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An ode to my navel ring.. or how I learned to love my belly

never occured to me to puncture any part of my body. I had my ears done when I was 12, but took them out a month later. It just didn't seem practical. Well, fast-forward about 3 and a half years, and my friends were talking about how cool belly-button rings look. I didn't think about it too much until I got home, and I decided I wouldn't want it done for two main reasons: 1)It seemed painful 2)I didn't exactly have the most chiseled stomach in the world Well, the day of my 16th birthday, I started reconsidering it. The pain, I decided, I could get past. Now there was the stomach issue. I'm not fat, mind you, I have just always been ashamed of my belly. It seemed like the one part of me I didn't really like, and I didn't want anything to call attention to it. I couldn't even remember the last time I wore a half shirt. After staring at my stomach in the mirror, I decided to take the plunge. I still hadn't gotten over my issues, mind you, but I knew all my friends would be jealous, and I just had an urge. So I asked my parents, and being the awesome people they are, they offered to take me to get it done that afternoon. Since Old Town Tattoo Studio was the closest to my house, I decided to go there for my experience. When I walked in, with my dad in tow, a lady told us there would be about a half hour wait while they sterilized some equipment. I didn't mind, I spent the time calling my friends and bragging about the hole I was putting in my belly. When the time had passed, we went back to the studio and filled out the paper work. I liked the place immediately, it was very clean, well-lit, and the people were really nice. I met the guy who was going to be my piercer, and went into a room in the back. Everything looked clean and perfect, and I wasn't nervous at all. As I look back, it was a good thing they did everything correct, because at the time I was very naive about piercing in general, they could've stuck me with a used needle without cleaning the area at all and I wouldn't have thought anything was wrong (like I said, I was VERY naive). My piercer talked to me about everything he was doing, and the procedure and aftercare until he was ready to pierce. I was getting pierced with a curved barbell, which at first I didn't like, since I wanted a hoop. He told me to take a deep breath, and when I let it out he put the needle through. What can I say, it felt like a needle going through my navel. I'm not going to try and act tough and say it didn't hurt. But it was over in a split second and even while I was in pain, it was nothing I couldn't bear. I've been hurt worse. After I was pierced, I hopped up and looked at it in the mirror. I loved it! I didn't care anymore that it wasn't a hoop. I felt so giddy, I barely even cared when it started to get sore. In the car, I reclined the seat and angled the vanity mirror so I could stare at my piercing the whole ride home. Since it was my birthday (and also New Years Eve) I went out with friends, and had them over at my house. They couldn't get over how cute it looked... and neither could I! My recovery time was very short, by the second night I could sleep on my stomach without any pain, and it didn't bother me to have clothes touching it. Every day I would wake up and clean it, and kind of get happy that it was there. I played with it constantly, it was like I had gotten a new pet. It's been a month now, and it seems completely healed. I love just absentmindedly toying with the barbell, it seems like such a natural part of me, it's hard to imagine a time when I didn't have it. After awhile, I noticed that not only had I developed an intense love for my new piercing, I had also been falling in love with my stomach. All of a sudden, it didn't look ugly, it looked feminine, and flat, and soft. Guys always wanted to touch it, and whenever I showed anyone my piercing, they would exclaim "Oh, it's so CUTE!" So, I guess in a way, I gained more than a piercing through my experience, I gained a new level of self-confidence.. too deep for ya? :) Without any hesitation, I would recommend this procedure to anyone. It's so simple, and it's totally worth the money. Next up, I'm doing my tongue.. wish me luck!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 Feb. 2000
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Kenny
Studio: Old+Town+Tattoo+studio
Location: Kissimmee

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