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First body piercing ever!

When I was younger, the idea of body piercing made me feel ill. I didn't believe I'd be able to handle anything other than just having my ears pierced, but now, 6 body piercings later, it's fairly safe to say I'm hooked.

But anyway, my navel piercing. The first body piercing I've ever had at the age of 15...and you know how they say you never forget your first...

I still don't know what came over me just before my 15th birthday, whether it was a conversation with my friends, a person I saw in the street, or just one of those strange notions a person can come up with from time to time, but I decided I wanted my navel pierced for my birthday. Of course my Mother said no immediately as she doesn't like piercings of any kind, but I kept asking. After a couple of days she surprised me by turning around and saying that if my Dad said it was alright and took me to get it done, then it was fine by her.

(I later found out she gave me permission because she didn't believe that I'd actually go through with it...)

When I told my Dad that I wanted it for my birthday he tried to talk me out of it but I eventually got him to come "Just for a look" to Raven Tattoo and Piercing Studio with me.

We went upstairs to the studio to talk to the piercer and my Dad asked him to explain the entire procedure in an effort to put me off.

It didn't work.

There were a couple of people ahead of me so I passed the time looking through the beautiful tattoo portfolios they keep up near the front desk, and admiring the artwork all over the walls. This was my first brush with any kind of body modification so I was trying to take it all in, and found myself thinking that being a tattoo artist could be fun.

I was finally called into the back room, and initially was reminded of the dentist's. Clean surfaces, shiny instruments and the big black chair in the centre of the room. The piercer was so nice and even managed not to laugh when I asked if it would hurt a lot. He even showed me his own pierced navel. That reassured me for reasons I couldn't quite put my finger on then, but finally understood years later when I held a friend's hand as she got hers done. Knowing they've had the experience too and are fine...

I picked out a surgical steel bar with a clear crystal in it...I always choose silver and clear for a new piercing...

He motioned me to the chair and began cleaning up, organising tools, putting on gloves and the like. I didn't actually start to get really nervous until he unwrapped the needle, the notion of this thing going through my body sent a jolt of adrenaline along my spine.

The piercer must have noticed this when I closed my eyes so he talked to me about silly things to distract me. I'd only ever had my ears pierced up to that point and was fine with that, but this was a needle and I expected excruciating pain. Something to make me cry or scream or something. But it wasn't as bad as I expected at all...it remains to this day one of the least painful I've had done. I felt a pinch, then a burning sensation that faded to a dull stinging, and when I opened my eyes again both he my Dad were looking at me...as well as the other couple of staff members that had wandered in.

Embarassing much??

I was given instructions on how to look after it and told to come back straight away if I thought I was having any problems with it.

I was hyperactive for the rest of the day, showing anyone that wanted to see it, including younger neighbours of ming who squealed at the sight of it. My Mother's reaction was interesting when I finally went home. She thought I'd chicken out as I usually had a terrible fear of needles...I almost had to be held down when the doctor needed a blood sample. So she wanted to be cross, but knew she couldn't.

It was tender for longer than I'd have liked, and took a few months to heal up as I'm an active person. Dance class was a bit of a pain initially, my costume would rub off it occasionally. But there was never any infection and after a few months I started to amass quite a collection of jewellery.

So now it's still with me 5 years on and now I'm trying to decide what to get done in September to celebrate 6 years worth of piercings...


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 25 July 2007
in Navel Piercing

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