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Exactly four days ago, I got that feeling ("the itch") to get another piercing. I have wanted to get a genital pierce or two, however my favorite and only piercer will not perform such piercings (I already knew this). So I had to decide on something else. Nipples were out of the question (I have MAJOR ISSUES with those, I am very sensitive there). So it had to be facial. I thought about a labret, but my girlfriend is getting a vertical lip pierce done, so I didn't want to look or feel like an idiot next to her...she decided first. She suggested a (nose) bridge piercing. Out of the question -- I'M NOT THAT PUNK! I thought also about getting my tongue done again, but I knew that that wouldn't satisfy my urges. Then she suggested a scrumper. I considered it, and the conversation ended. That night I came to this web site to do some research and look at pics...and I decided on a scrumper. I like the way it looks, I like the way I can hide it if I want, and its very subtle when it does show.
The following day, I went to Jacquie (Addictive Tattoo and Piercing, London, Ont.) and made an appointment for the next day. I was all excited, woke up early, got more excited. But as I was just about to leave for the appointment, she called me, having to reschedule me for the next day. I was disappointed, but I knew that there was a good reason she couldn't do it that day (plus, I thought that's what my $20 deposit was for). Anyway, I had to now wait for another 23 hours before I could get it done. I waited, very excited, for most of the ensuing day and night.
I woke up early again this morning so I could go get it done. I just hoped for no phone calls, and none came. I was off for another hole!
I got there, and everything was just the same as usual -- Jacquie was behind in her appointments (she really likes to take her time, making sure the piercee is as comfortable and knowledgeable as possible. I didn't mind because I was eating ice cream and I thought that she probably wouldn't like that, being an oral pierce and all).
When the time came, I stepped into her office (room). The room is immaculately clean with a lot of lights and other piercing stuff, and a big dentist-type chair. She had me sit on it and began explaining the procedure (which I already knew, so she by-passed most of it) and the aftercare (ditto). Jacquie had already set up all of the implements of destruction, which were many more than I thought would be involved. She washed her hands and threw on some gloves, took a look at my frenulum (that little useless piece of skin above your front teeth) AGAIN. She had me rinse with Listerine, and dried my upper lip with a kleenex. She called her assistant in, who promptly washed her hands and put on the gloves, her own clean ones of course, and lifted my top lip way up and out, so as to not obstruct the view of the piercer. Jacquie took out a receiving tube, put it up, grabbed the needle, which she had bent into a half-circle, and asked me if I wanted to know when she was going to put it through. I guess I gave her a weird look, with my lip up around my forehead. I said I didn't care, knowing that it would be painless. So I did the usual deep breath in, and on the exhale, I got that rush and my eyes started to water. It was great! A little more painful than I imagined, but nothing at all, really, because I expected nothing. Seriously, it didn't hurt AT ALL, just kind of like a pinch. I now had the needle stuck in my mouth, which felt very odd. She unlocked the clamps, warning me before she did, and grabbed the jewelry, stuck it in with her trusty clamps, put the bead on. I was released by the assistant, Amy, and I swished with Listerine again. A little blood, as to be expected when you get a hole put through a place where there wasn't before. Jacquie went over the aftercare again (she really is much too thorough, which is not a bad thing), and I went out and paid the balance. It was all over in about 15 or twenty minutes (as I said, she likes to take her time).
After the whole ordeal, I visited a friend to show her how it looks, and I came home. As I was told, it feels like my top lip is swollen, but it's not. I just have a captive bead ring there now. I really love the feeling in my mouth. My only problem is that of eating, which I can't really eat hard foods for at least a couple of days (I heal very fast, and I baby my piercings--very important).
In any case, I will end this by saying that since you're looking here, you're obviously thinking about getting it done. And we all know that once it's in your mind, you have no control - you will end up with the new piercing eventually. So don't fight it, just go do it, but make sure you've got some knowledge about piercing in general before you make a commitment. Knowing what to look for at a piercing studio will make all the difference in the world (cause it would suck to get a disease).
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 July 1999
in Lip Piercing