The world and society general has come a long way in terms of acceptance of visible tattoos and piercings, even in more formal environments such as corporate workplaces, which is great since it allows people to explore self expression more. One of the hottest trends of the moment is constellation piercings, and after seeing a few pictures, you'll definitely want to try it out for yourself!
Constellation piercings, most commonly seen on the ears, is a method of arranging multiple piercings to create a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing look. There's usually some planning involved in terms of 'mapping out' where you want each separate hole to be. The process can be a long one, as usually people don't get all their piercings at once, maybe just one or two per session with a couple of months in between for healing time.
I personally have a constellation in progress on my right ear, and as soon as that's finished I may do another on my left -I'll have to see. Currently I have 2 lobe and 2 upper cartilage piercings on the right ear, and I'd like to add a tragus or forward helix on. on my right ear I only have 1 hole, but I'd like to add a conch, forward helix and another lobe piercing. It's a really fun trend, because you can create a jewelry 'theme' throughout the constellation piece. I change mine every week - so either I decide on a colour scheme and stick to it for the week, or I have something like a nature theme, when I incorporate animal earrings and natural textured earrings into the look.
From what I've heard, the rook and the conch are the most painful places to add piercings, simply because the cartilage is a lot thicker there than in other places of your ear -however pain is subjective and dependent on tolerance - I for one have a very low pain tolerance. It'sworth sitting through the 1 minute of pain for a lifetime of style - as they say: beauty is pain!
Always remember to go to a trained, sanitary and PROFFESIONAL piercer who has done the type pf piercing you want many times before to avoid unwanted accidents or future infections, Never EVER get pierced with a piercing gun - even in your lobes - I've made that mistake before! Piercing guns use blunt-force trauma to lunch a hole in your skin and are much more painful as well as increase healing time. Proper piercing needles are much more accurate, and hurt a lot less that guns. Clean the piercing properly for up to 3 months after getting it, if you take proper care of your constellation work of art, you're bound to have a beautiful cluster of piercings on you for a long time to come!
Until next time
-The Traveling Oyster xxx