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Spike Bridge

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So when I woke up this morning, I really didn't plan on getting anything pierced. I got a fairly large tattoo on Wednesday (my first) and I figured that I'd wait a little while before I got another body mod. Well, I got asked by my friend Stacy if I wanted to go to the Cosmic Closet (Herkimer, NY) with her while she gets the ball changed on her eyebrow ring. I said sure, and got to thinking about getting something done.

For a while now, I've been wanting to do a labret or bridge piercing. Both looked great, but my job pretty much prevents me from doing any visible facial piercings. As the day went on, I pretty much made up my mind to go and just get the thing done. I stopped by work to let my boss know. She's cool about things like this, and recommended my tattoo artist to me. Once she see's the piercing, I don't think I'll be in any serious trouble. Besides, I only have a month left at the job anyway. I also stopped to see my mom, who was reluctant to let me do it, but gave in to only a little pressure.

So Stacy came back to school to get me, and I jetted from class early so we could do this before she had work. We drove up, and on the way up I wondered what this thing was going to feel like. She thought I was crazy to get something like this done, but I really didn't see the big deal. Of course, our town isn't known for having too many body mods. Hell, our senior class only has 30 people in it.

Once I got there, I was ready to do it. I wasn't feeling the adrenaline-ish rush I had after my tattoo two days ago, but I was definitely feeling good.

I picked out the jewelery that I wanted and only had to wait about 5 minutes before it was my turn. The barbell I picked was a 12g with a spike on each end. It's not too long, but the spikes look really good.

We went into the piercing room. It was quite the strange little place. It was a very small room, and it had a few hundred pictures of Jesus Christ, one picture of Elvis, and a couple porno pictures. Holy. R-rated. Nice place to get a pierce done.

The girl who did it was really nice, and did things quick and easy. Everything she used was sterilized and from new packages. I sat down, she marked my nose, clamped it and asked me if I was ready. Of course I was ready. She started to stick it through, and I waited for the pain... but it never came. All I could feel was a slight poke, and the sliding of the needle.

It was so painless. The whole procedure took, at most, 10 minutes. The majority of the time was spent cleaning the opening and wiping away a lot of blood that came out. There was a lot more blood than I thought would come out. I looked in the mirror and I loved it. It looks really good.

The only problem is that now I can see that my nose is a little crooked. I broke it about 7-8 weeks ago at a hardcore show and never went to the doctor. It healed fine, and I never noticed it was crooked. Now with the piercing, I can see that my nose is push over a little. Nothing too bad, but some people might think the pierce was done crooked.

Three days later:

So as more and more people see it, I get sicker and sicker of saying "No, it didn't really hurt... No, really, it didn't." It seems like everyone has the same questions, in the same order. I'm not suprised, though. This is a small town after all.

The piercing is healing very well. The first day I kept it covered in Bacitracin. This stuff works wonders on tattoos and piercings. To clean it, every couple hours I take Q-tips and get them wet with hot water, and clean out the old Bacitracin, and get out the little bits of blood under the jewelry. Then I use another Q-Tip to cover each spike and the hole with new Bacitracin. So far this has worked well. I have had no discharge of any kind, nor has it swelled up at all.

Getting used to the thing hasn't been too bad. Every once in a while I'll forget that it is in and hit it. One time I took my shirt off without thinking and got it caught. I also have a habit of rubbing my eyes with my fingers, but that stopped pretty fast after I hit the barbell the first time. Ouch. Now I'm only really worried about getting it ripped out at a show. I might have to stand back and actually watch the band for once. :-(

The reactions from my parents and my boss have been better than I thought they would be. They expected it to be a horribly disfiguring process, but they were relieved when they saw it. It's not obscenely large, and it doesn't make me look like a complete freak. I get wierd looks from the old people who shop where I work, but nothing bad enough to get me fired. (Damn.)

Anyone who has thought about getting this piercing done should just go ahead and do it. I think it's a great alternative for people who think that eyebrow/tongue piercings are too overdone. It's fairly unique (around here at least) and it looks good on anyone. Just make sure your nose is fairly straight before hand, or you'll hear "Hey, they pierced it crooked." about 400 times.

I now plan to go back and get a labret spike soon. I'd like to get another barbell to use in my current bridge hole for a little variety, but it will be a looooong time before it's healed enough for me to change anything.

-jason / noise@depechemode.com

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on: 15 June 1999
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