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Getting My Labret Pierced

I had recently gotten my eyebrow pierced, and with the generally good reactions from everyone I know(shockingly enough), I decided to pierce my labret. I was at work when I decided to get it done and called everyone I knew to try and get someone to go with me. Unfortunetely all of my friends had plans that night. So, I went off on my own to get my labret pierced. I drove to the studio and walked in. Needless to say I was extremely intimidated, there were five heavily pierced and tattooed guys sitting out on the front stoop when I got there and I was by myself. When I walked in I asked about the piercing, they told me to go upstairs and I would be pierced in the piercing studio up there.

When I got there, Kieran was already helping two other girls, one had her nose pierced and the other her belly button. Since I had already gotten my eyebrow pierced by Kieran I pretty much knew what to expect. When Kieran was done helping the other girls I filled out the paperwork, paid for the piercing and then we went over the aftercare instructions.

Then, we headed to the creepy room with the doctor's table in the middle of it. I sat down on the table while Kieran prepped, and when I say prepped I mean it. He goes through about 20 - 30 steps in order to make sure everything is sterile. 713 Tattoo is extremely sterile by the way. So then he has me rinse my mouth out with mouthwash and marks the spot he is going to pierce. Then he tells me to lay back on the table. This I did not expect. I had a choice for the eyebrow, but I'm glad he told me to layback in the end.

So I layback on the table, and he gets the big bad clamps out, and clamps my lip. For some reason all the fishing my dad and I did growing up flashes across my mind. Then he tells me to inhale and exhale. As I exhaled he pushed the needle through. Now when I got my eyebrow pierced it was much different, I felt a sharp pinch, but on this one, I felt the sharp needle push through. It was more of a stinging pinch with this one, yes it did hurt, but only momentarily. He pushed the jewelry through, with a bit of a sting, and screwed the ball on. When I sat up, I still had some gauze in my mouth, which made me look like I had been at the dentist, after having that pulled out, I went and looked in the mirror. I fell in love with my new piercing. With my eyebrow, I had to get used to it, but I've always felt that the labret piercing was for me. I tipped Kieran, left the studio, and headed home with a piercing high.

The next day, I woke up and my lip was slightly swollen, as expected. The second day, however, was not very fun. I woke up, and was cleaning my piercing, only to lose the ball of the piercing. So, I get up and head to the mall, which thankfully I live right across the street from. When I get there I go to one of the kiosks, one of the carts in the middle of the main hallway, and buy a labret. The labret did not thread internally like the one I had in. So, I go back, only to find that they do not sell internally threaded labrets, and I buy another labret. I go home, wash the new labret with antibacterial soap in steaming hot water, and slip in the new labret. The hard part was learning how to put the ball on, and keep the back from twisting as I was trying to twist on the new ball.

The next day I wake up and my lip has swollen again after some of the swelling had gone down, and my lip was throbbing. I read some stuff online and figured out, duh, you need a longer bar for the swelling. So I go back to the kiosk, while at work,(work at the mall too) and get a longer bar. I go back to my office, where we have hospital quality antibacterial soap, and do the same process, wash it in the soap with steaming hot water, and put the new bar in. I have never felt such a nice relief.

Now it's been a month later, and I have to say, I love my labret. Yes there is some initial pain when you first get the labret, but DO NOT let that stop you. If you feel that you would look good with one, it is completely worth it. I would do it all over again. Oh, and don't forget to take a lot of Ibuprofen! It helps with the swelling.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 July 2008
in Lip Piercing

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Artist: Kieran+Diedrich
Studio: 713+Tattoo
Location: Houston%2C+TX

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