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An Awful Pinch

I am a 19 year old with a navel ring I've had for almost 4 years, I've had my nose pierced twice and my ears are pierced twice also. Not to mention I have 2 tattoos on my back and a large tattoo going from my hip to underneath my left arm. You'd think I'd have no hesitation with needles but getting my tongue pierced was a totally different story.

When I was younger I told myself I would get my navel pierced at age 16, my first tattoo at age 17 my nose pierced at age 18, and my tongue pierced at age 19. This is the last installment. Unfortunately, my parents aren't all too keen on tattoos nor piercings so i definitely had to find away around that if i wanted this one.

I figured, this is Jan. 1, 2008, I need to start doing things that please me instead of doing things based on others feelings. So it was done. I decided to get my tongue pierced the next day. Only problem was, now that my mind was made up, my nerves were so shot I couldn't even get any sleep. A mixture of excitement and nervousness lead me here to BME. I took a look at all the different submissions of tongue rings that members here had. This was not enough. I even went and searched the Internet for videos of people getting their tongues pierced. Only after doing this could I go to sleep.

The next day I woke up, ran a couple errands and I was ready to go get my tongue pierced. A friend I was with had a bad feeling about me getting it done, and I had to go to work later on that day so I decided to go home and wait until Jan. 3 to get it done. Luckily, my boss called and asked if I wanted my shift covered. Of course I agreed and told them I'd see them in two days. I wanted to keep this from my parents so I went to a local tattoo shop and bought a tongue ring with a 14g barbell and clear balls on the ends. I then picked my friend up and off we went to Body Electric Tattoo on Melrose (more people go there for piercing than they do tattoos)

We got to the shop, parked, and went inside. I talked with my piercer and told him that my parents weren't very accepting of piercings and tattoos, and that I had my own jewelry. He let me know that the ring I purchased was too short and they had to use one that they had. They specialized a ring for me with a flathead for a top instead of a metal ball. He also assured me that he would put the piercing as far back as possible. I had to wait for another girl to get he trachea pierced and it was my turn.

I went into the room, lie down on the chair that looked like it came out of a dental office, and my heart immediately began to feel like it was beating so hard I was going to break a rib. He dried my tongue and marked it with the signature purple ink (yessss!). After checking several times for veins being in the way and a perfectly centered marking, the piercing was ready to go. On went the notorious clamps. They hurt at first because he had part of my web clamped too. After he took them off and readjusted them they weren't a bother at all. He had me breathe in and out to make sure I was ready, on the third time I breathed out in went the needle. The only thing i felt was the needle break the skin on the top of my tongue. After that it went straight through with no pain. It was kind of like sticking a needle through a gummy bear. The ring went in with the needle and all that needed to be done was screwing the bottom ball on which seemed to take forever. As he screwed the ball on, out came the drool. It wasn't an excessive amount but it was enough! I checked out my piercing in the mirror and I love it. The best part is, you can't even see it when I talk! He gave me my aftercare instructions, and a cup of water, and I paid for the piercing and some Tech 2000. After getting another cup of ice cold water James (the artist) told me to come back in two weeks and he would replace the flathead with the ring that I bought.

I immediately went to a local fast food restaurant and bought the largest cup they had and filled it with plenty of ice and water. You will never appreciate the value of ice water until your tongue is pierced. It feels wonderful!! Although my tongue is a bit swollen, It went down a little due to me constantly keeping something cold on it as soon as I got it.

Much to my surprise, I am talking normally, I have no lisp, and hardly no pain. Its mostly just sore because there's a fresh hole in my tongue (as expected)

Getting your tongue pierced feels like an awful pinch. I agree with others, you don't feel much other than the needle breaking the skin on the top of your tongue. And screwing the ball on hurts much much more than the actual piercing. If you want it I suggest you DO IT!

If you have any questions feel free to email me!!!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 Jan. 2008
in Tongue Piercing

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Artist: James
Studio: Body+Electric+Tattoo
Location: 7274+1%2F2+Melrose+Avenue+Los+Angeles%2C+CA

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