I’m not sipping lean like rapper Lil Wayne or the late Pimp C. I’m not leaning in like Sheryl Sandberg. According to two recent photos, I’m living life on an angle, like the drag queens in La Cage Aux Folles.
I’m the one in the leopard dress leaning back in this photo from the Patrick Kelly exhibition opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last month.
And early this month, I leaned back to smile at my designing friend Stacy Lomman right before getting a second piercing in my right earlobe.
I got the piercing at Addiction NYC on St. Marks Place. As you can see from the photo on Addiction NYC’s website, bongs are in the front of the store; tattoos and piercings are in the back.
I probably got my ears pierced for the first time when I was around 13. I know it was in a mall. At the time, people were very into using a piercing gun instead of a needle. It was supposed to be less painful than the needle; it is definitely less accurate. Both my sister and I wound up with piercings that are way too low on our lobes. When I got my left earlobe pierced a second time a couple of years later, that hole also came out too low. I didn’t do the right earlobe at the time because I was into an asymmetric look, not because of the piercing position problems.
More recently, with all the emoji stud earrings I’ve created for my line, I started wanting another hole. I put it off a long time because I was scared the piercing would wind up poorly placed once again, but the gal at Addiction did a great job. I also liked that she used a stud made from surgical steel. It’s not beautiful, but it has very little nickel in it. Gold — even 18K gold — can contain nickel, which is very irritating and can trigger an allergy or sensitize the wearer to gold. In my business, I definitely don’t want to have a problem with gold!
I love the remix with Fat Joe (who was on the original), Lil John, Eminem and Mase. Clearly, I was in the midst of the “Lean Back” dance when I was photographed at the Patrick Kelly show!