Tragus piercing

Piercing: Tragus and LobeI don't know if you remember me talking about getting another piercing? I wanted to pierce my tragus, but decided to wait until my helix had healed properly before forcing my body to work overtime on healing several wounds at the same time. Now, I finally decided that my helix had healed enough since it's been a little more than 8 months, so at 5:30 PM I had another appointment at Ragnaråkk.

So today I got my tragus, and I love it! I'll be honest and say that it hurt like a [insert word] when she pushed the needle through, a lot worse than the helix. At the moment I'm wearing a regular labret, but I'll go back and change it into a ring when it's healed after about 6-8 weeks. It's a 16 gauge (1.2mm) as opposed to my other ones which are 14 gauge (1.6mm). I feel kinda stupid because I managed to forget - how's that even possible? - to tell her what sizes I wanted, but it seems like it worked out perfectly anyway.

You might also notice that I have another new piercing? I decided to get a third and last hole in my right lobe. I know it looks kinda messy at the moment, but it'll look better once they're all healed, and I can change my jewelery into something less generic and more ..matching? My plan is to have identical rings in the second and third hole of my lobe, and something special in the first. I'll change my helix jewelery into a ring or a straight barbell, and then wear a tiny ring in my tragus.

And with those two piercings I'm all done. Wink

Photo © Shamini Thevarajah '11


.. with a cherry on top!

Lobe PiercingI've been a little sneaky lately, because at 5:30 PM today I got my second piercing! This time I chose to get my right lobe pierced, and with a super cute little cherry. I did plan on getting a 16 gauge (1.2mm) once again, but ended up with another 14 gauge (1.6mm). Details, details. I love my little cherry! I was a little unsure whether or not I should get a tragus, but I decided to wait until my first cartilage piercing has healed completely.

No pain this time around either. Of course it was a little uncomfortable when she poked me with a 1.6mm needle, but no worse than.. I dunno, not bad at all.

So if you're in Trondheim and in search of a parlor you can get pierced, I can absolutely recommend visiting Ragnaråkk! Grin


Helix piercing: day 17

BJS Piercing Jewelry: RingsI was kinda planning on writing another little piece about my piercing on Monday, since the 28th was two weeks since I was pierced, but I forgot all about it. I still haven't experienced any swelling, redness, tenderness or pain, but the other day it had bled a tiny bit. I suspect it was because I had a little accident while washing my hair. The piercing got a tug, and it hurt quite a bit for a few minutes. I just hope it won't cause any scarring. I'll probably stop by Ragnaråkk on Monday to have my bar changed into a shorter one. I think it'll be more convenient for Paris. We'll see!

Yesterday I got my last order of piercing jewelry. I ordered two circular barbells, one captive ball ring and a super cute cuff. Each piece is in 316L Surgical Steel and .925 Sterling Silver, and I adore all of them. The cuff has several heart cutouts all over, and I bought it to see if I could change the bar into a 14 gauge instead of the 16 gauge it comes with. It's so darling cute and I'm dying to wear it, so I hope it's doable. Unfortunately I now have two of the circular barbell with the dragon head (the first one I ordered in 16 gauge, and the second one in 14 gauge), it's brand new and hasn't been taken out of its plastic bag. If you're interested in taking the 16 gauge off my hands, then drop me a comment!

This first-time-piercing-experience has been fantastic. Maybe I should knock on wood. It's not healed yet by far, but none of the things I was dreading has happened. I do miss sleeping on my right side at night, but I'll manage and it'll be a lot better once I change the bar into a ring. And even though I'm really not a piercing-kind-of-person I might just get another in the same ear after the first one has healed completely.


Day 4 with a helix piercing

I'm now on my fourth day of being pierced for the first time, and I figured I'd update those of you who might be considering getting one on how I'm doing. Come to think of it I didn't really tell you anything about the actual experience, and I'm oblivious to why I waited so long to get my ear pierced in the first place. Sure, we all experience pain in different ways, but I have to say it didn't hurt at all. I really thought it would hurt like hell, and I was actually thinking about chickening out as I entered the store! You know, hating needles and all that. Thankfully I never saw the needle - Øyvind did, and later said it was quite the size - it felt like.. someone pinched my ear really hard. It wasn't painful, just unpleasant. It kept stinging for a good 10 minutes, then it stopped. I was expecting swelling, redness, maybe some bleeding, but I've experienced none of that. And today my ear cartilage feels completely normal, and I keep forgetting the fact that I've recently been pierced. I've also been cleaning it thoroughly with sterile saline solution and I've refrained from touching it at all, as I was told. I'm hoping it'll stay like this, and that it'll heal nicely.

Piercing JewelryI don't intend to change my piercing before I'm sure it's healed, making it safe to change the jewelry without risking any damage, and I'll be going back to Ragnaråkk to have it done my professionals. I don't want to risk getting any infections either just because I'm too impatient to wait for it to heal properly. In the meantime I've been enjoying myself by browsing for cool jewelry, and these are the ones I've ended up ordering. All of these are made from 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel, and some have charms or whatever made from .925 Sterling Silver. I'm not sure how the two circular barbells will look in my helix since they are best suited for "forward facing" piercings, but I couldn't pass them up. Would you look at that awesome dragon!

As shown in my little "collage" I've chosen mostly jewelry that's relatively easy to change, but a I also bought a set of ring opening and ring closing pliers so I can change my own captive closure rings. I've found several sites selling piercing jewelry for just a few dollars or pounds - yes, I have checked reviews before ordering anything from them - and I'm very pleased with the selection. Now I hope my helix will heal quickly so I can start wearing my new treasures!

Photo edited by Shamini Thevarajah '10