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Spur of the Moment

I should off by saying I could never see myself getting my tongue pierced. I always imagined it would hurt a lot, didn't care much for the aesthetic, and I already speak like crap without a rod going through my tongue.

But over the last few months, I hooked up with a guy with a tongue piercing (among others). No, this isn't about impressing him. More about realizing how sexy it looks (especially when he's being stubborn/ a tease and sticks his tongue out at me), and how good it feels when he uses it on me. I'm usually not into pleasuring guys, thanks to my feminist attitudes, but he's special and doesn't put himself before me. But these just pushed me into a "maybe" direction.

About three months ago (shortly after realizing this), I was feeling down, and decided, on the spot, to get something pierced. It was a choice between nipples, tongue, or other size of my lip. I asked my piercer questions about tongue and nipples, and decided on nipples. But the thought of getting my tongue pierced stayed.

So, about a week ago, I began to look through videos of piercings, and started focusing on tongues. All but one video said that the process was painless. I googled it, and most people said it barely hurt, to not even realize it was done (some thought they were just clamping). I came across venom piercings, and thought about it, but I didn't think they would look right, since I already have an off-center lip ring.

That was it. I was determined to get it done. With the upcoming holidays, I decided to wait until after getting back from break (and possibly after New Years) to get it done, so that I wouldn't have to listen to my dad. Despite acting liberal and saying I can do whatever with my body now that I'm over 18, he doesn't hesitate to give me crap for it. Well, that plan didn't hold through.

Today, I asked my friend before class about hers and she said the process is painless. Out of nowhere, I asked if she would go with me to get it pierced between that and our later class that we had together. We decided not to, since we weren't sure how long it would take, and she didn't want to lose her parking spot, so instead, we went after our later class. I was nervous through that whole class, but that may have been because we were discussing a story I wrote (fiction work shop).

So, we go to one place. The piercer wasn't in, and I didn't have my ID on me anyway. So we go down the street to the one that has me on file already. The woman who did my nipples (and lip, and vch) was in. Oh, did I mention that I'm terrified of piercing needles? Or any needle going in further than a tattoo gun? Well, she knows this all too well, after chickening out the first time I went to get my VCH done, and having to calm me down enough to get my second nipple pierced.

So, she went over healing procedures, told me how to clean eat, what not to eat, not to drink microbrew beers (no Magic Hat...), and all that good stuff. She got me a mini bottle of listerine, and told me to rinse my mouth out while she prepared. I did as she told me and came back to where my friend, Erin (the lovely piercer), and her apprentice were waiting.

She handed me a paper towel and told me to hold it in case i felt like I was drooling. She dipped a toothpick in violet ink (ok, it wasn't a toothpick, but that's the best way I can describe it) and told me to stick my tongue out. She dried it with an other paper towel and marked where the piercing would go, and explaining where it goes to the apprentice, then clamped it (she almost shot me with a rubber band). Knowing my fear of needles I closed my eyes and let her do her job.

Now, I know the process, so I was expecting it when she told me to take a few really deep breaths, and that was all I paid attention to. I felt the needle go through my tongue and it did hurt a little, but wasn't too bad (I could feel the needle, but nowhere else hurt). I heard her tell me I did a good job, and my friend say "Ohhhh! She tricked you!" but I didn't know what she meant.

The piercer screwed the ball on the bottom of the jewelry, handed me a cup, and instructed me to rinse my mouth with water. I noticed I was bleeding quite a bit, but while I was rinsing, she apologized for tricking me, but she knows how I get. Apparently she said she was just adjusting the clamps. I told her (difficultly) that if I had heard what she said, I would prefer it that way. The barbell used is HUGE, and it's awkward to even close my mouth.

It didn't hurt for a while, but just felt cold. A couple hours later it started hurting. It even hurts my teeth. I spent an hour eating a sandwich, not being able to even move food to the side of my mouth. Good thing I ate alone, because it was probably gross to look at (I had to move already chewed food to the side of my mouth with my fingers). Tomorrow, it's soup and yogurt-free smoothies (dairy is off limits for now; the bacteria, while good for the body, is bad for the piercing). I have never been this tempted to take out a piercing I just got. But I'm not gonna give up.

And I was warned that I will drool like holy hell tonight.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Dec. 2008
in Tongue Piercing

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