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My Tragus gets punched...

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I had had the top of my ear pierced back in the early 80's, before it was so passé, and I was tired of looking at something that I had, on the ear of every kid in this town who thought it was cool. I looked through the BME pages for something different, yet not too extreme, and I found it. I found out that that little goofy flap next to your earhole had a name (tragus), and that it could be pierced. This looked different, and exiting. So I started looking around, trying to see if this was something that everybody already had, or if this was something I could make my own. I saw a David Bowie video (I'm afraid of Americans) and it looked like his tragus was pierced, and I was surprised, because that was the first place I had seen it, other than BME. I decided to wait a little bit, and see if the idea grew on me. Well, it did. I would catch myself playing with my tragus at night when I was washing off my makeup, or in the morning when I was inserting my earrings. I was really getting psyched up to do it. There was one problem, though...I knew that there was no way in HELL I was going to have this done in the town I live in. The shop that I had my nose done in scared me that badly against doing it here. I decided instead to take a road trip to Austin, and go to where the professionals are: Forbidden Fruit on 6th Street. Actually, I decided to kill two birds with one stone, and get my tongue done at the same time, but that's another story. So, my husband, his brother, his best friend and I loaded up in the car, and took off on that 3 hour drive.....

AT Forbidden Fruit

B, my husband, decided he was going to get a long wanted tattoo while we were there, and T, his friend decided he wanted to get his brow pierced. D, the brother, who is a very anal yuppie, looked at flash on the walls, and wondered what he was doing there. I selected a captive bead for my tragus, and had to wait for John, the piercer, to finish up with his present client. I got more and more nervous, actually because I was scared about my tongue, more than anything. Finally it was my turn. I was AMAZED at how clean everything was, and how well lit! John explained everything to me, and really put me at ease. Because I thought my tongue was going to be the worst of it, I said I wanted to do my tragus first. John drew a dot on my tragus, and got my approval. All right, here is the truth of it....Getting your tragus punched HURTS!!! I heard the cartilage grasping the needle as it pushed through.


Obviously, since it's right next to your earhole, every sound is completely amplified, so you get not only the pain of the needle, but also all of the sound effects of that needle pushing through gristle. YEOW! but, in a twisted way I kinda liked it....

Well, my heart was racing, and the adrenaline was going, and I must say that getting my tongue pierced really happened quite quickly and in a blur. Other than sticking my tongue out farther than it naturally goes, and having it clamped, I can't remember much pain. Just a bit of discomfort. As cool as my tongue's barbell was, I only had eyes for the ring through my tragus! John gave me complete instructions on how to care for both piercings, and we were on our way. Little did I know what I was in for....

After The Piercings

Well, let me tell you what. A little anti-inflammatories can go a long way in getting rid of tongue piercing swelling and pain. That healed lickety-split in a week or so. But my tragus, heh-heh, that was a whole new kind of pain! I would say that it easily took 3 months for it to completely stop pussing up and being so sore. This meant three months of constant cleaning, and NEVER sleeping on my left side. I made that mistake ONCE. However, after the first three months it got a bit better. Plus I had a "different" type of piercing than every other person around here. Objective met. Now it's been a little over a year, and it only hurts when it gets bumped "just right". I can sleep on my left side...if I'm careful.

I did go back to Forbidden Fruit a couple months ago to get a new captive bead for the ring. I was tired of looking at the same old hunk of stainless. They carry a great selection, and I was able to pick out a butterfly shaped bead, which I absolutely love. Now I think I would like to do the inner conch on the same ear I had my tragus done on. Another cartilage piercing...I'll let you know how it goes!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 April 1999
in Ear Piercing

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