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The Backwards Experience

read around, you'll know I just recently got my nose pierced at Masterpiece and had a relatively easy experience. I spend a lot of my time here, reading everyone's adventures, and it just makes me want to get more piercings. So I decided to get my tongue pierced. That idea lasted about two hours before I walked into Masterpiece and told Rob to do my eyebrow.

Now, I've read from so many people on BME that the piercing didn't hurt, so I was really relaxed and calm about it. Of course, once the clamps went on, the room got really warm, and I got extremely dizzy. I mentioned I felt like passing out, and he took the clamps off. I opened my eyes and said, "That's it?" "No! I'm not going to pierce you until you're relaxed." Needless to say, I felt like an idiot. Miss Tough, right? So I took off my jacket, and breathed for awhile. I calmed down, and he put the clamps back on and finally pierced my brow. Now, for those people who said it didn't hurt, I admire you. I truly do. Either you're really strong and have high tolerances to pain, or you have no nerves in that part of your body. Because common sense eluded me when I considered a needle going through my flesh wouldn't hurt. It did.
A girl asked me what the pain of getting my nose pierced felt like. I told her it was like getting my ears pierced with those guns (bad!), but the eyebrow was different. It felt like accidentally sticking myself with a sewing needle. It wasn't severe or unbearable. It just hurt like a bad scratch. The worst part of the piercing was not the pain, but the uncomfortable pressure as Rob put the ring in. Having something so close against the bone felt very strange and not-so-pleasant. Right after he was done, I asked him to move the bead for me, and he did, and I felt nothing. We talked for almost a half-hour, and by the time I left Masterpiece, I felt nothing. A couple hours after he pierced me, I could move the ring without running water for my first cleaning. It's been four days, and I'm doing all right, except that the healing process is going a bit backwards compared to my nose. The pain is increasing instead of dissipating. I am just now getting swelling (it's not bad, but it makes me look like either I just woke up or got in a fight). I am just now getting the illustrious "crusties" we all know and love. It's harder to clean those because they get stuck in the eyebrow itself. The area keeps getting redder. It is also very dry, more than likely because of the Dial soap. I figure it'll pass, though, as in comparison to the nose piercing, I am a lot further along in the healing process.

I think the most difficult part of the aftercare is moving the ring. It's in a tight place. You have to be really careful you don't yank it since there's so little skin holding it in. Rob told me the chance of migration is about twenty percent, so I'm cautious. If you're looking for an "easy" piercing pain and aftercare-wise, this is definitely the way to go. I find it to be a walk in the park compared to my nostril. It is rather attractive, and not necessarily noticeable to everyone if you want something subtle. A word of caution: If you have a pet, your best bet is a barbell. I just got a kitten recently, and her favorite toy is unfortunately the ring. I think most of the pain I feel is attributed to her yanking it once the other day. Also, be careful if you have a lot of hair. Brush with ease, or you might get your brush caught on the ring. About the Piercer: I feel very comfortable getting piercings now that I know Rob. I feel close to him since he was there when I got my tattoo. He was and is a great support system. I think it's really important to get to know who is piercing you. If you walk in and tell this person you've never met what you want done and just do it, chances are, you're going to feel very on edge and scared to death. Getting to know the person who does this special art really helps to relax you. Ask him questions. Get to know her experiences. I always ask Rob what he felt when he got it done, and he's always brutally honest. When he pierces me, he walks me through it before and during. He tells me when the worst is over, and what I should expect. If he wasn't around, I wouldn't keep walking in there and getting holes in my head. All in all, I'm very happy with my piercing, and I hope it continues to heal well. If you have any questions or want to know anything, feel free to drop me a line. :)


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on: 16 June 2000
in Eyebrow Piercing

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