ever since i was a little kid i have been a massive, massive… wuss. i’m talking like, i would not go near a film that i thought might even slightly scare me. i got horrible night terrors, and so i would just avoid anything that could even pose a slight risk of adding to those. and my pain tolerance is also crazy low i remember when i was five, i had a plaster on the bottom of my back because i had fallen over, or something, and the idea of taking it off frightened me so much that i just didn’t. and i just left it there, for like four weeks until my mum yanked it off without me knowing uh, i think i kept a grudge about that for, about, 14 years. that joke only works if you know that i’m 19 already. so, not a good joke. however, as i got older, i managed to grow out of my fears and now i can enjoy scary movies sometimes i have to turn the sound off and put the subtitles on because i don’t like jump scares but! we’re getting somewhere. and then, it got to a point where i wanted tattoos and piercings and didn’t know what to do, because, don’t want the ow but i want the the pretty metal bits help? basically, in this video, i’m gonna show you the tattoos and piercings that i have, how much they hurt, and what advice i would give to someone else who wants similar things but doesnt know how to overcome the Fear of the Ouch if you wanna just skip to tattoos because you’re not interested in piercings, this is the timecode. for that the first piercing i ever got done was my nose, which is slightly unconventional since most people go for something a bit less intense, like their ears, for the first one 16 year old maja, just, she had her own agenda, no one was gonna change her mind. i wanted a nose ring for the longest time but was really afraid of the process so i called up the place that i wanted to get it done and made an appointment for the next day and then just, did not think about the appointment until i was sitting in the chair about to get my nose pierced and by that point it was too late to turn around so i essentially just played myself into getting a nose piercing. obviously, at that point, i had no prior knowledge of what a piercing felt like and, i, i cried. i cried, and i yelled, quite a lot. i feel really sorry for the woman that pierced me, because, i was not, a star customer, i was probably quite a nightmare i remember opening my eyes at one point and just seeing like, a massive needle sticking through my nose. um, because the way that they pierced me, and the way that they should always pierce you, and i’ll talk about this more later, is with a needle. do not go anywhere with a piercing gun. we’ll get to that. luckily, the place that i went, which was actually Punctured in brighton, its fucking incredible there if you get a chance to go and get pierced there, do it, because they are fantastic. they were okay with putting a ring in straight away i know that quite a few places will only do a stud. only because, a ring can get caught on things more and therefore it makes the healing process a little bit more difficult but, i always wanted a ring, i never wanted a stud. on a pain level, this… was probably a good 8 or 9, i wont lie. it wasn’t great, but to be honest, it was like, two or three seconds, of quite sharp, hot pain and then it was about four to six months of looking after it and making sure that it was healthy and then i got three years of loving it more than anything i’ve ever done, like if i had to get rid of all of my tattoos and piercings, and only keep one thing, it would definitely be my nose ring. its just… mm! i love it. the next things that i got were my lobes, my bottom ones, and my helix, up here on my cartilage. i actually got those done in one session with my friend, who got the same thing, i don’t know why we thought we could handle that. because, like, altogether, it was easily a 9. it was verging on a 10, i almost almost couldn’t hack it. individually, they were totally fine, like lobes, because they’re just skin, and a little bit of blood vessels, they’re not cartilage, or that much nerve endings they really don’t hurt that much um, obviously they still do, i’d probably put them at about a 4 or a 5 helix, is a little bit worse because its cartilage i would put it at a 7 or an 8, its similar to the nose, the nose is a bit more difficult because its right in the middle of your face but again, my helix, i adore. i never thought that i could like my ears. but here we are. and then, finally, about three weeks ago, which is what inspired me to make this video i got my second lobes done. the difference with that, was, i had those pierced with a gun. because i didn’t know, that this place pierced with a gun. i just had a dumb moment where i assumed, because i’d seen them pierce my friend luna, with a needle, when she got her nose done, that they would pierce my ears with a needle too, and i didn’t bother asking. and by the time that they had brought out the gun, it was over so quickly and i just wanted to get it over with that, i didn’t really have a chance, to be like, “woah! wait, i don’t wanna get pierced with a gun.” i’ve had these new piercings for three weeks. i love them, and i’m really excited for them, but they have been a nightmare. uh, you can watch plenty of more in-depth videos about it on youtube, but basically a piercing needle is way gentler, and way easier for your body to manage, than a gun. a piercing gun is very brutal on your skin and rather than, kind of, slicing through it and taking out a section of skin, so that the piercing can sit in that little hole, a gun just, like, pushes, and jams the jewellry through your skin. for obvious reasons that’s not quite as good for the healing process after three weeks of cleaning them twice a day, like i was told to, they’re still too painful to sleep on um, they’re still really red and i actually took out the jewellry because it was so sore, and the holes were bleeding, which is really not something that should ever happen with ear piercings, because there are so few blood vessels there i remember when i got my lobes done and i got these done with a needle, by three weeks, i was changing the jewellry and it was fine. so the lesson that is to be learnt from that is don’t get pierced with a gun. really don’t .i know that some people will tell you that they had their ears pierced with a gun and that it was fine, they are very very lucky and their bodies probably are very strong and their immune systems are really strong but, its just- don’t risk it. just don’t risk it! all in all, piercings, i actually find, are more difficult to handle that tattoos because the aftercare process is so much more complicated but! for the actual, piercing, getting it done, if you are worried about the pain take a friend with you, to squeeze the fuck out of their hand, and get them to talk to you while it’s happening so that you are distracted and, i promise, it is nowhere near as bad as you think it’s gonna be. pain when you are expecting it, and you know that it’s, kind of, it’s not like you want it, but it’s like, you’re aware that you’ve made a choice to have that happen is so different, from like, when you stub your toe, or cut yourself by accident, or anything like that. all-in-all, it’s never gonna be as bad as you think it will, you can totally handle it, and it will be completely worth it because i’ve really only heard one time that someone has got something pierced and regretted it, and taken it out which is a tongue, and, i personally, would never get my tongue pierced, because that’s where food goes. why would i… put something in the way of that? onto tattoos! i have two tattoos, which is very satisfying to say i have many more planned, i’m trying to wait because i don’t want to make a spontaneous decision that i then regret. but, it’s incredibly tempting. tattoo fever, is not just a made up thing, it’s completely real. i will make an in-depth tattoo meaning video when i have more, it just kind of feels a little bit stupid to me to make one when i only have two, so i won’t talk about that now, but i will talk about the process, and the pain. i got both my tattoos done at cold iron studios, in norwich, by a lady called ellen salmon who is lovely and she’s done such a good job on both of them i think, the most important thing, if you’re worried about the pain of getting a tattoo is to find a studio that you feel really comfortable in i remember walking into cold iron, um, because my boyfriend at the time was getting something and they were playing, like, my kind of music, um, it was really bright, really high ceilings, and just, it seemed like a really nice atmosphere i’ve been in tattoo studios that are literally like, basements, that are dark, and there’s like, intense rap music playing and don’t get me wrong, i love rap music, but, i don’t- i don’t need that, when i’m a little bit nervous again, if you know that what you’re getting is really meaningful to you and you really want it, the pain really, doesn’t even factor into it it’s the same with piercings, if you want something, it’s so worth it and it, it doesn’t really matter. this tattoo up here was actually really fine, pain-wise, it’s a very different pain to getting pierced, it’s not quite as painful but it’s longer, if that makes sense. while getting pierced is a very sharp, sudden, quick pain getting tattooed is a slightly longer, but definitely still manageable pain it feels quite hot, and at times, it feels a little bit like you’re being burned and it generally other times just feels sharp, not as sharp as getting pierced, obviously, because it’s not going all the way through your skin the one spot that was really painful was when it got to this inside bit of my arm here, obviously the skin is a little bit thinner there, and its gonna be more painful you can test which parts of your body are gonna hurt more by pinching them, and that’ll give you a pretty good indication and then the other tattoo that i got, which you can see better on my instagram is this one here on my elbow, surprisingly even though this one was much quicker, um, it hurt way more, i don’t know why, maybe it was because i was full of adrenaline while this one was happening while this one took about 40 minutes and this one took 10, i really almost had to ask ellen to stop, when she was doing this one just because it was so painful, i don’t- i don’t really know. it still confuses me now but, hey. healing tattoos is so much easier than healing piercings i’m actually genuinely amazed at how easy healing tattoos is, you just have to keep it clean and keep moisturising it, i use cocoa butter and it’s amazing. all in all, i think the thing that let me overcome being scared of pain is just how meaningful all of my tattoos and piercings are to me, my ears were a big indicator of being a grown up, i know that sounds kinda stupid but, it was right before i went to uni so it was a thing, for me, about, ‘i can do this, this is something that most adults have, i’m an adult now.’ and obviously my tattoos mean a lot to me, i’ll talk more about that in the future. just remember to take a deep breath, and bring a friend with you, and think about the end result rather than the road that it takes to get there. i hope this was helpful to you, uh, if you have any more questions let me know and, if you take anything away from this video, stay away from piercing guns, holy fuck.