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I used to have my ears pierced. Two in the left lobe, one in the right. Then, for some reason, I took them out and didn’t get around to putting anything back in. I think it was for unnecessary full-mouth x-rays (because we can bill insurance, not because you need them, Michael). One of the reasons was I think I lost the beads that completed the circuit on the hoops and just had almost-hoops. Plus, “I’m an old guy, old guys don’t need piercings” mentality reared its ugly head. And yet, I missed having jewelry in my ears.
Well, I got tired of just talking about how i had piercings at one time and decided tonight to get the holes in left ear re-pierced and, just to mix it up a bit, added a helix piercing (cartilage) to show my eldest daughter what would be involved. She’s been itching for a helix for about two years, but no professional place will do it until she meets their lower age limit, an age she’s creeping up on. She accompanied me on my trip and, surprisingly, is still interested in getting her lobes pierced, but wants to see what that feels like before the cartilage after watching the process (that part was successful, she’s not quite so gung ho about it). The piercing process fascinated her, but she had to leave partway through the cartilage because she got “woozy” when the helix actually took a little effort to punch through and she saw some blood.
Not that I want to discourage her from getting that kind of piercing, but I wanted her to know what was actually going to happen so she could decide if she was up to the task. So I consider it a success that I downgraded her expectations for her birthday and now she thinks “each lobe” sounds like a better starting point.
I will admit I was caught off guard by the pricing of the jewelry. Granted, it is titanium, but I had been thinking $20-30 for each piece, not $50 each for “the cheap stuff”. So, my target $150 (jewelry and piercings) for three was blown out of the water. Still, I’m glad I did it. I’m looking forward to getting the other ear pierced when my daughter gets hers done on her birthday.
I had also considered getting an eyebrow piercing at a later date, but I’m not sure about that now. While I get an adrenaline rush from the cartilage piercing, it was short-lived and I actually prefer the tattoo rush, which seems to linger for days instead of minutes. It might be proportional to the amount of time it takes, of course — but I feel pretty on top of the world after a tattoo session, as opposed to the piercing, where I felt “wobbly” for about 15 minutes, but no real rush, and now there is just the throbbing in my ear that will linger until the healing moves along.
In addition to getting some new holes in my head, I also got to check out the studio where I may get a tattoo (I was going to get one at this studio until I decided a trip out west was more important, and put the tattoo on hold as a result). Overall, not as homey feeling as BlackEnd Tattoo Atelier, the studio where I got my last ink, but not as much of a turnoff as a few other shops I’ve checked out over the years. we’ll see where that heads, as my tattoo conceptual idea keeps evolving anyway.