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Orbital/Industrial

I had been thinking about my next piercing for almost a year. At that stage I had a conch-to-conch industrial in my left ear, a helix in my right and double lobes in each. I wanted something in my right ear to balance the industrial – something that matched, but was not exactly like what I already had because while I enjoy evenness I don’t really care about total symmetry. It took a long time to decide what I wanted because I liked so many ear piercings and wanted them all – rook, snug, daith; they were all so pretty ... read more

My lovely venoms

Ever since seeing a photo of a girl with a venoms on bme, I wanted them. I spent hours looking at photos and reading about them, before finally contacting a piercing studio I had been to many times before in my hometown to see how much they would charge. However, the response I got back was that they wouldn't perform this piercing because it is too risky! So, I had to look around Nottingham, the city I now live in, and see where I would trust to pierce me. There were quite a few piercing studios that I heard good ... read more

The Rise and Demise of my Large Gauge Labret

The saga began back in January 2009, when I became the instant proud owner of a 2.4mm labret piercing. My intention had always been to go much larger, having styled myself as one of those “go big or go home” modification enthusiasts. I booked my piercing slot and ordered in my own jewellery, as my piercer didn’t routinely offer piercings at larger gauges. The healing was uneventful, apart from some swelling caused by an impromptu drinking session two weeks later. It’s true what they say, oral piercings and alcohol don’t mix! As time progressed, I began stretching the piercing. I ... read more

Waiting a lifetime.

My whole life I've been on the 'hefty' side always admiring those skinny girls that could wear belly button rings and look good. When I reached my heaviest I was 200lbs. A number I never wanted to see on the scale ever again. From that day on the scale forward...I was determined to lose the weight one way or another. I worked so hard for so long and after about two years I had dropped 70 lbs. Bringing my weigh-in to 130. FINALLY 130 lbs, I felt normal. One day out of the blue my mom pointed out that id ... read more

My First Tattoo

Let me preface this with a statement of inarguable fact: I am pale. Being pale enough to see my veins through my skin and seeming to glowing the dark, to me, has always been terrific. I decided at the ripe old age of eleven that being this heinously pale was a sign. I was literally the color of paper; I was destined to be drawn upon. Unfortunately, I was impatient. When I was 16, I started running with a crowd of fast and loose hooligans. Our lives were about drinking and hookah and Justin Timberlake bringing sexy back. Times. Were. ... read more

Tongue web fairy tale (don't be fooled by the title)

Fairy tale? I call it a fairy tale because like every Cinderella story, there are the bad moments and the bad guys followed by a perfect ending. This is exactly what happened to my tongue web getting pierced! It was a long time ago (in 2006), I wanted to get pierced and back then I was only 16 years old and I needed my parents’ approval... Or did I? Fortunately for me, I was in a country where no laws are obeyed (Lebanon). So I went to one of the many tattoo / piercing shops that allowed people at any ... read more

Tongue web fairy tale (don't be fooled by the title)

Fairy tale? I call it a fairy tale because like every Cinderella story, there are the bad moments and the bad guys followed by a perfect ending. This is exactly what happened to my tongue web getting pierced! It was a long time ago (in 2006), I wanted to get pierced and back then I was only 16 years old and I needed my parents’ approval... Or did I? Fortunately for me, I was in a country where no laws are obeyed (Lebanon). So I went to one of the many tattoo / piercing shops that allowed people at any ... read more

Following My Bliss

This is the story of my second tattoo, my beautiful ribs. I found Senses Fail early in high school. The vocalist, Buddy Nielson, has a tattoo on his chest that reads “Follow Your Bliss.” Normally I’d think nothing of this since most of the musicians I like are relatively covered in tattoos, but he references the quote in two different songs on separate albums. Most notably (for me anyway) is “Follow Your Bliss, it reads on my chest, I knew I got it tattooed for a reason, why can’t I just hold it true?” After hearing both songs, I looked ... read more

Pathfinder

The story of my fox tattoo, "Pathfinder". Years ago I did my apprenticeship in tattooing at an Oshawa, Ontario tattoo parlour. The artist teaching me was Greg Hodge (http://greghodgefinearts.yolasite.com/) a phenom of an artist whose idols in the tattoo industry were, Tom Renshaw and Bob Tyrell. His passion was wildlife tattoos. I watched him constantly push himself to the limit, always seeking to improve his technique and that was an inspiration to me as an artist trying to find his place in the field. I haven't found a specific genre of inking I prefer over all others, but both Greg ... read more

Nipple Piercings- from beginning to end

After months and months of deliberation I finally decided to just go ahead and get my nipples pierced one day as I was walking home from class. I went home and decided to bring along my roommate for moral support since I heard nipple piercings were kind of painful. With my roommate in tow, we headed over to our favorite piercing shop. It was my roommate who had gotten me into piercings and I kept it nice and simple with just my cartilage pierced and both my lobes up to 6g. So when I got into the piercing shop it ... read more

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