My Journey That Led Me To The Infamous Industrial Piercing
It all started when my friend sent me a picture of her new cartilage piercing. It was a cute little piercing with a CBR, and some sort of obsession started forming in my mind. I’ve always thought cartilage piercings were cute, but I wanted something a little edgy along with the cuteness. After looking through tons of image searches on Google, I decided an industrial piercing was right for me.
The beginning of this obsession started on the brink of the Snowpocolapse 2011 in OK and having so much free time out of school leads to plenty of time to research and a yearning for something just out of reach. Now when I say out of reach, I mean that my family is located front and center in the Bible belt. I knew that if I wanted to stay on my parents’ good side, I would have to involve them in the process of getting pierced. I decided that I would pick out my “goal” jewelry and research it fairly well that my parents would see I was being responsible enough to deal with the possible consequences of having an edgy piercing, such as the industrial, in my future workplace in the public school systems of OK. I knew that at this point I wanted something that I could retire if I needed to and a piercing was better than a tattoo. (Now don’t get me wrong, I will have a tattoo, but not at this point.)
After presenting my idea to my mom with pictures of the barbell I wanted to wear that had a music note in the center, I asked her opinion. Surprisingly, she said yes on one condition, that she be there when I got it pierced. During the snow storm, I was at the university I am attending and with drifts that were up to my thighs and impenetrable roads, I wasn’t able to get back home to my preferred shop in Broken Arrow. I could’ve gone to OKC to get it done, but since I respect my parents I had to wait 2 weeks for me to be able to drive home and even then it was a little risky in my tiny tiger car. But, I knew that getting it done at Just Another Hole was worth it because of the great staff and sterile shop that is owned by two former paramedics.
After two weeks of not being able to drive, I went home to BA and when I got to Just Another Hole, they were crazy busy with other people crazy from cabin fever. My mom had wanted to visit the women’s show that was in downtown Tulsa and since it was the last day, mom told me I would have to come back rather than wait an hour +. I was a little bummed, but I knew the prize at the end of the tunnel was very near. (Plus I got a firefighter calendar that helped raise money for their charities, but my motive was definitely for the pictures of the firefighters.)
It was dark by the time we got back to the shop with my mom and both sisters in tow. I was a little nervous as soon as I walked into the shop, but I’ve performed in front of thousands of people so this was nothing right? I filled out the paperwork and copied my ID, and when I asked who was piercing that night, they said it was Jessie. I was immediately relieved because I had known him along with the owners before they moved into their bigger and better shop. Plus, he’s a nice guy who seriously knows what he’s doing.
Once the paperwork was filled out, Jesse led our little posse to the room where I was going to be pierced. One of the small talk questions he asked me was why I was getting this done, and my reply was “I’ve been losing weight and this is my reward for the hard work it has taken me to get here.” Funny thing is, he’s been losing weight too! After feeling much less nervous, he marked my ear and asked me if the placing was right (which it was) and sat me back down on the bench-type chair. He took out the sterile one time use needle and the barbell that was with it and told me to take a big breath and then let it out. I could feel it go in with that first hole and my ear immediately got real hot from the blood rush. The second hole was a little more pain, but since I have a high pain tolerance, it wasn’t that bad. My mom and sisters said I got a little pale and flinched when he pierced it, but I didn’t scream like the girl before me did. Jesse reminded me of the aftercare and then it finally hit me, I was done and I had my industrial! I was smiling the rest of the way home. After a couple of hours it swelled a bit, but was tolerable and of course sleeping on that side was out of the picture for a while, but the overall healing period has been great. I had an infection that looked like it was going to turn into a keloid, but I purchased some salt water spray that cleared that right up.
It’s been about six months now and I absolutely love my industrial. I’m wearing my music note barbell and I have gotten many compliments on it. This industrial has turned the gears on for more piercings in the future with my next endeavor being to stretch my ears to a 4g size. Would I recommend this for everyone? Not necessarily, but if you put a good thought into it without it being an impulse piercing, you will not regret it.
submitted by: BisonGal13
on: 15 Aug. 2011
in Industrials and Orbitals