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Cryin': my first piercing :)

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When I first saw Alicia Silverstone in the Aerosmith Cryin' video, I wanted my navel pierced. But, never enough to actually go through with it. I talked about it for awhile but soon enough I totally forgot I even wanted it. Then, when a girl I worked with got hers done and told me that it took 6 months to heal, I was completely against ever getting mine done. But, here I am, 3 years later, happily pierced.

My latest piercing fascination had been my tongue.  But my dad told

me that if I were to pierce my tongue, that I couldn't live at home anymore. . .and since my college dorm closes for the summer, I pretty much was stuck with no tonuge ring until I could afford to move out. However, one of my friends convinced me to go with her to pierce her navel one afternoon. I really had no plans of getting mine done but, by the time we set out for the piercer, she had me convinced.

 We drove to this place in Kansas City, called Skin Illustrations.

By the time we got there, both of us were terrified. We sat in the parking lot for at least 10 minutes debating on if we should even go in. We finally worked up the nerve and walked in. By the time we opened the door, in my mind I had already decided not to go through with it. My friend walked up to the counter and took a deep breath and told the guy she wanted her navel pierced. He started filling out the paper work and then asked for the cash. At this point, Chrissy (my friend), is freaking out. You could see the panic in her eyes. So we told the piercer (whose name is Simon) that we'd be back. We got back in the car and drove around the block a few times and we finally ended up back in the same place, standing in front of the counter at Skin Illustrations. This time Simon didn't give Chrissy the chance to chicken out. I had to wait outside as he took her back to be pierced. It seemed like an eternity, but I know it couldn't have been more than 10 minutes at the most. She walked out with a smile on her face. I had expected her to crawl out or for me to have to walk her to the car but she was completely fine. We walked out the door and she showed it to me. As we were heading to the car, I knew that I had to have mine done too. So, we walked back in. I worked up the nerve to tell Simon what I wanted but he was out of sterilized needles. He told us we could wait about an hour or we could come back. We decided to go ahead and leave but I knew we'd be back. I had the piercing bug and I wanted that navel ring.

The next day I realized that if I waited any longer, I was going to

chicken out. I called my friend, Angie, and we headed back to Skin Illustrations. We walked in the door and told Simon what I wanted. We had to wait about 20 minutes but I finally started filling out the paperwork. It all happened so fast! As soon as they had a copy of my driver's liscence and all the papers filled out, Simon told me to follow him to the piecing room. The whole way back to the room Simon was talking about different things. He talked about his band and the different music that he liked. Basically just trying to calm my nerves. The funny thing about it is that it worked :) We walked into the room and he looked at my navel and told me it would be a piece of cake. He had me stand up and he marked the place for the hole with a marker. Then he had me lie down on a table and he washed his hands and put on latex gloves. Right above the table I was laying on, up on the ceiling was a picture from the movie Peter Pan. . .it was a scene from Never-Never Land and the sight of that just made me laugh. I was totally relaxed now. . .until he put the clamp on :) Then the nerves came rushing back! But the clamp only pinched a little and as soon as it was on, Simon opened a steril needle and told me to take a deep breath. As I let it out, he pierced the needle through. That part didn't hurt at all. Then he put a captive bead ring on and as he put the bead on it tugged a little. That was the most uncomfortable part of the whole thing. Once the ring was on, he had me stand up and look in the mirror. It looked great!! Then he told me how to care for it and told me to call or come in if I had any questions. He also told me to come back in 6 months to pick out new jewelry! :)

So, here I am.  One month later.  I am incredibly happy with my belly

button ring. The first few times I tried to clean it, I got overwhelming waves of nausea. . but I know it was just the thought of turning a ring through my stomach! It never did hurt to rotate the ring or clean it. I haven't had any problems with it at all. The first couple of days I was very conscious of the ring and I was very careful with the way I moved. Now I hardly notice it, except to see how great it looks! If you are considering a navel piercing. . .go for it!!

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on: 15 June 1999
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