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Conch Piercing in Nairobi, Kenya

A conch piercing is a type of ear piercing that goes through the cartilage of the ear’s concha, the inner shell-like part of the ear. It’s a versatile piercing because it can be done in various locations within the concha, such as the inner or outer conch. Depending on your preference, you can adorn it with different types of jewelry, like studs, hoops, or rings. It’s a trendy piercing choice and can add a unique touch to your ear aesthetics.


Conch Piercings FAQ’s

Conch piercings are a type of cartilage piercing that’s named after the large spiral shape that ears take after. There are different options for jewellery kind (stud or hoop) and placement (inner versus exterior) in the world of conch piercings.

Right in the centre of your cartilage, your conch has a spiral shape that somewhat resembles a conch shell. When getting your conch pierced, depending on the anatomy of your ear, you may have more room on the higher fold (which is ideal for studs) or the lower fold (which looks great with hoops).

An inner conch piercing involves making a hole directly through the centre of the ear to accommodate a stud. Another option is the outer conch piercing, which enables a ring to wrap around the cartilage on the outside of the ear (hoop earrings).

Piercing Placement
  • Inner Conch: An inner conch piercing is placed closer to the ear canal, often with a stud or hoop placed horizontally.
  • Outer Conch: An outer conch piercing is closer to the outer rim of the ear and can accommodate various jewelry styles.

Considerations before getting an Conch Piercing

Before getting a conch piercing, it’s important to carefully consider several factors to ensure you make an informed decision and are prepared for the process and aftercare. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Professional Piercing Studio: Research reputable piercing studios in your area. Look for studios with experienced, professional piercers who follow strict hygiene and safety practices.
  • Piercer’s Qualifications: Ensure that the piercer is trained, licensed, and experienced in performing conch piercings. Ask to see their portfolio of previous work.
  • Piercing Placement: Discuss the placement of the conch piercing with your piercer. Decide whether you want an inner conch or outer conch piercing, as the location can affect the appearance and jewelry options.
  • Pain Tolerance: Be prepared for some pain and discomfort during the piercing process. While it’s usually brief, everyone’s pain tolerance is different.
  • Healing Time: Understand that conch piercings can take several months to a year or more to fully heal. Proper aftercare is crucial during this period.
  • Aftercare Commitment: Be ready to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your piercer diligently. This may include cleaning the piercing with a saline solution, avoiding touching the piercing with dirty hands, and not submerging it in water during the healing phase.
  • Swelling and Redness: Expect some swelling and redness around the piercing site, especially in the initial days and weeks following the piercing.
  • Jewelry Options: Discuss jewelry options with your piercer. Conch piercings can accommodate various styles, including studs, hoops, captive bead rings, and barbells. Choose high-quality jewelry made from materials like surgical steel, titanium, or biocompatible materials.
  • Infection Risk: Understand the risk of infection and other complications. Proper aftercare is essential to minimize these risks.
  • Cartilage Bumps: Be aware that some individuals may develop cartilage bumps or keloids around the piercing site. Consult your piercer or a dermatologist if you have concerns.
  • Lifestyle Considerations: Consider how the piercing may impact your daily life, such as wearing headphones or ear protection. Conch piercings can be more noticeable and can affect these activities.
  • Personal Style: Conch piercings can be a stylish and versatile way to express your individual style, but be sure to choose a location and jewelry that align with your aesthetic preferences.
  • Consultation: Before getting the piercing, have a consultation with your chosen piercer to discuss your expectations, ask any questions, and receive personalized advice on placement and jewelry selection.
  • Future Plans: Consider any future plans or career goals that may be affected by the piercing. Some professions or workplaces have strict policies regarding visible piercings.

Conch Piercing Procedure

The conch piercing procedure typically involves the following steps:

  • Consultation: Before getting the piercing, you’ll have a consultation with one of our professional piercer. They will assess your ear anatomy, discuss placement options, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Sterilization: Our piercer will clean the area around your ear with an antiseptic solution to reduce the risk of infection. They may also mark the piercing location with a surgical pen to ensure accuracy.
  • Piercing: Once the area is clean and marked, our piercer will use a hollow needle to create the piercing. They’ll swiftly insert the needle through the concha cartilage, creating a channel for the jewelry.
  • Jewelry insertion: After the piercing is made, our piercer will immediately insert the chosen jewelry into the newly created hole. This is typically done using sterile tools to minimize the risk of infection.
  • Aftercare instructions: Our piercer will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing and prevent complications. This may include cleaning the piercing with saline solution, avoiding certain activities that could irritate the piercing, and following a proper cleaning routine.
  • Follow-up: It’s essential to follow up with our piercer if you experience any issues or have questions during the healing process. They can provide guidance and address any concerns you may have.

It’s crucial to have your conch piercing done by a professional piercer who follows strict hygiene and safety protocols to minimize the risk of infection and ensure a successful piercing experience.


Conch Piercing Pain and Healing

The pain experienced during a conch piercing can vary depending on individual pain tolerance and the specific technique used by the piercer. Generally, conch piercings are considered to be moderately painful due to the thickness of the cartilage in the concha area. Some people describe the sensation as a sharp pinch or pressure during the piercing process.

As for the healing process, conch piercings typically take longer to heal compared to earlobe piercings due to the thicker cartilage tissue involved. Here’s a general timeline for the healing stages:

  • Initial healing (6-8 weeks): During the first few weeks, the pierced area may be tender, swollen, and slightly red. It’s common to experience some discharge, crustiness, and mild discomfort. Proper aftercare, including cleaning the piercing regularly with saline solution and avoiding irritation, is crucial during this stage.
  • Intermediate healing (2-4 months): As the piercing continues to heal, the swelling and tenderness should gradually decrease. However, it’s essential to continue following the aftercare instructions provided by your piercer to prevent infection and promote proper healing.
  • Full healing (6-12 months): Complete healing of a conch piercing can take up to a year or more. Even though the piercing may appear healed on the outside, the cartilage tissue inside the ear takes longer to fully heal. It’s essential to continue practicing good hygiene and avoiding trauma to the piercing site during this time.

Throughout the healing process, it’s normal to experience some ups and downs, including minor setbacks such as irritation, redness, or the formation of keloids or hypertrophic scars. If you experience any severe pain, excessive swelling, or signs of infection (such as pus, severe redness, or fever), it’s important to seek medical attention promptly.

Remember to be patient and gentle with your conch piercing during the healing period, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your piercer if you have any concerns or questions.

Conch Piercing Aftercare

Proper aftercare is essential for ensuring the healing and health of your conch piercing. Here’s a guide to conch piercing aftercare:

  • Cleanliness: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your piercing. Avoid touching the piercing unnecessarily, especially with dirty hands.
  • Saline solution: Use a saline solution or a saline-based wound wash to clean your piercing. You can either buy a pre-made saline solution or make your own by mixing non-iodized sea salt (about 1/4 teaspoon) with warm distilled water (8 ounces). Soak a cotton ball or pad in the saline solution and gently clean around the piercing, removing any crust or discharge.
  • Avoid rotating the jewelry: Unlike traditional wisdom, rotating the jewelry can cause trauma to the healing tissue. Let the piercing be unless you’re cleaning it.
  • Avoid harsh products: Avoid using alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other harsh chemicals on your piercing, as they can irritate the skin and delay healing.
  • Avoid submerging in water: Avoid submerging your piercing in bodies of water such as pools, hot tubs, or lakes until it’s fully healed to prevent infection.
  • Hair care: Keep hair products like shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray away from the piercing site. Hair can also get caught in the jewelry, so tie your hair back or away from the piercing during the healing process.
  • Avoid trauma: Be careful with headphones, earbuds, hats, and clothing that may snag on your piercing. Try to sleep on the opposite side of the piercing to avoid putting pressure on it.
  • Watch for signs of infection: Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as excessive redness, swelling, pain, warmth, or discharge that is yellow, green, or foul-smelling. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention promptly.
  • Follow-up: Follow any specific aftercare instructions provided by your piercer. They may recommend additional steps based on your individual healing process.
  • Patience: Healing times vary from person to person, so be patient with your piercing. It may take several months to a year for your conch piercing to fully heal.

If you have any concerns or questions about your piercing or its aftercare, don’t hesitate to reach out to our piercer for guidance.

Conch Piercing Jewelry

There are various types of jewelry options available for conch piercings, allowing for customization and personalization. Here are some popular choices:

  • Studs: Studs are a classic choice for conch piercings. They come in various designs, including simple studs with gemstones, flat-back studs, or decorative studs with unique shapes or designs.
  • Hoops: Hoop earrings can also be worn in conch piercings. Captive bead rings (CBRs) and seamless rings are common hoop styles for conch piercings. They can add a stylish and trendy look to your piercing.
  • Barbells: Barbell-style jewelry consists of a straight bar with a ball or decorative end on each side. This type of jewelry is often used for industrial piercings but can also be worn in conch piercings, particularly in the inner conch.
  • Hinged rings: Hinged rings, also known as clicker rings, are easy to open and close, making them convenient for insertion and removal. They come in various designs and materials, allowing for a stylish and secure option for conch piercings.
  • Labret studs: Labret studs feature a flat back and a decorative or ball end on the front. They are versatile and comfortable for conch piercings, especially if you prefer low-profile jewelry.
  • Custom jewelry: Some piercers offer custom jewelry options, allowing you to create a unique piece tailored to your preferences. Custom jewelry can include intricate designs, unique gemstones, or personalized engravings.

When selecting jewelry for your conch piercing, consider factors such as material, size, style, and comfort. It’s essential to choose high-quality jewelry made from biocompatible materials like titanium, surgical steel, or gold to minimize the risk of irritation or allergic reactions. Additionally, ensure that the jewelry fits properly and complements your individual style and preferences. If you’re unsure about which jewelry option is best for your conch piercing, consult with your piercer for guidance and recommendations.

Cost of a Conch Piercing

The cost of a conch piercing can vary depending on several factors, including the location of the piercing studio, the expertise of the piercer, the quality of the jewelry used, and any additional services provided.

Factors that may influence the cost:

  • Piercing studio reputation: At Rebel Inks Tattoos, Tattoo Removal, and Body Piercings Parlour we have piercers with extensive experience and expertise in genital piercings, our piercing services may command higher fees compared to others. It’s essential to choose a piercer who is skilled, knowledgeable, and follows strict hygiene practices to ensure a safe and successful piercing experience.
  • Location: Piercing studios in different areas may have varying price ranges. Rebel Inks Tattoos, Tattoo Removal, and Body Piercings Parlour is located in the heart of the Central Business Disrict (CBD) in Nairobi, Kenya, and is easily accessible to both locals and foreigners in the country
  • Jewelry quality: The cost of the piercing may include the price of the initial jewelry, which can vary depending on the type, material, and quality of the jewelry chosen. High-quality jewelry made from surgical-grade stainless steel, titanium, or gold may be more expensive than lower-quality options.
  • Additional services: At Rebel Inks Tattoos, Tattoo Removal, and Body Piercings Parlour our piercers may offer additional services or perks as part of the piercing package, such as consultation fees, aftercare products, or follow-up appointments. These services can impact the overall cost of the piercing experience.

Additionally, At Rebel Inks Tattoos, Tattoo Removal, and Body Piercings Parlour we at times offer package deals or discounts for multiple piercings, so it’s worth Contacting Us and inquiring about any specials or promotions that may be available.

Possible side effects of Conch Piercing

While conch piercings are generally safe when performed by a professional piercer using proper techniques and sterile equipment, there are potential side effects and risks to be aware of:

  • Pain and swelling: It’s normal to experience some pain, swelling, and tenderness around the piercing site, especially in the first few days after getting pierced. However, excessive pain or swelling may indicate a problem and should be addressed with your piercer or a healthcare professional.
  • Infection: Like any piercing, conch piercings carry a risk of infection. Symptoms of infection may include redness, warmth, swelling, pain, and discharge that is yellow, green, or foul-smelling. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention promptly.
  • Keloids or hypertrophic scarring: Some people are prone to developing keloids or hypertrophic scars, which are raised, thickened scars that can form around the piercing site. Proper aftercare and avoiding trauma to the piercing can help reduce the risk of scarring.
  • Allergic reactions: Allergic reactions to the metal in the jewelry used for the piercing are possible, especially if you have sensitivities to certain metals like nickel. Choosing high-quality, hypoallergenic jewelry made from materials like titanium or gold can help minimize the risk of allergic reactions.
  • Migration and rejection: In some cases, the body may reject the piercing, leading to migration or the piercing moving outward from the skin. This can happen if the body perceives the piercing as a foreign object. Proper aftercare and avoiding trauma to the piercing can help prevent migration and rejection.
  • Cartilage damage: Piercing through cartilage carries a risk of damaging the cartilage tissue, which can lead to complications such as deformity or permanent damage to the ear. It’s essential to have your conch piercing performed by an experienced piercer who understands the anatomy of the ear and uses proper techniques.

To minimize the risk of complications and ensure a successful piercing experience, follow your piercer’s aftercare instructions, avoid touching or twisting the jewelry, and seek medical attention if you experience any unusual symptoms or complications.

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Sarah HadleySarah Hadley
04:05 15 Jun 24
I cannot say enough about Eric and the experience he gave me. First of all, he fit me in when I was running short on time and helped me to find his shop. I just wanted a meaningful word tattooed and promised it would be small and quick. When I didn't love the fonts we came across, he free-handed a stunning font. He made sure the placement was perfect and checked in with me and we decided to just leave it as the outline without filling it all in and even with the change of plans the line work was perfection. Eric also charged me half of what I was quoted several other places even after he drew the design himself on the spot. It was the best overall experience I've had in a tattoo shop. I cannot speak highly enough of Eric's care for clients, artistic skill, or fairness in operating his business.
kelvin mbushirekelvin mbushire
04:38 10 Jun 24
Trust the process
Jaeda BarnesJaeda Barnes
15:07 06 Jun 24
Eric is an exceptional piercer and also business owner. I am beyond pleased with his talent, his services, follow up care and customer service. He checked in with me each week to ensure my piercing was ok and I was clear on his instructions. I highly recommend Eric and this business. He goes above and beyond to make sure all is well. You won’t be dissapointed!
Simon StSimon St
06:33 06 Jun 24
Billy BettBilly Bett
20:41 04 Jun 24
I got a dollar sign tattooI liked the whole experience 💯💯... Planning to have lots of them... Starting with all the scheduling part and its a good pricing for quality tattoo🔥🔥✌️✌️
13:57 03 Jun 24
I recently got my nose pierced at this shop, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. Eric, the artist, was incredibly attentive and friendly, offering a thorough consultation before the piercing. He also follows up regularly via text to check on the healing progress and shares usefultips. Highly recommend 👍🏽
Natasha NjugunaNatasha Njuguna
18:59 02 Jun 24
katia sumailkatia sumail
20:28 30 May 24
Work well done 👌🏽 I recommend ✊🏾
Mark KMark K
09:11 30 May 24
Had an awesome experience. The place was super clean. Totally recommend them!
Kenna HopeKenna Hope
12:54 28 May 24
Mike OsoroMike Osoro
11:19 27 May 24
I have been going for laser tattoo removal sessions and I am in my last session now. Eric is very knowledgeable and precise when it came to answering my queries and also in the overall tattoo removal journey. I very highly recommend him. I stay outside Nairobi city and even scheduling my sessions has been very easy all thanks to Eric.
Julia BrodskyJulia Brodsky
09:07 27 May 24
Me and my 3 friends all got ear piercings. Two of us got the conch, one got the upper cartilage, the other got her second holes. He was very professional, clean, accurate, and caring. All 4 of our piercings have healed great and he has been so kind to reach out and care about the aftercare of our piercings. If I lived in Nairobi, I would get all my piercings here! 100% would recommend him to anyone. The titanium jewelry is great quality as well.
Teddy TeddymwasTeddy Teddymwas
04:41 27 May 24
I got a tattoo at rebel inks,and I'm impressed by their creativity and skills. The studio has a friendly atmosphere, and the quality of their work is top-notch and their passion for what they do shines through in every piece.
Maria AguinaMaria Aguina
19:01 24 May 24
Good clean place. Eric was very nice and professional. Explain the do’s and don’ts. Would definitely recommend!!!!
Wendy KarumeWendy Karume
17:46 24 May 24
The piercing was perfectly done with a smooth healing process.
Leon JonesLeon Jones
11:12 23 May 24
bianca chelangatbianca chelangat
14:24 21 May 24
Great experience if you are looking forward to getting your navel pierced: from hygiene, placement of the piercing, guidelines on treatment(cleaning), competence when in need of a check up and very hospitable and friendly place.100% recommendable.
Brian PeterBrian Peter
18:29 20 May 24
I got my first tattoo from Eric and clearly I am impressed by the level of expertise, cleanliness, professionalism and love for body art. I recommend 💯 if you are looking to get tattoos, piercings and tattoo removal too.
Program TestingProgram Testing
15:24 19 May 24
I loved the whole experience having that this was my very first tattoo. The whole process was so smooth and Eric helped me and walked me through the process of after care. I would Highly recommend him to anyone who wants to have their tattoo done
Kagio wambuiKagio wambui
13:03 19 May 24
mahmood Marcelomahmood Marcelo
12:07 19 May 24
Good customer service and deliverance, and so friendly.
Lucy MumbiLucy Mumbi
05:52 15 May 24
Had my septum pierced here.Went really smoothly and healing so well. Everything was explained to me about the process both before and after piercing and the aftercare. I thoroughly enjoyed the service I received . Will definitely get pierced here again
Precious MitchellPrecious Mitchell
14:56 14 May 24
Amazing experience. Super caring tattoo artist. The shop was very clean and hygienic. Eric was so kind and walked me through the entire tattoo process. Would highly recommend!!!!
samantha anzemosamantha anzemo
08:37 14 May 24
Removed two of my tattoos .Very professional,he checks up and ensures you’re doing well.I highly recommend coming to rebel ink.
13:59 12 May 24
The place is clean and nice they of quality service interms of quality and colour tattos and they offer tattoo removal services offer which is Good and is not available all over Kenya
Marco CattaneoMarco Cattaneo
08:11 10 May 24
Deneil ChristianDeneil Christian
06:32 04 May 24
My experience at Rebel Inks was exceptional. It was my first time getting a piercing, and I was understandably nervous. However, Eric, the piercer, was reassuring and professional. He explained the earlobe piercing process in detail and answered all of my questions before beginning.I was particularly impressed with Eric's attention to hygiene. He thoroughly cleaned the room before I entered, sanitized all of the equipment he would be using, and changed gloves between each ear. This level of cleanliness gave me great confidence in his professionalism.Eric's commitment to customer service did not end on the day of the piercing. He followed up with me regularly throughout the healing process to ensure that I was following the aftercare instructions and that my earlobes were healing properly.I highly recommend Rebel Inks to anyone in Nairobi who is considering getting a piercing. Eric is a highly skilled and experienced piercer who takes great pride in his work.
Josephine TumaleoJosephine Tumaleo
15:27 03 May 24
This is my first piecing and was recommended @Rebel Inks Tattoos by a previous client. The Nose Piercing was well done and I am a satisfied clientSo I Check all the boxes below and more:Customer Care: ✔️Professionalism : ✔️Cleanliness ✔️Price: ✔️After care service ✔️Thanks and good job, Eric
Melanie TilleMelanie Tille
08:16 01 May 24
I recently got inked by Eric, and I couldn't be happier! He did an incredible job, was super friendly and was so flexible with my small motives. The studio was clean, and the atmosphere was nice. I highly recommend the studio.
16:03 27 Apr 24
Great service!
Halima AbdiHalima Abdi
13:50 27 Apr 24
My family and i got lots of piercing and the experience was quite amazing .
Ms WambuiMs Wambui
12:50 27 Apr 24
Tatoo done by Erick. Professionalism on point. Plus really helpful after care service. Definitely recommend.
Alexy De CyrusAlexy De Cyrus
07:24 27 Apr 24
Elsie WacuElsie Wacu
20:38 24 Apr 24
I got my belly button piercing from Eric. I have had 2 piercings done before and I've never received service as good as his. He explained the piercing and after care processes in detail and was very patient with my many questions...I'm considering paying him school fees 😂. His hygiene standards are very high and he used a disposable sterilized needle. He followed up on my healing progress weekly...I felt like we were healing together 😅. I wish it was possible to give 10 stars. I'm definitely having my future piercings done with him and I'm recommending him to all my friends 😃
Kalu JayKalu Jay
07:34 22 Apr 24
Got my tattoo done by Rebel Inks several years back and for sure these guys are the best in town .my tattoo healed well and now it’s looking perfect
Professor PimpProfessor Pimp
18:20 20 Apr 24
Sherryl NzaliSherryl Nzali
06:41 18 Apr 24
Thoroughly impressed by their amazing services. It was an incredible experience. Happy with my results. I highly recommend Rebel Inks.
jake mungaijake mungai
06:07 18 Apr 24
Wonderful experience. great hospitality and most importantly, very hygienic service. I would definitely recommend.
kriti kumarikriti kumari
17:18 16 Apr 24
Got my upper ear piercing done and my experience was fabulous. I highly appreciate the professionalism shown by Eric. He made sure I was made aware of the process before he started the work. He also explained me the healing process and the complications which was actually great to know as most places do not care to talk about the work in so much detail.The place is neat and clean and the equipments he used were also fine standards. Really appreciate his following up with me on the healing 🤗
Wambui GichureWambui Gichure
10:59 15 Apr 24
Solid service! I got a septum piercing and i enjoyed the professionalism and the follow up services..#valueformoney#highlyrecommend#
Nyambura WanyekiNyambura Wanyeki
12:18 31 Mar 24
I first went through their website to engage more on their services. I was particularly interested in the nose ring service. The communication from the day I made an appointment was very professional as well as the services offered. Eric explained in great detail the step by step procedure and was very patient with our questions. He administered effective hygiene and even let my friend record a video of the procedure. The after care followup is also great as Eric keeps checking up on the healing process on a weekly basis as well as giving additional guidance on the after care.I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEIR SERVICES to everyone. Actually what you see on their website is EXACTLY what you will get. Keep up the good work Rebel inks Tattoos.
liz Omaribaliz Omariba
05:50 30 Mar 24
Got my first tattoo from him....and he's been very involving in my recovery journey. I'd recommend him any day. Thank you so much Eric.
Sylvia KiamaSylvia Kiama
03:01 30 Mar 24
He was quick and professional the piercing looked good and was easy to book with
Risper JamesRisper James
16:39 28 Mar 24
Got my tattoo done here 5 years ago. Healed well, looking perfect. Definitely has withstood the test of time. Eric ❤️, you are a Gem 💎.
Poly JoePoly Joe
15:42 28 Mar 24
I have been looking for the perfect place to get my tattoo removed. After inquiring and also being referred to Eric. I started my removal process last year and now my tattoo is almost fully gone. I would like to thank Eric and the whole Rebel Inks Empire Team for their diligence and consistency in ensuring my needs were met. Definitely the best in laser removal services in Nairobi, Kenya.💯
Maximilian LehnMaximilian Lehn
14:27 26 Mar 24
I went to Eric for the first time to get help with an earring infection I couldn’t get rid of for months. I quickly got an appointment. He took time to listen to my concerns and previous treatments. He then recommended we try a different approach, changing the piercing and treating it as it was fresh. He gave great advise on how to clean and which care products to use. Throughout the whole session he was very friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. The weeks after he was checking in on how the piercing was doing.The infection is now gone. I would definitely recommend!
Chris BChris B
16:54 29 Feb 24
I got my ears pierced and the whole procedure was more than great. The space was very clean and time was taken to chose the right spot. He took his time to clean up after and we had a nice talk, too with many helpful information on cleaning and sanitizing the new Piercings. Even after we were done there was a weekly follow up on our healing process.Can recommend this place totally and would go back there anytime!Thanks!
Victory WairimuVictory Wairimu
11:56 25 Feb 24
I was so pleased with the service I got. I received a septum piercing from Eric and based on my experience with him, I wouldn't trust anyone else with any other piercings that I might get. He's very sanitary and walks you through the entire process making you feel comfortable and at ease. He also follows up on his clients concerning after care and is very easy to talk to. I would definitely refer anyone looking for to get a piercing, tattoo or tattoo removal here!


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