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Nostril Obsession

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The first three weeks of the eighth grade were based on first impressions from new people, and how our old friends changed. Everybody was different–new haircuts, new clothing and the same with attitudes. I knew I had to do something, but nothing really came to mind. I was a female bassist in a faltering band, but that did not really attract much of a desire by other people. After rumor got around that my best friend Brittany got her nose pierced, I had to do mine. I thought, "Hey! If she can take the pain, why can't I?" That was all I thought about all day. I had a desire for a nose ring since I was a kid, and now was THE time to do it. I knew exactly when and how to do it, so when would be a better time?

I decided a nose ring would be a great addition to my appearance, but a lot more would come with it. I was a little hesitant because we have a lot of ignorant people at my school, and I didn't know how they would react. While all the fear and anxiety bombarded my brain, I sank into my own little world of peace and tranquility. I knew that what I was about to do would be symbolic for my life; No longer would I be afraid or scared of the outside world. This would be more than just a silver stud in my nose; This would be a statement of living.

After coming home and begging my mother for hours I decided she wouldn't give in and let me do it. Bad girl fights back---I'll do it without her permission then. Ha. The only chance I would get to pierce it would be when my family is asleep, so I waited anxiously until about 11:00. My heart raced and nothing else entered my mind. I reached for my freshly sterilized needle, glass of ice, ear stud, and strength.

After icing it for, oh...20 minutes, I dried my hands and took a deep breath." I can do this...I can do this... I did it! Oh my god, the needle was halfway through and I felt nothing--absolutely nothing (maybe my face was numb from sheer terror). After slowly completely inserting the needle and removing it, I put in the stud. It was gorgeous. I was extremely paranoid that my mom would see it, but my happiness overruled that fear. How could she not like it? It was beautiful! I was so proud of myself.

The next day at school, the questions rolled in: Did it hurt? Do you do it? Are you crazy? Can you sneeze? Even though I hated all the obvious questions, I enjoyed the added attention. People finally got to see who I was (by the way, here in Alabama anything is taboo...this was like a sin of some sort). I got a lot of odd looks from teachers and a lot of threats to tell my parents. I wasn't too alarmed, I didn't feel as if I had done anything out of line. I was just being my typical self! Sure enough, my mom saw it about two weeks later. She was cool at first, but then demanded I remove it. I was really mad at first, but I should have seen it coming. One day soon, I may do it again...it just depends on my mother's tolerance. Maybe after reading this, she or other parents will gain consideration towards "pierced" friends or family members.

One misunderstanding that most adults have is that we modify our bodies –by tattoos or piercings– to get attention. Yeah, that comes along with it, but it's a lot deeper than that. After I got the nose ring, I felt like I gained power and esteem. I was on top of the world, and never felt better. Just because we look different does NOT mean we are freaks or lifeless, and some people have trouble accepting that. NOTE: About a week later I went to a Brother Cane concert. Since I was young I wanted to stage surf..my nose kept reminding me, "You can do it!!" I never thought a simple piercing would give me power, but that it did.

This was a great experience well worth the annoying questions and aggravation for 'disobeying' my mother. I advise anybody with courage to do this...it is something you will never forget! Now I have 7 ear piercings: 1 cart.,3 lobe, 2 conch, 1 tragus. Thanks to BME for greatinfo. I'd like to get a tongue or labret ring when I gather up the nerve (and an 18th birthday).Peace out to all my pierced friends. Email me if you wish at [email protected]


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 July 1999
in Nose Piercing

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