The story of my cartilage piercing.
Alright, I’ve been reading this blog for quite awhile and decided it was time to share my own story. I have 5 piercings as of now. My lobes, which I recently downsized from 0g and three cartilage piercings. I went to a local shop called red koi because I had heard they were cheap and did a good job. I’d gone to a more expensive place for my other cartilage peircings and they had turned out well, so I was nervous to go to other places. Though I decided a cheaper price was worth it. That’s my first mistake.
So, I walk in and there’s people getting tattooed right in the front room, for everybody to see. If that wasn’t strange, employees were walking in between the tables which were already very crowded. We had to walk in between them to get to the piercing area. A blond girl with normal looking piercings and few tattoos sat me down and got me ready to pierce, she seemed to know what she was doing so I calmed down.
Soon after cleaning my ear she pulled out a long 14g curved barbel. I was quite confused by it because I’d only ever seen cartilages pierced with CBRs before, so I asked if she could use one of those instead. She hesitantly agreed, and got one out.
She put a cork behind my ear as my other pierces had and pushed the needle in. As soon as she did I knew something was wrong. The needle only went through halfway. She laughed and said “you’ve got some thick cartilage!” and took the needle out, then jabbed it back into my ear before I could say anything. It was extremely painful to say the least. She then started pulling and twisting my ear while trying to shove the jewelry in. It was a long process and just when I though she was done, I realized she had pulled the needle out and was digging the ring back into the closing hole. After awhile she got the ring in and the ball on. I had blood pouring out of my ear and was very frustrated at the situation.
She then took her gloves off to clean up her station, stopped, and said “let me turn that for you!” and proceeded to grab and twist my bleeding, tender new piercing with her bare hands.
For the next week and a half my ear was very swollen and angry, but I soaked it in warm salty water 3 times a day and it turned out fine.
I was lucky this time, but I plan on only going to my original shop from now on. Pick your piercer wisely! You get what you pay for!