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My Amazing Cartilage.

Warning; do not try this at home unless you are absolutely sure that you want to have a D.I.Y. piercing. Make sure that if you are going to pierce yourself, you have the proper tools and sterilization techniques.

So, anyway, let's meet, shall we? I'm Marie and this is my story about my DIY cartilage piercing. About three months ago, I went over to my friend, Jill Z.'s, house. We were just hanging out when I told Jill that I really wanted to get another piercing. I had already had my ear lobes stretched to 14 gauges and was planning on getting another ear piercing as well as getting my Monroe pierced. So, Jill and I where planning on what ear piercings we wanted to get.

Jill had already had her cartilage pierced, but she had to take it out for soccer. I had also had my cartilage pierced before but, sadly, it got infected and I had to take it out. Word to the wise, if you pierce your cartilage, ear lobes, belly button, etc., use proper aftercare and clean your piercing on a daily basis. Anyway, on to the piercing portion of the night.

So, Jill and I were talking about piercings when her sister, Katie Z., walked in the door with her friend Savannah. Katie has her ear lobes, second holes, and Monroe done, so I saw this as an opportunity to get my cartilage done. I whispered to Jill, "Ask your sister if she will do it." And Jill asked her sister. Her sister at first said no because she did not want to get in trouble with their mother, but eventually she gave in, mostly because she likes me.

Now it's time for the actual piercing. Katie got out a sewing needle and sharpened it with a knife sharpener. (Don't ask me how she did she sharpened it, I do not know.) Anyway, she got out a sewing needle and sterilized it with rubbing alcohol. She then got out an earring and sterilized that with rubbing alcohol as well. Katie had me take a Sharpie and mark the spot on my ear that I wanted pierced. I marked a spot on my upper ear. Now, just so you know, Katie pierces everything, and I mean everything.

Anyway, she had me sit on Jill's bed and told me to take a deep breath. She told me that on the count of three, she would push the needle through. I took a deep breath as she said, "One, two, and three!" And she pushed the needle through as quickly as she could. I'll admit, it hurt, but for only about two seconds. It felt so weird having the needle in my ear. It was a cross between a stinging and tingling sensation. On one hand, it hurt a lot, but on the other hand, it just felt odd having a needle sitting in your ear. After about two minutes, she took the needle out and replaced it with a sterilized ear stud. I waited a few hours until I cleaned it. I used alcohol pads that their mom had lying around because their mom is a nurse.

On the first few days back at home after the piercing; my ear was red and tender. It didn't necessarily hurt, it was just uncomfortable. I couldn't sleep on that side for a few weeks. (I got my cartilage pierced on my left side, which is the side I best sleep on.) If I did sleep on my left side, I had to have my upper ear off the pillow which I achieved by sliding the pillow down toward my neck or sliding the pillow up towards the crown of my skull. Twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, I would take a Q-tip and dip it in rubbing alcohol and clean the front and back of my ear around the piercing. I would also twist the piercing daily so those while the piercing was healing, the "crusties" wouldn't overwhelm the piercing and basically make the stud glue itself to the inside of my ear.

It has been about three months since I got my cartilage pierced. I know that you're not supposed to take your earring out for at least six months, but I take my earring out on a daily basis. During the first month and a half, I cleaned my piercing religiously, but then I started not cleaning it as often and now I don't clean it at all. That does not, in any way, shape, or form, dictate that you should stop cleaning your piercing after a month and a half. Clean your piercing until you find it suitable to stop. I'm actually kind of surprised that it hasn't been infected yet.

When people see my ear, they have mixed feelings. Most people absolutely love it, but some people either dislike the piercing in general or just don't like the way it looks on me. For example, my friends and mother all love it, but my grandmother hates it. Ironic, right?

So, that was my experience with my cartilage piercing. I love it. In my ears, I'm planning on getting my second hole and rook done. Elsewhere, I want to get my Monroe done. We'll see where my future leads me,(:


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on: 04 Oct. 2009
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