My Daith Piercing
I’ve had 2 sets of lobe piercings since I was 5 years old and decided in late 2009 to start stretching my first set of piercings. Due to my personal, preferred aesthetics, I decided to remove my second lobe piercings. As I have my right tragus pierced, I felt like I wanted to balance out my ear piercings by getting another one in my left ear. After looking online and just observing other people’s piercings while out and about, I settled on a daith. I loved the look of it and the fact that it’s recessed down in your ear. I also loved that fact that the placement makes it not likely to get caught in my hair! I have always loved piercings and plan on getting more in the coming years, but I favor the well-placed, planned out approach over lots of piercings everywhere. I believe with piercings, less is more, so I tend to take a while deciding which ones I want.
A week before Thanksgiving 2010 I went to Saint Tattoo in Knoxville to get my piercing. They are the cleanest shop in town and their long-time piercer, Brian Campbell, is really nice and quite skilled. He pierced my tragus in September 2009 and was wonderful.
Brian copied my ID and gave me the necessary paperwork to fill out while he prepped. We discussed what jewelry would be used, he said that he could do either a CBR or a CBB, but recommended a CBR due to the space confinement and ease of cleaning. We settled on a 16g, 3/8" CBR. He took me back to the piercing room when he was ready and then walked me through the procedure and asked if I had any questions, which I didn’t. Then he marked my ear (for his purposes only, as the entry and exit holes aren't visible to the wearer). While he was marking my ear and getting everything set, he was curious to know why I chose a daith, so I explained my desire to “balance” my tragus piercing. That prompted him to ask me what I thought of my tragus piercing (pain-wise). When I told him it was just a lot of pressure in a strange place, he laughed and said that I shouldn't have any problem with my daith piercing. He finished marking me and told me to check it out and gave me a hand mirror. I sat back in the chair, which he tilted back and craned my head to the right so he could get at the right angle. Then he told me to let him know when I was ready. I took a few minutes to level out my breathing and gave him the okay. He placed a receiving tube toward my ear canal and told me to take a deep breath in while he positioned the needle. I let it out a sigh and Brian pushed the needle through my daith, top to bottom. Because of the space in that area, he had to use a curved needle. There was a fair amount of pressure and a bit of stinging as the needle went through, but after it was through and the jewelry was in, I could only tell there was something there that wasn’t there before, but it wasn't painful. Brian went over aftercare and asked if I had any questions. I told him I thought he covered everything pretty well, I paid and went on my merry way! The piercing, including jewelry was $40, which is pretty standard pricing in this area, but I wouldn’t go anywhere else regardless. Brian at Saint is the only piercer in the area I would trust with my body. He’s quick and gentle and I’m sure to go back to him in the future.
My overall impression of the piercing is that I love it! I haven't had any issues in the healing process (so far). All I've done has been SSS a couple times a day for the first 3-4 weeks and now I just clean it with a q-tip when I get out of the shower in the mornings. I was able to sleep on that side of my head about 3 weeks after getting pierced (which was really quick compared to my tragus piercing)! My ear was tender for those first 3 weeks or so, but it didn't hurt unless I knocked my ear against something! The hardest part is to resist the urge to rotate the ring if the bead slides towards my ear canal. I like to have it in a certain part of my ear! If you're considering getting a daith piercing, do some research on the healing times and aftercare and talk to your piercer, but I highly recommend it! It's a great piercing for almost anyone and I love the fact that it sits down in the bowl of your ear, so it's semi-hidden if you have longer hair - makes for a surprise for those who don't know you have it! :)
submitted by: jkdezember
on: 07 Feb. 2011
in Daith Piercing
Artist: Brain Campbell
Studio: Saint Tattoo
Location: Knoxville, TN