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surprisingly enough it surprised me.

It's my sixteenth birthday, and since I had chosen to skip having a sweet sixteen which a lot of my friends are having, I decided to do something that I myself found more interesting and exciting. So I got my navel pierced. It's kind of funny, two months ago the idea of getting my bellybutton pierced was barely any more than a vague dream in my head. And then a  month ago, when I asked my mom, I was really surprised at her response. She said yes immediately, she said that she thought that it would look cute. It was almost a let down, her agreeing so quickly. Half the fun of getting something like this is the feeling of accomplishment after several long hours of arguing for the right to get it. Or maybe that's just me. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad she approved, but what teenager doesn't enjoy doing something their parents dont fully approve of? A lot of people in my school have piercings in either their ears or eyebrows, and as common as bellybutton piercings are, I wanted something my friends didn't have, and also something that was a  little less visible. I've always loved nose and navel piercings, but until a couple months ago when I was thinking about my upcoming birthday, I hadn't really given piercings much thought. Several days ago a close friend got an industrial done in her ear, and from the sounds of it, that hurt a lot more than my piercing did. So far the only people who know that I got my bellybutton pierced are my mom, sister, and my one of my best (male) friends. I think that when the rest find out, they'll be surprised.

Anyway, down to business. My mom took me to get pierced at this local tattoo/piercing parlor called the Iron Butterfly. Even though I knew better, I still forgot to bring any form of ID so of course the man behind the counter sent me home to go and get some.(A word of advice, bring ID with you and make sure you go to a place that is concerned enough to ask for your ID.)We came back to the store, and had to wait a little bit because the piercer, Chuk (and yes, that is the way his name is spelled on his business card), was busy. I wasted several minutes looking at the jewelry in the display counter and then at some of the flash on the walls. A minute later, Chuk walked over, I filled out a form, picked out the barbell I wanted (silver with a green gemstone on the bottom and top) and he started to get everything ready.

Everything was very clean and sterile, and that in itself was a huge comfort. We went into a small room and he drew two dots to show where the piercing would go, and then asked me to lie down on this purple padded table, similar to those used at my doctor's office. From that point on everything started to move quickly. I was lying on my back staring at the ceiling so I'm not clear on the details over what happened next. All I know is that he rubbed something around where the piercing would go, got out two needles, and clamped my stomach.  The clamp part did hurt a good bit, but nothing serious. He then told me to breathe in deeply, and release. I'm thankful he didn't do a countdown, because what with my large fear of needles, I didn't need anything else to add to my nervous excitement. So, with a slow exhale, he stabbed the needle into my bellybutton. I'm not going to lie, it did hurt. But it really wasn't that bad. I've never had any piercings other than in each earlobe, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Needless to say, I was surprised at the feeling. It was over relatively fast. After getting the needle through, which only took several seconds, he threaded the jewelry through. That part hurt a little as well, but it really wasn't any major pain, he then screwed the ball onto the top, and he said that he was done. So, a little shocked and with a slight adrenaline rush, I stood up and walked over to the mirror. I loved it, I still do, and I fully expect that I will continue to love it. The pain was small and definitely worth it.

After spending ten or so seconds admiring my new piercing, we walked up to the front desk. He explained the procedures I would be using to clean it. Nothing I haven't heard a dozen times or more here on bme. Clean it twice a day, especially after you shower. Wash it with soap and water, and then slide it up and down a little bit to make sure the soap gets into the piercing. Twist the little ball on the top once with each cleaning, just to make sure it doesn't get stuck. Chuk also gave me a small bottle of sea salt spray, and told me to spray it every 5 hours. The piercing plus the jewelry and the spray cost a total of $50, but we paid him $60 for being so nice and fast at it, and for putting up with my jumpiness during the several seconds leading up to the actual piercing.

It's been almost 6 hours now, and my navel feels fine. Bending over is a bit uncomfortable and can cause a little pain, but nothing sharp and nothing all that bad. It is a tiny bit sore, but nothing to worry about, and I might even go as far to say that it's almost a good pain, like being a little sore after playing your favorite sport. Besides, all it does is remind me that today is my sixteenth birthday and I celebrated it in my new favorite way: by getting a new piercing.


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on: 04 May 2007
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Chuk
Studio: Iron+Butterfly
Location: NY

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