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I Got A Custom Constellation Piercing From Brian Keith Thompson | Macro Beauty | Refinery29

I Got A Custom Constellation Piercing From Brian Keith Thompson | Macro Beauty | Refinery29

People are always asking me, “Is this gonna hurt?” “What’s it feel like?” You know what I tell them? Shhh. It’s pain. Life is painful. My name is Andrea and I’m getting a rook piercing today. I know that it’s said that this is the new beauty trend in LA, especially in LA it’s been pretty popular, but I think it’s been around since the ‘90s. A rook is this part of your ear, right here, this fold. It’s one of my favorites. I love decorating the ears. I feel like they were meant to be decorated. They need it, they want it. They were put there to hang jewelry off of. My name is Brian Keith Thompson, I’m the owner and chief piercer at Body Electric Tattoo in Los Angeles, California. Body Electric, I was a client there. I had recently got out of prison. Yes, prison. And I needed to get some cover up tattoos. The owner at the time made me go into the mirror and pierce my nose myself, and I did it. I’m a sucker for a dare. And it changed something in me. The better I got at it, the more I loved it. The more I loved it, the better I got at it. I’ve wanted cartilage piercings on my ears for so, so long. One of the reasons I’ve definitely been worried about getting the cartilage piercings is cause I hear that you can’t really sleep on them and it’s really hard. And I toss and turn all the time throughout my sleep. And I heard with the rook you can sleep on it right afterwards because it’s right in between your ear. I don’t do every type of piercing. I turn people down, at least once a week. I had an eight year old come in who wanted her navel pierced with her mom, I just was not gonna do that. I don’t pierce the tongue. I don’t want to touch anybody’s tongue, and I feel it’s very negative on the mouth. People call me an artist. I am not an artist. I am a stylist, I am a decorator. That’s what I do. I mentally prepare for getting piercings done by kind of just pretending it’s not gonna happen. Until the needle’s right next to me. I mean, I’m definitely not super excited to be stabbed by these needles today but I mean why not, right? You’re gonna see a glass receiving tube. I like the glass because I can see the needle exit the bottom of the rook. You’re seeing small, minute changes right before the piercing of me determining angle and depth. When I execute I apply pressure to the needle. It pierces through the part of the ear. I maintain constant pressure and fluid movements as I’m piercing to limit trauma and pain to the client. It happens in a split second. Voila. A freshly pierced rook. My method is basically taking each client and trying to make it unique. If they give me that freedom to do actually what I want, usually it comes out much better. I noticed that she was wearing things in her lobes. I didn’t feel like it fit her well. Whatever that was, that star thingy. So we tossed those out and then moved the diamond studs down, put some gold hoops behind that on the second piercing. So today I was just going to get the rook piercing and then I got there and ended up getting three because he convinced me. Andrea let me perform the constellation piercing. What a constellation piercing is is a multitude of piercings sporadic on your ear with no rhyme or reason why they should be there. I’ve gotten a lot of attention for it, but it’s just something I’ve embraced. If you’re getting multiple piercings, know that the first one is gonna hurt less then second one, second one’s gonna to hurt more, third one’s gonna hurt more. That one hurt more, you lied. So the more you hurt yourself, the more your body sends that pain to your brain to get you to what? Stop hurting yourself. I did a 2.5 mil disc in her conch. And I did a tiny 1.5 millimeter diamond on her upper lobe. My initial reaction was that it looked badass to be totally honest. Changing the jewelry in your ear can absolutely transform somebody’s style. I tell people all the time, a tattoo is a marriage, a piercing is a mistress. I was a little nervous, definitely, about getting stabbed three times, but it ended up like not being as bad as I thought it was going to be. Brian was amazing. He’s obviously super professional and had no problem telling me that he hated everything that I had and was like, “You need to do this.” The aftercare, the actual healing process can take months and it can be quite painful. One of the number one causes of problems associated with getting a piercing is the clients playing, touching, twisting and turning the jewelry. Less care is best care, I tell all my clients. What I prefer to use is a castile soap from Dr. Bronner’s, massaging the soap gently around the piercing area, and then rinsing it completely off. After 12 years of piercing I still love to pierce is because every day is different. Every client is unique, they’re different personalities, their ear shape, their anatomy, every day is a challenge. It’s different. It’s fun. At the moment, it really doesn’t hurt but I know that it’s going to at some point. I think my ear is just in shock, but right now I kind of feel like a boss ass bitch now. Thank you guys so much for watching. To watch more videos, click here. And to subscribe, click here.

100 thoughts on “I Got A Custom Constellation Piercing From Brian Keith Thompson | Macro Beauty | Refinery29

  1. The sounds they added to this video are awful. I know it’s supposed to sound like the cartilage breaking but it kept making me squirm

  2. If u sleep on a piecing right after u got it done and if u fall asleep u don't feel anything when u r slpeeping😴😴😴😴

  3. I love the sounds earlier when I was piercing my ears in the bathroom I heard it and I was like oh my Gooooood that’s crazy

  4. I pierced my own cartilage with a 5mm needle, he's right, the more I pushed the more it hurt, I would have loved to back out before the full bevel of that large needle had bit into my ear but it was already a huge wound and pulling out would be worse than finishing and getting the plug in, I did it in stages, I had to push very hard and my body was screaming at me to stop, once the needle was all the way in (and a large portion was sticking out of the back of my ear) I decided to just keep pushing, this is difficult as the rounded part of the needle although sharp just doesn't puncture flesh the way the point does, getting the full thing through the skin on the back is awful but at some point you feel the needle suddenly slide quite freely and while you still feel a lot of pain you know that it's done and it's a huge relief. I now have a nice big eyelet in the thickest part of my cartilage and its the one that gets the most comments, more than my nose even. As such I decided to do it again on the outside of the other ear and I am reminded that the healing process is unpleasant too, what the hell, it is done now and once it has healed I will be thrilled with it and having two large holes through such a tough and sensitive area screams badass. I had one guy look at it smile and give a thumbs up, look at the back and then shake my hand, he commented on how he could not believe it. It wasn't the stretched nostrils or the high nasallang, cheeks or any of the more in your face stuff. It was the ear! I have 15 other piercings in that ear alone that he wasn't interested in too. I love the way my ears, especially the right look. I think the right really does look badass! Even if I don't. Lol

  5. I had a tragus piercing but it got infected multiple times and had to take it out. It’s really cool looking but keep in mind that for a long time you won’t be able to sleep on that side or wear headphones.. also stay with a straight barbel as long as possible. I got it pierced and wore a hook which caused infections as it couldn’t heal properly. I didn’t listen to my piercer

  6. Watching videos to prepare for my rook piercing today… Aaand the sound effects were SOOO not necessary

  7. He talked her into a conch….. when she chose the rook.. as an intro to cartilage piercings BC of the sleeping aspect… …just what

  8. Is the conch really as painful as some say? I want it, but I am dead scared to get it and I am worried about the aftercare. Feedback, please!!

  9. "They were put there to hang jewellery from!"

    (yes I know what he meant)

    Edit: Omfg the sound effects were awfulllllll 😭😂

  10. It doesn't feel Painful actually…it just Sound make it look crazy
    I just got My piercing Yesterday and it doesn't feel like it will kill you guys And I got my piercing at age of 12 ik I'm too late but at least I have it now

    And BTW this is my Mom acc

  11. i got my conch and my rook pierced three days ago and i just realized i have the exact same piercing placement as her lol. the three lobes as well

  12. Me before the video: ooh I wanna do this let’s see how it goes!!
    Me after hearing the crunches: I guess I can use fake piercing earrings from now on? 🤢

  13. I always find ot funny how these videos make piercings into something badass and radical. I guess in USA they are because they're still a little taboo. But in my country they are so common, I actually had my ears pierced when I was a baby. I don't even remember it. I used to think you were born with small holes in your lobes so you could wear earrings 😂

  14. I think Body Electric is extremely professional and talented throughout! I got my industrial pierced there last year and the staff were so welcoming and professional. The piercing was practically painless and it healed up really well!

    I would recommend body electric to anyone who wants a piercing, they did an amazing job! All of BKT’s work looks amazing as well!

  15. This could have been one of the best piercing videos on YouTube…until the slow motion and sound effects, which give an incredibly inaccurate and dramatically disgusting interpretation of something that is a very intimate and personal experience for many people.

  16. I have my rook, snug, and tragus pierced and I NEVER heard any of those awful sounds while getting them pierced 😂

  17. I and many friends have been pierced by Brian and he is a top notch professional dude that actually puts you as ease. Everyone should get pierced by him.

  18. These sound effects were not needed. They makes it seem scarier to get the piercing for people who have never had them. It isn't as bad as it seems. I promise. Go do it if you want it! You will love it.

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