Okay guys, here's my story on my hip surface piercings. I wrote it a while ago, when I first got them done. Sorry, it is a bit long, but I never found many stories back when I was doing my research so I didn't want to leave anything out. Here you are.
Ever since the first time I saw a picture of someone with hip surface piercings back when I was 14, I knew I had to have some. Back in December 2010, I girl I went to school with posted a photo album on Facebook of her new hip shinyes and it re-sparked my desire to get some of my own.
Hey guys! So like a week and a half ago I got my nape pierced. I was really iffy about getting it in the first place but my friend talked me into it. I went to my usual piercer but he wasn't there so the big boss did it. She's supposed to be a really good piercer but she was really scatty that day trying to help several customers at once which made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Anyway, usual procedure of mark, clamp and pierce. She then put a bar through that had a flat side on one end and a ball on the other which I've forgotten the name of.
This coming February will be my 3 year anniversary of getting my nape piercing. It is by far my favorite of all of my piercings - although I do love all of them.
Before I got my piercing done I did all my research on surface piercings, migration, rejection, etc and then I went for a consultation with my piercer. He told me he could pierce it one of two ways 1) With clamps and a needle and put in a surface bar with 45 degree angles or 2) Punch and taper method and put in a surface bar with 90 degree angles.
I got 3 nape piercings at The Holy Mackerel in St. Paul, Minnesota in late July/early August 2008. I wanted to get them pierced because I had a nape piercing about a year previous to that, which rejected. The one that rejected was done with a surface barbell, so I was really afraid to get another surface piercing done with a surface barbell because of my experiences. My boyfriend has 3 nape piercings that I thought looked really cool, and I wanted one like that. Talking to him and my piercer I learned the differences between surface barbells and tygon:
Tygon can move with your body.
I waited a whole month since my first piercing (a VCH) to decide exactly what I wanted. I chose to do a vertical sternum surface piercing. I went back to (pro-gress piercing) in Raleigh and had another great experience! http://profile.myspace.com/progresspiercing
This time Lee did the piercing and he was just as knowledgeable, thorough, gentle, and gentlemanly as Seth (who did my first piercing at (pro-gress).
So, I have been reading up on the mirco-dermal piercings since about 8 months ago. Back then, they were pretty new still and none of the shops around here did them. So, I waited patiently.
Yesterday, I told my friend I absolutely HAD to get something pierced. So, he called up his favorite shop and asked them if they did micro-dermals. They informed us that they did and there was a consultation beforehand so that they could be certain I was ready for the commitment.
So, we hopped in the car, and drove to Columbus, Ohio.
I've wanted a nape piercing for a few months, and finally decided to get it!
I went in on a Thursday and met the piercer. He measured my neck and made some markings, then showed me the markings and asked if I liked them. I did, and he said that we could go ahead and do the piercing right then if I wanted to. Since I didn't have the money or the time to care for the piercing properly (the next week was finals week!), I made an appointment to come in a week from that day, after my last final.
In all honesty- I'm a body mod addict. But my piercings were usually limited to my face. So about a few weeks ago I was really wanting a piercing and I talked my friend into coming with me. I had no idea what I planned on getting- but on the car ride over there I became pretty adamant about getting a sternum piercing.
We get in there and the piercer (Dan) has a few other clients before me. My heart is already going a mile a minute and I babble non-stop to my friend to try to mask my nervousness.
Well, I got my nape pierced today. Very interesting experienced. This was my 13th piercing, so I basically knew the procedure and whatnot. I used a 45 12G surface bar. My piercer explained that she would pierce the tissue with a 14G needle and then gauge with a 12G bar. The needle didn't even hurt! It was the gauging that was the bitch. Not that it was excruciating, she just lost it halfway through! Oops! Anyway, at the end, it all turned out fine. Besides a little bleeding, it looks wonderful and I am very happy with it!
I got a corset piercing on my back with 10 12g captive bead rings... it was the most intense piercing i've had so far... feel free to email me if you have any questions. there are pictures of this on my myspace. www.myspace.com/pokedbyjes