Newbie!

Right now all I have is ear piercings. I eventually want to get my belly button done, and there are three tats that I eventually want to get.

In my left ear I have 3 ear lobe piercings, 2 helix, and 1 rook. In my right I have 3 ear lobe piercings, 1 tragus, and 1 rook.

I have a question to go along with this. The rook piercings are nine days old. The right one is healing perfectly. No swelling, so extra pain, nothing. The left one, two days after I got it, was so swollen the old, established helix piercings were hurting, it was throbbing, and I couldn't fall asleep because it hurt so bad. I continued (and still am) cleaning them twice a day with mild soap, but I added in a 15min epsom salt soak for the infected one. That lasted for about two and a half days.

Now, it's a little bit warmer still that my other ear and a bit more tender. Also... there is a weird bump behind my ear. It's on my head, directly next to my ear. I thought maybe it was a swollen lymph gland from the infection, but I think it's too high up to be a lymph gland.

Does anyone know what this is? Or if I should even worry about it? It's not very big, but it is sort of hard, and sometimes it hurts when it gets pushed on.
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Repiercing a VCH... is this possible?

I had a piercer tell me that there'd be too much scar tissue and there'd be the risk of losing sensation down there.

Thanks in advance!

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belladonna

Update to my post on 3/9/08

I got the first half done! I'm sooooo glad I decided to split the sessions. The birds were 5 hours just for the pair so I think the 8 hour estimate I was previously given was a really conservative one. I decided to get the birds knocked out because I like the idea of one part then another rather than the outline in one sitting then the coloring in another. The worst part of the night was the false sense of security. As anyone who has ever been tattooed will (generally) tell you, the outline is the worst. After that? It's just scratching and hot. Well, for this tattoo the artist had me lay down for the outline. Because of this, all of my fat and tissue settled farther north than usual because there was no darned gravity to get in its way. So, when she started working, it was easy. Really easy. As in look at me being surprised with the easy - I thought this was going to be so much worse! If that was the outline and we all know how much easier the coloring is, I could have actually taken a nap.
But then she wanted me upright for the coloring and shading. Which meant gravity did its job again. And that left skin over my collar bone, rather than the previous buffer zone provided when I was on my back. The tail feathers felt like she was drilling on my collar bone, into my neck and through to my back. I never thought I'd say this about a tattoo, but on those birds? Outline was way easier. Here are a couple pics of the process:Collapse ) Thanks again for all your input and when the center is all complete I'll be sure to post a few more pics :)
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belladonna

Chest Piece Tattoo

I was wondering if I could get some input on a new tattoo idea. I plan on getting a chest piece within the next few months. I don't want my breasts tattooed, just the space between (about halfway down the bust line) spreading up and out to the collar bone/lower shoulder areas. To kinda give you an idea of what I'm thinking (as far as positioning only - I'm creating my own art) I found these pictures on Flickr:




The questions I have are:
1) can a piece of this size be done in one sitting? (there should be a fair amount of space between the center and the "wings" spreading up the sides, so I'm hoping it would be possible, but I'd like a realistic expectation)
2) what's the pain ratio that high on the chest compared to other tattoo locations?
3) do you think that a woman with this type of tattoo has a diminished feel of femininity?

Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Hellos & New Piercing

Hi, I just joined this community and my name is Krystal.
I love bodmods but don't have as many as I plan to yet.
I have about 10 piercings on my ears, due to the fact that they were all I was allowed to get until I turned 18.
I turned 18 a little over a week ago and my first non-ear-related bodmod was two nipple piercings =]
I was a little nervous about infections at first but they seem to be healing fine!
I'd like to know of some good online body jewelry stores, especially for nipple rings.
Thank you!

P.S. maybe I will post pictures of my ears sometime (don't think I will of my nipples though ;] lol)
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belladonna

Labret Questions

I'm seriously considering a labret piercing and I want to know:

A) Any complications (during or after the actual piercing)?
B) How painful is both the piercing and the healing?
C) How long is the healing time?
D) Did it affect speech in any way? If so, for how long?

Any help anyone can offer would be much appreciated! I currently have 9 tattoos, several earrings and a nose stud/eyebrow barbell (the last two I did myself so the pain was much less than that of even the ear piercings - hence why I'm scared over the prospect of the labret).

Thanks in advance!
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