2. I looked up tattoo parlors around my area on Google. I checked out the reviews. I found one that had 7 reviews- six of which were five-star reviews and one was a four-star review. Other places had two reviews or less, so I didn't even bother with them.
1. I decided to get a bellybutton piercing on 5/6/10, but I had been contemplating getting one for years. It was good to wait because then I realized how much I truly wanted it. It was not something I just did on impulse. If you are thinking about getting a piercing, take. your. time.
3. I visited the tattoo parlor (Mighty Mike's), but they didn't have a piercer on staff at the time. However, through this, I discovered that the parlor was as sterile as a hospital! The floor was so shiny clean that I could almost see my reflection. Crazy. When we walked into the back room, Travis said it looked like his dad's office! (His dad is an oral SURGEON! Haha! Clean much?!)
4. I called the next day and asked if they had a piercer on staff, and they did! I then headed to the shop a little later with Travis and Mom.
5. We came in, signed some waivers, and it was time to get the show on the road!
6. The piercer (Mike himself) put on some new gloves, cleaned my bellybutton with alcohol, and had me stand still as he marked the inside and outside of the top part of my bellybutton with a dark, purple marker. He also unwrapped the ring, needle, and any other required tools from their sterile packages.
7. It was then time to lie on the table, holding Trav's hand with a death grip as my mom gripped her camera, finger on the "trigger".
8. Mike then used his little "skin-gripper" to pull up the two dotted areas of my skin and squeeze them together for easy piercing.
9. He took out the large needle and pushed it through my skin without anesthesia... once the needle went through, he pressed a cork on top of the needle to protect himself and me.
10. Mike followed it up with the ring onto which he screwed the "ball".
11. After I checked out my new piercing, he reviewed the cleaning and care procedures. Cleaning the piercing and ring is extremely important for avoiding infections and the "survival" of the piercing. During this time, Travis's "nausea" kicked in, and he had to sit down because he felt light-headed and his stomach hurt! You would think I would be the one having issues like those, but no, Travis was feeling sick! How ironic! I really cannot blame him, however, because I was not the one WATCHING the process. I just did my best to NOT look at my belly for the entire experience. Poor guy! I will say, though, he did a great job lasting and supporting me until the end of the actual piercing. Afterward, when he no longer needed to comfort me, he decided it was time to take a seat and relax so that he did not pass out. Haha! What a trooper!
12. Finally, we paid and tipped Mike, and then we headed out with me beaming about my new, exciting choice!
- I hope you have enjoyed the "piercing process". Thanks for reading! -