Training piercers are PROFESSIONAL!
12 piercings now (and I want 13). Only 3 of them were done by a professional piercer, and 4 were done by some anorexic weirdo at an accessory store. The rest, I must confess, I did myself (4 lobes, one upper cartilage, and my nostril), but that is not the point of this tale. The feature here is my lovely little septum piercing. I was a little anxious at getting my septum done by a piercer-in-training, though I'd talked to her before and she seemed confident in her abilities. The owner of Stainless Studios, Tom, was going to be in attendance, and show her how to do it, and all I had to pay for was the jewelry, so I thought "What the heck, if I don't like it, I can take it out later." I chose a 14g stainless retainer, and Michelle set me up in this nice big dentist's chair (which, incidentally, crushed the back of my mohawk during the piercing, but no matter) and laid out all the equipment. Tom gave a nice long lecture about different piercing methods, recieving tubes versus a clamping contraption with a guide, invberted (with the piercee lying down) and the importance of body positioning for stability and precision. Wow. I never knew there was so much to just piercing something. (Just for sake of interest, and to fill out the fascist form properly, I have to add some more words. Here, I'll tell you about body positioning!! Adopt a comfortable stance, weight low in ths hips, feet apread apart for stability. If possible, move the piercee to a position where s/he will not interfere with the piercer's stance, e.g. turn their head and position around them, instead of piercing off-balance or hunched over. Inverted piercings, i.e., those with the subject lying down and the piercer standing above them, are harder to visualize with the jewlery in them, because graviuty works differently when you're lying down. This is all simple physics, by the way. I found this all very fascinating, even though I was on-edge from all of the possible "gone-wrong's" floating in my head.) Michelle wiped out my nose with an iodine swab (which dried out my sinuses for three days) and positioned the needle and tube. This was the part that was the hardest, not actually being pierced, but trying to relax for the needle to go through BEFORE being pierced. The other thing that kind of made me anxious was the SPEED of the piercing (it's all relative) because Tom said that the piercer has to go slow until the cutting edge of the needle is entirely through, so it doesn't push the cartilage out of alignment and make the hole crooked. I got poked a couple of times which made my eyes water, while Michelle was figuring out how to hold the needle and tube properly so they met in the right place. I practiced looking through Michelle, because if I watch the person piercing me, I get all nervous and irritated. There were three or four false starts before she got the positiong right, and then I took a deep breath and she just pushed the needle through. The only thing that startled me was the incredible force of the human body's reactions in aversion to something foreign being shoved in your nose. My head would have jerked back strongly if I hadn't been consciously keeping it against the back of the dentist's chair in the first place. I expected maybe having to sneeze, but the only reaction I had was to shut my eyes really tightly. My eyes only watered a bit, and even then only on the side that the needle went in. Michelle left the needle in while she figured out how to get such a tiny piece of steel up into the hole she'd just made. I wasn't bleeding or anything, either, which made the whole thing a little easier. Finally, she threaded in the retainer as she withdrew the needle. Poke poke poke, push. It was in!! I got the cleaning lecture, bactine morning and night, wiggle it around, clean off the little dried bits so they don't tear up the inside of my nose. And then they let me go with a promise to come back to take a picture of it when I had some "real" jewlery in it. (How rude! Didn't these people realize what I'd just done?) I was afraid the retainer was going to show, or fall out or something terrible was going to happen, but everything was fine. And even with the retainer flipped down, none of my friends really noticed (shows you what great friends I have!). I've had the piercing for nearly 3 weeks and I've already changed the jewelery with no ill effects except when i tried to change the captive ball ring back to the retainer, and the gap in the ring was too small for my nose--OW! (and yes, I got my picture taken, though I'm not sure where it is right now). I'm thinking of buying a nice stainless spike, and I've ordered a 14g circular barbell, but I've noticed that all of the really cool looking jewelery comes in a larger size (smaller gague!) so I might have to stretch a little for the price of happiness. The only kind of bad thing that happened was my own stupid fault--never go to a Headstones concert and expect not to get hurt--I got smashed in the face with someone's shoulder and bled copiously all over the bouncers. But there was no injury done to my piercing, and everything's fine now 4 days later, so I'm happy. I always have been prone to nosebleeds anyway. A COUPLE OF WORDS TO THE WISE: (if you really were wise, you wouldn't need them, but here ya go!) !!Don't do your piercings yourself, trust a professional. Or a piercer-in-training, if you can't afford it. Most studios have a trainee who is interning. Doing it in the shower does not make up for poor-quality equipment. And believe me, I should know. I did my nostril myself, and it got infected and I had to go to a proper studio where the guy bitched at me about proper methods (this wasn't at Stainless). I've also done a lot of my earrings because it was way cheaper than getting them done at a studio, and they took twice as long to heal. Getting your piercings done at a reputable studio is the best thing you can do for your body if you just have the urge to shove metal things through it. Rock and ruin. ;\
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 12 Feb. 2000
in Nose Piercing