Lips, rings and pointy things.. how NOT to peirce your lip!

By Halo from Illinois.
A while back me and my boyfriend went on a little unauthorized week-long vacation. During which i decided i needed to get my snake bites back (for no other reason then i missed them).

I had no money and prefer piercing myself so i had to find someone with a lip ring or two i could use) After finally finding a friend that had a lip ring i decided with only one ring, things needed to be even, it had to go in the middle. My friend, boyfriend and i went to a local cafe and took a thumbtack off their bulliten board then my friend and i headed to the bathroom.

I washed the tack and the ring with soap and water (gotta keep things clean right? :p ) and then tried to push the tack through… lets just say dull tacks and water (which is not a lubricant by the way) make it really hard to get through those little balls in your lips… About half way through i had to stop and breath.

After finally getting the tack through i had to pull it out (which kinda closes the hole btw) and try to put the ring throug…. Just a reminder if your ring is bigger than the thing you made the hole with, your in a WORLD of hurt!!! after getting the ring half way through i had to have my friend help. she sat me on the toilet and tried her best to get it through. it wasnt gunna happen.

after about 20 mins of this i went out to my boyfriend who told me to hold onto the fence behind me. i grabbed the fence and bent my knees… lets just say some people thought my boyfriend and i were fighting with the scream and tears that followed 10 mins of pushing.. my friend said it sounded like i was giving birth… in a way i was kinda…. only it was mettle and on my lip.

After that my lip swelled alot and i had problems eating and drinking and kissing… the easiest way to care for a peircing like this is to NOT do it or take it out and get it done professionally… this piercing stayed in for a week before it got infected (even with the use of cleaners and proper care technique). I had to take it out.

A note from the editor:

This website does not condone or encourage self-piercing. Piercing should be carried out by a fully qualified, trained professional in a suitable studio with the appropriate equipment. Piercing is dangerous and, if done incorrectly can cause infections and serious injury. Halo, in her story, is wise to encourage others to get their piercings done professionally. Thanks for the story Halo.

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