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Crucified (wrist piercings)

I feel honored to be the first person to write up an experience for this piercing here on BME. I'd just like to say that my account shouldn't be taken to mean this is the only way this can happen. I'm only one, and can't speak for the others. About a year ago I saw a pierced wrist in BME's galleries. I was intrigued by the creativity of this. I'd never seen anything like them. I decided to start doing my research and learn before I was going to do them. This proved to be quite a challenge. There's nothing, save general information on surface piercings. This is good for basic things, but there's other important details I missed out on. I'll try not to leave any out, but just remember that this is only my perspective. The first thing I looked for was a piercer I trusted with this project. I live in Orlando, so this wasn't an easy task. Most shops turned me away as I even hinted at this piercing. I eventually found Billy at Art Attack. He's the only other piercer I've found here with the same extreme tastes as me. A small little test of his talent (and tolerance for extremity), I let him stretch my labret to 4g (his is 2g). Without my asking, he offered to go the exact distance I wanted for the first stretch (10g to 6g). He also wasn't hesitant when I got ready to head to the 4g a little over a week later. This let him know my limits, as well as me knowing his. About three weeks later, I mentioned wanting wrist piercings. He was more than happy to offer me information. This was great, except it was all the stuff I've read off the net myself. While talking about this, I learned he's a reader of BME. He's the first person down here I've met that is. He also said that because of BME, he tried pocketing in his forearms. This also got my attention. He'd have an idea of what pain he'd be inflicting on me. Next point, he said he'd done many surface piercings before. He loves doing different, and tricky piercings. The taker was that he would be making the jewelry himself. Not only does he have a great grasp of what he'll be doing, he's got the comfort of using equipment he made himself. This takes pressure off him, and makes it a little easier of me in the end. I told him we'd be a go for December 31st. I came back later that day so we could do markings to get the jewelry sized properly. After marking, we agreed on doing the piercings in 10g with surface bars 1 3/8" long. The piercings are about 1 ½" back from my actual wrists. A quick call Friday morning, and I was on my way to the shop. We remarked the area and started checking for any problems in the skin. On my left wrist, we found a big problem: two very large veins. The first was in the middle, and the second was right before the end of the mark. The middle one, we decided could be pushed out of the way as we were piercing. The other caused us to shorten the length of the piercing to miss it. On my right wrist, everything was fine. We placed the final touches on marks, and got ready to go. I asked to do the left first, assuming it would be more painful than the right. He told me that we would be without a clamp because of the distance across of the piercing. He pulled my skin up carefully and lined the needle up. He told me to take a very deep breath and relax. I felt an extremely sharp pain as it broke the skin. The pain shot all through my arm and hand. I felt him pause as I expected, he pushed the vein down under the needle and told me to breathe again. He had to use quite a bit of force to break the other layer of skin. The pain was almost unbearable on that, but it was over quickly. I looked down and took slow calming breaths as he readied the next trick. We pierced with a 12g needle for a good reason. He took my surface bar and I saw him screwing it into a taper needle. I love how much he thinks ahead. The surface bar was internally threaded, but the threads from the ball were separate. He used those to screw into his hand made tapers. This way we wouldn't lose track of the jewelry as it went in. He slid the taper into the needle and then pushed it through. It was just a very hot feeling. He then put the ball on, and stretched the skin back out. Nice, but the bar is a little long. I paused for about ten minutes before the second one to get a drink and let my head calm down. That first one was quite a rush. I sat back into Billy's barber style chair. I made a few jokes to get relaxed again, and we were ready to go. This one would be a lot smoother than the last, but I was still a bit nervous. Billy lined up his marks and got ready to go. I breathed in deeply, and on the exhale felt the needle. This wasn't bad at all. It went very quickly, and hurt about as bad as a cartilage piercing. Time for the taper, still not bad. The jewelry's in nice and smoothly, but before he puts the ball on, he stretches the skin out. Neither of us saw anything wrong with this, but we didn't know how close we cut the length. The bar popped back inside my arm. This wouldn't have been the biggest problem, but since we stretched the hole, it was a chore to get it back through. We wound up having to just use brute force to get it back in. This pain was one of the worst I've felt. It shot through my entire hand, arm, and the right side of my neck and chest. Once back in, Billy got the ball on. I got cleaned up, and thanked him a lot. I was buzzing a bit from the adrenaline, but wasn't lightheaded. Total cost for both was $80. The first night of sleep was torture. You don't realize how much these get in the way until you do it. Cleanings were a bit painful at first, but got better. My main problem was catching them on everything they got near. I don't think I need to explain how much that hurts. I cleaned the piercings anywhere from three to five times a day, depending on how sore they were. Saturday night (the next week) was my photo shoot. Everything went great. We found ways to incorporate these into many shots. We finished up around 10PM, and headed back to Art Attack. It was Billy's night off, so I walked up to Guido, held out my arms and said, "No more! Please!" with a big grin on my face. We went upstairs and took them out. Since the piercings were at 10g, I could see inside the holes after the bars were out. I got swabbed up so as not to let bacteria into them while they stayed open, and headed home for the night. For the next few days, I put small circular Band-Aids on the holes while I slept, or was out of my house. By Tuesday, I was able to go without. I enjoyed the experience of this piercing. It taught me a lot. I plan to redo the piercings from time to time, for other shoots or for a big show. From now on, though, I plan to get them the day of. These are very hard to live with for longer than a couple of days. Feel free to send me any questions you have at MirrorGuy1@aol.com. Also, if you have a few extra minutes, check out my web page at http://members.aol.com/MirrorGuy1 -Bryan "The Eternal"


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 13 Jan. 2000
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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Artist: Billy
Studio: Art+Attack
Location: Orlando%2C+FL

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