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My tongue piercing

A couple of years ago a friend of mine and I decided to get our tongues pierced together. After some research we chose to go to Rings and Needles in Worcester, as they seemed to be competent, and I had been there previously with friends when they were getting tattoos/piercings. As I was 14 at the time i needed parental consent to get the piercing. My mum was a little skeptical at first but she soon came round to the idea, while my dad said he didn't care as long as he didn't have to see it or hear about it. It was my first real piercing. (I only had a total of 4 lobe piercings at the time) As it happened we did not end up going at the same time, as she went the day before me due to circumstances which I have now forgotten.

I cannot remember the name of the guy who pierced me, but he was the older of the two piercers. (my friend had the other guy, who incidentally pierced her tongue wonkily)

So I went into the shop with my mother, and asked about the piercing. He said i could get pierced pretty much immediately, and asked me to sit down in the waiting room while he prepared the room. I waited for about 5 minutes before being called into the piercing room. So I went in, and my mum came to watch as well. I was asked to sit on the bed and then he wrapped the end of my tongue in a paper towel. I was somewhat surprised at this because I had heard that clamps were used most of the time. He then took the needle out of the packaging. It looked enourmous, but it didn't really bother me. So then he pierced my tongue. It was strange because I felt the needle go in at the top, and I felt it come out at the bottom, but I didn't feel anything in between . I couldn't really say it hurt, it just felt like pressure on the top of my tongue and then a pinch at the bottom. He told me to go and buy some mouthwash, and use it after eating, drinking and smoking, which I did. After the
piercing I was taken back into the waiting room, where I was offered a glass of water and a sit down to recover from the piercing. I felt no need for this, but accepted anyway because I was quite thirsty and my tongue felt dry from having the paper towel on it.

After getting my piercing I went home, and tried to eat, which was really difficult. The bar they pierce with is huge and was fairly prone to getting chewed, which tugged on my fresh piercing. After some practice I developed a technique to minimise the chewing of metal, but I had already realised that I couldn't wait to change it to a bar which was a normal size.

My tongue did not swell up on the first day at all, and aside from this overly huge piece of metal through it, it felt quite normal. The second day, however, it swelled up a little overnight, and I woke up with teeth marks all around my tongue. But even so there was still plenty of scope for more swelling as the bar was much longer than my tongue was thick. By the fourth day after my piercing the swelling had completely gone, and despite my piercer's instructions of not changing it for two weeks, then coming back to the shop to get it changed, I swapped it for a 16mm bar instead of the 18. I believe that this was the right thing for me to do, but it all depends on circumstances, i wouldn't nescesarily reccomend it as the best thing to do for other people. I had no difficulty in doing this, and it didn't hurt at all. The 16 was still a bit too big, but I didn't want to end up in the situation where my tongue had got bigger than the bar, because I figured it would be painful to change then, and just generally not good. As it happened my tongue did no further swelling , and I changed the bar to a 14 about a week after I put the 16 in. I reckon, to be honest that I would have been okay with changing to a 14 after 4 days, but it wouldn't have been worth the risk. Now I wear a 12mm bar, which is maybe still a little too big but 10mm would be too small, so I'm happy with my 12. It seems I have a thin tongue.

I have not since been back to Rings and Needles, despite my good experience, and I doubt I ever will. This is not because they're bad. I couldn't fault my experience at all, aside from the fact that I thought the staff weren't particularly friendly, but Cookie's is better, in every respect, and since they're in the same town, I would much rather go to a place with nice staff, who seem like they actually care about their customers. I was also put off by the fact that they pierced my friends tongue wrong (she didn't have any veins in the way of it going straight, but because they pierced through the muscle it swelled up for ages and took a long time to heal) I don't know if I was lucky or if she was unlucky, but I would rather not take the risk.

My tongue piercing is probably my favourite one even now, definitely worth it, especially with such a surprisingly tiny amount of pain!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 June 2008
in Tongue Piercing

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