Elite Urbanite Tried It… Oak & Poppy!


As a Sagittarius, I have a natural flair for rebellion and spontaneity. When people ask “why?” I say… “why not?!” So it’s no surprise to anyone close to me that I’ve collected quite a few tattoos and piercings over the years. I got my first piercings when I was 3 MONTHS OLD! So I don’t remember what the hell it felt like, that was early 27 years ago! All I know is that I’ve always had my ears pierced and never really questioned how or why.

Once I started to come into “myself” I wanted to reflect that on the outside as well. When I got my first few tattoos, I really didn’t think much of it. Sure the feeling is weird, but not necessarily “painful”… at least to me. But the thought of a needle going THROUGH my body is something else. Needless to say, every time I thought about getting my ear pierced as an adult, I kept chickening out.

Until.. back in late 2018, I had surgery to remove a tumor in my parotid gland. The entire story is for another time, but, because of that surgery I still experienced some numbness in my right earlobe. So FINALLY an opportunity for me to get my ear pierced and not even have to worry about the pain!

Besides dealing with the pain, I’m also afraid to just go anywhere, I mean I hear so many stories of peoples ears getting infected or bodies rejecting the ear piercing. While I spent years debating and researching, I came across a lovely place called Oak & Poppy! Once I saw the countless celebrities like Anna Kendrick, Kylie Jenner, Usher, and Chrissy Teigen were frequent customers of this Woodland Hills tattoo and piercing shop, I knew this was the perfect place… to suggest to my younger brother! LOL.

I like to say he served as the guinea pig. After his piercing properly healed I finally bit the bullet and got my two little gold hoops I had been wanting for years! Donnie Byrd over at Oak and Poppy was so warm and welcoming, she did both of my piercings! The first time we talked about our dogs and chatted while my mom held my hand (LOL jk but she was in fact there with me for the first one!). For the second one, we laughed about how tiny my ears are as I tried not to think about how much pain I was about to be in. The craziest part was that it didn’t hurt AT ALL! Sooooo many years went by that I put way too much thought into the pain and aftercare of this little teeny piercing. I got that snake piercing below about 2 weeks ago and I honestly forget it’s there now!

That being said, if you’re looking for the perfect piercing place in LA (because I know there are SO many), look no further, Oak and Poppy is the place to go!

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