Rosie's Nipple Piercings at Bound by Design
'm a 20 year old female college student in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
One Thursday night, a friend persuaded me to go with her to Denver to get pierced. She was hellbent on getting a rook ear piercing, and wanted to get it done before she lost her nerve. I agreed to go, because I had been craving more piercings for a while. I thought that the nipple piercings with barbells on BME were especially intriguing, so that's what I decided to get.
Several friends of mine had recommended Bound by Design (1336 E Colfax
Ave, Denver, CO, 80218) as the best place in Denver to get pierced (and
supposedly far better than anything Colorado Springs had to
offer)...Brooke seconded, and so we went to Denver with three other
friends. After a boring hour's drive, we were greeted by a large,
clean, beautiful store...incense, cases of piercing jewelry, candles, more
jewelry, and all sorts of interesting items were on display. After
answering some of our questions about jewelry and stuff, the counter
girl sent me back to the piercer (Angie) to measure my nipples for
properly sized jewelry. The piercing room was spacious and clean, with
a beautiful green painting suspended above the piercing table. The
piercer was really friendly and nice, complimenting me on my Legendary
Pink Dots t-shirt, and chatting with me about bands and stuff to relieve
some of my anxiety. After the measuring, I decided on crescent
barbells, and the piercer chose 14 gauge, 5/8" long barbells.
After about forty minutes, my name was called and I headed into the
piercing room. Angie had me stand with my feet shoulder-width apart and
looked straight ahead so she could clean and mark my nipples. Then I
anxiously lay down on the table. I admit, I got so nervous that I
didn't even look at the instruments, nor did I notice how often or when
she changed her gloves. I foolishly kept my head turned, and just
trusted in Angie that everything was safe, clean, and uncontaminated.
(Not a very smart move, but everything so far is fine. I've also vowed to be less trusting and naive).
Anyway, Angie placed the clamp on my right nipple, explaining her
actions step-by-step. "Okay, this is just a little pinch, that's the
clamp," she explained. "Okay, I want you to take a deep breath..." I
felt a sharp object against the side of my nipple, and then a searing
pain as the needle passed through. I gasped, "Oh my god!" as I tried my
hardest to remain still. Then a worse, harsher pain came as I felt Angie
inserting the jewelry. I could feel the barbell being pushed through
and the needle being pushed out. "Breathe!" Angie commanded. I clenched
my eyes shut as I forced myself to suck in air. The bead was screwed on
the end of the barbell, and Angie gently swabbed my right nipple with
some sort of antiseptic solution. "Is that one done?" I asked, a bit
hoarsely. "Yup, that one is all done. Time for the next one." Angie
replied. The pain was so bad that I was tempted to tell her to stop
and not perform the second piercing, but I (fortunately) wasn't quick
enough--Angie rolled the equipment table to the other side of the
piercing table and prepared for the second piercing. I forced myself to
close my eyes, breathe deeply, and tried to clear my mind. I'm sure I
was panting like a woman in labor, but I didn't want to thrash around on
the table at the wrong moment and lose a nipple.
The second nipple piercing hurt just as badly as the first one did.
Like my tongue and the first nipple, the worst pain came when the barbell pushed the needle out of the piercing. I whimpered, but finally it was over. "Go ahead and look at them." Angie said. I slowly got up and checked out my new piercings in the mirror. My grin was so big, it must've wrapped twice around my head! My nipples were finally pierced!
The rush left me feeling a bit faint, I lay down again. Angie taped gauze over my piercings "like some sort of evil science project".
Fortunately, I didn't bleed much, which seems to be the case with all piercings I've had so far. My tongue only bled a drop or so, and that was pierced with a 10 gauge needle (November 1994). I have a Celtic knotwork tattoo on my left shoulderblade (July 1996), and that only bled a drop after the tattoo artist (Donald Purvis of Indiana...I highly recommend him because he's fantastic!) was finished. If I did bleed during my nipple piercing, it was washed away when Angie swabbed the piercings. I certainly didn't find any blood on the gauze or on my clothing. That's another reason I'm glad to have gotten the barbells...they're less likely to tear or move around during the healing process.
After thanking Angie for such a pleasant piercing experience (on the
whole, it was excellent!), I went back to my friends, who were sitting
on couches in the store. My nipples throbbed with pain. Brooke asked,
"So how did it go?" and the only reply I could muster was a whiny sort
of groan. I headed back to the counter to buy Bactine and discuss the
best methods of aftercare. Angie explained how to clean my piercing:
antibacterial soap only once per day in the shower (rinse really well afterwards), Bactine (no more than twice per day, and rinse afterwards!), and warm salt water soaks (1-3 times daily, 10-15 minutes per soak, 3 teaspoons of salt per quart of water).
Afterwards...the ride home was hellish. My nipples felt like they were
about to fall off. Fortunately, I didn't have to deal with seat belts
because I was sitting in the back seat (I rarely wear them in the back
seat, anyhow). We stopped at a gas station and I picked up a packet of
ibuprofen, to relieve the swelling and pain a bit. I suppose that
swelling is the body's natural defense mechanism to prevent foreign
bodies from entering the wound, but the swelling was getting to be
seriously painful. I took two tablets of ibuprofen once I got home, and
left the gauze on until the next morning. To avoid catching the barbells
on anything, I wore a tight-fitting tank top to bed (I still do, and
probably will continue to wear it until they're fully healed).
It's only been a few weeks since I got pierced, but so far things are
great! Twice-daily hot salt water soaks have been keeping the piercings
in good condition, too. I couldn't remember how long I was supposed to
use the Bactine for, so I called Bound by Design. Angie told me that
"your body will tell you when to stop using the Bactine". She said that
my nipples would get red and slightly swollen when I was over-cleaning
the piercings. I used Bactine twice a day for the first two weeks, but
now I've slowed down to once per day. I guess it will take a couple of
months until I can stop using the antibacterial soap on them, too.
After they've healed, Angie said that I might wake up one day to find the piercings crusty and angry-looking...-she said to just soak them in hot salt water (for 10 minutes once per day), and they ought to be fine.
It will take about two months before my nipple piercings heal. My
nipples were never really sensitive before, but their sensitivity has
greatly increased because of the piercings. Most people I know wince
in pain whenever I tell them about (or show them!) my newly decorated
nipples, probably because very few of my friends are pierced or
tattooed. However, I am very happy with my latest piercings. The pain
of piercing and inconvenience of aftercare have all been completely
worth it. If you're pondering getting your nipple(s) pierced, I fully
encourage you to get it done!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 March 1999
in Nipple Piercing