Okay, so initially I was anti-DIY piercing. It seemed ridiculous, immature, and absolutely inane. The thought that someone would risk the possibility of getting an infection to look "cool" just seemed pathetic.
However, that changed tonight when I randomly decided that I wanted my earlobes re-pierced after stumbling upon an old collection of earings.
I really didn't see the need to pay possibly $30.00+ just to have my earlobes re-pierced at a professional studio, and there was no way in /Hell/ I was going to get it done at my local Wal-Mart with a piercing gun. I thought to myself, "How hard could it possibly be to pierce my own earlobe anyways, especially since my ears still had scars from previous piercings."
And so, I made the decision to pierce my ears.
I grabbed a safety pin, and used a lighter to sterilize it, burning myself a couple times in the process.
I waited about ten minutes or so for the safety pin to cool down, and started to search for something I could use as a backer. I finally decided on folding a small washcloth into two.
I put the needle to my ear and pushed as hard as I could while pulling my earlobe forward. Unfortunately, the needle didn't go through quite as quickly as I had assumed it would. It was agonizingly slow, and I was starting to get a little irritated. After trying a couple more times, the needle /finally/ went through and I was able to put my earing in.
Now I only had my left ear to do, and I hoped that it would go as smoothly as my first ear. It didn't. I got the needle to go through about three or four times, but each time I tryed to put the earing in it refused to go through. It had been about 20 minutes now, and I was on the verge of tears solely from frustration. My hands were sweaty, causing my fingers to keep slipping off the f**cking needle, and I would repeatedly have to dry my hands off. I was tempted to call it quits and just take my other earing out, but I decided to try it one more time. I pushed the needle with all my might and felt the needle go through yet again, I figured that maybe I hadn't pushed it through /enough/ the previous times and pushed the needle in as far as it would go. I left the needle in for all of about a minute, pulled it out, and the earing went through.
I cleaned my ears with hydrogen peroxide and then practically skipped into the living room to show my mother.
So maybe I only pierced my earlobe, but I found it to be a very satisfying experience and not in the least painful. I obviously did a few things wrong, but if you think you are relatively competent I would suggest piercing your earlobes yourself as opposed to getting it done by a professional. ;]