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My Industrial Experience!

Back in august i started to really consider getting an industrial piercing. For about a month i was doing research all over the web. I really wanted to get all of the details so I knew what I was getting myself into. In almost every story i read the person talked about how painful this piercing was and how much pain they were in after they got it. After reading all of this I had second thoughts, I really didn't know if I could handle the pain. But the more I looked at pictures, the more I really wanted the piercing. I was no longer in fear of the pain.

Since I was going to be turning 18 soon I just decided to wait until my birthday so I wouldn't have to drag my parents down there for consent. My boyfriend even offered to pay for it and maybe even get his done. So after waiting about a month I was finally old enough to get it done, off I was to the tattoo shop.

The whole drive there my stomach was doing flips I was so nervous I didn't know what to expect. I walked in to the shop and told the piercer what i wanted. She told me that it would cost fifty dollars and they only accept cash. She also informed me that this piercing takes a lot of setup. They have to make sure your ear can handle it, see what length bar to use, look for veins in your ear, and line everything up right. So as i sat there she asked me what ear i wanted it in and i said my left. She started aligning everything and even told me my ear was perfect for this piercing, this reassured me that everything would turn out fine. So she got out a receiving tube, needles and etc. She told me to take deep breaths, and on the last breath she poked the needle through the top part of my cartilage closest to my head. All i was thinking was "man that was not half as bad as people make it out to be." Seriously it hurt for like 10 seconds and it wasn't horrible. So as I'm sitting th ere my ear starts to bleed a lot more than it should. Then the horrible news came, she said it was bleeding too much and she would have to take it out. I was so sad, I really wanted this piercing. I kept asking myself "why me?"

So after a couple minutes and my ear had stopped bleeding she asked me if I wanted to get it in my right ear, and without hesitation I said YES! So once again everything got set up and I started taking deep breaths again. On the last breath she poked it through and put the jewelery in my top hole. YEA!! It barely bleed. After about 2 minutes she proceeded to do the bottom hole. She put the receiving tube up to the back of my ear and held the needle at the right angle and on my last deep breath she poked the needle through. That hole didn't even bleed at all, I was so relieved. She continued to put the jewelery through and screw on the ball. She gave me a mirror and i looked at my awesome new piercing. I was so excited, it was at the exact angle i wanted it and it looked great! She finished cleaning everything up and getting the dried up blood on my left ear off. She handed me a little brochure telling me how to care for my ear.

The lady that did my piercing, Samantha from eternal tattoos, told me that the best way to do this piercing is with two different needles and with a receiving tube. The reason two needles should be used is because one needle will get dull after the first hole, causing the second hole to be more painful. A receiving tube is also better than a clamp because it doesn't put as much pressure on the ear.

Now it has been a week since my piercing and I have had NO problems. The actual piercing was not bad. There was only pain for a couple seconds, which is expected with any piercing. It is NO where near as bad as it sounds. I clean it everyday with dial complete foaming soap and it has not bled or had any crustys around it. I've bumped it a couple times when changing and laying in my bed, but it doesn't even hurt. The only bad thing is I won't be sleeping on my right side for a while, but its a small price to pay for a piercing like this. I'm so happy I didn't let the pain factor effect my decision, otherwise I might not have this beautiful piercing. I go back in November to get my bar changed to a smaller one. They have to put in a longer one to allow room for swelling.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 19 Oct. 2009
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Samantha
Studio: Eternal+Tattoos
Location: Eastpointe%2C+MI

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