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My lovely little tragus.

Today I turned 16. This morning I took my learners permit test, (100%, high fives for me) handed in school work (MUCH overdue I might add,) took my doggie for a long walk, and ultimately completed a whole lot of things I've been meaning to, but haven't found the time to do.

All of these things are irrelevant however; as the most exiting thing I did today was get my tragus pierced.

A brief piercing history, my ears are pierced 7 times (now) all over the shop, couple up the top, double lobes, my navel is pierced, and I've retired two other horizontal navels, two cartilages at the top of my ear, and a couple of surface piercings I've done myself with boredom.

After months and months of cruising BME I decided a tragus was perfect, it was cute, easy enough to take care of, and I could easily get away with it at school (that's yet to be proved, well have to wait and see)

I've been waiting a rather long time for this experience, as my mother despises the modification world, and doesn't quite understand what we all understand here, and is rather strict about these types of thing.

But now I'm of age, so I can do things myself.

After calling up The Piercing Urge in Prahran and making a booking for 4.00pm, I sorted out the train times; collected my good friend (i.e., my very own stress ball, who's hand I'm allowed to squish if the need arises) jumped on the train, had a quick cigarette, and walked through the door of the place which would make my birthday memorable.

After a short walk up a flight of stairs (no mean feat on a hot day I'm telling you now,) A lovely lady at the front desk greeted me, asked my name, ticked me off her list of people to pierce, and we proceeded with the medical forms, the checking of ID, the selection of jewellery and the flicking through the impressive tattoo portfolio while my jewellery was being autoclaved.

My name was called, and we proceeded to enter the piercing room, with everything neatly set up and ready to go.

My tragus was sterilised, marked up, and ready to have a needle shoved through it. During this process my piercer changed her gloves several times, went through the whole process with me, asked if I had any questions, and was all around a lovely person to converse with. Then it was time. The clamps were around my ear, the needle was poised and ready, and I was calmly wiggling my toes, waiting with baited breath for excruciating pain.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

And I have a needle through my ear, there was some fiddling and some pulling, but I honestly did not experience even a pang of pain, even though a have a high pain tolerance, I was expecting a pinch or something, however it was barely noticeable. There was a mild discomfort, and the sensation I received was that of someone pulling my tragus around a bit.

Now, slight background on me, I've been a vegetarian for 6 years now, and for about that whole time, I've been mildly anaemic, so after the piercing was completely finished (of course) I started to blur out a little bit, and had to lie down for a minnie. After that though, it was a barrel of laughs, it was very interesting talking to Dan, and I ended up finding out the tattooist there shared my birthday, and used to live in the same suburb as me! (Cue x-flies music)

After cracking a couple of lame jokes, (what's brown and sticky? A stick! Etc) we proceeded to the front counter, my cash was passed over, aftercare was explained, and I left a very happy girl with a bag of salt to take care of my new addition my ears. It's a very cute little stud which twinkles when I go out in the light and I'm very happy with the results. This is the first time I've been to the Piercing Urge, and even though it was slightly more expensive, I would happily go back there for the rest of my piercing adventures in the future, whether that be sooner or later.

For anyone in the area, I would highly recommend The Piercing Urge, and all the staff there were friendly, professional, and fantastic to be around, and for anyone considering a tragus piercing, I would tell you not to worry and it doesn't hurt a bit, but I'm not you, and couldn't possibly tell you. However I will compare it to the traditional 'top of the ear' cartilage piercing 'uncomfortable' wise. It's a gorgeous little stud and I'm in love with it. Needless to say I had a pretty good birthday..


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on: 23 Nov. 2009
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Dan
Studio: The+Piercing+Urge
Location: Prahran

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