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My rook is a happy rook

There are some piercings that you think about for years before you get them, and then there are others that you discover and immediately can't wait to get. The rook, for me, was definitely the latter.

I have had conventional lobe piercings since I was a kid and a helix since my late teens, but had been thinking about getting a tragus for a while. However, I listen to a lot of music via headphones and wear in-ear headphones for most of my workday, so a tragus didn't seem to be the smartest choice for me, especially because my ear canal is pretty much covered. While my piercer, Ralf from Visavajara in Freiburg, Germany, thought that it was very much do-able, it just didn't feel right to me. I couldn't shake the feeling that a tragus piercing just wouldn't all that practical for my lifestyle and that it would just constantly get caught on my headphones. With a ridiculously heavy heart I decided it just wasn't for me.

I was complaining about my inability to get a tragus to Ralf when he said „Well, you could always get a rook." „A what?" I asked. And then he showed me - smart guy - the placement of a rook piercing right on my ear. Strangely enough, I'd never seen one before and I was hooked on the rook, pretty much immediately. I think it's a very very cute placement and its slight oddness in a world full of helixes, industrials and traguses appealed to me as well.

I thought about the piercing for the rest of the day, looked at the bme galleries, read some experiences and talked to some of my friends about it. The feedback, even though it was not quintessential to my decision, was completely positive. By late evening, I was sure I wanted to get it done. And once I'd made up my mind, I realized I just couldn't hold out to getting it for very long: not quite 24 hours after our conversation, I was back at Visavajara during my lunch break to get my rook piercing done. And getting the actual piercing was just like making the decision to get it done: quick, easy and fun.

I generally enjoy getting pierced. I like the burning sensation of needles a lot anyway, and am very much into play piercing, so getting a permanent piercing is nothing that I get too stressed or freaked out about. I get excited, sure, but mainly because I know quite likely enjoy the experience. In addition, Ralf is a great piercer to boot, and I have complete trust in him and his skills. Compared to the helix, which I got done in a – get this - pharmacy in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the mid-nineties, with a gun (oh, the folly of youth!), the actual piercing was a piece of cake and just totally enjoyable. The clamp was pinchy, but alright, the needle was in within a second, the jewellery was through right after and I was all done and cleaned up within minutes. And super happy with the result. I had a curved barbell put in, because I prefer that look to that of a captive bead ring.

Cleaning my fresh rook was a bit tricky for the first few days – the top ball of the barbell would get caught in the fold of my ear so that I'd have to use a Q-Tip to get it unstuck, not wanting to move the piercing too much. Once the piercing started to heal and the barbell got a tiny bit of movement in the fistula, that problem resolved itself. Healing, thankfully, has been a total piece of cake. After about two or three weeks, there was some redness and there were some crusties for a few days, but that resolved itself with gentle care and diligent keeping-hands-off-ing. Compared to the gun-pierced helix, when no one could touch my ear for almost a year without it swelling and turning an angry shade red and me not being able to sleep on the side of my head for months, it has been an absolute pleasure to have this heal.

It's now been 12 weeks, and my rook seems to be pretty much healed. There's a tiny little bit of tenderness right at the piercing site left, when I press on it, but no redness, no crusties, no nothing. I guess my rook is a happy, easy-going rook.

To complement it, I now sometimes wear a spiral in my helix, so that I have four little balls hanging' out on the inside of my ear. I'm really happy with the overall look of my ears now. They're decorated, but not overly so. And I don't miss not having my tragus done at all.


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

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Artist: Ralf+Fees
Studio: Visavajara
Location: Freiburg%2C+Germay

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