Heres To You Kid

I have been posting on here for a whole semester and I am very proud of my work I did. My plan for the last post was to be a new piercing post, where I got a new piercing and tell my experience. But time did not work out in my favor. So this post will be about my earrings I just recently got. My ears now look a bit different than the header photos now!

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Left Ear

I recently just got a hoop for my conch! I am in love with it! It is just a silver hoop and it has a opium bead on it as well. I love the colors and it really goes with any outfit I wear! I also have earrings in my two other holes. I got the infinity sign and heart earrings from Claire’s. I also got new black gauges instead of the pink ones I had before!

Right Ear

The right ear is pretty much the same as the left. But I plan on getting new jewelry for my industrial soon. I want to get an arrow so it looks like an arrow is coming out of my ear. I also jazzed up my ear with a ear cuff which is located in the conch area of my right ear! I also purchased this from Claire’s.

Thanks for following my blog and reading my posts! Hopefully I keep up with this more.

Check out Custom Ink and Steel on Facebook! They have awesome jewelry and that is where I purchased my conch hoop!

Boys Can Get Piercings Too

Many people think that ear or nose piercings are just for girls but these boys have proven them wrong. Many male celebrities have piercings! Here are a few male celebrities that are not the norm.

1. Luke Hemmings (5SOS)

Luke Hemmings a guitar player from the famous boy band 5 Seconds of Summer has his lip pierced. Most girls swoon over his lip piercing. Lip piercings are very common in this day and age. Personally, I find that boy lip piercings are really attractive. I think its unique and different.

2. Kian Lawley

Kian Lawley is a famous YouTube star. He has over 2 million subscribers and he can rock any hairstyle from brown to blonde. He also rocks the hoop nose piercing. I think that this piercing really works for him. He has the style to support the piercing. He is very boho and hipster so this piercing fits him perfectly.

3. Chris Brown

Many boys have their nose pierced proving it is not just a girls piercing. Chris Brown is one of them. He works the piercing and honestly it looks great on him. I may be bias and say that I think any man who has his nose pierced looks good with it.

4. Justin Bieber

Famous singer and teen star Justin Bieber, has all the style when it comes to clothes. He also can work having his ears pierced. Most male teen stars do not have their ears pierced but Justin is perfect for this piercing. He has a bad boy yet classy look which his earrings really compliment that style.

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All in all, male stars with piercings are becoming more common and honestly I love it. I think guys look so much more attractive when they have something pierced. Especially their nose or lip.

Click here for More male celebrity body piercings

Pictures from google.

Hate the pain, but want the bling?

Do you wish you could get some piercings but needles give you the he-bee jeebies? Worry no longer, I have options for you! Claire’s is the perfect place to get some faux ear jewelry. The main two options I will be discussing is faux gauges and ear cuffs. They have so many options for cute jewelry without the pain of needles or stretching of ears!

1. Faux Gauges 

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Wearing these earrings does mean that you have to have you ears pierced. But if you don’t like the idea of stretching your ears then faux gauges are perfect for you! They look like real gauges but they are just like any other earring you would put in your ear. One side unscrews and you put it in like any other earring. Then just screw the back on. Easy as that!

2. Ear Cuffs 

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Ear cuffs are the perfect accessory to dazzle up any ear! Ear cuffs are usually located on the conch! Claire’s has many different options for ear cuffs. They have stud cuffs or dangling cuffs, as you can see from the two pictures provided. Some people find that they fall off easily but you just have to make sure it is secure on your ear.

The earring pictures are from Claire’s. Be sure to check out their website for more cute painless jewelry!

The one of the ear is from tattoo-kid.com

I got a piercing, now what?

So you got a piercing and you have to wait a few months until you can change it! Well in the mean time here are some sites for you to scroll through to pick out some new jewelry when your piercing is ready!

  1. http://www.justeros.com
  2. http://www.bodycandy.com
  3. http://www.freshtrends.com
  4. http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/

These four sites have a wide variety of jewelry. They have everything from body jewelry to ear jewelry! I recommend any of them! Happy Shopping!

Dermals: Are They Good or Bad?

Now you may be asking yourself, Monica, what in the world is a dermal?! Well, I have an answer for you! A dermal also known as microdermal piercing are piercings on flat surfaces of the body. The thing that makes a dermal different from other piercings is the other side of the piercing is embedded into the dermal part of your skin. Getting a dermal gives the look of having a bead on your skin. These piercings have become really popular for this generation because it allows one to get a piercing where ever they want. Patterns can be made with dermals as well.

Here are a few common places people get pierced for dermals:

  1. Dermal ear piercing
  2. Dermal piercing around eye
  3. Dermal piercing on fingers
  4. Dermal piercing on lower back
  5. Dermal piercing on neck
  6. Dermal piercing on face (cheeks or mouth)
  7. Dermal piercing on wrist

Click this link for visuals for each piercing

I asked some people why they got these piercings and this is what they had to say

“They are unique and few people have dermals. I have really wide hips and I think if I got hip dermals it would take away from the wideness of them.”

“I got them because I wanted to dazzle up my tattoos and make them more unique and something different than what everyone had!”

“I just love how they look and I’m obsessed with piercings and needed a new one! I also like having things that not a lot of people have!”

I believe that dermals are special, unique and have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. But overall I wouldn’t mind getting a few in the future!

Let me know what you think, good or bad?

The Care and Keeping of Piercings

Taking care of piercings can be a pain in the butt because it’s time consuming, boring, and repetitive. But it is necessary to keep your piercings healthy and looking good! Here are most five common steps one would need to follow to keep a healthy piercing!

1. Always wash your hands: It is crucial that you wash your hands before touching your new piercing. Your hands pick up germs by touching so many things throughout the day, you do not want those germs to cause an infection in your piercing.

2. Saline and cotton ball: Use saline to soak the piercing for 5 minutes once or twice per day. Doing this causes the piercing to be clean of all germs.

3. Soap and water: Only soap once a day. If convenient, soap up your piercing while in the shower. Leave the soap on for about thirty seconds.

4. Rinse: Remove all soap from piercing. You do not have to rotate the piercing.

5. Dry: Dry the piercing with disposable paper items such as paper towel. Never use cloth because they could possibly snag the piercing causing irritation from the bacteria on them.

These steps could vary depending on what you had pierced. Always make sure to have your piercer explain the steps of cleaning to you before or after you get it pierced. They know the specifics to cleaning depending on the piercing. 

Something you want to avoid during your cleaning stages are:

-Avoid rubbing alcohol and hydrogen provide they damage the healing process for your piercing.

-Avoid ointments. They do not allow the piercing to get air-circulation. Air-circulation is crucial for the piercing to heal correctly.

-Avoid cleaning to much. This can cause irritation to the piercing.

-Avoid friction from clothing. This could cause ugly and uncomfortable scar tissue to form.

-Avoid rough play, unwashed hands, and contact with other bodily fluids.

-Avoid stress and drug use.

-Avoid pools, lakes, and hot tubs. If you have plans with any of the three things I just named, cover the piercing with a waterproof bandage before.

-Avoid all beauty products around and on the piercing. This can cause irritation and unhealthy healing.

-Avoid hanging charms on piercing until fully healed.

Whenever something is new to someone they don’t know what to expect. Here are the norms of the healing piercing process.

  • At first: some bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness, and soreness or mild pain.
  • During healing: some discoloration, itching, oozing of a whitish- yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. Your skin may tighten around the jewelry as you heal.
  • After healing: the jewelry may not move easily in the piercing; do not force it. If you don’t clean your piercing as a part of your daily bathing, normal but smelly secretions may build up.
  • After healing: the jewelry may not move easily in the piercing; do not force it. If you don’t clean your piercing as a part of your daily bathing, normal but smelly secretions may build up.
  • A piercing may seem just fine before the whole healing process is done. This is because they heal from the outside in. Even if it feels fine, the new skin is weak on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning all the way to the end of entire healing period.
  • If you have had a piercing for years, it can still shrink or close in minutes if you take out your jewelry! This is different from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave the hole empty.

All the information that is shown here is from a safe piercing website. They are a group called Association of Professional Piercers. This site allows you to print out a pamphlet of everything I just stated above. This is an easy and convenient way to maintain healthy piercings.

Happy Piercing!

Ear Piercingaholic

Ears are very complex. They have many parts and many dimensions; which make them great for piercings! Here are 15 different ways to pierce your ears.

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  1. Rook
  2. Helix
    1. Triple Helix
    2. Double Helix
  3. Forward Helix
  4. Industrial
  5. Cartilage
  6. Snug
  7. Orbital
  8. Outer Conch
  9. Inner Conch
  10. Upper Lobe
  11. Standard Lobe
  12. Transverse Lobe
  13. Anti-Tragus
  14. Tragus
  15. Daith

The ones that are bolded are the piercings I currently have! I find all these piercings so interesting and fun. The pain level for each piercing varies depending on where and what. The website where I got the picture from has a great article and pictures on 80 ideas on how to wear ear piercings so be sure to check them out for more adventurous ideas!

My Piercings

Piercings seem to be the rave of most teens these days. I myself have my fair share of piercings. I have six piercings on my ears and face. (The banner is all of my piercings for visuals)

1. First Hole: Gauges

At first, I didn’t have gauges and my first hole was just a normal ear piercing. I have had my ears pierced ever since sixth grade. But I recently decided to change them to gauges. I found that I would never change my earrings and they would just remain the original starter earrings I got when they were first pierced. I became bored and wanted to switch it up so I borrowed my friend Lily’s gauging packets. These packets included the tapers and gauges. Tapers are the posts that people put in their ears to stretch them out. They start really small at one end then getting bigger at the other. I started off gauging my ears at 14G then eventually week by week I finally got to 4G. I went from 14G, 12G, 10G, 8G, 6G, till 4G. I want to go to 2G but I haven’t made it to hot topic to get the tapers for that yet. I do not want to go any bigger than 2G because they won’t get back to normal if not.

2. Second Hole: Pierced

I got this done the summer of seventh grade and I don’t remember much about getting these pierced. The only thing i really remember is the lady messed it up and made my second holes crooked. My right second hole is further away than my left second hole. Claire’s is not a good place to get ear piercings… Trust me.

3. Third Hole: Pierced

Having my second hole piercing be crooked caused the third hole to look a little strange but I really wanted three ear lobe piercings anyways. I again went to Claire’s not realizing the horrible quality of my second holes. The lady who did my third hole pointed out that the second ones were crooked and tried to fix it when she pierced the third hole. But still I think it looks a bit strange. Again Claire’s is not the best place to get your ears pierced.

4. Nose Piercing

I got my nose pierced for my 18 birthday. My parents really didn’t want me to get it pierced because of their worry about job interviews or just the impression it gives off. But I was 18 and decided it was something I wanted to do. I went and got it done before we went rollerblading for a fun night out with friends. As I stepped into the local tattoo shop in my town, I kinda remember thinking “Is this something that I really really want to do?” I started having doubts and then I remembered all the things my parents had said to me. But I stopped myself and calmed down and realized this has been what I wanted for the longest time. I remembered that the hole would be so small if I took it out no one would even notice. So after signing various amounts of paper work, I laid back on the bench as my piercer Thomas disinfected all his equipment. Thomas had a bunch of certificates up on the wall. I didn’t know what they were for or what they meant but it calmed me down and made me feel like I was in good hands. I remember holding Lily’s hand as I always did when I got any piercing with her. Then without hesitation Thomas put a hallow tube into my nose and then took the needle on the other side and lined it up and poked it through my nose. It really didn’t hurt at all. I have a high pain tolerance so after it was all done, I was actually shocked because I thought it was going to hurt more than it did. As I looked into the mirror on the wall of the shop, I knew I made the right decision by getting it pierced. The pain after I got it pierced was very difficult. I felt a bit light headed. I decided to take some motrin to help with the pain. This made my pain go away and me and my friends went to rollerrama and had a blast. To this day I am still in love with my nose piercing. I get compliments on it all the time and its a great conversation starter. Who’s Your Donny Tattoo Parlor is lucky to have Thomas because he is a great piercer. For further information about the shop check out their website http://www.whosyourdonny.com

5. Conch

I went and got my conch pierced after Lily got hers done. I was so inspired by how cool hers looked I wanted the same for myself. I again went to Who’s Your Donny Tattoo Company and Thomas was my piercer once again. I already had three ear lobe piercings so I asked if I could get my conch pierced a little bit higher so it wouldn’t over lap with my lobe piercings and of course Thomas was cool with that. This one was painless. The conch was probably the least painful one I have ever had. I do remember hearing this one when he was piercing it though. It sounded like a weird crunching sound. But once it was done I was so excited. Lily has a hoop in hers and I had to wait five months till I could switch mine. It has defientally been five months since I got it pierce but I haven’t had time to switch it yet.

6. Industrial

The industrial is my favorite piercing I have by far. This was just a spur of the moment piercing actually. It was the second week of college and my roommates and I wanted to all get piercings together as like a roomie activity. Im always down for a new piercing so I at first decided I was going to just get my cartilage pierced. I was a bit worried though because I always went to my normal piercer Thomas but now that I am in Mount Pleasant I had to go to a whole new place that I didn’t know anything about. We all decided to go to Evolved Artforms Tattoo and started signing the papers. Holly went first and got her nose re-pierced. Hailey went next and she got her triple helix. As I waited for my turn, I was contemplating if I should really get my cartilage or not. I texted my cousin Jessica who has multiple piercings and I asked if she thought I should get my industrial. She said she is still in love with her industrial piercing to this day and after hearing this I knew I would regret it if I didn’t get it pierced. So I quickly asked the piercer if I could change my piercing to the industrial and she didn’t care! So I laid back into the chair as she got all the piercing materials ready. This piercing was actually going to be two holes because she had to pierce through the top of my ear and then the side of my ear with the industrial bar. The first piercing hurt pretty bad but once she got the second piercing done it was a piece of cake. I was and am still in love with this piercing. Its so different and not a lot of people have this one done because of the pain that it can cause. I highly recommend Evolved Artforms. The piercers were great there and really want you to get the best experience possible http://evolvedartforms.com

I hope this gave a little insight on my piercings. I plan to have more posts about my experiences and new piercings you’ve probably never heard of! Stay tuned.