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Brow of Might or How I ended up with my Eyebrow Pierced.

Even since I was a wee little tyke (alright 8 years old isn't that wee, but you get the idea) I've been in love with not only ink but piercings as well. I've usually had friends who had work done as well. A very good friend of mine named Becky helped to get me this wonderful new addiction I've had for many years now. I've since retired my eyebrow piercing, albeit very sadly, but it is gone now. It was my first piercing and I will always remember it. I still have the jewellery I wore in it, on the chance I get it done again. I also realize this is a common piercing but the more information, the more experiences we have out there for people to learn about, the better the education will be. The fewer parents will freak out and the fewer mistakes will happen. And in the words of the immortal Martha Stewart "... And that's a good thing.".

I had just moved to Lennoxville Quebec to attend Bishop's University. It was my first time living away from home. Thanksgiving was coming up and I was going to be staying with family in the Ottawa area. Orleans to be more exacting. A good handful of my friends had ended up in the Ottawa area for a variety of reasons so I wasn't to be without entertainment that weekend. One of those friends was Becky.

Becky is also a very large fan of both ink and metal. She has numerous ear piercings, nose, brow and genital. We were talking before I went up about what to do to keep us amused while I was in town. I had mentioned that I was looking at getting a piercing done. I also did not want to do it where I lived in Quebec because I had just moved there and hadn't really had time to figure out what the local studios were like. She told me if I was into it, she'd book me an appointment; handle the details as long as I showed up with the money and the face. Of course I agreed. Normally I tell everyone I know who is getting any work done to do their own research. Find out if the studio makes you comfortable. The only exception I would say to this rule is if you are somewhere you don't live and the person doing the research knows you very well and knows the local scene.

So on Saturday afternoon I meet up with Becky and we work our way over to the studio. We are of course, right on time. The studio is of course, running a bit late. This doesn't bother me as it gives me a chance to flip through the artists portfolios and take general stock of the shop. The shop was very clean, which to me was a good sign. The man working the desk was quite helpful when the time came to pick the jewellery. I opted to go with something simple, just a barbell. No fancy tips, no colors. I've never been much for a lot of flash. I do enjoy the simple look of steel like things.

As I was flipping through the portfolios, checking up on the lady who would be piercing me, giggling at the flash and generally trying not to be nervous, the nice lady who was to be piercing me came out to introduce herself. We passed some greetings and she took me back into her work room to get it done.

Again I can't stress how clean things were. Sterile is the best way I can describe it. More so than most hospitals as well. My mother had cancer for a very long time when I was younger so I've spent a great deal of time in sterile environments. I've seen ERs that were dirtier than this place.

I sat on the bench, much like any doctor's bench, complete with stirrups, on a fresh sheet of that crinkly paper. We talked about what was going to be happening. The procedure itself was simple enough. I was to be marked, checked, clamped, needle, (I don't recall if a taper was used at this point, I don't think so but I could be wrong) jewellery. Throughout the entire process everything was also to remain sterile. She pointed out her ability to use the autoclave. She showed me the training certificates she had. She showed me all the tools she would be using, still in bags. She asked if I had any questions about the procedure. I did not as she had been quite thorough.

There is nothing to it but to do it.

She ran through the actual piercing just as she had explained it. Once I was clamped she told me to breathe deeply. She told me she would pierce on the third breath. I did just that. She kept up her end of the deal.

I was surprised by the lack of sensation. True, I did feel it pierce. I did feel the jewellery being slid through. It did not hurt however. The clamp caused more discomfort. I wouldn't even describe it as a mild burning sensation. I hardly had any bleeding or any swelling. This didn't really surprise me because you have to go pretty deep to cause those problems. One thing I can say is it did set off some adrenaline. Not as much as my scars, frenum nor my ink, but it did set some off. It was the trigger that got me hooked.

The artist then started to explain to me about aftercare. Aftercare was especially key as I worked in a theatre at my university. We talked about what I should watch for during the healing process. She demonstrated a good way to clean with alcohol and a cotton swab. We talked about how long the first hump of healing would take. We talked about how long it would take to be totally healed. She gave me an aftercare instruction sheet and recommendations on soaps I should be using.

I spent the rest of the night on cloud 9. The piercing went great. I had no swelling at all during any point of the healing process. Most people thought I had had the piercing for quite sometime. I thought it suited me nicely. After it had healed I grew quite addicted to playing with it, spinning it and having others play with it. I miss that now.

About 10 months ago I noticed that it was slowly migrating out. This made me sad. I retired the piercing fully intending to have it re-pierced. Then I got a new job. That new job had a no facial piercing rule in the dress code. So now I can only sit back and remember. I still touch the small scar it left and have fond memories of my first piercing. The one that started it all. I'll have it redone one day.

To anyone reading this who is thinking about doing it I would say go for it. It can be as unobtrusive as you want, or as visible as you want. I had no trouble to heal the piercing. The aftercare was also very easy. The pain was minimal. The only thing I can stress is go professional. Don't cut corners because of cost. Things can go wrong if the Artist is not confident and competent. Do your research. Keep it clean. Don't be afraid to spend some money. If the metal is important to you, a little money shouldn't matter. Know your artist and everything will go smooth. And you will love it.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 17 Nov. 2004
in Eyebrow Piercing

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