I believe you are never too old to try something new, or to do something you’ve always wanted to do.
That being said I love when I see an older person with a piercing or a tattoo, it leaves me to believe they have lived a life full of awesome stories and I immediately want to know them. When I was younger and would meet a friends parent if they had a tattoo or a piercing I would assume they were much cooler and understanding and probably easier to talk to. I think it gave me the impression that they were surely more open minded to what some consider the taboo things in life. When my mom was a kid it wasn’t nearly as common to see a pierced or tattooed person roaming around unless of course they were once in the service or had been to jail. This is where the misconception on tattoos and piercings stems from and some people still believe this way today.
I myself am not one of these people. I was lucky enough to grow up with the worlds coolest mom who did not yet have a tattoo but had her eyebrow, tongue and nose pierced. She also had a few friends who were pierced and tattooed and they didn’t seem to have been jail birds or soldiers. My mom was in fact a young mom having me when she was just 20 years old so we weren’t as far off in age as some of my friend’s parents. She often times was mistaken for my older sister. She inspired me to be myself and accept others for who they wanted to be. I never judged anyone on their appearance.
High school was about the time I discovered there were many different styles and ways to express who you thought you were at the moment. There were the preppy kids who may have had a nose ring or a nipple piercing, maybe a tattoo you couldn’t plainly see. There were the Goth kids who wore mostly black and had septum rings and ear plugs and wore a lot of eye liner. Then you had the Thug kids who most claimed to be in some gang or another and had their arms tattooed mostly at someone’s house, and you had the plain janes like me who wanted to express myself but didn’t really know who I was and had a mom who knew this and requested I waited till I was 18 to start marking my body.
If I were to look most of these people up now, 20 years later, they are probably the cool tattooed and pierced parents that are still fully capable of raising a great kid regardless of their outer appearance. I myself may one day have a kid of my own and they will surely question the fact that my arms are fully tattooed and may or may not want one day. I can only hope my kid will embrace this and be proud to stand next to me at a parent teacher meeting.
The first time I saw a pair of gauged ears I was a little shocked as to how a simple earring
sized hole could become the size of a quarter! It was amazing and terrifying and I knew right
then i wanted to stretch my ears. So just like with any other new adventure I first did a little
research on what I was getting into before I began. First, I did the obvious and posted my
newest endeavor on facebook to see how my friends would react. I got the general “yay
thats awesome” to the “ewww no don’t you dare” reactions. Then I googled ear plugs and
found some totally awesome jewelry and I decided to go for it.
I went to my local tattoo shop and talked to the piercer and told her I was ready to start
stretching. She introduced me to tapers which are in my opinion the best way to begin. If
you don’t know what a taper is, its a shape that goes from smaller to larger and gently
expands your ear hole as you push it through.I was also told 316L surgical steel is the safest
material to stretch with. She then explained the process of stretching slowly and what sizes
to begin with. She also stated that its important as with an body piercing or modification to
wash your hands with antibacterial soap before starting. So I took with me this new found
knowledge and went home to insert the tapers.
I started with a 2mm taper as i’ve had my ear holes since 1 yrs old and have worn earrings a
long time. I was told its a little easier to push through if you use a little A & D ointment or
vaseline so I did. It was a little uncomfortable at first kind of like a pinch and it was sore for a
few days. But after that I was able to move it in easily and I was ready for the next one.
I continued with the tapers until I was about a 4 gauge. Then I went to the tunnels. Personally
the tunnels are my favorite ear jewelry. I love that you can see right through the ear hole. So
it was tunnels there on and with those I could skip buying all the in between sizes by
wrapping white plumbers tape around the plug every few days to stretch to the next size. I
didn’t want to purchase all these pair of plugs I didn’t intend to keep as I wanted to get to
5/8″ and then purchase the ones I really wanted.
I then made a huge mistake at 9/16″ which is the size just before 5/8″ where I wanted to be. I
was at a tattoo expo and came across a jewelry booth and bought a pair of 5/8″ silicone
plugs. I went to the bathroom and squeezed them in, it hurt but i figured it was like every
other time, 3 days or so and it would be over. I was so wrong. You should never stretch with
silicone as it adheres to the skin. I was not told this and i left them in for a week or so and my
ears were killing me, so I pulled one out and my skin came along with it. I was terrified and
immediately went to my local tattoo shop to seek advice from the piercer. She told me to soak
my lobes twice a day in warm water with sea salt until i was healed.
I was so bummed. My ears shrank back down to a 6 gauge and I had to start all over again. I
am now back at a healthy, happy 9/16″ and I believe this is where I will stay.
I remember at the ripe old age of 16 asking my mom to take me to get my tongue pierced. All the kids in school were getting it done and I had to be one of them. So I approach my mom with the oh so sweet “mommy can I ask you something?” and she immediately turns me down and gives me the “when you turn 18” bit. Now of course I didn’t see any harm in it, hell all my friends were getting it done and I didn’t want to be left out. I asked her why i had to wait and she told me about the dangers like infection and nerve damage which i hadn’t considered of course. But I did offer the rebuttal of you pierced my ears before I could walk and its not permanent like a tattoo. But It was to no avail. I did however turn 18 two short years later and she did live up to her promise and take me to get this ever so urgent tongue piercing.
Now fast forward four years and my little sister is asking to get her tongue pierced at the age of 14. Now I assumed my mom would give her the same wait till you are 18 bit like she did me, but no. My mom told my sister that if she got all A’s on her report card she would take her and sure enough my sister came through with the grades. So at 14 she got her tongue pierced. And then at 16 mom took her to get her belly pierced. I was taken back by it but as time had passed it became less taboo and more of an accessory.
In other countries children as young as 5 are the receivers of many different body modifications. In other cultures it may be a sign of maturity or a religious belief. In women and young girls it signifies beauty and gains the bearer acceptance from their tribe or community. Some tribes pierce their children’s ears as symbol of the child’s dependence on them.
It seems that the reasons for piercing vary greatly whether it be religious, spiritual, self-expression rebellion or pleasure. It is my belief that everyone is different and what may work for you certainly won’t do in someone else’s eyes. Just be who you are and be proud of where you come from and respect others decisions to change and shape their bodies the way they see fit. Everyone just wants to be happy and be loved and accepted. : )
If you live in the South Florida area (meaning from Broward to Dade county) then I would like to share with you a few places locally that i recommend for your piercing pleasures. When you make the decision to get a piercing and you know what you want, the next big step is to pick a trustworthy shop. I happen to know a few that my friends and I have frequented and trust them to be a clean, safe, and knowledgeable environment. The best way to choose in my opinion is to visit the shop, check out the artists portfolio and speak with them regarding what your expectations are.
#1 on my list would be: True Love Tattoo
They have 2 locations for your convenience, one in Margate, FL and the other in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I have personally been to this shop and can vouch for a great place to get a piercing or a tattoo. Clean, friendly environment and top notch work.
#2 would have to be: Colorfast Studios
They are located in Coral Springs, FL and I have been to this shop as well and can honestly say they have a great thing going. The piercers there are highly knowledgeable and very welcoming. They also have a big jewelry selection!
#3 an old favorite with a new name is: Timeless Craft Tattoo
They are located in Coral Springs, FL some of you may know them by their previous name Whole Addiction. I was pierced at this shop many moons ago and had my gauges done there. I found it to be a very pleasant experience and got some great jewelry pieces there as well.
#4 and lets not forget: 3 Layers Deep Piercing and Tattoo Gallery
This shop is located in Coral Springs, Fl and boasts a fabulous piercer and friend of mine Stephanie. I have seen a lot of work and I must say shes great at what she does. Not only do you feel welcome here but you walk away with a piercing you can be proud to show off!
Summer is here and that means the temperature is up and the amount of clothing we are wearing is at a bare minimum. This means it is a fantastic time to show off your piercings with some unique jewelry. I’m going to share with you some of my summer time favorites and where you can find them! I’m really diggin’ the Opals, Bright Colors and Nautical designs. Also another amazing addition would be the glow-in-the-dark items!! For those sweet summer nights out on the beach, everyone will see you shining!
I have recently become fascinated with the dangle plugs! It’s like having the option to wear what appears to be a regular fancy dangle earring while also concealing your holes. These are great for going out or to a fancy party or even family function.
Another of my favorites are the Opal accented pieces. I have always loved the way Opal stones shimmer in the light of the sun. I bet you didn’t know that Opal’s are made up of between 6% and 10% water. They vary in color and are usually semitransparent making them catch the light like no other stone.
If you really want to stand out in the crowd you need to Glow! I Love, Love, Love, the Glow-in-the-Dark jewelry line! I wear my Glow-in-the-dark plugs all the time at night and get tons of compliments! The Glow tongue rings are super cool too and come in steel or Flexi! No matter what you wear, just remember to have fun and be you <3