The Nape piercing I always wanted!
My love of piercings goes way back to when I was 16 which was 10 years ago. Unfortunately for me my parents weren't cool enough to actually sign for me to get anything but my ears pierced so I had to wait until I was old enough to get them myself.
When I was 21 I decided that it was time that I indulge in my true love - piercings. So I took up a job at a tattoo shop performing body piercings, I wanted to know as much as I could about piercings and everything that went with it. While working there I got many piercings: labret, vertical labret, septum, nipples, vertical hood and inner labia * 4. But I really wanted the Nape piercing but the shop I worked at didn't allow surface piercings because of the grow out rate. The fear of having such a beautiful piercing grow out really bothered me so I just decided that I would never be able to get it. I also would read experiences on here where people would talk about how their napes grew out, I couldn't imagine that happing to me.
Here's where my ray of sunshine comes in, after putting the idea of additional piercings out of my head (since the only ones I want are ALL surface)I didn't really visit this site that often until about two weeks ago when I read about surface bars. After a week of research (call me a nerd I don't care I do my research)I learned that surface bars reduce the grow out rate by 30%. I felt relatively comfortable with those odds and decided it was time to get my beautiful piercing.
Now to my experience, it was on Sunday the day before Memorial Day my mom and two sisters came over to visit and bring my daughters some dresses they bought earlier that day. Anyway I talked my sisters into going with me and getting pierced and they agreed (I can talk them into anything). So we called up a few places, not many shops in Denver actually do surface piercings so it was hard to find one but finally we did. The three of us went to the shop filled out our paper work and got ready. One of my sisters went first (she was so scared she was shaking and thought it would be best to go first) she got a sternum pierced which is my next one.
Now it's my turn, the piercer marked my neck, I checked to see that it was straight and in the center, then he went to work. He had me lay on my stomach with my head over the edge, he told me to breath in and then out, that's when I felt that poke, then slowly the needle went through and then came out which hurt more than going in. Then the jewelry went in, oh did I mention that surface bars are shaped like staples, yeah that part HURT. For the most part the piercing wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be the jewelry hurt more than the actual piercing. But the whole thing really wasn't that bad at all.
So it's been four days since I got it and I love it so much I hate that the jewelry is so damn ugly it looks like I have two nails in the back of my neck. I will be able to put ball on the ends in 6 weeks - I totally can't wait. As far as the healing so far it's been doing pretty good some days it's been sore and others not at all. I just keep my hair up and away from the jewelry and to my surprise no one at work has told me to hide or even said anything about it. That's a huge surprise since I have to wear business suites to work and appear very professional, oh well.
So I'll end this by saying that I am very happy with my new piercing and I love to show it off. It totally is worth getting, it's so damn cute or will be when I can put balls with white diamonds on it. If you're thinking about here's a little encouragement for you, it doesn't hurt nearly as bad as it looks and you won't even feel it when you move your head or something, and again it's so CUTE. Do your research and find a good shop to get it done at. Also ask to see the piercers portfolio, if he doesn't have one then leave and find another shop (unless of course you've been to that person before and trust him).
I really never thought I would ever be able to get this piercing and I am so happy with it I just wish they made this type of jewelry sooner.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 06 June 2007
in Surface & Unusual Piercing