Piercings For A Cause
by Meg Curry
I have 7 piercings in total, but I’ll tell the stories of my two favorite!
My first actual piercing (other than my ear lobes which got pierced when I was just a baby) was my left helix/cartilage piercing. I got it when I was just 10 years old! Other than it being my first chosen piercing, it’s also my favorite because I got it done with my mom; we both got the same one, the same day. The reason we decided to get them together was because she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and was scheduled for surgery a few months later, and she wanted to get a piercing with meas a fun little activity to do together. That was almost seven years ago, and I still cherish the piercing, and I’m so glad to say that my mom and I have made it a tradition to get all of our (ear) piercings together now!
My other favorite piercing is my nostril piercing. I had been begging to get my septum pierced since I was in around 6th grade (lol)! My parents strongly disagreed, but they told me I could get my nostril pierced. I was so excited, and immediately started researching everything I could, so I would know all about it when the time came. I got it done in August before I started my freshman year of high school.
Unfortunately, in October, I had to have emergency surgery, and I had to leave it out for so long, that almost all my piercings grew out! Four of my 7 piercings grew out. (I had two in my left ear cartilage, one in my nose, and four in my lobes.) I was able to get them all redone, fortunately! I currently have 6 of my piercings back, including 7/16″ stretched lobes! The second helix grew up during a different surgery I recently had.
I am so in love with my piercings, and I would love to add to my “collection” of piercings. I will be 17 in March, so hopefully I can add! Though I am weary in adding anymore facial piercings because I would love to become a wrestler, and I’m not sure how it would be to get one ripped out during a match. (Ouch! One of my favorite wrestlers had an earring ripped out during a match and he’s never put one back in, so I’m guessing it hurts quite bad!)
I lived my entire life content (22 years!) with my ears pierced ever since I was a little kid. But it wasn’t until I was 21 and starting to feel a little rebellious, I thought about getting my tongue pierced. The thing about me was that if it was something as “extreme” as getting my tongue pierced, I needed to do it ASAP or I’d chicken out! I asked one of my friends who used to work in a tattoo and piercing shop on the side for recommendations on where to get it done. I ended up not listening to anything he said and went out and found another tattoo and piercing shop that was closer to where I lived.
I woke up one Friday morning, told my sister to come with me for moral support, and drove to the shop. I walked in at a little passed 12pm when the shop opened and told the man at the counter that I wanted to get my tongue pierced. He called to someone in the back named Lisa and she came out to go over the logistics of it. After everything was signed, we went to the back room and she looked at the webbing under my tongue. She told me it would be quite dangerous if they pierced through that so she had to go around it and I was totally fine with it, I just wanted it done! I was a little worried about getting hurt if she did get the webbing though, not gonna lie. But I suppressed my worry and trusted her! She marked my tongue and when I gave her the OK, she brought out the clamp and the needle. I squeezed my sister’s hand as Lisa clamped my tongue. Breathe in, breathe out… I held onto my sister’s hand and Lisa quickly stuck the needle through my tongue. I barely felt a pinch and before I knew it, Lisa was screwing the balls onto the end of the barbell. She told me about the aftercare procedure and I was done.
I finally did something out of the norm for a typically average Asian-American girl that was normally wouldn’t do anything crazy. I was able to hide my tongue piercing from my mom for a couple weeks, but she saw the silver ball and the jig was up. However, I don’t regret getting my tongue pierced at all! It was one of the best decisions of my life and I feel empty without my barbell in.
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.
|I had known my bestie for about 6 months when we got pierced together. We went to Indiana University in Bloomington together and I had just gotten back to my dorm room when she called me.
“Hey, what’s up dude?” I answered.
“I’m thinking about getting my lip pierced”
“Oh, cool. That sounds fun. I’ve been thinking about getting my rook done. I’ve wanted it for a few years and I think I would actually be committed to it now,” I replied.
“We should go get pierced together!” She exclaimed.
“Yeah! That would be awesome! Let me know when you wanna go and I’ll drive.”
We hung up and I proceeded to get more comfy in my dorm, changing clothes and hopping on Facebook to see what was going on at home. I was thinking she was going to mull over the decision for lip piercings for a few days and then we would start searching for a piercing shop in our college town when I heard a knock on my door.
“Are you ready to go?” She asked as soon as I opened the door.
I was really surprised she had come over and that fast after getting off the phone, “Go where?”
“To get pierced! I wanna go now, that’s why I called!” She laughed.
“OH. I didn’t know that, well I guess so,” I said rather calmly as I panicked in my head. Am I ready for this? We haven’t even looked at piercing shops. I don’t know where any of them are. What if the one she wants to go to is gross? How do I tell her we need to find somewhere else?
We left for a shop she had heard of called Evil by the Needle and I called my mom on the way so there wouldn’t be any surprises when I came home in a few more weeks. My mom not knowing what a rook was, didn’t approve but knew she couldn’t stop me and said she wanted pictures when it was done. (She was quite surprised when I sent an ear piercing, rather than a below-the-belt photo!)
We arrived and then my friend started trying to decide if she wanted a normal single lip piercing or if she wanted to get spider bites. We had to wait for the piercer to finish up with another customer and then it was our turn. We went into the back room which was not as well lit and fancy as the shop I was used to back home, rather it was like a large closet with a bathroom, but it wasn’t dirty and the piercer was prepping for us very professionally, so I decided I didn’t need to run screaming out the front door.
My friend went first, having finally decided on spider bites, and told me she needed me to be her support. Being the awesome best friend that I am, I told her that if she cried I would laugh at her. She didn’t cry, but she did bleed quite a lot.
When it was my turn, I started panicking again. I had no idea how bad this piercing would hurt. I had already had a cartilage before, so I wasn’t unprepared for the piercing pain, but I WAS unprepared for the headache. (If you are wanting to get your rook done, make sure you take ibuprofen or acetaminophen with you!) I bled pretty bad considering I have 6 piercings and that’s the only one that has ever bled during the piercing process itself. Inserting the jewelry was a nightmare due to the headache, but once it was done I was really excited for my new piercing.
We left the shop and took pictures of our new piercings while waiting to get ice cream at a local creamery. My mom got her very G-rated ear piercing picture and decided that she loved it after all. I absolutely love that my BFF and I got piercings together, even though I know a lot of people would say it’s on the same level as getting matching tattoos. If the friendship ends, we’ll both have the memory of how we got our piercings, even if they are completely different.
Almost 5 years later, my friend just got her rook pierced, on the left side, at the same shop. She didn’t get the same piercer because that girl no longer works there, and I didn’t get to go because I no longer live there. She agrees with me that it was the worst piercing in terms of pain, even more so than our nipple piercings, but that it was totally worth it. I have posted a picture of both of our rooks; mine almost 5 years old now, and hers, which is almost 5 days old from the time I wrote this article.
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. 🙂