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Pierced, irritated, then healed rook

I decided to get my rook pierced the summer before my freshman year of college. This wasn't my first piercing by any means, but I liked the idea of a more "unusual" ear piercing, and it was during the summer, and I was with friends. I went to the Liberty Tattoo Co. (in Winston-Salem, NC), which was fine, but I wouldn't exactly recommend it. (Do yourself a favor and drive the 2 hours to Raleigh and go to Progress Piercing). It's a tattoo place, obviously, and they don't have a lot of jewelry, plus I found it to be dim, ... read more

My Journey to an 8g

Like many other young pre-teen girls, I had my ears pierced at some random store in a local mall (it wasn’t even a Claire’s, it was one of those kiosks in the middle of the hallway in the mall that did ear piercings) with the dreaded piercing gun. My parents and I just didn’t know better at the time. I had begged for my ears to be pierced for years, and I eventually had to quit playing soccer to get them done (which was fine because I was terrible at soccer anyway and I hated it). The trouble with them ... read more

The Luna - Partly Planned but Mostly Impulse

My right ear has been very bare compared to my left, for a a very long time and it had been getting on my nerves since it was pointed out to me so a few months back I asked friend and professional piercer Tomm at Pulse if he could think of anything interesting to do, he nodded and said he'd give a think and let me know if and when he thought of something weird and wonderful – especially as pain isn't a big deal to me and I tend to be able to heal really awkward piercings easily (with ... read more

DIY Snug

I was looking around BME and noticed that while there are a bunch of stories about people's snug experiences, they were all about professional piercings. Mine is a DIY job, so I was thinking, whoa.... am I the only one who has done this myself? And even if I'm not, I'm still the first person writing about it :) I have 10 DIY piercings (a couple of lobes that I have since stretched, a few helixes, a tragus, a tongue web, and a septum) and I love them all. Piercing myself is something that other people never seem to get, ... read more

A tame Beginning - My helix

I have craved a cartilage piercing of some sort ever since I was 12 - when I saw an older teenager with one. She wore it like a crown, the shine drawing the eye down the graceful curve of her ear. This was absolutely, non negotiably out of the question for my conservative family. Piercings were for those...other people. So, I bided my time, with frequent discussions with my Mum to see if her mind had spontaneously changed, and finally, 10 years later when it was still a firm, absolute no, took the plunge. I did a bit of research, ... read more

My 3x Helix (And Its Sorrows)

This is a tale of ears. Or, rather, just the right one. Boring, melodramatic back story (before we get to the blood and physical pain): I knew for about a year I was going to get either 3 helix piercings or an industrial before I actually got pierced. I loved the aesthetics of both, (still do) but couldn’t decide and didn’t want both at the same time. I didn’t know when I was going to go under the needle, but by golly, I was going to someday. Fast forward: In December, the guy I had been seeing broke it off ... read more

Painless Anti-tragus

Two days ago I went to get my anti-tragus pierced for my 18th birthday. I had been waiting to get this piercing for about two years, and had to wait until I turned 18 because my parents won’t sign for it. Other than the anti-tragus, I have 10 ear piercings- 3 pairs of lobes, 1 extra lobe on the right ear, and 3 cartilage on the left ear. I self-pierced everything other than two of the lobe pairs which were done at Claire’s when I was younger and unknowledgeable of their evil piercing gun ways. Thanks to Claire’s I have ... read more

Triple Helix Spiral

It all started here on BMEzine with a photo of a girl with triple helix spiral in her ear. I was fascinated by how it looked and I couldn't get it out of my mind.Since then I had been planning to get a triple helix spiral for about five months and had done a fair amount of research on local studios that did this piercing. I ended up with two studios in mind, Urban Piercing in Reading and Area 51 in Basingstoke. I had previously had my septum pierced at Urban Piercing and had a great experience there but I ... read more

Two more ear piercings

For a few years now I had wanted more piercings going up my left ear. I already had 5 but I decided I want them going all the way up and round the top of my ear, but I just never got round to getting them done as I wanted a couple of other things done first. So finally I decided to get them done whilst I was back at home from university, at Adrenaline in Luton. Most of my friends had already gone back to uni so I didn’t have anyone to take with me, but I really wanted ... read more

My First "Pop"

This was awhile ago, but I’ll give it my best shot at remembering all the details. During the same appointment as my daith at Trendsetters (early February, 2007), I had also planned on getting an outer conch piercing. I’m pretty sure Trendsetters almost never uses captive bead rings for cartilage piercings (except for daiths, apparently), as when I explain what I wanted (a ring on the edge of my outer conch, not a helix though), they said “Alright, we’ll put in a curved barbell”. I understand that this lowers the amount of knocking around and such though and the curved ... read more

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