A rite of passage redone right
Monday, June 4, 2012 1:15:34 AM
So I did some research about piercing and with my findings went to the local tattoo and piercing shop. I entered the store and was greeted by silence. No blaring music, no craziness. Moments later she appeared, and despite her appearance the young girl with multiple facial piercings was very professional and informative. She told me that when she was a teenager she used to work at one of those girly accessories stores, where, if you buy some earrings they`ll pierce you`re ears for free. She told her boss she didn`t want to do it, but she had no choice. And she used...THE GUN. THE GUN, she said, just pushes the flesh through, creating a wound, a blunt force trauma, not a real piercing. Also it`s not that sanitary and people who use them have no real training or certification. At least at a piercing shop they are government regulated and everything is sanitary. All the equipment is one use, and sterilized. Anyway, all she used was a surgical needle. She swabbed my lobe with that pink soap they use in hospitals. Then she just stuck the needle through. That`s it, just stuck it through. I admit the left one hurt a bit because it was scarred still, but the right one I hardly felt. And today I feel nothing and my ears look very happy. Another thing she told me was about the cleaning of the new piercing. Only with mild soap and saline solution. No alcohol, no antibacterial cleansers and no ointments at all.
Later on I was walking by one of those girly accessories shops and an older lady was sitting down ready to have her ears pierced! Ready to be a real girl! I was horrified. I felt a Kramer (Seinfeld) moment coming on in which I would rescue her somehow from this terrible trauma and carry her over my shoulder, screaming, up to the tattoo shop.