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Scalp Piercing (the toni?).

I have fairly recently fallen in love with body modification (within the last year or so). I have always been fascinated with piercings and tattoos, but my knowledge of them and other mods was little to none; it was just interesting. I met Damien, an experienced piercing artist, who became my gateway into the community. Since meeting and befriending him my knowledge of body modification has expanded greatly, specifically with piercings.

I have gotten a fair number of piercings since then, but each time I want to do something a little different. As most people interested in modification say, it becomes addicting. Two days ago I had the intention of getting a piercing. I was in the mood and it had been way too long. So we brainstormed some ideas. I didn't want something too common (I have enough of those). I wanted something that would stand out. I wanted something more exciting than usual. He was hesitant because my 21st birthday is in 4 days and he was afraid any piercing I got would be in danger of being brutalized during the celebration (a pretty fair assumption). I had wanted a surface piercing, but that was what he was most against because of the likelihood I would damage it in a drunken stupor. I was too excited to turn 21 to celebrate it any differently, so I kept trying my luck with different ideas. I was perseverant enough to convince him we could find something safe enough.

Looking through his portfolio for the millionth time, I stopped on his picture of a scalp piercing. He and his old apprentice, Toni, had been the first people on record to do this as a serious piercing. I had always thought it was neat, but never thought of it for myself. Mostly, I did not want to step on any toes. It was something Toni was very proud of because of its uniqueness, and I didn't want to intrude. On the other hand, he had only performed this piercing once and its freshness was appealing. We talked it over and decided we would do it the next day. I could not wait.

I sat in anticipation all day. I told everyone at work how excited I was and showed them the picture of it done on Toni here on BME. There wasn't a nervous bone in my body. When I got to the shop after work I couldn't contain myself anymore, so we got to it.

I had someone ready with my camera and took a seat. Damien had bent a barbell to the right size and set everything up. We picked a good location (right where I part my hair about an inch and a half from my hairline) and marked the spots. I had him line it up with a small scar I have from childhood so I wouldn't have two bald-spots when it finally came out. He played with my scalp for a minute and went for it.

The feeling wasn't pain, necessarily, but intense pressure. It was interesting. Unlike some other piercings I wasn't trying to distract myself but focusing directly on the feeling. I could feel the needle go in and I could feel him locate the second hole. It felt like someone was pushing on my head, but not piercing it. I couldn't feel the jewelry transfer except for some more pressure.

It was done. It didn't take long and I couldn't wait to see it for myself. There was minimal blood which really surprised me. For some reason I was anticipating a bit of a bleed. When I looked in the mirror I fell in love. My scalp felt tight, but a little numb. I just looked at it for awhile. It became the perfect accessory. I showed everyone there within the next two minutes. I think I stopped by the mirrors to glare it every 5 minutes for the rest of the night. I don't think I have ever been this satisfied with a piercing before.

Overall, this has been the best piercing I have gotten. Everything about it is perfect, and Damien did a fabulous job (as always). It hasn't even been 24 hours, but it feels great. There was no pain when I woke up this morning. I showered as usual and cleaned it afterwards. I dried my hair, brushed my hair, and did my hair like I normally would. I did stay away from any product, though. The idea of hairspraying a fresh piercing seemed terrible.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants something gratifying because it was a great experience, but only if they know an extremely experienced piercer that they trust (and who is willing to do this). As far as we know, Damien and Toni 'invented' this piercing. He may be one of the only (if not the only) piercer to ever perform this, and he has only done it twice. Choose wisely(:


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

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Artist: Damien
Studio: Monsterz+Ink
Location: Sylmar%2C+CA

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