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Twenty-four is my age; eighteen is my gauge! [Apr. 10th, 2006|01:23 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

For my birthday a week ago, Amanda gave me a new sparkly:

Nose piercing!

This was my first piercing, aside from my ears in third grade which have long since closed up, but it was incredibly easy and non-intimidating. We went to Black Hole, where Josh and Brian helped me pick out jewelry. I had been thinking of getting my birthstone, but decided at the last minute that I didn't want a big piece of bling on my face and instead picked out a blue lapis set in white gold.

Brian was an excellent piercer. The needle and other instruments were still in their original packaging; Brian demonstrated how he was opening them just for me, then marked on my nose where he thought the stud should go and had me check it out in a mirror to make sure that I was okay with the placement. He put on new gloves, then had me do some "deep breathing exercises" which had me good and distracted when he actually pierced me. It was fast and nearly painless.

Nose piercing!

It doesn't hurt and seems to be healing up nicely. Nostril piercings supposedly take a very long time to heal; I'm supposed to soak it in salt water for five to ten minutes, twice a day for four to six months. At first it was awkward to hold my nose in a mug of salt water for that long, but I'm actually starting to enjoy it; I can't really do anything else while I'm soaking it, and it's nice sometimes to do nothing at all for a few minutes and just relax and enjoy the warm water and the slight effervescent feeling that I guess comes from the salt. So far, most of my friends haven't noticed, or they've thought that something is different but they're not sure what. Heh. I think that's a good thing; it means that I picked a piercing that's well suited to my face and my personality.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 01:23 am (UTC)
Good idea. I think I will.
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[User Picture]From: moonbeanjo
2006-04-10 09:42 pm (UTC)
You look really cute
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2006-04-10 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thirded, and especially because those photos make you in general look cute and the nosering look especially cute.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 01:22 am (UTC)
*blush* Aw shucks. Thanks, alla you.
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2006-04-10 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when I saw it the day we moved I figured you'd always had it and I hadn't noticed it before -- it fits you well.
Good choice on the Black Hole. I've gone there for a gift certificate for Roy's ear piercing, and a friend visited my cousin and had his tongue pierced while he was here and they let both me and Kat in the room to watch. Same proceedure as you described: completely sterile instruments, careful marking and checking of the location, and then a quick and relatively painless pierce followed closely by the placement of the tongue post and then the cleaning. It was all beautifully done -- these guys are great.
I'm thinking (if only I had money) of getting more piercings for my ears and maybe a nose piercing so I could do the cool hindi-muslim thing where I have a nose circlet and a chain that goes to my earrings. That would be so pretty I think!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 01:26 am (UTC)
Yep. It was Amanda's idea to go to the Black Hole -- they did her ears recently, too. Total pros.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-04-10 11:08 pm (UTC)
i saw it yesterday, but did not think that it was new.
i recently got my ears pierced (also birthdayish), and it's difficult enough to put ears into a mug of saltwater that i cannot even quite imagine how to soak a nose
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 01:32 am (UTC)
I have to fill the mug to the brim and, standing over the sink, tilt my head sideways and immerse the bottom part of that side of my nose. I'm getting better at it, although if the piercing were any higher up, I wouldn't be able to do it this way.
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[User Picture]From: cerulicante
2006-04-11 01:48 am (UTC)
You can't soak a rag in salt water and push it against your nose?



(You're as pretty as ever, by the way! 7 years and counting!)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if "as pretty as ever" is exactly a compliment, considering how hideous some of those high school prom pictures were...
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[User Picture]From: cerulicante
2006-04-11 10:30 pm (UTC)
Hey, I liked those!


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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-04-11 02:54 am (UTC)
I was thinking about how I made the mental note
"rockstarling has a piercing"
and since there was no specifically contradictory note i.e.
"rockstarling doesn't have a piercing"
that i assumed it had always been there
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-04-10 11:09 pm (UTC)
also, makes a nonsensical exclamation:
GO SOAK YOUR NOSE
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-04-12 04:49 pm (UTC)
I likes that!

Go soak your nose!
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From: hiamanda
2006-04-10 11:17 pm (UTC)
Sexy!

I can't wait until I quit my corporate job so that I can get my nose re-pierced! I miss it muchly.
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From: hiamanda
2006-04-10 11:18 pm (UTC)
Although I must say that I do not remember soaking it in salt water. I think I just drenched it with saline and bactine a couple of times a day. Whatever works, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 01:28 am (UTC)
How long did yours take to heal? I double-checked my aftercare info, and it's actually more like four months to a year. Damn. But apparently I can substitute a saline-drenched cotton ball for the salt water soak, if holding my nose in a mug of salt water gets too awkward or annoying.
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From: hiamanda
2006-04-11 05:36 am (UTC)
Mine healed pretty quickly, like 2-3 months. I think it's actually because I didn't take very good care of it and played with it a lot, which toughened up or something.

Note, I am emphatically NOT telling you to do what I did. I heal pretty easily. Hell, mine closed up within two weeks of taking it out. You might not heal as easily. Best to stick with the guidelines, at least for the first few weeks.
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[User Picture]From: glowing_fish
2006-04-10 11:42 pm (UTC)
I did notice it yesterday, but didn't notice it as new, since its only the second time we've met.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-04-11 01:05 am (UTC)
Eeep! Recent pictures (the only one I've ever seen is the one on rockstargirl before SFoT)! Awesome. *educated, witty and fitting comment pretaining to piercings in general*
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 01:33 am (UTC)
*throws a bucket of cold water on you*

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Not to mention the (staged, and purely for attention) making out with hiamanda.
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[User Picture]From: ibm5_25
2006-04-11 01:48 am (UTC)

shot in the dark

As I remember (correctly or otherwise), you lived in Chicago for a time (dunno how long), but while you were there did you happen to make the aquantiance of a fellow named Chad, Chad Hines class of 2000? He's now my kick-ass lit teacher here at Iowa.

As I talked about him on my Plan before (and no one responded), I doubt you knew him, but it's worth a shot.

This relates to the pictures via Chicago.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-04-11 03:40 pm (UTC)

Re: shot in the dark

I don't think I've ever met Chad Hines.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-04-11 01:42 am (UTC)
Woot!

That reminds me. I should post pictures. I dyed my hair purple and blue.
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[User Picture]From: sarahtomic
2006-04-11 02:22 am (UTC)
When I got my nose pierced it was sketch. I went into a jeweler's and he used an ear-piercing gun. Yeah...up my nose. This huge earring straight through my nosril, with the back and everything. Crazy! But I hardly ever wear my nose ring, and it has yet to close on me.

Oh yes! And yours looks really nice!
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