I started getting pierced when I was 7. I had been begging my mom to get my ears pierced, so off we went for my 7th birthday to the local hair shop to get my ears pierced with the typical 16ga ear studs and piercing gun. It hurt, and I begged not to have the other one done, but yeah, I got it done!
At 10, I got my second holes again with a gun, 12 third, 16 first helix, 17 second helix because I didn’t like the first placement, and then reopened and connected with a circular barbell. When I was 18 I got my tragus. All done with the piercing gun. All cartridge on my right ear. For my tragus I knew better, I just didn’t care.
At 16 I got my belly button done after piercing it myself several times. I also pierced my left hand webbing several times myself before having it done professionally at 18. I had my labret done the first time at 17, and again at 18. The second time is the one I still have. Yes, there’s a scar from the first time. These were done at Tattoo Art and More, as was my first tattoo summer of my 18th birthday.
At 18, I also got my nipples pierced with a couple friends. That is to this day my most painful piercing! Yes, even including my vertical hood piercing that I got when I was 19. When I was 18 I also got my tongue webbing pierced, because everyone else had the tongue proper, and I don’t like being the same. These were done at Tora Tattoo.
I started stretching my ears when I was 17. I initially went to a 12, then as my 12 gauge plastic UV captive bead rings broke, I’d slide the piece into my bottom hole. This got me to 6mm, and then I bought a taper to go to a 0 gauge/8mm. Stretching is also interesting for me, because I had always stuck extra earrings in my holes because I liked the look. I remember doing this first when I was likely about 10, and being fascinated with the stretched lobes in National Geographic.
I shrunk my lobes back down for my wedding because I waited too long to order plugs. They said they were custom and would take 6 months, and I only had 4 left, so yeah. They shrunk from about 14mm down to a 4/6ga depending on the ear.
This concludes my piercings until I had my nose done for Valentine’s Day 2013, when I decided to get my L nostril pierced. This took a long time to decide, because like I said, I don’t like being the same. Everyone and their mother has a nose ring, but I didn’t like wearing my lip ring at work teaching, so I’d let it shrink down to unwearable, and at least I could get away with a nose ring. I chose a sparkly one. I tore it out with my bracelet in my sleep a week later and had to go back to True Love to get it put back in. After that it was smooth sailing.
As my previous post stated, I had my conch pierced finally February of last year at Perfect Image, London. I always do lots of research before getting pierced, because it’s who I am. I initally wanted a 10 gauge, but it’s not recommended to go above a 14 gauge in cartilage without doing a dermal punch. A needle slices the cartilage and then it’s moved aside to fit the jewelry. A dermal punch cuts a hole for better healing and less pressure. 12 was pushing it, but I didn’t want a bitty 14. Honestly, this could be part of why it bled so long (at 8 weeks I’d still be dripping blood randomly at work) and it’s still collecting lymph at 15 months. Conch piercings can take 12-18 months to fully heal though. Perfect Image was chosen by a classmate, and just so happened to be the same shop my Tattoo Artist Korrine works at, so they got a lot of my business that month!
Last summer I started restretching my earlobes too. I missed them still 13 years later, so I opened them back up. This time nice an slow, and took about 6 months to go from 6mm to 12mm. I am feeling more like me. I’m positive that the writers for Moana wrote the song I’m So Shiny for me!
My industrial I had done closer to home. When I was pierced in Kitchener, I lived 45 min from there. When I was pierced in Waterloo, I was at University in Waterloo, and very much coveting a tattoo from Jamie Izumi. His wait list is why I only got one tattoo (and not from him, found him after) as a young adult!
Anyway, I had my industrial pierced by Chris Knight at Black Sheep in Windsor. You can follow that journey here. I have now been living down in Windsor for 7 years, and while I drive to London for tattoos, I wanted to find someone closer to home for my needle therapy. Highly recommend the shop and Chris. He was very professional, and talked through every step to let the customer know sterility, why he was doing certain things, and so on. A+