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Nape: bane of my existance, love of my life.

After seeing my dear friend walk around the halls of high school with light bouncing off the back of her neck, I knew then I had to get my nape pierced. Piercings and tattoos had always rolled around in the back of my mind, for I've always seen them as an extension of physical beauty and art, but growing up with a slightly neurotic mother had always inhibited these thoughts from becoming a reality. That was until I discovered the nape piercing and a lovely cheque for $100 under my bed. One sunny Sunday afternoon, I dragged my friend down ... read more

My long awaited tongue piercing :)

I have wanted my tongue pierced since I was 12 years old, but having very sensible parents I was not allowed it done until I was quite a bit older (which is of course a good thing!). Although it really did wind me up when I was younger, I am pleased they made me wait because it allowed me to be mature in my choice, as at the end of the day, it can be a dangerous piercing if you get it done at the wrong place! And you have to be really strict in caring for it (no infections ... read more

Truisms, amateurs and tattoo needles

When I had my Americanophilic period I became fascinated by the artist Jenny Holzer, and perhaps especially the story of how she one morning in 1982 let the big electronic light board in Times Square Manhattan advertise message like "Ambivalence can ruin your life", "Murder has its sexual side" and "Everything that's interesting is new ". I don’t know much more about the incident but it was enough for me. I loved the idea, truisms instead of advertising in an urban landscape, that she had chosen to work in such an artificial material, as light boards in New York - ... read more

My Conch : Favourite Piercing To Date

I'd been thinking for a while that I wanted a new piercing, and after having my lobes pierced twice on each side and then getting a helix at the top of one ear, I wanted something to fill the gap in the middle. My ear looked like it was missing something, and I felt that a new piercing was it! I had a look around on the internet and waited for the little granulation on my helix piercing to disappear before settling on getting a conch piercing. I'd seen someone with one and thought it looked cool, and merrily coerced ... read more

First tattoo (wrist)

I'd wanted a tattoo for a good couple of years before I turned 18. I'd toyed with numerous ideas but couldn't seem to settle on any design for long enough. When I finally reached my 18th birthday, I was still undecided so I didn't think about it too much. I ended up getting my nape pierced instead and that preoccupied me for long enough to forget about getting a tattoo. About a month later, I started to get bored again and started to scour BME for inspiration. I decided I'd quite like something on my wrist and not long after ... read more

Nape piercing

Despite always being interested in piercings, apart from my lobes (which I rarely utilise) and a lip piercing which I took out after a week, the only 'real' piercing I had was a tiny gem in my nostril. I wanted something more but I couldn't find anything I liked. After scouring BME I discovered surface piercings. I was instantly intrigued and spent a long time reading experiences, looking at pictures and researching all the potential implications. Eventually, I decided on an anti-brow and even booked an appointment before chickening out. I realised that if the piercing rejected, which was highly ... read more

My first brush with tattooing

So, time to write the story of my first tattoo. I have wanted a tattoo for many years, but have never really had a ‘set’ picture of what I want, all I have known is that I have wanted an oriental dragon. Then, out of the blue I received a message in my inbox from Brendan, a brilliant tattooist from Brisbane who was coming down to Sydney for the Tattoo and Body Art Expo, seeing if anyone was interested in getting tattooed by him while he was down. I have been a huge fan of his style for ages (he ... read more

Bauchnabelpiercing in Barcelona

Im Sommer 2007 waren meine beste Freundin und ich gemeinsam im Urlaub. Eigentlich hatte sie diese Reise gemeinsam mit ihrem Freund antreten wollen, doch war dieser zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits ihr Ex und um den schönen Platz nicht verfallen zu lassen, trat ich an seiner Stelle die Reise an. Barcelona ist nun nicht unbedingt der Ort, den man zu zweit als Single bereisen sollte. Die Stadt ist schön, sie bietet Kultur, doch eigentlich war uns mehr nach Strand und Palmen, so dass uns irgendwann tagsüber langweilig wurde und wir im Cafe sitzend vom 100sten ins 1000ste kamen und irgendwann mal ... read more

Septum, times two!!

So, my septum piercing. I'd wanted one for a long time but for one reason or another never had it done. At the time (this was in 2007) I had snakebites, a monroe and my tongue pierced and was debating getting my septum done. I finally decided one day that I'd just go ahead and do it. I was with a few friends and we all walked downtown together. The shop is conveniently down the street from my university so I would often see flocks of rebellious kids go in groups to get piercings or tattoos. In any case, I ... read more

The Story Of My Bridge

I had never really loved piercings until around May this year when I went for my first piercing ever, which was my septum. Between May and July I got my septum, industrial, daith, eyebrow and smiley pierced. After that I left the piercings for a few months. But after a while I started getting the urge to get another piercing. I was about to go on a 2 week holiday to New Caledonia so I thought this would be the perfect time to get another piercing since I wouldn't have work for another 2 weeks. The question was, "what to ... read more

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