My daughter got her nose pierced about three weeks ago, and she was so pumped up about getting it done that it didn’t hurt her at all. She reported some throbbing about 8 hours after her nose piercing was done. Her immediate response to having a 22 gage needle pushed through her nose was “Oh wow! This is totally awesome!” She has been telling me for three weeks that it didn’t hurt her at all, and she said I should bite the bullet and get my nose pierced.
On Thursday, April 18, I decided to get my nose pierced just so I could experience it for myself and then write an article about it. To be honest, I was more than a little scared to have my nose pierced. My nose is fairly sensitive to pain, and I’m not a big fan of feeling excruciating pain, just for the pure joy of it. It was raining out, and I tried to talk myself out of going, but my daughter would have none of that. She wanted me to get the nose piercing done even more than I wanted it. I was panic stricken for most of the drive to Agape Ink.
When we arrived at Agape Ink tattoo shop, one of the owners, David greeted us. He was doing a tattoo on a gentleman, but told us that Shane, the co-owner, would be there in a few minutes. While I was waiting on Shane, I took a look around the place. The place is clean and it is family friendly. I noticed lots of paintings of movie characters on the wall. One that struck me was The Joker, which was portrayed by the Late Keith Ledger. While I was admiring the paintings, Shane came in. My slaughter told him I was waiting to get my nose pierced. I had decided I wanted an emerald green corkscrew stud to go into my nose at the time of the piercing.
I signed all of the paperwork giving the piercer the permission to work on me while releasing Agape Ink from liability. The form basically is a legal document indicating that I want my nose pierced and no one is holding a gun to my head.
After I signed the consent form, I followed Shane into one of the rooms. I sat, reclined, in the chair while Shane got everything ready. He placed a dot on my nose with a marking pen, and my daughter verified that the location for the nose stud to be inserted was correct. Then he prepped my nose with an alcohol swab, and then placed a forceps on my nose to squeeze the area being pierced. Shane advised me that he was going to verify placement again, so I relaxed. He tricked me! It was just then that I felt extreme pain as the needle was being pushed through the flesh and cartilage of my right nostril. I tolerated the procedure with a fair amount of groaning.
As bad as the nose piercing procedure was, it wasn’t the worst of it. The worst part of getting my nose pierced was threading the corkscrew post through the hole in my nose. The nose stud was threaded through the hole as the needle was pulled through my nose.
The pain from getting my nosed pierced was bad. I don’t think I would ever put myself through that kind of pain again. I think my pain was magnified by the incredible amount of anxiety that I was having. Shane was friendly, and he tried his best to inject a little humor in the procedure.
My experience, overall, was good. While I am not into body piercing, I’m happy with my choice to have a nose piercing done. My daughter said she loved the emerald green stone in my nose. She said I actually looked younger. I’m not sure about looking younger, bit I am happy with my new look.