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What are you, Retarded?

are you, retarded?", that was my fathers response after telling him about my latest adventure. "Oh ick", and that was my mothers. Here is my labret story. I will attempt to make it quick...August 1st, 2000...Previous to this date I had gone through the whole piercing ritual a few times. I have 10 piercings in my ears, 10 gauge in my tongue, 12 gauge in my navel, and unknown in my nose. Something was still missing. I had wanted the labret piercing for a while, but didn't have the guts to do it. Why not, I'm not all that sure actually. But let's cut to the chase. I was rather nervous on the drive to the piercing shop. I had been pierced many times before, I knew what I was in for, but with an audience of my boyfriend, his brother and their two cousins it's kind of nerve wracking. My boyfriends cousins were from Minnesota farm land and had never seen someone get pierced so this was a big deal for them. Not to mention, I had never really been the type to be gung-ho on pain. Some people really enjoy pain. I, on the other hand, don't seek it out. It's nothing I can't handle, I just don't find a thrill in it. We arrived at Serious Ink, this is where I begin to get very nervous. I told the man I wanted to get my labret pierced. "Fifty bucks...Fill this form out." The all too familiar form. Name, age, address, do you have hepatitis, what are you getting pierced...you know the drill. I will add that no one ever checked my ID which is really dumb. Lucky for them I am over the age of 18. After finishing the paper work I chose a classic 14 gauge barbell for the piercing. I was lead into the room where the piercing was to be done and took a seat in the infamous chair. I was asked to rinse with the nasty golden yellow Listerine to rid my mouth of bacteria. It also helps to numb your mouth for 30 seconds, which is kinda nice. I sat anxious, but patiently as my piercer, T-bone, got all of his equipment ready. I wasn't too worried about the manor in which the piercing would be performed. I knew many pierced and tattooed friends that were pleased with the work they had gotten from T-Bone.

I was marked with the marker and took a gander in the mirror. The marked area looked perfect. He then clamped my lip (this is where I grab my boyfriends hand and begin to sweat) and put the needle through my lower lip. Aaah, that good old piercing sting. He put in my chosen labret jewelry and sealed the deal. I was told what to do and how to take care of the piercing and also given a card with the same instructions and a telephone number in case I had any questions or problems. They gave me all the materials I would need for the next 10 days to take care of my new piercing. Does it ever bother me? Yes. I have bit down on it, very hard, a few times. But since then I've gotten a new, shorter barbell which makes things much better. It is much more comfortable, practical and much cuter. The healing process was pretty smooth. Tongue piercings are much more of an annoyance. I could actually eat the second day with the labret piercing whereas with the tongue piercing it was a while before I ate any solid foods. I have had the piercing now for two months. It's still crusty from time to time. Which is normal from what I understand. Not all piercings heal in record amounts of time. But I continue to take care of it with caution. I would definately suggest this piercing to anyone who was interested in getting it. The answer to the most asked question..."Does it hurt?" It hurts for a fraction of a second and that's all. The minute it hurts the minute it's over with. The healing process is very easy. Right after the piercing, the lip will swell. And it all feels really awkward for the first day. It takes some time to get used to. Two months later, I don't even know it's there. You become accustom to it rather quickly. It's a very fun piercing. One that still shocks people. Which I have learned from my job working with the public. Ha! And of course, parents just love a big thing sticking out of your lip. They will think it's very lovely on their child :D Thank you for reading my story. I hope you enjoyed it and hopefully were informed a little about labret piercings.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 Oct. 2000
in Lip Piercing

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Artist: T-Bone
Studio: Serious+Ink
Location: Fridley%2C+MN

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