The most beautiful piercings start with a plan

Ear tags just aren't what it used to be. In the past, your options were limited. Maybe you did one lobe piercing and called it a day. Either you added an extra one on top for good measure, or you really sat in it and a trace of earrings, one in a row after another, carried your ear from lobe to helix . And yet there was none design aspect of it all. No pattern or shape can be formed with the piercings, no preview of the bigger picture of your piercing journey. It was more like: & # 39; Eh, I want a cuff today! & # 39; Or & # 39; Hmm, I can do something right here, & # 39; while bringing out what you later learned & # 39; is called a conch. But something changed, because the idea of ​​an overpayment plan started to seem sensible and necessary if you wanted extra piercing at all. At least within the ITG team.

Three of us – Chloe, Ashley and Ali – wanted more piercings, but we also wanted to be strategic about it. Are there counselors / stylists for ears? Because we wanted one real not bad. We talked about these dang piercings for months in the ITG beauty box. Should we just ask stylish people for advice? Find the latest cool piercer in the city? Oh God, should we just go to Claire & # 39; s? And then, like an oasis abruptly in the desert, we hear rumbling about a piercing shop that's about to hit.

Studs call this & # 39; over-piercing plan & # 39; which we struggled to & # 39; n & # 39; ears image & # 39; to define. In their catalog, there are many to choose from. & # 39; The Bermuda Triangle & # 39 ;, three fine stud buttons that reach a point; & # 39; Constellation & # 39 ;, & # 39; a track around the ear not follows a straight line and is therefore & # 39; cool & # 39 ;; & # 39; & # 39; Snake bite & # 39 ;, two piercings are close together. It helped that the jewelry was beautiful too, so the one we had to wear for the next few months when our ears healed looked good. & # 39; A few Fridays ago, we all walked into the store and poked and stabbed. You can't get more than two piercings at Studs at a time, as the store says, it can cause irritation. So one (or more!) Or we may be back in a few weeks. This is what got our first trip.

Ashley's Ear

Previous piercings: Two, or one for each lobe
New piercings:
& # 39; A snake bite to the left of the leg – one with & # 39; a simple stud, one with & # 39;


I remember it so clearly. & # 39; I'm mature enough to pierce my ears, & # 39; I told my mom when I was four, and wouldn't you know it all needed? (That was my use of adult it won her over; I might as well wear a monocle and a top hat.) But the problem with giving four-year-olds what they want is that four-year-olds have four-year-old brains and rationalities. As the doctor pierced one ear, I cried and my mother said between the snot: "ONE. IS. NET. ENOUGH! Noooo! NOT OTHERS OVER! MEAN MAMMY! & # 39; I pierced the other, but the memory stayed with me, and you know how vaccine photos & # 39; s the most horrible thing in the world when you & # 39; re a child, but really & # 39; a big problem with you? This is how it felt after getting my second set of piercings at Studs. Ali made me come through my two & # 39; snake bite & # 39; piercings, which Studs defines as two piercings stacked right next to each other, vertically or horizontally. With my single lobe piercing, the snake bite & # 39; n & # 39; right angle & # 39; formed and i am in love. Well, I'm a little obsessed now. It's like something changed in my brain, and all I want is more. Next time I want to move to my left ear – maybe a constellation design like this. I usually wear & # 39; a & # 39; crawler & # 39; to my right ear, so I want the next piercing to be higher on the side, on my helix. And then I think I'll be done – but not with obsession. At that point, the obsession will be transferred to jewelry. Fun!

Ali's ear

Previous piercings: Or seven or 11, depending on whether you pierce the nose that grows out of it and the triple front helix that never healed properly.
New piercings: 2/3 of a triangle constellation on the right lip, or two lobe piercings stacked right on top of each other

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I have a history of impulsive piercings. It is true! It usually starts this way: I wake up one morning with the urge to get a piercing, and I go to the piercing store myself at that exact moment. That's why I've had so many piercings – four on my left ear and three, before I get to Studs, on my right ear. But I actually had time to do it plan prior to our appointment, and I found I saved a lot of constellation piercings photos on Instagram. I already knew what I liked: strange numbers more than equal, asymmetry, small buttons and golden hoops that I never had to take out. Since I had a lot of lob space to my right ear, I decided to get a triangle with small CZ studs – I would have to make an appointment again for the third vertices. I'm also thinking about adding another cartilage hoop, or maybe a daith? Honestly, I'm open to suggestions – my piercer had a few. And don't even get me started on my other ear. The flood gates are open and I will take any opportunity to be more sparkling – anyone want to go back with me next week?

Chloe's ear

Previous piercings: Single lobe piercings on each ear, and one closed second hole.
New piercings: & # 39; A reformed second hole and a third one as well

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To say that my cross-country experience was a roller coaster doesn't even begin to unpack the range of emotions I went through that Friday night. All afternoon I was a nervous wreck. (Note: picturesque texts and two editors crawling around Chloe in the ITG beauty box assuring her "there's nothing to be afraid of" to get an idea of ​​that Friday afternoon.) not in pain and my previous piercing experiences were … not ideal. (My first piercer was a teenager in the local mall and my second was my aunt in her backyard.)

When we got to Studs, I was immediately comfortable. My piercer was very knowledgeable and helped me identify my dream. I'm not going to lie; the first one hurt a lot. I was not prepared for the pain and felt that I would fall down on the medical table. But when it came time for the second breakthrough, I was ready. It didn't hurt at all and I'm so happy with the results – I love my earrings and I love stud. They have a wonderful collection of cool-but-not-cheap earrings and the process is simple and thoughtless. I may want to go back soon, but for the time being, I will thank you very much.

Photos via the authors.

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