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The piercing of a girl's nape...

remember the first time I ever saw a nape piercing. I was at Sambil mall in Caracas Venezuela, eating lunch with my friend Tricia. Now I have been into piercings since I knew what they were, and Tricia knows this, so she says to me, "Check out that guys neck." I turn around, and sure enough, there is a kid sitting behind me with a apx. 12 gauge bar through his neck. I was in love. I knew right then and there that I would have that piercing before I died.

After I moved back to the states, I kind of forgot about the nape piercing for awhile. In the mean time, I continued to have other sparatic parts of my face and body pierced, and eventually I decided it was time for my nape to be done. I was driving down main street in my VW bug when I made the decision, and after that I couldn't get it out of my head. It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up in the morning and the last thing I thought of before I went to sleep at night. I contacted my local piercer, who had done a lot of work for me in the past. He informed me that, although he had performed many other surface piercings, he had never done a nape. (Bear in mind that I am from po-dunk Montana, nape piercings havn't really caught on there yet.) But I trust Scott with my life, so I agreed to be his guinea pig. Piercing is a very personal thing for me, and I like to go alone when I am getting pierced. I walked into the studio one afternoon with a friend, to see if Scott would be ready to do the piercing for me later on in the day. He told me that he could do it right then, and even though I was with a friend, I decided to go for it. The moments before a piercing are very critical for me. I get nervous, and start chatting about bullshit. My hands start to shake and I get very excited. Scott cleaned my skin, and made the entrance and exit marks on my neck, and had me verify that they were straight. I was so damn excited that I would not have been able to tell if they were totally crooked, but like I said, I trust Scott with my life.

So I sit back in the chair and prep myself. Scott asks if I'm ready, I tell him that I am. I can feel the prick of the needle as it enters, and the wonderful burning sensation of it sliding through my skin. I feel the resistance at the moment just before it breaks through the skin on the other side, and the ease with which it slides through after. Scott puts the jewelry in, which can sometimes be uncomfortable for me, but was quite a pleasant experience in this case. I have had my nape pierced for almost a year now, and in general have nothing but good things to say about it. It healed quickly and nicely, but has recently become slightly irritated due to too much handling. I have a "hands-off" policy for it, but as demonstrated last weekend, get a few drinks in me and I'm a fucking party. So everyone played with it, and now it's puffy. I know, my fault. But it's my baby, and I take care of it as so. It can be uncomfortable when I take shots, ironically, but that is about it. I'm not a super hard core person by any means, I'm sort of just your average college girl, modified. This always causes a lot of speculation among my peers. Many people tell me that it creeps them out, that I look like Frankenstein, that I'm too smart to do something so stupid... to which I have many replies, most of them I keep to myself because most of the time, I find that it's just not worth arguing about in the end. Like I said, my piercings are very personal to me, and I don't expect others to understand why I have them done. I will continue to be pierced well into the future, I hope. Although attention is not the reason why I get pierced, I must admit, I like the looks. I get a lot of, "did that hurt?", which of course is such a moronic question. I really wish that people would think before asking me that one. On a good day, I say, "Yes." On a bad day, I say something to the effect of, "I had a big hollow needle shoved through the back of my neck. Yes, it hurt you idiot." Those are the unlucky ones. I am more than happy to answer any questions that I can about my nape piercing or any of my others (14 in my ears (including both rooks, one industrial, conch, tragus) two in my eyebrow, two in my nostril, tongue, monroe, both nipples,bellybutton) I would whole-heartedly recommend this piercing to anyone who is willing to take the time to take care of it, as it is more demanding than your average piercing.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 06 Nov. 2000
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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Artist: Scott
Studio: Big+Sky+Tatoo
Location: Kalispell%2C+MT

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