Cartilage of Death

Submitted by Shianne from Utah

Cartilage Piercing

Me being the dumb 13 year old girl I was, I decided to pierce my own cartilage with a safety pin. Yeah, I know, possibly one of the dumbest things you could do. But, I thought I was being “money efficient” and “smart.” So, I got my safety pin, rubbing alcohol, and finally my purple marker so I could mark where I was going to stab myself 😉

I mark up my ear, dip my safety pin in rubbing alcohol and shove it through my ear…that was a very, very bad idea. One second it was going fine, and the next there was a surge of blood and pain 😡 I quickly grabbed a cup off my nightstand and put it under my ear, I sat like that for a good ten minutes before I stood back up and went to the bathroom to clean my disaster.

The blood was still dripping from my ear at a semi-rapid rate and the small cup was a third way filled
with my blood!

I looked in the mirror and saw the pulpy, bloody, vermillion, and swollen mess of an ear I had created and ran upstairs to show my mother. (She had no idea I was doing this!) 😡

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Make Sure It’s A Cathcy One!

By Nora, from Gainesville, USA.

Last year,(when i was elven years of age!) i was in my basement with my fifteen year old brother and our friends, they were playing play sittion three and me and my friend were just talking with the and hanging outt. The subject of piercings came up and I asked my brother what he thought looked cool on a girl. He said that cartilage looked really nice and pretty. Next he told me ‘Nora, you should get a cartilage piercing!” I had always thought they looked pretty, So i went upstairs and my mom said “Sure, why not?” I was so excited i ran downstairs and told my brother i’m going to get a piercing and i’ll be back soon! I grabbed my friend and sprinted upstairs.So my mommy told us to get in the car, I’ll take you to get it done! She took me and my friend to Claire’s in the mall( BIGG Mistakee!!). The lady ask me what jewelry i wanted. I just got a plain stud. She loaded up her piercing gun and pierced it. It only stung a bit. After it was kinda sore. So we payed the girl and left. When w left the cold air felt really nice on it ! I cleaned it two times every day and it healed nicely. While looking online about what and what i shouldn’t do and when i should change it and such, i stumbled across something. The women did it completely wron and stunted my healing process. What id didn’t know was that she should have used a needle instead of a gun. That’s what made it kind of painful, and made it keep healing for almost a year. But, oh well, its healed and pretty. It was only sore for a couple hours- i even slept on it that night. For Christmas this year I got a pretty pink, purple and blue sparkle stud 😀 I’m really happy i got it and in a couple of days i’m getting my belly button pierced! I cannot waitt! I will submit a story when i do get it :DD

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Cartilage Piercing

Cartilage PiercingCartilage piercing or “Conch piercing” as it’s otherwise known, is one type of ear piercing that you could opt for.

You could end up having an outer or an inner cartilage piercing and it mainly depends upon where the ear actually is.

Obviously everybody is different and so the type of cartilage piercing that you end up with will not necessarily be the same one that your friend ended up with for example.

The Differences between Inner and Outer Conch piercings

The main difference between the two different conch piercings is that the inner one is situated in the centre cartilage and the outer one is situated on the outer cartilage.

You will find that the inner piercings tend to be a little larger than the outer ones. Therefore if you do end up with an inner cartilage piercing, once it has been properly stretched it is possible to wear an earlet.

If you are having an outer cartilage piercing then you should be aware that if you have it lower than 16 gauge then you run the risk of having it ripped out. So always choose a piece of jewellery that is at least 16g. Both types of cartilage piercings can be performed using dermal punching. Typically however an inner conch piercing will be performed using a hollow, large gauge needle and a barbell will be used as the initial piece of jewellery.

The outer cartilage piercing will usually be performed using a big gauge piercing needle. The initial jewellery for an outer piercing will typically be a curved barbell.

What you should know

Cartilage piercings can look really good once they have healed. The actual healing time can be anything from three to twelve months and you will need to follow certain after care procedures too to help it to heal properly. It is important to note that you should never attempt to change the type of jewellery that you have in the piercing whilst it is still healing.

If for whatever reason you do want to change the jewellery, you should ask the piercer to do it for you. This is because it could damage the piercing if you take it out.

Cartilage piercings are popular and they can be performed in a variety of different locations on the ear. You may want to talk through your options with the piercer to see which one would be better suited to you. Just as long as you take good care of the piercing after it has been done, you will get to experience the most benefits!

Ear Piercing – The Most Common Piercing Around!

Ear PiercingWell, I guess there’s no doubt that the ear piercing is the most common form of body piercing these days. And of course, since the ancient times our ancestors have pierced their earlobes and worn adornments in them!

It can be actually argued whether the earlobe piercing falls under the body piercing category because it’s so common and widespread that many would think of it something unrelated to other body piercing types like nose piercing, tongue piercing and genital piercing.

However, don’t underestimate what the ear piercing can actually look like! Don’t forget that a human’s ear doesn’t end with an earlobe. There are so many places in the ears which can be pierced that you’ll be surprised.

Oh yes, even the simple earlobe piercing can be brought one step further and the lobe can be pierced from different angles.

So here you go – transverse lobe piercing. Still the very earlobe is being pierced, but not as usually. The piercing goes inside through the lobe parallely the ear instead of running through it from behind the lobe and emerging in the front. This is a modern kind of ear piercing as well as another variation of the lobe piercing –

Vertical lobe piercing pierces the earlobe vertically using a straight barbell. It goes in where an anti-tragus piercing would begin, but instead of coming out right above the earlobe goes all the way down. This one involves piercing the cartilage and therefore takes much longer to heal. Whereas a simple ear piercing would take a few weeks to heal, the vertical one may take up to a half-year to heal properly!

Do you know what’s the most painful of all the piercings? Genital piercing? Nope! It’s one of the ear piercing types – anti-tragus piercing. It is similar to the vertical lobe piercing with the upper part of the barbell entering through the cartilage above the earlobe. However, it doesn’t go through the lobe, it merely pierces the cartilage. Actually this ear piercing type is a very nice looking one, isn’t it? It might be worth the pain… 🙂

And here in the picture below you can see the most popular places for ear piercing.

Ear Piercing Variations

Ear industrial piercing is also very popular. The most common version of it involves piercing the outer rim of the ear in two places and then connecting it using a straight barbell. The industrial piercings can go just about anywhere throughout the ear connecting two or more piercings. However, the standard ear industrial piercing is placed like where it says in the picture above and specific ear piercings – industrial barbells are being manufactured to adorn them.

Tragus piercing – has become quite a common type of ear piercing recently and there’s loads of nice tragus earrings available.


Body Piercing Types

No doubt – body piercing is rather part of fashion than some under-ground trend. Since 60ies and 70ies, when body piercing was gay communities’ identity, so much has changed!

These days no-one will even look back at someone who has eyebrow piercing or a nose ring, not to mention different ear piercings.

But anyway, even now we can kind of separate ‘normal’ body piercing types from ‘extreme’ body piercing practiced only by those who are involved in body modification. I guess many folks would look back at someone carrying a huge plate in a stretched lip piercing, for instance!

So here I’ve sorted the most popular body piercing types and sub-types, and you can read more about them!

Facial & Ear Piercing

Ear Body Piercing

Cartilage Piercing, Tragus Piercing, Industrial Piercing

Eyebrow Body Piercing

Lip Body Piercing

Labret Piercing, Vertical Lip Piercing, Monroe Piercing, Double Lip Piercing

Nose Body Piercing

Tongue Body Piercing

Body Piercing

Microdermal Piercing

Nipple Body Piercing

Inverted Nipple Piercing

Navel Body Piercing

Navel Industrial Piercing

Surface Body Piercing

Extreme Body Piercing

Genital Piercing

Female Body Piercing

Male Body Piercing