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Tragus at 15

never been interested in piercings until I discovered the tragus. I'd see it on random people, and would think to myself how awesome it looked. After awhile, I told my mom that I wanted to get it pierced. Around that time, I must have been 12, or 13 years old. She basically said HELL NO and that was that. At that time (middle school) I was more into hair dye and weird clothes. I had a HUGE fear of needles but I still thought the whole idea of piercing was amazing. It's so temporary: if you get it and decide you don't like it, it comes right out. That's why I don't really want a tattoo. This past summer, I went on a teen tour trip to Israel for a month. When I first met the people I'd be spending my summer with, 2 girls had their tragus's pierced. We talked about it for awhile, and they said it was definitely worth it so I decided that I would get it done that summer. During the first week, I called my mom from Jerusalem and told her that I wanted to do it. She told me to wait until I got home to pierce it, but knowing my mom, she'd go back on her word. During the third week, I came across Cycle Punk Piercing Studio in the Dizengoff Mall in Tel Aviv. I decided on the spot that I wanted to pierce my tragus. There wasn't a doubt in my mind. As I walked in, I noticed a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Luckily one of the guys that worked there spoke very good english, so I asked him a bunch of questions about the piercing. He gave me all the information that I wanted and more. We talked for awhile and I started to get nervous. I had never gotten anything pierced except for my earlobes, and that's not even worth mentioning. Some of the questions I had asked were: Q: Does it hurt more then getting teeth pulled? A: NO! Q: Can I get a keloid? A: Yes because it is cartilage. Q: Can anything go wrong and cause permanent damage? A: Nothing can go wrong as long as you have an experience piercer. Make sure that the studio is clean. Look to see if they sterilize the needles and jewelery before you get pierced. It took me awhile to prepare myself. I was really scared of the needle. Not so much the procedure, but just the pain. As I sat down on the chair, I watched my piercer take all the equipment out of new, unopened packages and he cleaned everything, including the earring. So now I was ready. He put a clamp on my tragus, and squeezed it very tightly. I closed my eyes and gritted my teeth. I felt the needle go through, and honestly, it's not as bad as everyone says. It felt like a tiny pinch and lasted about a second and a half. Then he put the taper in to keep my hole open. THAT hurt. After that, he took the hoops and slid it in the hole and put the ball in to close the captive. I opened my eyes and looked in the mirror in front of me. All I could do was smile. I had my first, real piercing. After I left Cycle, there was a tiny amount of bleeding and I was still a little shooken up. Anticipating the piercing is worse then the actual procedure. The studio gave me their business card along with a sheet on how to take care of my newly pierced tragus and what solution and first aid cream to buy. I kept it as clean as I could, but unfortunately, I'm a picker. I couldn't keep my hands off my ear. I would constantly touch it and pick the crusties off without washing my hands. That's the worst thing to do. It got infected and I had to see my doctor. He instructed me to take it out, and I did. I really, really wanted to keep it in, but I knew it would be stupid because it would just make the infection worse. I only had my tragus pierced for a month, but I loved it like it was there forever. If you are even considering getting it done, don't hesitate any longer. DO IT. It's worth it. And now the piercing has become an addiction like everyone says. In a few days, I'm getting an industrial, and after that, I'd like to get my tragus redone in my right ear and maybe get my left nipple. I would definitely recomment doing the piercing. Just be careful!!! If you have any questions or anything, feel free to email or IM me.

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on: 17 Sept. 1999
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