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Industrials are great

Hey guys. I'm back again with a new mod and this time it's an industrial, a piercing I have been intrigued by, and wanted for a long time. I had thought about getting it done for over a year but the night it happened, I ended up getting it sort of on a whim. It was Friday night, my friends and I were bored so we decided to head to Nashville for a more interesting evening. We ended up at The Ink Gallery in Nashville. A reasonably professional place, with very amusing artists and pierces to talk to.

The piercing itself cost about 50 bucks (reasonably cheap for a double piercing plus jewelry). The place itself seemed pretty experienced, they had documentation of doing things from as minor as regular 14g lobe piercings all the way up to holding suspension events. In contrast with my experience at The Red Queen in Chattanooga (where I got my belly pierced a year and a half ago) I felt like this place was as clean and perhaps even more experienced than Red Queen. However, I was a bit disappointed at how little they followed up, after the piercing itself was finished. Specifically, my piercer, Chris, didn't give me a whole lot of information about after care at all. I suppose I should have asked him about specifics myself but I was so hopped up on adrenaline after the piercing, I forgot to.

Luckily, I went searching around on the web for some good after care instructions for cartilage piercings and found a good site that seemed pretty reliable. I'm enclosing the URL for any of you who are interested or in need of some instruction yourselves:

http://www.salpy.ca/CartilagePiercing.html

Okay. Before I go into how my piercing is doing currently, I want to talk about the piercing experience itself. My piercer, Chris, layed me in a dentist chair and made marks upon my ear where he planned to pierce me and let me approve whether they were the position I wanted or not. They were, so we decided it was okay for him to begin. He stuck a needle through the top part of my cartilage: the first piercing hurt more than I expected, and then he pierced me lower down the ear a second time. This one hurt more than the first one. I must say the pain was a lot greater than I expected, and I don't know if that was due to possible inexperience of the piercer or if piercings in that area just tend to be more painful than others. My belly piercing definitely did not hurt as much as these two did. I could hear the cartilage making a crunching noise as the needles pushed through which was a little weird, but nothing I couldn't handle. Then Chris finally dragged the actual barbell through the brand new holes. This was definitely what hurt the most. By the end, my ear was hot, red, and aching pretty bad. But it was over, the adrenaline rush was great, and I was pleased with the way it looked. Advil helped relieve the pain for the rest of the night and the next few days. From what my friends said, (they all watched while I was being pierced) the procedure was pretty complicated. It definitely took longer than I thought it would (around 10 or 15 minutes) but I suppose that is to be expected since this kind of piercing is more complex than the single belly piercing I had previously experienced.

My ear was pretty sore for several days after my visit to the Ink Gallery. Advil and Saline soaks helped relieve that the most. I was also pleased at my decision about which ear to get the industrial in (my right ear) because I realized later what a nuisance it would have been in my left ear, since that is the ear I use most to sleep on, answer the phone etc. It is important to choose the ear where the piercing is least likely to be disturbed.

So anyway, it's been about a month since I got the piercing and it's healing up pretty well so far. I find the way to keep it cleanest is to soak it in warm/hot saline on a regular basis. Not only does the heat of the saline attract blood to the surface of the pierced area -- speeding the healing process, but it also disinfects and dries out the area. It really has been the one thing that has saved me from any serious infections. Sometimes the saline soaks really dry out the skin in and around my ears though because of the salt which can be itchy and unsightly. So I also use a liquid soap with the antibacterial ingredient Triclosan in it (usually Softsoap or Dial) to further clean and moisturize the area. Using those two disinfectants together has really been a pretty successful way to help this piercing heal. Qtips have also been the best way for me to adequately reach all the nooks and crannies of my ear.

I can always feel if/when an infection is imminent because the top of my ear becomes itchy, tight, red, and painful. I good soak in saline for about 10 or 15 minutes however, has always stopped the itching and pain and returned the piercing to a healthier state.

Generally, I am pleased with the way my industrial has worked out. I have gotten reactions ranging from, "That's badass!" to "Oh my God, you're mutilating yourself again!" -- heh heh. It's almost completely healed now and I'm surprised at how quickly my ear has acclimated itself to this huge metal rod :)

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 Oct. 2002
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Chris
Studio: Ink+Gallery
Location: Nashville%2CTN

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