Why You May Want To Consider Going To Get Pierced By Yourself

Body piercings are the epitome of edgy fashion and they're now bigger and better than ever in 2023. This tradition even predates the ancient Egyptians as a cultural practice used for various purposes over the ages, according to Daze Digital. Piercings then and now are simply just punctures made on the body with a needle for the purpose of affixing jewelry to it. People commonly get piercings on their ears, nose, lips, and even their belly button. They get pierced for reasons ranging from purely aesthetic to cultural reasons or even simply wanting to stand out from the crowd.

If you are considering getting a piercing yourself, even after doing all the necessary research you may still feel a bit nervous about the pain and think of asking a friend or a family member to accompany you to your piercing appointment. But it turns out, that may not be the best idea. For those of you thinking "But I don't want to go alone, I'm literally getting stabbed," there is no law that you should always go to a piercing appointment with a companion. In fact, it might make the whole experience more difficult for you.

Having someone to accompany you might backfire

Even though you invite a friend or a group of friends to make you calmer and more comfortable while you are getting pierced, there is a chance that they might be just as nervous as you are, if not more. If your moral support pillar is fidgeting nervously, you will obviously feel even more anxious than you already were. Since you are probably already on edge about the pain, even a simple harmless comment about how much it could hurt will make you feel worse, making the experience much harder than it needs to be, for all parties.

On the other hand, going solo could seem like a daunting prospect. But if your body piercer is competent, they will know exactly how to make you feel better and put you at ease. A professional body piercer will find it much easier to calm you down and keep your nerves under control if you are the only person they have to deal with. In a lot of cases, the piercing artist can help make the whole experience easier.

Professional piercer J. Colby Smith at New York Adorned told Teen Vogue that it can make his job easier sometimes when clients come in alone. "People transmit nervous energy onto their friends, so sometimes it's better to be alone," he said. "It's easier for me to connect with my clients and keep their energy under control if they're on their own. It's all about your mental state."

A professional is all the moral support you need

Since your mental state is a major component of your experience, there are plenty of ways to put your mind at ease during your piercing session. Always research the body piercing shop before you make an appointment and pick one that has a good reputation by checking the reviews and asking around. Ask plenty of questions but trust your instincts. If you are worried about the pain of a peircing, voice your concerns to your chosen piercing artist, they are pros with lots of experience soothing anxious clients. They likely understand that being mentally ready for the pain will also be immensely helpful when the piercing actually begins.

If the risk of infection makes you nervous, ask your piercer how the needles are sterilized and what else they do to minimize the chances of the piercing getting infected. If you find anything unclear about the instructions they give you for aftercare, voice that and they will be more than happy to clear your doubts.

Remember that communication is key and you'll have no need to fret if you communicate with the body piercing artist well. The whole process will go along smoothly and you'll likely find out that you don't actually need any extra moral support at all. So, yes, you should consider going solo for your piercing appointment. Not just because going with a friend could make you more nervous, but also because a professional, experienced body piercer can provide every bit of support a friend can and more during the piercing process.