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My New Favorite!

Ever since I was about 14, I've been interested in piercings. Several years and thirteen piercings later, I was itching for something new. I had already pretty much covered my face, and wasn't really interested in anything on my ears. So, after some thought, I decided on getting my tongue done. I knew my friends wouldn't like it (they have the misconception that tongue piercings are trashy and for whores) but I didn't care, its what I wanted done.

I went to the shop where I got my snakebites done, but the piercer was sick, not sick enough to miss work, but sick enough to not want to do piercings. Ugh. Okay, I thought, I'll just wait a couple of days. After that I went to my tattoo shop to see if my tattoo artist was in so he could do a touch up on one of my tattoos. He wasn't, but the shop had a new piercer. I was glad, because I didn't trust the old one (he royally screwed up my cheeks and I had to pay a lot to get them fixed). After watching the new guy (who was so geeky and adorable) pierce another customer, I decided that he would be the one to pierce my tongue. I filled out some paperwork, showed him my ID, and paid him. There was another girl there who wanted a nostril, and she kept giving me odd looks, but I didn't care, some movie was on TV and it was so funny!

Then came the wait for him to set up. After a while, he had everything ready and told me I could go in and sit down; he was very nice and, like a true southerner, called me sweetie. The first thing he did was turn on some music, then he washed his hands, put on a new pair of gloves and I sat down and he marked it. The placement seemed good, really good, especially for a first try (I usually have my piercer change the placement several times) so I told him it was okay.

He moved my center labret aside (luckily I had just changed it to horseshoe and was wide enough to slid upside down over my lip) and told me to stick out my tongue as far as I could. I had a momentary freak out when it dawned on me he wasn't going to use a clamp (the last time a piercer didn't use a clamp was when I got my cheeks done, and that was an very bad experience, to be told later) but he just told me to breathe, and on the count of three he pushed it though.

It hurt, I'm not gonna lie, probably one of my most painful. But that didn't bother me really. I think it hurt so bad was because the piercer pushed it through rather slowly. Not sadistically slow, but slow enough to be felt. I kind of liked that, to be honest. The barbell (14g) went in easily (he used a needle that let him attach the jewelry directly to it so he could just pull the needle straight though and have the jewelry come right after) and he put the ball on. I thought it was nice that he went over aftercare procedures, even though it was obvious I knew them. He then gave me an aftercare sheet and told me to call back if I had any questions, that I could change it to a shorter bar in a month, and that I should come see him again; which I plan on doing.

I had to take the bus to get back to my dorm, and a little girl (she must have been about seven) kept looking and smiling at me. So I stuck my tongue out at her (I know, I know, you're supposed to keep your tongue in your mouth to keep it from snagging on your teeth) and smiled. She looked so excited, and kept hitting her dad and actually pointing at me, and it made me feel good that someone reacted in a good way to my piercings. Who knows, maybe I inspired her to get something done when she gets older.

It hasn't swelled that much so far,(but I know it will tomorrow)because I took some ibuprofen as soon as I got home, and talking isn't that bad (but I'm avoiding it as much as possible). I knew it would be difficult to eat, but I didn't realize how difficult until I actually tired to eat something! I didn't have too many problems with biting the ball (like most people say they do) it just hurt to move my tongue! Stuff kept sticking to my teeth and I'd try and clean it off-bad idea. It took me about an hour to eat a banana, but the piercing was worth it. I cant wait to show my friends to prove how cute a tongue piercing can be!

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on: 07 Feb. 2008
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