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So what did it feel like?

I've wanted an industrial piercing for a couple of years now, so now that I'm 18 and just finishing my first semester of college I thought it would be a good time to get it done. I decided to go to Axis Body Modification in Minneapolis. I go to the University of Minnesota, and Axis right off the East Bank campus on Washington Avenue. Location was the main reason I chose to go there, but I looked it up online before I went and all of the reviews were very positive.

I am so glad I chose to go to Axis! It was really really nice. Everything was very clean and they had a separate room for piercing. The person who did my piercing is the owner of Axis, Alex. He wasn't busy when I got there, so I didn't have to wait at all. I told him what I wanted; he got my jewelry, checked my ID, and explained the sterilization to me. After I filled out the form, we went into the piercing room. Alex was really friendly, he asked me about school and work and holiday plans, but I was so nervous I was not very responsive! I'd asked around when I decided to get the industrial done; my friends who had it done said it was the worst piercing they ever had, it hurt really bad, and the healing process was really long and painful. So I was super nervous! I brought two friends with me for moral support, and they came into the piercing room with me.

Alex showed me all of the tools in their packages so I could look at the colour-changing strip that proved they were sterile. Then he cleaned and marked my ear (making sure the piercing wouldn't get in the way of my glasses) and had me lay down on the table. I was so scared! I had my nose pierced about two years earlier, and Alex told me it felt pretty much like that except your eyes wouldn't water. Because they're both cartilage. But I was skeptical... my ear is a hell of a lot thicker cartilage than my nose, and 14 gauges is a lot bigger than a nostril piercing! He knew I was nervous so he told me to relax and just breathe.

The first hole he did was the top hole, closest to my head. He told me to take a deep breath in and then he put the needle through. I was surprised at how bearable it was! Of course it hurt, but it wasn't the worst pain ever. Since the cartilage is so thick, it took longer than a nose piercing did but it was over before I knew it. He did the second hole pretty quickly after the first one. Since it was the part of my ear with less cartilage, it didn't take as long as the first hole. Then he put the jewelry in and screwed on the ball and I was finished! My ear hurt a little bit, but it definitely wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. I was proud because I didn't even make a noise or anything while it was being pierced – I had pretty much convinced myself that it was going to hurt so bad I was going to cry! Not true.

Alex made sure to show me when he disposed of the dirty needles. He told me the aftercare instructions, gave me a packet of sea salt, and offered me and my friends some Laffy Taffys. Normally with the aftercare, Axis also gives you a special kind of soap (for free), but they were out of it so I'm going back today to pick some up. With the jewelry, Axis' industrial piercings normally cost $70, but the jewelry was on sale so it cost me about $65.

After we left, I was surprised to find that my ear didn't really hurt at all! I got it done two days ago and I haven't had a problem with the pain. If I accidentally bump it, it's a little sore, but other than that it hasn't bothered me at all. I bought a big bottle of Ibuprofen especially for this piercing, but I haven't had to take any. My friend is considering getting an industrial as well, so she asked me what it felt like, if I had to compare the pain to something else. All I could tell her was: an industrial piercing feels like getting your thick cartilage punctured twice with a 14gauge needle. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. I think it almost was worse for my two friends to watch than it was for me to get! They told me afterwards how much force he put into it, and one of them felt sick just watching. But they said there wasn't really any blood.

My advice would be: don't get too worked up about getting an industrial. I spent the whole week worrying about how badly it was going to hurt. Yes, it hurt, but it was definitely a bearable pain. It was totally worth it. And if you're in the Twin Cities, I would highly recommend Axis Body Modification!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008
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