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Nervousness taken over by Happiness

I have spent the past two years of my life waiting to get my lip pierced. After sifting through hundreds of photos and recommendations by people, I decided to get a stud through my left labret. I have always thought that I had the perfect lips and it would be more of an accessory to them more than anything. This piercing was something I had been looking forward to for a long time, and I had no doubt in my mind that I would soon have it.

The entire week before my birthday, I knew that the day was approaching fast, and I started having second thoughts. I read a few people's stories on BME, and it made me more nervous than I had ever been about getting pierced. Some of the stories were encouraging, but others were quite scary. The thing that worried me most was getting a horrible infection rather than it hurting since I have a pretty high pain tolerance.

November 24th rolled around, and I was officially 18. I did not want to go to get pierced by myself, but numerous people bailed on me at the last minute. I remember thinking that I could not wait any longer, jumped in my car, and trudged through the thick snow that had just fallen. My heart was pumping as I drove toward Tattoo City, but I thought about how many people had positive outcomes, especially after being pierced by Kivaka.

I walked into Tattoo City, and Kivaka asked me what I was interested in. I told him that I wanted my left labret pierced and he told me to follow him to the back. Just as we reached the room, my phone rang, and of all people it could have been, it was my mother. I knew she didn't want to me to get it, but this was something I had to do for myself and nobody else. After talking with her, I wanted to get pierced even more. I sat on a bed as Kivaka prepared everything. I knew I was in good hands because everything was clean and organized. He made me feel more at ease before he started the procedure.

The first thing I had to do was rinse with Listerine. Kivaka washed his hands and put gloves on, then asked me where I wanted the piercing. He put a dot where I had pointed. I was definitely pleased with the location. He pulled out a 16g hoop, but I asked if I could be pierced with a stud instead. He agreed and pulled the package of jewelry out. Then, he placed a clamp on my lip and placed a cork underneath it. He took the large needle into his hand, and at this point all of my fear had come back. I wasn't sure whether or not it was going to hurt. Many things were running through my head. I always get dizzy and lightheaded when I get a shot or have blood taken, and the last thing I wanted to do was pass out. After breathing in and out deeply about one and a half times, Kivaka pressed the needle through my lip as I exhaled. Surprisingly, it hardly hurt at all. If I were to compare the amount of pain to anything, an earlobe piercing would be the closest. It was just a mere pinch, and then it was finished. After he replaced the needle with a stud, he screwed the ball on and I rinsed with Listerine a final time. I looked in the mirror and was extremely pleased with the appearance. But low and behold, my dizziness kicked in, and Kivaka told me to lay down and breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. I did so for about two minutes and sat back up feeling completely refreshed.

When I arrived home, my stepfather didn't even notice it! Both of my parents were more content on myself getting a tattoo rather than a piercing, but I obviously did not care what they said.

It has been 5 days now, and the piercing appears to be healing beautifully. There was hardly any swelling if any, and minimal soreness. I have gotten many compliments from people. I wouldn't be surprised if I go back in to get pierced again soon by Kivaka.

It had been a little difficult to eat certain foods, but I am becoming pretty adjusted to the jewelry. I have bit down onto it a few times while chewing, but nothing major. It seems to be healing quite nicely, and no signs of infection yet. I am a smoker, so I am trying not to smoke as often, but I am very good about making sure that it stays clean. You just have to follow the aftercare guidelines, and it's pretty simple after that.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 10 Dec. 2004
in Lip Piercing

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Artist: Kivaka
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Location: Lockport%2C+IL

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