I had my mind set on getting my sternum pierced for quite a while now. Originally, it started out as a nose piercing, but my work does not allow any visible piercings. Not a big loss I thought. I continued my search for that perfect something. I went through hips, nape, collarbones, corsets you name it, until I finally saw something that struck me: Sternum, I thought to myself. I mean it's unique cute and looks safe.
Anyway, I have contacted my friend who is experienced in the area and she is well acquainted with numerous tattoo artists and piercers in Toronto. After getting the recommendation I proceeded on contacting the piercers. Maybe ignored my e-mails, some were not descriptive and did not address nearly half of my questions. In a very short while Darell replied with very comprehensive questions about the pain, recovery and of course the question that had me worried the most: chances of rejection. His response was simple, "take proper care of it, and it's less than 25% chance" I thought it was worth it. All of the research took me about a month to get through. It was always lack of motivation to actually do it or lack of funding. Friday the payday, I thought was perfect. I finally contacted the stop, and told them I wanted to get an appointment during late afternoon.
So my appointment date was set I get my best friend and we head down. Boy was I getting nervous with every set I felt more and more nervous. I thought of worst case scenarios in my head and they all didn't seem all too bad
Once we got there, the receptionist asked me which size I wanted half of inch, 3/4" or 1". Three quarters it is, right in the middle. I paid, went for a cigarette sat around tried to get my mind off of it, although it wasn't working out too well. I only have my ears gauged to an 8 and no other piercings, so I was not sure what to expect...
Once we got to the booth, Darell and I spoke about the placement and he told me to breathe (I was forgetting to do so every so often). Jokes were told to keep me distracted and it worked very well and it got me well prepared. He told me all about the after care, salt baths, how often to do them and the concentration on non iodized salt in the water, time period and the way it would feel. We then proceeded with the markings. I was asked to stand straight with my arms on the sides and looking straight ahead. Take one, his hand moved and it was crooked. Take two, I laughed. Take three I moved. Boy was it getting frustrating finally, the markings were in place I got to check them out and it looked perfect. I was already getting excited more than anything. Darrel then cleaned the area with iodine to get rid of any bacteria and germs I had, then went over the markings again.
I then got to lie down in this comfy chair that was pushed back all the way. Darell kept me laughing and busy while he got everything set up and ready to go. He then showed me the clap that was to be used the clamp to get the markings in between, the surface bar and everything then I was told to inhale and on the exhale he would do it. 1-2-3 and it was all done. No pain or anything. Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. He then cleaned me up, gave me a pamphlet on cleaning and the after care. It took me a while to stand up because of all the stress and now that it was finally over business. When I looked in the mirror it was bloody and sore. What the hell I thought I just got it done. Despite the new piercing characteristics to was lovely. Exactly what I wanted where I wanted. Not too high and not too low. I was happy.
After having another round of jokes my friend and I finally left the studio. I felt really weak because according to her I bled a lot. Everything went away after a while.
It's been about a week and a half since I got it done, I already am feeling awfully attached. The swelling is gone, it's not sore. Salt baths twice a day are a fantastic tool. I also find that it is very easy to maintain clean. It does not hurt; I cannot even feel it being there a lot of the time. Everyone that sees it or at least the majority seem at first is kind of dumbfounded and then they think that it's cool. I'm growing much attached with it, and I thought long and hard (not really) but I have decided on a name for it; Priscilla. I feel like it's a part of me now that was missing earlier. I am very glad indeed that I have gone through with the procedure and now I am a very lucky owner of one great piercing. Questions come flying such as "oh my god, did it hurt?!" or "why?" I just keep on repeating the same thing over and over again with no complaints.
I love it.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Jan. 2007
in Surface & Unusual Piercing