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not your grandma's needlepoint work

Still going along the way of my body modification journey, I found myself wanting something new. Something pretty... and different. My last modification being the starting of my chestpiece, it pretty much ruined my budget. Therefore I find myself looking for a new modification, that would be pretty, and cheap.

After considering many piercings, I decided I wouldn't be getting any new ones, for I just moved and I have to find a new job. With it already being no easytask with my current piercings, I figured I'd be better off not getting any other hole poked through my face for the moment. Also, as piercings are rather expensive, I didn't necessarly have the money to spend on new steel. So I tried to think about something else.

I have been cutting myself with piercing needles for quite some time now. Because I think the result are pretty. I know some people do it to deal with different situations and emotions, but it is not my case. I simply do it because I like the look of the cuts, fresh, and when they're healing. Being done with the sharp tip and edge of a piercing needle, they leave extremely fine lines, and virtually no scar afterwards. So this one night I was thinking to myself; why not do a needle-point scarification? It would be easy for me to do as I know how to drive the needle to make precise lines. I thought about what I wanted, then I worked out the time it would take for me to do it. Because I wouldn't wanna be disturbed while proceeding, because as silly as it sounds, I wouldn't want my dad to come home and walk in the living room to find his daughter sitting on the futon removing skin from her arm.

I waited until one afternoon, while my sister and father were gone for a few hours. I put on some music, took out my tools (my tools being a gel pen, a glass of water, coton swabs, Polysporin, a 14g needle and paper towels) and sat on the couch to draw the design on my skin with the gel pen. I chose something simple and pretty, the outlines of a small (about 1 inch by 1 inch) heart on the underside of my forearm, about 3 inches from my wrist. After I made sure it was centered and symetrical, i dipped the coton swab in water and erased the drawing almost completely, until it's very pale, just so i can see it. (Yes, I am aware of blood poisonning, which is why I tried to remove as much ink as I could.). Then I took my needle and started cutting the outline. Then I made it a double line. Only doing that took about 10 minutes, because I had to cut very slowly and drive the needle into curves instead of a straight line. but I managed to do it, and after I had gone over a few spots to make it nice and deep, I applied a first layer of Polysporin. Then I started removing the skin that was in between the two lines I had cut. It was rather hard because the needle, although good for cutting, isn't really the best tool to remove a larger strip of skin. Anyway, after about 20 minutes I was done removing the outline completely, and my new mod looked awsome. It bled less than what I was expecting, and by the time I was done with the skin removing, half the cut had stopped bleeding. I applied some Polysporin all over it, then used a piece of clingwrap and some tape to cover it so no dust, cat hair or whatever else clings to it. After a few hours, I removed it, cleaned the wound with water and applied some more Polysporin.

The first night sleeping with it wasn't too bad, I didn't sleep on it or anything of the sort. When I woke up the next morning, it was kind of painful, it burned like a tattoo does. For the next few days, it'd accidentally rub on my clothes or something else and that would be a bit painful, but besides those time, I would hadly even feel it. I have had it for 5 days now, and it is healing well. I don't feel it anymore, unless it rubs hard on my clothes or I catch it on something. The scab looks really awsome, but I can't wait to see what the scar underneath will look like. I shall post pictures as soon as I can get my hands on a digital camera.

I have to admit cutting myself with a sterile tool but in a non-sterile environnement wasn't really the best idea, but I don't regret anything and I'm very happy with my new mod. Word on the street is Blair (www.byblair.com) is coming to Montreal at the end of this month, so I might enquire about getting another cutting, done professionally by him when he comes down, if I can make it to Montreal and have the money to pay for the proceedure, indeed.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 18 July 2005
in Scarification

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