That sinking feeling

December 31, 2008

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Troubleshooting my new nipple piercing.

The bar is too short on my new nipple piercing, and the left ball is sinking in too far into the flesh.  This is bad.

Whether from the size and shape of my breast, or simply a too-short bar I want to avoid any “embedding,” that is I don’t want my nipple to swallow the ball!

I already have plans to get it changed out at the end of the week (involving a 600 mile round trip), but what to do in the meantime?

  1. First, I’m trying to reduce swelling by: drinking lots of water, taking ibuprofen, and applying cold compresses
  2. I am keeping it clean and soaking it well; a shower and a soak every 12 hours, then a dab of oil, to keep it supple
  3. I am trying a little creative pressure, by putting a bandaid on the “inside” ball to prevent the bar from moving in that direction, pulling the bar from the other side.

Of course, this is all causing me to maNIPulate my piercing much more than I ordinarily would at this stage, which is bad, but — lesser evil.

Photo thanks to starmist1’s photostream at Flickr

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The Anti-Experience: Pt. 1

December 22, 2008

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The Anti-Experience, by Cloud.

Featuring Beautiful Daughter No. 1 and a road trip to Albuquerque to visit Evolution Body Piercing and get a Monroe, nipple, and chest anchor piercings.

Tired of the same old “experience”?

I went to the shop . . . met the piercer . . . he was cool . . . got pierced . . . it hurt like a sonuvabitch! . . . ([or] it didn’t hurt at all!) . . . got new shinies . . . blah blah blah . . . am proud.

Me, too! so — here’s my “anti-experience.”  I like to use mind-maps sometimes–they’re great for note taking, learning, or articulating a concept. (Some delicious tags for mindmaps here.) Note: This is without a doubt the single dorkiest thing I have ever done.

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Road Trip with my Bodymod buddy!

Beautiful Daughter No. 1 is my bodymod buddy. [ETA: I know it’s not “boddy” mod buddy.  No, I can’t change it now–live with it!] She’s provided moral support countless times, designed 2 of my tattoos, and even inked a few lines in another of my tattoos. . It’s so nice to have someone to hold your hand and give you a second opinion; not to mention company for the road.  I’ve driven that trip to Albuquerque and Santa Fe many times, but there’s a whole lot of Nothing out here! 4 hours up; get pierced (or tattooed); 4 hours down.

Woo.

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The Studio:

We went to see Noah Babcock at Evolution in Albuquerque. Beautiful place! I love going to piercing only shops.  Noah gave good directions and it was easy to find!

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Here’s Angela at the counter who patiently explained the information about my jewelry three times.

anti-b-100_0785Here’s the beautiful lobby.  Water, plants, fish.  Jewelry! Noah gave me a tour.  He showed me the piercing rooms, sterilization equipment, the decontamination room door–all the stuff.

No, I didn’t ask to see the spore tests. Maybe next time I’ll ask and get a pic.

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Here’s Jamie, another piercer, doing packaging. Work, work, work!

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The Piercer: Noah

Noah came highly recommended and is an APP Piercer who is actively involved in developing and refining piercing techniques and jewelry, and is an industry advocate.  It’s so nice to know that the person about to stick a needle in you is very experienced and skilled. Noah has a terrific client manner, is calm, reassuring and funny.  He made BD#1 and feel I very welcome, before he shoved sharp things in us!

Tune in for Part 2–there’s still the marking, piercing, jewelry, and aftercare to go!