I have learned my lesson about where you should go to get your piercings done over the years of me acquiring a total of 16 piercings. I began to get the majority of my piercings while I was in college. The tattoo parlor down the street from where my campus was did piercings for $20 that included jewelry. WHAT A DEAL, right?!?! It never occurred to me that the reason that ALL of my piercings that I got from there was because it wasn’t the cleanest environment, or they weren’t using high quality jewelry, or because they wanted me to use iodine to clean my freshly done ones. I figured it was because that was just apart of the normal healing process. I would then need to go to the doctor for antibiotics and she would tell me I needed to take the piercing out. (I never did listen to her advice I left them in and was able to salvage all of them.) Anyways, it wasn’t until after college that I began to get into my piercing phase again and was living at home with my parents. A strictly body piercing place opened up near my house and to my surprise she really wasn’t that expensive (and she uses high quality jewelry), the main difference with my new go to spot and where I recommend people to go is this…… she is a member of the APP (Association of Professional Piercers), she has AMAZING jewelry that you can choose and get pierced with right away rather than waiting until a new one heals and switching over to something cool looking, she autoclaves your piece of jewelry after you have chosen it, she fits you with the right length and size, she is VERY CLEAN in all her practices, and a lot of her materials are use once and throw away. She recommends that you use saline wipes or sea salt soaks to help heal your new piercing (something that I now swear by, I would NEVER use iodine or hand soap again) and truth be told, I really don’t even really need to clean my piercings after going to this location because I have never had any issues. What I’m trying to say is RESEARCH a place before you just decide to get a piercing done, trust your piercer, and don’t choose a location because it is cheap. IT IS NOT WORTH THE AFTERMATH.
When I was sixteen I had my lower navel pierced, and the upper navel piercing was done when I was eighteen. I’ve had different jewelry in my navel over the years, but my favorite was a variation of a twister ring which had shafts extending out perpendicular to the central circle. I found it at Hot Topic the better part of two decades ago, and have yet to find one like it since. I wore it in the upper piercing, and a basic curved shaft in the lower one. I ended up losing one of the threaded beads, and much to my chagrin, realized the threading was a very unique size. Unable to find a suitable replacement bead, I changed out the entire piece for a basic curved shaft. I didn’t like the look of having two basic shafts, so I found a spiral twisted ring to put in the lower piercing.
It worked nicely for a long time, until I woke up one day to find the spiral twisted up in my pajama bottoms. For days afterward it continued to be sore and irritated, and wasn’t getting any better. So I decided to find an alternative. I found this website, and ordered a few pieces of jewelry. The two I purchased for my navel were a captive bead twister ring (upper) and a seamless segment ring to help the lower piercing heal. I also purchased the ring closer/opener tool to make it easier to put in the seamless segment rings (I purchased others for my lobes) with the right tension. While putting the captive bead in the twister, I must have gripped the acrylic captive bead too tightly, because it simply shattered. A cursory search of my jewelry-making stash turned up a perfect replacement – the textured silver metal bead as shown in the picture. I had to widen the holes in it so it stayed in place more firmly, but I’ve been wearing it for a few weeks now, and it’s holding beautifully. The seamless segment in the bottom had the lower piercing back to rights in just a day or two, and it’s been doing perfectly since. It was particularly helpful to be able to spin it around easily to keep it clean. While I liked the style of the spiral I’d had, I’ve not missed having it catch on pants, sweaters, or whatever else it found a way to twist itself up in. The seamless segment is lightweight, too, so it’s very comfortable.
Just recently I purchased the Yin-Yang curved shaft navel ring, which I might put in if I get bored with the simplicity of the seamless segment ring in the lower piercing. For now, though, I’m happy with it the way it is.
I’ve always strived to be different and unusual. So when I received this piercing it was just that, different and unusual. People have stated that they have seen this before, but however many claim such things, I myself have never witnessed with my own eyes the same piercing. Usually it comes with questions and unusual looks. I’ve not taken this piercing out in almost five years. It didn’t really hurt, because I had an excellent artist that did it properly and had little swelling. Nowadays I barely remember it’s there.
My name is Genessa and I am 48 years old. For many years I have wanted to get my nose pierced. I have a daughter now 24 years old that when she was in high school she and I wanted to go together and get our noses pierced. I contacted the school system due to the “school clothing policy” states no piercings other than ears and if you are a boy you can not wear gauges. So that ruled out her being able to get her nose pierced when it was her 16th birthday. So I let it go for the longest time and one day while on Facebook I saw a picture of a pretty lady around my age with her nose pierced and said to my husband again years later that I still wished I had gotten my nose pierced so he looked at me and said “let’s go” and I said “I am too old to get my nose pierced I am 48 years old”. Now I am a 48 year old redhead with plum highlights in my hair curvy woman who turns heads. Everyone loves my hair they think it is cool looking to have “purple” in it. So I sat for a few days and thought about it and I decided to go on a “group” page we are on with Facebook and ask everyone if they thought I was toooooo old to get my nose pierced. So on a Friday I went on the group in July and asked this group….it is a “sensual,relationships group” where we discuss everything about relationships. I have been married for 27 years to the most amazing man. EVERYONE in the group told me “hell no you are not too old you would look beautiful with your nose pierced – very sexy”. So that night he and I talked about it again and I inconvenienced myself that I did want to do it so I already had the place picked out they did a rook piercing for me a couple of years ago and I wanted to go back there. So on Saturday we were to go to my husband’s best friends birthday party and on the way to the party we drove the way we usually go to their house which drives right by the tattoo/piercing place. So we turn on the street and he throws on the blinker and turns into their parking lot and says “let’s go”. I just laughed and said “come on let’s go to the party” and he said to me “NO you are going to get your nose pierced you will be beautiful with it”. So inside we went and I picked out a clear stud and got my nose pierced. Instantly went outside in the beautiful sunshine and took a picture to post on Facebook to show all my friends. EVERYONE thought it was so cool that I, at 48, went and got my nose pierced. So we arrived at the party and everyone was shocked I had done it. Everyone at the party thought it was cool that me at my age went and got my nose pierced and I LOVE IT. I have purchased 3 nose screw’s from Body Jewelry and I love them all and plan to purchase a couple of more in the next month. I only wear actual gold so mine are a little more expensive than most but they are definitely worth it coming from Body Jewelry their quality is the best!
My love for piercings started with my older sisters tongue ring. I thought it was the coolest thing ever at the age of 8. I thought it was even more cool that my mom didn’t like them. As I grew older, my fascination for piercings grew. As well as the want for them. I reached the age of 14 and after months of begging I was approved for a lip piercing. I had it done and was instantly hooked thinking of what I wanted next. Over the years I have had more done and now at the age of 20 I have 6.