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My first piercing ... didn't know what I was asking for

23 April 2008

I had seen quite a few pictures of my friend on Facebook with the many piercings she used to have. Naturally, after having been bitten by the "piercing bug" the month before when I got my ears pierced (with a gun), the idea of a facial piercing intrigued me. Following my slightly obsessive habits, I spent the month and a half between getting my ears pierced and the 23rd of April making Google find every bit of piercing information available. I read up on tongue piercings, lip piercings, eyebrow piercings, and even an industrial ear piercing.

What seemed to sway me toward a lip piercing was that I could actually see what it would look like if I got it. I had some cheap "silver" looking hoops I had bought at Claire's and took the back off of one of them. I placed the long stem part that is supposed to go through your ear on the inside of my lip, in my mouth. The hoop part was on the outside so it looked exactly like a real piercing.

I had it placed off center on the left... and loved it. And so I decided that I'd get it pierced exactly there.

It was the last week of classes for the semester and I knew that if I wanted it, I needed to do it soon before I got too busy studying and before I went back home and had no transportation.

I asked a friend of mine, M, to walk down to Thinkin Ink with me because I was nervous. We were supposed to walk down right after I got out of class at two. However, friend M decided not to come with me. I was upset and frustrated, and tried not to panic because I absolutely wanted to do it then (I figured I would get scared and not do it at all). I found my friend L in our student center, the Mountainlair, and she volunteered to go with me a few hours later. I was very grateful and relieved that she was coming with me. Not only would I have company, but I knew she'd been pierced quite a bit before I knew her.

So, about 5:30PM, L, our friend J, and I all walked down to Thinkin Ink. I filled out a paper saying I was not intoxicated and I wasn't prone to seizures, and that I in fact was over 18 years old. They took my ID and made a copy of it and we sat down to wait. I remember thinking that the place seemed very neat, clean, and organized. That really made me feel better about the whole ordeal.

They called me back (L and J stood in the doorway because they weren't allowed to come in) and had me sit in the chair and I explained where I wanted the piercing. However, I didn't really know what I was asking for because I didn't know how big or small the ring was going to be. I asked for it to be on the left side of my lip, in the center. Craig, as he introduced himself, asked if I wanted a stud or a ring, and I clarified I wanted a ring. Then another guy came in and Craig explained that if I let this guy do it (whose name I've forgotten), they'd take 10 dollars off the total because he's just learning.

I wasn't sure what to do. I go for a cheap deal almost always ... but this was my first piercing and I didn't want a bad experience to turn me off to it. L was standing in the doorway trying to get me to go for it but I didn't see her motioning. I said I'd rather have Craig do it.

He had me rinse my mouth with some blue mouthwash and sit back in the chair. I can't remember if he put a dot on my lip or if he wiped it with alcohol first. Either way, he had gloves on. I looked in the mirror, approved where the dot was, and sat down. He opened a sealed metal clamp and put it on my lip. I suppose he got the sterilized needle ready then, too. He got everything situated, checked things again, and asked if I was ready.

All the butterflies in my stomach had gone away completely. I couldn't believe how calm I was. I said yes. Before I could even take a breath, he'd pushed the needle through and was reaching for the ring. I was so surprised. I'd watched videos of people getting this done on youtube for weeks... it looked so painful. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd put this at a 3. I had been expecting so much worse. I kept my eyes shut until I felt him put the ring through. He used his fingers (still gloved)to tighten the ring enough so he could put the ball in it. He soon finished and we left the room to go up front to pay.

All in all, it was a very stress free experience that certainly exceeded my expectations. It was a very clean and organized place, friendly piercers, and I ended up going again the next day...


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 29 May 2008
in Lip Piercing

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Artist: Craig
Studio: Thinkin+Ink
Location: Morgantown%2C+WV%2C+USA

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