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ode to septum

It all started with a boring afternoon. I felt invigorated to get myself a new piercing and I was noticing how easy it was to get a septum pierced. I've never pierced myself before, but I was broke enough to do it now. I bought myself a 14g sterilized hollow needle and got a friend that knew how to make a man push the limit. After 5 minutes of pain and sorrow, I had myself a septum at 16g. I knew it needed some space to relax and didn't take much advantage of the moment, so I let the piercing ... read more

Eye gouge and a needle to top it off

Ever since I was 14, maybe 13, I've wanted my anti-eyebrow done. However, an traumatizing experience, some may find hard to believe, happened to me when I was 12 years old stopped me from wanting anything sharp remotely near my face. My eye was gouged from it's socket by a typical house cat. I have the scars to prove it. I was rushed to the hospital and transferred to a big city hospital an hour away and worked on for 8 hours to save my eye and most of the skin around it. I have my vision back, but a ... read more

14g Nipples

I've been interested in body modification for... a long while now (no need to detail my history of adolescent needle exploration and home-made tattoo guns). Well, that state of stupidity ended years back when I realized that hope was on the horizon- age 18 was approaching- enough to keep me away from alcohol soaked sewing needles. I finally turned 18, legal and free to mod as I pleased... minus my parents' rules. "No piercings in the house; either they're out or you're out." I had waited this long, why not a few more months? That was not my attitude. I ... read more

Regret

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 ... read more

Ups and Downs of My Medusa

Before I decided to get my philtrum piercing, I had some concerns. I worried that it only looked good on super slim females with extremely delicate features; I worried about the labret stud becoming embedded; I worried about its effect on kissing. I have hit the double digit in piercings, so I wasn't worried about the pain, but I always carefully consider these things. Still, I had always loved the look of them, and in the end just decided fuck it, if it doesn't work, I'll take it out. And so I went with my friend, who was getting her ... read more

getting inked as an ambassador for an endangered species

E"Ext-Inked – 2009, the year in which the world celebrates Charles Darwin's bicentennial birthday, Ultimate Holding Company ( a Manchester based arts collective www.uhc.org.uk ) embarks on a once in a lifetime social experiment. With the expert assistance of several prominent conservation charities and the artistry of tattooists from Ink Vs Steel, Ultimate Holding Company have created ExtInked. An exhibition of drawings, individually illustrating one hundred of the most endangered species in the British Isles with the live tattooing of the drawings on one hundred willing volunteers" I read the flyer and thought. Yes. This is perfect. Right up my ... read more

The day I got my lip pierced. Best day ever in other words.

Let me start by saying I am 14 years of age, this is my sucess at a lip piercing done un-professionally, which all say never works mostly. Okay so my experience dates back almost a month ago I believe. This was kinda a do-it-myself thing, although not myself I had a friend do it. Now I had many a lectures on doing it yourself and on counting on a infection. It was supposedly not allowed at all, though I could not have chosen a better piercing to defiy my parents with. Furthermore, it is all okay now with me and ... read more

First Tattoo – Advice? Shop Around!

So I had been wanting to get a tattoo since I was 17 or so, but I didn't want to rush into getting something that didn't have some sort of lasting meaning in my life. Around my 19th birthday I came up with a design I liked of a tenor saxophone placed over black and white checkers (I'm a big fan of ska music, both modern and going back all the way to Jamaica in the 60's). I've been playing saxophone since I was 10 and it has become not only my main hobby but the focus of my college ... read more

My horizontal lip piercing, a story to remember.

My horizontal lip piercing. I'm a kid that has always been interested in tattoo's piercings and that kind of things. So it was no wonder, that at the time I turned 16, I wanted piercings.. Hell I wanted allot of them. I started off with 2 off centre tongue piercings. Everything went fine with them, I still got them, 2 years later. But at the time I turned 17 I wanted to try something new. I always wanted to get a visible piercing. Just because I like the look on people their faces as they see it the first time. ... read more

confession after confession -- my stomach tattoo

The one question I've always hated the most when people see my tattoos is the inevitable "what does it mean?" I don't really have an issue giving some explanation to the people who ask me, but most of the time, I'd just rather not. This is not because I'm a prick and don't have time for the un-tattooed masses, no. The explanation is sometimes just as painful as the tattoo, and really, having the tattoo in the first place is enough. Undoubtedly, most of the people here have stories or memories associated with their tattoos – painful, funny, embarrassing, or ... read more

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