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I Feel Like A Change.

I don't know about you, but occasionally I get an overwhelming urge to change my appearance. Sometimes I cut or dye my hair. Sometimes I try a different colour eyeliner. Today, I decided I wanted a new piercing.

I don't have many piercings. In my right ear, I have my conch and two cartilage piercings and I have the left side of my lip pierced. That's it - not even my earlobes are pierced. Fairly tame, and to be honest with you, I'd like to keep it that way. It was only recently that me and some friends were discussing future body modification dreams that I really thought about getting my nostril pierced.

"Why not?" a friend said.

The first thing I thought of is "Too many people I know have it." I know, I know - I'm one of those. Personally, I'm more of a fan of septum piercings, and maybe one day I will actually 'man up' and get it done, but right now I'm not sure enough whether I'd be doing it to be 'different' or because I actually wanted it done.

This conversation took place a few months ago and I had been thinking about it since. So today, with my urge to change spurring me on, I decided I was going to take the leap and get my nostril pierced. I didn't think about what family, friends or my boyfriend would say. I do that too much and decided that this was about what I wanted.

I walked into Cosmic Tattoo at about 4pm. I wasn't nervous for the actual piercing, but I was nervous for what it would look like and what people would say.

After filling out the necessary form and being ushered into the piercing room, I met Dickie. He was a lovely piercer - always talking me through what was going on and what was going to happen next. He drew the dot on my nose and asked for my opinion - I asked him to take it forward a bit, because I was interested in getting my nose pierced twice. (I knew a girl with two silver studs in one nostril, and it looked cute.) Dickie was happy to, and made sure to leave enough room in case I wanted another piercing at a later date. I was given the option of a silver plain stud, a blue gem or a pink gem. I'm not a very pink person, and I always end up choosing the plainest options, so I thought I'd go for the blue gem, just for a change from all my silver titanium I already had.

Clamping my nose, I didn't know what to expect. Your nose is quite tough. I've had various piercings in various places that are no more, and I've rarely walked out thinking "Gee whiz, that hurt!" I wasn't sure I'd feel the same about my nose. The overall verdict? I've had worse, but I've also had better. You can't expect any piercing to not hurt, but piercing through skin and piercing through cartilage are very different. It pinched - but it was over fairly soon. All that was left to check out my new nose.

I saw it and loved it. The purple dot was still visible, but that came off easy enough. I walked out of the parlour proud, but very conscious of the blob on my nose. Whenever I look down, I can see it. But it didn't stop me wanting everyone else to see it too.

I got home and couldn't wait to shamelessly stare into the mirror. I gave it a clean, as instructed, and kept on looking at it. But unfortunately, the buzz I felt in the parlour had gone. It may sound like a let down, but I'm not sure how much I do like my new nostril piercing. Don't get me wrong - I don't regret it and I certainly don't hate it. I guess it just takes time to get used to piercings you're going to see every time you look in the mirror. It was certainly not the fault of Dickie - he did exactly as I wanted in such a calming way, I'd definitely go back to him in the future.

So, I felt like a change, and I went through with it. Time will only tell if I'll want to keep that change, or go back to the way my face was. No doubt my friends will love it out of politeness. My boyfriend will probably leave it at "It's okay, I guess." And my family will probably say it looks hideous. But really, what I feel is what goes. I'm giving myself the six weeks I've been told it'll take to heal. If I still like it, awesome! If I think that maybe I could do without it, well, that was my bad and I shouldn't have been so impulsive. We live and we learn.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 02 Nov. 2009
in Nose Piercing

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