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Two at a time

was a great day for me! I had a septum and labret piercing done this morning. A little background information first... I have had my ears pierced since I was 3 years old. Since it was so long ago, I don't really remember anything about it. That was it for me until September 25, 1999. That was the day I had my tongue pierced. It was also the day I got my first tattoo. I am an extreme needle-wuss. My main reason for the tongue piercing and tattoo was to prove to myself that I actually could take the needle and not die! My tongue piercing was also done by Phil Azancot, and my tattoo by his wife, Sandy, who owns a tattoo shop called Dermagraphic Studios right next door to Moderne Primitives. Both shops are very clean and professional, and the respective staffs are very polite and thorough when explaining procedures. My tongue piercing was very uneventful. After the forceps were on, I felt a little pressure on the top and then bottom of my tongue. I asked (as best I could with the forceps on) if we were ready to start, and Phil said that he was already done. No pain whatsoever! I was pleasantly shocked! The tattoo, however, was a different story entirely--but this isn't the time for that. On to the juicy stuff! I arrived at Moderne Primitives at about 10:30 this morning. I walked straight in and told Phil what I wanted (unlike with my tongue--I dallied in the store for about 4 hours that time before I went through with it). There was one girl ahead of me getting her navel pierced, so the boyfriend and I sat and waited for a few minutes. While waiting, the bf went across to the tattoo shop and made arrangements to have a tattoo of his filled in and also made an apointment for both of us to get additional tattoos next week (3 for him and 2 for me). Right after he got back, Phil called us in to the "back room." I was oddly calm and relaxed, surprisingly enough. I sat down and asked which piercing I should get first. Phil suggested that I get the labret first and then the septum. He prepared everything and then cleaned my lip and septum and marked them in the proper places. I checked the marks and liked what I saw. He then clamped my lip in the forceps and pushed the needle through. The needle went through very quickly, but it seemed like an eternity! I could hear a sound like ripping fabric as the needle passed through. It wasn't pain, but more like a hot pressure (I know it doesn't make sense, but that's the only way I can describe it). I didn't feel the bar go through or anything. It was the most incredible rush I've ever had! When he tightened the barbell, I looked in the mirror and immediately fell in love with my labret piercing! It looks so adorable! After that, I knew there was no chickening out of the septum piercing--I had to have it! Phil let me rest for a while and then proceeded to my nose. Once again, the dreaded forceps locked on. To me, that is the worst part--having the forceps pinching. I breathed in deeply and exhaled just as the needle went through. The amount of discomfort ( not pain, mind you) was about the same as the labret. However, when Phil inserted the septum keeper I had chosen, it hurt like a bitch! Still, it wasn't screaming agony or anything like that. My eyes watered a bit, but that's about all. After the keeper was inserted, I felt no pain at all. It has now been about 9 hours since I had the piercings done. Both are a little sore, but no real pain. I chose to have my piercings and tattoo(s) done because I want to adorn my body in a way that I see as beautiful, not because I want to "be cool" or "be different." To anyone thinking of getting a piercing done, I say THINK ABOUT IT FIRST. Think about it long and hard. Wait six months. Think about it a little while longer. Then, if you still want it (for the right reasons, not because "She has one, TOO" or "Gosh, Mom will hate this--it's perfect!")go for it. I would say, go with the tongue piercing first, because it is one of the least painful and most easily concealed places to have done. If you are underage DON"T DO IT!!! You will most likely regret it later. Always take care of your piercing properly--follow all the piercist's directions to the letter. That is, unless he tells you to clean it with sulfuric acid and bleach! Parents--if you have an underage child that want's to be pierced, I have to say that it would be much easier to take them to a professional studio and have it done (it they are absolutely set on it) than risk them having it done in in an unsafe environment behind your back, or, even worse, risk having them try to pierce themselves. All in all, piercing and tattooing has been a very positive experience for me and I have no regrets about it at all. I haven't turned ito some social degenerate or homicidal maniac or anything like that--I'm still the same person I was before, only happier!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 18 May 2000
in Nose Piercing

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Artist: Phil+Azancot
Studio: Moderne+Primitives
Location: Texarkana%2C+TX

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