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How to Hide a Rook

eryone! My name is Jenn and I have my ears pierced 8 times (7 are lobes and 1 is a rook), both of my nipples pierced and my navel pierced twice (one at 11:00 and 1:00). I also have a tattoo of a ladybug on my lower back that was done by Ed at Jim's Tattoo in Seabrooke, NH. My parents are not into the whole piercing "thing" and so, if I want to get through college, I have to have hideable piercings. This is why I decided to write about my rook, which I can almost completely hide. I was looking at images on BME and I came upon the rook piercings. While looking that them, it occurred to me that if the ring were placed right and was the right size, it could be tucked behind the anti-helix and be almost completely invisible. I decided to go to Purple Scorpion and speak to my piercer, Judy, and see what she thought. She wasn't sure if it'd work, but she knew that initial ring would be too large to tuck into the antihelix. I decided that, once I got my finances in order, that I would try it. I only see my parents on the weekends, since I am at college, and I would be able to wear my hair over my ears for the 6 weeks it takes to heal. If the smaller ring was too visible, then I'd take it out, but it was worth the try. On St. Patrick's Day (which is important later in the story), my boyfriend picked me up at school (which is in Boston) and took me to Salem to get pierced. I arrived at Purple Scorpion and Judy prepared for the pierce. Her son, Leo, had just gotten his done and warned me that it was really going to hurt. I was happy to be prepared, but I was also nervous. It is the first time that I almost chickened out of a piercing, but I gathered up my wits and went for it. It a lot hurt more than any of my other piercings (including nipples), so much so that nearly 8 months later, I am still to nervous to get another cartilage piercing. It also bled some, which is something that has never happened to me before. I am not saying this to discourage people from getting their rook pierced. It is my favorite piercing for many reasons. It wasn't painful in any way after a week and a half and it healed perfectly! No crusties at all after a month! It is really fun to play with too. People ask me about it all the time; I have met a number of interesting people this way. But anyway, back to the story. I felt bad making my boyfriend drive me back to school, and so, I said that I'd take the T back. He agreed and drove me to the orange line. I got on the T and waited and waited....and waited. After about 10 minutes of not moving, the driver made an announcement that we were being held up because of a bomb threat. Just when I thought that things couldn't get any better, I felt a warm trickle in my ear. I was bleeding again. I didn't have a tissue; it was just horrible. To make a long story short, they bussed us all into the city and it took me 4 hours to get home when it usually takes me about 45 minutes. I got home and happily went to bed.
When morning came, I was in for another surprise. I woke up and dragged myself into the bathroom and looked in the mirror to see that my left ear was FULL of dried blood. I mean, there was a ton of it! I cleaned that up and went in my room and looked at the pillow. Luckily, there was no mess there; I must have not slept on that side. But after that day, I didn't have any problems with the piercing at all. 6 weeks later, I went back to Judy to change the ring and get a smaller one. To my delight, I discovered that I was able to hide the ring! If you look at my ear straight on, you can't see it, but when you look into the antihelix, you can see it a little. Very seldom are people at the right angle where you can see the ring when it's tucked away. I encourage people who want to get an exotic ear piercing to consider a rook. It is very comfortable and can be hidden very easily. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I love talking about piercings and wish that I had come across BME sooner. There are a lot of questions I would have liked to ask people. Happy piercing!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 05 Nov. 1999
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Judy
Studio: Purple+Scorpion
Location: Salem%2C+MA

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