About three months ago, I started working at Artifact Tattoo in Santa Clarita CA. The shop had just been bought up by new owners, and they were more than happy to let me join their team as the piercing apprentice. I was obviously stoked for the offer, but after a while, I began to feel like I should (seeing as I hadn't a visible piercing) start to look the part. I started to accumulate piercing after piercing (including Industrial, septum, bellybutton, nipples, and vertical hood), and was able to handle all of them with the greatest of ease (including taking out, and re-piercing my nipples), but for some reason, when it came to piercing my nostril, I freaked. Something about having a needle that close to my eye, scared the living hell out of me.
After almost and hour of wringing my hands, and feeling like I was going to heave, I got up the courage to let Chris (the piercer I work under), begin to mark it out. We spent the next 5-10 minutes marking out where it was going to go; finding where it would look best based on my nose structure, and the jewelry we had picked out (18 gage captive bead ring). I sat back on the dentist chair (faded purple dots all over my nose, an obvious sign of me trying to procrastinate as long as possible), and immediately began to freak out again. My heart started to race, and I began to hyperventilate.
Chris laid the chair back and told me to relax, saying he wasn't going to do a thing until I was 100% comfortable. Chris's wife (who is also a good friend of mine) pulled up a chair, and grabbed my hand. "You'll be fine," she said through grinning teeth. "You're a badass!" I most certainly didn't feel like one at that moment. My heart started to slow down a bit, as the three of us started to joke around, and talk casually. Chris never persistently asked me if I was ready, and didn't even pick up the needle until I had said I was ready. I had seen him use these techniques on hundreds of customers, but I had never really realized how well it worked, until I noticed that my heart rate was almost back to normal. After a couple more jokes, I finally decided I was ready. I leaned back, shut my eyes, squeezed my friend's hand, and braced for impact.
After a second, I felt Chris's hand on my shoulder. "Relax. I know you know this, but this is not a needle, it's the receiving tube (a small, hollow, angled tube, that is inserted into the inside of the nose, in order to catch the needle when it comes out the other side. It's used instead of a clamp, because it causes less trauma to the skin; allowing it heal faster), and it's gonna go up your nose, just letting you know." I loosen my muscles, as I feel the cold tube go up my nose. A little weird, but not bad at all. Chris starts to feel around the top of my nose, looking for the receiving tube on the other side. "Ready?" he asks. I give a half hearted thumbs up, and take a deep breath. "You're gonna feel a little pinch, just keep breathing." I blow all the air out of my lungs. I feel a dull twinge on the surface of my nose, no worse then popping a pimple. Then... YEOWCH!!!! God that sucked! A dull throbbing sensation, and then another sting as the jewelry goes through. A bi
t of discomfort while he puts the ball on, and then back to the dull throbbing.
I finally open my eyes, and involuntary tears pour out of my face. The only thing I could think of at that moment was, good thing I didn't wear makeup today. Chris hands me a paper towel, to wipe my eyes, as I get up to look. It's perfect, exactly how I had always wanted it. I spent the next few days cleaning it 2-3 times a day, with either anti-bacterial soap and water, or the H2Ocean spray. For the first three days, it hurt like a -choose your favorite curse word, and add here-, but I continued to keep it clean, not touch it, get makeup nowhere near it, not sleep on it as best as I could (I sleep on my stomach), and try not to be a dumb ass, and accidentally scratch it (yes I did, and yes, it hurts!). It has now been about a week, and it looks great, and feels fine! All in all, probably the best piercing experience I've had so far. I felt comfortable, relaxed, actually had fun, and I'm very pleased.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Nov. 2009
in Nose Piercing