My New Rook
I just want to start out my story by saying that I've always wanted piercings and tattoos since I met my biker uncle. He has all of these awesome tattoos all over and I think he's just the most awesome guy ever. He was my inspiration for entering the body mod world. I just love the way they look.
Anyways, I already have 3 lobes on each ear and 2 helixes on my right ear. I also have a tongue piercing that I got on a whim when my friend decided she wanted to get her tongue pierced and wanted me to go with her. I was trying to decide what kind of piercing to get next and I was probably going to just get another helix piercing. But once I saw my friend's ear, I knew I wanted a rook. Now I normally don't like copying people, but I had never seen this piercing before. I did not even know what it was called, which is actually how I found BME. I did a search online for kinds of piercings and I found this awesome site. I did not even know that some of those weird piercings existed, but I'm so glad I know now, since I want them all!
I had previously gotten my helix done at a place called Steel Rod Tattoo in Indy, after finding an ad in the newspaper about $30 piercings including jewelry. I think that's a great price since my tongue cost me $60 including jewelry. So I drove down to Steel Rod with my boyfriend. I told the guy at the counter that I wanted a rook and then I asked if I could get two piercings at once, and he said sure so I asked for a tragus as well. I filled out the forms and my boyfriend and I went to the piercing room. I originally wanted one in each ear, but he told me it would even out my ears if I put them both in my left ear, which I had not thought of. I agreed to this and I laid down on the table.
Josh marked me and showed me in a mirror. I said okay and then he asked which one I wanted to do first. I asked which one hurt more and he said the tragus, so I picked that one to do first, since I wanted to get the worst over with. He had me take a deep breath and on the exhale he pushed in the needle. I honestly did not even feel anything more than a slight pinch. I was confused and said, "Did you do it?" He said "yes" and i was like "Oh, that didn't even hurt. Was that my tragus?" He said "No that was your rook. I'm just doing what you said girl." Maybe it was easier to just do that one first and he figured if I did not know which one I was getting it might not hurt as much? He then did my tragus, which hurt slightly more, and I was done. (He did both with curved barbells by the way) We went over aftercare and I was so happy I gave him a $9 tip.
It was kind of sore for the first 2 or 3 days but after that, my tragus bothered me much more. I got a really bad head and jaw ache for a day or two, but other than that they did not hurt too bad. I even slept on them the same night I got them done because they did not really hurt. I would NOT recommend that, however, because when I woke up they were irritated at being slept on. It's now about one month later I don't even notice my rook is there half the time. The only bad thing so far is that I have developed some hypertrophic scaring on both of my piercings. I'm really bad at doing those sea salt soaks, but now that this has happened, I'm going to take better care of my ears. I'm probably going to try some chamomile teas soaks, since I heard they work really well.
I think my rook is now my favorite piercing. I want to balance out my left ear, since, I only have the normal, boring piercings on that side. I think I'm going to get a daith and an anti tragus on my right ear.
If you're thinking about getting a rook, you should go for it because it's beautiful and it was as easy as getting a lobe piercing (at least that's how it was for me). I would recommend that you take better care than I did, and make sure you do your sea salt soaks. Also if you're in the Indianapolis area, I would recommend Steel Rod, because it's clean and the people there are great. Not to mention it's a great price!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Nov. 2009
in Ear Piercing