The only surviving piercing I still have is my P.A. (nipples long ago closed up) I got it approximately 20 years ago at a small shop in Joplin, MO. At that time my home state did not have legal tattooing and body piercing shops so I had to road trip it. I had gone out the night before with friends and drank way more than I should have seeing as how I knew that the trip was a go for the next day. Anyhow, got there and went through the procedure. As i recall it hurt like hell but was an enjoyable sensation in its own way. The main memory I retain though is the tremendous amount of bleeding that occurred. As I mentioned some excessive drinking had occurred just hours prior to the piercing appointment. The thing about alcohol thinning your blood (etc.) I believe to be factual and likely contributed to my messy experience. I had a bit of a ride home and had to stuff massive amounts of toilet tissue into my boxers to absorb the flow.(Seems like the place woulda had a Maxi-pad or something to offer but they didn’t) Couldn’t wait to “try it out” and ignored the suggested wait time. This probably slowed the healing process greatly and I don’t recommend anyone ignoring the advice of their piercing professional on this subject. Be patient. Good things “come” to those who wait. The 12 gauge captive bead used for the initial pierce was gradually replaced as time went on with larger gauges and styles of jewelry. (Even got up to 00 in time) But determined that the large gauges are more show than go. Currently my daily piece is a 4g 1/2 inch captive bead. One of the best investments I ever made was for a pair of ring pliers. Much easier to do your own jewelry changes. I have never regretted doing this piercing. The benefits have far outweighed my initial difficulty’s.
So to recap: Show up sane and sober for your piercing appointment and heed the advice of your piercing professional. Yup… that about sums it up…Opted to not upload any photos of my piercing as this would test the boundary’s of good taste (in my opinion) for this particular forum and likely would’a been been rejected anyway. (see boundary’s of good taste comment)
Aaaahhh. Yes it was a good night..lol I have many now but here is my first experience :). Growing up I would get in trouble for even thinking about tattoos or piercings. I loved them I’ve always been drawn to them. But my adopted mother and my father told me “THEY’RE FOR THE DEVIL!!” Lol but anyways so..I turned 18 and went thru a fucked up break-up and ended up at my ex’s best friends wife’s sister’s place. Lmao. We went to her boyfriends place where we smoked a big fat bowl (my like 5th time smoking) and she told me her boyfriends dad is a professional piercer. First thing I thought was “belly ring” lol so she and I decided together to do it. I was so nervous I was getting bubbly guts. Lmao. So I went first. I just laid back and closed my eyes and controlled my breathing and the anxiety went away kinda. Plus I was telling myself I don’t have a choice lol so I laid there helpless lol. He finally put the needle thru….and all I could think was…is that it??! All the nervous shit for nothing??! Wow.. Lol
Good times lol
I wanted my belly button pierced for years and finally after a lot of begging my dad agreed. My brother said I would chicken out and not do it so we made a bet. If I didn’t chicken out, he would pay for it! Yay me right? We got to the piercing parlor and my mom had to sign for me, I was only 16. My mom is squeamish when it comes to these things so her reaction was going to be priceless. As I was called back Mom was still filling out the form and my brother was taunting me. I didn’t care one bit! I sat down, happy as can be until I seen the needle then my eyes got as big as a 50 cent piece. The lady asked if I was ready and I said yes. I covered my eyes as she came closer and bit my lip. I hear my brother say “Oh no! so of course I’m thinking she messed up. I kept my eyes covered and waited and waited. Finally I said “Are you going to pierce it or not?” She said “Hun, it is pierced, I am trying to run the ball down to put on your jewelry.” I never flinched and I did not get to see my mom’s expression because she wasn’t even done filling out the form! When the piercer said she was done my mom said “Really, already!” Its been like 30 seconds, even though it took her a minute to find the ball! This was a 2 minute time lapse that seemed like forever for me. I didn’t feel a thing and I won the bet!!! That was 10 years ago and I still have my piercing and love it.