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.
My way of rebellion was to get piercings. But I am not the rebellious type that will do things on impulse, so I have to research what I am planning on doing. I talked to some people in piercing / tattoo parlors to get their advice on getting my tragus pierced. I learned that since your tragus is so close to your ear drum that you definitely do not want someone using a piercing gun on it, so make sure the person doing the piercing is using a needle. Always ALWAYS make sure the needle has not been used before and is cleaned properly before they use it on you. I learned that getting a hoop in your tragus right after it is pierced is better than a bar because it can rotate the cleaning solution through the hole and lays easier so will not be bothered as much. If it is not bothered too much, there is a less chance of it getting infected. Also, because of the bars size, you have to remove it after two months and get something smaller. The hoop can stay in as long as you want. (I have been wearing the one mine was pierced with for over three years.) I had my cartilage pierced about a year before my tragus. The pains were different. My cartilage did not hurt as much getting done but throbbed for days after. My tragus was a sharp pain when it was pierced, but it did not hurt after that. My tragus is my favorite piercing, and I wish I had gotten both done. Due to my research and multiple piercings, I have friends that trust my opinions on piercings and I have been able to go with them to get their tragus’ and noses pierced.
By: Kim From: Alabama
It took me a few months to figure out which piercing I wanted to do next, I had my cartilage pierced before but it was done many many many years ago with a gun and it just didnt work out well for me so I ended up taking it out. I really wanted to get it again but I was also torn between the tragus piercings. The tragus piercings looks so cute and I really wanted it. So I decided to start out with the cartilage because the tragus looked extremely painful. I did research the tragus piercing to see how other people would rate the pain level and of course everyone has a different answer, so I decided to hold off on the piercing and just re-pierce my cartilage. I headed down to the tattoo shop with the intention of only getting my cartilage pierced after I filled out the paper work I sat on the piercing table and watched as the piercer sterilized the jewelry and set up everything for my piercing. She marked my ear and when I was happy with the placement she told me to take a deep breath and breathe out and it was done, I didn’t really feel anything just a slight pinch. Since it was virtually painless I told her to just pierce my tragus while we’re at it! She went to get the jewelry for the piercing, came back and marked my ear for placement of the jewelry. She put the clamps on my tragus and had to bend it forward to make sure the placement would be right. When she started to pierce I could hear the needle tearing through my cartilage and it got stuck, she had to use quite a bit of force to complete the piercing. The piercing itself wasn’t painful but there was a lot of pressure and you can hear every little thing. My piercings are healing up nicely I plan to get my rook done next!