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Pretty Little Pain in the Neck

Pretty Little Pain in the Neck

Getting my first surface piercing was semi-planned and semi-spontaneous. I'd been toying with the idea for awhile and the girlfriend and I were driving past a studio where I had been pierced before. I didn't think it would be open; it's a Monday after all. But they were and that was it my mind was made up. The guy (whose name turned out to be Jan) pierced my ears lobes about two years ago and I had no reservations about going back to him. He's a really relaxed cat and didn't mind me asking all the usually FAQs. He told me amongst other things that he'd be using a standard 1.6mm surface piercing and there is a 40% chance of the body rejecting surface piercings but I think my body can handle, fingers crossed any way. In the unhappy event of the first one growing out Jan says that second generation surface piercing (one done in the same spot as the failed first attempt) have a better chance of being permanent. It was more expensive that I thought it was going to be but that's inflation for you also I'm pretty sure that the last guy who used to pierce me gave me bargain rates. God rest your soul Eddy Graham, you made the world a more beautiful place.

After the Q and A session and a pre-piercing cigarette we got down to the matter at hand: a surface piercing in (is it 'on' since it's the surface?) the back of my neck (I'm not sure if it has a technical-jargon name but it bloody well needs one I mean 'a surface piercing in the nape of my neck' how freaking sexy and mysterious does that sound? Not very but maybe that's just me.) Jan got me to sit up straight, which is good because I tend to slouch, on his flame detailed piercing bed/chair/table thing and mark me up. I noticed when he did my ears that he was meticulous about measuring with a pair of calipers while he marked and I can only assume that was that thorough this time since it all went on behind me. He was back there awhile and with his helpful advice I deicide to have it done lower down on my neck so it could be hidden by a collared shirt. I really like the idea of body-piercings and tattoos as something a bit more private, something which you needn't show-off all the time, but that's just me and my bag so if facial piercings are your thing do it, me and my new surface piercing are behind you all the way.

I got a bit nervous when Jan asked me to lie down on my stomach and rest my forehead on the backs of my hands. I haven't been pierced in a while (my ears where the last thing I had done and I've been content stretching them up) so I wasn't sure how bad it was going to hurt. This is also the first piercing I've had done which I wasn't able to watch even if I'd wanted too. I lay there with my eyes close listening to the Chilli Peppers for what seemed like along time and my palms got all sweaty (this is a natural reaction for me when I get pierced, and not just my palms). Although I was a bit tense Jan and I talked shop the whole time, he was a total professional.

Fortunately it was over in a second and I only felt the smallest pinch as Jan pushed the needle in to my skin and another as it came out the other side. I honestly don't even think I felt him pull the bar through and before I knew it he was putting the ball on. The he gently pulled on the skin around the piercing to get it to sit nicely. A job well done. I think it only fair to mention at this point that I have had a few other piercings (including a couple south of the border) and that what's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander. In other words just because I didn't think that getting a surface piercing was particularly sore doesn't mean other people won't, but hey if getting pierced didn't hurt a little then every body would do it. Right?

My new piercing feels fine now but there are a couple of things worrying me just a little. Firstly I don't know if I'm going to be able to sleep on my back tonight since I don't think it's going to be that comfy with the new addition press up against a pillow. Secondly I've got to be careful taking off and putting on shirts for fear of painful bumpings.

These concerns are really rather minor and over all I'm very please with my new piercing and the whole experience; it kind of reminds me why I feel in love with piercing in the first place. To my mind it looks great and it doesn't hurt nearly as much as you'd think, also conservative square types frown on it - sweet. Remember the immortal words of Oscar Wilde "It is better to be beautiful that to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly"[from The Picture of Dorian Gray]

Pat T. Burgher 21/01/'08


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 31 Jan. 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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Artist: Jan
Studio: Black+Peppa
Location: Melville+Jo%27burg+South+Africa

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