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Collar Piercings, something slightly interesting.

To be honest, it was something to be individual. You don't see many people walking around with almost vertical bars through the skin just below the shoulder. I've always found it best to be individual. These collar's were probably the most adventurous I'd been, even after talking about looking forward to them, and slightly different piercings than what was conventional. I'd always looked up to these sorts of things, I'd already had two piercings per lobe and one in each cartilage, before waiting just over a year and a half to get my nape piercing. I've always talked to my friends about getting something like that, and for once, I had money, so we decided, what the hell, let's go get pierced.

If you're going to get a collar piercing, I'd recommend not to high up, I almost made that mistake, and they definitely would not have looked as good, in fact, I'm pretty sure they would have been awful. All you need to do to know where about you should have it placed, and where it would look best is to pull your shoulders up, and hunch your neck forward until you see a defined hollow at the base of your neck, the bones that surround the hollow is your collar bone, about an inch down from there, is where you want to have the bar. Although it's called a collar piercing, you don't want it straight on the bone, the rejection/migration rate is higher, same as if you put it too low, the bone may push it out if you put it too high, causing it too move, whereas if it is too low, the muscles in your chest are more likely to push it out. I had a long conversation about that with my piercer before I got it, he told me that they can last anywhere between about 4 months to five years, bu t the better you look after it, the longer they last, and sometimes they can last almost forever. The average is generally 6-10 months, but it depends upon the person and how well the body accepts the piercing. Which is why tygon appears to be the best, it has a lower rejection rate.

Keeping these thoughts in mind about where I wanted them, I went to the piercing studio.

On the 20th December, four weeks after getting my nape piercing, I went back for another.

Walking into the studio is always the nice part, it's such a clean, sanitary place, and the smell of the steriliser was so obvious. The atmosphere was so relaxed, there were people in one of the rooms chatting away while getting a tattoo, someone coming out of the separate piercing room incredibly happy, thanking the piercer, it was calming to see people so sure, and to know that the place was very well renowned.

If you don't know anyone with a collar piercing, talk it through with the piercer, I had to do that, he explained the procedure, and that he had done collars before but he wouldn't be able to tell me if it would hurt more than my nape.

The procedure was fairly basic, the piercer would place the dots, check that you like them, numb and sterilise the skin, pinch it together and hold it together so the dots are even, push a needle through, push the bar through on the end of the needle, and screw on the ball bearings. Deep breathes in and out.

It stung, but it wasn't too bad.

After he finished, he asked what hurt more, the nape or the collar? Well, it was definitely my collar, but it looked so good I couldn't help but then being the one thanking, walking out happy, thinking that even though I thought the previous people were probably just more people covered in piercings and so not fazed by one or two more, you can't help but be pleased with the way you get treated, and how caring they are about making sure you're okay throughout the process.

Sounds scary though basic. So I had a talk for a while, the cleaning process wasn't any different from the nape; don't soak it, wash it with hot, hot water with sea salt and be careful not to knock it.

Different people have different pain thresholds, my first didn't hurt too much, and the second was only slightly more painful, but it's different for everyone.

8 days later I got the opposite collar, even though I knew how painful it would be, so it was symmetrical, and that one was different. I went to the same studio, but had a different piercer, while my first one was fairly simple and could be cut straight to size, without any more than 2mm excess bar, this one started to immediately swell, partly due to the fact that I hadn't given the right side enough time to heal before 'poisoning' my body with an extra piercing.

So, for about a week and a half, the left collar was purple, and the ends red. That worried me, but it turns out, when they go red, they can be friction burns, from messing about with it too much. Twisting it, touching it, playing with it, everything. It was hard to stretch for a while, such as when you yawn, and it was hard to properly shower without stretching the skin, causing minor bleeding.

When the bar is too much in excess, it becomes easier to catch, so wearing low cut tops and vest tops are probably the best, you won't be able to get it caught as easily as such, and it'll be less likely to bleed.

The rejection rates are quite low if looked after properly, vitamin E is one of the best solutions if it looks bad, it heals the skin, and slows down the rejection process.

After it was finished and had been in for just over a week, I went back to get the extra 8mm of tygon cut off from both my left collar and my nape, and the effect was immediate, the swellings seemed to have gone down, though whether that was my imagination, or just because the bar had been taken out and cleaned before being cut down and put back in, they have seemed healthier.

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on: 21 Oct. 2008
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