While I was in America last year working at Summer Camp and travelling I decided I wanted something to remember the trip by. At camp there was talk of gecko tattoos and group trips to the piercers but nothing ever came of it. As my trip went on the thought of a piercing grew on me. I researched and contemplated and ummmed and ahhhed. I finally decided that I wanted a tragus piercing.
I read every article I found online, and found that most talked of infections and long healing times. I put off getting the piercing not wanting my six weeks of travel to be ruined or dampened by piercing infection. My last four days in the US were spent chilling in Santa Monica and I finally decided that it was the right time to get pierced, thinking that if there was an infection I’d be able to deal with it when I got back home.
Nervous before I got it done.
I didn’t want to go alone so I figured that I would go to the piercer on my second last day as I had plans to meet up with camp friends in Venice Beach. I researched the tattoo parlours like crazy. If you have never heard of Venice Beach it has a very eclectic, slightly dodgy vibe to the whole strip. Every second store is either a tattoo parlour or medical marijuana shop. I needed to do my research to find the cleanest, most sanitary piercer and settled on House of Ink.
The chick that pierced my ear was the best! She was friendly and put me totally at ease. The piercing took two seconds and I felt nothing! Check out the video below…
I looked after my tragus piercing religiously, using a saline solution to clean the area twice a day. While it throbbed for about 2-3 days, and I couldn’t easily sleep on that side, that was the worst of it. No infection, no horrible pain, none of the terrible side effects I’d read about online.
I did have trouble trying to get it out for the first time a few weeks ago (so I could play netball). I thought I had a stud in that screwed in so I tried to twist it off for hours! Turned out all i had to do was pull on the gem and it came out. Now, I have a normal butterfly clip stud in it as i'm far too clumsy to get a labret with a screw on it back into the hole, but i'm loving the freedom to change up the jewelry.
Almost a year later and I still love it and I’m so happy I got it done.