Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Industrial Experience

Saturday March 4, 2017
     Today I got my industrial piercing. I have been wanting this for as long as I can remember but never had the guts to do it, I even bought 3 bars LAST YEAR to put in this non existent piercing for whenever I finally bucked up the courage and got it. After much talk, Zakk was finally like, "just do it." I completely didn't want to do it alone, and was extremely scared. Zakk, cause hes seven layers of awesomesauce agreed to get pierced with me! He's not a "pierced person" and never had any urge to have holes poked into him. I was shocked that he was so willing to get pierced just to help ease my fears! So we went to our favorite tattoo shop and decided to go for it! For me it was thought about for a long time but spur of the moment at the same time. Like if someone told me when I got out of bed that day that I would have my industrial piercing by the time I went to bed, I'd say they were insane, I cant even imagine how Zakk would have felt!
So the procedure? First of all it is Tax Season, which means craziness at the tattoo shop, so it was busy already. Then add to the fact that Jeff, the piercer, decided to run a special made the place a madhouse!! (thankfully piercings are quick so the wait time wasn't too bad considering the 4 people ahead of us) When you get there you have to sign a form and show them your ID, this also holds your place in line. (Zakk had a sleeping baby in the car while I filled out paperwork, so this was a nice way to hold his spot as well. Let Spencer sleep until it was our turn :) ) Once he gets to your name, he comes out as asks what you want. I told him what we were wanting (me=industrial and Zakk=septum), then he said "OK, give me a few to setup". He leaves and gets his room all prepped for us. This only took a few minutes and he was back and leading us back to the room. His room was very tiny. One chair in the corner, the piercing chair in center and then the sink wall next to that. Zakk sat down and allowed me to go first. Jeff was not a personable type of guy. I was VERY scared and starting to shake a bit and he completely ignored it. Muttered "You're gonna be fine" as he ripped needles from their packaging. (Everything was already all laid out on a tray) Zakk snapped a pic of me at this time as I tried to make idle chit chat, like "yeah I always get really nervous before anything, ask Ryan" (Ryan is the guy at the shop that does our tattoos and is AMAZING. Great work and I consider him more like a friend at this point. I figured Jeff would be used to seeing us at the shop and what have you, but he ignored me and just started cleaning my ear) He put the dots on me and briefly held up a mirror and said "This is where it will be" and before I could really say anything, held my head still and said "deep breath". I barely had time to realize I was about to be pierced, so I took a deep breath on impulse having being told to. He counted to 3 very quickly and boom! Then before I knew it, said "ok deep breath" and 1.2.Stickon3. I looked at Zakk and was like "I did that part, I think" He laughed and said "You did it all. It's done" I said "No, that was the needle right? I still have to get the jewelry in" Then I hear Jeff;s voice beside me as he touched my ear again saying "Let me just screw this ball on" I was in shock. I was like "I'm done?" He goes "Yup" as Zakk is standing in front of me to snap a pic. The he handed me a paper towel cause I bled a fair amount. (practically filled the paper towel by the time I made it home) I stood up in total awe. I couldn't believe I was finished! I had the piercing I had been so afraid of but wanted for at least 3 years. It was done so incredibly fast as well. I felt a quick pinch both times, but it was really maybe a quick 4/10 at best on the pain scale. It was literally too fast to even know I was in pain honestly. (Zakk went next. Same thing, very fast but his hurt a lot, he says. If anyone wants a post on his comment below and I'll do that!) Jeff handed us an aftercare sheet and told me the total we owed. And we were out the door. From the time I walked into his room to the time I sat back in the car, it was about 10 minutes. No joke.
Pros and Cons of the actual piercing:
 *Price with his special he had going (both of us for $50)
 *Very fast (didn't have time to chicken out, that's for sure 😃)
 *Minimal discomfort only bordering actual pain
 *Most important: Zakk did it with me 💖
 *No talking
 *No explaining of anything (I would have liked him going over the care sheet, discussing my bar placement, etc. Yes I can read but a moment of your time goes far piercer man.)
And for your viewing pleasure: my ear!! I will be documenting this entire journey, so please follow me as we see how well this bad boy heals! As always, please comment down below. I love reading the comments and answering any questions.

3/4/17 My Industrial Bar Before/After

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