I got my first tattoo as a young Marine about around 1993. Unsure how many tattoos I have now but as I’ve always said it’s a good thing I’m not a millionaire because I probably wouldn’t have enough skin, now with that being said I first became interested in piercings due to an article in Penthouse magazine when I was stationed in Pennsylvania around 1997. The article talked about many different body piercings but obviously being a men’s magazine focused around the piercings related to the genitalia or nipples. A Prince Albert is the one that intrigued me the most and to this day is my favorite out of all 15 piercings I currently have. Military service regardless of which branch they will often dictate to you what you canning cannot do what you can and cannot wear and what type of body modifications you can participate, that being said I had to put piercings on the back burner for that reason and also the idea of a needle going through my dick really at that time scare the hell out of me. When I got out of the Marine Corps in 1999 and moved in with my girlfriend who is now my wife I mentioned the fascination with the Prince Albert to her to which she immediately flinched and was less than enthused with the whole idea, so once again it was put on the back shelf. Time goes on in more tattoos are added but the idea of a PA is always in the back of my mind. I had a number of personal events catastrophic and make sure that occurred in 2013 so with all that going on my wife looks at me one night at dinner and I asked if I still wanted my Prince Albert? I said yes and she says great let’s go get it done! Immediately the butterflies sprouted into a shit storm and my stomach somewhere between concern fear and excitement. Heading to the local tattoo and piercing parlor I spoke to the piercer asking a number of questions about what I wanted to have done he quoted a price and recommended either starting with a 10 or a 12 gauge, I went with the 12 but knowing what I know now wish I had done the 10. The process which many people have heard about is honestly not that bad the receiving tube is more uncomfortable than the actual needle because that is quick and a slight yelp later if you’re done. The hardest part about a gentle piercing at least for me is that it made me so unbelievably horny that I couldn’t wait the obligatory two weeks for the proper initial healing time and was doing my dead level best to break my wife in the half within seven days. As soon as she felt that small ring rub up against her G spot she gripped the sheets and told me that I would not be seeing her face for sometime and dear God don’t you stop! About four months later I graduated up to an eight gauge and here I am in May 2017 currently wearing a 00ga horseshoe. I have also added a scrotal ladder, two dydoes and associated havadas. I continue to stretch a number in the ladder the largest being a four gauge hoping to end up in a zero on most in the near future. I love all my piercings and my only regret is is that I waited too long to get it done.
My experience with my first lip piercing was exciting but scary at the same time. The piercer that pierced my lip put in a barbell that was to short, so my lip begin to swell massively.
It had pus coming out and it was both gross and very scary. I actually begin to fear the worse that infection had set in and I was going to have to remove my piercing until it healed. Heck I even wanted to be rushed to the hospital because I'd never experienced anything like this before. I began to research and even ask a few people I knew with the same piercing if they had this happen to them, but everyone had different replies. I called around from place to place and even asked the piercer what should I do? His answer was "Continue to clean it!"
I felt helpless with nothing to do except take my piercing out and have a scar for life to remember this piercing. At this point, I hated my new piercing. Doing more research, I found out that there are other cleaning solutions available to clean piercings. I spoke with someone from bodyjewelry.com and I was told that the barbell that I was pierced with could have been too short and I needed a longer barbell so that my piercing had room to heal, they also supplied me with Dr. Piercing aftercare Q-tip solution to rub around my piercing, and that worked perfectly!!! I later went back to the piercer and had him put in a longer barbell so that my piercing could heal properly. I am really happy that I ran into bodyjewelry.com because they were so knowledgeable about the whole process.
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Before I got my rook pierced, all I had ever gotten done was my ear lobes (3 times) so I didn’t really know what to expect from a cartilage piercing. Originally my plan was to get my snug pierced but when I asked the piercer, she advised against it because apparently 4 out of 5 snug piercings get rejected and she wasn’t comfortable taking that risk. I took her advice, and instead I chose to get my rook pierced. It’s an area of the ear that has relatively thick cartilage and so I was expecting it to be very painful. In reality, it was much less dramatic than I had thought. In terms of aftercare, I was told to wash it with a saline solution twice a day for 13-14 weeks. For the majority of the healing time it was no problem at all and once or twice it would be a bit tender if I had accidently slept on it or something. In the beginning, I was quite cautious of brushing my hair or washing it because I didn’t want to catch it with my brush or finger but it was easier than I thought to avoid it completely. You just adapt to these things. Overall it was very much a trouble free piercing. I recently for a scaffold piercing and in an attempt to not sleep on it, I had to sleep on my rook piercing which did make it flare up a bit but nothing too bad. It’s been more than 6 months now and it’s pretty much pain free. The only trouble I have with it really is changing the barbell….it’s a difficult piercing to change because there’s not a lot of room for your hands and if you’re doing it yourself, the angle is quite awkward. I’ll admit I’ve had my mum give me a hand a few times, but a bit of bonding isn’t so bad. I have so many nice barbells to put in my ear but I find it an effort to change them so most of the time I just leave the same one in all the time. If there’s anyone thinking about getting another cartilage piercing, or in fact wants their rook pierced and is unsure about it, I would definitely say go for it. It’s pretty low maintenance and it looks great. It’s a neat piercing and it’s quite subtle so fairly easy for people (i.e. parents, employers) to miss. I had mine 2 weeks before my mum noticed it!
It is a Daily Battle to fit in a Society where piercings are still not Been Accepted.
Every day I wake up and I think which piece should I wear? Should I hide them? Should I just use them at night time when I go out? What should I do? I feel this way, every day, before getting ready to start my day. Today, I will be revealing all, my tricks advice and recommendations for having the best experience with your body jewelry and also enjoy it without being criticize by anybody.
Knowing the tricks
Sometimes you are surrounded by people that will tell you “OMG!! I Love your piercing “ or “You look amazing”. However, they will be times that people will tell you “don’t you regret making that whole in your body?”. For this kind of people, my answer is a “No, I don’t regret it”. It is something that is exciting and that I love. Today I will be sharing with you, my tricks, because yes even thought that we might not want to be affected by it, we still are.
For me, my best solution to avoid this issue and avoid been discriminated is to use piercing retainers. Why? You are going to still have the hole without hurting yourself in addition to that you will still have everything looking great and if after work/meeting/dinner you can just change the top part and you will be having your piercing back again.
Also, you avoid the uncomfortable situation and avoid all the bad looks and rejection that you might encounter. Yes, many people may tell you don’t talk to that person or find another job, but at the end of the day is something that is not that easy and we can be prepared for all type of situations.
Have you ever heard about Piercing Retainers?
They come in glass and acrylic and honestly it may be your best solution to avoid a bad encounter and to avoid drama and keep enjoying what you love. Piercing retainers have nice results because they are clear people will see it only if they look in close detail. Of course, you always need to be careful and safe because some people might be allergic to acrylic so before doing anything check am I allergic to the material? I cover my gauges and people sometimes thinks that are earnings and that I just look cute.
For me, it has worked great and it protects my piercing and it doesn’t hurt me. Whenever I feel I might encounter a bad situation or uncomfortable I am now always prepared, and I wanted to share my secret with you and give you the recommendations so you enjoy your piercing the most.
BodyJewelry.com/ offers you a large variety of retainers from different body parts and they also offer the supplies for the care. They offer piercings in gold, silver 925, and in a lot of materials to satisfy your needs and taste.
I have learned my lesson about where you should go to get your piercings done over the years of me acquiring a total of 16 piercings. I began to get the majority of my piercings while I was in college. The tattoo parlor down the street from where my campus was did piercings for $20 that included jewelry. WHAT A DEAL, right?!?! It never occurred to me that the reason that ALL of my piercings that I got from there was because it wasn’t the cleanest environment, or they weren’t using high quality jewelry, or because they wanted me to use iodine to clean my freshly done ones. I figured it was because that was just apart of the normal healing process. I would then need to go to the doctor for antibiotics and she would tell me I needed to take the piercing out. (I never did listen to her advice I left them in and was able to salvage all of them.) Anyways, it wasn’t until after college that I began to get into my piercing phase again and was living at home with my parents. A strictly body piercing place opened up near my house and to my surprise she really wasn’t that expensive (and she uses high quality jewelry), the main difference with my new go to spot and where I recommend people to go is this…… she is a member of the APP (Association of Professional Piercers), she has AMAZING jewelry that you can choose and get pierced with right away rather than waiting until a new one heals and switching over to something cool looking, she autoclaves your piece of jewelry after you have chosen it, she fits you with the right length and size, she is VERY CLEAN in all her practices, and a lot of her materials are use once and throw away. She recommends that you use saline wipes or sea salt soaks to help heal your new piercing (something that I now swear by, I would NEVER use iodine or hand soap again) and truth be told, I really don’t even really need to clean my piercings after going to this location because I have never had any issues. What I’m trying to say is RESEARCH a place before you just decide to get a piercing done, trust your piercer, and don’t choose a location because it is cheap. IT IS NOT WORTH THE AFTERMATH.
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!!!!!
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.