Venomous Venoms. =)
====== Before Hand ========
Okay, so I had always had my eye on a central tongue piercing, ever since i was about 16. As a guy though, my parents weren't really up for it, they didn't like piercings in general but told me that when I was 18 I could do what I liked. Success.
So I waited until I was 18, and threw the idea at them again. I got the "you live under our roof, you live under our rules". Since I was still living with them, and was dependant on them for my college fees, I figured I shouldn't piss where I eat. Besides, central tongue piercings had become so common and everyone around had one. So I started to go off the idea.
Fast forward two years, and I'm sitting in College doing anything to avoid having to sit down and actually do my psych essay. I browse BME, and come across Venom piercings... again. I loved them, and I had to have them. I decided on the Monday that I wanted them, and ran the idea passed my college buddy, and she said that they looked gorgeous. That was it. Let's do it. I emailed a few piercing places to see how much it would cost and if they were happy to do it. I phoned one place and they were straight out rude to me and told me it was a stupid piercing. If you want to know which studio that was, send me an email. I'll happily tell. So I decided on Inkwell Studio on the quays. I'd heard amazing things about them. Made my appointment for Sunday and headed to the shop after my last meal (a burger king)!
======= The Procedure ========
So I entered the shop with two of my friends who I had dragged out on this lousy weather day! They weren't happy campers, but oh well. I was greeted by my piercer who was just finishing up a tattoo. While I was filling out the forms he came out to the waiting room and ran through the whole procedure with me and the aftercare, and basically made sure I was up for the challenge of venoms. He warned me that they hurt, that they would continue to hurt and swell for days after, and that eating and talking would pretty much be a bitch for about a week. This was nothing I hadn't heard before. After waiting about half an hour, we headed down to the piercing room with Carol, Mark's assistant. I propped myself up on the bed and Mark continued to tell me all the things I can't do for a while with the venoms. The usual, smoking, drinking, coffee, dairy, oral... I knew this. Then he asked if I was ready, I said "do it man, before I freak out". Carol and Mark laughed and we were on
I swirled with the mouthwash for about 30 seconds while Mark prepped. Mark used a special pen to mark off the points on my tongue where he was going to pierce. He used loads of measurement tools and stuff to make sure they were symmetrical (totally professional) and told me to check it out in the mirror. My tongue looked like it was going in for plastic surgery, but the placements were perfect. Back to the bed and tongue out. It was time. Carol held the tissue under my mouth to catch my drool and Mark laughed suddenly. I had been worried because I had my web pierced too and I also had two big veins in my tongue so I was afraid he wouldn't be able to do it, but he said "this is going to be so easy, you have the perfect tongue for this... now breath in". Deep inhale. I felt the needle touch the bottom of my tongue, start it's little adventure through the muscle, and pop out the other side. It stung a little, but just for a second, then the jewellery went in and that fel t WEEIRD!. But I realised I didn't blink. I was too busy focussing on Carol, who looked thoroughly impressed. My friends told me it looked deadly. Mark told me I was doing great (which really helped calm me down) and did I want a breather before the next one. I took a second to compose myself and told him I was ready for number two. So he moved the clamps over to the next spot. Now I know some people say the clamps are sh*t but the ones he used had a kind of grip on them, so he didn't need to clamp too hard, which is probably why I felt the whole thing.
Number two hurt more. The stinging lasted longer, and the throbbing was immediate. The bar going in felt worse. Mark explained that this was because my body had used up the endorphines (feel good hormone) to deal with the first piercing, so number two usually hurts more. Getting my tongue back in my mouth was a challenge, because the bars were absoloutely massive!! My mouth kept filling with saliva, but again I was assured this was normal. There was a little blood but it stopped within seconds and Carol handed me a pint of ice water. That felt funky. =)
We all sat around and talked (well, they talked, I lisped). Carol told me that it was amazing that I didn't drool at all. She said "How come he gets two and doesn't drool at all, and yet I get one and I drool like a motherf"cker! haha. After about 15 minutes and a pint of water later, we headed back upstairs and I paid my money (they gave me a student discount, so it was 90 bucks). This included 3 downsizes and jewellery. Swell-o-matic.
Well it's been 3 days, and things are going as expected. Lots of swelling, white tongue, lisp, and lots of pain. I just keep packing ice and cold water on it. I haven't really eaten yet. Just some popcorn yesterday. Bear this in mind, if you love your food, then this probably isn't the piercing for you. Eating is so difficult and painful. I can't wait for the swelling to go down. I'm going back to Inkwell on Sunday for my first downsize.
I'd recommend Inkwell to anyone in the Dublin area. They are the best, most professional and friendly people I have ever come across. They also have a website and you can email them and ask them questions. They go above and beyond the call of duty and I can't thank them enough!
I love my venoms, and I would recommend them to anyone who's looking for something a bit different. Just remember, it hurts. I have my hips and my tongue web pierced and one tattoo and they were by far the most painful. Enjoy and happy piercing. =)
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 08 Dec. 2009
in Tongue Piercing