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my industrial experience

Hey, I'm Paige :). I'm fourteen years old and just recently got my industrial piercing in Dryden, Ontario at Tattoo 4 u. My industrial was my first piercing besides normal lobe piercing which have grown in now. I was unaware of my piercers name, but that didn't really matter to me. The first step was picking a piercing. I was immediately drawn to the industrial piercing because I found it unique and creative :). It didn't seem too crazy, or too painful. I thought it would be a good start to my piercing experiences. The second thing I did was ... read more

Everything I know I learned from piercing

This is the story of how I learned that piercings have meaning. It was a process. I had my ears pierced just before my 30th birthday. For a woman that's kind of late not to have had your ears pierced at least once, but the fact that I was turning 30 had nothing to do with my decision. Or maybe it did, subconsciously. I also had mono at the time. I was out of work for 6 weeks with mono. It was horrible. I slept almost 24-7 for about 4 weeks and the last two weeks I gradually built up ... read more

There are some awesome reasons not to stretch too quickly.

I became interested in stretching my ears when I saw a friend of mine with her 15mm ears. I once thought stretched ears were truly disgusting, but over the years had come to appreciate how feminine they can look and how much of a right of passage they feel once you've began stretching. For me, ear stretching is a symbol of endurance and patience. You can't wake up one day and decide you'd like to have 00 gauge ears for the night. It takes time, painstaking patience and occasionally even pain. Even if like me, you decide to limit how ... read more

My helix/cartilage piercing!

It's been three days since I got my helix piercing. And I do not regret doing it! After wanting my lip pierced for sooo long, and arguing with my mum about it countless number of times, we both settled on me getting my ear pierced. I hadn't any other piercings, on account of me having a heart problem when I was born, and an operation when I was six to fix it. "Hole in the Heart" as it was more commonly known, and after my operation my surgeon told me not to get piercings or tattoos EVER as I had ... read more

"But MOM, I want to get it done in Argentina!!" (a cartilage story of an American in Argentina)

I was living in the capital of the Tucumán region of Argentina for an exchange program this summer. San Miguel de Tucumán is a great city with lots of young people as there are three universities, and I was living with a university student at the time. I spoke no spanish when I got there (I speak it fairly well now), but I figured it was a perfect oppurtunity to get a new piercing! (Smart, right?) My friend had gotten her bellybutton done a few days before (without asking her parents), so I called my mom and begged her for ... read more

That was supposed to hurt? Really?

Out of sheer boredom, I found myself reading over stories on BME a few days ago; before I knew it, I was itching to get something pierced. I'm a newbie when it comes to piercing, having just a single hole in each lobe, a bit lopsided thanks to the pros at Piercing Pagoda, and a tiny mark that was once a short-lived nose piercing. (I had learned my lesson about impulse piercings. My nose ring wasn't the smartest choice, as I had to take it out right away for work, gym class, and practice. It never had a chance to ... read more

My gorgeous conch!

So having stumbled onto BMEzine earlier this year, I got heavily into the bodily modification scene. Previously, I had loved piercings and had noted some of the ones I'd seen on people on the street. After discovering this site though, I was able to educate and inform myself on all different types of piercings (as well as aftercare and risks). I began listing the ones I must have. However, having extremely strict Asian parents (who believe that piercings ruin your aura) there wasn't much I could get one. I had two helix and three lobes already gunned (- I know, ... read more

An industrial piercing at 14, what else can you ask for?

My name is rachel and I am 15 now but I was 14 when I got my industrial pierced. Ive always loved piercings. It all started when I got my belly button done 2 years ago. I wanted a cartilage piercing too but since I was 13 my parents wouldnt let me. Anyway 2 years went by and I got my cartilage pierced and then I decided to get my industrial pierced. My best friend was there and he said he'll get it pierced with me. My original thought about getting the cartilage piercing was to already have the bottom ... read more

Stretching and Re-stretching

Like everyone else on BME, I have a fascination with body modification and ever since I was younger I have always wanted some mod of my own. My parents disapproved of most things but I did have earrings since I was a baby. It wasn't until I was about 14 years old that I decided to stretch my earlobes because I loved the way they looked no matter what the size. One night at the mall I went into Hot Topic and bought a pair of size 6 acrylic tapers and had my friend meet me there to bring me ... read more

My first cartilage piercing

I had wanted a cartilage piercing and had been bothering my mother about it for weeks maybe even months. In june I had gotten by second holes done and now wanted something different. Initially, my mom didn't want me to get the cartilage piercing. She'd come up with excuses on why not to come to the piercing shop with me. My father flat out told me that I was crazy for wanting the piercing and he had said the same thing when I wanted to get my second holes done. I researched cartilage piercings online and finally found a piercing ... read more

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