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You could say I'm a piercing rookie

I've always been interested in piercings, and my parents say I can get whatever I want done and if I do something stupid it's my own fault (which is a nice agreement to have) but both of them are too queasy to actually come to a studio with me. So I had to wait until I turned 16 to get pierced. As my school is pretty strict on facial jewelry, I have to wait until the Christmas holidays to get my lip pierced. After browsing BME I decided I wanted a rook piercing; it's not too in-your-face but looks very pretty and really compliments the shape of your ear. A lot of the experiences on BME said it was the most painful piercing ever, but stubborn as I am...

My friend had got her nose pierced in Tattoo Zoo before school started and we agreed that we would go back for more the next weekend. I got into Cork, feeling sick with nerves, but she never showed so I went home disappointed.

The next week, we went to the studio but Maurice wasn't there, it was a very intimidating lady, so we put it off until the weekend after.

By this morning I wasn't even nervous anymore, I just wanted my rook already! So I and two friends of mine went to Cork and after lunch we headed to Tattoo Zoo. My friends made me go first, which was fine by me. While Maurice got the needles and everything ready we filled in the usual sheets saying we're not drunk, don't have hepatitis etc. My friend wanted to watch me get pierced but there's only one person allowed in the room at a time. I still wasn't nervous at all, even though this was my first 'real' piercing. Hopped up on the dentist-style chair, Maurice cleaned my ear and drew the little dots on; I have a pretty small rook so the dots weren't very visible but I was happy with the placement (not that he could've moved it anyway).

Then I had to choose the jewelry. Titanium curved barbells, there weren't very many left; dark blue, light blue, rainbow or purple. The bars looked very long, but it's only temporary.

So he showed me the needle and told me to lie down and look towards the wall. Deep breath in, breathe out, stab. I wasn't expecting much pain since the cartilage itself doesn't have many nerves, and there were no nasty surprises. I definitely felt the needle going through, it was a quite painful but not as bad as I'd expected (about 7 or 8 out of 10). My ear started to sting a little but it was bearable. Then he told me to take another deep breath and when I breathed out he'd put the barbell through, and that it 'Might pinch a bit' - understatement of the century. I'm a no-fuss kind of person and I'd been nicely chilled out until that point, but when I felt the threads scraping through my ear I pulled a silly face and went 'AAAWWRRGH'. It was not pleasant. My whole ear was burning and I thought it must be pumping blood. Maurice screwed the ball onto the end of the bar and told me to sit up. I looked in the mirror and my left ear was an angry red colour, but there was no blood and the piercing looked great. He gave me a hand-held mirror so I could see my new rook better and it was perfect. After making sure I didn't feel faint, he went through aftercare instructions and I was done. My friend got her tragus pierced, we paid Maurice and then we went to eat some well deserved junk food.

My ear burned for the first 45 minutes or so. It was unpleasant but not unbearable, I knew it was sore for a very worthwhile reason. I got a big tub of vegan ice-cream and while we were eating I used my nice cold hands to cool my ear down. I showed my rook to a couple of friends in Paul St and they loved it (and said it looked painful as hell!).

It's been about 6 hours since I got pierced. I've soaked my ear in salty water and it's still throbbing but the pain is barely noticeable now. Cartilage piercings can take up to a year to heal, but I have a fantastic immune system so I'm hoping to change to a shorter barbell after 3 months. I'm very, very happy with my rook, and I'm definitely getting more piercings as soon as I have money. I'm thinking angel bites and then a horizontal labret. For anyone in Cork, I definitely recommend Tattoo Zoo, it's clean and Maurice is lovely (and puts up with my drama queen friends).


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

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Artist: Maurice
Studio: Tattoo+Zoo
Location: Cork

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