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My new Industrial

I'm only 16, I can't get piercings whenever I please. My mom and I made a deal that I could do anything I wanted as long as it was on my ears. This was fair enough. I got my tragus a few months ago, took it out because of infection, and just got it done 3 days ago in my other ear. She was Ok with that. Then I found the industrial a few months ago on BME. An old friend (I hate her now) has it and I remember thinking how cool it was. And I remember her saying how much it hurt. So I decided this was the piercing I wanted. I showed a picture of the industrial to my mom and she absolutely HATED it. She said it was an ugly, angry piercing and I wasn't allowed to get it. I told her that I wanted it and it followed our deal, so after begging and pleading for weeks on end, she finally agreed to take me to get the industrial. I had already been to Tan-Tastics once behind her back. A friend drove me out there behind my moms back to do the piercing, and I was turned away because I wasn't 18. I had no choice but to tell my mom because that was the only way I could do it. With reluctance, she agreed, and we made an appointment for today.
Tan-Tastics is a tanning place/beauty salon/nail place/piercing studio, which is kind of sketchy. It's the only place nearby, so I trusted it.
When I got there, the piercer wasn't there yet, since I was mighty early. She finally came in, and I told her that I wanted the industrial done. She got a horrified look on her face asking why I wanted it, and I said that it looked awesome and it was unusual. Thankfully, Sharron knew a whole lot about piercings. She grew up in England and worked at a salon that did piercings. (And now she owns Tan-Tastics which does the same thing.) Since I asked, Sharron said she'd been piercing for 19, almost 20 years. She had her tragus, tongue, nips, belly button, and some ear piercings which is cool since she was in her 30s. She said that its not good to get the barbell put in right away because the skin can swell and your ear can even rip because the barbell would be so tight against your it. So we decided to put a hoop in the helix and a hoop in the rim for a month. That way, when its done healing, the barbell will just slide right out without any trouble. Sharron took me back to a private room and sat me down on a chair. We had already marked my ear so she just wiped it down with the cleaning stuff. I watched her sterilize and clean everything. All the equipment and jewelry came out of new packages. I had my 11 year old sister back in the room with me because my mom would have puked if she saw the procedure. Oddly enough, my sister watched the whole thing even though she has a weak stomach. She said it looked cool until it started bleeding. Go figure. The helix was first. Sharron put a cork on one side of my ear and poked through the other. OUCH!! This definitely hurt more than the tragus. It bled a decent amount and I think I turned my sisters hand purple from squeezing it so hard. We put the hoop in and I breathed a sigh of relief. Then, it was time for the rim. Luckily for me, I'm not a flincher when it comes to needles. I sat mighty still and didn't move at all. I was ready for the rim. She pierced from the inside, out. I felt the needle go in, and it hurt. Then I felt her pushing REALLY hard to get it to come out the other side. DOUBLE OUCH. The needle finally popped through (another sigh of relief). Again went the hoop and cleaned up the blood. It burned for about an hour but I took some Tylenol afterwards it the pain went away. So its been about 4 hours since I got the "partial" industrial done. It's a little tender and I can still feel it throbbing. But I'm a brave one: tragus and industrial in the course of 3 days in the same ear! Some may call me stupid, but I call me brave. For anyone even considering getting this piercing, I definitely reccommend it. Ask lots of questions, or else you'll be in the dark about your new piercing and fuck it up. Needless to say, my mom hates it, and I can't wait to see what my dad says when I go to his house for dinner tomorrow night. I'm ready for a fight. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. -Sara


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Oct. 1999
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Sharron
Studio: Tan-Tastics
Location: Manassas%2C+VA

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