The Friday 5 format has changed a bit. We can still list "5 Things" on a certain topic, or we can write a short blog post that takes 5 minutes or less to read.
Today, we're talking PIERCINGS!
When I was 7, I got my ears pierced. My mom took me to the jewelry store in our hometown called Leitzel's Jewelry and they were pierced with a piercing gun. I wear earrings all the time and I have fun with all different styles.
When I was 13, I got my cartilage pierced. I got it done at Claire's, which is a jewelry store in the mall. It was done with a piercing gun, which apparently was a bad idea. My ear ended up growing around the earring and I got a big bump on the back of my ear. My dad ended up having to use pliers to get the earring out. Eventually, the bump went away.
When I was 22, I got my navel pierced. I was visiting my friend Sherrie, who lived near Philly, and we decided to get our piercings at the same shop Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie got their's pierced at. (The Simple Life was a popular television show at the time.)
I went first and it hurt A LOT!!!! You had to lay on your back, which meant your stomach was a taut as possible. (I was pretty thin back then and had like zero belly fat so that made it worse.) Then they used some sort of clamp to PULL MY BELLY BUTTON SKIN UP! OWWWW! That hurt more than the needle, but the needle hurt too. I was glad I went first. Sherrie ended up going through with it too, but I know she was scared after my reaction!
I remember my belly button ring getting a little pus-y once or twice, but that's it. It doesn't rub on my clothes because I don't wear high waisted pants.
One interesting fact is that I did not change my belly button ring until I was 31 and had to take it our for an MRI! Then I put in a new ring I got at Spencer's. Last week, I changed the ring again. So in 14 years, I have only ever had three different rings! I get nervous changing the ring because I'm scared I won't get the new one in. I'm also scared it will hurt, which of course it doesn't. I use water and soap to get it to slide in.
I will tell you, that after having a ring in for so long, my stomach looks REALLY WEIRD for the couple minutes I have it out while changing the ring. I don't like it one bit. Which means I will prob have a navel ring even when I'm an old lady.
When I was 29, I got my cartilage pierced again. I remember I was feeling old (BWAHAHAHA!!!) and I thought getting something pierced would make me feel younger. This time, I did my research and I went to a "real" piercing place that would do it with a needle. It didn't hurt much during the actual piercing, but sleeping was a little tricky after. It took some time to heal but once it was healed, I didn't have any problems with it. Needles are the way to go- not piercing guns! I don't change my cartilage earring much at all. In fact, I think the earring I have in now is the only one I ever had in besides the hoop I got when it was done initially!
And that was my last piercing... until last week!
I got my ears pierced again! I have wanted to get second holes in my ear lobes for several years. On Wednesday, I finally made it happen! I went to 717 Tattoo in Mechanicsburg, which is a highly recommended place in the area for tattoos and piercings.
I was so anxious leading up to it. I was scared it was going to hurt really bad. It ended up not hurting at all. They could have pierced my ears for an hour straight and I wouldn't even have flinched. I researched it, and apparently needles hurt a lot less than piercing guns as far as ear lobes are concerned.
That's ink at the piercing of my second hole, not bruising.
I need to keep these hoops in for 3 months before I change them. If I want them changed before that, I can go back to the shop in 4 weeks and pay the piercer to change them. I'm not going to do it, I'll just ride it out for the three months.
They haven't hurt at all since I got them pierced- not even right after, which is so surprising! Sleeping doesn't hurt them or anything. I have been keeping them clean with a special spray they gave me. But other than that, it's been smooth sailing!
Do you have any piercings?
Which hurt the worst?
Any horror stories!?
Which hurt the worst?
Any horror stories!?