So if you follow me on social media, you’ll know by now that I did a thing. A thirty-something married mom of two went to a tattoo parlor and voluntarily asked them to put a new hole in my face. When I put it that way, probably sounds SUPER glamorous, right? Anywho, I thought I’d put together a post quickly with some of the most common questions I’ve gotten and hopefully, it will give you some insight into the process if you are looking to do something similar!
1. How many other piercings and/or tattoos do you have?
I have double piercings in my ears. I never wear earrings and they’ve probably closed up. I’ve thought about getting a tattoo, but I’m still finalizing a design and not 100% sure when or if I’m going to go through with it. But otherwise, skin is all me!
2. Did it hurt?
It *did* hurt a bit, like being poked or stubbing your toe, BUT I recommend keeping your eyes CLOSED because I did not and let’s just say, I saw a gigantic needle and did NOT need to see that All in all, it was pretty quick and not very painful in my opinion. If you have sensitive eyes, they WILL water because of the pressure.
3. Where did you go?
A local place in Illinois – Native Rituals. They followed all appropriate protocol, put me at ease, and knew what they were talking about. They will do piercings on children, BUT require a consultation first which I really respect them for doing and keeping up with! They were extremely thorough and use the highest grade jewelry. Very reassuring to me as someone with sensitive skin!
4. How does it feel now?
It was a tiny bit swollen and red the second day, but today feels great and I oftentimes forget I even have it in! I only wash with warm water on it and otherwise, it’s easy to care for.
5. Does it feel like something is in your nose?
YES! But the back to the jewelry isn’t a traditional backing. It’s flat and almost reminds me of a tiny nail. I investigated and it’s not like just hanging there, so don’t worry about that.
6. Are you going through a midlife crisis?
I don’t think so? I’m just a person who wanted to do a thing because I wanted to and because it interested me, not because I’m trying to be someone or something I’m not.
7. Were you worried you would hate it?
YES! But I told myself that if I did, I could take it out easily and let it close up. BUT good news! I actually love it and am pleasantly surprised by how much I do love it!
8. Do you need a certain size nose to do it?
You tell me. I have a big(ger) nose. If you have a nose and want a piercing, then yes, you can get a nose piercing. Voila!
9. How did you decide what side and jewelry?
I picked my “best” side aka selfie side and went with an opal – my birthstone – meaningful to me.
9. Did your husband hate it?
Guess what? I don’t give a rip if he did (he doesn’t). But seriously, he actually liked it and asked when I was going to change it out to coordinate with my outfits. He reminds me that I’m free to be the person I want to be and who is he to stand in the way of something that makes me happy. If I haven’t said it enough, my husband is pretty amazing and I love that he allows me to be me.
11. Are you going to get ALL the piercings now?
Nah. One nose ring is enough for me. A tattoo on the other hand…
I did ask my piercer if it was buy one piercing, get a basic tattoo free. I almost think he took me up on that…
Overall, the process was relatively painless. I feel like I’ve had it forever and it doesn’t drastically change my life, but it does make me happy. The boys think it’s pretty and really didn’t notice and after the first five minutes, don’t really ever point it out even.
Life is too short to worry about what others think of you. And let’s be honest, if I spent all my time caring about what other people thought, I wouldn’t have nearly enough time to take pictures of myself or go out and get that new hold in my head that I’ve been wanting.
Rock on with your bad self! And make time to take the big (and little) risks – you never know what might turn out to be a treasure to you.