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My industrial experience

About 1 month before my 17th birthday I had really wanted to get something pierced for the longest time, but my father is very conservative, but my mom doesn't care about anything I do to my own body. I had originally asked to get my tongue pierced but that was shot down the second "tongue pier-" came out of my mouth. So I went back to the "drawing board" or in other words bmezine.com. When I saw the industrial pictures I knew that's what I had to get. I showed my mom she was shocked at first but she said ... read more

How To Not Hate Yourself

It was a sticky summer day in Detroit, Michigan when I saw my first industrial piercing. My best friend, her family, and I had headed down to a massive electronic music festival hosted every year by the city to experience the loud, pulsing music, break dancing, and, of course, the thousands of people that attend the festival. The five of us were hand in hand, weaving our way through the crowd when I saw something that, at age twelve, disturbed and confused me: a college-aged guy with a huge spike going through the cartilage on both sides of his ear. ... read more

The road to stretched ear lobes

I had my ears pierced when I was 10 years old, in Claire's Accessories, as a birthday present. I thought this was awesome but my ears never healed and eventually I just had to let them close up. Probably not such a bad thing as they were uneven we all know about guns! Fast forward 7 years and I decided that my ears needed something done to them...sooooo I pierced my own, if they didn't heal up I wouldn't have wasted money. That was my excuse anyways! I took to the bathroom with a freshly boiled earring, needle, some vodka(to ... read more

my industrial experience

Hey, I'm Paige :). I'm fourteen years old and just recently got my industrial piercing in Dryden, Ontario at Tattoo 4 u. My industrial was my first piercing besides normal lobe piercing which have grown in now. I was unaware of my piercers name, but that didn't really matter to me. The first step was picking a piercing. I was immediately drawn to the industrial piercing because I found it unique and creative :). It didn't seem too crazy, or too painful. I thought it would be a good start to my piercing experiences. The second thing I did was ... read more

Everything I know I learned from piercing

This is the story of how I learned that piercings have meaning. It was a process. I had my ears pierced just before my 30th birthday. For a woman that's kind of late not to have had your ears pierced at least once, but the fact that I was turning 30 had nothing to do with my decision. Or maybe it did, subconsciously. I also had mono at the time. I was out of work for 6 weeks with mono. It was horrible. I slept almost 24-7 for about 4 weeks and the last two weeks I gradually built up ... read more

There are some awesome reasons not to stretch too quickly.

I became interested in stretching my ears when I saw a friend of mine with her 15mm ears. I once thought stretched ears were truly disgusting, but over the years had come to appreciate how feminine they can look and how much of a right of passage they feel once you've began stretching. For me, ear stretching is a symbol of endurance and patience. You can't wake up one day and decide you'd like to have 00 gauge ears for the night. It takes time, painstaking patience and occasionally even pain. Even if like me, you decide to limit how ... read more

My helix/cartilage piercing!

It's been three days since I got my helix piercing. And I do not regret doing it! After wanting my lip pierced for sooo long, and arguing with my mum about it countless number of times, we both settled on me getting my ear pierced. I hadn't any other piercings, on account of me having a heart problem when I was born, and an operation when I was six to fix it. "Hole in the Heart" as it was more commonly known, and after my operation my surgeon told me not to get piercings or tattoos EVER as I had ... read more

"But MOM, I want to get it done in Argentina!!" (a cartilage story of an American in Argentina)

I was living in the capital of the Tucumán region of Argentina for an exchange program this summer. San Miguel de Tucumán is a great city with lots of young people as there are three universities, and I was living with a university student at the time. I spoke no spanish when I got there (I speak it fairly well now), but I figured it was a perfect oppurtunity to get a new piercing! (Smart, right?) My friend had gotten her bellybutton done a few days before (without asking her parents), so I called my mom and begged her for ... read more

That was supposed to hurt? Really?

Out of sheer boredom, I found myself reading over stories on BME a few days ago; before I knew it, I was itching to get something pierced. I'm a newbie when it comes to piercing, having just a single hole in each lobe, a bit lopsided thanks to the pros at Piercing Pagoda, and a tiny mark that was once a short-lived nose piercing. (I had learned my lesson about impulse piercings. My nose ring wasn't the smartest choice, as I had to take it out right away for work, gym class, and practice. It never had a chance to ... read more

My gorgeous conch!

So having stumbled onto BMEzine earlier this year, I got heavily into the bodily modification scene. Previously, I had loved piercings and had noted some of the ones I'd seen on people on the street. After discovering this site though, I was able to educate and inform myself on all different types of piercings (as well as aftercare and risks). I began listing the ones I must have. However, having extremely strict Asian parents (who believe that piercings ruin your aura) there wasn't much I could get one. I had two helix and three lobes already gunned (- I know, ... read more

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