Apparently my right ear was a little swollen by the time he finished piercing it. I had the two bottom ones first but they'd closed up. I'm allergic to everything, except surgical steel--it seems. He had to take a needle to the bottom holes and reopen them for both ears. It's pretty painless.
Can't say the same for the daith piercing. Ow. Owie. Ouchero. All come to mind with that one. It felt like he'd taken a rusted, barbed fishing hook, curled it into my daith and wanted to rip my ear off my head with dangling surrounding tissue from that one extraction site. I wanted to puke. Bron kept asking if I was okay.
I'm just saying, it hurt a wee bit. Oddly, once the piercing was in, no more pain. I was amazed.
The next picture is my left ear. I think he called those anti-rook piercings. I love them! They hurt a lot less going in, but hurt a little more than the lobes. I wanted them there because A) they look AWESOME, 2) they are on the inner curve of the ear and therefore don't get caught on things like hair brushes and fingers and iii) because they look AWESOME.
Also, Rudis said he'd never done three in a row like that before, so he actually took a picture of it for his photo album. Which I think is totally cool. I was his first. Awww. Hey, Rudis? Can you send me that picture you promised?
Don't they look great? They don't even really bother me to sleep on even though they are new and tender. He did tell me there's a 25-30% rejection rate here and the cartilage may push the piercing out. If that happens he can re-pierce behind the scar tissue and it has a better chance of staying put. I'm going back through Grand Rapids in September on my way to the AAD convention in New Jersey. If it falls out by then, I'll make sure my layover time is sufficient to have him take care of that for me.
This experience was phenomenal. The pre and post piercing care was so gentle and thorough that it actually took more time than the piercings themselves.
So them's the actual ones. What do you think? I love them.