As a 16 year old female I was fascinated with the idea of body modifications, and had been for awhile. I was amazed by the fact that you could actually modify your body to your heart’s content… which began my 7 year obsession with piercings.
I started out with my tongue piercing. My mother approved as much as a mother possibly could, I don’t think many moms are too excited about their kids sticking needles through their body. She supported it enough to be the signature on the bottom of the paper. After a few weeks of relentless begging to my mother, we agreed to go in to get my tongue pierced. I went to a local tattoo and piercing studio named “Ink Wizard”.
The store was amazingly clean and had rock music blaring out of the speakers, but the cool crew at Ink Wizard is what made me a customer for years. I met the piercer named Chris, a 20 something year old guy who was the epitome of awesome. Tattoos everywhere, ears stretched to a perfect size and thick rimmed glasses above a great smile. I sat down on the creepy, purple looking hospital-esque bed and he answered every question, never making me feel like the dumbass that I probably sounded like. He proceeded to explain the whole “procedure” and asked if I was ready, I gave a sort of half grunt, half nod.
Chris then marked my tongue after rinsing my mouth out with a delectable rinse that tasted like dog piss and cough syrup. I was almost to the point of pissing myself after seeing the 14 gauge needle he was piercing my tongue with, convinced there was no way of walking away from this without losing half of the blood in my body, thanks to the “worst case scenario” that plays in everybody’s head at some point in their piercing life. Somehow I mustered the courage to give him the go ahead after he said the foreboding words “It will be over soon”.
Chris counted to 3, told me to take a deep breath, and on the exhale I felt a pinch, the barbell pushed through seamlessly after the needle and it was over. Surprised at the small amount of pain, I let out a goofy laugh and smiled. Chris replied with a smile and “See? Wasn’t bad at all”.
I left there with a new love for piercings and it has grown into a full blown addiction, none of which would have been possible without the comforting awesomeness of the people of Ink Wizard. Since then I have had upwards of 20 piercings but I would have never learned to accept and love body modifications without my amazing first piercing.