Hey there! My name is Megan but I prefer Meg, but that’s besides the point. I’m actually here to tell you about the time I decided hip piercings were a good idea. I know what you’re all thinking, “hip piercings? Like through your body?” No, just a surface piercing. So I did this alone for my first time in high school, my senior year. I went through a weird, awkward stage. Who doesn’t? So I decided to do this piercing, with a safety pin. The safety pin was cool until I decided to put a 16 gauge eyebrow barbell through a probably 24 gauge hole. Not my best choice. Needless to say, I got it in, skin rejected it, took it out. So about a summer later, I decided to do this again, on both sides. I had all the proper hear this time. Hollow point piercing needle, proper jewelry and sanitation. It went along rather quickly and successfully. I LOVED them. I left these guys in as long as I could. I ended up taking them out because I decided to have a baby. Not regretting that at all. But the piercing was so awesome and I loved it so much!
Hello there my name is Kimberly and I am a 29 year old female with two body piercings: My belly button and my nose. My very first piercing was my belly button. I remember that day very well, it was April 2nd, the day after my eighteenth birthday. You see I had been bugging my mom to let me pierce my belly button since I was fifteen and she wouldn’t give in but she knew that once I turned eighteen that it was all over and I was going to pierce my belly button then. She didn’t think it would be the day after anyways I woke up took a shower and headed over to my best friend and adopted sister Tiffany’s house, I knew that she would go with me to hold my hand because at this point I was so excited and yet super worried that it was going to hurt really bad. So after bugging her to go with me and calling the tattoo and body piercing shop to see how much it was going to cost, we went. Now at this point I’m getting nervous, but Tiffany is there and we go in. I tell the girl at the counter what I want and give her my ID. She asks me who did my ID because it looks like a real ID ( I am 5’0 and weigh 95 pounds, I don’t look a day over 12) So the owner and piercing expert comes over and checks it out laughs and I pay for the piercing. Now I am really nervous and sitting in the chair. He puts the clamps on and tells he’s going to count to three, and I tell him to stop I can’t do this… he takes the claps off and me and Tiffany walk outside. Tiffany then tells me “What are you doing? You already paid for piercing?!” I tell her “I can’t, its going to hurt!” “Let’s go!!!” She tells me no get your ass back in there you already paid for it and I’m here it’s going to hurt then it’s done let’s go! So I went back in. After being teased for a moment we go back to the chair… (I didn’t know Tiffany told him to wait a moment that we would be back) I get clamped and we start the count but this time on one there was a needle being shoved through my belly button. But by the time he got to three it was done and the ball was being put on the ring. Needless to say that I am thankful for my sister Tiffany who actually stuck by my side and made me do it.
I’ve always loved the look of body jewelry; even at the age of seven when I first got my ears pierced. Being able to customize my appearance even in a small way such as this always made me feel good. My parents were not very open to these cosmetic changes, especially not my grandparents or aunts and uncles. Nonetheless, I slowly made my own personal appearance changes by the age of 13. I started wearing what I wanted, dying my hair darker or bleaching it lighter, making my makeup darker, and last but not least, stretching my ears and piercing more of my body.
I remember stretching my ears at 14 for the first time and feeling immense pain, but an unforgettable thrill. It wasn’t until a couple months ago, at my age of 20, that my naive mom noticed them. I suppose 00 is a bit more obvious then 12.
At 15, I convinced her to allow me to pierce my nose. Then at 16 I went on my own to pierce the other side too. At 17 I pierced my belly button. At 18 I got 2 portrait tattoos; one of a lion and the other of a wolf. And about 5 months ago I got my 3rd of cherry blossoms. Needless to say, I still face negative comments from my own family about these choices every time I go to a family get together. But I’m at the point where I no longer care. I think body alterations are a wonderful thing if it means it’ll bring personal happiness. I will continue to stretch my ears, ink my body, and pierce whatever I please for as long as I please.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to get my lip pierced, and more recently my ears too. Every time that I brought up the idea to my parents, they basically just shut me down. My mom and sister have had their ears pierced since they were infants, but apparently because I’m a guy, it’s different. So, July of this year (2015) I finally turned 18! In late August, I moved from my home in California to Washington with my girlfriend to attend college, and I quickly started searching for tattoo/piercing shops near us. My girlfriend was really against the idea of me getting my lip pierced but I was finally at the point where I wasn’t going to tolerate anyone telling me no anymore. It was a rainy Sunday and I decided that it was finally the day. Since I didn’t get to bring my car to school with me, I found a few connecting buses that would get me near the shop. My girlfriend and I stood out at the bus stop in the rain and waited for the bus. We were about 1 minute late but we hoped the bus would be behind like it usually was anyways. After 10 minutes we decided that we had missed it and went back inside. The next one was coming in about 45 minutes. When it came time for the next bus, we got there 5 minutes early, we couldn’t have missed it this time! After standing in the rain for another 10 minutes, my girlfriend noticed the bus stop sign and read it out loud, “No buses at this stop on Sundays.” She finally thought she would get her way and I would be piercing free for at least another day. Of course by now, this wasn’t stopping me. I immediately called a taxi and 30 minutes and $10 later, we were in the shop. On an impulse decision, as I was filling out the paper work, my girlfriend decided to get her belly button pierced. I was so excited by this point. We went into the back and she went first. In no time, her belly button was shining with the stainless steel bar. I went next and sat down as the lady marked a spot on the right side of my bottom lip. The needle went through and it hurt! After feeling that I instantly teared up, I wasn’t crying though, it was just an instant reaction! (I swear!) After feeling that, I barely even noticed the 14 gauge needles go through my ears. Since I anticipate stretching my ears, I opted to get a larger initial piercing. After we were all finished and paid I couldn’t have been happier. Every day that I wake up and look in the mirror, I get excited. This was one my best life decisions and it really made me feel like more of an adult. I can’t wait to stretch my ears more, and I have even been debating whether or not to get my nose pierced!
So I was on the school bus one day on the way home contemplating whether to get a cell phone or have my belly button pierced. Such tough decisions! Ultimately I went with the navel piercing. Seeing that I was 16 I needed my Mum’s permission. Thankfully I have cool parents, my Dad wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but my Mum basically said “it’s her money, her body and if she wants to put another hole in it that’s her prerogative.” My brother had recently gotten a tattoo which now I tease him about. It’s totally a tramp stamp of our last name! He recommend I go to the same shop that they were great it was clean, etc. So I did and it was all that. I was accompanied by my Mum as she needed to give consent. As we’re waiting a few Iron Horseman bikers stroll into the shop. My mum blurts “aw crap.” They call me over and I ask her if she wants to come and she says she doesn’t want to see them jab a needle through my skin. I was in the chair about five minutes and noticed her making her way slowly over, she was being chatted up by one of the bikers! She finally makes it to me and sits down and I said “I thought you didn’t want to watch,” she looks at me “I changed my mind!” They finish up with me and we walk out and I ask her how her chat session was she replied “he was actually very nice!” I followed all instructions they gave me let it completely heal but then made a bad mistake. When I could finally change the ring I bought a cheap one from a mall kiosk. Had it in for a few days and the area around the hole started getting really red. A few more days later when I moved the ring puss oozed out! We called the shop and they told us to come back in. There was a gal there she took a look and said the ring was cheap and the material it was made of was flaking off inside the hole. She said I needed to change the ring. So we bought one there she changed it for me and gave me instructions. Now jump 15 years later. I had the same silver twisted ring in there for 10 years and decided to change. Bought one from a body jewelry site. It was so pretty and I still wish I could wear it. I had it in 3 days redness around the hole. No puss this time. I called a piercing shop and the guy said because there was jewels hanging off the end it was irritating the home because although it said stainless steel they can use whatever for the decorations. So I took that out and popped ol’ faithful back in. Well I struggled with that irritation for a year. It didn’t make sense. That was the same ring I had in for 10 years. I finally called that shop back and he asked what type and I told him. He said it never was able to heal because the ring was always getting hit and knocked around so to put a curved barbell. I ordered two different bundles from this site bodyjewelry.com, popped one in and within three days all that irritation I dealt with for a year was gone! So that has been my adventure in body piercing. My advice, be careful of where you purchase your body jewelry, remember it’s going inside your body! Cheap definitely isn’t always better, you do get what you pay for! Check the type of metal the jewelry is made of, that is extremely important! I will say this site sells good products at least the ones I’ve purchased! 🙂
Once I got my first piercing it was difficult to quit. They are addicting to say the least. They are a fun and sometimes unique way to represent yourself. I, of course had the basic lobe piercings since I was a baby, but as I got older the need to add more became overwhelming. I went with my mom when she wanted to get her nose pierced and on a split-second decision I decided I wanted to get a Monroe piercing. My mom liked the idea and signed off for me to get it. I was so happy with it and actually quiet shocked at how easy it was. The healing was not as fun but it was worth it in the long run. The lip was only the start. Following it I went for a nose, belly button and more ear piercings. They were great and I love them still but I wanted something else, something a little different. I decided ultimately on a chest dermal. I wear a lot of low cut tops and what better way to accentuate my style then to get a pretty jewel on my chest. So I scrounged up $50 and invited my friend to go down to the only shop that did dermal piercings. My friend, who also has her share of piercings, was only too happy to come along. I went into the shop excited and ready for my new addition. The process was a lot longer than my previous piercings because of the centering and the more complex way of it but it was worth it. I picked out a clear jewel and laid down while my piercer went to work. I expected it to hurt really badly and was pleasantly surprised at how mild it was. It was just a hard pinch. I looked in the mirror and fell in love with it. I immediately wanted another one and two months later I repeated the process. The money was completely worth it and the extra care in making sure I do not catch them on anything is also worth it. They can be a pain sometimes but I would get them all over again if I could. If you want a piercing just go out and get it. They are fun and a less permanent way than tattoos of expressing yourself. I love all my piercings and will get more in the future.