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My piercing debut, a traditional lip

Although I have had a few other piercings since this one, I thought I'd best document this one before I get distracted by any of my more recent experiences. I had my first "proper" piercing when I was 18 years old. It was a lip piercing that I had been thinking about for a couple of months and hadn't been able to get because I wasn't willing to quit my boring part-time job. I was taking a year off before university and was going overseas for six months, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to get my piercing:

I made an appointment at King of Rings in Bendigo. I can't remember the name of the boy, who pierced me, and he's not working there any longer but I do remember how friendly and calm he was. I'm glad I made the appointment, because I was worried that if I relied on myself to do it impulsively I would always find a reason to put it off until the next day or the day after. It was also really good to know they were expecting me and that I wouldn't have to wait around for them to do another job.

I showed up and they had me sign all the necessary forms, they also put numbing cream on my lip and asked me to come back in about fifteen or twenty minutes. My mum was in town at the time so I met her briefly and explained what was happening, then went back to the studio. I was taken into the back room and handsome piercing boy made some small talk while he marked the spot on my lip to pierce and showed me. I wanted it to be quite close to my lip so I had him remark it once, then decided I was happy. My stomach was packed full of butterflies but I tried to breathe it out. He put my lip in the clamp and asked me if I wanted him to count down, but I said no. I thought it would be easier if it were a surprise. I was a kid who would nervously tear my vaccination record to shreds waiting in line for my turn for the needle, and I didn't want to know it was coming with any precision. He pierced my lip with a long needle and then inserted the jewellery, which was a 14g bar with a ba ll and a flat back. I don't remember being in very much pain at all, especially since I had been given numbing cream. The piercing itself felt like a slight pinch but the sensation of pride at having done it far outweighed the small amount of physical pain I experienced.

Handsome piercing boy was very professional and opened all the new bits and bobs in front of me so that I could see they were sterile. He wore gloves throughout the entire procedure, and afterwards gave me a sheet with aftercare instructions to be sure I wouldn't forget. I also bought, or perhaps was given, a spray bottle of stuff called Pro-Tat aftercare solution. You can use it for both tattoos and piercings and I must say, that stuff was genius. I gently cleaned the crud off my piercing twice a day with Pro-Tat on a cottonwool stick. I was quite lucky and my piercing behaved very well, healing very quickly. I was really careful with it, being my first, but was also aware of the dangers of over-cleaning so I stuck to my twice-a-day regime.

The bar in my lip was quite long, of course, and gave my lip ample room to swell although I did feel a bit gimpy trying to get used to it. I went out to eat immediately afterwards and was quickly reminded how much care I would need to take after I bit down on the flat back of the bar. It also got caught on my teeth but I got used to that after a day or so. I experienced the most swelling on the second, third and fourth days of having my piercing but it wasn't unbearable by any means. My lip was back to normal inside a week and the flat back even settled wonderfully into my lip, so that it now sits flush and doesn't get caught on my teeth. I have enough room to move, though, which is really important. At first I had the healing bar changed to a shorter, lovelier one, and have also worn it with a ring. The first time I tried to take it out was pretty traumatic, at first being unable to unscrew the ring and then, when it finally came out, not being able to find the hole again to put the replacement jewellery in. I was so worried I was going to lose it and poking around at my face while I was upset was not a fun time at all. I've since bought some tiny pliers which make it a lot easier to take out, and the piercing has healed to such an extent that I can leave jewellery out of it for ages without it closing, the longest I've gone is a week but I think it would be okay for longer, too. At the moment I wear a piece of jewellery I bought called an "open nose ring" which has a flat back that sits inside my mouth and a ring, as normal, that wraps around my lip. It looks exactly like a normal ring but the massive advantage is that I don't have to fuss around with beads in order to put it in or take it out.

My first real piercing experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I've had the little bad boy for a few years and am just starting to think of retiring it in order to try something new (perhaps an Ashley?) but I'm really fond of it. If you're thinking of getting one, I highly recommend it. The ease and relative comfort of getting pierced even encouraged me to get more piercings. I also have a Monroe, a vertical clitoral hood and an industrial piercing. Make sure you go to a clean, experienced piercer and take good care of it. Amen!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 June 2008
in Lip Piercing

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Artist: Good-looking+boy
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Location: Bendigo%2C+VIC%2C+Australia

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