I have a huge admiration over piercings and how they can be such delicate adornments on our body or a bold way to express yourself, depending on the kind you have. Ever since I was a teen, I have to say my biggest inspiration was Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas! I remember her having a collection of rings just outlining the outer rim of her ear and thought how beautiful it was. It was like ‘ear’ goals for me, thinking I would love to have something like that one day.
To begin with, I have two lobe piercings just from when I was born (traditionally used to indicate whether I was a baby girl or boy, thanks mum!). However, because I was a scaredy cat, and unsure of what my parents would think of me having like 10 piercings on each side of my ear, I refrained from doing it. I was also unsure how safe it was and where it would be safe for me to go get some. And of course, to top it all off, the fear of pain and the aftercare. I was sure that 15yo me was just not responsible enough to care for 1, even more so 10 (not that I was planning to actually getting 10).
As years go by, and now that I’m in my 20s and have moved to Sydney, the thought of getting my ears pierced resurfaces. I have made a promise to myself when I turned 20 (or 21, not sure now) that my mission and purpose in life is to always try and experience something new and just have a collection of everything when I’m 60. So… at about late last year, after talking about it for months (maybe years, I feel sorry for my friends that I keep expressing this to), I told my self “f this, I’m doing it”. With that being said, I’ve done plenty of research on the kinds of piercings, what I wanted, the procedure, aftercare, where to get it done and all that nitty gritty stuff. I wanted to make sure that even though, in a way, I’m just giving this ‘a shot’, I wanted to do it right (and of course so that I don’t have to go through any complications after). I know that if I still haven’t done this when I’m 30 or 40, I’ll regret it so much!!!
So the particular piercing that I was very interested in doing was the helix (or cartilage, as it is placed on the outer rim of my ear). I took the courage to call in a piercing/tattoo parlour to get it done, after having found this super lovely and talented piercer Sammy on Instagram, and it’s nearby home! With what I wanted done, the needle is the best way to go (well with whatever it is, I believe the needle is always the best). So with all booked up, I went and got it done! It was so exhilarating!!! It’s something I’ve wanted for so long and I’m finally getting it. I was worried most about the pain, but it didn’t even feel a thing (at least for me, I’ve read that others felt most painful here). I initially wanted a ring, but she suggested that I get a stud instead for quicker healing, which I agreed to because I have 0 experience in healing one prior to this. I have to say, I’m glad I did… the helix is a paaaiiin (not literal) to heal! It takes quite a bit of attention and work. But overall, I was in love with it and could not be happier with my decision!
Months after, come 2017, I have come to admire more and more of other kinds of piercing. I used to be obsessed with only helix, but I’ve begun to appreciate the other ones. Sooo… I went to treat myself for another haha! I eventually got my conch done (on my left ear), and most recently 2 other new lobe piercings (on my right). It’s getting really hard to sleep but I love every bit of it! I definitely find it as a way to express myself and it reminds me of how I took up the courage and went for it. I still find getting new ones very exhilarating and good fun. It’s a great way to accessorise yourself subtly and adding that detail to your look.