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About a year ago, possibly two years ago (Dates are unimportant to me), my Christmas and birthday present from my best friend Rebecca was a piercing. She had been really into piercings and I was a little apprehensive. I took a long time to really think about a piercing, what kind I wanted to get. I thought for a long time and decided I wanted to get an ear piercing. Realizing this would probably be the only ear piercing I would ever have, I wanted to make it noticeable and something I would like, but that I could also hide or take out for certain people. I'm sure if you're reading this you can name a few slightly more Conservative people who aren't super cool with piercings.

So I finally decided on the industrial piercing. I thought it looked really good on all the pictures I had seen and I wanted to give it a go. I wanted it to be a simple look as the single piercing on my ear.

Walking into the studio, I was very nervous. A giant "YES, IT HURTS. CASH ONLY" sign was posted up as part of the decor. Luckily, 3 other people were getting pierced that night, so I wasn't the only nervous one. They briefly got us to sign waiver forms and explained their policies.

So this was the first time I had ever, ever gotten any piercing on my body. Since I was 15 at the time, I had to get permission from my parents, who were less than thrilled at the idea. I eventually convinced them (even after careful explanation they were a little unsure of what it would look like). I got it done at Ink City in Ottawa, Canada.

Did it hurt? Yes. Yes it did. To anyone with a low pain tolerance, consider other piercings before this one. Since the industrial is two piercings in the helix, it hurt a lot. Here's the conversation I had with my piercer (who was extremely nice, by the way. She just doesn't beat around the bush).

Me: "So, how badly will it hurt?"

Her: Well, for some it hurts a lot, it depends. It will hurt though.

Okay, so, can you do them both seperately?


Why not?

Because then you'll chicken out.

(I could see she had a point there)

Okay, deep breath, and....................................

Ow. That was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life, ever. I kicked her tray of needles over because it hurt so much. Luckily my best friend was holding my hand as it was getting done.

It took about 8 months to fully heal, the barbell they gave me was too long, and this caused me to play with it and slide it up and down my ear. Which was extremely fun. Unfortunately, because I turned it constantly, a small lump appeared at the end of my ear. It is not notcable when the industrial is in, and only slightly noticable when it is out. Still, something to be warned about. I know two other people this has already happened to. I don't mind it at all, it isn't ugly or hideous. Kat pierced my industrial more vertically (lower on my ear) than the traditional horizontal way, and I really like that. Think about what you want and let your piercer know.

The industrial piercing may seem super HCORE XX but it all depends on the kind of person you are. I really like my piercing because it's something I have that not a lot of other people do. The industrial is a really really really fun piercing ONCE HEALED. Cleaning it is A BITCH, maintaining it is really difficult and your ear gets puffy and angry at you. Once it's healed, you can tug on it virtually as much as you want, and flip your ear downwards, and squish up your ear on the bar... it's a great thing to have if you get bored easily or have ADD :). Which, clearly, I do.

So I bought a few different ends for it, a set of weights, blue beads, silver beads, and they have all disappeared except for the blue ones which have been in my ear ever since. I love having my industrial. It is subtle as I am a boy with long-ish hair (yet attractive, not emo or shag hair) and I feel naked without it in.

Some things to point out for people getting this piercing:

a) You can't sleep on one side for a few weeks.

b) IMPORTANT!!! When you get out of the shower you can't dry off your hair with a towel the same way you could! Extra special care has to be taken so your piercing doesn't get caught

c) Lots of things get caught on it. We're talking hats, hairnets, other earrings, birds.... :P

d) It is super fun to play with once healed. A lot a lot a lot of fun.

e) Picture the piercing on your ear. Will it look good with any other piercings? Do you really want to have a bar in your ear?

f) You can hang those little trinkets you get in Christmas firecrackers on the bar. For fun.

My piercings represent a snapshot of my life at a certain moment in time. My industrial piercing reminds me of a time in my life where I was loved and appreciated, and through all the tough times I've gone through, having it on my body has been helpful for me to remember. Although that may sound a little sentimental, my industrial isn't just a piercing to me.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Kat
Studio: Ink+City
Location: Ottawa%2C+ON

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