The first time I saw a nape piercing was when I was sitting behind a girl in one of my college classes at UW. She had her hair up in a ponytail and a strange piercing that I had never seen before on the back of her neck. I grew up in a family where the only piercing that was acceptable was a single lobe piercing on women, so I was pretty amazed by what I saw. I later forgot about it and went on to get my ears pierced in a few other places (7 piercings in total on my ears) with a rook being the most exotic place. After testing the waters of body piercing by getting my ears done a few times I was ready to think about something a little different. My mind went back to that girl sitting in front of me. Her piercing looked so pretty that I decided that I just had to have one too.
I finally got one today. It took me a long time to decide to do it, as it has with all of my piercings. My nape is special though, because it is my first piercing that is not on my ear (I have double lobes on each side, double helix on the left and a rook on the right). I needed a piercing that I can hide for work, and navels, nipples, and random others just didn't seem like my thing. If I am going to get it pierced I want to absolutely love it.
Before I was introduced to the world of body piercing done properly I got my lobes pierced at Claire's with a piercing gun when I was in high school. I strongly advise against piercing anything with a gun. They just can't be sterilized properly and it causes so much trauma to the body. Never again will I be that stupid. But I think I'm probably preaching to the choir if you are reading this. Since then I have gotten all of my piercings done at the same piercing shop, and have been really happy with all of them.
I decided that today would be the day to take the plunge and do it. I put a lot of time into looking into how I wanted it done and the placement. One of my friends went with me to the studio to get it done. There was the decision to make about getting two microdermals in or a surface bar. I decided that I was going to go with a titanium surface bar. However, one day I would like to get microdermals near my temples.
The guy cleaned my neck and drew the lines. I was a little nervous, but apparently getting a rook piercing hurts a bit more and I wasn't bothered by that when I got it done. Besides, if I am going to be carrying the metal around for any length of time I think the personal enjoyment of the jewelry should override the fear of momentary pain.
I tried to relax, closed my eyes, and concentrated on taking deep breaths while he finished drawing the lines and dots on my neck. He asked me to take a deep breath and held the needle against my neck. I felt a pinching and stinging as the needle went in. It wasn't very much unlike a helix or lobe piercing. It wasn't exactly comfortable, but not terrible either. Next came the middle part of the piercing before the needle came out the other side. This part actually kind of ticked. It kind of felt like somebody itching the inside of my neck. Then I felt the needle come out the other side. It was the same pinching/stinging sensation as the first part, just in reverse. It took a bit longer than all of my previous ear piercings, but seeing as how most of the time was not spent going through the skin, it wasn't all that bad. It felt a little weird to have a needle in my neck, but it wasn't painful. Inserting the jewelry (a titanium surface bar) didn't hurt at all. My piercer went o ver the aftercare with me and I went to go celebrate.
It feels a little weird to move my neck just yet, but that;s probably due to the fact that the piercing is only a few hours old. It looks fantastic and I'm super happy with my new piercing. I fully intend on babying it and doing as much as I can to prevent rejection and migration. I am soaking it as often as possible with sea salt and using anti-microbial soap on it. The hardest part is keeping myself from touching it. Now, I have to think about what I want to get next
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008
in Surface & Unusual Piercing