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Old 09-09-2019, 05:42 AM
 
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....Sterilize the needle/pin, "freeze" the ear, aim and stick. lol. Takes seconds.
I did the same long, long time ago...no "freeze" though.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:50 AM
 
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I was born in the 1950s and for my parents, pierced ears were something people from the Old Country did to their kids. As 3rd-generation Americans they we horrified when I wanted mine pierced as a teenager. We had a couple of royal battles over it. At the time there were "self-piercing earrings" you could get by mail-order. They were narrow hoops, with one sharp, pointed end that fit into a small tube on the other end. Every day you tightened them a little more.

Finally, my parents told me I could pierce my ears using those. I suppose they thought I'd give up. They underestimated my stubbornness. I was SO proud when I got them all the way through and could put in "real" pierced earrings! I got the angle a little wrong on one ear but you can tell only with heavy post earrings; that one points downward. Later, my sister not only got hers done, but she got into the "business" of piercing ears for other girls (always with their mothers nearby and she never charged for it). She eventually became a doctor.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:44 AM
 
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My mom pierced my ears when I was 14 with an ice cube and a big needle. This was 50 years ago and I still have the original holes.

I have pierced many men's ears the same way, and never had any problems or issues. However, if you are not comfortable doing that, I agree with the above posters that a tattoo parlor is the way to go. Good luck!
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:32 AM
 
Location: So Cal
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I was born in the 1950s and for my parents, pierced ears were something people from the Old Country did to their kids. As 3rd-generation Americans they we horrified when I wanted mine pierced as a teenager. We had a couple of royal battles over it. At the time there were "self-piercing earrings" you could get by mail-order. They were narrow hoops, with one sharp, pointed end that fit into a small tube on the other end. Every day you tightened them a little more.

Finally, my parents told me I could pierce my ears using those. I suppose they thought I'd give up. They underestimated my stubbornness. I was SO proud when I got them all the way through and could put in "real" pierced earrings! I got the angle a little wrong on one ear but you can tell only with heavy post earrings; that one points downward. Later, my sister not only got hers done, but she got into the "business" of piercing ears for other girls (always with their mothers nearby and she never charged for it). She eventually became a doctor.
That sounds like prolonged torture. Did it hurt much?
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:10 PM
 
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That sounds like prolonged torture. Did it hurt much?
When I tightened them it did, but then it would stop. As I said, my parents underestimated my stubbornness.
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Old 09-16-2019, 08:03 PM
 
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I pierced my nipples using tools (forceps and piercing needles) and titanium barbells I bought off Amazon and a local tattoo shop (and lots of 99% iso!) 6 or 7 years ago, because I'm still young-ish and stupid. I'm still alive to talk about it and my pecs haven't fallen off. But, with your diabetes and other medical problems please don't take chances DIYing it, just go to a tattoo place like everybody else suggested. You'll also have somebody else to blame if something (hopefully not) goes wrong, so there's that.
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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My mom pierced my ears while I was sitting at the dining room table (1976)
As a rebellious teenager, I pierced my own ear (up the left side, I had 5 holes in that ear (1984)

All the extra holes have long since closed, but my "Mommy" piercings are still active (thanks Mom and I miss you!)

It's probably more sanitary and painless to go to a tattoo parlor to get it done though. I've re-opened one of my 80's piercings by soaking a stud in alcohol, then just shoving it in, but it hurt! (then I ended up abandoning that piercing so it closed again)
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Old 09-26-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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Get it done by a professional at a tattoo parlor
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