Rook Piercing – my experience

Following on from my general piercing post yesterday, I thought that I would share my most recent experiences with you…

You probably know, if you read my posts, that I had my rook pierced on Saturday!  I had been looking at it for a while but initially decided that I would have it done next time and I would settle for the Middle Helix this time.  However, as the day got closer I starting thinking that I should just go for it and so I did.  I read some awful things online about the pain while the piercing took place and also the healing process.  I cannot comment on the healing process as of yet, as I am still at the beginning of it but I thought I would share my experiences so far.

I had it done at a tattoo parlour local to my parents, New Image Tattoo in Wisbech.  I have never been there before but the whole experience was very good.  My boyfriend came with me and waited in the waiting room but even he said that he will consider this place for his next tattoo, he is tattoo mad! I am surprised that I didn’t walk out of the side room to see that he was actually getting a small one done.  The staff were very chatty and friendly, it was probably my best piercing experience I have had.  As someone who has no tattoos I often find these places intimidating which is part of the reason I took Mike with me and made sure that he had his tattoos on show.

There was no waiting around, the girl took me straight through to the side room and got out all of the equipment so I could see that it was all new and everything was clean.  She marked up the spot on my ear and asked that I checked it in the mirror. I was happy with it so I laid down and positioned my head facing the wall.  This was good as it meant I couldn’t see her or the needle.  It was over so quickly…. I was shocked at how little pain there was.  I was then free to check the piercing in the mirror and it looked so cute so I paid and left.

I know that everyone can tolerate different amounts of pain and I would say that mine is medium.  I have never cried having a piercing or blood test but I don’t think that I would stand the pain of a tattoo.   I honestly could not believe how this did not hurt at all.  Like there was a scratch when the needle when it but it was over extremely quickly.

It was a bit sore for about half an hour after but after that I had no problems with it at all. I didn’t sleep on it on the first night as it was sore to touch but from night 2 I have been sleeping on it for part of the night, without any trouble.  I read online I know you shouldn’t believe everything that you read that the pain may be constant for 2 or 3 days after you get it done but it has been a few days now and I can honestly say that I have had no headache or burning sensation. I also read reviews online that some people had an ear that resembles a rugby players after having it pierced however, mine barely swelled. I like the fact that you cannot really see the earing unless you are looking for it (please see the photo below)

I have been cleaning it twice a day with saline solution and I know it hasn’t been that long but so far I have had no issues with it all.  It is hard to clean because it is at a weird angle and hard to see.  I have been cleaning it with cotton wool pads and Q Tips.  I have already ordered a rose gold bar to replace the current one, I know I will be waiting a while for that though.  I am so happy that I actually got this done!

Love, Minnie x



Piercings – what I have, what I use to have & what I want.

You may have seen in my Weekly Review that I got my rook pierced at the weekend, which I was super nervous for but so pleased I got it done.  It inspired me to do a mid-week post about all my piercings!  I love piercings and have done since I got my first set done at aged 4!

I am also planning to do a specific post about my rook piercing experience while it is still fresh in my mind.


Current Piercings 

Lobes x2 

I had my first set of lobes done when I was aged 4 and the second at aged 7!   I admit that I do not wear earings enough in these holes and I am making an effort at the moment to increase the wear time. This has also given me the perfect excuse to buy some new studs. I found when I was at school, I did a lot of sport so I had to take these out and never got around to putting them back in, luckily, I had them done when I was so young they’ve not healed up.

Belly Button 

I had this done when I was about 13/14 and I begged my mum for ages and when she first said yes, I actually chickened out in the tattoo place.  We had to wait ages and this just made my nerves worse.  When I did get it done, I did not feel any pain at all.  Now I am getting older I feel as if I never change the bar and never actually have the piercing on show.  If my stomach didn’t look so alien without it (to me that is as I am so used to it now) I would remove it.  I think when I eventually have kids it will be removed as soon as I know I am pregnant and not put back in.


This was a bit of an impulse piercing and it hurt a lot less than I expected, although I have a feeling that they numbed it. I was about 17 at the time and it felt like everyone was getting this done. I still love this one, it is very fiddly to change though.

Forward helix

I had this one about four years ago and I have only just had to take it out and put it back in, I was so scared that it would heal up but luckily it didn’t and it was super easy to change.  I am looking forward to changing this to a rose gold earing to match the rest of my current ones. This didn’t actually hurt when it was being done but I did have a sharp headache for a few hours later that day.  It healed amazingly well and I am very happy with it.


My new baby!  I very nearly got the middle cartilage done instead of this but I am so glad I got it done as I had been looking at them for a while.  The actual piercing was much less painful than I was expecting and so far the healing process has been ok.  I heard that it does take up to a year to heal properly so I will keep you updated.  I have already purchased a rose gold bar to replace this one with even though I may have to wait a while before I can do this.

Retired Piercings 


My 15-year-old self is to blame for this one.  I was still at school when I had this pierced and I loved it for so long but when it came to start thinking about my legal career I decided that I needed to appear more professional on open days and interviews so I took it out.  I am so glad that I did, it may be personal preference but I feel that they are very chavvy when I see them now. It also did some damage to my gums which I don’t think can be reversed.  I feel that I should have researched this more.


I had been desperate for this for ages and was so impatient, I actually had it done with a gun!! This has been the most painful piercing I’ve had and took the longest to heal.  I have retired this after taking it out for my MRI, so a good 10 years after having it done because when it was out I noticed how bumpy the cartilage was.  The healing process took so long for this and I would often wake up in the night with a swollen ear months and years after the piercing.  It is so easy to catch too, especially when my ears are kind big.  I do not miss having this one in at all.

Third lobes

I had my third lobe set done when I was 16/17 and again, I still did a lot of sport so they healed over pretty quickly when I forgot to put the earings back in.  I do not miss these now at all.

What I want next 

Middle Cartilage 

I almost had this done instead of my rook and then the girl suggested that I had both but I was not prepared for that!  Anyway, I have seen many pictures online of this piercing and it looks so good! I do have ears that stick out a bit so I am worried about the attention that this may draw to them or it doesn’t look as nice as the pictures but I may consider this again when my rook has healed.  I will get this done with a needle not a gun and hopefully not have the same issue I had with my helix.

What piercings do you have?

Love, Minnie x

P.S. I am aware that my earings don’t currently match, I have ordered some that do…