That’s Number 8

Triple Lobe, Helix Hoop, and Flat Ear Piercings | Making it Lovely

I went and got a sparkly new piercing in the flat of my left ear! That brings my total number of piercings up to 8.

I begged to get my earlobes pierced when I was a kid, and I got them done at Claire’s for my eighth birthday. Some time in my early teens I got the seconds done, again at Claire’s. At 15 or so, I did the helix myself with an ice cube, an earring, and determination. It took a long time. I could *hear* the progress I was making, and at a certain point, I just figured I had to be almost done and should just keep going. First thing I said to my mom when she got home was “I did something and if you don’t like it, I can take it out.” She let me keep it.

When did I do the thirds? Maybe late teens or early twenties? It’s a little fuzzy. Somewhere with a piercing gun like Claire’s again, I’m sure. I was young, didn’t have much money, and I don’t think people were as aware of the ills of the piercing gun as they are now. I definitely wasn’t. My newest piercing was done with a needle at a proper place (Luxe Piercing for those of you nearby).

I was more nervous than I remember being before, only because it had been so long and I knew I’d be doing something in the cartilage, but it was fine! A few seconds and it was over. It’s been almost a week and it’s healing nicely so far.

Every day, I choose what to wear from my collection of hoops, huggies, studs, and cuffs. I’m having so much fun.

Nicole Balch | Making it Lovely
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  • Brenda
    March 9, 2022 at 6:55 am

    Love the piercings! Of course, it sent me on a dive to see why guns are bad and watch a few videos of needle piercings. Learn something new every day!!

  • Kristin
    March 9, 2022 at 10:22 am

    My uncle pierced my ears when he was in med school (I was also the guinea pig for med students to come and listen for my heart murmur, and at our dr’s office, where my mom was the nurse, I was often called upon to demonstrate that throat swabs were no big deal for reluctant young patients). Anyway, my uncle decided to pierce my ears up a bit from the usual spot because he thought it would hurt less. I’ve often thought I didn’t have room for double piercings, because of that decision, but this post sent me to the bathroom mirror for renewed consideration!

  • Julie
    March 10, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Beautiful! When I turned 18 I celebrated by going to Claire’s and getting a second piercing all by myself. My parents would have allowed it, but I loved not having to get permission!

  • Jacqui Bennetts
    March 11, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Oh yes the gun, as a teen when I got the second pair the gun shot the piecing sight down and out the bottom of the lobe. Not the intention so it was done again