Snakebites - My gateway piercing.
I'm not sure I remember when I first saw a 'major' piercing. I'm sure I was younger, about nine or ten, and easily impressionable. And by major, I mean something besides your 'average' ear piercing, like a tongue piercing, or an eyebrow. Now, fortunately, I have been quite blessed with a mother who is a veteran of piercings, having two tongue, a bar through the front of the neck that, unfortunately rejected, several eyebrows, a Monroe, two nose studs, an an uncountable array of ear piercings that I'm scared to count, among other body mods. Well, about two month's ago, I had been hit with this craving to do something 'out of the ordinary', something different. To me, everyone seemed so molded, and the same. Their only difference was the clothes they wore, and honestly, I was tired of seeing the same thing over and over. So I decided I would try to stand out with a piercing, and to be more specific, snakebites.
Now, they aren't the most original piercing, and I've been told that I was just copying others, however I believe that a piercing, for every person is a different experience, and not just a 'copy' of someone else's. So, I disregarded their comments and asked my mother when would it be possible to get them done; thankfully she knew someone well-experience and promised to me that they'd be done during the week sometime so during my weekend plans I could show off a little bit. I was excited, nervous, anxious and quite honestly scared the first two days of the week until my scheduled appointment. Even though my mom reassured me that the pain was only momentary and it wasn't that bad, I still had butterflies and had that 'dizzy' feeling that I'm rather comfortable with now. (At the time, the only piercings I had before was two cartilage and one upper ear that I can't remember the name of for the death of me)
Then the day came: I walked into the shop and the first thing I noticed was the shop design: very artistic and exotic. Tattoo-like murals on the walls and different magazines and binders containing tattoo artwork, and piercing pictures. I also came early and had the pleasure of watching a girl get her Monroe pierced and have a firsthand look at how Kenny worked. This is also where, without realizing, I learned a very important skill that some piercer's lack: charisma. Kenny was very talkative, and even though he was very comedic and fun with it, and he was also very professional and personal. Currently, I have a healing conch-industrial that was given to me by someone who, although extremely precise and meticulous, was also very quiet and impersonal which made me ten times more nervous and it really detracted from the experience.
But back to the story; I came in and waited for my turn and when It came I nervously, and shakily walked into his office, and told him I was my Mother's son, and that I wanted Snakebites. He smiled, said ok, and invited me to sit down in, what looked like a mix of a large office chair, and a dentist's chair. Thankfully I've never been afraid of dentist's but if you are, then take to heart that, even though they might look intimidating... They're comfy.
Next, Kenny took out some needles and other stuff, like a marker and a tool that I don't really know what it was but he used to it to measure my lip. At this point, I won't lie, my butterflies had died down, contrary to what a lot of people report. I suppose it was because I was feeling really comfortable, or maybe because I calmed myself mentally.... That is, up until he grabbed the clamps and had my lip in position.
Again, another great thing is his '1-2-3' remark wasn't "hold your breathe, then let go on three." Instead he told me, if I wanted to, close my eyes and count to ten. I almost followed that idea but I had a growing curiosity that I needed to watch. Another fortunate quality of mine is that I've never been afraid of needles; they just don't bother me all that much. So, we sat there for a few seconds with my lip in the clamp and him aligning the needle to pierce my lip and then he asked if I was ready; I sighed and replied yes and prepared for what I expected to be an immense amount of pain...
Surprisingly, it was a LOT less pain than I expected. I won't lie, there was a significant 'pinch' and a definite uncomfortable feeling for a few seconds, but that is how all my piercings have been so far. I got up, looked in the mirror and admired my single lip ring. It then hit me that I had a second procedure to go through, so I sat back down and got ready for another slight pinch.
However, this is where it gets weird. I'm not sure if this is common or not but for some reason when I get two piercings in one sitting, I always notice that the second one hurts more than the first. Not by a lot, but a noticeable amount.
Well, suffice to say they look great, in my opinion and the remarks have been mixed. Everything from "Oh my god, did they hurt?!" to "Those are disgusting, ew!" and even "Wow, very sexy," or "Those are hot!".
The attention was is fun, and it was a memorable experience that I now consider my 'gateway' into body modification.
As for aftercare, I had rings which I suggest for anyone who wants or is getting snakebites(I discourage the use of studs during the healing stage because it's harder to clean the crust and pus). I used a wet Q-tip to clean off the pus and crust, and later, hydrogen peroxide on the Q-tip to clean the pus. Now, I don't recommend going against the wishes of the piercer especially because I'm not an expert, but I have noticed that the peroxide helped immensely when it came to the 'infection' looking symptoms, such as yellow-ish bile/pus, and blood. After about a week, I was able to eat food easily and at no point was my speech affected. I highly recommend this piercing if someone is looking to get a 'major' piercing instead of the average ear stud and the like. It was a great beginning to a growing passion.
It had been a little over a month now and I haven't had any problems. I got rid of the rings and switched to spiked horseshoe's because they're easier to remove, instead of the rings, where you have to have a pair of plier's to put them back on. Now, my last remark is if you have a job where you work with people, and your employer doesn't like the idea of you having a facial piercing, you can still get snakebites. There are clear, plastic, and basically see-through studs with flat ends on each side which make the holes much more subtle without having to risk having the hole close-up.
All in all, it was a great experience, and I enjoy my snakebites. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, and I would be more than happy to help you.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2008
in Lip Piercing