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self done septum

cks! This thing has to be eight hundred words long so forgive me if some of this sounds stupid. A little about me. I am 19 years old. I am a designer for a packaging company; I have a few other piercings. All professionally done. I have one genital piercing, one-tongue piercing, and both my ears pierced (one hole per ear). I do not have any tattoos, although I have some ideas. I have wanted my septum pierced for a quite some time now. I have been reading everything I can find on septum piercing and piercing in general. There is a whole lot of information on the web if you are dedicated to find it. BME is a great resource for all kinds of modification. They were definitely a major role in what I was about to do. The only thing that has kept me from getting one is the idea of someone that I do not really know sticking me with a sharp object. I don't mean that I am afraid of needles or of the pain, but I don't like the idea of someone else performing permanent work on me. I mean I feel pretty strongly about my body and I am pretty attached to it. So the idea of someone else poking holes in me is not the most appealing thought. I think that maybe it is the idea that I do not have absolute control over exactly where the hole goes and how clean everything is. I am not saying that I have anywhere near the sterile field in my home that I should for this kind of work, but at least I can be absolutely sure that I know how clean my tools are and that no one else who may have been diseased was coughing on the same countertop right before me. I took all the necessary precautions that were possible before hand to make sure that things were sterilized. I do not have an autoclave so I improvised. I had my needle cleaned and I set over a flame just in case. I had my jewelry soaking in alcohol. I also thoroughly washed my tools and put them in a vegetable steamer to attempt to create an effect similar to that of an autoclave. I do not think that I was able to achieve the level of sterility I truly desired. The way I see it is, people have been doing far more heavy modifications in far less sterile environments for centuries so something is better than nothing is. Does that make any sense to anyone else? They seemed to do just fine with nothing.

After I was satisfied that everything was clean enough I proceeded to clean my septum and mark exactly where I wanted the needle to go in and come out. I drew a line across it to be sure everything looked right. After I checked and re-checked my nose to make sure everything was right where I wanted it, I checked it again. (It would be terrible to fuck something like this up) I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about doing this, but I went ahead and closed my eyes, took a few deep breaths to calm myself and steady my hands, and slowly put the needle through. Most people say that they would prefer to put it through quickly but I did not. I did not intend to do it slowly. It just happened that way. It was extremely exhilarating. It didn't hurt very much at all, I can't really think of words to describe the feeling but it was good. Way better than any professional piercing I've ever had. I think that I have a much better understanding of why some people choose to do this kind of thing themselves. It is a much more personal and maybe even spiritual experience than going tothe piercing shop in my town. I read a story of a play piercing in which a girl was pierced many times. The feelings she was describing were very similar to what I was feeling, although I am sure hers were much more intense. One needle to over one hundred is a big difference. The jewelry was killer though. I bought a curved barbell and didn't really think about the fact that it was externally threaded. Big fucking mistake! The thing hurt like hell going through. The extra money is worth it for internal threads. Just be careful that you don't strip out the threads. No one at work has noticed when I have it flipped up inside my nose. I am so happy with the piercing that I plan to pierce my frenum next. I think I'll let this heal first though. Anyone who is considering piercing anything should read this first. http://www.modernamerican.com/bill.html


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 Dec. 1999
in Nose Piercing

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