So I’m not sure if anyone else out there love piercing and tattoo youtube videos, but I personally do. I love knowing what piercings and tattoos other people have and their experience getting them. I have a have a decent amount of both. I always joke when people ask me how many piercings I have that I got an absurd amount of piercings because to rebel against my parents at 16, that’s all I could really do.
Hmm where should we start.. Let’s do tattoos first.
- Three connected circles on my foot:
I got this one in Mexico, with my three Mexican wives (that’s what we called each other). For those of you reading this and didn’t know, I lived in Mexico for a year, dancing at a resort. I met two other girls I worked with for a short time and we immediately built a strong connection and decided to get this tattoo to remember each other and the fun we had.
- ‘Siempre’ on my left hand:
I got this tattoo for my sister to represent she’s ‘always’ with me, which is what the Spanish siempre means (always). I also got this one in Mexico.
- Infinity sign on the back of my neck:
My best friend at the time and I got this tattoo in Amsterdam while we were travelling Europe. This tattoo is small, but is probably one I would get removed in the future.
- ‘WILD’ on my lip:
Yep. I have a lip tattoo that says ‘wild’. I got this in the Gili Islands in Indonesia with an amazing Swedish girl I met. We were equally as spontaneous, and I ended up with a lip tattoo and she got a large feather on her arm. AND no, I was not drunk or high. I was completely sober.
- Anchor on my right wrist:
I do not like this tattoo. For 1) after I got it, an anchor tattoo became very popular so now everyone and their dog has one. 2) When I got it touched up, the tattoo artist made is super thick, and it stands out way too much on my super white wrist skin (personal opinion). I would love to get this tattoo removed one day. I got this tattoo in Thailand, with an ex-boyfriend. The day after I got it I fell down a waterfall and messed it up. Learn from me. Don’t get a tattoo, then climb a waterfall.
- Enso symbol on my left forearm:
I got this tattoo on my old self-harming scars. An Enso can mean something different to everyone but to me, it is a Buddhism symbol that represents my journey of life and the acceptance of imperfections within my journey.
- ‘Vivir libre. Vivir feliz’ on the side of my left foot:
I got this tattoo at the end of my Central American solo trip in Panama City. The phrase means: Live free. Live happy. A friend that I danced in Mexico with always said this. I loved the way he lived and the way he saw life and this phrase is still important to me 10 years after I’ve been home from Mexico.
- An arrow on my right ankle:
I got this tattoo with a past best friend of mine. We are both Sagittarius’, and an arrow is a symbol of the horoscope sign. We also both liked the phrase: “An Arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back, it means that it is going to launch you into something great.” Though we are no longer best friends, this tattoo still means a lot to me.
Like I mentioned in my short disclaimer, I have A LOT of piercings and all but one of them are on/in my ears. OOO Ashley you’re so rebellious (but my parents were actually mad at me for getting all of them).
I have my ear lobes pierced twice on my left ear lobe and three times on my right. I pierced my third hole myself. Pain tolerance literally a 1/10.
I got this done on my left ear. This one hurt (7/10) and got super infected. I’m pretty sure the piercer used too small of jewelry. **MAKE SURE YOU GO TO AN EXPERIENCED PIERCER!!
I got this in my right ear. This one wasn’t too bad in regards to pain level (6/10) and I also went to a way better piercing place, which probably helped in both the pain level and healing time. BUT, I would like to mention with this piercing I noticed it made my ear stick out further than the ear that I don’t have this piercing on.
The helix was very similar to the rook, but less pain (4.5/10). This one I have on my left ear. It healed fast and I have had no issue with it.
I have a double auricle piercing on my left ear. I got the piercings done at different times and I found this piercing to be quite painful (7/10). I also have found this one to take a little longer to heal than some of my other ear piercings, probably similar to my tragus (minus the infection). The first auricle I got pierced I got a hoop and the second I got with a barbell. I liked the hoop way better. I find the barbell gets stuck and caught a lot, which is probably adding to the healing time.
Oh man. I got this piercing on my right ear and I love it.. NOW. This one hurts (8.5/10). I mean if you grab your ear and pinch you can already get the vibe that this one would be painful. It also takes a long time to heal and actually still hurts years after I’ve gotten it pierced. Still worth it though because it is one of my favourite piercings.
This is my newest piercing, some would say a quarter life crisis, I might say they’re right. I have been back and forth about this piercing for a while, but I finally found someone to get it with that gave me the extra push. Now, I did endless research on this. I have extremely sensitive nipples to the point that if my shirt brushes me the right way I get turned on, so I did not want anything to go wrong. We went to a good and experienced piercer and made sure to ask a billion questions. So.. when people tell you this piercing hurts, they are NOT lying. I have a high pain tolerance, but wowza, this baby hurt (9/9/10). It hurt quite a bit for a few days later. I found normal wired bras to be the best because I usually wear sport bras and they were too tight. I recently caught the piercing on my deodorant (not even sure how this is possible) and I literally thought I ripped my nipple off. I have heard that piercing your nipple can desensitize it, but that definitely did not happen for me, my nipple is more sensitive now. One thing I would have liked to know is that you will permanently have PN (perky nipple), and since I only got one nipple done it probably looks a little odd. But overall I love it and I’m excited for it to be healed so I can put different jewelry in.
- I had my nose pierced (twice), but I don’t wear anything in it anymore. I was super young when I originally got it done and loved it, but I took it out because I thought it brought too much attention to my nose which I didn’t like. I had it out for a while and then got it re-pierced because I missed it and god help me, getting your nose re-pierced through scar tissue it not fun. The original piercing was a 5/10 for pain level and getting it re-pierced was probably a 6.5/10.
I love piercings personally (mostly ears) and will probably add to my collection. I don’t know if I will ever get my other nipple done because that was quite the journey. I have a lot of future tattoo ideas, but the older I get, the more scared I am to ink my body.
If you have any questions please let me know! If you have any judgments, keep them too yourself. Ain’t nobody got time for that.