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Third time's the charm

I hereby declare myself to be hard core. Or at least drunk-core. Let me say now, very clearly, THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!

I've always had a fascination with hand piercings. My first piercing ever, the thing that got me into bod mod at all, was a handweb piercing when I was 16. Needless to say, it didn't last very long. Since then, knuckle piercings have looked very attractive to me. Every time I came across one on BME, I saved the picture. A few months ago, I was at my piercer, getting my tongue repierced, and I asked if he would pierce my knuckles. He said it was impossible, it would do damage and no one had a knuckle piercing. So I let it go for the time being.

I have always preferred piercing myself to going to a piercer, if I think it's something I can do. (For example, I pierced my own nipples, with no problems, but went to a piercer for my septum, because I wanted it to be straight.) There is a feeling of empowerment in piercing yourself.

So, we come to tonight. I had a few drinks (yeah, not exactly a good thing to mix with piercings, I know) and was looking through pictures saved to my computer. Then I came across a bunch of pictures of knuckle piercings. And I suddenly realized I had not gotten a new piercing forever, and I needed to do this now. I don't claim this was clear thinking or a good idea but...

I have a collection of piercing needles, clamps, and all that good stuff, so I went and pulled them out. I had a 10ga PTFE barbell that I thought would be the best thing for a knuckle piercing. I know how hand piercings grow out, so I thought bigger is better, and flexible won't hurt.

After looking through my needles, I found I had a few 12ga ones, and an 8ga one. I thought piercing my knuckle at 8ga might be a little much, so I decided to use a 12ga needle. This meant I wouldn't be able to get the 10ga PTFE barbell in, so I found a 14ga one (I didn't have any 12ga ones.)

I wanted the piercing on my right hand (I am left handed) between my second and third fingers. I marked where I thought the barbell should go in and out, cleaned the area with alcohol, then clamped it. Then I shoved the needle through. The pain was minimal. I think part of it was being slightly drunk, but also, this is not a particularly sensitive part of the body. I should note that when I clamped it, I made sure it was only skin in the clamp, no ligaments or tendons, or anything else that might mess up my hand. Just for the hell of it, I tried to insert the PTFE barbell, but of course, it wouldn't fit, so I slipped a straight 14ga barbell in.

After looking at it for a while, I decided it was too far off center to keep. I thought about it for a minute, then decided to pull it out, and try again right away. Usually, if a self piercing doesn't turn out how I'd like, I'll give it a week or more to heal, but tonight I was feeling no pain, and determined to get a knuckle piercing.

So I thought, fuck it, I'm going with the 8ga. I marked my knuckle again, and clamped. Once again, there was very little pain as I pushed the big needle through. Then I put the barbell in, and tightened the bead. But the piercing was much too shallow, barely a quarter of an inch.

First, I thought to myself, I'll let this heal a while, then see if I want to repierced it. But after a while, I decided it was now or never. I knew it was too shallow, so I decided to try one more time. I pulled out the barbell, and this time, instead of clamping, just took the 8ga needle, and went into the first hole, then pulled upward to make sure I didn't hit anything but skin, and pushed it through until it was coming out just between my fingers, so the piercing was about ¾ of an inch long. Now it looked perfect. Perfectly centered, and just long enough. Being alone, getting the bead on the other end of the barbell was a task, but I finally managed it, and the piercing looks great. I know the extra holes are going to make healing a little more perilous, but right now the piercing looks great, and I have high hopes for it. The piercing itself is not painful at all, and does not interfere with the movement of my hand at all. It looks awesome to me, and I can only hope it will last.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 06 June 2007
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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