I can’t begin to tell you how important it is to take your time about the marking. This is the time to communicate lifestyle considerations such as plans for further piercing near to the new one, purpose of the piercing, or what style of jewelry you would like to ultimately wear.
Communication is key! If you have doubts, always ask the piercer. Often they have benefit of experience and will tell you why they want to place it a certain way. Proper placement can mean a more stable and aesthetically pleasing piercing.
Take the time with the marking and prep work until you are comfortable. It can be hard to assess by yourself, so having a friend give a second opinion is valuable.
Noah is doing cleaning and prep work on me, and we discuss placement. I also asked for an unusually large starting gauge for my nipple, 8 gauge, and he had to carefully assess whether my anatomy was suited. After looking at my other, long-healed 8 gauge nip, he agreed to do it.
Wonderful shop that had all the jewelry I needed! ‘tho the 8 g needle and jewelry had to be statim’d.
BD#1 went first with her Monroe. It was very quick. She let out a subdued moan, but was very brave.
Here’s BD#1 caught in that, “oh shit” moment, right before the piercing. Noah is well into his aftercare speech, which he wants you to focus on instead of dwelling on the pain.
Noah asked me which piercing I wanted first. I opted for the chest piercing–ouch with the needle + a hard painful push on my chest to get the anchor inserted. Then the nipple piercing. That was pretty painful–it seemed to take forever, but he had to push that 8 gauge needle pretty hard to get it through. It really only took a few seconds.
In my mind, piercing is a significant event, and should be treated as such. Pain has been a part of human transformative rites forever. You walk out of a piercing experience a different person, transformed through ritual.
So, yeah, it hurts a bit, but it’s worth it.
Dazed and Confused. Again. Immediately after piercing, you’re so high on endorphins and jazzed and relieved it’s hard to pin down the little details. Like jewelry and aftercare.
Make sure you know what jewelry you just bought! This can become important if you need to replace part of it, plan to stretch, or just want to buy new jewelry. Or maybe that piercing you just got is having problems and you suspect the jewelry. Is it stainless steel? Titanium? Who is the manufacturer?
They gave me a receipt with all the jewelry spelled out, if in abbreviations. So, uh . . . what are all these abbreviations again? “am-at-18”? “is-tbop4”? omgwtf?
The following pics are an experiment to document my jewelry purchases.
the surface anchor
BD#1’s labret jewelry
Bye Bye, Evolution! We’re pierced, poorer, and pumped up! Why doesn’t my town have cool places like this? We’re so podunk! Next time I’d like to have a little more time to hang out in Albuquerque.
About two hours down the road. Badge of courage.
A great experience altogether, but I have to say that two intense piercings, plus an 8 hour drive makes for one tired Cloud and BD#1. Now, I can concentrate on . . . the aftercare!
Thank you, of course, to Noah Babcock at Evolution Body Piercing who very graciously let me take the photos during the whole thing.