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If at first you don't succeed...

If at first you don't succeed, try another piercing. My right ear looked naked after the failure of my industrial. Hindsight being what it is, I should have gone for the snug in the first place. I only got the industrial because a piercer told me my anatomy wasn't right for it (it was, there was just something about it my body, and my tastes, didn't like). I'd seen the snug a long time ago, and thought it was really interesting and unique. I don't live in a very small or very conservative area, but I haven't seen anyone else with it done.

Sufficient time had passed and my ear had recovered from the failure of my industrial. Plus, I had the piercing bug again. Bad. I was looking in the mirror the other day, contemplating what would look best and got it narrowed down to an outer conch/helix orbital and the snug. While I was looking in the mirror, I noticed that for some reason, my right ear sticks out further from my head than my left. I don't know if it's always been like that, or if it became "molded" that way from the industrial, but it does. I figured the snug would look best so as to not draw too much attention to the asymmetry of my head.

I made my usual drive to my usual studio, Blackwater, where my usual piercer, Nathan, works. I told him what I wanted, and I didn't even have to sign the papers this time since I'm there so much. He asked if I wanted a ring or a barbell, and I chose a barbell since my ears don't take kindly to being pierced in the first place, and I didn't want to add insult to injury by choosing jewelry that could be moved around and caught on things.

He took the barbell and placed it in the jar of Wavacide while he cleaned my ear and we discussed placement. I originally wanted it right before the snug becomes the rook, but he said that due to the shape of my ear, the curve of the barbell might come out the back of my ear, which wouldn't be a big deal, it may just take a little longer to heal. He marked where he thought would be the highest he could go without that happening and told me to take a look at and see if I liked it. It wasn't THAT far off from where I had originally intended, so I approved the marks.

He bent the needle to accomodate the curve of my ear and the jewelry, and had me do the standard breath in, pierce on the slow breath out. I had expected more pain, but it didn't hurt any more or any less than any of my other ear work. It's always over quickly anyway, so the pain is never really an issue for me.

I checked it out in the mirror and liked it, unlike my industrial, which I didn't like the look of from the start. It turned out that we had more room to work with than we'd thought as there was more than just skin keeping the barbell from coming out the back of my ear. Still, I'm totally happy with this placement, and it gives me room to get another below it should I contemplate a double snug...which I am.

Since the shop was about to close, Nathan and I stood around talking about various topical things. He wants to put I bolts in the false ceiling in his garage to facilitate suspensions without the "circus" atmosphere that usually occurs, that some people don't like. Hopefully he'll do that and I'll be writing a suspension experience soon. Anyway, while we were standing there talking, my ear started to throb something terrible. I had never had a piercing throb like that before. And it started to swell. A lot. Normally I swell more than average, but this one was really spectacular. Luckily he'd used a long enough barbell to accomdate that, so it really wasn't a problem. It just doesn't look too good is all.

It seems to be settling down nicely, and I've been taking care of it in my usual way...just antibacterial soap in the shower. It's still too tender to manipulate too much, so I've just been washing around the area and gently at the holes. It looks like this one might be a keeper, and hopefully once it heals a little more I can get it a buddy to keep it company...or maybe that orbital in my other ear. What's odd about this, is I can actually feel the outline of the jewelry through the back of my ear.

I'd recommend the snug if you're interested in a more unique piercing. As with most piercings, not everyone has the right anatomy, but if you do don't be put off by the potential pain factor. I don't think it's any worse than any other ear piercing, and for me, certainly wasn't as bad as my nipple was. I personally would also recommend a barbell, at least for initial healing. Having a fresh ear piercing certainly does remind one how much our ears actually get knocked around during the course of a day.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Oct. 2003
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Nathan
Studio: Blackwater
Location: WI

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