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Failed Tragus Piercing

I've had my nose pierced before, but that's pretty much it. I got it done in Vegas about a year ago, and it was a breeze and was over within seconds. I was totally fine.

Next, I decided I wanted to get my tragus pierced because it is fairly different from usual piercings and although I have my earlobes pierced, I don't wear earrings because they don't look that great on me. I thought it'd be cool to have a somewhat permanent jewelry piece in my ear that would show when my hair wasn't in the way. I told everyone that I was going to do it, and I couldn't wait. I read about other people's experiences and how it wasn't that bad once you had gone through it but how other people think you're crazy for doing it and ask you why you would. I'm the type of person who likes to be original and doesn't care what other people think. After all, tons of people copied my nose piercing.

I was all ready to get it pierced the day it happened. I had 2 of my friends with me & my other older friend driving us. The problem was the night i went to get it pierced, I hadn't eaten anything all day and took a shot right before.


note to everyone: do not do that before a piercing.

After I watched my older friend get her nose pierced, it was my turn in the chair. I had a sweet, cute, British piercer. I was really stoked to get it pierced. I thought I'd be strong because I have a high tolerance for pain. Although I did tell him that I had passed out before after getting blood taken, we decided it wouldn't be a problem. I have a bad memory so i don't remember exactly how the piercing process went. Of course he cleaned it and such and somewhat talked me through it. I tried not to look at the utensils. It was a good thing i couldn't really see what was happening, since it was to the direct side of my face. With 3 of my friends and my mom watching, I got it pierced. I felt a lot of pressure, but could handle the pain. After being excited it was done, while he was replacing the needle with the jewelry, I'm pretty sure my drunk mother nudged me, and he missed. He dropped the jewelry and the needle was out of my ear.

When i heard the piercer say, "Okay there's a little blood",

I passed out. Apparently while doing so, I peed myself but my friend stuck her knee in between my legs to stop the flow. From what I hear, my body was stiff & I was pale. When i came to, they asked if I wanted to try it again, and I declined. I just wanted to feel better. Unfortunately, the hole closes up almost instantly after you take the needle out so you have to replace it quickly. Obviously it wasn't lined up right, my mom was obnoxious, and he didn't get the jewelry in. The looks on everyone's faces were terrifying, but of course I didn't really know what was going on. After sitting up, I still wasn't feeling well and passed out again.

After that I was done passing out but a little shocked and extremely disappointed. Not to mention my shorts were wet. I was super embarrassed but luckily, they were really nice about it and that's not the only time that's happened. When I started to feel better I got a gift certificate to come back, left, and watched my friend get a tattoo down the street while eating In N' Out. My friends were kind of traumatized and really worried and of course my mom freaked out as well.

I should mention, however, i am squeamish. I'm not trying to scare anyone out of it, just don't make the same mistakes I did. It really sucked to go through all that without ending up with the piercing. I haven't gotten the courage to go back and try it again even though my mom won't allow it anyway since it was such a terrible experience the first time. I was super sad, especially since I had to tell everyone about the experience i had and why I didn't end up with the piercing. Even talking about it makes me a little woozy. Now it's a funny story to tell, though. There's not even a hint of the hole on my ear anymore.

Every time I see someone with the piercing, my heart goes out to them and I'm super jealous. Maybe it was a little too intense for me. But props to anyone going to get it done! I think it looks awesome, and I really wish i was able to do it. I think I might try my cartilage instead, or a lip stud, when I'm 18.

I think I'll lie down this time :]


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2008
in Ear Piercing

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