How To: Pierce Yourself
1. Choose Your Weapon
Anyone can mutilate his own flesh with a fancy piercing gun, but Mom’s
sewing needle, a thumbtack, or a prison shiv provides that homey touch.
“The device needs to be spiky, not blunt,” says Ines Gilbert, a nurse
practitioner in Topeka, Kansas. Soak the tip in alcohol, then heat it
over a flame before you commence to stabbin’. Stick to the ear, nostril,
or even a nipple. Tongues need hollow needles wielded by pros—one false
move can hit a major blood vessel and kill you.
2. Scope The Area
Scrub the spot in question with antibacterial soap, and make sure there
are no lumps—piercing scar tissue could cause yummy cauliflower-looking
growths called keloids. Wipe with alcohol, then mark the hole-to-be with
a nontoxic surgical pen.“Use a ring rather than a stud so you can get a
healing agent through the hole,” advises Jerry Frederick, a professional
piercer in Glendale, Arizona. Remember: Right ear’s gay, pal.
3. Shoot To Fill
Keep your spike straight and level; angles make it harder to install the
bling-bling later. If piercing anything dangly, hold a bar of soap on
the other side to catch the needle. Now cringe and jab through your
flesh in one fluid motion. Wash the wound with antibacterial soap three
times a day for two weeks, rotating the ring. “Don’t use alcohol or
peroxide,” warns Frederick. “They kill white blood cells and dry the
wound.” In two months you can switch out your starters for Mr. T–style
Who am I to stop
you? By the way this is not a medically approved page.