I have a busy week ahead of me. I have a Drifting Sun print job for Jackson’s Bar, hopefully I will be printing those Thursday. I have to do screens and graphics for this job yet before printing. I have a day of piercing lined up for this Wednesday. It will be my first near full day of piercings, I hope to get a good number lined up so it is worth it.
I’ve begun a self apprenticeship in piercing, as I said, and I had a week of nostrils and navel. This week I am going to do lips and labrets, and possibly some others. I’m currently still lining up some guineas. (I mean no disrespect to people from New Guinea, or guinea pigs or anything of the sort, I simply reply to my subjects/patients/heros as guineas. I appreciate all of the guinea pigs that are allowing me to learn on them!) Hopefully I can get a decent day of it scheduled out so it’s worth while lining up a sitter for so long.
I will be attempting lips and labrets. All new to me! Last week I did two nostril piercings and a navel. They all went really well. The nostril, I had done before as I blogged, on myself. These ones were done with corkscrew jewelry studs, though, which can prove to be difficult getting to turn to follow the needle through. I have also done my own navel, I mentioned, only completely incorrectly with a safety pin. The navel. THE NAVEL. That is the tricky one. But having all the proper supplies to do it was so much easier.
The navel piercing is very popular, mostly with teenage girls. This is one of the things that make it actually one of the more difficult piercings to do. They aren’t always great with their aftercare and a navel can take up to 9 to 12 months or longer to heal fully at times. This isn’t me targeting anyone, this is what I’ve read in my books/studies. I’ve been on my subject like a hawk about aftercare! She’s been great! It’s doing well.
The navel piercing itself was a little odd. The needle pierced through fine, I just had trouble getting the jewelry to follow the needle through, as it didn’t fit into the hollow end of the needle well because they were the same gauge. I finished it up and it went well, but there was a moment where I was almost afraid I would have to stop and not be able to do it. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get the jewelry through for a split second, but I was determined, apologized to my subject, and lined them up and got ‘er through! BAM! The biggest problem was getting enough of her skin in the forceps to pierce well enough. That’s another problem with navels. They reject and migrate often because there isn’t always a good amount of skin to be pierced there. No two navels are made alike and there are some that just simply can not be pierced! You must assess the situation. I decided she was capable, although hers was a little elongated (like a coin slot) which we joked about.
I need to line up my guineas and be aware of which piercings they are interested in so I can prepare myself properly. So hopefully everything goes well Wednesday and I am able to get my printing done while still being able to write a few things here and there. Mondays are so crazy. I sat down last night (on Sunday) and actually tried to plan my week out some and contacted people about this week. It was good to start ahead, so hopefully I can keep up with that momentum. I’m already hittin’ the coffee hard, and I’m gonna need it for this week!