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The Long-Awaited Navel Piercing

For as long as I can remember, body modification has fascinated me. I love their symbolism and the fact that they made your body feel more like your own. Finding BME only helped my love for it grow. I enjoyed going through the pictures and reading about people's experiences with piercing and tattoos. Prior to my navel piercing I only had piercings on my ear lobes. As much as I love those, I wanted more.

I don't exactly remember when I first saw a navel piercing, but I always thought it looked pretty. About a month ago I went on vacation and went to a beach in New Hampshire. There were a bunch of people walking around that had some gorgeous jewelry hanging from their navels. Seeing so many of them only made my desire for the piercing stronger. I decided to wait until I returned home to get it done since I didn't want it to get infected while swimming.

I decided to ask my mom to get my piercing since I knew my dad wouldn't be too keen on body modification, and my mom has a tattoo on her back. She approved since she thought navel piercings looked attractive. I eagerly went to research places where I could get it done and came across The Hole Look's web site. Judging by a picture of one of their piercing rooms, their facility looked very clean and professional, so my mom took me there.

The place was very nice and neat. Tons of tattoo designs hung on the wall, along with certificates and awards. Along the wall were portfolios containing pictures of the work the piercers and tattoo artists had done. There was a sign on the wall that said you needed an ID of some sort to get pierced, which I was lacking. One of the guys said a state ID would work, so my mom said she'd take me there.

About a week later we went back there with Ids in hand. I purposefully wore a loose top so it wouldn't rub up against my stomach. The guy at the counter made sure we shared the same last name before giving us release forms to sign. We both showed our identification and signed the papers. Then I was shown the various jewelry. Originally I had intended on getting a simple barbell, but this 14 gauge opal ring caught my eye. I loved the multiple colors on it. The jewelry actually cost more than the actual piercing, which was $30, while the jewelry was $50. My mom didn't mind because she figured I might as well get something high quality. I'm very thankful she let me get that one.

After the payment and signing of papers was complete, I was given instructions for cleaning my piercing. I sat down and excitedly waited while reading my cleaning instructions. A few people got piercings before me and all of them were happy when they came out of the piercing room. That made me feel good about choosing that studio. Eventually Ryan came to get me and took me to a very clean room. Once I was there, he put on a pair of gloves and used a marker to mark where he'd pierce me.

Once the markings were correct, I laid down as he told me what he was going to do. I felt a little bit of pressure as he clamped my skin. He told me to take a deep breath, so I did as I closed my eyes. The feeling of a needle going through my skin was strangely exhilarating and not all that painful. The jewelry was inserted and tightened. Ryan gave me some cleaning tips before I left the room, thanking him before leaving.

My mom bought some H2Ocean before we left. The first day the area was red and slightly bloody, but now it's just a little bruised. It stings whenever I accidentally brush against it, but I love it and can't stop looking at it. I think this little piercing has given me some sort of self-esteem boost because now I don't mind looking at my body in the mirror. There's so much for me to look forward to: showing it off to my friends, picking out new jewelry, showing it off on the beach next summer. Of course it has to heal first, and so far so good.

I showed my dad and he was surprised, to say the least. He shook his head and said something about not understanding teenage girls. I thought that was funny and figured it was better than him demanding that I remove it.

I recommend The Hole Look to anyone in Anchorage that wants a piercing done. They're very clean and professional. I'll be going back there should I decide to get pierced again. If you're willing to clean your piercing regularly and really want to do it, I definitely recommend getting it done.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Sept. 2008
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Ryan
Studio: The+Hole+Look
Location: Anchorage%2C+AK

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