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!)
By Eileen From: Tennessee
After I got my second hole pierced in high school, I suddenly became obsessed with piercings. I don’t have any tattoos but my friends that do started out with one and now have a few, so I guess tattoos and piercings are just as addictive. The only reason why I haven’t gone piercing crazy is because one day I going to have to get a professional job and as a nurse I can’t wear snake bites in my lips, so I have to find a way to satisfy my piercing drive someway somehow. So I decided to start out with another ear piercing, I didn’t know what to get, at the time industrial piercings were extremely popular but I was to chicken to do it LOL. I decided to start out with my helix… typical right? I know but it was simple enough for me, I made an appointment with the piercer at a local tattoo shop not to far from my house. Finally the day had arrived I got to the shop filled out the necessary paperwork to get pierced and I was ready. The piercing was quick and easy it was virtually painless. The piercer was hilarious we talked and laughed through the whole piercing, I’m thinking about doing my other ear now :).
By: Mercedes From: Ohio
When I originally went to get my piercing I wanted a industrial piercing, but when I got to the piercing studio the piercer told me that my ear was to small and the way that it is shaped he wouldn’t advise me to get it. So I was back to square one, I was just dying for a new piercing so I decided to get my tragus pierced. This was just a spur of the moment kind of thing, I really had my heart set on the industrial but oh well it didnt work out for a reason. I have hear horror stories about those piercings. I didn’t go with anyone to get my piercing in fact I did it as soon as I got off of work on a Thursday night. I filled out all of the necessary paper work and sat in the piercers room. He marked my ear for placement of the jewelry and he set up for the piercings. He began the piercing with clamps and told me to take a deep breath and when I did I could hear the needle ripping through my ear it hurt sooooo bad. Just when I thought I was done he told me that the needle was only half way through! WHHHHHHAAAT I had to take another deep breath and breathe out and it was finally done… well getting the needle through. My ears are pretty small and maneuvering was pretty difficult. He slipped the earring in right behind the needle, getting the end bead on was a pretty hectic task but about after 5 minutes of dealing with it he got it on there. Since my tragus piercing I went back for my snug and helix, I love all of my body piercings.
By Alexa From:Miami, FL
My name is Alexa and this is my piercing story. My body piercings and tattooing started when I was very young. When I was 14 years old my mom let me get my second hole in my ear. When I was 16 for my birthday I was able to get my helix pierced. My older sister was dating a tattoo artist at the time so she was getting tatted like crazy. When I was 17 I begged my sister to let me get a tattoo, I know I couldnt ask my mom to do it so she agreed. While I was in the tattoo shop some of the other artists had their ears stretched and I thought it was so cool. I told myself that I was going to start stretching my ears. I was only 17 I was still in high school with no job so I had to use my own resources the first thing I did to stretch was go to the fabric store, I got an extra large sewing needle it had to be like a 14 gauge and I put that through my existing ear lobe piercing. It wasnt painful at all. When my sister found out how I stretched my ear for the first time she nearly freaked so she had her boyfriend bring me tapers from his shop so that I could slowly stretch my ears and properly. I am now 21 and I am currently at a 00 gauge I want to see how big I can go, so my body modification journey is not complete yet.
By Tory From: Canada
I have been into piercings since I was 10 when I first got my ear lobe pierced. Over the years I acquired more and more piercings. I now have 12 piercings, but my favorite ones are in my ears. I started out with stretching my ear lobes when I was in my senior year of high school I slowly started to stretch my ears. I had to do it slowly to avoid my ear bursting open and having to be sewn up. It took me about a year and half to get to a 2 gauge. I dont think I am going to stretch beyond this point. My next ear piercings was my industrial barbell. I have always wanted an industrial and as soon as I went off to college that was the first thing that I pierced. The piercing itself was pretty painful but if I had to yes I would do it again. After my industrial I also pierced my forward helix, anti-tragus, and conch. I love all of my body piercings and I want to get into dermals next, I have a few tattoos that can use some jewels so that will be my next project.