non iodized sea salt and warm water and applied it to my piercing until it cooled. I also used an aspirin paste (dissolved one aspirin in a tad bit of water). I left the aspirin paste on overnight. It did the trick. The bump disappeared in a week. Every piercing is unique. This is what worked for me. There is more than enough information online that can help someone decide if a certain piercing will work for them. I am so ready for another piercing!!!!!
I had had my ears pierced at 13. Mom didn’t think I would be responsible enough before then. I had since had them double pierced. Then I discovered it. The piercing I had to have. The famed belly ring. While I wanted this done badly, there was a slight problem. I HATE needles. I was determined, however, and I was going to get it done. I had amassed a great collection of belly rings even though I didn’t have it pierced yet or even knew where and when I would get it done. I had to be prepared though, even though there is the whole healing process where you aren’t even allowed to remove it. I was ready when I could though…after I finally got it pierced that is. I live in a small town so I was limited to where i could get it done. One day, I finally decided that the day had come. I went to a tanning salon. I know. What was I thinking? I told the woman that i wanted to get my belly button pierced and she walked me back to a room and had me lay down. As I mentioned before, I HATE needles! So, naturally, I held my breath until she was done and told me to sit up. I had gotten myself ready for the pain, and got so worked up that I almost threw up. After getting over the shock and pain, I was able to look down and enjoy my belly ring…which was CROOKED!!! I was so upset but I thought maybe it wouldn’t be that noticeable. Later on, I believe it got infected and since it didn’t look that good anyway, I took it out and let it close. Years later, I decided to get it redone but this time I was doing it right. I went to a tattoo and body shop. I was brought back and told to stand straight up so that we could align the belly ring so it would be straight. What a thought! After the piercing, he made sure nothing hurt and gave me the speech of don’t touch, wash in the shower, don’t touch, don’t change it for x weeks, don’t touch, etc. His is the piercing you will be seeing. Guess what! It is actually straight and was done right. So, moral of the story. If you want anything pierced other than your ears, go to a professional! It makes a world of difference.
I got my first “real” piercing when I was 17. I had been interested in body modification since I was 12-13. Everyone always tries to say “it’s a phase” or “what will you do when you get older?” Well I can say 13 years later I still have that first real piercing among others and I hold a great full time job and a bachelors degree.
That first real piercing was my tongue which is actually double pierced now. These were the least painful piercings I have ever had. I was anxious and nervous for the first one. The clamps hurt and are awkward. The piercer had opened everything in front of me and was calm through the entire thing. He explained how to care for the piercings before he started. He also gave me the aftercare directions on an index card. He told me to take a breath in and on the exhale the needle went through so easy and effortlessly. I felt a relief as it was over and a sense of accomplishment. The one piercing I had wanted for so long is finally real to me. The healing is the worst part but after 3 days the swelling went down and I was back to normal food. I do recommend ice chips and soft foods.
The second time around I was still just as excited and nervous. This was 2 years after the first one. I went to a different place which was extremely thorough. The piercer had to be about 8 to 9 months pregnant. This pregnant belly was pushed up against me as she pierced my tongue, her shirt had baby on board across it. She thought me and my friend were crazy. My friend was there getting her third hole in her Gene Simmons like tongue. I will never forget the days following. We decided to go on a deep sea fishing trip. Bad idea. We both got sea sick since the water was extremely choppy. Throwing up with a swollen tongue is not easy. It took a little longer to heal but after a week things were back normal.
I guess I’m pretty lucky since these piercings don’t affect my speech whatsoever and are rarely noticed by anyone. I can’t imagine not having them.
For the longest time i have been in love with body modification, i just loved the whole idea of being my own person. When i was born my parents only expected only 1 baby which was my sister older by 3 mins her name is raylee ann , from birth to age 11 we were forced to dress alike even down to our hair. When we turned 12 i wanted independence from my beloved identical twin. I wanted to start dressing different and being our own person. Fast foward to a few years when we were 15 i saw what i thought would change my life, a belly button piericng! I begged and begged but had to wait until i was 16 and once i got the small charm in my naval i felt so different from my sister, by then i was unstoppable i got my nose pierced, 11 holes in each ear, snake bites, tongue and hip surfaces. By then i had all the independence from my sister. Everybody was always getting us confused but not anymore , i had a more edgy style and she was so “preppy” . As you probably know my parents weren’t the happiest about all these holes that i put in myself, they were so disappointed but i didn’t care i felt so awesome that when i got my first credit card i spent probably 100 bucks just on this website. Its so crazy that people think that because raylee and i are twins that we need to be just alike when were just two totally different people who just happen to look alike and at one point were womb-mates. Nobody was prepared for me when i was born no one still is , you never know i may come home with a new piercing….i should have mentioned i work in shop and alwaaaays recommend your website because i swear you guess have the greatest pieces ever. Most of my clients come back and show me what they’ve bought and just leave raving reviews. Now that i’m older i’ve let most of my facial piercings close because i’m older now with a family i’m still sooo proud.
I’m now 23 years old and I know one day I’ll have a real job where they might tell me to take them out, that’s always been my fear… Loosing these memories I’ve held on to for so long. Ever since I can remember I’ve been obsessed with more and more holes. Be it for the pain or pleasure. I’ll take both any ol’ day! I actually finally invested in hollow tip needle from this amazing site, best thing to invest in. I used to use random pointy objects, not always the best choice… Now I can use a needle to pierce or re-pierce myself. Some may only last a few week, some last years. I’ve had my lobes sizing up on and off since I was 15, my eyebrow around the same time. I’ve grown my collection then had to shrink it. I’m kind of at a stand-still with more holes, I want them but what if my job notices? All the advice I can give is don’t pierce yourself with a rusty roofing nail, and safety pins hurt like a bitch…specially if it’s going through the nose! Oh and be safe and smart with sizing up and piercings in general!!!
So I had my Industrial piercing done last December. I could not have been happier to get another piercing! After two outer helix ones and the typical lobes, I was ready for something new. I guess I’m in a rebellious phase or something, maybe piercings are just hot. Anyways, it was far less painful than I anticipated. There was the part of the actual event where I almost passed out. Having a wonderful guy who knew what he was doing while piercing my ear made things easier; he told me some hilarious stories about his youth. That guy is so personable and honestly the coolest. After I left the studio, it was far more beautiful than I hoped. It still is… on a good day. I have this bubbling around my inner helix and it is lesser but still present around my outer. It hurts like hell! I can’t sleep on the right side of my head because of the swelling. It’s kind of funny; I never had this issue with either of my other cartilage piercings. Considering one was done in my dorm at midnight and was actually pierced by a fifteen year old, and she did so with a safety pin, I probably should not have that as my healthiest piercing.
Back to my scaffold, I did some research and I came to the conclusion that it is either keloids or hypertrophic scarring. After a bit more research I finally asked my family what they thought I should do. There were of course the grandparents telling me to “take that junk out of my ear”, but one of them was content with my body mod choices. My aunt happened to be essential oil obsessed. She said tea tree oil was good for blistering. I looked up the relation to hypertrophic scars, keloids, and oils. Turns out she was on to something. Apparently a lot of people use tea tree oil for their swelling and piercing problems. So I gave it a shot. And In just a few weeks, the lumps became so much less painful and they are already beginning to decrease in size.
Now, I fully support natural remedies to unwanted piercing rejection.
The two piercings I get the most comments on are definitely my philtrum piercing, also referred to as a medusa piercing, and my septum piercing. After turning 18 it didn’t take me long to get into the piercer’s chair. My first piercing of the two was my septum. I was seated and my piercer immediately began sanitizing the piercing site-My piercers typically use rubbing alcohol to clean the area. After the area was set up, the clamps were to first thing to touch my face. The clamps put a decent amount of pressure as it was, after taking inhaling and exhaling three times the needle was through my nose. The pain was sharp, and there was a little trickle of blood during my experience. Once the jewelry was through the piercing was pretty comfortable. The healing process was extremely easy and comfortable. I work at a place where facial piercings are not recommended so I had to make sure that my septum horseshoe was able to flip up. I would not recommend flipping this piercing up immediately after getting it done, so I thought it would be smart to get it pierced on a weekend that I knew I could keep the jewelry out for a few days. Aside from that I used antibacterial soap and warm sea salt soaks to heal up the nose. Try to avoid hooking your jewelry on surfaces because it is quite painful, but aside from that it took probably 6 months for it feel healed fully through.
My medusa piercing experience was pretty breezy as well. Because this piercing is in a thicker portion of the lip I was told that it would hurt much more in comparison to a regular lip piercing. Do not let fear hold you back from getting this piercing. If your piercer does his job correctly this piercing was easily 6 out of 10 (which isn’t high on my pain scale). I actually think my septum piercing was just a smidge more painful, and only because it was a sharper pain. The medusa healing process was a bit more tedious in comparison. I definitely recommend that you piercer opts for a longer bar for you jewelry to assist with the swelling. I kept my cleansing process similar: warm sea salt soaks and antibacterial soap. When redness and irritation kept occurring on the outside surface of my piercing I found that tea tree oil really helped the red area. Whenever this piercing got dry in the winter I put a and d ointment or petroleum jelly around the outside. The inside of the lip felt like it healed up a little easier than the outside area of the piercing. Once I kept up the soaks and oil treatment the piercing healed up tremendously. I have had it since November and now it is May and it is very comfortable. Once the piercing heals up get your bar shortened. When the bar was too long I had issues where it would hit my teeth when I talked or catch on the back of my top teeth when I went to take a bite. I hope my tips and experiences can help somebody out. As I had said before, do not let pain stop you. I would highly suggest either of these piercings to anyone.
The first time I got my spider bites I went to a new shop in town that was running a special.I went in and they quickly called me back and began to set up. The piercer began to mark me up and informed me that she was weird about her dots and liked to take absolutely certain they were right before proceeding. She quickly started having difficulty properly spacing and marking where she would pierce. She marked and remarked several times and then pulled out a ruler. This slightly concerned me but she quickly called in a second opinion and they got me all marked up. They asked if I approved so I took a quick look in the mirror.The dots looked good so I told them I approved and we proceeded. She asked if I preferred to pierce one side over the other first and I said it makes no difference to me. She clamped the first side and pierced the needle through. She went to put
in the jewelry and the needle slipped out before she had the jewelry in. She quickly fumbled to try and get the jewelry in regardless but she couldn’t. When she realized she couldn’t she apologized and explained she’d have to run a needle back through. I told her it was fine and she proceeded to do so. Then she moved on to the second one. She clamped it up and quickly pierced it. She had no problems with the jewelry or piercing that side. She quickly went over the aftercare even though I knew it from previous piercings. I took one last look in the mirror and was on my way. The days to follow were harsh as that one she had to do twice gave me many problems. It bruised, swelled, and became painful in the days to follow but I got over it in time. To this day I have my snake bites and love them dearly! The obstacles I over came were merely a drop in the bucket along the way! By far all the years later still one of my very favorite piercings!