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You mean there's an "OUCH" to getting the tongue pierced??!!??

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I just recently got my tongue pierced on March 21, 1999. My little brother had his done over a year ago and I didn't discover it until just recently. With that discovery, I went from thinking "What a disgusting and hideous thing to do to yourself" to "Hey, it actually looks pretty good and hell, I can't believe I never noticed it on him." The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to get mine done too.

I hinted to a few friends on what I wanted to do and their responses went from anywhere between "Now why would you want to do that?" to "You'll look freaky" to them showing me their tongue. The big challenge was wondering to myself if I had to guts to do it. On March 20, 1999, I decided I had the guts. I was going to do it, it was going to be a present to myself.

The next morning, I talked my boyfriend into taking me. I didn't know what to expect or how much it might hurt, but I was determined! We headed off to Chicago Tattoo Company on Belmont; the same place my little brother got his done. A little nervous, I asked the woman at the counter if they did tongue piercing (had to make sure). Excited that I was almost there, I signed the release form and waited my turn.

Bob sat me down in a sterile looking room (white and stainless steel) and give me 'the talk.' He explained to me what he was going to do, asked me how long I've been planning this and why I decided to do it that day. He had me rinse 4 times with straight Listerine (for minimizing the bacteria he said) and gave me care instructions like sucking on ice for the first 24 hour to reduce any heavy swelling and recommended a diet of soup, soft mushy bland food like mashed potato, baby food and etc. for the first 5 days. He suggested I take aspirin or Advil for the swelling and pain, but told me NO TYLENOL. I learned that it takes about 4 to 6 weeks to heal and most importantly no tugging on the barbell.

Bob explained to me that the tongue is the 3rd least painful place to get pierced. The 1st being the eyebrow and 2nd the earlobe. He told me it sometimes hurts more when we bite our tongues. Now, with all this stuff in my mind, I was ready.

He pulled out a set of clamps that were sterilized and wrapped, picked out a barbell (3/4" 16 gauge), a pair of gloves and a rubber band. He prepared everything showing me that the rubber band was to keep the clamp closed on my tongue. It wasn't going to put any pressure on the tongue. He asked me to stick out my tongue and he dried it 4 or 5 times with a paper towel (so the clamp wouldn't slip). Hanging on to the tip of my tongue with the paper towel, he marked a spot with a felt tip marker and gave me a mirror. With him still holding my tongue I said "Ingh" approving the spot and the clamp replaced the towel. He check the top and the bottom to make sure he wasn't piercing anything he shouldn't and told me to take a deep breath and release. With one hand holding on to the clamp and the other with a needle, he told me to take another deep breath and slowly release.

Before I knew it he was screwing on the top ball and telling me to sit back and relax. IT DIDN'T HURT, NOTHING, JUST A SMALL PINCH AND THAT'S ALL...DONE. He asked me over and over if I was dizzy or anything. He offered me a chair to lay down on or if I needed a cold compress. I declined both, I was only in a slight state of disbelief to what I just did.

Bob gave me suggestions on where to get ice cubes in the neighborhood and off I went showing off the new thing on me to my boyfriend. The swelling wasn't as bad at I thought it would be. I had mild discomfort because I had to learn to talk with it and eat with it. Everytime I said the word Zero it sounded like 'Chero.' I started eating solid food on the 3rd day and after 6 days, the swelling went down so much I had to get a smaller barbell.

I'm glad I did it. I've showed it to everyone including my parents and my bosses. Everyone has mixed feelings and comments about it, but I LOVE MY PIERCED TONGUE. It looks great!!!! and you can call me a freak if you still want to.

Thanks for leting me share my story. Feel free to e-mail me at weena8@aol.com

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 April 1999
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