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My Bridge! Finally!

I have always had a keen interest in all aspects of body modification, and enjoy adding to my knowledge whenever possible, as I aspire to be a tattooist/piercer one day.

A year ago I began a work placement at Needle Asylum, Cardiff, and this is where my interest in body mods really took off.

While working there, I saw many piercings come and go, but the one that struck me as the most beautiful and intriguing was the bridge piercing, and I just knew I had to have one.

Unfortunately, the area in which I live is rather old fashioned and the people there don't usually stray beyond the standard ear, tongue or nose piercings, and my parents were no exception to this.

Whilst I already had three lip piercings, ear lobes at 8mm and had since retired my nose and navel piercings, the idea of a bridge piercing was greeted by them with disgust and a clear and firm "No chance".

Of course I was disappointed, but I never gave up. I KNEW I was going to own this piercing one day.

I was legally able to get this piercing done without their permission, (I was 17), but out of a mixture of respect and fear, I decided that I would either wait for them to accept it, or wait until I was 18 and no longer their responsibility.

And so for many months, I would drop hints at getting the piercing here and there, and occasionally beg on my knees, because by then I felt that I NEEDED the piercing to feel complete and to balance out my existing facial piercings. But my efforts were always met negatively.

I'll admit I felt the occasional pang of jealousy when I saw younger people than me coming into the shop and leaving with beautiful new bridge piercings, and it was utter hell reading other peoples experiences on BME, and a lot of the time I felt really pissed off towards my parents, wondering why they couldn't be as accepting.

Looking back, I am thankful for the amount of time that I had to wait for several reasons:

  1. I was completely sure that I wanted it

  2. I was able to prepare myself for the procedure and the responsibilities that lay ahead

  3. I was able to research this piercing in detail, and felt completely clued up before I finally had it done

Until one magical day when I arrived home from work, and my mother sat me down on the sofa and pushed a magazine towards me. Upon the open page was a picture of a lady with a beautiful bridge piercing.

My mother turned to me and said, " Your father and I have decided that because you're so determined to get this done, and we can see from this picture that it's not as horrible looking as we first thought, were going to pay for you to get it pierced on Friday as part of your birthday present".

I literally whooped for joy! I was finally going to get my bridge pierced!

Friday couldn't come soon enough, and I'm not afraid to admit that by the time friday afternoon came, I was really nervous.

When friday finally came, I spent the whole day building myself up to what lay ahead. I know this is never a good idea, but I was so excited I just couldn't help myself!

Once the last customer had left, we cleaned up and he got the equipment ready. I then climbed up on the bed, and we began the marking process.

He gave me the mirror, and asked me where I thought it should go. I told him and he marked my bridge, but it didn't look quite right so we remarked it. It still wasn't quite right, and so we spent the next five minutes marking it up before we were both happy with it.

It was then time for me to lie down, and I started the mindless nervous babble that's typical of me when I'm about to get pierced while he opened the packaging.

(I would like to take this opportunity to note that everything was sterile and that he changes his gloves about a million times when he does anything haha)

He then told me to relax while the needle went through, and I distinctly remember saying "Oh my god! That was it?". It was honestly the least painful piercing I have EVER had!

Then it was time for the jewelry to go through, and aside from a bizarre pressure in my forehead that felt like someone poking me, I still felt nothing.

I sat up and looked in the mirror, it was perfect! Dead straight, the perfect height, and my lip piercings were perfectly balanced!

I thanked him, paid, and left to get the bus home and show it off to my parents, who were unsure of it at first, but have now grown to accept it.

Aftercare was simple enough, for the first two weeks I cleaned it three times a day with sea salt soaks, then used the LITHA method, cleaning any crusties when needed.

My piercing is completely healed now and is doing brilliantly. I thoroughly recommend this piercing to anyone!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 10 July 2007
in Eyebrow Piercing

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Artist: Simon+Ashley
Studio: Needle+Asylum
Location: Cardiff

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