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The first piercing, the first stretch.

My interest in body modification started a little later than for others. I had never had so much as an ear piercing. Throughout high school, while others were getting their lips, noses, eyebrows and unmentionables pierced, I was content to finish life with the same amount of holes that I started with. I stayed uninterested for a long time, actually. Even tattoos, usually a staple of the white, middle class male, didn't hold a whole lot of appeal for me. I saw my buddies getting their generic flash tribal design tattoos and all I could think was, "Wow, you're kind ... read more

Guess who fainted?

I'll admit, when it comes to choosing any sort of piercing, I sometimes jump the gun. It is safe to say that my tragus was very spur of the moment, a celebration of being of the legal age to no longer need parental consent. I did research on the piercing before going, but it was not incredibly extensive, regardless of that I was feeling confident that it would be a minimally painless procedure (I was hoping for the best there, some people had told me that it is the most painful piercing). On Friday, I phoned ahead to Adreline on ... read more

My very first cartilage piercing!

It was about three weeks ago when I got that sudden rush to the head that means I really wanted to get a new piercing. I wouldn't say I'm a piercing veteran, but I've had a few more than most and I was ready to get my very first cartilage piercing. Plus, my birthday had just passed and I thought it was a good excuse to buy myself a birthday present. Most of the piercing I've had were done at a particular salon, and I always went with the same friend. Since my last piercing I've moved closer to the ... read more

12g piercing to 4g tunnels

It all started on a sunny Friday in June. I had long been missing the sweet sensation of a needle through the skin, after all my labret had been out for 4 months. Feeling like I could use some metal in my body, I decided to get both my ears pierced, intending to stretch them. After strenuous research, I had chosen a shop fairly close to my house called True Blue Tattoo; I set out on a drive with my good buddy. We pulled up to the place, it was a small shop in the corner of a tiny shopping ... read more

You could say I'm a piercing rookie

I've always been interested in piercings, and my parents say I can get whatever I want done and if I do something stupid it's my own fault (which is a nice agreement to have) but both of them are too queasy to actually come to a studio with me. So I had to wait until I turned 16 to get pierced. As my school is pretty strict on facial jewelry, I have to wait until the Christmas holidays to get my lip pierced. After browsing BME I decided I wanted a rook piercing; it's not too in-your-face but looks very ... read more

My ear-rim piercing gone wrong!

After being obsessed with piercings for more than a year, and having many friends who were riddled in them, I decided to start on my ears. I had my tragus pierced in November and it was so horribly painful. But that didn't stop me piercing more places! I had never really liked ear-rim piercings. My 2 brothers had theirs done last year and they said it felt like a sharp staple but it wasn't as painful as they thought it would be. However, in February this year my friend Kate decided to get her nostril pierced but she pleaded me ... read more

Stretching and Restretching

So it all starts about 4 months ago, when I got my ear lobes pierced with a disposable gun. I don't really see what all the fuss is about getting them pierced with a gun. Honestly, all the people at my school have gotten it done with a gun and none of them ever had an infection. Anyways, back to my story. Before I had them pierced, I always wanted to stretch my ears, only to a 10g though. My mom wouldn't let me, but I still wanted my ears pierced. After I got them pierced and I had the ... read more

First Serious Piercing

I have wanted a needle through my cartilage for quite some time now. I just wasn't sure what part of my cartilage. I've had my lobes pierced since I was 10 and had recently re-pierced the second hole back in January. After that simple piercing I knew I wanted something more. Something bigger and better than just a lobe piercing. I contemplated all my options and finally determined that I wanted to keep it on my ear. But where? After thoroughly looking through many photos on BMEzine I decided that the rook was perfect. It would be more inside my ... read more

My Terrific Tragus Tale

I'll start by saying I'm kind of conservative in my piercing choices. I have two holes in each lobe, my left cartilage, and belly button done. All of my previous ear piercings had been done with a gun, and I didn't realize how bad that was until reading up on BME. I like body modifications, but all things in moderation. It is VERY addicting though! It has been almost five months since I got my belly button pierced, and I got bitten by the bug...again. My first choice was a tattoo, but my parents threatened, in so many words, to ... read more

What this means.

Note: I first wrote this to be under stretched lobe experiences, however upon review I have decided it makes more sense to send it in as a cultural piece. I'll begin with a brief introduction. I was initially hesitant to write this experience, but the need to join in and share with a community that I have been an avid viewer of, since I was made aware of it a few years ago, is taking precedence. Body modification has fascinated me as far back as I can remember. In this specific experience I will discuss my earlobes, stretching, and subsequent ... read more

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