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On the tum.

Ok, first of all I'd like to preface this by saying that one should really never get a piercing just for the sake of getting a piercing. They are a lot of work and they take a great deal of care and commitment. You wouldn't get a cat or something just because you felt like getting a cat, would you? No. So really getting a piercing for no other reason than getting a piercing probably isn't the best idea.

That said, I will also tell you that I have never been one to follow my own advice. I've been working on an ear project, but it's taking too long and I was getting antsy. I wanted a piercing. Badly. And I tried to calm my urge to stick holes in myself by having the nice people at the mall put third holes in my ears. But that was no help. Lobe piercings aren't fun or exciting anymore I guess. SO I walked into the tattoo place thinking I'd get my navel pierced. I didn't want anything on my face, and i didn't want any more cartilage piercings right then, so the navel seemed like a good way to go. I mean, no one is going to see it anyway right?

It was the first piercing I've gone to get by myself. Even when I did my lobes, I brought my little sister because I was scared and needed moral support (and I'd already put two holes in my cartilage!). But the need for moral support has long since worn off, and plus I guess I felt a little embarrassed doing it. I feel like navel rings are something people get when then are like 15, which I'm most certainly not. But I wanted it anyway, and so I decided to do it and Matt went through the whole deal explaining to me the difference between having it pierced with a barbell and a ring, assuring me they were both safe and that they'd just require different cleaning methods and I picked a ring rather than a barbell (even though Matt seemed to prefer using a barbell, but I just feel better using a ring to heal things for some reason) and I laid down in the chair and got ready to get my NINTH piercing.

So he drew on me a bunch to make sure everything would look nice and I have to admit it was kind of awkward sitting there holding my shirt up and all (this was my first non-facial piercing). Finally, he lined the needle up, told me to take a deep breath, and that I would feel a little pinch. Then I felt it. "SON OF A BITCH, THAT HURT MORE THAN MY SEPTUM!" I wasn't lying either, it totally did. And it stung like hell. I guess I just wasn't expected it since I'd decided to get pierced on such a whim. I hadn't really thought about whether or not it would hurt at all, so I wasn't mentally prepared. Overall though, not that bad. Stung a bit afterwards in the car on the way home.

This is probably the most painful piercing (healing-wise) I've gotten, only because the majority of my piercings are cartilage and cartilage doesn't move around. But this one is right in the middle of my body and I move that a whole lot and lean on things and so the piercing gets knocked a lot and it hurts and it's a bit red. Perhaps I should have put a barbell in so it wouldn't get bumped so much (but I like the ring because it's really easy to clean). I also really have to try not to sleep on my stomach. I usually do, but clearly that's not really going to be great for this whole healing process. It took me a long time to train myself to sleep on one side of my head after I got the industrial. And now that my industrial is being all finicky and is red and swollen again I have to sleep on one side of my head AND not on my stomach so I really only have one position I can sleep in and it's really inconvenient.

ANYWAY, so now I've got this navel ring. And I'm not really sure how I feel about it. This is the only piercing I did not heavily research before getting, so I don't think I had a really great idea of what I wanted or what to expect. I'm going to let it heal and see if it grows on me, for now I'm pretty indifferent towards it. BME is a really good resource for that sort of thing, and before every other piercing I've gotten I've read tons of experience stories and looked at pictures. Do this before getting a piercing, and really think about it before you go in and get it done. It was entirely just an impulse piercing, but I'm not too worried about it. Tons of people have them - how bad could it be?

The healing process was not that bad. The bottom hole healed perfectly. The exit wound at the top has been a bit more finnicky so I got some crappy barbell to put in it in the hopes that it would get bumped less and stop being all red and tender. The barbell looks silly. My best friend got his nape pierced at Jade Dragon in Chicago by this dude Tony (really nice guy) and apparently when you go there you get a free piece of crappy jewelry (and a mug) and so I got this free glow-in-the-dark barbell, which I put in my belly button and already I'm noticing it not getting caught on as much stuff. Thank goodness. I was pretty sure it had started migrating - not outwards, but to the side for some reason. But after the jewelry switch and a few hot compresses that has stopped. Hopefully I can get some less silly looking jewelry, but for now this glowy shit will have to do. A pretty easy piercing both to get, and to heal (and to hide, if that's a concern). Not half bad.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 11 April 2007
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Matt
Studio: New+Life+Tattoo
Location: Champaign%2C+IL

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