Holes in my head

©2021 Michael Raven

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.

14 thoughts on “Holes in my head

    1. I’ll be honest… He confirmed the location using the term and I gave him a blank stare. I could see the smirk behind the mask as he explained it.

      I’m a tattoo guy, piercing is not my “thing”. We’d always just called it cartilage piercing growing up, something you *never* allowed the folks at the girly jewelry stores attempt with their “guns”.

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  1. I remember back in the day when the first few men got piercings, followed, unless they were well hard, by beatings for being (as they used to say round these parts) a ‘poofter’. (I’m assuming you understand the slang with your relationship with British music and culture). Scary times, yet now no-one bats an eyelid. Progress?

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    1. I’m intimately familiar with those rituals, although they used “faggot” around these parts. Being gothed out actually kept me from too many beatings, as many thought I might not realize I was supposed to be dead from their beatings, seeing as I already looked like warmed over death to begin with. I might keep coming after then like Jason from Friday the 13th.
      Yes. Someone actually said that aloud before deciding against doing the Doctor Martens Stomp on me.

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  2. Nice! I never really got into piercings like some of my friends did but I have worn a small silver loop earring in my left earlobe since I was 16. I almost never took it out. Over the years it had to be replaced three times (first one got bent out of shape because I wore it to sleep every night, second one fell out while I was playing street hockey and was lost, third one presumably fell out while I slept in a hotel room in Boston and I didn’t notice it was missing until I’d checked out and gotten back home to New York). I stopped wearing it once the pandemic started because it was irritating my earlobe when I slept (and I wasn’t going anywhere anyway). Starting around a decade or so ago I had wanted to get a matching one for my right ear (which has never been pierced), but I never got around to it. That’s one of my (admittedly minor) regrets, as is never having gotten a tattoo.

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    1. Never too late for ink. When I was still cutting hair, an 86 year old woman wanted to show me her tattoo she just got while in Hawaii. I saw entirely more of her boob than I wanted to see, but I was impressed at her age. There’s another story that goes along with that…. But I’ll tell it another time. 🤣

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      1. lmao! My problem has always been how indecisive I am. I finally settled on the triple horn of Odin (one of the few heathen symbols that afaik hasn’t yet been appropriated by racist groups), but now that I’ve lost my job and my unemployment benefits have run out I just can’t justify the expense.

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        1. That’s a good symbol. It *probably has been* appropriated, but I’ve never been shy about educating people about symbols (used to have to explain my pentagram to the non-Wiccans all the time back when I was with a coven long ago in ancient history) and letting them know it isn’t what they think it means, or what some jackass racist thinks it is supposed to mean (when they are clearly wrong in every conceivable way).

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          1. I know what you mean. One day back in the early nineties I was on the A train headed to downtown Manhattan and some old lady seated across from me pointed to my (upright) pentagram and said, “That’s going to get you in trouble young man!” I just ignored her. Oddly enough, no one ever commented on my Valknut pendant when I started wearing that except for a fellow heathen at the New York Ren Faire (she was serving drinks at the Blue Boar). She looked at it and said, “You too, huh? My husband calls it Odin’s Bullseye.” XD More recently I’ve been wearing a replica of the Icelandic Mjölnir known as the Wolf Cross and when one of my neighbours saw it a couple of years ago her eyes widened and she said, “You’re wearing an upside down cross!” So followed a two-minute lecture about the Hammer and the Cross and also an attempt to educate her about her own Christian religion in which I explained that St. Peter’s Cross is sometimes even worn by the Pope and it’s association with Satanism is only a recent one due to the Church of Satan (founded in 1966), the Satanic Panic of the 80’s and the daytime talk shows and sensationalist news media that continue to make money from it.

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