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My first professional piercing- Helix

First off, I come from a very conservative family. We are all from South Carolina, and Alabama. No one in my family is modified or has ever thought about becoming modified.

I had always been interested in piercings. Since I was young, I wanted my ear pierced. I do not know why, but I just did. I always thought they looked cool. Finally when I was 18 I decided to have my lobe done. A buddy of mine did it, and I will never have another non professional piercing. I am not talking about that though in this experience.

After receiving that piercing I wanted more. I had decided to get a helix piercing in my right ear. I had thought hard, and talked to a lot of people about it. I had heard on many occasions that it hurt really badly, one of the worst piercings in the ear to receive. I spoke to a couple of people about where to receive a piercing, and they all recommended a place downtown called Body Rites. I had heard about it before.

I went down there one afternoon with a buddy of mine named Justin. He had his eyebrow and lobes pierced. I was not too sure what to expect, just pain. As we walked into Body Rites I felt a calm sensation. The area was decorated very well. It looked very clean, and all the people were really nice. I went in and talked with Frank about having my helix pierced. He said that they would do it at a 16 gauge with a CBR. I was so excited, I was about to receive my first professional piercing!

He introduced me to a piercer named Sarah. Little did I know that this would begin a great relationship between the people who worked at Body Rites and me. To this day, Sarah is the only person who has pierced me professionally. I trust other people, but I just really trust her. As of now I have a number of piercings such as a PA, eyebrow, orbital and a couple of others.

I spoke with Sarah for a while. She showed me the room that I would be pierced in. It was very clean with light blue walls and a couple of paintings on the wall. There were a number of bottles lined up along the wall containing various scrubs and liquids and other things. I felt really safe there.

Sarah put on gloves and asked me all the questions and concerns I had. She told me about the pain and everything. I was excited, yet nervous. She explained how she would pierce and what to expect. She told me that she would change gloves numerous times through the procedure and not to be worried about that. She chatted about using Satin as aftercare, and what to do if a problem arises.

After all that it was time. I was laying down when she said that she would head over towards me with everything in her gloved hands and to prepare for the piercing. She marked the piercing and showed it to me; it was right where I wanted it. She then told me to concentrate on my breathing. She told me to breathe steadily in through my nose, and out through my mouth. I did this for a minute or so. She said she was ready for the piercing.

She said that she would ask me to take one final deep breath in, let it out, and the piercing would be done. As I did this I felt a very sharp pinch, but nothing unbearable. The piercing was done. She told me how she would put in the jewelry, but I didn't even feel it. Everything went smooth. I sat up and felt fine. She had me sit there for a minute and asked me how I felt. Since I still felt great I left the room after tipping her.

I went out to the counter with my sterile strips from the jewelry and needle autoclave package and handed them to Shannon. I verified the dates and times on them and signed that I was feeling fine and that everything went well. I was so excited that I just received my first professional piercing. I was hooked from there on.

Since this time I have received numerous piercings and two tattoos. I have also done a six point suicide suspension, which was awesome! I have been hooked ever since this first helix piercing, and there is no going back.

The piercing went great, and without much pain or discomfort. This is a must for anyone who wants it. Do not be turned off by all the stories of painful helix piercings, just do it and enjoy it! Feel free to email me with any questions that you might have about this or other piercings!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 Nov. 2004
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Sarah+Wooten
Studio: Body+Rites
Location: Columbia%2C+SC

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