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A happy little thing.

After getting my rook and tragus pierced on my right ear, I knew I needed something to 'even out' my left ear, sitting with just two helix and 2 lobe piercings. It's something I had been thinking about and waiting for (healing other piercings, trips away and haircuts and dyes) for a long time, and after being accepted for university, I decided that I would go get an anti-tragus before I left. It's symbolic as well as pretty; a hidden meaning just for me. I've been a bit worried about healing, because my rook took over a year to heal (partially my fault for wearing the wrong jewellery and taking ages to do anything about it)and my tragus and a couple of others have gotten "the bump" too, but I'll worry about that if it gets to that point...

It took me a couple of days to get the courage to get it done, and I've never been like that with any of my other piercings. I'd worked myself up about how much it'll hurt, whether i'll be able to sleep on it or wear headphones and other possible healing troubles, so that when I went to get it done on day 1, stood outside the studio pondering for a good 10minutes and didn't have the encouragement from the boyfriend that I needed, I chickened out.

But on day 2, I was determined. "I will get it done today!" I say.

I think about what I'm going to do and I'm nervous all day. I can't eat (I don't usually eat in the morning, but this was afternoon!) and my belly's a-rumbling. I promise it food afterwards, for now I'm too full of butterflies and nerves to eat anything.

And off we go to the studio (and I won't go anywhere else, because I trust the piercer there to know what he's doing! and it's relatively cheap) nerves a-tingling.

I walk in the door and know there's no turning back now. It's hot even with doors and windows open. I'm sweating. We have to wait 2 minutes for the piercer. In we go. I sit on the chair, squishing my boyfriends hand and gripping my shaking knee with the other. I really haven't been this scared before a piercing before. A chat with the piercer about the placement and jewellery. A couple of dots of ink with a toothpick to mark where it will go. It's high on the 'bump', bordering snug region, but still an anti-tragus. Needle time. I brace myself. My face scrunches up as the needle goes through; I remember what may have been a crunching sound. Well that wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Jewellery in - more scrunching faces, and we're done. Laughter. A mirror and I'm as happy as can be.

The pain really isn't that bad. It hurt yes and I won't lie, it was the most painful piercing I've ever got, but it only lasts a few seconds and it's bearable. It's not a huge amount different to my rook piercing (I wonder if I'd still say that if I got the thicker bit pierced?) I nearly didn't get this done because I was worried about the pain factor. If you want it, don't fret. GET IT. It's beautiful and totally worth it (although I still love my rook more.)

I've had it for 2 days now and I've had no problems. Because it is slightly high, I can sleep on it fine and I can wear headphones as long as put them in carefully. The rest of my ear hasn't hurt at all - apart from the burning feeling you get after the initial piercing. I did feel a bit weak and faint a couple of hours after getting it done (after a walk, some lunch and lots of laughing and hyper-ness). I don't know if it was to do with the piercing - it's never happened before.

At the moment I'm only cleaning it with a blast from the shower - when I get some money I'm planning on buying some H2Ocean, I've never used it before, but I've heard it's good and it means I don't have to make a solution of my own everyday (which I usually get wrong). Before that I'll keep on with the LITHA method, which has been perfect for all my other piercings once they've got the right jewellery. I am worried I'll get the 'bump' though. I seem to have got it on my other cartilage piercings after about a month.

I love my anti-tragus and I'm so happy I didn't chicken out! I've just got to remember not to touch it.

This picture was taken just a few hours after it was done:

So far, reactions have been good. I don't know what my parent's will think when/if they ever realise I have another piece of metal sticking out of my ear! I'll probably get the "you'll never get a job like that" speech...

Edit: Also, I got it pierced with a curved barbell, but it doesn't really show in the picture because it's twisted round. I prefer the look of straight barbells, but curved is still good!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 20 Sept. 2009
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Marty
Studio: Black+Sheep
Location: Gorleston%2C+UK

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