Rook is right!
I think I was around 15 or 16 years old when I got my rook done. I'm 21 years old now, so I honestly can't remember the exact age, but I decided to write about my experience now, because it is probably still my favourite piercing! In high school, I went through a brief piercing phase, with my ears. I only had 2 earlobe piercings on each ear, and getting my cartilage done was a big deal! But the first time I saw rook and tragus piercings, I thought they were so cute! I had never really seen them before, and thought they were original (at least in my high school not many people had them at the time), and looked nice.
I didn't know what it was called, so I did some research online, seeing if it hurt and all that. I know pain isn't a huge deal when it comes to piercings beacuse it will be over soon enough, but I was 15 or 16, and pain sort of freaked me out. I wasn't sure which piercing I wanted, I only knew I wanted one on my ears which was not the standard earlobe or cartilage. I looked at daith, rook, tragus, conch, and all of those lovely piercings, but i decided that tragus and rook were the cutest. (although today i am thinking of getting my conch done!)
I decided to get my tragus and rook done at the same time, even though they were on different ears. There's this tiny little store in my town where they do piercings and they're clean and professional. It's basically all young adult- middle aged women who run the store and they were always very gentle with my past piercing experiences with them. So it was great beacuse I could just walk there after school!
So I went in and paid I think a bit over $80.... they were around $40 each. I know I could have gotten it done cheaper somewhere else, but I wasn't into getting it done at a shady place for a cheaper price, especially when i've been prone to infection in my ears.
They laid me down on this long seat-table thing which is much like the things you lay on at the doctor's office...there were 2 women who were doing it. They were nice enough and explained what they were doing as they cleaned my ear, and warned me before they would pierce me with the needle (which looked huge!) and they did my tragus first which didn't hurt at all. They shoved in the needle and I felt quite a bit of pressure but no pain at all. It was absolutely painless!
Then when it came to the rook, they got the needle ready and on one-two-three... CRUNCH! ugh.... that was the lovely sound I heard echoing in my ear. of course it hurt. Have you ever felt your rook? It's effing thick. I knew it would hurt, and it did. But of course it wasn't so bad after the needle went through. the worst part is the anticipation before they poke you with the needle. I cringed so much after I heard that initial crunching noise, it was the sound more than anything that made me antsy.
It was fine after, and it was a little sore, but not bad at all. I slept fine and my ears were a little sensitive, but there was basically very little after pain.
I did get a little bump on my rook at one time, but it went away soon and I changed it from a little CBR to a barbell, which i think looks lovely! I changed the CBR myself just by sort of prying it open with my fingers.... it wasn't too hard to do at all. I think I only waited about a month until I changed it. I still have it 5 or 6 years later and it's never had issues since that little bump. I love to play with it and sort of push the barbell around and it never irritates it. People always ask me, "did that hurt?" and of course it did! But the small and quick amount of pain was totally worth it. I love my rook and I don't ever want to part with it!
I think it is my favourite piercing of all-time!
My advice to you all considering getting your rook done is, GO FOR IT!!! The pain is minimal and goes away almost instantly. It is a beautiful little piercing and I still don't see that many people around my town that have it, so I feel like everyone is missing out on the loveliness of a rook piercing :) I get compliments on it all the time. If you decide you don't like it, you can easily take it out... but I guarantee that you won't regret it!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Oct. 2008
in Ear Piercing