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My first proper piercing, my Nape.

Well, I'd been looking on BME for a piercing that I could get for months, and the nape was one of the ones that really caught my eye. I needed a piercing that I could hide from my mum, because I don't think she'd really approve of me having another piercing after she found out about my 0gauge ear. (It took her a few months to notice that) SO I finally decided to get it done, and started to tell all of my friends about how I was going to get my nape pierced, and decided that I would get it done on Wednesday.
After a bit of research, I decided that X factor piercing in Torquay was the right place for me to go to, because I spoke to Chris, and he seemed like a very friendly guy, who knows his stuff. Wednesday rolled around...and I chickened out. So I spent the whole next week psyching myself up for it, and told my friends to force me to go there next Wednesday. So, Wednesday rolled around AGAIN, and this time my friends were prepared. They took hold of both my hands and dragged me there, because I didn't want to look like a wimp, I let them take me into X factor, and asked Chris for the piercing I wanted. He took me upstairs, and made me fill out all the correct paperwork, showed me the surface bar and then put gloves on. He then marked out where he though my nape piercing would look best. Then one of my friends took a photo so I could agree with the placement.

I thought this looked great, so he told me to lie down on the couch. By this time I was really nervous, and two of my friends held my hands whilst Chris got the needle and the bar out. I felt really nervous now. He told me that he was about to begin, and then I felt the pain in my neck, so I squeezed my friends hands hard. The pain wasn't unbearable, although it did hurt, there was no denying that. I'd shut my eyes and tensed up my whole body, but when I heard my friend whimpering in pain from my strong grip, I let go and started talking to them. By this time Chris had got the needle in, and told me that he was about to put the jewellery in. This pinched a bit, but the pain was soon over. Chris told me that it was all done, and that I could stay lying down for a minute if I felt dizzy. But I didn't, so I leapt up off the couch, had another photo taken, then thanked Chris.
He told me all about aftercare, and gave me a leaflet explaining everything, then I paid him, and went on to watch my friend have his bridge pierced. All in all, I think that the small amount of pain was worth it to get my lovely nape piercing. It's now 5 days old, and is a tiny bit sore, but has no redness or any signs of rejection. I'm cleaning it religiously twice or three times a day, because I really don't want to lose this piercing. It hasn't given me much gip, just a tiny bit of gunk (I didn't know it was there until I looked at my q-tip I had used for cleaning) I get quite bad backache from one of the chairs in my house, and this isn't too good, because it means I can't really tell if it's my neck that hurts or if it's just backache. But due to the lack of crusties, swelling, and redness, I'm guessing it's just backache. This picture is of my piercing at 5 days. It looks a bit crooked, but I can assure you that it isn't!! I just don't seem to be able to get any photos from an angle that makes it look straight. I love showing it off to everyone, and seeing the reactions that I get. :D

I would strongly recommend going to X factor piercing, because Chris is a lovely guy, very friendly, and clearly knows his stuff. I know quite a few people who have been there, and none of them have a bad word to say about their experience there. Everything is very clean and sterile, and he makes sure that he takes things at your pace so that you feel comfortable. As for the hiding my piercing thing, I've managed to keep it hidden for five days, and I think it's only going to get easier from here on. I'm out for pretty much all of the day, and so I can leave the house with my hair down, then put it up when I am out of my mother's eyeshot. I'm quite the sneaky teenager. :p


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 12 Sept. 2007
in Surface & Unusual Piercing

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Artist: Chris
Studio: X+factor
Location: Torquay

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