Brutal and Unforgiving: My Madison Experience
and Unforgiving - The Madison I had decided to have a madison piercing simply because I find it an extremely elegant and beautiful piercing. I was obviously concerned about the nature of the piercing, the intensive aftercare involved, the risks of migration and scarring and the possible social stigmatization it could cause, but over the last two years, since I began to pierce my body, I have realised that each piercing is a unique experience, a ritual for me. If a piercing doesn't work in the long run then so be it, I remove it. Likewise, some piercings are in their nature or designed to be temporary, it doesn't mean they are less valuable, enlightening or positive. So I had my madison pierced with this in mind, that it may not be with me forever, but I wanted to experience it. It was to be my first surface piercing. I drove up to the studio. I had to wait about half an hour before the piercing could be performed while the piercer made up a suitable 'jazz' bar (surface bar) and autoclaved it. I sat and chatted to piercer while we waited, I did not feel nervous about the piercing. When I decide to have a piercing, I become resigned to it, I feel excited about it, it is what I need, I do not become fearful once I have accepted the decision to go ahead with a piercing. Once in the piercing room, he asked me to mark up where I wanted the madison to sit. I looked at my throat in the mirror and drew a line about half an inch above the dimple between my collar bones. He nodded, got me to lie on the bench. He made his own marks, had me sit up to see if they were positioned well and when he was satisfied that the marks were true, I lay back ready for the needle. He used no clamp and no anaesthetic (I would not have taken an anaesthetic spray had I even been offered one as I believe it robs the piercee of the experience). I felt the needle being pushed in and a rush of endorphins kicked in almost immediately, but with no clamp it was slow, I could feel the needle being guided and with his other hand, the piercer manipulated the skin on my throat as he pushed the needle through. I suppose I panicked a little which made me aware of the pain, I didn't expect the piercing to take so long (almost a minute, it may have been less but all the other piercings I have had have taken only a fraction of second, so by those standards, this piercing took forever!). One final brutal jab, and the needle broke free. A moment later, the piercer had smoothly and quickly inserted the jewellery and secured the balls. I stayed and chatted with the piercer for a little while after the piercing, thanked him for the experience and left. I drove home, and on the way back to the flat I stopped at a chemist's to buy some medicine, I didn't realise that I had blood trickling down my chest from the fresh piercing. The shop assistants must have noticed it but never said anything, I only realised that I was covered in blood when I got in doors. It was nothing excessive, however, I cleaned it up and that was the last of it. Since then I have been looking after it carefully, I never wear high-collared clothing, so as to keep any pressure off the piercing. I rinse it with contact lens saline to flush out dirt and pollution and use warm salt water compresses to loosen lymph discharge. I have had mixed reactions from friends and colleagues over the piercing. Many initially thought it was a kind of necklace until close inspection showed them it was a piercing, a lot of people have been very complimentary and others find it insane and distasteful. Personally, I love it, it is every bit as beautiful and unusual as I had hoped it would be. I look forward to watching it develop and heal over the coming weeks. In the months ahead I will also also see it peak and then disintegrate, as migration is inevitable with surface piercings. I have not yet decided whether I will let the piercing migrate out, thus leaving a scar (which I can always pierce behind), or to remove it on the first signs of rejection. I suppose it will depend on how it looks and whether or not it becomes uncomfortable during this process. The madison is undoubtedly a very beautiful and exotic piercing, however it is also a brutal one, an unforgiving one, for in its beauty lies its disintegration. For anyone considering this piercing, I recommend you research it well, research your piercer (what methods do they use, sterilisation procedures, aftercare recommendations etc...), be aware of the intensive aftercare required, be aware that you cannot be guaranteed success with this piercing. The pain factor? Yes, it hurts, but if you are at the stage of considering one, you already know it will hurt, this is not a piercing for the faint-hearted.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Nov. 1999
in Surface & Unusual Piercing