Around Christmastime when I was 18, I decided it was time for a change. I needed to add to my forever-growing repertoire of body mods. I already had my septum pierced and wanted to add to my work in progress that I like to call my corpse.
My septum piercing was a 'please stop running away now, k thanks' gift from my mother. It took place in my filthy garage by a big biker dude who does tattoos. Piercing was obviously not his forte! He had me sit in a plastic lawn chair and looked very befuddled by his shiny metal instruments as he made misogynist jokes in my honor. I guess it seemed like a really good idea at the time. I have recently come to notice that it is crooked and is placed a bit off.
Moving on from such outlandish experiences, it can't get any worse one would hope. I guess I was under the impression (and a bit under the influence) that going to a professional shop would be an upgrade. So, I went to Exotix with some friends that had work done by Brian. Okay, whatever.
I am told Brian is really great, his shop is super clean; you know all the important facts. This is only my second piercing and I have antisocial tendencies, so I am reasonably nervous. A strange person placing their hands on me is not my thing. I initially had wanted to have my bridge pierced, but he refused. Brian said I was too cute, I would look bad, the piercing will grow out, and I will also become cross-eyed. Oh, and I will have a big ugly scar forever. Fabulous! I geared towards the smiley instead.
I did not know much about the procedure except for the fact that I found the smiley to be aesthetically pleasing. (tisk, tisk, you should always do research beforehand!) I was whisked away and waited for Brian to set up. He checked out my webbing to make sure everything was okay up there and if I had enough tissue to hold the jewelry. If your membrane or whatever is too thin there it is more than likely your jewelry will tear it. He then had me hold my lip upwards and outwards for what seemed close to forever. Not only was I scared, but now I was confused. He wasn't really telling me what was going on. To this day, I am still unclear whether it is good practice for a professional piercer to not inform you what they are doing, maybe, I should have spoken up. It is pretty difficult to do so without the aid of your upper lip, however.
But I digress, I did not know if he was going to use a clamp or if he had to make a mark to help guide himself. He then grabbed something. I failed to see what it was; at this point I was uncomfortable and lost in my own thoughts. Brian basically coddled me at this point in time telling me 'It's okaaaay, I'm not doing anything yet, nothing to worry about, I'm just...' Bam!
There it was, he shoved the needle halfway through. Yes, halfway through. That was a nice surprise. (What the hell?) I yelped. He sort of scoffed and said something along the lines of 'it is halfway, you are almost done' then pushed it the rest of the way. I do not understand why he surprised me in such a manner.
It is needless to say that in addition to my septum, my smiley is also crooked. I have a decent pain threshold, but the smiley kind of sucked. I wanted a bigger hoop than what he wanted to put in, but he insisted. I guess he knew it was shitty and did not want me to figure it out until I left the shop. He recommended using Listerine. I suggested otherwise. Considering the alcohol content I figured dumping it into a gaping wound would not be enjoyable, nor would it help the healing process. It healed fine, though.
Oh, I almost forgot, he gave me free septum jewelry! Free is for me :) Overall, I have had some diversely interesting occurrences with piercings, piercers, so on and so forth. I would like to believe that I am under the wrong impression about that whole night. Ever since then, I have not heard many positive things from people about what happened when they visited. Maybe he is just misunderstood. In any case, smiley's get plaque buildup just like your teeth. They are also annoying to take out and clean if they are crooked. I try to brush mine, but then my teeth bleed because of where my jewelry sits. It is a relatively low maintenance piercing and quite easy to hide if need be. I love my crooked smiley.
Here's to hoping it will only get better from now on...
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 May 2008
in Lip Piercing