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My twice failed eyebrow ring

I'm not sure why I decided to get my eyebrow pierced, I guess it was my default place just to get any piercing. But it was visually appealing, so I decided to get it done. Plus, the guy I was dating had his done in 2 places, and I guess "like" makes you do crazy things.

So I decided to get it done at Planet Ink per his suggestion. The girl who did it herself was tattoed and pierced, so I felt relatively safe in her hands.

They were very friendly and polite, went through the entire procedure and made sure I was aware of all the risks and cleaning procedures.

I chose a straight barbell, but now realise that I should have gone with a curved one.

I don't remember being at all nervous, and everyone at the shop told me it wouldn't hurt that much.

She told me to take a deep breath in and exhale, which is when she would pierce me.

I remember it hurting, as any needle going through your face would, but for a second and it was gone. The transition from needle to jewlery was painless and smooth, so I enjoyed that part.

When I walked back to the front desk, I told the staff that it did hurt and they lied to me, but I guess I'm just a pussy, because my tongue hurt way more.

I really did love it and celebrated with a pitcher of beer, which was a bad idea. I got the worst headache and my face swelled.

It probably was also a bad start towards the healing process and may have been the reason why it didn't heal properly.

So take this warning, don't drink directly before or after you get pierced, no matter how much it helps.

I went home, my mom told me I looked like trash, but she got over it. They all do, so don't worry about pissing off your parents. They eventually get over it.

My piercing was fine for the first 6 months. I cleaned it and took care of it as instructed, using Dragon Mist sold to me by the studio. There were the usual crustations around the jewlery which I enjoyed picking off, and some blood from time to time.

I also had this habit of squeezing the blood and pus out of the wounds, which was a bad idea, but I didn't know otherwise.

I did a really stupid thing by trying to change it myself with a pair of pliers, which in turn ripped the piercing pretty badly, thus beginning the migration process. If you're having a hard time changing your jewlery, go to your piercer because you will end up doing more damage than good.

But after 6 months, it started to migrate and I had to take it out. I eventually got it repierced by the same girl at the same place.

It hurt a bit more because I pierced it in the exact same spot, thus breaking through tough scar tissue.

I used the same straight barbell, so it didn't cost as much, but I had 3 jobs at the time, so I can support my habits ;)It actually bled a lot more this time, as blood dripped down my face an hour later at the mall, which scared me, but it eventually clotted and stopped. But it grew out twice as fast as the first time I got it pierced. I hoped that by piercing behind the scar tissue, it would have something to grip or hold on to. In retrospect, I should have pierced it with a curved barbell because that may have prolonged it's stay, but that's not a proven theory.

Each day the barbell could been seen more and more though my skin, and I knew I would have to remove it before I turned into a mutant.

So 3 months later, I had to remove it again, which was kinda sad, because I really did like it. But if your body rejects something, it's probably best you don't keep it in.

I still have the scars on my eyebrow as a reminder of what went wrong,but I really do not regret anything, other than the way I treated it. When I got it pierced, it was still a newly discovered piercing, so I wasn't advised thoroughly.

My next piercing will be a septum if I ever muster up the courage to do it. I recommend the eyebrow, but don't be suprised if it migrates, it's only natural. Avoid alcohol, avoid squeezing puss and blood out of the wounds, avoid using household tools to try to change it, avoid fist fights, although mine wasn't hurt in one, it is a possibility. Planet Ink is a good place to get piercings done. They're cheap, responsible and proffesional, and a lot cheaper than the other piercing places in Toronto. They're like the Food Basics of piercing parlours. Which is a good thing, because you get the same quality for a lower price.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 10 May 2006
in Eyebrow Piercing

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Artist: Some+girl
Studio: Planet+Ink
Location: Toronto

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