Aaaargh!!!

I had a blowout in the top hole on my left ear. The skin at the back swelled up and I decided to go straight to the piercer and ask his advice. He told me I had two options – take the piercing out and rest it, or take the piercing out and put a longer bar through in the hope that the swelling would go down with a piercing still in.

I opted for the first option. I’d rather not play around with these things, after all, I can always have a go again next year. He did comment that my ears have quite complicated cartilage structures down the helix and that not all people can take piercings in all places. I’ve still got three in, which is quite a good level for my lesser pierced ear, and five in my right ear.

It’s now a couple of days since I had it removed and it’s settled down nicely and the lump has gone. I think that was a good save.

In other news this week, I finally decided to do it, I’ve actually bought a gopro. The genuine article, rather than the previous “action cameras” I had, which were quite frankly, garbage. It’s the truth that you should never cut corners on stuff like this.

Finally, I’m now fully vaccinated again, having had my third jab. Pfizer this time. It’s been a bit of a week for needles this week!

Achievement unlocked

I’m not going to say my three new piercings are painless, or didn’t hurt, because they really did hurt! They’re all 1.2mm so they’ll take a nice range of body piercing jewelry.

I didn’t realise that all three are cartilage piercings! Oh.

They look good with the leather!

I think I’m finished now with the piercings. My only ones are in my ears and I have no interest in any in other places, at all.

As I’ve mentioned before I can’t really have my left ear pierced at the top due to bad practice before as the cartilage is damaged.

Needle Vs Gun

Contains graphic details – don’t read on if you’re squeamish.

My right ear has all been pierced using a needle, 1.6mm to be precise. I’ve now got three holes in it (the third one was done a few days ago).

My left ear has two holes pierced in the 1990’s, and one pierced about three months ago. All three were done with the gun.

So what’s the difference, I hear you say?

Well the gun is a bit of a brute force method of piercing your ear. The piercing of choice is limited to ones that fit inside the gun. The gun forces the stud through the ear pushing aside flesh. The hole is left tighter, and although better for thin jewellery, it’s not as good for body piercing pieces or tunnels.

The needle, on the other hand, is a hollow needle which is pushed through a little slower whilst the skin is held in place with forceps. It’s a more accurately positioned hole, and because it’s a hollow object it removes a tube of your skin and other tissues as it goes through. In my case all three are 1.2mm holes, the lower of which I’ve now stretched to 1.6mm to take a small tunnel piece. The hole in it allows light to shine through, although the angle has to be fairly accurate to actually see.

Which do I prefer?

Well the needle pierced ones have given me the least trouble. They took a little longer to heal, and the top one bled quite profusely when first pierced. They’re easier to get my jewellery into, but I’ve lost small studs (on a couple of occasions pulled through the holes).

The gun pierced ones are much tighter at gripping the jewellery, but I can’t get certain things through the holes as easily without risking injury.

Were I to start again from scratch, I’d definitely opt for needles all the way.

As an aside, when I was about 20 I had the helix pierced with the gun. I’ve since found out that this was totally wrong and cartilage should only be pierced using a needle as the gun risks cracking it. This is what happened to me and I had to remove the piercing permanently.

Final piercing done.

I’m now up at three in each ear, and I also got a small flesh tunnel in my right ear. Just a 1.6mm one. I don’t know if I’ll go much bigger as I hate the look of them once they get too big.

The tunnel was surprisingly easy to put in, I did it with very little palaver and just a little stretching with a 2mm stretching cone. The new piercing on the top did bleed a lot when it was first done. I’ve got blood all over my hoodie!