My sistar showed me this Into The Gloss article back in July about J. Colby Smith, a piercer at New York Adorned. It’s a great article (you should read it) and what left an impression with me was Colby’s aim of making piercings look “delicate and pretty.”
The difference between what I do and the industry standard is—I think piercing is in a lot of ways meant to look intimidating or extreme. A lot of it is about ‘how big that ring in her ear is.’ I try to do things to look more delicate and pretty, and I feel like a lot of other people focus more on extremes. And honestly—and this is going to sound funny to say—for me, less is more, aesthetically. I’ve become quite famous for saying ‘no.’
One look at his website, portfolio, and Instagram and we were hooked. My sister and I have always had a love affair with tattoos and piercings (to Mrs. Phi’s dismay), but also, a love affair with being “pretty” – HAIR CAPES, SHORT SKIRTS, SWEEPING BANGS, WINGED EYELINER. The notion of making piercings into something feminine and pretty seemed so obvious!
As we had a trip to New York planned for late October, we immediately made plans to obtain said pretty jewelry at New York Adorned on our trip. Knowing that when you initially get pierced, you often have to use a certain type of (thicker/bigger/wider) jewelry and that you can’t change out your jewelry right away, we decided to get our piercings done separately at our respective cities in Houston and Seattle first, wait 3 months for them to heal, then change out the jewelry in New York.
And so the painstaking and time consuming process of researching, planning, and piercing began. I created my I NEED HOLES Pinterest board to help collect photos and inspiration. It’s REALLY HARD planning out multiple piercings while also planning out future jewelry, especially when piercers sometimes don’t let you do multiple piercings at the same time and then you have to go to a different piercing place who WILL pierce you (just kidding not really). I ended up getting 6 new piercings spread out over 3 piercings trips. The healing process has been a huge annoying bitch and I still can’t sleep comfortably on either side of my head, but luckily, by the time we went to New York Adorned, Colby said they had healed enough to change the jewelry.
It’s still a work in progress and I have some more tweaks I want to make, but I’m absolutely in love.
[images from jcolbysmith.com]