There is something liberating about change. Even if change means something as simple as a new conch piercing, it’s empowering to make a decision, follow through, and recreate life as you know it.
The 5W's of My Piercing Experience
I have been thinking about piercing my conch for almost three years now. Which, come to think of it, is absolutely wild. I like to think that I’m the kind of person who thrives on split decisions and last minute opportunities, but if I’m being honest with myself, I love a good plan. That’s why I almost can’t believe that I’ve finally gone through with this.
If you're thinking about getting pierced, then I suggest not working yourself up too much. If you've thought through it, and it's something you can see yourself being happy with, then do it. Why not? I'll share some bits and bobs from my experience to give you a frame of reference as to how yours might go.
Who Pierced It?
My piercer, this lovely gem of a man, talked me through the whole process. I had already told myself not to get overworked before knowing how painful the piercing would be. Harry helped me stick to my commitment and guided me through breathing. In retrospect, the experience was like preparing for labor, though a lot less intense.
What Happens When You Pierce Your Conch?
For those of you who don’t know, the conch is the inner part of your ear. It is the very thick cartilage that you can properly squeeze with the pads of your thumb and forefinger, if you find a reason to do so. You can take a look at the graphic below to get a clearer picture of what I mean, or search on Pinterest for ideas that show the versatility of a well placed conch piercing.
Since I eventually want to wear a ring in my conch piercing, Harry determined it best that he pierce closer to the edge of the ear (where the arrows end), rather than in the middle (where the back of your earbuds usually come to rest).
To my surprise, the conch piercing didn't hurt! At least not in the way I thought it would. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but the most I felt was a pinch toward the end. If anything, screwing on the ball was more uncomfortable than the needle itself.
If I had to rate it, I would say 2 out of 10. So really not bad at all. (For reference, hitting my shin hurts 10 times more than piercing my conch,)
In terms of after care, it was healing nicely. I got awkwardly punched in the ear, and then again hit myself in the ear a few times while laying in bed - a true series of misfortunate events. So it would bleed occasionally, and took a little longer to heal up. Before then, it was healing nicely and even wit the regression, at two months, it will be safe to change the jewelry.
Where Did I Go to Pierce It?
I went to this awesome shop in Queens, Pete and Cubo’s, that my friend has been going to for years. Shoutout to them - definitely check them out if you want a new conch piercing, or any other piercing at that! As I said, the experience was lovely and the prices are great! So don’t hesitate to check them out if you’re in town.
When Did All This Happen?
Spring break baby! No, I didn’t go anywhere exotic for spring break. I never have and at this point I never will. Let’s be honest, who has money for that? Still, I took some time out of the week to get my conch piercing done.
Would it have been nice to sit in a cabin somewhere and sleep/eat/read? Yes. Do I have friends who would pay to do this with me? Lol, no. Am I happy with what I did instead? Yes. Yes. Yes!
Why Did I Pierce My Conch?
At the end of the day, I got my conch pierced because it was something I wanted to do. Your personal decisions don’t require explanation, especially when they pertain to something you’ve done for yourself. Cheers to new piercings and liberating decisions!
To all my messy babes: Don’t hesitate to take a moment to do something for yourself. Create the change you’ve been waiting to see. Most importantly, don’t feel pressured to explain your process/decision/idea to any uninvolved party. Instead do, and then keep, something special for yourself.
I didn’t think I would be the person to be so hyped off of a new piercing, especially since needles happen to be one of my Top 10 nemeses. However, it’s almost like coming to terms with your sexuality. Once you own it, and you really know who you are, it’s more than liberating. It feels right. Like something was a bit off, but now that this new piece has joined the puzzle things make a little more sense, and you’re that much closer to balancing both sides of the equation. Anyway, I wish I could tie my hair up so I can casually flash my new stud to the world. I like, I like it!
Verdict? Yes! I would do it all over again. In fact, I will do it again. Most likely after this hole heals, and my environment is a little more stable. For instance, I don't want to take the plane with a fresh piercing, but I will plan for when I’m back in the States after studying abroad.
This was my first real piercing besides my lobes, so if you're anything like me, I'm sure you'll have questions about getting a piercing yourself. If you do, feel free to leave them in the comments below.