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Too tongue tied for a tongue piercing?!

About a year ago, the only piercings I had done were my lobes. I don't even count that for the mere fact that when I had them done I was a year old. After working up a lot of nerve I decided to get my navel done, which then led to 4 cartilage piercings, navel-piercing redone and a tattoo. I always thought I'd stop there, until I had the urge to pierce something again.

I never had any clue about what I really wanted to get pierced. I wanted something demure, nothing over the top and something easy to hide. After thinking about for a couple of weeks, I came to the conclusion that I wanted a tongue piercing. The only thing stopping me? Boyfriend. He would not let me get it he said no for two weeks straight. After negotiating, bargaining and pleading he finally said yes! Under the condition that I'd eventually take it out. I had done my research and knew what to expect already and I was ready to just get into it. I searched different places and finally settled on Twisted Illusions in Hayward. I've been to a couple of piercing places around the SF Bay Area; namely Zebra in Berkeley, Sacred in Oakland, and Secret Sidewalk in Hayward. I never tried Twisted Illusions before, but I heard good things about it.

I've been staring at my tongue for days wondering how it was going to look and if they could even do it. Apparently, I have a short tongue and my tongue web was super close to the tip of my tongue. I've read stories where people cut the thing, but to be honest I'm not that desperate for a piercing. I was really nervous and even walked away from the shop twice because I just was too afraid. I worked up the nerve to get through the front door and there was no turning back. I filled out the paperwork and waited on the piercer to get to work since I went right when they opened. I sat with my boyfriend, nervously, rambling about things just to distract myself. When the piercer got there I showed her my tongue and she left me know that the piercing would be shallow. I said it was fine and she told me to have a seat while she went to go set up in the back. She called me in after 5 minutes and had me take a seat in the chair. She showed me everything she was doing and explained to me why she was doing it. I was still nervous but I didn't want to back down from the idea. She pulled out the clamp and said it would feel like a pinch for two seconds and we'd be done. Right when she clamped my tongue, I grabbed onto the sides of the chair and squeezed. I have never felt that much pain EVER. Bright side is that it was only a second, and then I felt fine again. I had a little bit of blood still coming out so she told me to keep rinsing, she was nice enough to stand there with me to make sure I was fine (major points). She reminded me about the aftercare to to keep up with it and I'd be fine in a couple of days. I could change the ring myself or come back in and she'd change it for me when it's all healed up. I'm most likely going to go back and have her change it because I'm just way too clumsy.

After I left the piercing place my mouth felt huge and my tongue swelled up a bit. Not too much, but enough to make me cranky for an hour and a half. I went to Jamba Juice to get something cold and the guy could not understand me. He asked what was wrong and I said I got my tongue pierced. He then replies "I don't know why people do that", um yeah Jamba Juice guy. Way to make me feel better. Anyway, I couldn't suck through the straw and had no spoon so I just drank it. I barely finished it before I decided to toss it and asked my boyfriend for ice chips which he was more than happy to get for me. I managed to eat a couple of fries (although it's difficult to swallow) and an Oreo cookie. It hurt way too much to attempt to even eat more so I decided to just have soup. I'm fine now, I'm just waiting til I can change the barbell :D

I'm not sure how this piercing is going to turn out (if I'm even going to keep it for that long), but you'll never know until you try. I highly encourage anyone that wants this piercing to go out and just do it :)

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

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Artist: Lee
Studio: Twisted+Illusions
Location: Hayward%2C+CA

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