NOTHING is classier than a chipmunk face and a lisp.
I pulled into the parking lot and I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face. After almost a year of waiting, I had finally decided to get it done. I was getting my tongue pierced. I usually went to Strange City on Whyte Ave, which is a shop I am very proud of having in my city. Today I had decided to check out a place that my friend told me she had gotten some of her piercings done at; she said it was pretty legit. When I went into Ritualistics I was greeted by a man at the front. He had quite a few mods himself, including a fresh tongue split! We talked for a while about his split, and then about the shop. I looked around and asked questions. He had me sit down and fill out some paper work. I had taken Advil that day, which is something they asked. We talked about it a little bit. Advil is a blood thinner, so there was a chance of bleeding a fair bit. However I have never bled from any of my piercings before, and I had only taken 200mg, so we decided that it would be alright.
I picked out my jewelry- a titanium piece with internally threaded balls. We went to the back, and my heart was pounding in my throat and my stomach. I had read experiences, watched videos on Youtube and heard stories. All I heard concluded that it wasn't an easy piercing. The tongue piercing hurt. The tongue piercing bled fountains and swelled up so big that you couldn't breathe for a month. Despite everything, I went for it. I sat on the edge of the table and stuck out my tongue. He cleaned my tongue, my lips, and around my mouth. I rinsed and spit with strange, thick mouthwash. My tongue got poked, prodded, marked, clamped, and he put a light against some parts of it to see veins. I looked in the mirror at the placement. It was a little high, so he wiped it off and re-marked it. This time it was perfect. He clamped my tongue and I felt my heart race. This was going to hurt, and bleed, and I was nervous! A million thoughts raced through my head, and I wished he would just d
o it, it seemed as if he was hesitating. Then I felt a little pinch, and the pinch went through my tongue. I didn't feel it in the middle, but again there was a little pinch at the bottom. The jewelry went in, and screwing it up was pretty easy.
I put my tongue back inside my mouth. I could feel the ball against the roof of my mouth, and the bottom ball touching under my tongue. It was the strangest feeling, but I loved it. He cleaned up and I thanked him for his work. I paid and left, satisfied with the quality of work and very impressed with my own tongue piercing!
When I woke up the next morning, my face was sore. There hadn't been any blood, but there sure was swelling. I talked with a lisp, and under my chin was a little sore, which was odd. It quickly went away, and didn't bother me again. Moving my tongue made it very sore, and I ate a lot of Freezies and crushed ice. This persisted for about 2 days before I realized that I could move the bar slightly up and down. The swelling was going down. I could talk better, and my lisp was going away. I ate a lot of soup and some very soft bread. I found that cold stuff really helped, and that anything with vitamin C just killed my tongue. Oranges didn't agree with me very well. Spaghetti was also tricky to eat, and I found it wound around the bar, which was hard to remove. About a week after getting it pierced the swelling was gone, and I was able to talk and eat like a normal person. I didn't get it downsized for 2 weeks after that, however. It didn't swell up again, but it did occasionally
get sore when I talked too much, or if I bumped it on my teeth. As a side note, I'd like to say that even now, chewing some kinds of gum is hard to do. it wraps itself around the ball, and sticks to it terribly. At first it felt a bit weird to have in my mouth, but if I take it out now, it feels like there's something missing. It was very easy to get used to, and not extremely visible. Overall, I have to say that it was my easiest piercing to get, and it wasn't very hard to heal. I definitely recommend it if you're considering it. Personally, I'd give it a 4/10 for pain, 7/10 for discomfort and 4.5/10 for difficulty healing.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2009
in Tongue Piercing