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Pierce and Taper Method 6.0mm Labret
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March 8, 2012
5:40 am
Jamesryan
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Tomorrow afternoon, between the hours of 16:00 and 20:00, I'll be heading down to the only APP member piercer in the area to get my labret pierced and tapered at 6.00mm, which is 1/4" or 2g. I usually do all of my own modifications, being that I am a trained Body Modification Technician, however, this one in particular would be too difficult to accomplish solo. I will be turning this experience into a ritual, albeit in my mind at the least.

 

This piercing signifies a lot of things to me. The first body modification I ever received, when I was a mere 16 years old, was the labret. That is the modification that opened the door to who I am today and what and where I am doing/going with my life. If it weren't for my mother driving me the hour drive to Cortland, NY to get my labret piercing then, I wouldn't be here today. This is why I have chosen this piercing. I am going so big because I am planning on stretching to approximately 13.00 or 14.5mm, but I have been flirting with the idea of going to a full 18mm (with oval shaped jewelry).

 

With this piercing, I am taking a person oath to live a clean life. I have a habit of cursing and am going to try to limit this, as well as my eating and smoking habits. I'm going to eat more natural by converting to a Paleo Diet and quit smoking. I have trouble enforcing how I want to live my life at times, except when I use ritual to bring about those changes. I'm not sure what it is, perhaps it's chemicals, but when I perform a ritual, something changes in me and I can follow the rules I've set more accordingly.

 

Let me know what you all think.

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March 8, 2012
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That sounds wonderful, actually.  Please post an experience and let us all know how it goes once you've got it done.  I know I would certainly be interested in such and I'm sure others would be as well.

 

I have never combined ritual with tangible life changes before, but the idea resonates very strongly with me.  To utilize a ritual body modification as a catalyst for real lifestyle change is something that seems to make a lot of sense on an intuitive level.  I'll be interested to hear how that portion of it goes as well.  Best of luck on both counts.

March 8, 2012
2:52 pm
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I've studied religion and spirituality for 14 years now. Sure, I may not be an academic, but I've dedicated all of my free time to this. In that time I've realized that religion and spirituality must test you and must change you for it to be efficient and to be real. I enjoy the method of using ritual as a catalyst for real changes because I feel there is no other way. Even a simple tattoo-meditation changes me slowly. I undertake rituals like this because I want to be a better person and the changes are so much stronger if I use ritual as a catalyst.

I'll definitely be updating you about this, how the procedure goes as well as how the changes afterwards go.

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March 8, 2012
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That's a very interesting perceptive.  For me, the majority of the way I interact with body modification I consider to be more passively spiritual rather than actively spiritual.  What I mean by that is, I rarely participate in something that might be considered ritual.  While overcoming adversity in order to achieve something positive is a strong backdrop in how I approach much of my modifications and especially how I approach suspensions, the ritualistic aspect isn't formalized.  When I go into a modification, I have in the back of my mind the that of taking that next step in my personal journey and, hopefully, becoming a stronger and better person for it but instead of being the active focal point, its an all pervasive background.  Thus, while I certainly does have significant spiritual significance for me, it doesn't feel quite accurate to say that most of it is ritualistic because its the background rather than the intense focus.

March 8, 2012
3:55 pm
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me and my girlfriend just got some work done i got my nostrils punched and tapered and she went through getting her lip fixed after getting it scalpeled and having alot of scar tissue built up witch was forcing off to one side making it crooked she wanted me to let you know you should have a cold compress ready cause your gonna need it and she said naproxin (alieve) helped alot with swelling shes at a 1/2 now and it looks great tottaly straight it was pretty intense the piercer did a partial cut with a dermal punch and then made a few cuts with a scalpel witch is when you could see her facial reaction change from being ok with it to being done with it witch she screamed out "finish up where done!!!!" lol it was also kinda intense cause we got em done at a convention so there was a huge crowd gathered around watching witch made it dificult to concentrate over all my experience wasnt as bad i got my nostrils punched at a 2g then tapered to a 0g i wanted them bigger but the piercer felt it would be easier doing it at a smaller size then letting me stretch it more after it heals everyone thought i was crazy cause i was laughing and joking around during the prosses  but i have a high pain tolerance i kept the chunks for a week  or so in my pocket to show off (til they got gross anyway) are you planing on keeping the chunk of lip or maybe eating it? i didnt eat mine cause im a vegetarian but i know alot off people do cant wait to hear how your lip wentSmile

March 8, 2012
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Strommer, you must have a higher pain tolerance than myself to go through getting your nostrils punched and tapered so easily.  I got mine punched at a 4 gauge and tapered to a 2 gauge and they are, to this day, the most painful modification I have ever gone though.  They are the only modification in which I almost passed out after getting the first one done.  I actually had to lie down for a few minutes to regain my composure before getting the second one done.  Luckily I don't have any plans to go any larger than the 2 gauge I'm at right now although I suppose you never can tell, especially as I start stretching up my labret I may well change my mind somewhere down the road.

March 8, 2012
8:37 pm
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i think i was just so excited i didnt think about the pain i felt like a kid on xmas but dont et me wrong the healing process was where it got painful my piercer described it as "a symphony dancing on my sinus cavity" i thought that was an awsome description of it

March 9, 2012
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Vampyre, I understand where you're coming from. Spirituality has always played a very active role in my life.

Strommer, that sounds like a couple of intense experiences, especially with the crowd. I'll definitely let you know how the labret goes tomorrow.

 

I actually just shaved for it. Now it's starting to get real, I NEVER shave (last time I did, I believe I was 16).

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March 9, 2012
3:32 am
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James that sounds great, i hope you have a fulfilling experience.

 

What gauge are you being pierced at?

"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
March 9, 2012
4:21 am
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This should answer any remaining questions. If not, let me know.

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March 9, 2012
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@James: Spirituality has only recently become, in the last couple years, an important component in my life.  Maybe you're noticing a pattern here that many things in my life seem to have happened 2 years or so ago?  If so, that'd be a pretty accurate assessment.  I guess you could say I had a certain life epiphany around that time and began changing some things about myself and the way I lived and discovering some things about myself.  The second real epiphany in my life, as it turns out. 

 

Also, thanks for the video.

March 9, 2012
10:34 am
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It's cool having a video to explain! Good luck with it, it sounds like a good choice if scalpelling isn't available. Wouldn't it be better piercing at 4g though?

It'll be an experience anyway, as i find large gauge piercings an different feeling.

Also maybe it's local or an accent thing, but i've always pronounced labret with a hard T. Although it looks like it, it isn't a French word…

"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
March 9, 2012
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I've heard labret pronounced both ways.  I prefer the hard T also, but I think its largely a matter of personal choice.

March 9, 2012
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Well, I've always pronounced it without the hard T because when I went to get my first piercing, that's how my body modification technician pronounced it, and corrected me because I was pronouncing it with a hard T. Perhaps it's a regional thing, I wouldn't know.

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March 9, 2012
10:54 pm
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I was unable to get it done. Here's an explanatory video.

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March 9, 2012
11:09 pm
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Aww damn man, that really sucks.  But it sounds like, in the long run, despite the minor setback it might actually be for the best.  If you're able to get done what you wanted initially, that's all for the good right?  Good luck the second time around.

March 10, 2012
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On one hand that must be so disappointing, on the other it sounds like a lucky escape! I don't think i'd want to be pierced by someone who doesn't listen, to the degree they confuse an ear with a lip!

4 gauge tapering seemed a bit much too tbh. Scalpelling seems a much better option…

Things seem to work for a reason imho, try and look forward to what life has in store instead!

 

On pronunciation, according to the dictionary it's lay-bret, and is from the Latin "labrum" meaning lip, which was coined in 1857 to describe jewellery worn by Eskimos!

"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
March 10, 2012
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Definitely disappointing, especially since I left my ID there and have to go back Monday to get it. haha. Oh well. I'll be looking into a shop about an hour and a half from here about scalpeling. I'll keep you updated.

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