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It really is how they say ~ My Nosering Experience

t met Rob on March 10, 2000, the day before my boyfriend, Scott and I got our first tattoos. I went in and talked to him for about an hour about the whole experience of getting one, and we also discussed piercings, since he was actually the person who did them. The tattoo is a completely different story altogether, so I'll zoom to last night. I was trying to think of something to do since Scott had plans. Whenever I think like that, I usually end up coloring my hair instead of renting a movie or hanging out with friends. This time, I got the idea into my head to get an eyebrow ring. I have been considering a navel ring, but I always talk myself out of it because I sleep on my stomach and don't want to have clothes rubbing up against it. I always loved small stud noserings, but I didn't like the idea of having something in my nose, so I threw that idea out. Then I started reading the experiences on BME, and I was truly impressed with how many people who had such a low tolerance for pain but still managed to get a nosering without too much trouble. The idea started becoming attractive again. After work, I drove my horrible commute home from near-Boston to New Hampshire, and headed to Masterpiece, which is right down the street from where I live. Rob was thankfully there, as I hoped he would be, and he smiled. He recognized me from my "bawling experience". I have an extremely low tolerance for pain (i.e. cry at a hangnail), and the tattoo was no piece of cake. I cried through the entire thing. I figured he and Dan, the tattoo artist, would laugh me out of the place for showing up again, but he was very friendly. I told him I was considering a nosering or an eyebrow ring, and he showed me all the different rings and studs and described the difference in pain between the two. He explained that if I wanted a stud in my nose, then I should probably get the ring first, since it's easier to work with during the healing process. You can spin it all the way around, and there's less inside your nose. I think I was feeling adventurous, because after all he told me, the logical girl in me would have chosen the eyebrow. But I decided to get the nose ring, and then buy the stud for later. Like everyone else on here, he explained the entire process to me, from start to finish, and then he had me sit down. He cleansed and medicated the area, and put a cork in my nostril. I was then instructed to close my eyes, and that I would feel the prick of the needle and then pain for about five to then seconds as he put the needle through. At first, I felt just a little pin prick, and I thought, "That's it?" but he was only getting ready to push through. Once he did, I was a bit shocked, and there was pain, just like he explained, and then about seven or eight seconds later, I believe he pulled the cork out and said the worst was over. It was then that the endorphins started to kick in, and I instantly felt woozy and very hot. Even though my eyes were closed, I felt the room spinning. I just kept breathing, as he directed me from the beginning, and I talked when I felt I could. The ring was inserted, and he let me sit for awhile before he added the bead. After everything was over, I sat for about five more minutes with my eyes closed and rested. I felt like I needed a Pepsi, just to get my blood sugar back to normal, but once I opened my eyes, I started to regain composure. I actually wish I had done it sooner. He said it suited me and had me look in the mirror, and there it was. I was pleasantly surprised that even though it was a ring, it still looked nice. Rob did a wonderful job! I don't think I've met a nicer professional. He was caring, friendly, gentle, and interested in what I had to say. He didn't laugh at my need for information, and he took all of my questions seriously, no matter how pathetic they might have been. Because of this experience, I plan to get my eyebrow done within the year as well, and you can be sure who I'll turn to. At twenty-three, you would think I could experience life without having to hide, but of course, not everyone can be as happy as Rob and I were with the experience. I had my parents to deal with, and they were none-too-thrilled.

Ah well.. it was truly worth it. As for the healing process, it was only about five hours ago that I had it done. I just took my first shower after the piercing, and the spinning/twisting of the ring was a bit difficult. I'm still feeling nauseated from the whole experience. But pain, overall, is not a factor. I don't even notice the ring is there, except that I catch it out of the corner of my eye. It hasn't affected my breathing in the least.

Advice? Well, if you're considering it, do as much research as you can so you're ready for it. And if you're worried about the washing and twisting of the ring or stud, try a shower first. It really loosens up (and relieves some of the pain and pressure) the area so that it makes it easier to take care of. I did it on a whim, and I don't regret it. I think it's going to be a joy to have, once the healing is complete!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 May 2000
in Nose Piercing

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Artist: Rob+Smith
Studio: Masterpiece+Tattoo
Location: Salem%2C+NH

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