I'm usually really thoughtful about all my body mods, in fact it took me years of thought to decided on whether I was sure about getting my first tattoo, and a tonne of research on which artist was best suited to do it. So now that I'm sitting here with a gauze compress taped to my chest, I'm wondering what the hell I was thinking, or if I was even thinking at all.
I was shopping with my mother and sister about three or four months back, I was nearly broke and hadn't even brought anything yet, but we had just walked past a cosmetics place that did piercings. I had been wanting a new piercing for a while, but wasn't sure what to get, and because of my work I knew it had to be something that would be hidden by my uniform. So on a spur of the moment I decided to get a surface piercing underneath my collar bone. I am a fucking idiot. For one, I had never even been into the place before, I didn't know they're piercers, I didn't know what qualifications they had, or even if the piercing bay was clean. But being the idiot I am, I went for it anyway. I signed the paper work and the girl that was going to do my piercing greeted me and led me into her room. It seemed pretty clean and she was nice enough and had a fair few piercings of her own, so I really wasn't worried at first. Then she marked out the entry and exit holes, I checked the positioning and was happy enough with it to give her the go ahead. The procedure was fine; nothing seemed off about it, until I sat up and looked in the mirror. The bar was just long enough for the piercing, which I thought was really odd because I've got 18 or 19 piercings, and when I got them all done my usual piercer always explained to me about having overhang to accommodate for the swelling. Then she proceeded to tell me to come back to have the bar cut down when the swelling went down... what was she talking about, there was no way that bar was going to be needed to be cut down, it was tiny and I could already feel the pressure across my chest. A few days later the piercing started to feel very painful, it was a deep stabbing sensation, and I thought maybe I was getting an infection, despite the fact that I had followed the aftercare religiously. So when I got home from work, I took off my shirt and had a really good look at it in the mirror, to my horror... but not surprise honestly, the balls had started to pull back inside the exit wounds. It was about 10:30 at night, so I couldn't ring my usual piercer to ask what the hell I should do. I could see that there was a little bit of yellowish fluid around the balls, and I knew I couldn't just take it out if it was infected because the wounds could heal over and leave the infection trapped inside. So luckily I had a spare surface piecing bar lying around that was much longer, I cleaned it up as best I could, and as I pulled the tiny bar out, I butted the longer bar up against its end and pushed it though. The pain instantly subsided. The infection started to go away after about a week, but it was always sore and tender. I knew eventually I would have to part with it. I was recently having a tattoo done on my back, while the artist was putting the stencil on, he turned me around and took a long hard stare at my chest, at first I was wondering what on earth he was looking at. But then he looked up at me and told me the jewelry in my surface piercing was the wrong type and was the type that had been used when surface piercings were still an underground thing and he hadn't seen it used in a really long time. Needless to say I was pretty pissed, I know it was my own fault for not doing my research first, but I would hope that if you had people trusting you to put holes in their body that you would do it properly.
In the past two days my surface piercing had become unbearably painful, and while there was no sign of infection it was quiet red and I could see it was starting to majorly migrate. So about 15 minutes ago, I bit the bullet and finally took it out. I thought I'd be pretty upset about it, but I'm actually so glad to see the ugly thing go. My collar bones are one of my favourite parts of my body, and I know I'll be left with a horrible pair of scars underneath my left one.
I definitely warn anyone to think seriously hard about where you are getting your piercings done, make sure you know your piercer well, and for god's sake, don't go to a mall piercer, whatever you do!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 29 Dec. 2009
in Surface & Unusual Piercing