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.
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!
When I was in fourth grade I got my ears pierced for the first time. Earrings would bother my ears a lot so I had to buy hypoallergenic ones. Many of the cute shapes I was not able to wear. My collection consisted of mostly studs in different colors. I was in 8th grade when I started realizing that the studs would look really pretty and cool on other parts of my ears, so I pierced my own cartilage. Of course my parents forced me to take it out since they believed I was too young. They strongly believed at the time that it mattered what ear I did it on. I told myself when I was older I would defiantly get it done.
Four years later during a quite evening in my dorm room, I pierced my cartilage again. Many of my friends would ask me didn’t that hurt? Yes of course it hurt, I used a regular needle, alcohol, and cotton swaps. However, before I did it myself I researched many articles that other people had written about their own piecing’s and the warning signs so I could recognize if my ear was becoming infected.
Piecing your own ear is a hit or miss. Sometimes you get a keloid bump and sometimes you don’t. Keep in mind that keloids can develop even if you got it done professionally. On my left and right ear I pieced my Targus myself. I found the skin to be so tender in that area it was sore for a whole week. On my right ear I have two cartilage piercings at the top one I did myself and the other I got re-done when Clare’s did the cartilage piercings. I had both originally done them myself but I got a keloid bump and had to take it out. That is top advice for someone getting piercings, yes it looks cool, but once you get a keloid bump don’t be afraid to take it out. Many of my keloid bumps developed weeks after I pieced it. I believed it was because I was touching the piercing too much and trying to change the earring too soon.
I have had my Rook piercing which is on my right ear for five years now. I got that professionally pieced down at the beach and I absolutely love it. It is a very subtle piercing since it doesn’t stick out. One thing that people should be aware of is that not everyone can have the same piercings since the shapes of the ears are so different.
The one piercing regret I have was getting my belly button pierced. I should have known better. The piercing was ok for about two weeks but after that it started to get red and irritated. I didn’t matter how much I followed the cleaning regiment it was getting worse every day. My skin was allergic to the material in the belly ring and my body rejected the piercing. I was forced to take it out. I was so disappointed it was almost a hundred dollars to get done. Something to keep in mind is just because a piercing in your ear is fine does not mean that a piercing on your body will react the same way. Don’t rush into getting a piercing. Do the research and determine if you have to take the piercing out and are you willing to live with the scar. Getting your ears pierced is an art there are so many different color combinations and groups of piercings to get that are unique to you.
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.
The only surviving piercing I still have is my P.A. (nipples long ago closed up) I got it approximately 20 years ago at a small shop in Joplin, MO. At that time my home state did not have legal tattooing and body piercing shops so I had to road trip it. I had gone out the night before with friends and drank way more than I should have seeing as how I knew that the trip was a go for the next day. Anyhow, got there and went through the procedure. As i recall it hurt like hell but was an enjoyable sensation in its own way. The main memory I retain though is the tremendous amount of bleeding that occurred. As I mentioned some excessive drinking had occurred just hours prior to the piercing appointment. The thing about alcohol thinning your blood (etc.) I believe to be factual and likely contributed to my messy experience. I had a bit of a ride home and had to stuff massive amounts of toilet tissue into my boxers to absorb the flow.(Seems like the place woulda had a Maxi-pad or something to offer but they didn’t) Couldn’t wait to “try it out” and ignored the suggested wait time. This probably slowed the healing process greatly and I don’t recommend anyone ignoring the advice of their piercing professional on this subject. Be patient. Good things “come” to those who wait. The 12 gauge captive bead used for the initial pierce was gradually replaced as time went on with larger gauges and styles of jewelry. (Even got up to 00 in time) But determined that the large gauges are more show than go. Currently my daily piece is a 4g 1/2 inch captive bead. One of the best investments I ever made was for a pair of ring pliers. Much easier to do your own jewelry changes. I have never regretted doing this piercing. The benefits have far outweighed my initial difficulty’s.
So to recap: Show up sane and sober for your piercing appointment and heed the advice of your piercing professional. Yup… that about sums it up…Opted to not upload any photos of my piercing as this would test the boundary’s of good taste (in my opinion) for this particular forum and likely would’a been been rejected anyway. (see boundary’s of good taste comment)
Aaaahhh. Yes it was a good night..lol I have many now but here is my first experience :). Growing up I would get in trouble for even thinking about tattoos or piercings. I loved them I’ve always been drawn to them. But my adopted mother and my father told me “THEY’RE FOR THE DEVIL!!” Lol but anyways so..I turned 18 and went thru a fucked up break-up and ended up at my ex’s best friends wife’s sister’s place. Lmao. We went to her boyfriends place where we smoked a big fat bowl (my like 5th time smoking) and she told me her boyfriends dad is a professional piercer. First thing I thought was “belly ring” lol so she and I decided together to do it. I was so nervous I was getting bubbly guts. Lmao. So I went first. I just laid back and closed my eyes and controlled my breathing and the anxiety went away kinda. Plus I was telling myself I don’t have a choice lol so I laid there helpless lol. He finally put the needle thru….and all I could think was…is that it??! All the nervous shit for nothing??! Wow.. Lol
Good times lol
I wanted my belly button pierced for years and finally after a lot of begging my dad agreed. My brother said I would chicken out and not do it so we made a bet. If I didn’t chicken out, he would pay for it! Yay me right? We got to the piercing parlor and my mom had to sign for me, I was only 16. My mom is squeamish when it comes to these things so her reaction was going to be priceless. As I was called back Mom was still filling out the form and my brother was taunting me. I didn’t care one bit! I sat down, happy as can be until I seen the needle then my eyes got as big as a 50 cent piece. The lady asked if I was ready and I said yes. I covered my eyes as she came closer and bit my lip. I hear my brother say “Oh no! so of course I’m thinking she messed up. I kept my eyes covered and waited and waited. Finally I said “Are you going to pierce it or not?” She said “Hun, it is pierced, I am trying to run the ball down to put on your jewelry.” I never flinched and I did not get to see my mom’s expression because she wasn’t even done filling out the form! When the piercer said she was done my mom said “Really, already!” Its been like 30 seconds, even though it took her a minute to find the ball! This was a 2 minute time lapse that seemed like forever for me. I didn’t feel a thing and I won the bet!!! That was 10 years ago and I still have my piercing and love it.
A piercing is something you have to love to get for yourself. Often I’ve gotten compliments on my industrial barbell piercing and all the fun and different earrings to use. I decided to get my piercing with my sister in law and we were both very nervous given the fact that its not something we were at all familiar with obviously as far as pain goes. We went to Van Nuys in CA, a drive away from where we were coming from (Los Angeles). I did my research and found someone who was going to give us a good deal on it including a free earring. As I sat and watched my SIL bleed like crazy when she got her industrial piercing (everyone is different of course!), I was very nervous. As I sat ready for my turn, I must say it was one of my most painful piercings I’ve gotten but so worth it! The piercing isn’t for everyone of course and I’m sure I’ve gotten my fair share of stares from adults but it’s your body LOVE it and EXPRESS it the way you feel necessary! My industrial piercing was something I wanted for myself and felt would be a fun new accessory to ME and three years later I am still very much in love with how it looks and continue to shop on places like bodyjewelry.com for fun and cute earrings. It’s funny too because on my right ear were i decided to get my piercing I’ve noticed as a child my ears were slightly pointy (yes almost elf like) which people found amusing and now more than ever do i see that this is a feature of mine that stands out like crazy, but again something that i know sets me apart and makes me even more unique. My key barbell i purchased on body jewelry.com and has to be one of my favorites and comes in so many pretty colors! To all who have thought about or second guess getting a piercing afraid because of what some might think, do it! Love yourself for who you are no matter the circumstances, you’ll be a happier person if you do. 🙂
So I don’t write rants, raves or reviews very much, but I figured I’d try with this. First off, this is my first piercing. I decided to get my septum pierced because I truly love how it looks, and I don’t know if I’ll get anymore mostly because they don’t interest me as much. Well getting started on my experience. I had it pierced by someone I know so I got my kit from bodyjewelry.com. and it came with everything that’s needed, I was worried about the forceps being plastic but they were sturdy and well made and they did their job well. So I had the person do it and it only took like fifteen to twenty minutes, but she was taking her time and making sure it was done right. I thought it would hurt a lot more than it did but it was actually pretty painless minus the expected watering of the eyes from stabbing yourself in the nose. After the needle went through we put the piercing through and viola it’s done. That’s about it pretty straight-forward quick and easy and it looks great with the horseshoe piercing that was supplied with the kit. The next day i purchased a smaller horseshoe piercing to switch with the one it came with ( I know bad thing to do ) but that was only because I needed to flip it up for work. That process was a little uncomfortable but not that bad. I would recommend having someone with some kind of experience do it for you only because i think that was the biggest reason mine was so quick and easy, but truthfully you could do it yourself as long as you take your time to do it right but I wouldn’t if you have someone who’s willing to help. The aftercare for me is a little uncomfortable but I think that because I flipped it up for work but it’s worth it so it doesn’t get infected. Well really that’s about all I have to say, all in all I love the piercing and it was surprising easy to do. I will definitely be recommending the kit I got to people I know just from the quality and price alone.