My Shiny Piece Of Metal
I’ve been interested in unusual piercings ever since I was 13 years old. I’m now 22 years old. I sometimes went onto youtube and watched videos of people having their tongue pierced or simply showing off their body mods. I used to wonder what I would look like with a shiny piece of metal sticking out of my tongue. I had my nose piercing around a year ago and before long I wanted something else that was unique to me. That’s when I decided to get my tongue done.
I used to go to a place called Skins & Needles in South Wigston, Leicester, but it was quite a way away from where I lived. However a new tattoo and body piercing studio opened recently in Market Harborough called All 1 Tribe. Before I had my tongue done I went inside to buy some nose studs. The people who worked there were very friendly and approachable. So from that day forward I decided that I would go to them for any future piercings or tattoos.
I told my key worker, Catherine that I was interested in getting my tongue pierced and she was able to book me an appointment after the Easter holidays. Saturday 17th April 2010 was the big day. When we arrived in Market Harborough she asked me if I wanted her to come with me, but I replied that I was going to be alright on my own. She thought that I was brave and was dead excited for me. Off I went and Catherine went with two other learners to help them with their shopping.
I stepped inside and went over to the reception. There I met one of the tattooist and told him that I had an appointment for a tongue piercing. He said that I needed to wait for 10 minutes for the piercer to come. While I waited we had a chat about our body mods and he showed me a sketch of a tattoo for one of the clients he had started earlier on.
Before long the piercer had arrived and then I paid my £35.00 for my piercing. The piercer was called Bev and she made me feel welcome. We went to a separate room upstairs where the tattooing and body piercing took place. While she got the equipment ready I filled in a consent form. Next I rinsed out my mouth with non alcoholic mouthwash and then I sat on a strange bed like thing (like something you find in a doctor’s room). Bev showed me the equipment and told me that they throw away the sterilized needles once they have been used.
Next she told me to stick my tongue out as far as I could and made a mark with a special pen. I went to have a look in the mirror and it was spot on (sorry about the pun). She took the clamp and told me to take deep breaths. I suddenly sensed the pressure of the needle as it slid through my tongue. It felt like a pinching sensation. She then threaded the titanium bar (when you first have your tongue pierced you’ll have a longer bar due to the swelling) through the hole and screwed on the metal ball. It felt a little bit weird with a piece of metal in my mouth, but I soon got used to it.
As soon as she had finished I re rinsed my mouth out with mouthwash to get rid of the bit of blood. Bev explained that I needed to use a non alcoholic mouthwash three times a day and not to eat solids for two weeks. She also said that I could come back in two weeks time to get the bar changed for free. My tongue piercing took six weeks to heal and I started a collection of tongue bars.
Here are some tips that you may find useful if you decide to get your tongue pierced: 1) Research the tattoo studio: ask your friends or family who have piercings where they had them done and what the studio was like. When you visit the place make sure that it has certificates on the walls saying that piercer is registered to the APP, the salon is clean, the staff clean their hands and use sterilized equipment, they must also throw away the used needles in a special biohazard container.
2) Plan when you decide to get the piercing: Will you be doing any presentations or speeking in front of a large group of people in the coming weeks?
3) Be prepared: Before you have it done make sure you have plenty of soft food because when you have it done you won't be able to eat your favourite solid foods. Also you'll need non alcoholic mouthwash as the normal stuff will irritate the piercing and make sure that you have enough money fo the piercing.
I hope you enjoyed reading my story as much as I have enjoyed writing it. :-)
submitted by: sugar_spice2003
on: 15 June 2010
in Center Tongue Piercings
Studio: All 1 Tribe
Location: Market Harborough, England