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My body modifications and their story
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November 1, 2013
4:46 pm
ShylaRose
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My first tattoo was a black and red tribal butterfly. I got it when I turned 18 as a symbol of my transition into adulthood. It was my first, and therefore my favorite even nearly ten years later. Second bit of ink was another butterfly to balance things out. Ive got one butterfly on each shoulder at this point. Third tattoo was a custom breast cancer ribbon to honor a mother figure in my life I lost to the disease. Mama Jo was a wonderful angel of a woman. Last tattoo was a green ribbon which I got to raise awareness for a particular health condition I happen to have.

Piercings!! Ive retired several ranging from an industrial clear down to vertical hood piercinds. My body is currently home to four piercings only:gauge 2 plugs in each ear which I did purely for my own enjoyment; a dermal on my collarbone area which I got to accentuate my chest-kind of smallish-and a left nostril piercing, which has the most serious story behind it. Nine years ago I suffered from a Tylenol overdose and was hospitalized. I went into a three day coma. They put a tube through my nose in order to deliver the antidote. I lived and I wanted to turn this horrible experience into something beautiful. Hence, my left nostril piercing was born

I hope others have enjoyed reading this. :)

November 8, 2013
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Oakbear
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Than you for sharing ShylaRose, and welcome to the forum!

It's always a pleasure to hear about what modifications mean to someone, and how it has takena part of their lives.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
November 12, 2013
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Tiffany
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My mom had my ears pierced when I was 5 mos old. I got my second set at 13, my first tat at 18 and my third set of ear piercings at 19 after a devestating break up. It wasn't until I was in my mid/late 20's that I realized each tat and piercing I've gotten my whole life seems to have punctuated some kind of life event. I choose all of my tats and piercings carefully, and once planned, to me it feels like they're already a part of me even if they aren't there yet. I've never gone back on a decision to get any work done. It honestly feels like that work is just waiting for the right moment to reach fruition. Right now I'm woefully behind on my plans. I had a tat planned for my wedding, and piercings planned after I was diagnosed with MS. I just don't have the money. Each bit of work I get has such personal meaning, and each tat in a context in line with my spiritual beliefs that feels to me almost like I'm mapping out my life on my body in the same way that stretch marks, scars and smile lines convey to observers some of the experiences that we've had. I know that I'll never be done, because there will always be something new that I have to add, and I have years worth of tats and piercings planned just waiting for the moment when I know, it's time to get that one done.
I had a very sad experience recently, because I'm so sick all the time, even though I've had all of my ear piercings for years one of the ones in the cartilage in the right ear just flared up. While trying to adjust the jewelry to relieve some pressure it just popped out and the hole immediately closed. I was unable to fit any jewelry in, it was too inflamed. So…I lost a piercing for the first time ever. I thought, maybe it was meant to be. What better way to show just how much I've lost through illness than to lose something more that I loved dearly. But, when I got to get it redone I'm going to put two in its place. Two steps forward for every one step back. :)

When I'm good, I'm good. When I'm bad, I'm even better. :D
November 12, 2013
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Oh no!! That sucks you lost a piercing. Ive been there so I'm sad right along with you.

I recently got myself a tragus piercing for an early birthday gift. I love that it can be hidden if occasion requires, or be on show if I choose. This is such an awesome piercing my hubby has offered to get me another. I'm not decided on where to put it:directly above the other one, or dead center on the other ear. Decisions, decisions…

December 7, 2013
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kaytemew
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Thanks for sharing, I love how how symbolic everything has been for you. And I'm glad that modifying has been able to be there for you on your journey.

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
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