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It REALLY Doesn't Hurt!

l you needle phobs who don't believe when people say it doesn't hurt, IT REALLY DOESN'T HURT! After giving birth three times, I figured I had it made at taking pain. But when it comes down to it, I really am a wuss when it comes to needles. If I watch when I'm getting blood taken, I'm liable to pass out. In my earl(ier) twenties, I decided to get my nose pierced. I got it done by a little Chinese dude in a head shop in San Fran, with an ear gun. DON'T, I repeat, DON'T do this! It can be really dangerous, it wasn't sterile, and it never healed properly. Plus, I looked pretty dumb with an ear stud in my nose, and damn if it wasn't the hardest thing in the world to turn and clean. So, a couple years later, I went to have it re-pierced by a real piercer. And I was a WUSS! I cried the whole way thru. (I'm not proud of that, but there it is.) So, I figured, that was the end of piercings for me. But, I've been seeing eyebrow piercings more and more, and they just looked so damn sexy to me. I noticed they really looked good on all skin tones and faces, and I just wanted one! I did it tonight, (just got home) and I gotta say it was cool! I live in Santa Cruz, Ca, and I called every place listed in the phone book. I think you can judge a place a lot by the person that answers the phone. I asked a lot of questions, which some people seemed to be annoyed by, but I figured, if I'm gonna let some stranger stick a needle in my face, I have the right to ask as many questions as I want, right? So, I got a couple jerks, and a couple of airheads, too, and decided to spend my green elsewhere.
Well, I waited too long in the day to make my decision, so by the time I was ready to go, a lot of places weren't gonna be open much longer. That narrowed my choices a bit, to say the least. Finally, one place that was closing recommened a place that wasn't even listed in the phone book yet. I called, they were available, the price was right, and I really wanted to do it TODAY, so off I went.

When I got there, I couldn't tell who worked there and who didn't. It was a really casual atmosphere, and people were just milling around, talking and staring at everyone else, so much for making eye-contact and being asked if they could help me. I came in with my husband and didn't like some of the bold stares I was getting from other men there. I felt a little uncomfortable, but I was desperate to get this done tonight, so I waited. Nobody talks much there, so when I asked a guy who kinda looked like he might be in charge about my piercer, he just kinda nodded and walked to the back of the store. About 5 minutes later another guy came out, started walking toward me, and then turned away to greet a guy just walking in the door. Another 5 or 10 minutes later, he finished his convo, looked at me, nodded, and walked away to the back. I wasn't sure if I was to follow him or what, til he turned around to glance at me again, and dissapeared into a back room. Okay, NOW I'm getting nervous. I sit down in the dentist-style chair, start filling out the form on the clipboard he gave me, and try to breathe deep. I'm thinking I'm the biggest wuss in the world and there's no way I can go thru with this. I don't really NEED this eyebrow ring, do I? Just what am I trying to prove and who am I trying to prove it TO? So, I start asking questions, and I don't get much in reply. I asked to see all his tools and noticed that everything was VERY sterile, and he was soaking the ring and the clamps in a sterile solution. The guy who did it didn't have the kindest "bedside manner", but I really think if he had coddled me, I would've bought into my fear and chickened out, ya know? BTW, I spent all day on-line at this site, reading everyone else's expiriences and advice, so I would be prepared and know what to look for (ie, sterilization techniques, etc) and I really recommened that anyone considering any piercing do plenty of research before hand. It really does help. Anyway, the guy put the clamp on, told me exactly what he was going to do, and I had a moment of panic where I thought I was going to bolt out of the room with the clamp still attatched to my eyebrow, but I took a deep breath, he counted to three, and....it was the tiniest pinch! I didn't even cry out. he told me the worst was over, and I was shocked! There was a slight tugging sensation while he put the ring in, and that was it. No blood (that I saw), and he held the mirror up in front of me, and DAMN! it was SEXY! My ONLY dissapointment was that he used an 18 gauge ring and I had wanted a smaller one, only he said they didn't come any smaller than that. I have a really little face and I'm going have to get used to the size. I got 18 caret gold because I know I'm allergic to certain kinds of metals, and I think that's really important to know about yourself before you get pierced, especially in my case, because I'm mixed and can be prone to Keloids if I'm not really, really careful.

Anyway, it's been about two hours since the piercing now, and my eyebrow is just the littlest bit sore, but I've had worse menstrual cramps, ya know? It hurt less than getting your EARS pierced! So, now I'm getting a little tat on my tummy, and a beautiful navel piercing, and I can't wait! All in all, it was a great expirience, I'm very happy with it, and, for anyone considering it, DO IT! It's SO worth it! Mixed Blessing


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 April 2000
in Eyebrow Piercing

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