I read somewhere that men with earrings make better husbands; they’re experienced in buying jewelry and they can put up with some pain. I don’t know about all that, but I did get 2 more piercings last night in some unnamed portion of my ear. It has been a long time since my lobe piercings, so I had forgotten what it felt like. I think the lobe piercing was worse, probably because of the gun they used. For cartiledge, they stick an extremely sharp hollow-pithed needle – gauged appropriately – through you. They catch the needle on the other side using a steel barrel similar to a bullet shell. The needle, when done professionally, slips through pretty much anything with little effort. The pain is only slight, and more of a deep bruising rather than the sparking pain from gun piercings. The part that gets you is the sound of a sharp needle being pressed with force against a hollow steel cylinder. A crunching-grating sound, not unlike what I imagine it sounds like to crush cartiledge with pliers. It has nothing to do with your ear, but it is audibly amplified through your head. Still, I’ll give a recommendation for Magick Dragoon Tattoos in Gainesville for their handy work. They’ve pierced both me and my wife now, and they’re very professional and clinical.