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An awesome piercing experience

For the longest time, basically since I first saw a belly button piercing on my cousin, I have wanted one. I asked mom, and she would always hesitantly say, "When you're sixteen." I decided that one day, enough was enough, I was going to get a freaking belly button ring!

My mother always told me I could get a tattoo at sixteen, but I would have to write a report about all the consequences, the possibilities, and dangers of getting one. I wrote it a couple of days ago, except for getting a lip ring. We argued a bit, but then she finally gave in. The conversation went something like this:

"Fine, you can get a belly button ring."

"But I wrote this for a lip ring!"

"You are not getting metal in your face!"

"Your mom!!!!"

"Your mom goes to college!" (I love my mom's humor.)

"Why can't I get a lip ring?!"

"Because your mom said! Now do you want a belly button ring or not?!"

"...Fine!!!! Gosh! Jesus woman!"

"You're pushing it."

"Sorry, mommy."

My day went fantastic. :)

Naturally, I was ecstatic and couldn't believe me ears. I am only thirteen, and she said that? No way! Well, my ears were not deceiving me. I searched, on Google, for a piercing studio that would pierce minors near where I live in Utah, and I found Happy Valley Tattoo & Piercing. My mom and I called them, and they said the only thing they would not do for minors was tattoos, nipple piercings, genital piercings, and tongue rings, and that walk-ins were welcome.

So, before we left for the studio, I made sure I ate, and that my belly button was thoroughly clean. Driving to the shop, I was psyched, nervous, horrified, surprise, and thrilled all at the same time.

Upon entering, I could tell the artists in the shop loved what they did. The atmosphere was amazing, very artistic. The shop was buzzing with excitement, soft music was playing in the background, and the artists were at work on their clients. The shop is very clean, and the artists follow all the health and safety methods required. The shop doesn't allow children inside, however. It's fully understandable, who would want screaming kids running around in their business area where there are loads of breakables? Not me. But that didn't really have an effect on our trip since my brother wasn't with us (thank God).

We walked up to the counter, introduced ourselves, mom signed some papers, and I picked out my bellybutton ring. They have a very wide variety of balls you can choose for yourself, such as UV, glitter, gemstones, and other awesome designs. Shandi, the amazing woman that pierced my navel, explained the after care to me. She was very informing, polite, and she complemented me :). She brought me back to this chair with a light above it, cleaned my stomach, then brought me in front of a mirror and told me to stand up as straight as possible. Standing was not an easy task with so many emotions running through me and my adrenaline spiking. She marked where the piercing would be, then sat me back down on the chair. She said she was preparing her equipment, then she would begin. The chair leaned backwards, and with my mom by my side, I waited for about two minutes. She put the chest clamp on my navel, and I immediately covered my eyes. She didn't give warning, but that's okay, I was silently hoping she wouldn't. If you want to know what it felt like, pinch the place where the piercing would go as hard as you can. Shandi then asked me if I had any questions, which I then asked her name, and she said that if I needed any assistance with my new piercing, don't be afraid to come back and ask. I thanked her, and left the shop. If you're afraid, don't be. After it's done, you'll ask yourself why you were scared of such a silly thing. The worst part is caring for it. Since you have to mess with it and wiggle it to clean it, and it's obviously tender, it will definitely not be pleasant. I've only cleaned it once so far, and it didn't hurt that bad, but the pain lingers for awhile, so it gets annoying.

Is it worth it? Of course it is. A lot of my friends are impressed, and who wouldn't love impressing their friends? It makes everybody's day fun. If you have any questions, message me. The web site for Happy Valley Tattoo & Piercings is tat2me.com. It's easy to get around, and incredibly helpful. It shows previous tattoos and piercings the artists from the shop have done, and other things you may be wondering about.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 10 July 2007
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Shandi
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Location: American+Fork%2C+UT

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