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0 posted 02-15-2005 12:09 AM       View Profile for hush   Email hush   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for hush

What all fun piercings, tattos, or other body modifications does everyone have? (Or is it just me?)

From oldest to newest I have:

A bunch of earlobe piercings (six total) that I let heal up because of a) the inconvenience of them and b) the fact that most jobs, even menial ones, don't approve of a billion earings.

Tragus piercings (The little triangular cartilage thingy on your ear)

Size 0 plugs on both earlobes (if you don't know, that means I stretched my regular pierced earhole to about a pencil's width- interestingly, I get a lot of flack for that one. I've been told it's because I'm a girl, and it's apparently wierd for girls to gauge their ears. Hmm.)


I HAD industrials in both ears (two cartilage piercings in which one long barbell stretches across and through both holes). I took them out b/c the holes had healed crookedly in one, causing a terrible amount of pain, and they also used to get caught in my hair. I have one lonely right through one of the holes now.

Tongue ring #1.

Tongue ring #2, right behind tongue ring #1. It was really cool to have two of them, but the placement wasn't good, and the scar tissue made it too uncomfortable to wear, so I took it out.

Tattoo #1: a cute feminine tribal-looking dealy on my hip.

Tattoo #2: A rose intertwined with some black curly design on my ankle.

Tattoo #3: a rose on my back. This particular rose was a copy of Salvador Dali's The Rose, which is one of my favorite paintings.

An ear piercing which I believe is called a conch, maybe? Anyway, the one where the inner part of your cartilage is pierced and a big hoop comes out around your earlobe.

An unmentionable piercing (for this forum at least- we could always open up a sub-topic in adult )

Most recently, the nape of my neck. Which I find to be a fun fun fun piercing. And very cute and pretty painless, if anyone's curious.

So... anyone else?
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1 posted 02-15-2005 01:26 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I have pierced ears.

One hole per lobe.

The rest of the stuff I glue on, scratch off, and grease gone.

(permanence? *shudder*)

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2 posted 02-15-2005 02:06 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Ouch!   However I must admit I am contemplating doing the nape of my neck too with a wee celtic knot.

Ditto Serenity's comment   If it doesn't stick on, I start to shake and shutter.  Now Sea, she's another story! Will send her along to you.
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3 posted 02-15-2005 08:39 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing


I have one ring in my upper earlobe, six normal ear piercings which I never wear that I did a long time ago with a hat pin (ouch)and two tattoos:

One of a Victorian scroll design on my lower back melding into two praying angels facing each other inside a horseshoe, you know the angels from Jesus Christ Superstar?

That's on my entire lower back.

The other is on my right shoulder, a Japanese bird in flight, his tail goes down across my shoulder blade.

If I were to keep going, I would get another tat, another bird on my other shoulder, maybe.  The one bird is lonely.

I also always wanted to get a small ring in my nose, no, not like a primate, but just a small small teensy stud on the side.  That will never happen though, seeing as I need to be professional in my career.  The tats I can hide. They are truly works of art, though, I commend the artists who did them.

Sharon, I found the most beautiful Celtic knot, there are so many that signify so many different things so it has been hard for me to decide.  I wanted one on the back of my neck, too.  TG, I was talked out of it because I put my hair up.  That would look real cute going into a job interview.  *smile*  but?  If you want it for yourself, go for it.  It hurts, I won't lie, but the results are just beautiful.  Just make sure you know your artist VERY well.

I could just kill my neice, she is only 20 and went and got a pair of wings with RIP in the center for her friend killed by a driveway, which is commendable, but on her upper arm!!!! Then she went and got one on the back of her neck, this huge star (Good Lord) and I try and tell her but you have not been married yet, or been in any weddings or have had a professional job . . .

I am so happy someone talked me out of tats when I was a teenager. I wanted Led Zeppelin on my upper arm . . . I would SO be regretting that right now *laughing*

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4 posted 02-15-2005 09:21 AM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

I've only had one piercing: left earlobe.  Originally, I did it myself when 22 with a sterilized dissecting needle from a kit I had for most of my science labs in college.  Needlesstosay, the hole kept closing, I kept trying, and I ended up making three or four holes in the back of my lobe.  So, I wait a few months, head to Wal-Mart, and get it done straight.  After losing several earrings, including some stunning Celtic spearheads on French hooks, and the last one, a sterling silver mouse, the post snapped off while in my ear.  That was a bugger.  Since then, I've let my piercing hole heal up, but it's odd.  Front and back are still open, but some parts in the center have healed over.  Funny thing was that for about 12 years, as long as I had something in that hole, it never got infected.  Since that mouse post snapping last year, it likes to get infected about every other month.  Nothing big, just a small bump under the skin where the center part healed over.

As for tats, since I knew you basically had them forever, I took my time and tried temp tattos to see what I could live with for the rest of my life.  And when I was 25, I went to a tattoo parlor in Abilene, TX, where I asked questions of the owner and his wife.  She had a Masters in Graphic Design with a Minor in Business, and he had a BA in Graphic Design with a Minor in Business.  Harry was indeed hairy, a great big burly biker and his wife looked the sort that if you asked to bring to cows in, she'd carry them several at a time.  And they were great people!  As well as me asking about their porfolios and education, they asked me about why I wanted a tat, and how to take care of one, and that it would hurt from a bit to 'the pain the pain!'.  I gave him the 1" temp that I wanted, he blew it up to about 3", and that Neo-Gothic ankh still rides on my left chest.  After that one, and the endorphin rush is rather addicting, I got a celtic band on my left upper arm (the ravens are very nice), and some odd looking tribalesque angle/Richard Simmons exercising thingy on my right arm shoulder pad.

All my tats are small and fairly indescreet, and I make sure to wear t's with dress shirts, since they tend to be a bit opaque.  And even if wearing t-shirts or short sleeves, the arm band rarely shows.  Ain't ashamed of them, but they definately aren't business attire.  Well, most business anyhow.
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5 posted 02-15-2005 10:26 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

I now have 8 tattoos. Got my latest one a week ago Saturday. Loooooove getting new ink. I already know what my next one will be. You can't tell in the winter that I even have one, let alone eight. But summer time, you can see most of them. People will say that they forgot I had them.
In order, I have a rose, a bunny (think Thumper from Bambi),a tribal butterfly, my husband's name (Jon), a dragon, a seahorse, Kanji for 'SEA' and my most recent one, is Kanji of 'Poet'.
Wearing a short sleeve shirt, the tail of the dragon barely pokes's on my inner right bicep. But more often than not, they all can be hidden easily enough.

Just regular ear piercings, two each ear. Tried the ones in the cartilage twice now and it just wouldn't stop hurting so I took them out. I would rather be able to lay my head down to sleep...LOL

Would never pierce my tongue, all I have to do is think about the kind of infection you can get there and it's a no.
I like the ones on the sides of girls' noses. Looks so cute, but don't think I will ever do that either. I would rather have the tattoos.
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6 posted 02-15-2005 04:13 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

shows how often pre-conceived notions are wrong. without realizing it, amy, i'd somehow put you in the category of never doing anything like that. i don't know how that happened - i didn't consciously think about it and probably wouldn't have known if it weren't for the suprise i felt on reading the body of your post. bad me.

to the topic - i got my first earring when i was about seventeen. my gf at the time - Jen - pierced it for me with a safety pin.

when i was about twenty or twenty-one, i pierced the second hole right above the first myself - again with a safety pin. i've been lucky and never had any problems with infection or the like.

about twenty-two or so-ish, i pierced (again with a safety pin, see a pattern here?) my navel. one word: ouch. no, two words: ouch ouch. it was not the easiest thing to do - one doesn't realize how tough or how thick that skin is until they're trying to push an oversized safety pin through it.

anyway - the Navy frowns on piercings of any type for males, so by the time i was out, the hole had closed up, so i got smart and went to a shop and had it re-pierced. it didn't hurt anywhere near as much for some reason...

got the one-and-only tat about a year-and-a-half ago. my philosophy has been much like Ali's above; i knew it was going to be permanent and I didn't want to have anything on my body that i might regret later. (side-bar: the first tattoo i thought of getting was of a grinning skull that i drew, wearing a top hat with an ace of spades sitting in the band around the hat - no, don't think i would have regretted that decision at all...) anyway, it is on my upper left bicep and is sort of a tribalish band i drew myself. the pain was good, very good. so good in fact, i almost went right out and got another not long after. but my better sense reminded me how long it took me to come up with something i was ok with in the first place and pointed out that making that kind of decision spur-of-the-moment might cause me some chagrin later on.

still have the tat, of course and still like it. it's easy to hide under a t-shirt, though, as pointed out, i am a little careful as it is solid black and can easily be seen through light fabric.

the piercings have all gone away fro the most part. the professional expectations of my job don't necessarily encourage earrings (though no one would dare say anything about it) and i just got bored with the navel ring.

though i may still get another tat someday...

my SO on the other hand... tongue ring, navel ring, about six-gazillion earrings, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 tats and thoughts of more in the future. - really love yourself.

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7 posted 02-15-2005 06:00 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

I agree with the rush after and while getting a tat completely.  Soo addictive, I have actually had to have people talk me out of getting more.  If it were up to me, my entire back would be covered.  

That first one I got was from a witch in her curious goods shop and the second one from a Native American artist.  I agree, very picky about who does the work and how long they have been doing it.  I love talking about tats and art and adore the field.

Before I went into the medical field, I was going to intern as an apprentice for the first artist up there, but at 22, I was so close minded, I didn't do it.  I seriously regret that decision.  I always will.

I definitely want more but again, very picky about what it would be.  It took me about 6 years to find my first tat and that one took 3 hours.  Both black and white, I have no color tats.  

ok, I 'm going, I could talk about this forever . . .
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8 posted 02-15-2005 11:14 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

had double pierced ears but one got infected and the other on closed after a year or so. i'm still waiting to get my tat

SEA saw the tat, l@ve it, looks really cool

Sue i liked it, it's lonely, but i still think another bird one next to it is too much
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9 posted 02-16-2005 09:04 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Alas! One of the people talking me out of getting more  

*grin*  *sigh*  I know . . .

Not next to it, on the other shoulder, in the opposite direction so both tails sweep down each blade and then you only see the tip of the beak through a tank top.  See?


You still need to get yours, Mr.  But I do understand the search to find exactly what you want.

Susan, for that cartilage piercing?  Get a flat ring put in, not a stud, that kills.  That way when you lay down, it lies flush with your head.  
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10 posted 02-16-2005 09:15 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Sue I want to see your bird I think you should get the matching one, i think it would look good from what you describe...
I might have to try it again this summer, cause I really like the in the cartilage ones. Thanks for the tip, yes, the stud kills! I could barely sleep with it in, I had to cup my hand over my ear...*sigh* it wasn't worth it.So? maybe
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11 posted 02-16-2005 11:41 AM       View Profile for Cloud 9   Email Cloud 9   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cloud 9

no piercing!

I have a tattoo on my upper butt cheek (sorry) of a sunflower. Just experimenting for the first time. then I got one on my middle lower back of a sun, designs on each side and a "S" in the middle. I am thinking of another one, just don't know what I want. However, I have seen some cool designs and don't know who has done them or they are too far away.
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12 posted 02-16-2005 04:39 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Susan - thanks, and yes!  TG a friend of mine told me NOT to get a stud.  The ring doesn't even bother me, just used a little Bactine for about 6 months, that's all. Awww, I don't have a picture of the bird,
and wow, I can't believe you have all those tats.  I wanted to get the symbol for Peace in Japanese, too.  

the bird is sort of like this style, but it isn't a hummingbird:

I think you have to click on birds, then the first B&W bird you see, that's kind of like it.

I would love to see your tats.

Cloud,  ouch - the butt - double ouch. But your tats sound nice.
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13 posted 02-16-2005 10:28 PM       View Profile for hush   Email hush   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for hush

Karen- when you're 80, you'll be looking a lot less the fool for it.

Mysteria- I adore tat's on the back of the neck- a little apprehensive about it since it's hard to cover, though. The piercing can be covered with two little band-aids.

Littlewing- your bird link isn't loading right for me, but it sounds like a neat tattoo... another on the other shoulder would probably balance it out.

And yeah, knowing the artist counts. I was 18 for the first tat (the hip one). I knew I was getting ripped price-wise, but I didn't care, b/c I wanted me that tattoo. Now, I don't know if it was a technique issue, or just something with my skin and the area, but the fine black lines have bled a bit and look blurry b/c of it. Not really obvious, but you can tell close up.

Oh, and band tats? I wanted a Marylin Manson Antichrist Superstar tattoo... that would be a fun one to explain to my kids!

Ali... a dissection needle? What is with these painful things (hairpins and safety pins?) I mean, I guess you use what you've got- I was lucky enough to ahve a nurse for a mom, and since she did home care she had a plentiful stock of 18 gauge injection needles. Painless- I mean absolutely painless- earlobe piercings, and I just stuck a stud in when I was done.

And yeah, that tattoo rush is addicting.

SEA- tribal butterfly sounds really cool.

My tip on the cartilage piercings- 1.Wear a ring 2. I used to use two pillows and make a litle crack between them where I would lay my ear, because otherwise I would wake up to a wrenching ear pain.

I've never met anyone who's had a tongue piercing infected. The hygeine for them is really involved- you have to swish with listerine any time you ingest anything besides bottled water.

Chris... you have just got to be kidding me. Since the age of 15 I have gone above and beyond parental edicts, social norms, and workplace rules to pierce whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. In fact, the plugs are a direct result of my mom declining to sign for the tongue piercing (she didn't like the infection idea). My adolescent response was "Fine! she can't stop me from doing this, because I can do it on my own!"

Interestingly enough, she never objected the plugs. Deep down in a secret place, I think she thought they were kind of neat.

And my dad has just never acknowledged them- tho he did stop talking to me for a month or so when I got my tongue pierced.

Ehh- you pierced your navel with a safety pin?? Yeah, that is ouch- it's not quite as painless a piercing as some might think in the first place, anyway.

I'm suprised that more people ahve tattoos than piercings- I guess piercings to me are no big deal (as evidenced by all ten of them) because hwen you get sick of it, you can just take it out and you're left with just a little healed up dot. Tattoos I take a bit more seriously.
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