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Convincing Mom and Pop

I've always wanted an eyebrow piercing. After five years of wishful thinking, I decided it was time to convince the parental units. Since it was almost Christmas, they were asking me what I wanted. I racked my brain and couldn't think of anything but my so-longed-for piercing. I knew my parents wouldn't go for it immediately, so I approached my aunt with the idea. She agreed to help me.

I decided to ask my mom first, because as they say, the man is the head of the household, but the woman turns the neck. During a drive to visit my grandpa, my aunt and I started negotiations. My mom was a little hesitant at first, but then said,"Honestly, I couldn't care less. It's your father who will." One down, one to go.

I really, really wanted this, so I decided to back myself up by doing some research to prove to my dad I was serious, and not just doing something I knew nothing about. I ended up printing out 15 pages of information on aftercare, what would happen during the procedure, picking a good piercer, and experiences good and bad. I think it's important to also tell your parents what could go wrong, but stress that it will only happen if you aren't careful, and that you will be. It shows them that you understand cause and effect.

Two days later, I trudged into their bedroom with the papers in hand, and pitched the idea to my dad. To my surprise, my mom actually threw out a few comments in my favor. I showed my dad the information, and tried to say as much as I could without reading from the paper to prove that I actually knew what I was talking about. After about an hour of debating, I finally got an answer- "Well, I really don't want you to, but I'm not going to say no." I asked if that meant he wasn't going to stop me, and he said yes. I was so overjoyed!

The next thing was selecting a piercer, and after much searching, I decided on Big Daddy's (which was actually the most expensive choice). Two days after Christmas, my aunt and my mom took me there. I was 17, so my mom had to give permission. After the paperwork, I was led into the room where the procedure was to take place. Everything was clean, and they seemed to take the utmost care of the place. As I sat down on the bench thing, my nerves started to get the better of me. I stayed composed on the outside, but my heart was racing. My aunt and my mom weren't allowed in the room, so they stood in the doorway to watch.

Simon cleaned and marked my eyebrow, and then had me check it to make sure it was exactly where I wanted it. I had it moved in a little further, and then gave him the go-ahead. He asked if I wanted him to count to three or just do it, and I said to just do it. It was done so fast, and I can honestly and truly say that it didn't hurt. Of course you feel something, but it was less than the pain of getting your ears pierced. I swell easily, so it was a little puffy for awhile. After the swelling went down, there was the slightest bit of bruising. I learned that it was normal and nothing to worry about.

I haven't had many problems with it. A couple of times when I got my hair cut, the stylist snagged it with a comb. It only bled once, and that was just a drop. I've gotten this red pimple-like bubble around the top hole a few times, but I squeeze everything out of it and it goes away. I think I got it because I've slacked off a couple times on the cleaning regimen. One morning, I woke up with it very swollen. I hurried over to see Simon. He told me it happens sometimes, and that I probably got an eyebrow hair or a fiber in it when changing the piercing. He told me to take ibuprofen, clean it regularly, and to put ice on it. He said that it should be better within 2 days, and he was right. Those are the only problems. They may seem like a big deal to someone with a virgin eyebrow, but they were really common minor things.

It's been 6 months, and I love it. I have to wear a retainer for work, but it hasn't been a problem for me. It has become a part of who I am, and I can't imagine being without it. I'm now 18, and can get more piercings without my parent's consent. I plan on going in 2 days to get either a nostril or a labret piercing. I can't wait! I recommend getting an eyebrow piercing- as long as you are willing to take on the commitment of somewhat lengthy aftercare. It's a chore at first, but it soon becomes second nature. If you live in the Kansas City area, I highly recommend Big Daddy's. I have full trust in Simon, and plan on going back many times.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 18 June 2004
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