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post #441 of 703
Thanks ladies, I went ahead and ordered some short steel barbells in a 16. I always thought "normal" earrings were a 20 gauge, but I can easily fit my 18 gauge nose screws in my ear holes right now, so idk...maybe I'll be able to go to 14 sooner than I thought.

I'm trying to be extra careful and do it the right way! It's so hard with all the beautiful plugs out there, though...

Did/do you do the oil massages on your lobes? If so what type of oil do you use?

Eeeeeek I'm so excited to get my tapers!

Edit: Maeve, I did see those opal studs from BAF--gorgeous. I just decided to go with a cheaper option since I'm not going to be at this size for very long. I might grab some of those later on, though!
post #442 of 703
Believe me, I understand.

And for massage, I use jojoba oil.
post #443 of 703
So I've been having a heck of a time with my rook piercing (it's about 6 weeks old), and after calling up an old friend who is now a professional piercer, I did the unthinkable...I used neosporin on it!!!!

It worked like a charm! I feel like I should go to confession now... :

(For the record, I'm not recommending it, but nothing else was working and I was terrified of losing it.)
post #444 of 703
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post #445 of 703
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I have two tattoos and one piercing (used to have a "whole face full of fishhooks" but have since taken most out)
post #446 of 703
[QUOTE=CanidFL;12023907]ok here is the shot about 1 hour after the tatt

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o...rah/tatto1.jpgIsn't that they symbol for Ree? That's the tattoo I have always wanted since it's my nickname... now that I have I child I know whose face to use
post #447 of 703
I did it... finally got my first ink this past weekend. No picutures yet, camera batteries died when I took it to the local wi-fi coffee shop. And we haven't had DSL since we moved. Two weeks and no Net at home is bleh. They are coming out on Saturday, so fingers crossed, I'll be up and running soon.

It's a compass rose on my forearm.
post #448 of 703
I have a question on tongue piercings. On my bottom two teeth, the dentist mentioned that my tongue ring is wearing down my teeth. I tried to be conscious of it and I don't know if this is old wearing or new. I have a flat ball (called an m&m because of its shape - not size!) and I have to be pushing my tongue ring down and then my tongue forwards to get there.

Could this be happening at night?

What should I do? I don't want to lose this piercing (I have at it for 10 years now

And I want another tattoo, but can not decide on what I want! But that is a whole other topic!
post #449 of 703
Is it the right length (not too long?).
I would pay more attention to make sure you aren't doing it without realizing it. When I had my tongue pierced I was constantly messing with it without meaning to.
post #450 of 703
No, it's not too long. It is pretty short actually. I am thinking this is an older "injury" from when I had a ball. I like the little short flat ball because I really have to be conscious to get it down that far. There does not appear to be any gum recession in the same area, so I don't know.

My dentist said I could have a guard for night time and it will cost my $120. I may just get that to be sure.....

There are no decent studios in my area, which sucks. I need to get to Atlanta again!
post #451 of 703
Yep, it's probably from the ball. That's what I fiddled with all the time.
post #452 of 703
Oooh! I just got my very first tattoo on May 7th! I love it I also have my nose, left ear cartilage, and earlobes pierced. I am done on the piercings, but I am definitely getting more ink!
post #453 of 703
Hi everyone. I haven't posted to this tribe in a loooong time (not since the previous thread, actually), so i'll reintroduce myself. I have three tattoos, and have plans for many more. My only current piercings are two holes in my lobes. I had my navel pierced about six years ago, but the piercer was rather incompetent (long story short: my tattoo artist was supposed to pierce me, but decided that the shop's piercer should do it instead; after the piercing, I learned that he was only the relatively new apprentice. Ugh!), and since he dropped the barbell while putting it in, I went home with a peicing to take care of, but nothing to show for it.

I'm planning to get my nose pierced this weekend. As a teenager, I swore up and down that I was doing it the day that I turned 18. Well, here I am at 24, and it hasn't happened yet!

So, please give this piercing newbie (for all intents and purposes, I consider myself a newbie; I was naive about the process when I had my navel pierced, which is why things went sour) some insight and advice. As a natural mama, is there anything specific that I want to look for in jewelry? My earlobes have been fairly sensitive over the years (mainly my second holes, not my first, which is weird to me). I have serious enviornmental allergies, and spend a lot of time blowing my nose...am I going to regret a nose piercing?

As far as the piercer goes, I'm planning to get pierced by someone we know who has been piercing for a long time and has a great reputation. We knew him when I got my navel done too, so who knows why I didn't think of going to him then!
post #454 of 703
good luck with the nose ring. I was going to get one last week but money bieng on object even for my birthday I couldnt get it done. Hopefully I will get it done this summer. Of course me bieng a baby even after my tattoo and piercing my own belly button when i was 18 I am still scared so I will need to have someone there. yep I am a baby
post #455 of 703
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Originally Posted by clothdipemomof2boy View Post
good luck with the nose ring. I was going to get one last week but money bieng on object even for my birthday I couldnt get it done. Hopefully I will get it done this summer. Of course me bieng a baby even after my tattoo and piercing my own belly button when i was 18 I am still scared so I will need to have someone there. yep I am a baby
I don't remember feeling much of anything when I got my nose pierced. I took it out so it would heal because it just wasn't in quite the right spot and it bugged me. I'm planning to do it soon but haven't had a day to be able to drive downtown yet
post #456 of 703
Hope you have better luck with your nose than I've had with mine.

It doesn't want to give up the repeated lump comes, lump goes.

Once, the lump pussed. Is pussed a word?

Then, a few times, it bled.

Mostly, though, it's just a bump that feels full of fluid and is shiny. Sea salt chamomile soaks help and I keep them up for a while after it goes away, but then it comes back. It's been 6 weeks and it's frustrating.

My nipple never healed well, but I had always blamed that on bad aftercare advice and a too small diameter ring in a straight hole. (Took it out after about two years, 'cause it got snagged and HURT!!) Now, I'm wondering if I need implant grade stainless or plastic or something....maybe I'm reacting to the metal? Hmpph....just don't know.
post #457 of 703
I saw a couple of pictures, but haven't went back over all of the posts here. Those of you who have tattoos of lotus...could you post your pictures? I'm wanting to get one soon, but I can't figure out exactly where I want to go with it and seeing others maybe will give me inspiration! Thank you!!
post #458 of 703
hi everyone, i have my first tattoo coming up shortly, i hope! i have a consult with the artist on june 13.

i am so excited, but so very nervous too! any tips for a first timer? what to expect for pain and healing?

i want to get an owl, sort of like this one, on my left inner forearm, approx. 4"x3", colour. i want it to be cute, but not too cartoony. it will be for my youngest dd, athena... i just love the big blue eyes.
post #459 of 703
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Originally Posted by shelley4 View Post
hi everyone, i have my first tattoo coming up shortly, i hope! i have a consult with the artist on june 13.

i am so excited, but so very nervous too! any tips for a first timer? what to expect for pain and healing?

i want to get an owl, sort of like this one, on my left inner forearm, approx. 4"x3", colour. i want it to be cute, but not too cartoony. it will be for my youngest dd, athena... i just love the big blue eyes.
I got my first tattoo recently. I thought that it was going to really, really, really hurt. I brought my iPod with me. So if you can bring some music with you, I'd recommend that as it had calmed me a lot (Though, the artist usually has music playing). I had people telling me how badly it was going to hurt. I did not want to listen to them, as I didn't want to freak myself out. I am so surprised at how little it hurt. I might just have a high tolerance for pain, but it did not hurt as much as I had expected it to.

Healing wise, the artist should give you some stuff for scrapes and cuts. My artist gave me some A&D Ointment ( that is what it says on the little tube), but always ask about aftercare, The ointment is very greasy, so I always washed my hand after I put it on my tattoo. I used the ointment for almost two weeks. I've also heard of an aftercare product called Tattoo Wax, but I'm unsure if it varies from the ointment I had.

Cannot wait to see how your tattoo turns out. Good luck!!!
post #460 of 703
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Originally Posted by shelley4 View Post
hi everyone, i have my first tattoo coming up shortly, i hope! i have a consult with the artist on june 13.

i am so excited, but so very nervous too! any tips for a first timer? what to expect for pain and healing?

i want to get an owl, sort of like this one, on my left inner forearm, approx. 4"x3", colour. i want it to be cute, but not too cartoony. it will be for my youngest dd, athena... i just love the big blue eyes.

I got my tattoo on my calf so really it didnt hurt at all except when i flexed because I was so nervous. they gave me some ointment to put on it and that was all i used. I think your tattoo idea is great I would love to see it after you get it done.
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