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Don't be afraid of the pain

Even though I only have 4 piercings now, over the last 15 years i have actually gotten pierced ... 17 times. I am a bit surprised now that I had to think back and do a count - it's a lot of times considering I only have 3 visible rings. They are in my upper cartilage. Some of them were repiercings and some of them are retired or I really only got them to experience getting them and the liberating feeling of doing something family, society but mostly my own inhibition had held me back from doing. Anyway, I want ... read more

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

DIY Septum

Let me start off by saying that up until recently, I have always hated septum piercings. I thought they were ugly, and I couldn't fathom why people would want to look like bulls. That was always the one piercing I'd NEVER get. But then they started to grow on me. I saw a guy who had what looked to be a 16g circular barbell (aka a horseshoe) in, and it looked really nice on him. Standard size for septum piercings are 14g, so maybe that's what he had, but anyway, once I realized that I didn't have to get a ... 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 Tongue Piercing Experience

Last Saturday (Oct. 24/10) I decided to get my tongue pierced. After years of wanting it done, and making an appointment on my birthday (which was Aug. 23), but chickening out; I finally decided to just go and get it. The week before the "big day" I was bragging to my boyfriend, 'Yeah I have a huge surprise for you this weekend when we see each other!' He had no idea. I wanted to put it together as a surprise package, so I bleached my purple hair and went blonde. I also bought a whole new outfit. So on Saturday, ... read more

My New Septum Piercing

Over the past month, I've been really wanting to get my septum pierced so I can stretch it to a 00g. Unfortunately, I am underage (16) and my parents refused to allow me to get any additional piercings since I already have my "huge ears." I have not asked them for permission to get my septum, because I knew it would be a no. So, I thought of a way I could still get it. I could go with my friend Kina and have her sign me off at a studio to get it professionally pierced. She said it would ... read more

My Sweet Septum Piercing

After yet again getting the itch to get a new piercing, I started browsing BME for ideas for what I should get next. I live in a conservative area and have a conservative family, meaning that my mods need to be subtle and easy to hide, much to my dismay. I came across the septum piercing at first and passed over it thinking that it wasn't for me. Then I began to look at it more and I realized that I actually really love how it looks, and there is the big plus that it can be flipped up in ... read more

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