My B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l Tongue Piercing
The day I decided I was going to get my tongue pierced was sometime about four years ago, since then I've been begging and pleading with my Dad to let me get it done. I love them, they look so awesome to me. I have a couple of friends who have them and didn't have any problems with them so that helped to convince my Dad to let me get them. He was reluctant for a long time but eventually just gave up trying to convince me out of getting it. I have already had my navel, hips (surface) and ears pierced, but they all had to be retired sadly. My navel migrated, my hip surface piercings rejected, and my ears just didn't seem to want to heal. I was missing all my metal so two days ago I FINALLY got my tongue done.
My experience was interesting to say the least...I was very, very nervous. My friend had just become a piercer so I decided to go to him at his studio.
We spent about 30minutes talking about random things like school, homework, piercings, tattoos and such. My original plan was to get venoms, sense I live in a pretty small town and they would be quite unique to have. Unfortunately I don't have the autonomy to get them, my tongue was too narrow for it to be done. So instead I decided on a centre tongue piercing which I will eventually add another piercing to and have vertical venoms.
Once we went back inside to his piercing room he had me sit down in a large black chair while he got the stuff ready. While he was doing that I was looking at pictures of awesome piercings from magazines on the opposite wall. When he had me stick out my tongue as far as I could (it took a few times for me to get it out far enough, I wanted my piercing quite far back) then he carefully put the clamps on. It hurt a tiny bit but not nearly as much as I thought it would.
Then he started tell me to breathe in and out, over and over for what seemed like 5minutes. Then I felt this little jab as the needle went through the top of my tongue, and a bit of a stinging feeling as it went through the bottom. It was not nearly as bad as I was expecting.
I accidentally jerked my tongue back a bit and it cut into my lip (which I didn't realize at the time). I began to panic, I could taste blood in my mouth and there was blood pooling from my lip...I'd thought he hit a vein!
It took him and my friend a few minutes to get me to calm down and breathe normally again. Once I was okay he slowly took the needle out and put the jewelry in, I didn't even feel it. The only thing I felt after that point was him screwing the top ball onto my brand new piercing.
I spent about another 20minutes in the shop with my friend while my other friend went to get her car (I have a tendency to be very shaky and off-balance after being pierced).
That night I took some ibuprofen and then some pamprin right before going to bed to try and stop it from swelling badly. I didn't sleep very well the first night because I was paranoid of my tongue swelling over the ball in my sleep. When I woke up the following morning my tongue was a little bit swelled but not badly, and hasn't been for past two days. The only disadvantage to my new shiny friend is that it makes it VERY difficult to eat, I cannot eat any food that requires chewing. I tried to before and I always end up biting the bar which is extremely painful to do.
In the last couple of days the only things I have been able to eat are oatmeal, mashed bananas, pureed fruits, pudding, yogurt, ice cream, popsicles, and cut up pasta. It's not too bad, I just eat a lot less than I did before my tongue piercing both options wise and quantity wise.
I have only found one problem with my piercing other than it making it difficult to eat and that is that it's pierced a bit crooked. It was done so far back that I think he had to go to the left a bit to avoid hitting my tongue webbing. I'm really hoping this doesn't cause problems in the future with having my tongue piercing, or it damaging my teeth severely. Other than that I absolutely adore my new piercing and I'd definitely recommend it to anybody, just make sure your piercer knows their stuff and you will be fine.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 31 Jan. 2008
in Tongue Piercing