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There's More to Piercings Than Just Metal Through Flesh!

name is Carrie and I'm 19 years old. I'm not at all what you would expect...a hardcore Christian who is also into piercings. About two months ago, I got my right nipple pierced. As with my other piercings (labret, tragus and eyebrow) I researched the piercing and thought about it for 3 or 4 months before I actually did it, and BME was a huge help to me. Reading other people's experiences gave me an idea of what the actual piercing would be like, but it was research beyond just others experiences that convinced me to get my nipple pierced. In my speech class at college, we were required to give an informative speech. Since I knew that body piercing is a growing trend among the students on my campus, I gave my speech on body piercing, especially the historical and cultural significance. While researching that speech, I discovered some of the vast history of nipple piercings and became certain that it was right for me. For example, did you know that Roman centurions (the leaders of groups of soldiers) would often pierce their nipples as a sign of bravery? They also sometimes used the piercing to hold their capes in place. Ouch. Also in Roman times, masters would sometimes pierce their slaves as a sign of their ownership. I guess that's where the whole submission and domination piercing thing gets its roots. And in late 19th century Europe, nipple piercing was a fad among wealthy, aristocratic ladies who believed that having gold rings in their nipples increased their health and made their breasts more round and full. I've always been irritated by the silly people who get pierced simply because it's in style at the time. In my opinion, one shouldn't be pierced because it's trendy, but rather because the piercing has some significance to them. So the history of nipple piercing convinced me that I wanted to get it done. Just as in Roman times slaves were pierced as a covenant to their masters, my nipple piercing would serve as a (somewhat twisted) covenant between God and me, my promise that I would serve Him faithfully. I've made a decision to save sex for marriage, so it would also be a promise to myself that no boy would see my piercing until I'm married. And finally, I have really large breasts, which often make me feel self-conscious. They usually irritate me, simply because they serve no purpose at this time in my life. I wanted to get my nipple pierced to enhance them and make me feel that they do serve a purpose, even if it is merely ornamentation. Plus, I discovered that nipple piercings usually don't interfere with breast feeding, so if I grow up and have children, having a nipple piercing shouldn't be a problem. After I had researched nipple piercings and decided it was right for me, I had to decide if I wanted one nipple or both. I decided on starting off with one so that I could make sure it would heal right. Also, it had been a slow week at my waitressing job, so I didn't have enough cash for both. I collected my money and grabbed my younger sister and headed to Iron Age. The piercing and jewelry cost me $55 and I was pierced by a woman which alleviated any anxiety I might have had. The piercing itself wasn't nearly as painful as I expected it to be...after reading experiences on BME I was prepared for the worst but hoping for the best. Perhaps it hurt less because my breasts are large and therefore not as sensitive others or maybe I'm just tough, but it wasn't particularly painful (for a piercing). There was little blood, though my piercer did give me a pad for my bra to soak up any later on. I had a dull throbbing throughout the rest of the day that I had it done, but the tenderness was gone after a week or so. I remember going to church right after I had my nipple pierced and laughing to myself because no one knew what I had just done. It was a great feeling. Two months later, my piercing is healing well and I don't regret it at all...in fact, I'm looking forward to getting my left nipple pierced as well. I clean it twice daily with antibacterial soap and that's about it. The usual post-piercing crusties are all gone, and I normally don't even notice it's there. However, other people do notice...the CBR tends to make a bump that's noticeable under tighter shirts so it looks like I have two small nipples instead of one big one. Also, it doesn't really lay flat and I'm not sure if it was pierced slightly off or if that's the way it's supposed to be. It doesn't matter though, because I'm so pleased with it that I don't really care. It makes me happy to know that I have a piercing that is just for me and not for anyone else. I would encourage anyone in the St. Louis area to check out Iron Age where I've had all of my piercings done, and I would encourage everyone to actually think about why you want a piercing before you get it. A piercing really should be more than just shoving metal through your flesh, and simply getting one because it is trendy puts all of the history behind a piercing to shame. Hopefully I've provided you with some information to help you decide if a nipple piercing is right for you.


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on: 10 May 2000
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Studio: Iron+Age
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