By Tina From: Houston, TX
I got my first piercing when I was in high school I always wanted my belly pierced just the thought of having a belly ring was awesome, at the time all of my friends were getting piercings. Most of them were getting industrials and other cartilage piercings but I really wanted my belly pierced, I played soccer and I couldn’t play with an industrial in so my mom agreed to let me get my belly pierced. On my 16th birthday she took me to the shop along with a few of my friends to get it done. I was extremely excited, I was nervous too I was afraid that it was going to hurt. When I got in the piercers chair my mom stood next to me and held my hand as she could see the fear in my face I was so scared that I jumped when he put the markers on me for the piercing.After he marked my belly button for placement of the ring he talked me through the rest of the steps so I didnt freak out, next he put the clamps on me and told me to take a deep breath in and take a deep breath out which was more like a scream because of the pain. The good thing about my piercing is that I didn’t have any healing complications and I was still able to play soccer without it interfering which was great!
By: Amanda L. From: Cleveland, OH
I have been into piercings and tattoos since I turned 18 and was able to get them without my parents permission. While I was in college I got my first tattoo and piercings in my freshman year. I got my industrial done first, then I got a belly ring, and in my junior year of college I got my tongue pierced. My tongue piercing had to be the most difficult to deal with as far as after care my tongue got extremely swollen and I couldn’t eat solid foods for about 4 days and trying to talk with that tongue ring was an adventure. It took me a few months to get use to it and it is now one of my favorite piercings. I recently moved to Atlanta, GA about 3 months ago and one night out a few friends and I decided to go to the tattoo shop my friend wanted to get a tattoo on her foot and of course I agreed to go with. So we finally get to the tattoo shop and as the artist is setting up for her tattoo I was feeling like I needed to add something to my collection whether it be another tattoo or piercing. I had been thinking about getting my lip pierced for some time and I decided to get my lip pierced. The piercer at the shop was awesome he ended up convincing me to get double spider bites on each side of my lip. I agreed, though the piercing was pretty painful there is no beauty without pain. I love my spider bite piercings. My Tragus is next!
By: Katrina From: Nebraska
It all started about 2 years ago when I started to pierce my body, other than my ears. I started out with a belly ring, I then got my tongue pierced and just recently pierced my eyebrow. I absolutely love all of my body piercings. I decided to do something different I wanted to add some sparkle and color to my tattoos so I decided to get a dermal put in my tattoo. I have two birds tattooed on my chest and of course me being me got bored with how they looked over time and decided they need something added to them and since it’s on my chest I didn’t want to add to the tattoo and my friend had recently gotten dermals put in her back and I absolutely loved them so I decided dermals it is. I went back to the same tattoo shop I always go to and saw my piercer Louis, he’s so awesome, when I told him I was there for dermal anchors he almost flipped out he was expecting me to get another regular piercing. He was excited to do them, he had me lay back on the table and he did mine with a dermal punch rather than the piercing needle he said something about the healing time being easier. Hey easy works for me, I must say out of all my piercing the dermal anchors had to hurt the worse by far, would I do it again… I doubt it but I love how they look though!
By Mary F.
This story is all about making mistakes and learning from them. Enjoy!
When I was in seventh grade, I got my normal first ear piercings. That was exciting for me, but not for long. Soon, I wanted something more! I wanted to stretch my ears, and I did all sorts of stupid things so that I could get the results I wanted. The very first mistake? Jumping from a regular ear piercing of 18 gauge to a 12 gauge ear plug. And it all spiraled downhill from there. I continued to jump sizes, like the moron I was. And I used pens, markers, and Sharpies to stretch my ears, and would put things like (clean) cut up tampons in my ears to make tunnels. Now, obviously, things went awry.
My ears started to bleed every time I sized up, but I didn’t care. I kept going until my parents made me take them out for a couple months. After they shrank quite a bit, I decided to shove pencils through my ears. Dumb, right?
But after that I decided to use the proper equipment to continue sizing up to 00 gauge, my current size. I learned that it’s just smarter and healthier to use the right equipment. So please, dear reader, I beg of you not to make the same mistakes as me!
By: Melissa R. From: Houston, TX
So I decided it might be fun to try tongue ring venom bites. After much consideration and thought I talked to a good friend of mine. She worked as a piercist and knew what she was doing. I went and bought all the supplies and the day had come. After setting up she realized we forgot a marker. She said it would be okay she didn’t need it. So we continued with the first one. It was mildly painful until she said oops. I was like what? She said she missed the jewelry and had to restick it. I remained calm as I got stuck a second time. The blood began to pour although it didn’t phase me cause I am used to piercings. And then the third stick came. The pain was becoming quite prevalent and then she was like I’m done I won’t stick you no more. I was like “okayyy. . . ” and she was like you wanna take a picture? I said yes please so I got up to take the picture and look in the mirror. I quickly became appalled as I realized what was supposed to be my pretty little triangle on my tongue was not a triangle but indeed a crooked line. she assured me it would come out okay and she could she I was upset. A week later I ended up taking them out cause it never got any straighter. . . I intend to get them done right one day but the horror of the first time has me dreading the second lol
By: Christina L. From: Tennessee
I have to start out by saying that I love tattoos and piercings and when I get bored or I feel like its been a while I tend to get some new ink or a new hole in my body. My very first “body piercing” besides my earlobe was my belly button, I was 16 years old and my mom promised me that I could get a belly ring on my 16th birthday and that began my journey of body modification. She wouldn’t allow me to get anymore until I was 18. When I turned 18 I was a senior in high school and as a graduation gift she allowed me to get my tongue pierced and I got my first tattoo. I would have to say that the only bad thing about the tongue piercing is that I couldn’t really talk with it for a while but with practice I got it down. I went away to college and in college I got my nipples pierced I mean hey what college girl wouldn’t want nipple rings. My roommate and I decided on a whim to get our nipples pierced and they have to be my favorite body piercing. I just recently got my rook pierced and I absolutely love it the pain was horrible the piercing is gorgeous. I absolutely love all my piercings and tattoos, will I ever regret them? I think not!
By: Kristi From: Orlando, FL
I just finished my senior year in high school and I have always wanted my belly button pierced, but since I got my first tattoo without my mother’s consent I figured I would ask her this time if I was able to do something else to my body. She agreed and said that she will take me to get it pierced, I was extremely excited and nervous to get it done. I did as much research as possible watching every youtube video under the sun about belly button rings and belly button piercings and it didn’t seem too bad. Most of my friends have their belly buttons pierced so it couldn’t be too bad right? My mom and I finally went to a tattoo shop down near the beach and it was packed so having to wait to get pierced made me extremely anxious but when I finally made it in the seat the piercer was absolutely amazing. He was making jokes and talking me through the piercing so that I would be comfortable. He explained to me that he wasn’t going to do the piercing with clamps which I was a bit nervous about because in my search I saw that almost all piercers use the clamps. He marked my stomach, told me to take a deep breath in he counted to 3 and told me to breathe out and I barely even felt a thing. There wasn’t even much blood after the piercing. I must say for my first body piercing aside from my ears it was a pleasant experience and I look forward to getting more piercings.
By: Kira L. From: Ohio
My body piercing journey started when I was about 20 years old, I started out with a tongue ring. I was away at college and all of my friends were getting piercings and tattoos and the best part about it I didn’t have to hear my parent’s opinion of my new addition. So I decided to get my tongue pierced before I got any tattoos. I didn’t have any piercings besides my ears and I didn’t want a huge responsibility for aftercare and after doing research and asking others with tongue piercings I decided it was the easiest to do with a fast healing time. I went to a tattoo shop around the corner from my University to get pierced. Me and three other friends went to get piercings we two of us got tongue piercings and the other got an industrial piercing. I was the first to get pierced of course they wanted to see me sweat. I sat in the chair and the piercer was really nice he gave me a pep talk telling me that it hurts a lot more to bite my tongue and that the piercing will be a breeze. That’s easy for someone to say when they have tattoos and piercings everywhere so despite his pep talk I was still petrified of the pain. He told me to stick my tongue out he marked my tongue, put the clamps on and I closed my eyes and before I knew it, it was done. My tongue didn’t bleed as bad as I thought it would but boy was talking and eating difficult for a while. I am now 33 and I have 12 piercings and counting and each one of them has significance to me which makes them even more awesome!
By Tracy S. From: San Diego, CA
My first piercing was when I’d turned 18 and had already gotten my first tattoo and I really wanted a belly button ring, for a while but I was always too scared to actually do it. I was out with my cousin and his girlfriend and I really wanted my belly button pierced. I’ve always wanted a belly button ring but I never had a body piercing besides my ears and I was so scared of the pain. My cousins girlfriend had her belly button pierced for years and told me it wasn’t that bad and that we were going to do it today! I was excited and nervous all at once. So we later went out in search of a tattoo shop that I could get it pierced at, we came across a shop that had a grand opening and was doing free piercings I just had to pay for the jewelry I thought hey that’s a great deal I guess I should just get it done. I was extremely nervous so nervous that I had to hold my cousins hand, I sat down in the chair the piercer marked my stomach for the piercing and put the clamps on (which hurt more than the piercing did) and bam it was over before I knew it. For my first piercing it wasn’t too bad it didn’t hurt as much as I anticipated but it was still painful. I am now 24 and I have 4 other piercings. I absolutely love my body piercings.