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My first surface piercing(clavicle)

Despite what I have told me piercer, my mom, and my friend that came with me to get this done, I've only really wanted my clavicles pierced for a few weeks. I've always known about the piercing, but I never thought it would be for me, but a week or two ago, that all changed. I decided that I really liked the look of the piercing and since I took my nose ring out a few days earlier, I was missing having a piece (or two) of metal sticking out from my body.

 I first tried a place called Primal Instinct in Kelowna, and quickly found out that they didn't do surface piercings at that location. So the next day I went to Ritual, another shop in Kelowna, I was determined. I borrowed my grandma's car, picked up my friend and we were off. We arrived at Ritual at around one o'clock, put an hour and a half worth of money in our meter and went up to meet with Matt. I had never been into Ritual before, and had never met Matt before, so I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. No one else was in the shop at that time and when I asked if they did surface piercings he said that he sure did, so I told him what I was looking for and he said that it was definitely possible. We spent the next 10 or 15 minutes talking about possible rejection, new types of piercings he was working on revolving around the collarbone, placement, and price. When he told me the price, I found I didn't have enough money so I told him that we would be back in a few minutes, after I went to the bank for some more cash. So after our quick trip to the bank we came back to the shop, finding it empty. Then we heard a voice coming from the back room. Matt told us that he was just setting up and he would be ready for us in a few minutes. After looking at some tattoo and piercing magazines, Matt popped out from the back room and told us he was ready for me. So, the process began...

I went into the back room with my friend and Matt went over the aftercare and cleaning procedures of the piercing first of all. Then he showed me the jewelry he was planning on using. They had a circular ball on the end. Before coming into the shop I had imagined that I would get them with one of the flat heads, so they lay flat against my chest. I told Matt this and he said that he could do that, but the only types of flat head bars he had were on a longer post, and he didn't even have a matching pair. He also said that they were harder to heal, and they were more so on a 90 degree angle. So he suggested that we get creative with what we did have, and he was going to put a smaller ball on the two ends closest to each other, and a larger one on the outside ones, I was okay with this and agreed it would look sweet so we began. I had a seat in the "dentist" like chair while Matt cleaned the general area and mapped out where the piercings would be going. The process of him finding just the right spot took from half an hour to forty five minutes. He was very careful and said that he often second guesses himself and then realizes that his first gut instinct was closer than anything after that. First check of the placement I thought they were a little too close together and the right side looked a little lower than the left, so I sat back down again and he tried again. Second check they were perfectly placed width wise, but the right side was still at a lower angle than the left. So this time I didn't sit down and Matt tried measuring it with me standing up. On the third check, everything looked perfect. We were ready to start.

I sat back down in the chair and Matt lowered me down to a comfortable level and began. I had read that the clamps or forceps were the worst part of the piercing in almost every story that I have read on here, Matt even warned me that they would feel a little uncomfortable, and I agree they did cause some discomfort, but I don't think they were the worst part. So Matt started on my left side, my friend stood on my right side so I could squeeze her leg when need be. He placed the forceps on, being careful to line up the dots perfectly then told me to take a deep breath in as he slid the needle through. I'm not going to lie, it stung and made me clench my teeth, but it was nothing too too bad. I had thought it was going to hurt a lot more. He then told me to exhale as he punched through the other side. The needle was now through. Next Matt told me that he was taking the forceps off, and I may feel a sliding feeling as he slipped the needle out and slipped a taper in. I didn't even feel this process and my friend actually had to tell me that there were three things going in me (the needle, the taper and the bar). He then told me that I was probably going to feel a sting and another sliding sensation. I did, and it hurt a little, less than the initial piercing though, and he told me that the bar was in and he screwed on the other ball. After he did this, he realized that he hadn't put the smaller ball on the end of the bar, and he tried to correct this by unscrewing the ball that was supposed to be smaller, but he had screwed it on there really good and couldn't get it off. So he apologized and said that we probably couldn't do what we planned on doing. I was a little bummed, but nothing major so I said it was alright and we went on with the right side. The right side was done exactly like the left and he was done in a matter of minutes. Matt then asked me if I was alright and I said I was so he said I could go look at my new piercings. They were perfect! I loved them the instant I saw them and you could tell Matt was happy with them as well. We then came out of the back room, paying Matt on our way out and thanking him profusely.

That all happened last week, and I couldn't be happier with them, they have caused me no aggravation so far, even while sleeping. The salt soaks are going to take some getting used to ( I spilt an entire glass of water down the front of my shirt last night ), but I'm completely happy, and I would recommend Matt to anyone that wants to get their clavicles done anytime soon!

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submitted by: zeemie
on: 22 Feb. 2007
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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Artist: Matt
Studio: Ritual
Location: Kelowna

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