I have never been, nor expect to be, an extraordinary member of the body modification community. I've had a few piercings and a small tattoo on my wrist, but never anything that has really warranted someone passing me in the street to stop, point and gasp loudly. But even so, I have always been proud of my piercings, and I enjoy explaining the meaning behind my tattoo. The only problem I had was that I had seen every one of my piercings on other people. Although out of my immediate group of friends I was the most modified, I didn't feel like much of an individual at the local pub or at a gig. This changed when I got my microdermal anchors.
I had never heard of anything like them before. I was lying down at my local piercing studio (getting my nipple pierced I believe, but I can't remember for sure) when, during the conversation (I like to talk a lot when I'm getting pierced, it makes me feel calmer) my piercer mentioned doing the microdermal on the customer in the next room, who was getting his jewellery changed. This made me curious so I asked more. My immediate reaction was 'That's too permanent' and 'too painful,' and I dismissed the idea completely. But as weeks passed the thought of getting one started brewing in my mind until I made the decision that yes, I was getting microdermals. I walked into the studio and made my appointment for the next day (much to the excitement of the shop assistant.)
I decided to get two done, one on each side of neck, about and inch under my earlobe and slightly behind, somewhat inspired by the neck bolts of the old Frankenstein monster. I also liked the idea that if you where at the right angle you could see then through my stretched lobes.
The day arrived and I walked through the door, both excited and scared. I had no idea how this was going to feel, as this wasn't a simple piercing. Something was going in my skin and it wasn't coming out. I tried to look cool, calm and collected, but deep down I was pretty scared. Then my piercer got to work. First the area was cleaned and prepped just like any other piercing. Then, we marked up the positions, definitely the longest part of the procedure. It took a good half an hour to get the dots symmetrical and in a spot where my earlobe jewellery (my flesh tunnels had smooth segment rings through them) wouldn't interfere. What scared me most was when my piercer pinched the surrounding skin to elevate it and get started. It hurt. When I realised how sensitive the skin was on the side of my neck I started to worry. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I felt a small pin-prick feeling and my piercer said 'That's that.' I was confused. Wasn't it supposed to hurt? I was almost disappointed about the miniscule amount of pain. I had worried about nothing. The second one did hurt a little bit more but on a scale from one to ten, the whole procedure rated about three.
I looked in the mirror and smiled. I was happy with the placement and couldn't wait for them to heal so I could get some new ends for them. My piercer told me to clean them like a normal piercing and if I had any problems to come back. I paid and left the place with a goofy 'new piercing' smile.
The healing process was pretty uneventful. The closest thing I had to a problem was the next day. I woke up to find my hair had wrapped around the left one during the night and it was caked in blood. I stopped worrying after cleaning it, realizing that it was fine. A circular bruise did form around the same one, but it went away after a week or so.
Six months or so down the track and I have never had any problems.
What I like about them most is that, as they are a relatively new thing and virtually unknown to most people, I feel like I have something unique. I love seeing people's
eyes glance quickly at my neck followed by a look of utter confusion. I also like that due to the flexibility of positioning, I was unlikely to find many people with exactly the same thing.
I have had a few negative comments about them, along the lines of 'that's gross' or 'you need a slap for doing that,' but they are far outweighed by the positive. I have also had fun fooling the odd gullible person by telling them 'It's a throat piercing, it goes right through!'
Living in a relatively conservative area, I finally feel like I have something unique. I was the first person I knew (outside the piercing studio) to have these.
My microdermals are probably my favourite mods so far.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 Jan. 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing