This month we have a very exciting Piercing Model. He couldn’t find the right piercing for his needs and created his own! Our monthly Piercing Model of February will talk about his Trident Piercing, providing us with his experiences and tips.
Piercing Model: Marcus Freeman’s Trident Piercing
We are happy to announce that this month’s Piercing Models is Marcus Freeman from North Flordia, US. He has been looking far and wide for a piercer who could bend piercing jewelry. He asked tons of shops and not one was able to even attempt it, so he went and did it himself: “I used 3 different straight bars before I got it right.” We interviewed him about his experience with his Trident Piercing. You can follow more of him via his Instagram account @FreemanOnFire!
Thank you for this interview! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m just a 21-year-old that got my piercing in my small hometown and went on a journey to have what I consider one of the best tridents out there. I pride myself that the first thing people say is “Hey you have a pitchfork/trident in your ear!” Followed by “Does it go thru the bottom!?” Yes, it does!
I work at liberty marine services, we are a full-service ship chandler. We sell stuff to large ships all around the world. I’m in their buying dept. I went to school for computer science. My hobbies include longboarding, cooking, and juggling. I own a home with my wife in North Florida.
When did you get your first piercing and which one did you get?
My wife got my tongue pierced for my 18th birthday when we were still dating.
What made you want a Trident Piercing?
The trident broke the mold for me. It wasn’t a standard piercing. All of my tattoos are sea life so it fits perfect to get the trident. It also seemed like it would take more effort than other piercings.
How did you make the Trident piercing?
To make the trident, you first have to find a good piercer who is comfortable with the idea. Many piercers won’t touch it. You first get three cartridge piercings and piercing in the bottom of the conch. All the piercings will start as small starter bars. They will stay separate for about 6 to 8 months. Then you have to look at the shape of your ear some people can wear a straight vertical industrial. Many people don’t have the anatomy for it. In this case either find a piercer who bends or buy a straight bar a little longer than you want. The tricky part is to put the bend in it and still have it technically straight. I bent mine with pliers and a cloth then I would lay it on a flat surface to check if it’s straight. The horseshoe is even more complicated as you have to find a bar twice as long as you want to hang down. Then you need to bend it in half so it looks like a perfect horseshoe. Then you have to adjust it ’til it fits between the two holes. The plus side of doing it yourself is that you’re comfortable adjusting it.
Does a Trident Piercing hurt?
The days after you bend it you need to listen to your ear. A little pain is normal, especially in the morning. But a lot of pain means something is too tight and needs further adjustment.
How much does a Trident Piercing cost to pierce?
The cost for this trident piercing was $125, but most piercing shops do a deal for multiple holes so just ask your piercer!
Do you have any advice for people who what a Trident Piercing as well?
Buy more than one bar for the horseshoe as it is very easy to mess it up and have to start over. I went through 3 bars making mine. The more you adjust the more creative you can get with it. With this piercing, the sky is the limit, and never let a piercer tell you that you don’t have the ear for it. I have never had someone not realize what it is right off the bat.
Are there any other piercings on your bucket list?
I really want hip bars. Not a dermal but actual 14g straight barbells. Another one is collar bone bars with the same straight bar. I’m currently working on my conch orbital in the other ear which when I’m done will have a ship wheel hanging off. I plan to have a trident tattooed on my right shoulder under my trident piercing and a ship wheel on my left shoulder. It goes with my theme for my tattoos but that’s a story for another post! I think I want my tragus pierced on the side with the orbital.
Thank you, Marcus, for this great insight in the trident piercing! For more awesome pictures check out his Instagram or to say hi email him here.
What do you think of the Trident Piercing and his story? Let us know in the comments!
Hello! My name is Emily and I obsessed with piercings (and tattoos) since I was a little girl of 6 years old. I was fortunate enough to make my passion my work after meeting my amazing husband Jeffrey who owned his own tattoo shop. I just recently finished my internships at some of America’s most famous piercing shops and a dream to start something together was born. After falling in love with each other (and each other’s piercings and tattoos) we decided to expand his tattoo shop and I got to manage my own piercing shop in the same space! I’ve never been so happy being able to share my love for piercings through my shop and this blog I started back in 2013. We love to share models and inspiration, so feel free to email me your suggestions, pictures or if you just want to say hi!