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100% healed pocketing

First of all, I am not a generally supporter of modifications being done at home.  If you have enough skill that it will come out better at home, or deep spiritual beliefs, then go for it.  If not, a professional would be the best choice.  Now, onto the fun stuff.

While at the park on a summer afternoon, I was approached by a young man who asked if I knew anything about pocketing.  He explained to me he had seen it on BME, but never known anyone else who knew much about it.  I told him I wouldn't do it until I knew a bit more about healing and the procedure.  After all, I didn't know him, and I didn't have any idea what he knew about mods.

After this, I started thinking about how I could get one to heal, or how one would work well without rejecting quickly.  I decided to go with a barbell (if you could call it that) similar to an inverted surface bar.  I made a piece that was an inch and one-eighth long, with tips that bent in one quarter inch at a forty five degree angle.  \____/ is a rough idea of what it looked like.

So its go time and I decided that the worst thing was me getting a few scars.  What a big deal, oh no, scars.  I decided a good location for the pocketing would be forehead, nape, or forearm (running lengthwise).  The nape and forehead were not real logical choices for me to easily pierce myself, so I went with the arm.  The reason for choosing these spots is because the skin doesn't move a whole lot and the chance for healing was much better.

I pierced through roughly three-fourths inch of tissue, and then matched the barbell up to the marks I had made.  I adjusted them a bit, and then made another piercing going the opposite way an inch and change down.  I now had two needles through my arm looking similar to this.  \     /

Pain was minimal, basically the same as a surface piercing anywhere on the body. I then put the barbell through the first piercing, which looked rather strange.  I then matched the rear of the remaining needle to the front of the pocketing jewelry, and followed it through until the bar appeared straight in my arm.  The straight piece in the jewelry was exposed, while the curved area was under the skin.

I took surgical tape and wrapped it around my arm, holding the bar in place.  I changed it every six to eight hours and left it on for nearly a week.  *Note showering was hard because with soap and water the bar would want to slip out.* It looked a bit odd, but served a purpose.  If I had not done this, there was a good chance that the bar may slide and I would lose the pocketing.  I spent 4 hours making the jewelry and another half hour doing the procedure (mostly marking).  I wasn't about to lose it after two hours because I didn't tape it down.

Extremely minimal pain for a day, then it felt fine.  This was a fairly simple procedure, but the marks had to be perfect, and be hit perfect.  I went home, and took pictures like always.  A week after this, the holes were dry and looked as if the pocketing was going to reject.  A week after that, the dry skin fell off, and it looked fresh again.  It did this a few times, but within three months it had healed, and not migrated any.  I left it in for a total of six or seven months before it went to mod-heaven.  (I was break-dancing and knocked it out, and lost the jewelry)

All in all, pain was nothing.  Healing was simple but lengthy, and my design worked out wonderfully.  The key to healing this was making sure it didn't fall out and get lost (it did eventually) and having it in a spot where the tissue did not move around much.  Infection is a serious risk here, because of the design of pocketing.  There is no "exit" hole, so things can get built up inside the pocketing.  For example, if the bar is removed, and a piece of dirt or food falls into the hole, it is pushed to the back because of jewelry re-insertion.  Then you can end up with a foreign object being shoved into soft tissue.  Most of the time our bodies can fight this, but if your immune system is lowered for any reason, it can have a similar infection to a piercing.  If anyone is considering a pocketing, just remember that it most likely isn't going to last forever, but is fun for a while.  If there are any questions, feel free to ask.

-Josh Neff

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submitted by: Josh Neff
on: 25 Nov. 2002
in Pocketing and Stapling

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