Proving myself to myself
I've long had a fascination with tattoos. I got my first tattoo - a Norse compass between my shoulderblades - when I was 17, and my second tattoo - a gorgeous emerald coloured dragonfly over my solar plexus - when I was 19. However, I had no real interest in piercing. The only piercings I'd really seen were the trendy kind that every teenager seems to get, and that was too softcore for me.
So, here I am, a few months before my 20th birthday. I was at my computer one day when I looked up at a postcard I have above my desk. This postcard has a close-up of a woman wearing a transparent singlet stretched tight over the barbell in her nipple. I was struck by how, well, cute it was, a cheeky combination of sexiness and kinkiness. I'd never really seen piercings as being anything other than a teenage fad before then. I hopped on to bmezine and clicked around for a bit, and my fascination grew. I came to a decision. I was turning 20 soon, damnit, and I was going to get my nipples pierced.
I wish I could say that I was the sort to make a decision, leap into my car and drive to the nearest body modification studio. Alas, I'm not. I spent a lot of time reading about people's experiences on bmezine, as well as researching piercers. I didn't want to go to a studio that did both tattoos and body piercings. This is an unfounded prejudice of mine - I just feel more comfortable going somewhere that specialised in one or the other. I settled on Adrenalin, and I'm very happy that I did. Andrew is comptent, experienced and very professional. He made the piercing experience a downright pleasurable one.
I decided to get both of my nipples pierced with barbells. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, I can't stand asymmetry in my body. Both of my tattoos are 'central', if that makes any sense, and the idea of having one nipple pierced just made my toes curl. Secondly, in most of the experiences I'd read they said that having the second nipple pierced was exceedingly painful. Being the foolish masochist I am, I thought that it couldn't be that painful, and if it was, I was going to find out for myself.
I won't go into the details of the actual piercing. Out of anything, it's been a while! The clamping didn't really hurt at all. It was a little, uhm, bracing, but that was it. The actual piercing was.... incredible. A massive rush. I'd anticipated it to hurt, a lot, and I'd anticipated being able to feel things like the roundness of the needle. I didn't feel anything like that. Without meaning to sound facetious, it felt sharp, and then my entire body tingled with pleasure. Wow. Wow. I certainly hadn't anticipated that. The second piercing didn't hurt any more. If anything, it was more of a rush than the first. And I must say that I got a real thrill when I looked up and saw the needle in the second nipple, a gleaming trail of blood running down the side of my (admittedly neon white) breast. It was just so erotic.
I also won't go into too many details about the aftercare and healing. Again, it's been kind of a long time. I gently cleaned them in the shower with a betadine surgical scrub, and used a cotton bud to ease away the crusted up blood. There was some minor but persistent oozing that continued for a few days after the piercing. This lead to an interesting situation at work involving a grey shirt and a quick dash to the bathroom! My nipples did increase in size for about a month or so. It didn't look too bad, but I was relieved when they returned to normal. Also, the sensitivity increased substantially, but this also went away after about a month, much to my chagrin. I'm seriously contemplating having my nipples pierced for a second time just to bring the sensitivity back...
One fairly obscure point. I fence, a sport based on poking, especially around the chest area. Female fencers will be familiar with breast protectors, plastic 'shields' that can either be inserted into your jacket or worn bra-style. While you should be wearing a b.p while fencing anyway, forget the in-jacket type if you have piercings. They catch. Badly. I need say no more.
I've gotten a lot out of my two fairly softcore piercings, as well as my tattoos. They've shown me that pain is many things. When you lose the fear that always seems to come with pain it becomes another sensation, something new and different and exciting. You and your body can cope with far more than you think it can, whether intentional or not.
Oh, and pierced nipples are a helluva lot of fun during sex.
I'm just saying....
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 18 Aug. 2003
in Nipple Piercing