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My Reverse Madison @ The Uptown Downtown

am a 19 year old female and have several piercings. I have been wanting a new piercing but couldn't decide on what to get. My faithful friend (who comes with me to get all my piercings) and I were visiting The Uptown Downtown..a kickass store in Greenville, SC, and I was discussing different piercings with the piercer, Kevin. I was asking him about madisons, how long they take to heal...blahblahblah....the usual questions. He mentioned that he had wanted to do a reverse madison (otherwise known as a vertical madison) on someone, and he thought it would look great on me. He had never done one before, and so he wasn't sure how it would turn out, so he said he would charge me just for the jewelry (a 12 guage internally threaded curved barbell) and not the piercing. I have been pierced by Kevin many times before, and totally trust him, so I decided to get it. I thought it would look beautiful, and was being offered it dirt cheap by a very good piercer...there was no way I could resist!! So we made an appointment for a bit later in the day, and my friend and i went off to get lunch and do some shopping. The whole time I was extremely nervous..I have been pierced many times but I still never lose my anxiety over pain.

Well we finally came back to The Uptown Downtown, where Kevin swiftly escorted us upstairs to where they do the piercing. He had me lie back in a dentist type chair, and spent a good while marking my neck, carefully lining up the dots so they would be even. It wasn't the most comfortable position, my head was hanging way back..but I was glad he took the time. He had me stand up and look in a mirror to make sure I thought they looked good, then he got out the forceps and again took a looooong time to get it clamped right...but still it was cool..I don't mind him taking awhile to get it right:). Once it was ready, he told me to breath deeply a few times, then pushed the needle through. It was surprisingly unpainful..I guess cause it was such soft skin. It really wasn't too bad. Certainly not as bad as my conch (ouchh!!!). Then he got the jewelry and put it though, and cleaned up the little blood there was and showed me my new pierce. It was beautiful!! I instantly fell in love with it:)!!! Then he went over cleaning directions with me and sent me on my merry way.

I love this piercing, not only is it beautiful, but I have never seen another person with one (except for on BME). It is kinda hard to heal, though. I mean it healed up pretty well. It was totally painless in a couple weeks, but then sadly the jewelry fell out and I had to get a piece of inferior jewelry to put in (it was 4th of july weekend and nowhere was open). It got infected and I had to take a ton of antibiotics and put some special cream on it. Somehow I had managed to get a little staph infection in the piercing...probalby when I put in the bad jewelry. The doc told me it was fine to keep the jewelry in as long as the infection cleared up. It did (by this time I had gotten good jewelry back in it) and is totally beautiful now. Only problem is it looks to me like it has migrated a little due to the infection. I don't know if it will migrate anymore..I hope not! I have heard that with the madison's sometimes it's impossible to get them to stay permanently. If that is the case, I'll keep this one as long as I can and then get it repierced!! This piercing is definatky worth it..you just have to be real careful about cleaning and aftercare, to make sure you don't get an infection.

For after care I used antibacterial soap and bactine 5 days a week, and on the weekend I used neosporin and antibacterial soap. I know lots of people don't like bactine, but it worked fine for me. If you have any questions or comments feel free to write me and c_sikes@hotmail.com.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Oct. 1998
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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