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My industrial - off limits from boyfriend saliva

Ever since the first time I saw an industrial I loved it. I thought it looked beautiful and knew I would end up with one eventually. About four years later, I finally got round to it. I was finally 16, had enough money and had moral support to make sure I didn't back out.

I never had any trouble finding a studio I felt comfortable with - I'd heard good things about Nirvana Piercing from a lot of people and as soon as I walked in I knew why. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, cleaner than should be possible and a generally good atmosphere. I asked the few questions I had and booked my appointment that day.

The day of my appointment arrived and much to my surprise I wasn't that nervous. This would be my first piercing, apart from gunned lobes and helix when I was younger. I know, I know, don't judge.

When my friend and I arrived at the studio, I was asked to fill out consent forms and show my passport for ID. Then I was taken into one of the other rooms which had been prepared whilst I was filling out said forms. I was asked to sit on the doctors-bed-type-thing and my ear was cleaned and marked, after John explaining to me that because of the shape of my ear and a ridge of cartilage he would have to custom bend the longer barbell for me. After I confirmed that the markings were okay, I was told to lie back and put my head to one side.

John was using two separate needles, one for each hole. Before the first, I got the inevitable "deep breath in," "breathe out," pierce. Not really as bad as I expected and not too painful, but enough so that I focused on that long enough I never even noticed the second one being done. Quick sharp pain for around a second or two and that was it. I'd expected to scream the place down, but it was nothing.

Initially I had two smaller barbells put in for healing and was told to come back in around six-eight weeks to change to the single bar. My ear was then cleaned again and I was allowed to see it. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it and didn't hesitate in telling this to John and thanking him profusely.

Throughout the whole procedure, John chatted away to me and kept the air light to help me relax and it definitely worked. He changed gloves when he should have and everything came out of their own little sterile package, which I was specifically looking out for after reading up proper procedure on BME beforehand.

Aftercare was as normal, sea salt soaks twice a day and no dirty hands poking about at it. And I even got a lovely, "No dirty boyfriend saliva on it either."

Eight weeks later, I then went in to get the longer bar put in. This was over in a couple of minutes, just a matter of stretching each hole slightly from 1.2mm to 1.6mm with a taper and inserting the barbell.

After a few weeks of having the single barbell in, a bump appeared on the top hole. I was a little worried to say the least, having not expected anything like that. I done a little research and found this dreaded bump was rather common and easily gotten rid of. I done warm chamomile compresses for around ten minutes a couple times a day and soon enough, it disappeared.

Sadly, it did pop up one or two times after that, probably due to the fact that I slept more on that side. Silly me. Again, chamomile compresses for a few days were all it took to calm it down and get everything back to normal.

Not much pain during the healing period, not unless I'd slept on it all night or someone hit me in the side of the head (which happened a lot more than I'd have expected). Not many crusties either, compared to some accounts I'd read on BME. Although I suppose everyone's different. And as a direct result from me sleeping on it a lot during healing, the top hole has been pushed backwards more toward my head. Not a problem for the jewellery and it's not sore, just annoying after all that marking out on day one.

Overall, it has been a pretty positive experience and definitely encouraged me to return to Nirvana for many other metallic additions to my body since. A clean, professional studio with helpful and friendly staff who are willing to help even weeks later, even just over the phone. And the piercing itself wasn't too painful or too difficult to heal as I've heard people say before.

Even after all this time, I'm still in love with my industrial and hope to keep it for many, many years.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2008
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: John
Studio: Nirvana+Piercing
Location: Glasgow%2C+Scotland

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