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KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 10:05 PM
DISCUSS.
I used to stretch my ears, but my mom's a poop. I was up to a 4g and she made me take them out. I spent like $80 and a year stretching them. It sucked so bad. So much wasted time and money. Dx
What kinda piercings do you have?
What size are your ears? :3
Any piercings you want?

ShinobiXikyu
06-07-2011, 10:25 PM
Just the standard ear piercing. I'm not generally fond of piercings, but I may eventually get double holes in my earlobes, or a cartilage piercing. Dunno which one yet.:P Lol, my mother and my boyfriend's mother have more done on them than me and they're in their mid-late 40's (Mom has double holes, boyfriend's Mom has double holes, a nose piercing and a small tattoo)

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 10:27 PM
Just the standard ear piercing. I'm not generally fond of piercings, but I may eventually get double holes in my earlobes, or a cartilage piercing. Dunno which one yet.:P Lol, my mother and my boyfriend's mother have more done on them than me and they're in their mid-late 40's (Mom has double holes, boyfriend's Mom has double holes, a nose piercing and a small tattoo)

You should get a cartilage piercings! Those are awesome. ^-^ Oh goodness, your boyfriend's mom seems like a badass. :3

ShinobiXikyu
06-07-2011, 10:33 PM
LOL, it seems so when I rattle off her body mods, but she's a sweethearted folk musician who's always in flowy pastels and works for city hall. XD The nose piercing REALLY suits her, too (and the tattoo was commemorative for a family death).
Yeah, I'm pretty convinced on a cartilage piercing. I just have to figure out how to wear wigs and prosthetic elf ears with one (as in, when you can take it out BUT still need to leave something in it all the time). And ear cuffs seem to do the job pretty well SO far, but they can be a pain. Lol. I've actually been thinking more about a tattoo than a piercing (not decided on that one either. I know what I'd get but dunno if I WOULD do it or not...)

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 10:36 PM
LOL, it seems so when I rattle off her body mods, but she's a sweethearted folk musician who's always in flowy pastels and works for city hall. XD The nose piercing REALLY suits her, too (and the tattoo was commemorative for a family death).
Yeah, I'm pretty convinced on a cartilage piercing. I just have to figure out how to wear wigs and prosthetic elf ears with one (as in, when you can take it out BUT still need to leave something in it all the time). And ear cuffs seem to do the job pretty well SO far, but they can be a pain. Lol. I've actually been thinking more about a tattoo than a piercing (not decided on that one either. I know what I'd get but dunno if I WOULD do it or not...)

Awh that's so cute. :3 That's awesome when people get tattoos like that. It's annoying seeing tattoos that people got just to get them. Oh that makes sense, I bet you could find a way to fit the wig or ears around the piercing :D Or you could get like, a little stub to put in there that wouldn't get in the way. A tattoo would be awesome! What would you get? My friend told me it just feels like light scratching, but I think it depends on where you get it.

ShinobiXikyu
06-07-2011, 10:42 PM
Yeah, I figured a small sleeper or those screw-in flat-back earrings would work to not snag on anything. My prosthetic elf ears are hollow inside, so it's more of a positioning trick than anything. Heck, if careful you can add a piercing-hole, but you need to be super precise when you line it up...
And I'd get either a pentacle with the waxing and waning crescent moons beside it (that's most likely) OR, a pentacle with a snake for the circle. Certainly something with a pentacle. And probably around my back bra-strap. Fairly private, but not invisible if I want to show it.

ShinobuWind
06-07-2011, 10:45 PM
I'm always confused about the sizes for stretched ears. Is it the smaller the number the more stretched?

I only have standard ear piercings. I don't wear my earrings often though..since I need to figure out what metals I need since i'm allergic to some. I used to have my cartilage pierced a long long time ago, but it got infected so I removed it. If I can figure out how it can work with elf ears, I may get it redone.
I'm not sure where, but I think I do want more piercings..not too many though. My mom thinks i'd look good with a nose piercing or my eyebrow pierced...I wanted to get my lip pierced for a while..but that may look weird on me. I think I may just get a second set of holes...XD

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 10:52 PM
Yeah, I figured a small sleeper or those screw-in flat-back earrings would work to not snag on anything. My prosthetic elf ears are hollow inside, so it's more of a positioning trick than anything. Heck, if careful you can add a piercing-hole, but you need to be super precise when you line it up...
And I'd get either a pentacle with the waxing and waning crescent moons beside it (that's most likely) OR, a pentacle with a snake for the circle. Certainly something with a pentacle. And probably around my back bra-strap. Fairly private, but not invisible if I want to show it.

Oh yeah that would work too! :3 Ooo, sounds complicated. I think I'd get frustrated if I had to do that lol. I like the snake idea, that would look awesome. That seems like a good place for it. ^-^ And you can also keep a job with it there lol. :DD

I'm always confused about the sizes for stretched ears. Is it the smaller the number the more stretched?

I only have standard ear piercings. I don't wear my earrings often though..since I need to figure out what metals I need since i'm allergic to some. I used to have my cartilage pierced a long long time ago, but it got infected so I removed it. If I can figure out how it can work with elf ears, I may get it redone.
I'm not sure where, but I think I do want more piercings..not too many though. My mom thinks i'd look good with a nose piercing or my eyebrow pierced...I wanted to get my lip pierced for a while..but that may look weird on me. I think I may just get a second set of holes...XD

I think that's true until you get past 00g. Then it's fractions or something. o.o

Oh goodness yeah I can understand that. Yeah! Or you could like, put a cartilage piercing in your elf ear. :33
Nose piercings are fun. Ooo get your lip pierced! There are so many cool things you can do with that. ^-^ Lol, maybe when you get a second set you'll be addicted and want more THEN you'll get a lip piercing. :DD

Arc_The_Lad
06-07-2011, 10:59 PM
I don't mind either, but when stretching gets too big it looks disgusting.

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:01 PM
I don't mind either, but when stretching gets too big it looks disgusting.

I agree. And then they'll have to live with a saggy ear their whole lives or get surgery to fix it. And also once you get past a certain size it starts to smell like dead people lol. :3

Shizuka Chan
06-07-2011, 11:01 PM
i have 3 holes in each ear, planning to get another in each ear sometime soon

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:04 PM
i have 3 holes in each ear, planning to get another in each ear sometime soon

Whoa! Did it hurt at all? My sister told me that there's one spot in your ear when you go up to 3 that they pierce and it hurts really bad. o.o

Shizuka Chan
06-07-2011, 11:09 PM
the one at the top hurt for a while but not too bad. the higher up you go the longer the pain lingers, i just took motrin before i went lol

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:12 PM
the one at the top hurt for a while but not too bad. the higher up you go the longer the pain lingers, i just took motrin before i went lol

Oh o.o that makes sense. Have any of them ever been infected? I have a hole that's infected (that sounds dirty :3) but I tried soap and water like three times a day and it's still pretty bad.

penny_dreadful
06-07-2011, 11:14 PM
I have several tattoos and a pierced nostril; I plan on more tattoos, but am completely uninterested in any other piercings. I don't even have my ears pierced, and probably will never bother.

My younger sister is a tattoo artist, and consequently has a wide variety of tattoos, piercings, dermals, etc. She just had a transdermal removed from her face, and she's been stretching out her ears but is apparently planning to take them out and have surgery to close up the holes. A few of her tattoos have been lasered off, too-- mostly to make room for more tattoos.

Meanwhile, I have to get my nose piercing looked at. I had to swap out my jewelry a few weeks ago, and everything looks fine and normal but the site has been sore ever since I put the new stud in. It was exactly the same gauge and design as the old one, too, and I'm just hoping it's not infected.

Remind me never to take out my jewelry when I'm pregnant again. NOT WORTH THE HASSLE.

ETA: If you have a piercing that's already infected, you MAY be able to clear it up with Neosporin or another topical antibiotic ointment if it's a very minor infection. If it's really troublesome, though, you'll probably need to take oral antibiotics. Soap and water won't do the trick, nor will alcohol.

UsakoLuna
06-07-2011, 11:16 PM
I have two holes in each ear. I'd love to have three but I'm out of earlobe.
People are always surprised that I have two holes, I guess I don't look like a 2 hole kind of person. (I tend to wear small studs at work, so they aren't very noticeable.

ShinobuWind- try surgical steel/sterling silver. And NEVER use anything that isn't nickle free, that's one of the most common metal allergy. If I put anything with nickel in it in my ears, they actually get so irritated they start to bleed with in 20 minutes

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:17 PM
I have several tattoos and a pierced nostril; I plan on more tattoos, but am completely uninterested in any other piercings. I don't even have my ears pierced, and probably will never bother.

My younger sister is a tattoo artist, and consequently has a wide variety of tattoos, piercings, dermals, etc. She just had a transdermal removed from her face, and she's been stretching out her ears but is apparently planning to take them out and have surgery to close up the holes. A few of her tattoos have been lasered off, too-- mostly to make room for more tattoos.

Meanwhile, I have to get my nose piercing looked at. I had to swap out my jewelry a few weeks ago, and everything looks fine and normal but the site has been sore ever since I put the new stud in. It was exactly the same gauge and design as the old one, too, and I'm just hoping it's not infected.

Remind me never to take out my jewelry when I'm pregnant again. NOT WORTH THE HASSLE.

What are your tattoos of? Oh yeah, piercings can be a hassle.

Whoa! That's awesome! Oh, what size is she? That must be awesome not having to worry about having too many tattoos to get a job lol. ^-^

Oh gosh that's really weird. Yeah hopefully it isn't! It's tough to get the infection outta there.

Shizuka Chan
06-07-2011, 11:17 PM
Oh o.o that makes sense. Have any of them ever been infected? I have a hole that's infected (that sounds dirty :3) but I tried soap and water like three times a day and it's still pretty bad.

I've had my ears pierced since i was 9 so they have gotten infected a few times.
use peroxide it'll clear it up in a few days and always clean your earrings before you put them in, i usually use rubbing alcohol. i just dip the posts in before i put them in. Works great

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:18 PM
I have two holes in each ear. I'd live to have three but I'm out of earlobe.
People are always surprised that I have two holes, I guess I don't look like a 2 hole kind of person. (I tend to wear small studs at work, so they aren't very noticeable.

ShinobuWind- try surgical steel/sterling silver. And NEVER use anything that isn't nickle free, that's one of the most common metal allergy. If I put anything with nickel in it in my ears, they actually get so irritated they start to bleed with in 20 minutes

Oh, maybe instead of a third you could get a cartilage piercing or something! ^-^
Lol what does a two hole kind of perso look like? :3 Oh that makes sense.

I've had my ears pierced since i was 9 so they have gotten infected a few times.
use peroxide it'll clear it up in a few days and always clean your earrings before you put them in, i usually use rubbing alcohol. i just dip the posts in before i put them in. Works great

Oh o.o I'll try that!
Though like, a lot of people have told me that's the absolute wrong thing to do. But I'm not sure because that sounds like the easiest way and usually you use that kinda stuff to get rid of infections and such..

ShinobiXikyu
06-07-2011, 11:19 PM
Oh o.o that makes sense. Have any of them ever been infected? I have a hole that's infected (that sounds dirty :3) but I tried soap and water like three times a day and it's still pretty bad.

Sterilize a different stainless steel piercing, put plenty of polysporin around and over the piercing hole, then coat the piercing in polysporin and work it through the hole a few times. Continue it a few times a day and it ought to clear up fairly quick. If it keeps getting worse, you'd want to go to the doctor (I would say a piercer, but legally they can't really treat infections) to get it looked at.

Rubbing alcohol and peroxide is actually a very bad thing to use on infections. It stings, dehydrates the skin and doesn't actually have much antibacterial property.

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:21 PM
Sterilize a different piercing, put plenty of polysporin around and over the piercing hole, then coat the piercing in polysporin and work it through the hole a few times. Continue it a few times a day and it ought to clear up fairly quick. If it keeps getting worse, you'd want to go to the doctor (I would say a piercer, but legally they can't really treat infections) to get it looked at.

Alright, thanks for the help!
What bothers me and grosses me out is the infection is scabbing over my ear hole.. And I have to poke a new hole in my ear every time I wear earrings. It's so gross.

Axelai
06-07-2011, 11:22 PM
Standard + Cartilage piercing at the top left ear :3

UsakoLuna
06-07-2011, 11:22 PM
Oh, maybe instead of a third you could get a cartilage piercing or something! ^-^
Lol what does a two hole kind of perso look like? :3 Oh that makes sense.

I got my cartilage pierced in High School, one day the earring fell out and I lost it. By the time I got home to put another in (about 2 hours) it was already closed, this was after I had it a year. I took it as a sign. :)

Shizuka Chan
06-07-2011, 11:22 PM
I have two holes in each ear. I'd love to have three but I'm out of earlobe.
People are always surprised that I have two holes, I guess I don't look like a 2 hole kind of person. (I tend to wear small studs at work, so they aren't very noticeable.

ShinobuWind- try surgical steel/sterling silver. And NEVER use anything that isn't nickle free, that's one of the most common metal allergy. If I put anything with nickel in it in my ears, they actually get so irritated they start to bleed with in 20 minutes

i know what you mean, people are always shocked when they notice i have 3 holes

I'm allergic to silver all silver so i have to be really picky about my earrings. surgical steel is ok as long as it's nickle free.

@KatTehninja yeah i've been told the same thing but it works, i don't use it all the time but when i need it i use it. it works better then anything else i've ever used

Lithium Flower
06-07-2011, 11:23 PM
I had my ears pierced. Twice. STORY TIEMZ

When I was around 9 when I did the typical mall kiosk ear piercing, the woman had them slightly off and I was too afraid to remove the earrings to change them. So I took them out, and eventually the holes closed up.

About a year later I got my ears done again and all was well.

I have no interest in anything else.
Tattoos (on myself, it's the process) gross me out too much to get them.

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:23 PM
Standard + Cartilage piercing at the top left ear :3

Oooo, noice. :3 I really wanna know what getting an industrial bar feels like.

I got my cartilage pierced in High School, one day the earring fell out and I lost it. By the time I got home to put another in (about 2 hours) it was already closed, this was after I had it a year. I took it as a sign. :)

Awh! That's so sad. D: I'm sorry. Did you pay lots for it?

Akiyhrah
06-07-2011, 11:24 PM
I have five piercings; two in each lobe and one in my eyebrow. I plan on getting thirds in my lobes, as well as a few cartilage piercings; at least my Helix and Tragus anyway. I kind of want to stretch my firsts in my lobes, but I wouldn't do it too big. Maybe an 8G.

I also have a tattoo, and will be getting a few more. :3

Arc_The_Lad
06-07-2011, 11:24 PM
I should probably say I have no piercings or tattoos and I plan on never getting any piercings.

I might get a tattoo later in life.

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:26 PM
i know what you mean, people are always shocked when they notice i have 3 holes

I'm allergic to silver all silver so i have to be really picky about my earrings. surgical steel is ok as long as it's nickle free.

@KatTehninja yeah i've been told the same thing but it works, i don't use it all the time but when i need it i use it. it works better then anything else i've ever used

Ohmygosh. Is it hard for you to find earrings?

Okay, I'm gonna try it. Hopefully this works! :DD Thank you for the help. ^-^

I had my ears pierced. Twice. STORY TIEMZ

When I was around 9 when I did the typical mall kiosk ear piercing, the woman had them slightly off and I was too afraid to remove the earrings to change them. So I took them out, and eventually the holes closed up.

About a year later I got my ears done again and all was well.

I have no interest in anything else.
Tattoos (on myself, it's the process) gross me out too much to get them.

O: I'M LISTENING.

Darn kiosk ladies O:< They're doin it wrong. They did the same thing with my ears. One is way high up on my earlobe and the other one is like, way on the bottom.

Oh, that's understandable. :3 I think I'd pussy out if I got one.

ShinobiXikyu
06-07-2011, 11:26 PM
I'm allergic to nickel, myself. Most of my earrings are silver (most of the designs I like are made in silver, and it's my preferred metal), a few are nickel-free but not with any real precious metal (like the ones you get at Claire's), I have a few gold pairs, and one stainless steel.

.....I have twenty-six pairs of earrings.

And on the piercing gun mall things; NEVER pierce your ears with that. It's absolutely terrible for your ears. It works by blunt-force trauma; firing the earring post into your earlobe, which is extremely damaging to your ear tissues, and studs can't be properly cleaned unlike captive bead-rings, which predisposes you to infection. Piercing guns, too, are hard to keep sterilized. Always get a properly trained piercer to do it. You'll never regret it.

KatTehninja
06-07-2011, 11:28 PM
I have five piercings; two in each lobe and one in my eyebrow. I plan on getting thirds in my lobes, as well as a few cartilage piercings; at least my Helix and Tragus anyway. I kind of want to stretch my firsts in my lobes, but I wouldn't do it too big. Maybe an 8G.

I also have a tattoo, and will be getting a few more. :3

Ooo! Do you have a ring in your eyebrow or something else?
Ohmygoodness fancy words x3 I like when people have multiple cartilage piercings. :3
That's a good size ^-^ It's addicting once you start stretching. But yeah that's a good place to stop lol. It starts to hurt sooo bad once you go farther.

I should probably say I have no piercings or tattoos and I plan on never getting any piercings.

I might get a tattoo later in life.

What would you wanna get a tattoo of? :3

Shizuka Chan
06-07-2011, 11:31 PM
Yes very hard to find earrings and nice designs since so many of the ones i like only come in silver

Akiyhrah
06-07-2011, 11:31 PM
Ooo! Do you have a ring in your eyebrow or something else?
Ohmygoodness fancy words x3 I like when people have multiple cartilage piercings. :3
That's a good size ^-^ It's addicting once you start stretching. But yeah that's a good place to stop lol. It starts to hurt sooo bad once you go farther.


I've just got a little barbell. I find rings catch on stuff too easily (even in your lobes) so I prefer not to wear them.

Lithium Flower
06-07-2011, 11:33 PM
O: I'M LISTENING.

Darn kiosk ladies O:< They're doin it wrong. They did the same thing with my ears. One is way high up on my earlobe and the other one is like, way on the bottom.

Oh, that's understandable. :3 I think I'd pussy out if I got one.

Yeah I was pretty horrified at the time to even take out my earrings. I swore that it hurt badly even after they where in for a while.

The second time I got them done it was at the same place xD /snort/ but a different woman did it and some middle school boys where betting on if I'd cry or not.

I did not.

I haven't worn earrings in quite some time.
Brandon didn't even realize I wore them until he got up close to my face one day I had my hair up and he very surprised said "You wear earrings" "Yes dear I do." "Wow I never noticed" "I don't own any earrings anymore thats why"

It seems silly that I went through with a body modification that I don't even use anymore ~.~ But I'd like to get some simple ones. I just never do.



it isn't really the PAIN of getting a tattoo that grosses me out. Just the feeling of something in my skin that isn't suppose to be there. I think I'd feel really 'off' with a tattoo like I'd be super aware of something on my skin somehow. It's all silly but I know I wouldn't like it.

ShinobuWind
06-07-2011, 11:39 PM
ShinobuWind- try surgical steel/sterling silver. And NEVER use anything that isn't nickle free, that's one of the most common metal allergy. If I put anything with nickel in it in my ears, they actually get so irritated they start to bleed with in 20 minutes

I'll definitely look for those metals! And i'll be sure to make sure there's no nickel. Thanks! ^_^

Ouch to bleeding ears. I actually avoided earrings for a couple of years since I actually got a back stuck in my earlobe from constantly pushing it up to make sure it wouldn't fall out. My mom had to pull it out...not fun. >.< Of course after I wore a pair of earrings to prom I forgot how much I missed them..so I'm trying to wear earrings more so my holes don't close up ^^'

Akiyhrah
06-07-2011, 11:42 PM
I'll definitely look for those metals! And i'll be sure to make sure there's no nickel. Thanks! ^_^

Ouch to bleeding ears. I actually avoided earrings for a couple of years since I actually got a back stuck in my earlobe from constantly pushing it up to make sure it wouldn't fall out. My mom had to pull it out...not fun. >.< Of course after I wore a pair of earrings to prom I forgot how much I missed them..so I'm trying to wear earrings more so my holes don't close up ^^'

Surgical steel is definitely the best option, it's what they use to pierce with. When buying jewelry, go to a place that does piercings (the proper way, not with the gun), or a place that guarantees their jewelry. Any body mod place worth their salt will let you know before you buy which of their jewelry is legit and which is cheap nickel crap. It will be more expensive, but it's better than an infection.

rubyspitfire
06-07-2011, 11:43 PM
i have two in each ear lobe (was up to 4g and 10g, had a bad reaction to cheap plugs and had to take them out, down to all 14's for now), helix (fancy name for upper cartilage) and an industrial. i also have my navel pierced

i thought about getting a nose stud and vertical labret, but facial piercings make me hesitate. sometimes my piercings act up and the last thing i want is an infection or raw open sore in an even more obvious place than my ear. i also wanted a second helix below my first one so i could wear an orbital, but i have a fold in my ear that would make it difficult to heal. the holes in one of my lobes are pretty close together so i had thought of getting them scalpelled together and just make one large hole, but i have a problem with being that asymmetrical and healing it would be a massive pain

a great way of "hiding" stretched piercings is clear glass tunnels. you still have a rather large hole in your ear, but since they're clear they don't show up AND you don't get that nasty puckered look from just taking them out. the nice thing about tunnels is that you can wear regular earrings with them, just make sure you use some kind of back so they don't fall out. i did it all the time when i wore 8's. posts are usually too short, but hoops and hook-style ones look great

edit: i also have a small tattoo on my right side on my ribs. it was a horrible place for my first and i will probably never get it finished (my kid's initials, supposed to have a banner and some other things around it), but i got through the most important part. i'm planning on getting my family crest on my inner forearm, but undecided after that. i have ideas for three or four more, but i don't know which ones i want first

ShinobuWind
06-07-2011, 11:47 PM
Surgical steel is definitely the best option, it's what they use to pierce with. When buying jewelry, go to a place that does piercings (the proper way, not with the gun), or a place that guarantees their jewelry. Any body mod place worth their salt will let you know before you buy which of their jewelry is legit and which is cheap nickel crap. It will be more expensive, but it's better than an infection.

I'll be sure to do that. I'd rather spend more and not get an infection. I actually know a friend of my mom who runs a Tattoo/Piercing shop with her husband, so i'll be sure to ask her about the metals and whatnot! I've also gotten my ears pierced with the gun...never again ><
Random, but this thread is really fun! ^_^

Akiyhrah
06-07-2011, 11:51 PM
Yeah, I pierced my firsts by myself, and got my seconds done with the gun. The gun hurt worse XD I'll NEVER do that again.

penny_dreadful
06-08-2011, 12:03 AM
ShinobiXikyu has basically said everything I would've said on treating infected piercings, sterile equipment, etc. Listen to her, she speaks the truth, and that information comes from both professional piercers and people with medical licenses.

My first piercing was done with a gun. It got quite badly infected-- I'll spare you all the details, it was a bit gory-- and I had to take it out, go on antibiotics for a bit, and let the hole close. I had it re-pierced by a pro with a needle once it was properly healed, but since she had to pierce through scar tissue, it wasn't the most pleasant experience. Since then it's been fine, excepting the recent issues, which are likely due to my own carelessness and the fact that pregnancy makes you way more prone to infections of all sorts.

My tattoos, in order from oldest to newest:
1. A fox and wolf on one side of my lower back
2. A wave crest (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/1130151380/in/set-72157601458390222) on my thigh
3. A dragonfly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/2225598653/in/set-72157604044378816) on my bewb
4. An owl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/2822819594/in/set-72157607075730402) on my shoulder (the only other place I can find a picture of it is in my Facebook albums, which apparently don't allow you to download your own photos...?)
5. A pocket watch and the phrase "memento mori" (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/5810264495/in/set-72157601458390222) (Latin for "remember you will die") on my forearm

I find getting tattoos to be rather painful. The healing process, when they become itchy and get flaky scabs, is also pretty irritating. I do enjoy having them, though, and I definitely want at least one more-- a very big one on my leg, which I'm still in the process of designing. Oh, well. I've got time. Can't even start it for at least another six months or so...

rubyspitfire
06-08-2011, 12:04 AM
Yeah, I figured a small sleeper or those screw-in flat-back earrings would work to not snag on anything.

labret studs are nice for cartilage piercings, just be careful the back of your ear doesn't try to "eat" the flat part. mine did, so i wear a short curved barbell in mine with the ball against the visible part of my ear and the bar tucked down on the back of my ear where you can't see. unless it moves in my sleep or in the shower, i don't even notice it anymore

Oh o.o that makes sense. Have any of them ever been infected? I have a hole that's infected (that sounds dirty :3) but I tried soap and water like three times a day and it's still pretty bad.

soap is BAD, it causes irritation and is hard to rinse it all out. try soaking it warm salt-water instead. i've used that to heal my piercings and clean them up when they get irritated. get sea salt if you can, but if not table salt will work. also, DON'T PICK THE SCABS. it will be itchy and painful for a while, but salt soaks should clear it up. this is exactly what happened with one of my 4's, so i stuck a 14g ring in it to keep the hole from completely closing and soaked it a few times a day... it had shrunk within a week and the infection was gone a few days after that

surgical steel and niobium are the only metals i can wear without any irritation. i have had pretty good luck with naturals (horn anyway, haven't tried wood) and glass, but i can't wear acrylics. thankfully you can find surgical steel for pretty cheap, because if i find something i can't wear i always fall back on my steel

Akiyhrah
06-08-2011, 12:13 AM
ShinobiXikyu has basically said everything I would've said on treating infected piercings, sterile equipment, etc. Listen to her, she speaks the truth, and that information comes from both professional piercers and people with medical licenses.

My first piercing was done with a gun. It got quite badly infected-- I'll spare you all the details, it was a bit gory-- and I had to take it out, go on antibiotics for a bit, and let the hole close. I had it re-pierced by a pro with a needle once it was properly healed, but since she had to pierce through scar tissue, it wasn't the most pleasant experience. Since then it's been fine, excepting the recent issues, which are likely due to my own carelessness and the fact that pregnancy makes you way more prone to infections of all sorts.

My tattoos, in order from oldest to newest:
1. A fox and wolf on one side of my lower back
2. A wave crest (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/1130151380/in/set-72157601458390222) on my thigh
3. A dragonfly (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/2225598653/in/set-72157604044378816) on my bewb
4. An owl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/2822819594/in/set-72157607075730402) on my shoulder (the only other place I can find a picture of it is in my Facebook albums, which apparently don't allow you to download your own photos...?)
5. A pocket watch and the phrase "memento mori" (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10128270@N02/5810264495/in/set-72157601458390222) (Latin for "remember you will die") on my forearm

I find getting tattoos to be rather painful. The healing process, when they become itchy and get flaky scabs, is also pretty irritating. I do enjoy having them, though, and I definitely want at least one more-- a very big one on my leg, which I'm still in the process of designing. Oh, well. I've got time. Can't even start it for at least another six months or so...


That's funny, because I didn't find mine to be painful at all. Well I mean, yeah. It hurt, but I've definitely had worse. It really wasn't bat at ALL, but then again, maybe I just have a high pain tolerance. I mean, I didn't even flinch or anything. It was more bothersome than painful.
But the healing process is definitely irritating. Mine was only itchy for about for or five days afterward, but MAN was that an excruciating few days. I have never wanted to scratch at my skin more than I did when my tattoo was healing XD Of course I didn't, but it was hard to stop myself. But I dry healed, so that may have been a factor there too.

penny_dreadful
06-08-2011, 12:28 AM
That's funny, because I didn't find mine to be painful at all. Well I mean, yeah. It hurt, but I've definitely had worse. It really wasn't bat at ALL, but then again, maybe I just have a high pain tolerance. I mean, I didn't even flinch or anything. It was more bothersome than painful.
But the healing process is definitely irritating. Mine was only itchy for about for or five days afterward, but MAN was that an excruciating few days. I have never wanted to scratch at my skin more than I did when my tattoo was healing XD Of course I didn't, but it was hard to stop myself. But I dry healed, so that may have been a factor there too.

Eh. Everyone's got different sorts of tolerance to pain-- and to different types of pain-- so for some people it's no big deal, for others it's agonizing. My first didn't hurt much at all, my second didn't hurt until the next day when suddenly putting any weight on my leg was nearly impossible, the third was sore because it was right on my boob when I was premenstrual, but the most recent two were definitely hard to sit through. Part of it is that they're just bigger, and I found that after time, the initial rush of endorphins wore off and it started to feel like getting wasp stings over a sunburn. Technically the owl still isn't done because I was in tears and my sister took pity on me.

When I'm healing up, I can usually deal with the itching, but I have a compulsive need to mess with the scabs. The tendency is to sort of rub at the flaking skin. It's still a no-no, but I haven't gotten any scarring except on my leg tattoo, and that might just have been because my sister had just finished her apprenticeship and I think she inked a little too deep in spots.

Arc_The_Lad
06-08-2011, 12:30 AM
What would you wanna get a tattoo of? :3

A sleeve of some sort, I dunno, if I did know, I would of got it by now.

kittymutt
06-08-2011, 12:31 AM
What kinda piercings do you have?
Just the generic one in each ear.

What size are your ears? :3
Normal sized? O.o I haven't stretched them, and I'm not planning on it.

Any piercings you want?
I always thought it would be cool to get my ear's pierced twice on the lobe so I could wear a hoop earring and a stud on each ear. I've also considered getting the upper part of my ear pierced. Now days I usually forget that I even have piercings, so I probably will just stick with the basics. :)

Akiyhrah
06-08-2011, 12:33 AM
Eh. Everyone's got different sorts of tolerance to pain-- and to different types of pain-- so for some people it's no big deal, for others it's agonizing. My first didn't hurt much at all, my second didn't hurt until the next day when suddenly putting any weight on my leg was nearly impossible, the third was sore because it was right on my boob when I was premenstrual, but the most recent two were definitely hard to sit through. Part of it is that they're just bigger, and I found that after time, the initial rush of endorphins wore off and it started to feel like getting wasp stings over a sunburn. Technically the owl still isn't done because I was in tears and my sister took pity on me.

When I'm healing up, I can usually deal with the itching, but I have a compulsive need to mess with the scabs. The tendency is to sort of rub at the flaking skin. It's still a no-no, but I haven't gotten any scarring except on my leg tattoo, and that might just have been because my sister had just finished her apprenticeship and I think she inked a little too deep in spots.

That's totally true. I've had friends say that their back tattoos really really hurt, especially along the spine. Then I had people say it didn't hurt at all, but actually tickled. Mine only hurt when I was getting the colouring done, and that was only just a bit. It's really weird how people take the pain differently... you'd think it would be pretty much the same.

DarkFujin
06-08-2011, 12:36 AM
Whoa! Did it hurt at all? My sister told me that there's one spot in your ear when you go up to 3 that they pierce and it hurts really bad. o.o

The one that hurt the most for me was right between the cartilage and earlobe. It hurt even more than the ones higher up on the cartilage.

Akiyhrah
06-08-2011, 12:43 AM
Apparently the Conch piercing hurts pretty freaking bad. I considered getting one, but I dunno now.

ShinobuWind
06-08-2011, 12:57 AM
Apparently the Conch piercing hurts pretty freaking bad. I considered getting one, but I dunno now.

A conch piercing? I feel kinda dumb for asking, but what's that o.o?

Akiyhrah
06-08-2011, 01:02 AM
lol don't sweat it, lots of people don't know the proper names. I still don't know some of them XD
A Conch is the one in the middle part of your ear. (http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lljzorLgG11qzj1pdo1_500.jpg) :3

ShinobuWind
06-08-2011, 01:05 AM
Ouch that does look painful O.o. Thanks for telling me what it is! I actually don't know most of the proper names either! ^^'

Akiyhrah
06-08-2011, 01:08 AM
I know the names of the ones I want, and the names of a few my friends have. I have a lot of pierced friends, so I hear the proper names used all the time. XD Piercings and tattoos really fascinate me though, so I just kind of pick it up as I go along.

Chipface
06-08-2011, 02:16 AM
What kinda piercings do you have?
- left cartiledge
- right industrial
- lobes
- right eyebrow
- left nostril
- tongue
- vertical labret

What size are your ears? :3
My ears are 2g, which I've had stretched for almost 8 years. I've had the left pierced for almost 16 years and the right for almost 9. Lately I've been thinking of stretching them to 0.

Any piercings you want?
Well I just got my vertical labret done, which I wanted. I can't think of any other piercings I want at the moment.

rubyspitfire
06-08-2011, 03:05 AM
^ if i went through with facial piercings, we'd almost be mirror images of each other :cool:

sam vimes
06-08-2011, 03:08 AM
Someday, I'm going to get my whole back done. It's going to be this:

http://www.redicecreations.com/ul_img/13319Paul_Kidby_Discworld.jpg

Or this:
http://www.twcenter.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=2514&pictureid=25587

Or this:
http://i.neoseeker.com/ca/hogfather_conceptart_LTOI9.jpg

rubyspitfire
06-08-2011, 03:42 AM
i like the first one, but the second is really nice artwork too and might translate better

RinoaShadow
06-08-2011, 06:08 AM
I has none....

Not sure if I'm pleased or not.

inu.matto
06-08-2011, 06:31 AM
Had simple usual piercings in my ears, but after one year of wearing earrings, any kind of earring would cause me a terrible infection with pain and ear lower part swelling, so I chose to better not wear earrings at all anymore; just letting the pierced ears regenerate.

penny_dreadful
06-08-2011, 09:44 AM
A sleeve of some sort, I dunno, if I did know, I would of got it by now.

Some people have a whole theme for a sleeve in mind when they get started, but many people I know just sort of let it come together over time. Completing a sleeve generally takes at least a few sessions and a lot of cash.

Someday, I'm going to get my whole back done. It's going to be this:

The second one would definitely look best across your whole back, but we'd have to find a really good copy-- or an artist who's willing to redraw it with a tattoo in mind. I still want to see your Children of Loki piece come together. We should get on that!

Oh, and did I ever show you this (http://www.bamandbloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/cthulhu.jpg)? Just sayin'.

Formalhaut
06-08-2011, 12:41 PM
I have...5 piercings in my ears, two on each lobe and one tiny hoop on my left cartilage. I also have a tattoo on my back shoulder blade of a swallow. I really want more but my husband is super against it :-/

Mangochutney
06-08-2011, 12:56 PM
Got a tattoo taking up the small of my back and two lobe piercings in each ear. Periodically I really get a yen for a nostril piercing...and then my husband gets very, very sad eyes. My nose, in all its majestic prowess, remains pristine.

Pocketfightr
06-08-2011, 02:10 PM
Just the standard ear piercing here. I used to be able to stick any metal type in them but either after not wearing anything for a long time (down to wearing stuff like once a year) or not cleaning my earrings very well, I find if I try to put any of my old ones in, the area gets pink and itchy. I don't really have any interest in getting anything else pierced.

I'd rather tattoos, if I ever came up with the perfect design ideas.

rubyspitfire
06-08-2011, 02:29 PM
Oh, and did I ever show you this (http://www.bamandbloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/cthulhu.jpg)? Just sayin'.

that would make an amazing shoulder piece/half sleeve

I have...5 piercings in my ears, two on each lobe and one tiny hoop on my left cartilage. I also have a tattoo on my back shoulder blade of a swallow. I really want more but my husband is super against it :-/

:( i'm sorry

Jia Jem
06-08-2011, 03:14 PM
@Penny - I was literally LOL'n at your sister's cow poop tattoo that she did. And your description. I would post the link but I lost it. T_T

Also, I think it's rad that your ears aren't pierced. I wish I didn't get mine done, as I never wear earrings. In hindsight, I would love to have just got one ear pierced, like a dude. Everyone's reaction to this is, "but why not just wear one earring?" ...it's just not the same.

penny_dreadful
06-08-2011, 03:18 PM
I have...5 piercings in my ears, two on each lobe and one tiny hoop on my left cartilage. I also have a tattoo on my back shoulder blade of a swallow. I really want more but my husband is super against it :-/

...So tell your husband he doesn't have to get tattoos. :/

that would make an amazing shoulder piece/half sleeve

I've been intending to do an Art Nouveau-style Cthulhu on my thigh for a while, now. First I was going to go with something in a style a sailor might have gotten during the 20's or 30's, when Lovecraft was writing, almost Sailor Jerry-style. I think the more elegant Mucha-influenced look is both period appropriate and more suited to me, though. That piece is certainly inspiring, but I'm toying around with different ideas to get the perfect design. I just wish I was a better artist.

ETA: Thanks, Jia. I find it really annoying when I have a costume with earrings, since it means wearing clip-ons, which I find quite painful and they tend to leave little rashes on my earlobes. I also hate that there are tons of adorable earrings out there I have no use for... but for some reason, I feel like I shouldn't pierce my ears.

And that was a really early tattoo my sister did! She's expanded on her skills (http://www.standsuretattoos.com/Tattoos.html) considerably since then. She's done some really pretty ones, but I think my favorite is one that's just a Slurpee and a Taco Bell Volcano Taco.

Kyomi
06-08-2011, 03:27 PM
I have two piercings on my left ear. It's funny to see people's reactions like 'Whoa, you only have one side pierced?" because it usually takes them a while to realize since I happen to have a mole on my right ear in the exact same spot as an earring should be so it throws people off.

I used to be an earring maniac but wearing them overnight makes me break into an allergic reaction.
Earring backs and titanium earrings get caught in my headphones a lot so recently I've switched to ballscrew earrings.

hollowchrist
06-08-2011, 03:41 PM
I have my ears pierced once, normal size. I like cute earrings too much to gauge them any. And I personally think gauged piercings are gross. I also have my belly button pierced. I used to have snakebites but one of them got infected and I didn't like just having one so i took them out and let them grow up.

I only have one tattoo right now and it's of a blue and pink cupcake on my inner hip. Totally kawaii desu you guys! No but seriously I love cupcakes. I'm hoping to get another one done soon, a memorial tattoo to my grandfather who passed away last fall.

My ears were pierced by the ladies at Claire's, and they're a little crooked. I got them done when I was in elementary school. I recall there was a little boy in the store at the time who wanted to get his pierced but after seeing me wail like a wimp he backed out of it.

ShinobiXikyu
06-08-2011, 03:48 PM
Hmm, I wonder if they let employees not learn to pierce ears if they have a serious objection to it (for reasons I explained in one of my last posts. It's basically the worst way to pierce ears)... I applied for a job there, and if I get called back for an interview, I certainly don't want any part of causing blunt-force trauma, off-center piercings and chronic infections. I've actually told people who were considering it at Claire's to go to a proper piercing salon for those reasons, and all of them took my advice. Luckily the employees never overheard or they'd have probably made me leave.:P

DespairedPheonix
06-08-2011, 03:49 PM
ive gottt, belly button, tongue web, septum, and lip. I used to have my tregus and my industrial. I had 12G ear lobes, but now they're normal sized. Honestly, after I got my lip done, which was really the only piercing i'd ever wanted in my life, I haven't gotten anything pierced XD

hollowchrist
06-08-2011, 04:06 PM
Hmm, I wonder if they let employees not learn to pierce ears if they have a serious objection to it (for reasons I explained in one of my last posts. It's basically the worst way to pierce ears)... I applied for a job there, and if I get called back for an interview, I certainly don't want any part of causing blunt-force trauma, off-center piercings and chronic infections. I've actually told people who were considering it at Claire's to go to a proper piercing salon for those reasons, and all of them took my advice. Luckily the employees never overheard or they'd have probably made me leave.:P

Mine aren't really that crooked, just enough for you to notice if you're looking. And the only reason I know is because I got them done a second time at Wal-Mart and the woman doing the piercing there commented on one of them being closer in towards my face than the other. I tend to forget about getting them pierced a second time because it was a few weeks before I found out I was pregnant and I took them out for some reason and they grew up. I also pierced my cartilage myself at 3 AM with a hot safety pin. That lasted all of three days. In hindsight that was a really bad idea, but I was also 14.

angel_cutie
06-08-2011, 04:14 PM
i only have a pair of normal lobe piercings

i want another pair of lobes
and Helix/Cartilage, tragus, and conch :D

fullbleed
06-08-2011, 04:17 PM
I've two in my left ear lobe, one stud and one ring but sometime i wear a feather in it as well. It's cool, my friends take the piss but what do they know? They're not as cool as me?!

I'm not sure if I want more, I'm always concerned what my parent's reaction would be. They've been fine so far. :/ I kinda want a scaffolding bar. I only want them in one ear though, that way i can still look normal facing the other way (could be usefull for photos).

I'd like a tattoo or a few, but really its all based on just finding or deciding on the right one. Plus cost. :P
Plus parents again.

ShinobuWind
06-08-2011, 06:31 PM
After the convention next week, I'll be getting my cartilage pierced, and possibly my double holes done!

Akiyhrah
06-08-2011, 06:32 PM
You guys are making me want to go get pierced and tattooed NAO!

Infection
06-08-2011, 07:14 PM
I'm more a tattoo guy than a piercing guy, but I do have a piercing too. My septum is pierced, both because looking animalistic is appealing to me and because my boss STILL has no idea I have it pierced despite me wearing it every...single...day. Highly recommend this piercing though for that purpose.

Kaileena Sedai
06-08-2011, 07:30 PM
I've got nine piercings, which sounds cooler then it is. I have my ears done three on the bottom and one in the cartilage both sides, and my belly button is pierced. I have one tattoo and another on the way. Those are on my back.

Psycho_Kitty
06-08-2011, 08:24 PM
I have my ear lobes pierced 3 times, right upper ear have industrial, rook and cartilage and left ear 2 cartilage and tragus (think thats what its called).

Tattoos I have one upper back and lower back, neck, right wrist and half sleeve on left arm.

Want to get eyebrow repierced and the back of the neck but hubby will let me get eyebrow. For tattoos I am planning to get more.

sweetnsassy
06-08-2011, 08:38 PM
I feel so blah and undecorated compared to everyone else. No tattoos and just have my ears pierced. Sometimes I wish I weren't such a chicken when it comes to needles, because I've seen some awesome tattoos that I'll never, ever get.

Akiyhrah
06-08-2011, 09:58 PM
I feel so blah and undecorated compared to everyone else. No tattoos and just have my ears pierced. Sometimes I wish I weren't such a chicken when it comes to needles, because I've seen some awesome tattoos that I'll never, ever get.

It's really not the same at all. I HATE needles... to the point where I've actually passed out after getting one. And before I have to get one I usually feel like I'm going to throw up XD

But tattoos are totally different; it didn't bother me in the slightest. Granted I couldn't actually see it since my tattoo is on my back, but it's a very different experience. If you can handle getting your ears pierced, you can handle a tattoo.

ShinobiXikyu
06-08-2011, 10:28 PM
Anyone had an ear/piercing recovery done? I figured a regular piercing would hurt less than it. I got that done in September, to re-open the earringholes I'd left closed for about four years (long story there. I had my ears pierced before I could remember, stopped wearing earrings a while and they grew over; I got the Claire's ear piercing done on me when I was 11- that lady was actually quite good, she positioned it to not go through the prior hole's scar tissue and got them perfectly centered....and then AGAIN stopped wearing earrings in high school, and then decided I wanted earrings again after a year working in a jewellery shop and getting sparkle envy)
...so because my ears had already been pierced twice, I decided to go to a pro to see if he could pierce safely through the scar tissue, or re-pierce through the bit of hole that was still left. So he did a "recovery" on my holes by sticking a thing that started as a needle and got gradually wider at the end (it looks kind of like a ring sizer. I assume he didn't put it far through my piercing hole, but I certainly felt some pain) through the earring hole to re-open it, then put in the bead ring.
...my assumption is a quicker regular piercing with the needle would be much less ouch-inducing.

rubyspitfire
06-09-2011, 01:50 AM
Anyone had an ear/piercing recovery done? I figured a regular piercing would hurt less than it. I got that done in September, to re-open the earringholes I'd left closed for about four years (long story there. I had my ears pierced before I could remember, stopped wearing earrings a while and they grew over; I got the Claire's ear piercing done on me when I was 11- that lady was actually quite good, she positioned it to not go through the prior hole's scar tissue and got them perfectly centered....and then AGAIN stopped wearing earrings in high school, and then decided I wanted earrings again after a year working in a jewellery shop and getting sparkle envy)
...so because my ears had already been pierced twice, I decided to go to a pro to see if he could pierce safely through the scar tissue, or re-pierce through the bit of hole that was still left. So he did a "recovery" on my holes by sticking a thing that started as a needle and got gradually wider at the end (it looks kind of like a ring sizer. I assume he didn't put it far through my piercing hole, but I certainly felt some pain) through the earring hole to re-open it, then put in the bead ring.
...my assumption is a quicker regular piercing with the needle would be much less ouch-inducing.

that's more or less the same as stretching, just from a much smaller gauge

Psycho_Kitty
06-09-2011, 03:02 AM
I never had an ear/piercing recovery but i did have my labret (middle of lip) pierced and what some don't tell you is that if you have a barbell the flat part thats against your gums can push them down. I had that happen to me and they were pushed down so far that I had to take the piercing out and get a skin graph for that area. Its not the fun to get done but if thinking about getting the labret know that it could happen. Just like my tongue ring the metal can chip your teeth if you click it so much. I had a habit of doing that so I have a barbell made out of plastic. Its alot better since the barbell flexes and isn't just straight.

Chipface
06-09-2011, 08:47 AM
I had a friend take out her labret because it was causing gum erosion. That's what's great about a vertical labret though, no risk of gum erosion as the jewellery doesn't go inside your mouth at all.

Jia Jem
06-09-2011, 11:40 AM
@Penny - WOAH, your sister has some awesome stuff! I love the Fear and Loathing one - portraits and shading seem so daunting - she's really awesome. o_O

Also, I think it's rad that your ears aren't pierced. I wish I didn't get mine done, as I never wear earrings.

....and here I am less than 24 hours later with 6 new cartilage piercings. (3 spikes in the top of each ear - soooooo cute! Like a pixie fairy!)

I THOUGHT I KNEW ME.

Nathus Dorkus
06-09-2011, 11:55 AM
I used to have my lip pierced, twice actually - both times I was unable to get my ring downsized, so ended up having to remove it. Now I have some lovely scar tissue inside my mouth. :B

I really, really want to get my lip pierced again though. 3: A new parlour opened up recently, so I'm very tempted to get it done.

EgnirysFaye
06-09-2011, 01:44 PM
I just have three piercings on each earlobe :) which I am quite content with.


I do have a friend who got a "Christina" piercing some years ago (Doesn't have it anymore) let's just say, in her words, it was quite the experience...

FallofIcarus
06-09-2011, 03:03 PM
I used to have my neck pierced. I miss it soo much but it got infected so =( That was my favorite piercing though. Other than that I have my belly button, tragus, rook and my lobes pierced twice.

When I turned 18 I went into that "Ooh I can legally get a tattoo!" and randomly picked one out of a book and slapped it on my lower back. Its a flower with a skull in the center. Makes a funny story, so no regrets. And I also have the heart symbol from Marilyn Mansons (last?) album. Anddd my favorite is my purple truffula tree (from the Lorax) with the stone that says "Unless" underneath of it.

Akiyhrah
06-09-2011, 04:54 PM
These are the next tattoos I'm getting:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v209/Akiyhrah/t-moogle-a.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v209/Akiyhrah/Legend_of_Zelda___Hyrule_Crest_by_MissyMandy.jpg

I may only get the first half of this next one. I haven't decided 100% yet XD
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v209/Akiyhrah/OialemiorenyaMelinyelatyabmp.jpg

I also kind of want this one too:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v209/Akiyhrah/not-all-those-who-wander-are-lost_4962146.jpg

penny_dreadful
06-09-2011, 05:12 PM
....and here I am less than 24 hours later with 6 new cartilage piercings. (3 spikes in the top of each ear - soooooo cute! Like a pixie fairy!)

I THOUGHT I KNEW ME.

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. For some reason, I tend to consider "regular" ear piercings different from other body piercings-- maybe it's because with other body jewelry, you tend to just leave it where it is and not swap it out too much? It's probably weird, but I'm more comfortable with the idea of that than something I'd feel compelled to change around all the time.

ShinobiXikyu
06-09-2011, 05:27 PM
What do the Tengwar ones translate to? My Elvish has completely failed me. X_X

UsakoLuna
06-09-2011, 05:28 PM
Ooh! Is that elvish?

Akiyhrah
06-09-2011, 05:40 PM
The first one I translated into Quenya, and it says "Oiale mi orenya. Melinyel atya." Which means "Forever in my heart. I love you daddy."
The second I don't think is actually translated into Quenya or Sindarin, but its the quote, "Not all who wander are lost", from Lord of the Rings obviously XD

ShinobiXikyu
06-09-2011, 05:42 PM
That's why I didn't understand the first one. I only studied Sindarin. :P

And yeah, the bottom is English transliterated to Sindarin-style tengwar (There's also a "do" in there. "Not all who do wander are lost")

Akiyhrah
06-09-2011, 05:49 PM
That's why I didn't understand the first one. I only studied Sindarin. :P

And yeah, the bottom is English transliterated to Sindarin-style tengwar (There's also a "do" in there. "Not all who do wander are lost")

Hmm, I might have to re-translate that one then. I just saw it on a LotR tattoo forum and liked it XD

ShinobiXikyu
06-09-2011, 05:54 PM
I love Tengwar. ...I'm actually embroidering a border around an entire bedsheet set in Sindarin for my boyfriend as a Christmas present. It's been a month and I'm halfway done one narrow side of it. Though yah. For body mods, think I'll leave tengwar off and go with my first few ideas.

xXKujaXx
06-09-2011, 05:56 PM
I currently have 0 gauge lobes and a 2 gauge upper cartilage. In the past I've had nose and lip piercings...and other things...but right now just the ears.

Also, one tattoo.

penny_dreadful
06-09-2011, 06:46 PM
Tattoos Are Like Cats (http://robbieandbobby.com/?p=1289).

rubyspitfire
06-09-2011, 06:57 PM
I had a friend take out her labret because it was causing gum erosion. That's what's great about a vertical labret though, no risk of gum erosion as the jewellery doesn't go inside your mouth at all.

that's why i want(ed) one. i don't need any more issues with teeth and gums... and i thought it would look cute since i have a big bottom lip

I just have three piercings on each earlobe :) which I am quite content with.


I do have a friend who got a "Christina" piercing some years ago (Doesn't have it anymore) let's just say, in her words, it was quite the experience...

HOLY JEEBUS OUCH!!! that's one place a needle is never going anywhere near

KatTehninja
06-11-2011, 10:33 AM
I currently have 0 gauge lobes and a 2 gauge upper cartilage. In the past I've had nose and lip piercings...and other things...but right now just the ears.

Also, one tattoo.

O: Whoa! You stretched your cartilage?

What's the tattoo of?

zizi994
06-11-2011, 11:43 AM
I don't have piercings (even ears :() but I'm into weird piercings. But Boyfriend doesn't like piercings besides the ears.

If I was skinnier, I'd want hip piercings (http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn183/tommythecat78/DSCN0361.jpg).
Clavicle piercings (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/riversmylover33/encyc00144-2.jpg?t=1242302709) look cool, too, but the rejection rate is so high it doesn't even seem worth it.
And tongue piercings but there are so negative side effects that it's not even worth it.

My best friend is talking about getting her lower fraenum (http://s2.hubimg.com/u/1499705_f260.jpg) pierced and she already has her ears stretched.

squ33k t0y
06-11-2011, 12:11 PM
I've thought about stretching my ears for years, but haven't done it. Mostly because I wouldn't know what to do if I had to dress up for a special occasion of some sort. (Though, I'm sure there are plugs that look like studs somewhere.)

I have 7 ear piercings, though. Two in each lobe, one in one cartilage, then an industrial in the other. I usually only have things in my cartilage though, because my earrings like to fall out of my lobes for whatever reason. xP I don't want to lose them, so I just don't wear things most of the time.

There are other ear piercings I think are neat, along with certain surface piercings and lip piercings. Buuuut. I'm not sure if I would ever get around to getting them. u.u

Akiyhrah
06-11-2011, 02:06 PM
I don't have piercings (even ears :() but I'm into weird piercings. But Boyfriend doesn't like piercings besides the ears.

If I was skinnier, I'd want hip piercings (http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn183/tommythecat78/DSCN0361.jpg).
Clavicle piercings (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/riversmylover33/encyc00144-2.jpg?t=1242302709) look cool, too, but the rejection rate is so high it doesn't even seem worth it.
And tongue piercings but there are so negative side effects that it's not even worth it.

My best friend is talking about getting her lower fraenum (http://s2.hubimg.com/u/1499705_f260.jpg) pierced and she already has her ears stretched.

My cousin wants to get her hips pierced. I think it would look really awesome on her :3

Another piercing I want to get is the anti-eyebrow (http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs28/f/2009/240/f/f/My_Anti_Eyebrow_piercing_by_XxSIKartxX.jpg). I think it's so pretty, but I know they have a high rate of rejection as well. :/

leeleeleelee
06-13-2011, 01:42 PM
I have zero piercings due to my profession (anything other than basic stud earrings are forbidden). If I were to get anything, done, it would be a gauged industrial because I think they're sooo incredibly cool looking.

HOWEVER, I have 6 tattoos. 2 sailor jerry swallows on my shoulders, a Che Guevara quote on my back, Texas on my chest, an old single sail ship on my leg with a 80's punk quote, and the Texas Rangers logo on my calf after we made the World Series because I said if we ever made it, I'd get the tat done.

Akiyhrah
06-13-2011, 03:09 PM
I've decided to gauge my ears. XD I'm thinking of going down to a 6G.

fullbleed
06-13-2011, 03:31 PM
I keep thinking of losts of different things for tattoos but never go through with them. They're pretty much all music related ones too which everyone says you shouldn't do. :/

But right now I quite like the look of this: (Arcade Fire - Funeral) (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4154/5165887899_2a72c2961d.jpg)

I also kinda want this: (Los Campesinos - You! Me! Dancing!) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Bhsp%2BfhUL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

And this: (Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v476/revoke/tattoo_full.jpg)

Michi
06-13-2011, 03:39 PM
I just have my ears pierced and a navel piercing. Got my belly button done when I was 18, after wanting it since 14. I'm still happy with it at 25, so I think that's good! I don't really ever show it off though, except for certain costumes, the beach, and I guess really hot summer days. I want a second piercing in one ear at some point. I've played with the idea of a tattoo for ages but nothing has really appealed to me that I'd want permanently yet.

penny_dreadful
06-13-2011, 03:50 PM
I keep thinking of losts of different things for tattoos but never go through with them. They're pretty much all music related ones too which everyone says you shouldn't do. :/

I've had a music-related tattoo for a couple of years, and it hasn't bothered me. I think it's more of a problem if it's the band's name, or a snip of lyrics; ultimately, a cool design is just a cool design, so even if your tastes change and you're no longer interested in the band, you shouldn't really have a problem with the image itself. I mean, at the end of the day, my tattoo just looks like a kind of splotchy dragonfly, so only other fans of the band would likely be familiar with it.

leeleeleelee
06-13-2011, 04:08 PM
Yeah, the lyrics that I have on my thigh are from a song that was written and released a year before I was born, so I'm already free and clear on it being remotely relevant.

Akiyhrah
06-13-2011, 09:47 PM
So I got my tapers yesterday and got them though today. I started with a 14G. I was advised to start with a 16 or 18, but I have a few friends who have stretched and they said it's not a big deal to skip the first few gauges so I decided to just go with the 14G. It hurt a teensy but, but I got them through without much difficulty at all. I used a bit of Bio-Oil and they just slid right in XD

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/253621_10150231889103728_511028727_7100832_979838_ n.jpg

RickyFromVegas
06-13-2011, 10:58 PM
Did someone say Music-Related Tattoos?
http://i1113.photobucket.com/albums/k520/RickyFromVegas/1a76d03e.jpg

Kuriin
06-13-2011, 11:03 PM
Got my ears pierced around 3rd grade but even with the hypoallergenic kind of earrings they swelled up and bled a lot. ;u; So I let the holes close and am scared to get them pierced again orz even though I'd like to... A nose piercing would also be cool to have...
My sister has six ear piercings on both sides, a nose ring, a tongue piercing, a bellybutton piercing and two tattoos xDD;

ShinobiXikyu
06-13-2011, 11:26 PM
A whole rest fermata in B flat major with a repeat? Mind explaining it?

Akiyhrah
06-13-2011, 11:27 PM
A whole rest fermata in B flat major with a repeat? Mind explaining it?

I love you. XD

ShinobiXikyu
06-13-2011, 11:31 PM
College music and four years high school music/band. I'm genuinely curious what it means. Is it something like life's pauses, or wanting things to rest/wait forever?....

Akiyhrah
06-13-2011, 11:33 PM
So many people can't read music these days, including people that play instruments... and ESPECIALLY people who sing. It's really sad, so I'm always excited when people actually can read it :3

RickyFromVegas
06-13-2011, 11:39 PM
"Can you like, STFU for like, forever? kthxbai"

That's what I want to convey to the world.

ShinobiXikyu
06-14-2011, 12:02 AM
Lol, I was kinda close. I like it. XD (If you want music that's all about silence, check out John Cage's 4'33". The score consists of "Tacet"- Be silent- for all four of the movements.)

RickyFromVegas
06-14-2011, 12:11 AM
Wow. That was 4 minutes and 33 seconds of pure bliss.
Thank you.

rubyspitfire
06-14-2011, 03:55 AM
So I got my tapers yesterday and got them though today. I started with a 14G. I was advised to start with a 16 or 18, but I have a few friends who have stretched and they said it's not a big deal to skip the first few gauges so I decided to just go with the 14G. It hurt a teensy but, but I got them through without much difficulty at all. I used a bit of Bio-Oil and they just slid right in XD


i went ahead and went up to a 12 when i started stretching. it was tight but they were already a little stretched out from wearing heavy earrings. i wanted to get rid of the "cheese-cutter" effect

then i decided to go up to a 6, and did it with plastic claws. i slowly worked them in a little further every couple days and had them through within a month. i don't recommend that for everyone

shortly after that i discovered i had a problem with plastics and the black rubber o-rings

Akiyhrah
06-14-2011, 03:57 AM
i went ahead and went up to a 12 when i started stretching. it was tight but they were already a little stretched out from wearing heavy earrings. i wanted to get rid of the "cheese-cutter" effect

then i decided to go up to a 6, and did it with plastic claws. i slowly worked them in a little further every couple days and had them through within a month. i don't recommend that for everyone

shortly after that i discovered i had a problem with plastics and the black rubber o-rings

I think from this point I'll do it the slow way, mostly because I don't want to test my luck XD My ears seem all nice and stretchy now but for all I know if I try to skip again I'll mess it up

ShinobiXikyu
06-14-2011, 03:41 PM
Still pretty convinced on getting a tattoo...though obviously, I'll need to get a job again so I have the money for it later. Though I finally decided on a black waxing-full-waning moon symbol (common in Wicca) with a pentacle inside the full moon. Probably won't be more than 3 inches across, and I'll get it on the back of my right shoulder (around the bra strap area, but horizontal, not vertical).

KatTehninja
06-15-2011, 11:19 PM
So I got my tapers yesterday and got them though today. I started with a 14G. I was advised to start with a 16 or 18, but I have a few friends who have stretched and they said it's not a big deal to skip the first few gauges so I decided to just go with the 14G. It hurt a teensy but, but I got them through without much difficulty at all. I used a bit of Bio-Oil and they just slid right in XD

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/253621_10150231889103728_511028727_7100832_979838_ n.jpg

O: Yay! Yeah you can start at 14 ^-^ The smaller gauge sizes are easier to stretch, I usually waited about two weeks before stretching up a size. I think it's once you get to above a 0g that you need to wait like two months.

rubyspitfire
06-16-2011, 01:20 AM
i just swapped my 14g CBRs for 12g segment rings. they slipped right in :toothy: *makes plans to stretch second hole back up to a 14*

RoseHanabira
06-16-2011, 11:00 AM
I'm boring, I have 1 piercing in each ear and I have no desire to get more. I don't even where earrings all that often, it's just to help me look pretty for special occasions.

BlondieSundae
06-16-2011, 12:43 PM
I only have my ears pierced ^^U I personally don't dig the ear stretching, but I think piercings are cool. I knew a girl with a sternum piercing (on her chest bone) It was really neat.

kenji_kun
06-16-2011, 09:12 PM
Only have my main ear piercings atm but will soon be getting seconds on both and a tregus piercing on the left. My ears are only a 14 right now but I'm thinking about stretching them more. We'll see.

Shana05
06-16-2011, 09:15 PM
I have standard ear piercing and a navel piercing. I considered getting my nose pierced but I'm prone to colds in the winter so I decided it would be a bad idea.

TMLiza
06-16-2011, 09:49 PM
I have the normal piercings. I don't usually like to think about wearing earrings but I keep pure gold studs in my ears so the holes won't close up and they're small enough that they don't look like anything really. XD.

I really want to get another piercing in one of my ears but I don't want to get it done in America since my sister ended up getting an ear infection from her piercings. The ones I have was done when I was four in India had no problems. There was no healing time, you just wear whatever you want(although I think it helps that all the metal they use there is real gold and stuff). So if I ever get another it will be in India. :)

ShinobiXikyu
06-16-2011, 10:26 PM
I guess that's part of how they got nose piercings and the like so common in India? (I always did wonder how it's SO common there, even on little kids, yet everywhere else it's still often thought of as wrong, gross, etc.)Personally though, I'd be wary in a non-first-world country. I doubt they have such stringent hygiene measures to follow compared to places here...

Formalhaut
06-16-2011, 10:30 PM
I got all my piercings done in a dinky shop in Israel. not a single infection, while my sister got hers done in clairs...and it swelled like an orange/

ShinobiXikyu
06-16-2011, 10:33 PM
Well, Claire's uses piercing guns that as good as ruin your ears. That's probably why. I made post way back about how terrible they are for your ears, yet people fail to realize it's NOT the right way to pierce your ears and keep going so they can get it cheap...

Akiyhrah
06-16-2011, 10:37 PM
Yeah, the gun is NEVER worth the price... You're just ASKING for an infection if you go somewhere like claires. Go to a professional and get it done properly.

TMLiza
06-17-2011, 12:16 AM
I guess that's part of how they got nose piercings and the like so common in India? (I always did wonder how it's SO common there, even on little kids, yet everywhere else it's still often thought of as wrong, gross, etc.)Personally though, I'd be wary in a non-first-world country. I doubt they have such stringent hygiene measures to follow compared to places here...

Well nose piercings there is a cultural thing. Like it's considered normal like getting ears pierced when the kids are just babies. I know that it's weird but I trust the third world country much better than here. My sister got it done at a professional place and well, it got infected really bad while I was okay and switching earrings right after I got them pierced. I don't know how to explain it really. XD

rubyspitfire
06-17-2011, 12:19 AM
I have the normal piercings. I don't usually like to think about wearing earrings but I keep pure gold studs in my ears so the holes won't close up and they're small enough that they don't look like anything really. XD.

I really want to get another piercing in one of my ears but I don't want to get it done in America since my sister ended up getting an ear infection from her piercings. The ones I have was done when I was four in India had no problems. There was no healing time, you just wear whatever you want(although I think it helps that all the metal they use there is real gold and stuff). So if I ever get another it will be in India. :)

... i can't wear gold. one of my high school graduation presents was a 24 karat gold ring with a horse head on it, and it turned my finger green. another was a pair of black hills gold earrings from my grandparents (before i started stretching) and they make my ears break out and try to close up. my wedding ring was white gold, which didn't turn my finger green but did cause redness because white gold has nickel in it. surgical steel or glass for my piercings please

ShinobiXikyu
06-17-2011, 12:21 AM
Yeah, I know it's a cultural thing, I'm just thinking from an anthropological standpoint. As in, HOW did it become a cultural thing? (Hmm, maybe I'll go wiki it...)
Personally, I couldn't do a nose piercing. My nose looks awful with one (I tried out how it looked by getting small stick-on bindis and using them to simulate a nose pin on me), and I pick it a lot.

UsakoLuna
06-17-2011, 12:58 AM
I don't remember where I got my ears done but I know it wasn't claires/icing. Those places never look clean enough.

sweetnsassy
06-17-2011, 12:58 PM
I got my ears pierced at Walmart and I never had any problems. Of course, that's probably because I was fanatical about keeping my ears clean and disinfected the posts all the time.
(I went through my entire bottle of disinfectant that they gave me and had to buy another-cleanest my ears have ever been)

Shana05
06-17-2011, 05:43 PM
I got my ears pierced at Claire's and I didn't have an issue. I later had problems because I had an allergy to nickel so I have to make sure not buy earrings that contain it. But of course that wasn't an issue with the piercing itself.

ShinobiXikyu
06-17-2011, 06:58 PM
I don't remember where I got my ears done but I know it wasn't claires/icing. Those places never look clean enough.

It's not, generaly. Proper piercing studios are REALLY sanitized. EVERYTHING. Chairs, tables, walls ,floor, even the ceiling, and all out of easy-to-sterilize materials. ...mall shops on the other hand, where you can't be so exacting in hygeine and people can cluster around to watch, and sending microscopic blood-borne pathogens all over the place from the cartridge in the piercing gun?...

Heck, here's an example from experience. Claire's piercing I got when I was a kid; "sit in the chair, pick your earrings out. She put them into the gun, no gloves on, pierced it. I saw no cleaning up afterward except for disposing the gun cartridge into the trash.

Proper studio piercing I got last year; same "pick your bead-ring colour, sit in the chair". Chair was covered with that hospital paper, he put on gloves, took the equipment out of steam-sterilized surgical steel trays that had also been wrapped in paper, and instantly put the tray when finished into a "contaminated" bin, then wiped down the chair with alcohol and put new paper down once Id gotten back up. Not a freaking chance of contamination there.

Akiyhrah
06-17-2011, 07:51 PM
Yeah. They don't wear gloves at Claires/etc, and they don't often clean the gun since they use the actual earring to pierce your ear.
At professional tattoo and piercing places, they will clean EVERYTHING, and usually in front of you. If the place doesn't stink like hospital sanitizer when you walk in, then GTFO. The piercer should also wear gloves. If they try to touch you without them, walk out. Most pro piercing places also use surgical steel jewelry because it is the most hypoallergenic. ALSO, they should open up a brand new needle and sterilize it in front of you. You totally have the right to demand you watch this happen. Often, they will also change gloves between piercing the hole and putting in the jewelry too. In fact, the guy who pierced my eyebrow changed his gloves about three times during the process.
It is so totally worth going to a pro for your piercing. Sure some people come away from the piercing gun unscathed, but I have heard FAR more people getting infections with the gun than with a needle. In fact, I only know one person who has ever had a problem with a professional piercing, and I'm pretty sure it's just because she is crap at cleaning her piercings. :/ (also, I think the gun hurts more, but that could just be me)

ShinobiXikyu
06-17-2011, 08:04 PM
Yeah, that's proper sanitation there. It was basically the same when I had my ears done. Of course I walked in a bit nervous, because it's a small tucked-away shop and the guy running it looks creepy and grizzled...but one look at the studio/sterilization procedures followed and him taking a look at my ears to see if he could do a piercing recovery instead of a standard piercing changed my mind damn fast.
Heck, he even gave me their website info. And MAN is it thorough. It explains everything you can imagine on piercings. What's what, aftercare, piercing procedures, hygeine procedures, bloodborne pathogens, why tattoo and piercing parlours can't be together unless separated by a partition... www.blackstar.ca

Akiyhrah
06-17-2011, 08:06 PM
Aftercare. That's another thing about the pros; they will give you specific aftercare instructions and let you know how long you have to wait to change the jewelry. Gun people don't usually. They just send you on your merry way.

ShinobiXikyu
06-17-2011, 08:12 PM
Eh, I DID get a sheet on aftercare when I got mine done. BUT, it's not really accurate. They say to rotate your earrings (DON'T, not for at least four weeks), and use their special cleaner which ISN'T good for your piercing, for the entire six weeks (drying it out=worse irritation). And didn't detail that you should keep earrings in at all times for the first year and also not wear fish-hook back earrings before that period was over to not deform the hole.

Lol, the aftercare sheet I got at Blackstar, he then said "Now chuck it out. Recoveries are totally different from piercings. Just don't touch your ears for a few days and wash behind them once they've stopped being painful to the touch". I think his aftercare sheet was basically the same "Don't play with it/keep it from getting snagged on things", and "For the first week clean it with antibacterial soap, then start "getting lazy" so by week 2 you don't clean it any more.
And no infection at all following his...too many infections to count when I got the mall ones done. I don't think they'd infected while I had to keep them in, but VERY quickly afterward I was getting constant infections (may have also been cheap earrings).

Formalhaut
06-18-2011, 12:53 AM
Eh, I DID get a sheet on aftercare when I got mine done. BUT, it's not really accurate. They say to rotate your earrings (DON'T, not for at least four weeks), and use their special cleaner which ISN'T good for your piercing, for the entire six weeks (drying it out=worse irritation). And didn't detail that you should keep earrings in at all times for the first year and also not wear fish-hook back earrings before that period was over to not deform the hole.

Lol, the aftercare sheet I got at Blackstar, he then said "Now chuck it out. Recoveries are totally different from piercings. Just don't touch your ears for a few days and wash behind them once they've stopped being painful to the touch". I think his aftercare sheet was basically the same "Don't play with it/keep it from getting snagged on things", and "For the first week clean it with antibacterial soap, then start "getting lazy" so by week 2 you don't clean it any more.
And no infection at all following his...too many infections to count when I got the mall ones done. I don't think they'd infected while I had to keep them in, but VERY quickly afterward I was getting constant infections (may have also been cheap earrings).


um, twisting it is actually a good idea so the skin doesnt try to cling to the earring when it heals. and on the subject, I recently got a new tattoo that I payed 140 dollars for. it was VERY expensive, but the place was extremely clean. with tattoo parlours, I will be willing to shell out the extra cash if it means my ink wont get infected.

ShinobiXikyu
06-18-2011, 01:14 AM
I didn't say NEVER rotate your earrings while being healed; the sheet said to start it immediately, like, the day of, and at least three times a day. Which isn't a good idea, because your skin hasn't healed enough to deal with that much movement in the hole immediately afterward. It took me over a week before my earring could move substantially without hurting a hell of a lot. By a month, they were fine to move.

Akiyhrah
06-18-2011, 02:44 AM
You shouldn't rotate them too much because your skin is trying to heal itself, and when you rotate them a lot you can pull on the healing skin and you aren't giving it time to clot properly and close. Technically a piercing is a wound in your body, and you need to let it heal without agitating it. You wouldn't constantly pick at a scab, would you? That's how you get infections. ><
By all means, you should rotate them. But only do it occasionally and if it hurts or starts bleeding, STOP. I actually found that for the first week or so, just wiggling them a little worked far better than rotating.

Kit Cloud
06-21-2011, 01:26 AM
I, sadly, cannot wear earrings, no matter what type they are. I had my ears pierced when I was 11 and now that I am over 20, those wounds still exist even though I haven't worn anything in over 9 years. I just got too many infections. I feel envious of those that can wear pretty earrings, but I'm not one of them!

mokulen22
06-21-2011, 03:12 PM
I might have already posted here...anyways.

I have a nose ring, that's it. The ears closed up long time ago and it hurts to much to get them re-done. I'm a wimp I know. but OUCH OUCH OUCH!

Miss_Kawaiix
06-21-2011, 08:22 PM
I've got 6 ear piercings, my septum pierced, my monroe pierced, my sternum pierced, and my navel pierced.

I've HAD my lip pierced, my vertical labret pierced, my labret pierced, my nose pierced, and my navel pierced a different time.

My ear lobes are stretched only to a 2g now, and I have a triforce tattoo behind one ear, a star behind the other ear, a decent sized side piece of brassknuckle hearts and olive branches, and I have a heart tattooed on the inside of my lip!

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/3320/mytattoos2.jpg

I want more piercing and more tattoos. :D

ShinobiXikyu
06-21-2011, 08:41 PM
Sheesh. I was SO close to telling a young couple who was asking about piercing their baby's ears at Claire's that they should NOT use a piercing gun method to do it, especially with a little baby. If the manager hadn't been in direct earshot, I would have. (I also don't get how parents can pierce their kid's ears before they're even old enough to say if they want it or not. I just find that incredibly unnecessary and often very painful for the kid.)

trustychords
06-22-2011, 12:47 PM
I have my lobe's pierced and my nose. That's the furthest I want to go as far as piercings go, I think. I used to want tattoos, but I'm not interested in them that much anymore.

ToroSonyCat
06-22-2011, 02:07 PM
I don't have any piercings, I don't want any and I think ear stretching is the most ridiculous craze ever and it doesn't look attractive in any case whatsoever. I cannot even fathom why anyone would want to stretch their ears.

Hey, before anyone jumps on me for that, it's just my opinion. I don't hold anything against anyone who stretches their ears and I have some friends who do so, I just dislike it personally.

Synbios
06-22-2011, 04:47 PM
Ah, I've gauged my ears to 4g and honestly don't feel like going lower at the moment, but I wanna hit 00 and stop there since I'm not sure if your ears can naturally heal after you take them out beyond that. I also have a lip ring and a tattoo of the L'cie mark from Final Fantasy XIII on my forearm. I do take the lip ring and gauges out for cosplay if I feel like it doesn't go with the character though.

SeleneHino
06-23-2011, 01:10 AM
I have two piercing in my ears, I'm thinking of getting snake bites or my eyebrow pierced. Then a tattoo of a Prussian blue crescent and a set of red eyes in the middle of it for Sesshomaru then a number 3 for Tia Harribel

Curucar
06-23-2011, 09:41 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v157/Curucar/jewelry/IMG_9069.jpg
My right ear, currently. 0ga*, 10ga, and 12ga lobes. Then my helix was dermal punched at 10ga, 6ga, 10ga. My left ear just has my lobes done, though I'll be adding a 14ga rook soon.

If you're looking for a larger-gauge helix piercing, I'd HIGHLY reccommend dermal punching. The healing process has been a breeze (I went through it twice, there was no way that I was getting 3 done at once) and you don't have the blunt-force trauma you get with a needle.

*wearing 4ga in the photo with 10mm flares. But they're DINOSAUR BONE plugs. :D

Then a 10ga navel, and 5 tattoos (to be 6 come monday).

Tealeafy
06-23-2011, 10:27 PM
I'm still trying to find my courage and finally get my ears pierced. I feel like such a baby for being afraid of a small prick from a tiny little needle, but I can't help it. I would also love to get a cartilage piercing, but if I can't even handle getting my ears pierced in the first place I'd never be able to handle that.

ShinobiXikyu
06-23-2011, 10:29 PM
A properly done piercing hurts no worse than a flu shot.:P Though your ears will be pretty damn tender for a few days afterward (every time I had them pierced, I slept on a travel pillow to keep pressure from the pillow/my head on it off of my ears. But they say to avoid laying flat on them for a few days, anyway- big advantage if you sleep on your back).

Tealeafy
06-23-2011, 10:33 PM
A properly done piercing hurts no worse than a flu shot.:P Though your ears will be pretty damn tender for a few days afterward (every time I had them pierced, I slept on a travel pillow to keep pressure from the pillow/my head on it off my ears ).

I guess I'm just letting my fear blow this whole thing out of proportion. Even though I've become much better with getting shots, the thought of a needle going through my skin is still intimidating. The tenderness doesn't really worry me, but thanks for filling me in. ^^

ShinobiXikyu
06-23-2011, 10:34 PM
Some parlours will give you topical anesthetic, as well, if you ask nicely. (It's a standard for some less-normal piercings, but for stuff like ears and eyebrows, you gotta request it.)

Akiyhrah
06-23-2011, 10:37 PM
It's really not that bad. Lobes are sooo painless, unless you get them done by the piercing gun. That hurt like a bitch. ><
There are some piercings that hurt more than others, like some cartilage piercings, but for the most part it's more or less the clamp that hurts, and that's just because it pinches. Though I'm not sure if they use a clamp for lobes.. I pierced my first holes with a safety pin XD

ShinobiXikyu
06-23-2011, 10:41 PM
I think it's up to the piercer with lobes. Some prefer to hold the lobe with their fingers, some use a forcep. If I remember correctly, mine just used his hand (but then, he did a recovery, not a straight-out piercing).

UsakoLuna
06-24-2011, 01:29 AM
Earlobes don't hurt very much, they're just tender for a few days. If you sleep on back, use a hands free headset and wear your hair up, they feel better a lot faster.

ShinobiXikyu
06-24-2011, 01:32 AM
Or like I said, a travel pillow (the ones that fit around your neck). I can only sleep on my side, so I used that in place of my regular pillow for a few weeks. Works great. You also avoid mooshing one side of your hair as flat. I also wondered about the one they're advertising on infomercials, that was specially designed as a body pillow to have curves and support system for your WHOLE body, and a built in cup for your ear. Lol. Though it's expensive, so I'd only get that as an added bonus if I pierce anything.

UsakoLuna
06-24-2011, 01:37 AM
Ooh! I've seen those! I want one just because they look cool! (I'm done piercing things, and take my earings out for bed so I dont have to worry about anything getting caught in my sleel)

Akiyhrah
06-24-2011, 01:42 AM
I'm a side-sleeper too. I also bury my face right into my pillow, which was an issue when I got my eyebrow pierced XD I didn't sleep well for a couple of days because I was being so careful not to roll onto it lol

ShinobiXikyu
06-24-2011, 01:43 AM
I'm still supposed to keep earrings in at all times (supposed to until November, since I only got them re-done ealy September and the piercing bead rings taken out late October), so I've gotta wear mine to bed. Though I usually just have sleepers or small studs in for that. I'm pretty surprised I haven't snagged my earrings on anything yet. Even wigs (well, except for a costume where I was wearing big disk earrings on chains. But that doesn't count.)

Akiyhrah
06-24-2011, 01:45 AM
I've snagged my eyebrow piercing on a wig once. It got all tangled and I had to take the barbell out to untangle it XD Luckily I had already had it for about a year, so it didn't hurt or anything. It was just an uncomfortable tug when I tried to pull the strands out of my face.

BlondieSundae
06-24-2011, 01:46 AM
I never got anything besides my ears pierced because of theatre, it's extremely easy to pass over a person with a tattoo or piercing for someone without one.

Akiyhrah
06-24-2011, 01:50 AM
I never got anything besides my ears pierced because of theatre, it's extremely easy to pass over a person with a tattoo or piercing for someone without one.

It's not that bad, really. I've never had an issue. Though my tattoo is only a recent addition, but I know plenty of working actors with piercings and tattoos. Any decent costumer or makeup artist can easily hide what the director doesn't want seen ;)

BlondieSundae
06-24-2011, 01:56 AM
It's not that bad, really. I've never had an issue. Though my tattoo is only a recent addition, but I know plenty of working actors with piercings and tattoos. Any decent costumer or makeup artist can easily hide what the director doesn't want seen ;)

It does depends on the show, director, and location and size of tattoo. RENT is tattoo acceptable, Hairspray is not. A small tattoo on your wrist is coverable, a large one on your calf is difficult. Some directors just rather pick an equally talented person who has no art in obvious places. I've heard it from many directors and our costumer at college....he hated when we did things to change our appearance...and let us know Dx

ShinobiXikyu
06-24-2011, 01:58 AM
And yet in theater, where you clearly don't look like you on a stage?

BlondieSundae
06-24-2011, 02:00 AM
And yet in theater, where you clearly don't look like you on a stage?

Depends on the show, contemporary theatre like Next to Normal and RENT is very much you

Beauty and the Beast and Wicked are more theatrical so require more costumey make up, hair and costumes

It comes down to the show and director ultimately. Look comes in to it a lot. If a girl had short hair at my school they were most likely not going to get in to little women.

Akiyhrah
06-24-2011, 02:04 AM
I agree that it depends on the director, but I have seen people with some pretty obvious tattoos play classical roles (ie Shakespeare) and just cover their tattoo with makeup if it couldn't be hidden by the costume.

BlondieSundae
06-24-2011, 02:19 AM
I agree that it depends on the director, but I have seen people with some pretty obvious tattoos play classical roles (ie Shakespeare) and just cover their tattoo with makeup if it couldn't be hidden by the costume.

I really hate that, sometimes makeup just doesn't stand up to the lights and sweat.

Akiyhrah
06-24-2011, 02:20 AM
I suppose depending on what kind of makeup you use, but I've never seen it be an issue.

BlondieSundae
06-24-2011, 10:49 AM
I suppose depending on what kind of makeup you use, but I've never seen it be an issue.

Well in college we apply our own make up, so we don't have the really expensive stuff usually.

Formalhaut
06-24-2011, 01:20 PM
I sometimes see piercings and tattoos Im almost sure the person will regret in 20 years.... >_>

KatTehninja
06-24-2011, 09:52 PM
I sometimes see piercings and tattoos Im almost sure the person will regret in 20 years.... >_>

It depends mostly I think. It really bothers me when people get stupid tattoos just because they feel like it, and they'll most likely regret it. People who think thinkgs through, though, and predict what they'll want in the future are smart, and most piercings can be just taken out. ^-^

BlondieSundae
06-25-2011, 12:13 AM
I sometimes see piercings and tattoos Im almost sure the person will regret in 20 years.... >_>

My boyfriends dad got a bird on his ass one drunken night xD

Kelley
06-25-2011, 03:04 AM
Well in college we apply our own make up, so we don't have the really expensive stuff usually.

I don't think it would be an issue to say, "well, if I can spend $100++ on a tattoo, I can buy $20 worth of makeup to cover it".

I can cover a small tattoo with less than $10 worth of stuff, multiple use.

If a person is in a college theatre program or involved with one, they should have access to Ben Nye, Kryolan, et cetera - making it that much easier and cheaper.

Antiperspirants should already be used, so sweat shouldn't be an issue - and using a finishing spray should take care of the melting from heat. If the makeup can stand up to stage lights normally, why couldn't it just because it's over a tattoo ? I've seen makeup last all day outside in high heat and humidity when good techniques were used. It's certainly possible and if a person wants to get a tattoo, they're certainly not helpless or blocked by cost when it comes to temporary covering.


And depending on where the person gets the tattoo, it might be a non-issue and hardly ever come into play.



If theatre is your life and you want to take on as many diverse roles as possible, getting big tattoo work is probably not in your best interest.

However, that said, I've seen people who cover EXTENSIVE tattoos DAILY due to work and culture. It's possible, so I suppose you just have to decide what it means to you and what you want and are willing to do or sacrifice.


If a person was serious about it, they could easily cover up any "visible" tattoos before they even auditioned so that no one would ever know.

rubyspitfire
06-25-2011, 03:45 AM
Ah, I've gauged my ears to 4g and honestly don't feel like going lower at the moment, but I wanna hit 00 and stop there since I'm not sure if your ears can naturally heal after you take them out beyond that.

the point of no return is different for each person. for me, a 4g shrunk down to a 12g. that tells me i shouldn't go much bigger than that if i don't want gigantic holes in my ears

It does depends on the show, director, and location and size of tattoo. RENT is tattoo acceptable, Hairspray is not. A small tattoo on your wrist is coverable, a large one on your calf is difficult. Some directors just rather pick an equally talented person who has no art in obvious places. I've heard it from many directors and our costumer at college....he hated when we did things to change our appearance...and let us know Dx

it's just like commercial modeling. plenty of covering can be done with makeup and wardrobe, but they prefer a blank canvas

Ragtime Mouth
06-25-2011, 06:35 AM
I only have the two in the ears. I used to have one in the lip, my first boyfriend did it for me, and I took it out because I was tired of hiding it from my family. As an adult now, I won't do it again as it does leave marks, in case I don't want it. I will hole the heck out of my ears when I get the chance, scaffold piercings. I don't mind if they scar if I take them out.

I'm not big on stretching them out, I've seen when they've been ripped before. You can't really repair that yourself. It's just not very pleasant looking to me. But, to each their own, you want it? Go for it! I still commend people for that sort of effort, regardless of my personal opinion.

My husband has 3 done in each ear at the same time. Bad idea, it hurt bad and those poor white blood cells never healed them.

Akiyhrah
06-25-2011, 09:51 AM
I don't think it would be an issue to say, "well, if I can spend $100++ on a tattoo, I can buy $20 worth of makeup to cover it".

I can cover a small tattoo with less than $10 worth of stuff, multiple use.

If a person is in a college theatre program or involved with one, they should have access to Ben Nye, Kryolan, et cetera - making it that much easier and cheaper.

Antiperspirants should already be used, so sweat shouldn't be an issue - and using a finishing spray should take care of the melting from heat. If the makeup can stand up to stage lights normally, why couldn't it just because it's over a tattoo ? I've seen makeup last all day outside in high heat and humidity when good techniques were used. It's certainly possible and if a person wants to get a tattoo, they're certainly not helpless or blocked by cost when it comes to temporary covering.


And depending on where the person gets the tattoo, it might be a non-issue and hardly ever come into play.



If theatre is your life and you want to take on as many diverse roles as possible, getting big tattoo work is probably not in your best interest.

However, that said, I've seen people who cover EXTENSIVE tattoos DAILY due to work and culture. It's possible, so I suppose you just have to decide what it means to you and what you want and are willing to do or sacrifice.


If a person was serious about it, they could easily cover up any "visible" tattoos before they even auditioned so that no one would ever know.

^Exactly. I would never get a huge back piece or sleeve, but smaller tattoos, even multiple ones, are not really an issue these days.

We always used Ben Nye, and we rarely had problems with makeup coming off on stage. In fact, half the time we still had traces if it after showering. lol I was in a production of Oresteia in college, and the chorus members had their faces painted white for act two and they still looked super pale in class every day, even after showering and scrubbing XD

BlondieSundae
06-25-2011, 02:26 PM
I don't think it would be an issue to say, "well, if I can spend $100++ on a tattoo, I can buy $20 worth of makeup to cover it".

I can cover a small tattoo with less than $10 worth of stuff, multiple use.

If a person is in a college theatre program or involved with one, they should have access to Ben Nye, Kryolan, et cetera - making it that much easier and cheaper.

Antiperspirants should already be used, so sweat shouldn't be an issue - and using a finishing spray should take care of the melting from heat. If the makeup can stand up to stage lights normally, why couldn't it just because it's over a tattoo ? I've seen makeup last all day outside in high heat and humidity when good techniques were used. It's certainly possible and if a person wants to get a tattoo, they're certainly not helpless or blocked by cost when it comes to temporary covering.


And depending on where the person gets the tattoo, it might be a non-issue and hardly ever come into play.



If theatre is your life and you want to take on as many diverse roles as possible, getting big tattoo work is probably not in your best interest.

However, that said, I've seen people who cover EXTENSIVE tattoos DAILY due to work and culture. It's possible, so I suppose you just have to decide what it means to you and what you want and are willing to do or sacrifice.


If a person was serious about it, they could easily cover up any "visible" tattoos before they even auditioned so that no one would ever know.

You'd be surprised, I don't think anyone uses Ben Nye in my college.

In fact I don't think they know what it is. We're a pretty cheap college actually. And nobody gives lessons about make up. It's a "do it yourself learn it yourself" kind of mentality there. I only heard of Ben Nye through cosplay actually. We tend to keep away from shows that require vast amounts of make up like "Wicked" or "Lion King" those are also extremely difficult costume wise.

Only last year they stopped supplying the school with make up, they made the kids buy make up kits but I don't think it had that much in it but basics. I'm not making excuses, frankly I don't care if people cover their tattoos shittily or not it's not my problem I apply my makeup and do my job. Let them do there's. But we have a cheap school so i chalk up the lack of make up to that.

But I'd rather not go through the annoyance of covering as my skin tends to melt off make up. Plus I kinda got over the hype of a tattoo, it doesn't much appeal to me anymore personally.

nowaiii
06-25-2011, 02:59 PM
haha piercings my favorite topics :D i have ten ear piercings which consists of three lobe piercings on each side a tragus a conch a cartilage and a rook i also have my nose and bellybutton pierced i had 0 gauges like a year ago but i removed them when i started working for doctor's offices D: i miss them so much and surprisingly my ears healed up rather well after taking the gauges out. i always wanted a 13th piercing cuz of a manga i read a long time ago but i could never decided where q__q so that idea just dwindless

Little-San
06-25-2011, 04:31 PM
Currently I have seven ^.^ (MY LUCKY NUMBER!! >D) three on my left, and four on my right (three of them are cartilage >3) I totally love piercings and it sucks that your mom made you take them out D: Like, I would be really pissed if my mom made me take my cartilage out cause it was $60 to get them pierced! Hehe, but right now I'm just waiting until I can finally change my cartilage :D

By the way, random question but for others who have cartilage, how long did you wait to change them??? The person who did mine said to wait a year D:

rubyspitfire
06-26-2011, 06:09 PM
By the way, random question but for others who have cartilage, how long did you wait to change them??? The person who did mine said to wait a year D:

a few months for my helix (when i could give it a small tug without it hurting), about a year for my industrial... and i still have the piercing bar in because i have enough scarring that a shorter bar doesn't fit. i rolled over on it at night a few times and tore the bottom hole just a bit :(

lyraparry11
06-26-2011, 10:12 PM
I don't care for facial piercings, i don't like the looks of most of them much. Stretching past about size 4 or 2 really grosses me out, though I really love talon shaped earrings. The only piercings I want are second holes and an industrial. I have first holes, but when I was little, my brother and I got in a fist fight (pathetic, stupid, I know, but I was like 8 and he was like 6) and my left lobe got torn pretty badly. It's healed okay but my earlobe is still really disfigured and the hole is so big that earrings fall out of it. Hanging earrings work, but I haven't bothered with them in years.

Kelley
06-27-2011, 02:49 AM
You'd be surprised, I don't think anyone uses Ben Nye in my college.

In fact I don't think they know what it is. We're a pretty cheap college actually. And nobody gives lessons about make up. It's a "do it yourself learn it yourself" kind of mentality there. I only heard of Ben Nye through cosplay actually. We tend to keep away from shows that require vast amounts of make up like "Wicked" or "Lion King" those are also extremely difficult costume wise.

Only last year they stopped supplying the school with make up, they made the kids buy make up kits but I don't think it had that much in it but basics. I'm not making excuses, frankly I don't care if people cover their tattoos shittily or not it's not my problem I apply my makeup and do my job. Let them do there's. But we have a cheap school so i chalk up the lack of make up to that.

But I'd rather not go through the annoyance of covering as my skin tends to melt off make up. Plus I kinda got over the hype of a tattoo, it doesn't much appeal to me anymore personally.


I was very briefly active in my local Community College's theatre business, and Ben Nye was pretty common.

I guess it didn't hurt that there was a store right down the street that sold it. We're not even a big city or anything, maybe we're just ?lucky?

They're really cheap, though and I think it would be worth group-order if there were interested people. There are even cheaper ways, but with a pot of red cream and foundation, you're in pretty good shape to cover common tattoos.

Just saying, if anyone reading this is looking for a way to do a temporary cover - you definitely don't need to spend a lot to get the job done.

KatTehninja
07-05-2011, 11:03 PM
haha piercings my favorite topics :D i have ten ear piercings which consists of three lobe piercings on each side a tragus a conch a cartilage and a rook i also have my nose and bellybutton pierced i had 0 gauges like a year ago but i removed them when i started working for doctor's offices D: i miss them so much and surprisingly my ears healed up rather well after taking the gauges out. i always wanted a 13th piercing cuz of a manga i read a long time ago but i could never decided where q__q so that idea just dwindless

Ohmygooness! Whats a tragus and a rook? o.o
Awwh! Can't you get those plugs that look like regular earrings? ^-^
O: I think for a 13th you should get one on your hip :D

ShinobiXikyu
07-05-2011, 11:46 PM
Can't link up photos (on an iPad and not great with it), but a a tragus pierces the little bump on the front of your ear, just in front of the canal, and I THINK a rook is similar to a helix, but on the inside ridge, not the very top..

Jia Jem
07-06-2011, 12:49 PM
....and here I am less than 24 hours later with 6 new cartilage piercings. (3 spikes in the top of each ear - soooooo cute! Like a pixie fairy!)

I THOUGHT I KNEW ME.

I got bored over the weekend and took some ghetto bedroom shots of my piercings I got 3 weeks ago.

http://jia.cosplay.com/ejia.jpg

Piercer Dude: Here's your new piercings! Do you have any questions?
Me: Cool! When can I take them out?

LOL. I always wanted these piercings since I was a teenager, but then I started cosplaying so I put it off. I guess this means I'm done cosplaying.

I figure I'm stuck with long-haired cosplays until I can use spacers in them...

KatTehninja
07-06-2011, 04:19 PM
I got bored over the weekend and took some ghetto bedroom shots of my piercings I got 3 weeks ago.



Piercer Dude: Here's your new piercings! Do you have any questions?
Me: Cool! When can I take them out?

LOL. I always wanted these piercings since I was a teenager, but then I started cosplaying so I put it off. I guess this means I'm done cosplaying.

I figure I'm stuck with long-haired cosplays until I can use spacers in them...

Dude those are awesome! I love your hair :D

rubyspitfire
07-06-2011, 04:36 PM
@ jia jem: those are AMAZING! i'm surprised you got all 6 done at the same time though, how is the healing process?

it stung a little, but i got my lobes back up to an 8g in one day. i just walked around with my tapers and wiggled and pushed them through little by little. it probably helps that i've had them up there before. i don't recommend it for people stretching the first time. TAKE IT SLOW, and like many other things if it's unbearably painful you're doing it wrong (going too fast). i'm working on putting my second holes back up to a 14; they're at an 18 now which is roughly the same as gun piercing size

i wanted to be able to wear some of the awesome jewelry i made to a sci-fi con with my new steampunk outfit, and needed to move up to some kind of tunnel to stick the ear hooks through. 8g it is!

Jia Jem
07-07-2011, 11:31 AM
Thank you, guys. :D Getting all 6 done wasn't painful. The worst part has been trying to sleep. I normally sleep on my side, but can't now because they're still sore. I've had to develop this super ridiculous-looking technique of sleeping with my hands behind my head, which makes me look like Huckleberry Finn (http://live.drjays.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/huckleberryfinn.jpg). My friends laugh at me. :/

I also didn't realize that gauged ear lobes shrink back up... I thought it was a one way street with that stuff. Bodies are weird.

ShinobiXikyu
07-07-2011, 03:29 PM
You could try a travel pillow; I used that when I had my ears re-done. I sleep on my side as well, and any other way is as good as impossible for me. I just basically slept with my ear/side of my head in the hole of the pillow and a thin pillow or a folded blanket under that, since for me one travel pillow wasn't enough neck support.

Ginny
07-07-2011, 04:02 PM
My friends laugh at me. :/

That's not a new development. :rofl:

ExcellaGionne~
07-07-2011, 04:57 PM
I have my earlobe pierced twice. Just standard piercings, not stretched.
I was going to get my eyebrow/nose pierced too, but I can't now due to a few problems I have. X_x;

I always wanted my lip pierced, but many of my friends have chipped/cracked their teeth on them. So that kinda put me off. xD

rubyspitfire
07-07-2011, 05:40 PM
Thank you, guys. :D Getting all 6 done wasn't painful. The worst part has been trying to sleep. I normally sleep on my side, but can't now because they're still sore. I've had to develop this super ridiculous-looking technique of sleeping with my hands behind my head, which makes me look like Huckleberry Finn (http://live.drjays.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/huckleberryfinn.jpg). My friends laugh at me. :/

I also didn't realize that gauged ear lobes shrink back up... I thought it was a one way street with that stuff. Bodies are weird.

you could try one of those contoured memory foam pillows. they don't discourage side-sleeping, but they work well for sleeping on your back and will give under pressure if you do roll over. i got one after my industrial issue and have been happy since

gauges don't shrink for everyone, which is why i mentioned the point of no return being different for everyone. mine shrink quickly, but not entirely... if that makes any sense

ShinobuWind
07-26-2011, 07:11 PM
Thought i'd bring the thread back! lol I got my cartilage done today, and got my second pair of holes in my ear lobes too! ^_^

KatTehninja
07-29-2011, 06:04 PM
Thought i'd bring the thread back! lol I got my cartilage done today, and got my second pair of holes in my ear lobes too! ^_^

Awesome! ^-^ That's like, exactly what I want done lol :3 And a septum, because I could hide it from my parents x3

fullbleed
07-29-2011, 08:12 PM
I need to get a new motorbike helmet, I keep losing studs whenever I take my helmet off. :(

KatTehninja
07-30-2011, 02:28 AM
I need to get a new motorbike helmet, I keep losing studs whenever I take my helmet off. :(

Awh D: That's no fair! Do you have just ears pierced?

rubyspitfire
07-30-2011, 02:51 AM
I need to get a new motorbike helmet, I keep losing studs whenever I take my helmet off. :(

oh i HATE that! i have a smallish head and have to get small helmets, and if i'm not extremely careful i snag my industrial every time :blubber:

fullbleed
07-30-2011, 08:11 AM
My new helmet is going to be open faced so that should be better. I was thinking about getting more piercings actually, I'll probably wait till I move to London now cos I wont be taking the bike with me.

Harls
07-31-2011, 03:56 PM
I got an industrial a few months ago and absolutely love it!

...however, I can't seem to unscrew the balls, soooo I guess I'm stuck with this same bar for a while.

MissCookie
07-31-2011, 04:15 PM
I can hardly stand those gages! If they are relatively small then I could live with that. But when they get like huge it just grosses me out.

I had my ears pierced in 3rd or 4th grade I think. But soon after I had to take them out for a dance recital and they closed up really fast. I havent gotten anything done since then. I just can't stand needles.

rubyspitfire
08-01-2011, 12:24 AM
My new helmet is going to be open faced so that should be better. I was thinking about getting more piercings actually, I'll probably wait till I move to London now cos I wont be taking the bike with me.

mine is open-face, and i seem to have more trouble with that than a full-face helmet

I got an industrial a few months ago and absolutely love it!

...however, I can't seem to unscrew the balls, soooo I guess I'm stuck with this same bar for a while.

you don't want to change that out until about 6 months anyway. give it a little more time to heal

Harls
08-01-2011, 10:51 AM
you don't want to change that out until about 6 months anyway. give it a little more time to heal

I know it doesn't heal completely for about 6 months to a year anyways, but I was told by my piercer that I could change it after a month. Oh well, I might go back to buy more bars in a few months and when I'm there I'll ask.

Sybren117
08-01-2011, 12:05 PM
I'm getting a flesh hole in my Prince Albert

ShinobiXikyu
08-01-2011, 06:57 PM
Ouuuuuch. I can't imagine how much those piercings have gotta hurt. X_X

Nothing new from me, except money providing, I'll get a helix piercing done in late June (so, 2012), just after the ren-fest I plan to go to. I'm waiting 'til then because the Ren-fest cosplay requires prosthetic elf ears that don't work well with helixes, and after it I have July to Halloween with no worries about wigs or pointy ears to get in the way.

Hmm, think I'll get a purple bead for the captive bead-ring.

rubyspitfire
08-01-2011, 07:03 PM
Ouuuuuch. I can't imagine how much those piercings have gotta hurt. X_X

Nothing new from me, except money providing, I'll get a helix piercing done in late June (so, 2012), just after the ren-fest I plan to go to. I'm waiting 'til then because the Ren-fest cosplay requires prosthetic elf ears that don't work well with helixes, and after it I have July to Halloween with no worries about wigs or pointy ears to get in the way.

Hmm, think I'll get a purple bead for the captive bead-ring.

once it heals you can put a small hole in your prosthetic ear and put the earring though the whole thing. just be careful taking it off

ShinobiXikyu
08-01-2011, 07:12 PM
Yeah, if I wear the ears afterward while I have to keep a ring in, I'll do that. I just don't want to mess up the positioning, because the shipping cost on them is absolutely ridonkulous and I don't want to buy a new pair because I poked holes in it (though a helix on a pointed ear would look cool. Lol. Can you tell I go nuts over pointed ears?).
Otherwise, I have a teeny silver sleeper and a flat, dumbell-shaped screw-in stud that would work great for a non-snagging piercing for both them and wigs.

rubyspitfire
08-01-2011, 07:14 PM
i'm kind of curious how an industrial would look in an elf ear, but i have to be extremely careful with latex prosthetics and certain adhesives. just how big are yours?

ShinobiXikyu
08-01-2011, 07:24 PM
I've got these. My ears are small, too, so they're almost too big on me.

http://www.aradanicostumes.com/elf_ears/small_elf_ear (And bollocks about that ear cuff covering upthe edge. Mine NEVER stays in place without hurting like hell because ofhow they sit on me/the shape of my ear. I need to get some of that makeup for hiding the seams.)

rubyspitfire
08-01-2011, 07:26 PM
oh that would look awesome, and a piercing might even help hold it on

Akiyhrah
09-22-2011, 04:13 PM
Wow, this thread hasn't been posted in for a while.. ><

I got a few new piercings though, which I'm really excited about. I got my Tragus done almost two months ago, and I got my thirds in both lobes done a few days ago. It's uncomfortable to sleep, but meh.
There are a few more in my ears I wanna get (four more, to be exact), but I'm gunna put those off until my other piercings heal. Cartilage takes longer and I really don't want to be unable to sleep comfortably. lol

Myaa
09-22-2011, 04:58 PM
My industrial took about a year until it completely healed. Snagging it on towels was the worst! >n<
I'm pretty much a quick healer, so I'd have to say it was tough having to remind myself to not sleep on my right side.

The worst piercing process I've been through involved a piercer with not so much experience/confidence as her mentor - guy who runs the shop, who I have trusted with 4 other jobs, not counting the tattoo done in same shop. While I appreciated her politeness & trying to make the process as gentle as possible, the least enjoyable part was her getting the needle under my skin and gradually increasing the pressure to get it to poke through the other side. Ouch.

Everything else went swimmingly, so it's all good. :3

Akiyhrah
09-22-2011, 05:00 PM
My Tragus keeps getting caught in my hair, and I go to pull it back behind my ear and it gets pulled. NOT fun D: Some piercings are such a pain to take care of! lol
When I first got my eyebrow done, I snagged it on my shirts, towels, my hair.. everything. It suuuucked.

ShinobiXikyu
09-22-2011, 11:28 PM
If sleeping is a bitch with ear piercings, I'd try sleeping on a travel pillow, since it won't put any pressure on your ear (and you can add a flat pillow or fold a blanket under it or such if it's too low for you). I was SO glad for it when I got my ears repierced.

Akiyhrah
09-22-2011, 11:35 PM
That would be a fantastic idea, except I can't sleep on my back :/ I just suck it up, and try to fold the bottom of my pillow so my ear isn't resting on it lol

ShinobiXikyu
09-22-2011, 11:44 PM
I meant using it for your side, actually. I only sleep on my side, and the travel pillow worked fine., since you just put the side of your head/ear into the hole in it and there you go, support but no pressure on your ear. Just pick one decently firm that'll still hold it's shape with your head laying on it, not in it.

Akiyhrah
09-22-2011, 11:47 PM
Really? Hmm... maybe I will pick one up then :3

ShinobiXikyu
09-22-2011, 11:48 PM
And it's got a dual purpose after you can sleep normally too. You can't go wrong there.:P

Akiyhrah
09-22-2011, 11:50 PM
lol yeah, for sure. I do travel quite a bit, it would certainly be convenient

ToroSonyCat
09-24-2011, 07:09 AM
Can someone please explain the appeal of stretched ears to me?
I don't wish to sound rude but I'm just wondering.

Myaa
09-24-2011, 12:55 PM
In some cultures, stretched earlobes symbolizes wisdom.
It takes time to properly stretch an earlobe, and those that rush into it will end up with a nasty/painful looking tore up lobe so that anyone can see how foolish that person was.

Ha, how's that for metaphor? ^^;

~Alandra~
09-25-2011, 12:00 PM
Ive got 1 tattoo on the side of my leg an I also have my ears pierced standered-wise. The lady that pierced my ears did it with a gun. They healed pretty well, despite having a high sensitivity to metals though x_x. I do occasionally poke an earring threw to keep the holes open, I plan on eventually getting surgical steel earrings here soon when I can get the money.

DarkusAngelus
10-09-2011, 07:47 PM
I've got both my earlobes pierced. I stretched them up to 12g, but took them out and now I'm back down. I prefer studs anyway. ^^; I plan on getting my conch pierced in the future. It'll be my first cartilage piercing.

fandalia
10-10-2011, 09:39 PM
i have double piercings on my ears. and i plan on getting my top and bottom navel pierced soon.

Miaka5
10-14-2011, 10:37 PM
I have one ear guaged to 0. I stopped there because i bought alot of really cute earrings and didn't want them to go to waste lol. The other is 2 holes guaged to 14. I would absolutely love dermal anchor anti-eyebrows someday

Lisbeth
10-29-2011, 11:18 AM
Hey All! I have quite a few piercings :D I have in my left ear nine standard ear piercing and then one helix and one daith and my conch done. In my right ear i have an industrial piercing, a rook, a daith, two tragus, an antitragus and one plain lobe. On my face I have my tongue, my left eyebrow and my labret and my side lip. I have two piercings in my left nipple and one in my right nipple. Then I have the bottom of my belly button done and the top of my belly button :D
And I would love some more! hahaha
For tattoos,
I have an ankh in the middle of my shoulder blades on my back and a star on each hipbone :D

Neko.Oni
11-01-2011, 08:27 AM
At the moment I have standard lobes (well I say standard, they're crooked, as in they slant strangely, but they're normal placement) somewhere between 16g and 14g (I apparently have 3 different guages for earrings, despite all being "normal" or 16g. my studs slide in without any issue as do my small hoops, my larger hoops are a little more difficult, and my serpents (which are a "fake" 8g iirc) require some work to get in but aren't so large that they irritate my ears.)

though I've had 6 different ones over the years...

I had a cartilage piercing in my left ear twice, but it was poorly done and I took it out. I had my septum (middle of nose) pierced at 12g for a year or two but it was crooked and I ultimately removed it (I so desperately want to get it redone but I feel awkward going to a piercing place since I'm generally dressed in a very straight-laced if not downright preppy manner) I also had my right nipple pierced but unfortunately it got infected and had to be taken out. Though on the bright side, the scar tissue made my nipple look normal-sized now...

I'd *like* to get 2 cartilage for an orbital in each ear, as well as an inner-conch that would have a long hoop in it textending to the outside of the ear. One day I'd also like to stretch my lobes up to 12g or maybe 10g just because I like the look of the larger hoops. (I love my 12g black niobium CBR but cant wear it in my 16g ears) I've also seriously considered getting my navel pierced if I can ever flatten out my stomach... Unfortunately since I'm out of school and looking for a job, I cant even wear my normal earrings (I use clear acrylic retainers) much less get any others...

Tattoos... I have none, mostly from fear of "I will regret this in 20 years" (though the designs I picked I know I wont) and "I wont get a job if they see them"

I would like though...
on my ankle a 'hollow' pawprint with a scene of either white tigers or wolves seen through the print
a howling wolf on the inside of my lower, right arm (I found an absoluely perfect image a while back though I cant find it again)
a huge full-back dragon, protecting a small village from a snowstorm with his wings and a tiny trickle of flame form his mouth to provide light and heat (remember: not all dragons are evil) this would include his tail going over my sholder and wrapping around my arm as an armband
a small dragon just having hatched, his back half partially obscured by the eggshell (possibly the 'egg shell' being the earth, giving it additional meaning)
and finally odly considered an oroborus (the snake who is consuming his own tail --- realistic NOT the charactaturcured FMA oroborus) around my navel

Also, having read this whole thread, I woudl like to comment on something from earlier on: cleaning earrings with Alcohol is NOT bad - IF you make sure they are completely dry before inserting them.

DarkFirepr
01-09-2012, 12:38 AM
Standard piercings (3 holes in each ears)and that's all for me.

tobixforever
01-12-2012, 05:39 PM
I have three lobe piercings, a belly button piercing, and snake bites (a lip piercing on each side of the bottom lip.
I also think jewelry really affects how the piercing looks.
My belly button has a standard titanium curved barbell (it's still healing). My third set of lobe piercings (highest up on the lobe) have black 18g circular barbells, my second set has paperclips, and my first set currently have 6g tunnels (but I'm hoping to stretch up to 00, maybe 1/2). My snake bites have 16g titanium captive bead rings.

tobixforever
01-12-2012, 05:41 PM
Oh, also, having stretched ears isn't about the appeal. For the heavily-modified community, piercing, stretching, tattooing, etc. aren't for aesthetics (although we do think they look fantastic, that's not the purpose in getting them). It's about becoming the ideal self - how we imagine ourselves to look. We know it won't please a lot of people, but it sure as hell makes us feel great about ourselves.

NaNa_ku
01-26-2012, 08:15 PM
Hey, I have my ears currently stretched at 0-00g and slowly working up to larger sizes, cartilage on my right ear industrial on the left, i had a vertical tragus twice but it kept rejecting. I also have both nipples pierced, my septum and two tattoos, one on my inner forearm and the other covering my foot.

alpha_helix
01-27-2012, 07:06 PM
I've currently only got 2 lobe piercings one each ear, tragus on the left and a lower cartilage on the right. Up until this morning I had a lovely 3 point spiral on my left ear, but I finally decided to take it out. Had it since March 2010, and still wasn't healed (still wept clear fluid) and was laying down some scar tissue that now I have a clear view of it it screams "I was angry all through healing"

Also used to have a nostril piercing, but I had to take it out for emergency surgery and forgot to try to put it back in while I was drugged up the few weeks after. Also used to have an industrial bar and a navel piercing, but both of those started to reject.

I love piercing, but my expirience has turned me off of getting more since I've had so many fail. And
before anyone jumps down my throat, I did care for them well and went to skilled piercers. My body just seems to hate piercings. A friend suggested I might have a metal allergy, but my ear lobes do just fine with crappy earrings so...

Anyway, now I'm more interested in tattoos. I have two, my third is planned, and I have a few other ideas I want to think about.

lolomgroxi
01-28-2012, 11:58 PM
Both of my ears are stretched to a 0g, but my goal is 3/4ths. I have two tattoos, planning my third and my nose pierced. But I'm not stopping there! :P

Celia Rose
01-29-2012, 02:05 AM
I have three ear lobe piercings, and I would like to get a cartilage piercing sometime in the future.

I'd also like to get a tattoo, but I'm too much of a pain weenie.

Kittily
01-29-2012, 07:50 AM
I had one ear at a 00g, but now I'm letting it heal up cos it swelled - bad.
I had a septum and lip but got fed up with them and took them out.. Now I just have my nostril.

EscapeArtistry
04-01-2012, 02:06 PM
I have 11 piercings. Two ear lobe piercings in each ear, an industrial, rook, and tragus in my right ear. And in my left I have 4 cartilage piercings. I've been considering getting my navel pierced along with maybe third holes in my ears.
No tattoos as of right now. Probably going to get one on my ribs though within the next year.

MiraThePanda
08-22-2012, 11:24 AM
I have 5 ear piercings and a tongue piercing. I want to get a lot more piercings but because of the job I want I can't.. so just more ear piercings.

TenTigerLilies
10-14-2012, 11:39 AM
Mine are only 16g, but I have eight of them in each ear. I had to sort of stretch them without knowing what I was doing, because I didn't know anything about gauging, so I just bought some 16g earrings when I had 22g holes and stuffed them in XD (Mistake!)

But it's sort of aggravating for cosplay, because I can't take six of them out, so half the time someone will make a sarcastic comment that "Well, I guess -insert character I'm cosplaying- had too many drinks last night and made a little mistake..." -.-"

(Like lol what it's not a tattoo?)

Ookami12
10-22-2012, 04:17 PM
lip, industrial, other ear piercings. used to have my eyebrow but got infected and had to take it out unfortunately :( thinking of getting anoher one.

eebee
10-25-2012, 09:59 PM
I have eight piercings total in my ears; left has two lobe, one cartilage, and one conch; right has two lobes and two cartilage with a spiral earring. I've wanted a longer spiral since I got it to begin with (3 years ago now), but I'm a completely broke college kid, so that will have to wait. Other than that, I'd love to model a corset piercing one day (I love the sensation of piercing), but have no interest in any new permanent piercings. All my non-lobe piercings are 14g, but my lobes are actually all 18g, mostly because I forget to put earrings in them constantly and they keep shrinking.

I do have one tattoo, on my ribcage, but that one is personal and I have no intention of getting any more just to have more tattoos.

secretxagent
10-25-2012, 10:50 PM
I have my ear lobers, rook, two dermals on the back of my neck, tongue web, nipples, naval, dermal beneath my naval, a dermal on each hip, VH, and christina.

kidcyco
01-27-2013, 01:26 AM
I had both my ears at 1 inch then got a job where I could not where them anymore so they are at 1/2 inch now.5 reg in left ear 7 in right ear. 2 guage in nose and nipples. Only ones I can talk about in threads>.>

AmeKaeru
01-27-2013, 11:01 AM
i have septum, snake bites, lobes are stretched to a 7 at the moment as my course wont allow me to go any bigger , 2 normal

i did have my chest done , nose and industrial but i had to take them out but i want them done again

Celia Rose
01-27-2013, 07:22 PM
I have three piercings in each ear, and been thinking about getting a cartilage or tongue piercing. :) I'm leaning more toward a tongue piercing, though, because when I got my third set of studs in my ear, the sites kept getting irritated like no other, especially the stud that was closest to my cartilage. Even a year and a half later my left site will swell up and burn if it's bumped one time too many or goes a day without a stud in it.