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Happy as a steel-laden clam! I loved every minute of it.

Having gone through the gates of: snakebites(down to just one side), a Monroe(now gone), my left nostril(closed), and a current navel hoop, I was looking for something new. I wasn't interested in a tongue ring, and my options were limited seeing as how my current employer prefers no visible piercings, so I opted for my septum. I've known people before who have said they can easily flip it up inside their nose, and upon receiving a rather fat check I decided it was high time to get some new steel.

I've gone to a few different studios for my piercings, and none of them really turned me on. Poor lighting, unprofessional artists (apparently smoking a bowl beforehand makes you soo much better with a needle..), limited space, messy lobbies, generally not the most eye-catching facilities. I happened to have been in Davenport, about 30 minutes out of my hometown, and I wasn't sure where to go. My mom recommended the Scorpion's Den, and since it was on my way out, I figured I could stop by and check it out.

I pulled up to a small-ish building; it looked like a hole-in-the-wall kind of place. Going on past experiences of studios in the general area, my expectations were not very high. I walked in, and WOW- nice black couches, TONS of space, lots of good light, and very friendly dudes working the counter. "Can I help you?"

"I want to get my septum done," I said.


I paid, and also asked if he would stretch my ears for me since I had just bought new plugs. Not a problem.

I took a seat on one of the very comfortable couches while he sat up his equipment in the back. "Have you researched septum piercings at all?"

"Not really.. I know a couple of people who have theirs done, that's about it.."

"Well I'm not going to lie, it's probably one of the more uncomfortable piercings you can get," he said, surveying my face for any hesitation. I'm not going to lie either, I was pretty nervous going into it. He explained, thoroughly, how each person's septum is different and how they can be shaped This way, or That way, etc. I felt mine, and discovered that the right side curves in a little more than the left. He said it's definitely not a problem, and that would just mean he might have to play with the needle a little more to get it straight.

"Like I said, it might hurt a lot-it could be similar to an electric shock going through your nose."

Alright, that kind of scared me. I'm pretty resilient to pain, but that made me a bit more nervous. He then took out the clamps, opened a new needle, etc, and as he was doing each step he told me exactly what he was doing. "Try not to move your face at all, and try not to do this" and he scrunched his nose up a little. "Ready?" I nodded, squeezing the provided teddy bear (what?! I was nervous! haha ;).

Only when the needle touched my nose, I scrunched my face a little. "It's alright, just relax, ready?" Another nod, and I took a deep breath in, and out.. before I knew it- "It's done! And it's nice and straight." It seriously didn't hurt at all- the only thing I felt was the needle sliding through and then the jewelry being put in. My eyes watered, naturally, but besides that, it was probably the most painless piercing I have gotten done yet. Much different than what I had imagined (the electric shock, blood streaming down my face, screams emitting, etc, haha). He went on to explain how, if it's not cleaned every day, it could start to stink (something I'm used to with the gaged ears). He grabbed a Care Guide and handed it to me as he was explaining different techniques to clean it.

Next up, my ears. I've always stretched size by size, and I was at 00G. Thinking, mistakenly, that 7/16 would be the next size up, that was the size I brought in with me. I was wrong- 5/16 would have been correct, and he said it might be tough to push these ones through. He lubed up a taper, and started pushing through. No tension, until about halfway, then it started to hurt (which I had expected). The normal burning sensation swept through my left ear, and he said that he had to push the taper through again. (My left ear has always been harder to stretch than the right for some reason.) He put the plug in, and I discovered another mistake I had made- minor, but something I wish I would have known.

I had bought screw-on tunnels; the grooves tend to catch all that funky ear shit a lot easier, not to mention they can tug on the hole when being pushed through for the first time. Not something I really wanted for a new size, but he said it's not a BIG deal, just something to keep in mind for future reference.

"Want to wait a minute for the other side?" he asked.

"Nah, let's get it over with."

Another taper, and this one (expectedly, being the right side) went through with no problems the first time. Plug goes in, I'm happy, my ears are burning, and I had already forgotten about the piece of metal that was just shoved through my nose. It's been about two hours since it was done, and it still feels nice.

Overall, it was a really pleasant experience. The only pain I was feeling, of course, was in my ears. But it was obvious that he knew what he was talking about, and what he was doing. By the time I was leaving there was already a line of potential piercees waiting for him. Needless to say, I will definitely make them my studio of choice from now on. Highly recommended if you live in the area!(=


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on: 05 June 2008
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Artist: Ian
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