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My first piercing.

Firstly, let me say that I've been wanting my eyebrow pierced since I was in middle school. Like other piercings I wanted, I figured I'd never get them and they'd be just something I'd always long for, but never actually have. After all, I was deathly afraid of needles and was (well, still am) a total wimp when it comes to pain, especially pain inflicted by needles. But as my 16th birthday approached, I figured I'd get an eyebrow piercing since it was the first piercing I ever took interest in. I heard it was fairly easy and not painful, and I really never saw an eyebrow piercing look bad on anyone. I'd hold curved barbells and rings up to my eyebrow to get some idea of how I'd look, and I thought it would look really good. I talked it over with my mom and she agreed to let me get it done on my birthday.

I was thinking about the Body Charms studio down the street from me, but they needed a Photo ID and I didn't have one. So I chose Big Brad's, since I had my birth certificate and my mom had her driver's license, and that's all we needed. My friend got her septum done at Big Brad's and recommended it to me. I also read some good reviews about the place on Yahoo! the night before. So I figured "Why not?" and went there.

My 16th birthday arrived and I was super excited to get my first facial piercing. While I was standing outside the place, I got pretty nervous and shaky at the thought of a random guy shoving a needle through my face. My little brother gave me a swedish fish candy to calm me down (awww) and we finally went in.

To be perfectly honest, the place was rather strange and not very welcoming at first. It was crowded and the piercer seemed a bit distant. Plus, the girl that screamed "Ouch!" when she got her belly button pierced didn't help calm my nerves either. I felt rather out of place, since I've never been to a piercing place before (ah yes, all my ear piercings are the work of Wal*Mart, how smart of me) and I felt like everyone was staring at me because of my age. I felt as if everyone was assuming that, because I was young, I must be an idiot and that I don't know the first thing about taking care of piercings. But I sucked it all up and sat in the chair when it was my turn. The piercer turned out to be really talkative and nice. He explained everything as he did it. First, he cleaned it and marked it. Then he put on the clamps (which pinched a bit and prepared me for the pain of the needle), told me to close my eyes and take a deep breath, and he shoved it through. I give it a 7/10 on the pain scale for that one second the needle goes through, but honestly, it's totally worth it since a second of pain gets you a piercing you're going to enjoy for--maybe not the rest of your life--but a damn long time. After that, he just told me he was putting in the jewelry and and it was a bit uncomfortable feeling, but definitely better than the needle. It was pierced with a 16g needle and I got the standard ring put in (I didn't have a choice actually, but I wanted the ring originally, so it worked out). I'm VERY pleased with it. I keep looking at the mirror and showing my piercing to my fish (maybe I'm a little too happy) The only thing that bugs me is cleaning it. I'm very paranoid about it rejecting (the piercing was $70, which surprised me, and it would very much piss off my mom if it rejected after all that money), and everytime I clean the piercing, I'm afraid I'm going to do something wrong and get it infected.
Overall, I'm very pleased with myself that I did it. I braved the needle and now I have a lovely eyebrow piercing to enjoy. The place still gives me weird vibes, and I'm not looking forward to going back to get the ring changed. One thing I do NOT advise to anyone who's thinking about getting their eyebrow pierced is to look at YouTube videos of it. It just scared the crap out of me and made it worse when I went there. I understand curiosity, but I think it's better to read experiences instead of see videos. Just like people tell you not to watch the needle when you get a shot, definitely don't watch other people get a piercing you want. It looks 10 times more horrible and painful than it really is!


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

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