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"I was bleeding all over my eyeball"

This is actually a pretty funny experience. And when I say funny, it's because I trusted the piercer, and was too busy talking to her and messing around that I let her stab me twice.

Here's how this happened, I went in, and saw the head honcho of HTC. I don't remember his name at the moment, but he's always there.

It was about 8 p.m. and it was sort of an emergency that I got this done. I was getting ready to leave town again, and I wanted something original and not trendy to take back with me from my vacation. My nickname is already "Bones" and for some reason I really feel like the bridge piercing enhances my personality. It brings people's attention toward my eyes which are fierce green and pretty intense.

The reason it was an emergency to get this piercing before I left town is because I honestly don't trust any other shop in the country, so far, of the ones I've seen. Especially nowhere in the midwest. Other states might have more talented piercers than that are in Missouri, but honestly here in St. Louis I wouldn't let anyone touch me for a surface piercing other than HTC in Phoenix Arizona. I am very skeptical of shops, I notice tons of little details and cleanliness isn't the only thing you need to have an above-standard studio.

Amicable employees usually help. A common trend I've noticed is for every tattoo/piercer owner to be an asshole for the sake of appearing "hard". When I own my own shop, I'll only employ down to earth people who know how to appeal to a bigger crowd. That's really the key to running the game a step ahead of the rest. Are you listening? I'm giving you pearls here.

Anyway, I had my bridge pierced the summer before this last one, but had to take it out 3 weeks after the procedure to leave for boot camp. I had a lot of holes in my face during my navy training, haha.

As soon as I was free again, they all started coming back one by one. I got my nape redone the same night as my bridge, because I fell in love with that piercing a long time ago and prided myself on having one. It wins over a crowd, that's for sure.

Pretty much, the one who got stuck with piercing my jackass was totally cool. Our personalities just meshed really well and we ended up talking about whatever, and as she was marking my bridge, herself, myself and the guy who runs the shop all could not decide where one of the markings went. Anyone that gets their bridge pierced probably knows the amount of talent it takes to get a bridge piercing correct and perfectly straight the first time, with no problems after the procedure.

Needless to say, she pierced me crookedly, and then we decided to take it out and re-do it right then and there, because it's going to swell regardless, so might as well correct the mistake before the body's natural fighting instinct took over. We shoved the needle back through, and with all the force of life I was bleeding all over my eyeball. This is my favorite part of telling this story, not because I was in pain, but because never in my life have I bleed from a piercing.

It was sort if invigorating, knowing that I finally reached the point of bleeding for my art.

The point is, I love this piercing enough to go through the experience of getting it re-pierced, straight through scar tissue (which there was surprisingly very little of, the first artist was also from HTC.)

And not only once in this night, but TWICE.

Thank the sky I had her do my nape first that night, because my body was running on a very low dose of endorphins, which was the catalyst for that much bigger rush after the bridge piercing.

So, I recommend that you be pretty sure of yourself if you're going to get your bridge pierced. It only suits a few people in the world, and the people I've encountered that have this piercing have a very predatory sort of energy. And the fact of the matter is, I wasn't even sure of my own decision the first time I got my bridge pierced. I just woke up one morning and felt like that would really fit. After all the swelling was down and the scar tissue had settled, it looks great the second/third time around, and I'm very happy with it.

I get tons of questions, but "Did that hurt?" is the most prevalent, of course. I'm constantly reminded that any visible body modification will warrant massive inquiry. Tattoo and piercing culture is definitely a double-edged sword.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 23 Sept. 2008
in Eyebrow Piercing

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