I've been wanting snakebites on and off for about 3 years. I got bored one day, so I started looking at pictures online of them, and fell in love instantly. They where perfect - Where I live, not a lot of people have them, and none of them on guys. I wanted to be different, to stand out from everyone else. So I started talking to my girlfriend - who has an apprenticeship - about it, and she said she'd do them for me.
That was the easy part. Now to convince my mom. Once I had finally picked up the courage to ask her, she gave me a flat out "No.". I kept trying though, and eventually she got annoyed and told me that she didn't care what I did. Me and her aren't on the best of terms anyway, so I did it, even if she didn't like it.
Once me and my girlfriend, Amyy, got the supplies, we came to my house and did it. We sterilized everything, put on gloves, put a little lube on the needle, and where good to go. She put the clamp on, which doesn't hurt at all. That surprised me, since everyone has told me the clamp hurts more. She asked me if I was ready, and I said yes. She counted me down, and on three she did it. It was definitely more pain than I expected - I'd give it about a 4 or 5 out of 10. The worst part was the last layer. I could feel it kind of rip through or something, I don't know how to explain it. We had a problem though. We pierced it with 16g needles, and she did it from outwards inwards, so the point of the needle was towards my nose. Because of this, we couldn't get the jewelry in. After a few minutes of trying, we just took it out, and it started bleeding some from having to re pierce the last layer of skin about 2 times. We decided to just do the right side first.
On my right side, the un-pierced one, we used a 14g needle. She still pierced in to out, and it went in pretty smooth save the last layer again. This one hurt less though - maybe a 3 or 4. Once it was through, she put the labret in the needle and pushed the needle out - Didn't feel a thing. She screwed the ball on and I hopped up to look. It was perfect. I knew right then that it was a GREAT choice.
She asked me if I wanted to do the other side then, even though it had already been pierced. I decided to do it. This one was probably the most painful, a 6, because there was already a hole there. The jewelry went in painlessly again, and I hopped up again. It was perfect... again. I loved them. I thanked her about a million times, and kissed her even though it hurt.
It's the next day now, and there's considerable swelling. We got the longest posts we could find, and the disk on the inside is still making a small crater, which she says is normal. I've been washing it after every meal and thing I drink besides water with a sea salt soak/rinse, and putting a little ice on it to try to stop the swelling, as well as take an Ibuprofen. I think I'm going to go to a piercing place around here that I've heard a lot of good things about, and ask them to check it out, just in case. It seems like it's swelling a lot more than it should, but I don't know. It's not hard to eat, I just have to be careful when I chew. I've accidentally got it caught on my tooth a little one and it tugged it, so that hurt. My speech isn't impaired at all. They are taking some getting used to, though. They're comfortable to me, but they make my lip feel weighted down, almost. Not super heavy, but I can definitely feel them there. It's not annoying, just different.
I love all the reactions I get, I think they're funny. People look at me at school, and just stare me down, like they can't figure out what I am. I got everything from "Did it hurt?" to "Are you gonna get one of those big lip plates now? Wierdo." to "Are they real? Show me the inside of your lip then, I don't believe you.".
Overall, I think anyone considering this piercing should do it. It's painful, but it's bearable. It looks great, and, where I live, stands out. But if you get it done, just plop down some money, and get it done professionally.
I couldn't be happier with them.
I'm definitely considering getting other piercing now; right now I'm looking at septum and inner conch. And I'll definitely be writing experiences about those ones, too.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2009
in Lip Piercing