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one hole there wasn't enough..!

 Having nine piercings, and none of them done within the past two years, I came to the conclusion that I was way way WAY overdue for something new! My "to-do list" included: rook, lower navel, industrial, and nose, plus some others. So I decided to do some research. More like a TON of research. I always do this for any piercing I plan on getting, just to make sure I get the most accurate, helpful information out there. You can never be too prepared, trust me. If it were not for BME I probably would not have any of my wonderful and greatly loved piercings. I have always been interested in multiple navel piercings, but I do not think I will ever get more then two navel piercings, just cause I could easily see myself getting them caught or tangled or whatnot, cause I am just like that :-P

So about three months ago I decided to get my lower navel pierced. I have had my upper navel pierced for around three years now, but really wanted something new. After browsing and browsing online for some time, probably thousands and thousands of pictures, stories, and recomendations later, I became hooked on the way having both upper navel and lower navel pierced looked. I contacted my piercer, Dave Bartek from the Human Production Gallery, (who by the way is amazing), located in Pittsburgh, and scheduled to get it done the upcoming Friday afternoon since we had off school.

When Friday quickly came I showed up, not nervous, but anxious and rather excited that I was finally getting something new done, for it had been quite a while...too long, really.

Human Production Gallery is actually a very rad place. The four guys who run the place are more than body artists. In the parlor they have all their unique paintings and digital artwork hanging on the walls, creating an awesome vibe when you are in the place. Many of their pieces are even for sale. Let me tell you, this place is not your stereotypical tattoo and piercing parlor! I know numerous people who have had tattoos and piercings done here, and heard nothing but positive comments about them and the work done. The atmosphere will make your mind think artistically in ways it never has before, and may even change some of the ways you look at art/body mods yourself.

Friday afternoon I walked in Human Production Gallery, only to hear an incredible song: Mad World by Gary Jules. (Clearly, the guys hear have a great taste in music as well). I only had to wait about three minutes before Dave took me to one of the rooms and started to tell me how everything was done, the cleaning procedures, etc. I had never been in the room I was in that day, and let me tell you, was it sweet. It had the black and white checkerboard floor, a spiffy shade of purple covering the walls, and more incredible artwork. He wiped my stomach down and marked off where he was going to pierce me. After checking it out, I agreed on the placement, and let him know I was ready. I took the deep breathe, and in and thru the needle went. I was not exactly sure what to expect, since it had been so long since I last got something pierced. The pain was minimal and I really believe my cartlidges hurt worse. But anyways... ahh, what a feeling :-) Dave slid the ring through, and it was done and over with already! He then put my upper belly ring back in, gave me the cleaning instructions and went over them in detail, as I fell in love with it staring in the mirror. I paid Dave, including the generous tip (so very worth it), and was on my way home. No blood, major irritation, pussing, anything. The only thing that occasionally hurt for the first to weeks was wearing a seat belt. Other then that it has been pain and irritation free, just as the upper navel was. It is still healing normally and I can not wait to be able to change it. This is one piercing I highly recomend!

I can't wait to go back for more work, whether it is to get the rest of my "to-do" list checked off, or for some ink this spring, but who knows. I do not think I will ever want to go anywhere else, I was so satisfied with everything at the Human Production Gallery. I have been to two other local places, and I must say I would easily chose Human Production Gallery over the others. I hope you enjoyed my experience, or even gained something from it, or even better, decide to get it done!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 07 March 2007
in Navel Piercing

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