My very first piercing.
I made plans to spend a weekend during spring break with a couple friends. We were going to go with one of my friends, Cassi, when she got her new tattoo. She offered to pay for my other friend, Dave (her cousin), if he got something too. So he decided to get something as well. I don't happen to think having somebody offer to pay is a good reason for a mod, but hey, it's his body. Anyway, I have always been interested in body modification, and I wanted to get something.
Now, quite obviously wanting to do something and doing it are two completely different things. I wanted to get my ears pierced when I was a kid. I even checked out the local piercer's autoclave. (I didn't know to ask for spore test results at the time.) But, I didn't get them done. In retrospect, I'm glad I didn't do it. I don't want my lobes pierced.
But I definitely wanted something done this time. I have ideas for tattoos, but because I'm not one hundred percent sure that I want them forever, I decided not to get a tattoo. I thought I'd get a piercing instead.
I just wasn't sure what I wanted. I considered getting my tongue done, my eyebrow, and my helix. I don't really want an ear piercing, so I decided against a helix. I was torn between getting my tongue and my eyebrow, and I eventually decided to go with the eyebrow. I decided against the tongue piercing mostly because it seemed to me like it would be exceptionally unpleasant.
I asked several friends what they thought of me possibly getting a piercing. I was curious as to what they thought. Several people told me I'd look good with a labret, something I didn't even think of. I didn't think I'd look good with one, but now I can see where they're coming from. One friend told me that she couldn't see me with anything pierced, except for my nipples. I'm still not quite sure what to say to that. A few people tried to talk me out of it, including one of the library ladies at school. She told me I couldn't get my eyebrow pierced because it says I can't right there in the Mother's Handbook. "Page 10 if you'd like to look it up." (She's so cool.) One of my buddies even told me that if I got anything, he'd rip it out.
Only three people told me I should do it.
However, I wanted to get it for me. Not for anybody else. It didn't really matter what they said. For me, this was more than a piercing. It was a chance for me to do something I wanted to, regardless of the fact that most people might not like it.
But of course, I was still terribly nervous. I wouldn't even say I was going to get it. It was "I'm thinking about getting a piercing," or "I'd like to get my eyebrow pierced," never "I'm going to get my eyebrow pierced."
On the way to the studio, North Coast Body Mod, Inc., I was getting more and more nervous.
Cassi got her tattoo first. Dave and I watched her, waited on the couch, and walked to the store several times in the approximately two hours that it took. Even in that time, it was "I want to," "I'm thinking about it."
I was going to make myself do it. Not simply because I wanted it, but because I was nervous as hell. I had to do it, because there was a time when being that nervous would've made me back down. I wasn't going to let nerves stop me.
Dave went next. He ended up getting the pi symbol on the back of his neck. You know, 3.14159 ... ad infinitum. Do I need to tell you that he likes math?
The piercer, Becky, arrived just before Dave's tattoo was finished. We went into another room, specifically for piercings. It reminded me of a doctor's office. I asked if I should take off my glasses, and if that would make it easier. She said it would, but that it really didn't matter because she'd been piercing for so long. I took them off.
She marked a small dot above my eyebrow, and one below it. I checked the placement in a mirror. After giving her the OK, she started getting ready to actually pierce it. I was a little surprised that she was going to do it with me sitting up. I thought I'd be lying down. Cassi, who had come back to watch, said she thought that was a good idea. I was definitely noticeably nervous.
So, Becky pulled out some paper over the table. It was just like the paper over the table in the doctor's office. I laid down and closed my eyes. She put the clamp on my eyebrow, and told me to take a deep breath and exhale through my mouth. As I exhaled, she pushed the needle through. I had drastically overestimated how much it was going to hurt. Pinching your eyebrow actually hurts more than piercing it. She removed the needle and put in the jewelry, which I didn't even feel. I would definitely do it again.
I sat up, looked in the mirror, and it was ... perfect! It was exactly what I wanted. I was ecstatic.
A few days later, the barbell came out in my sleep. The holes had healed up a little, so I had to force the bar back in. I was freaking out. I was afraid that putting the jewelry back in after it being out for awhile while I slept might've badly irritated it. I was trying to attach the ball, and regardless of the fact that I placed a towel over the drain, I still managed to lose it down the sink.
After calling the studio where I had it done for advice, I decided to see if I could get a replacement ball at the local studio where I live (Art in Motion in Medina, Ohio). I couldn't go back up to North Coast Body Mod because the studio is about an hour from where I live. The piercer at Art in Motion, Tim, said that the barbell I had was too small for an initial jewelry. That's why it came out. He recommended getting it replaced with a captive bead ring, so I had him put in one of those.
At first, I didn't like the way the CBR looked. I really prefer barbells. But now, it's kind of grown on me (so to speak), and I like it now. However, I still plan on getting it replaced with a barbell once it heals.
Even though I think it makes a piercing with a barbell look like shit when you can see the bar (as opposed to just two balls), I would recommend going with a barbell that is a little bigger to accommodate swelling for an initial jewelry, rather than a CBR. This is only because, in my experience, a CBR is more likely than a barbell to be accidentally hit or moved. I accidentally hit the barbell a few times (when I rubbed my forehead or something), but not as much as the CBR is getting moved. It also gets moved around in my sleep. I woke up lying face-down the first night after having it, and my eyebrow was swollen for almost two days. I now scoot over as far as possible on my left (it's in my left eyebrow) so I can't roll over onto that side.
I'd just want to say that if you're nervous or scared about getting some new mod, that's all the more reason to do it. You'll be glad you overcame your fear and went through with it.
Also, if you're thinking about getting your eyebrow pierced, but are worried about the pain, you've no reason to worry. It BARELY hurts. I don't have my ear lobes done, but the lady that did it specifically told me that it doesn't hurt as much as a lobe piercing.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 22 April 2006
in Eyebrow Piercing