What an EXQUISITE navel piercing experience!

By Juliana from Illinois.

I’ve wanted to get my belly button pierced for years, but I had to wait it out since my parents disapprove of any tattoos/ piercings ( besides ears) .

I am now a freshman in college, and excited to experience a bit more freedom. I knew that I wanted to get my piercing done my first semester but there was one factor holding me back; I was a broke college kid.

I already knew the place that I wanted to go to before I left for school. I was referred by a trusted tattoo artist back in the Chicagoland area where I’m from. He reccomended Exquisite Tattoo & Piercing in Bloomington, Illinois. About a month before I got the piercing done, I went in to meet the piercer and ask questions and discuss tattoos and piercings in general.

The shop was beyond sanitary, and had a very welcoming feel to it. I figured winter would be the best time to get the piercing to allow it time to heal for summer, so I went at the beginning of December. They had a great selection of Titanium jewelry with beautifully colored ems. The starting price was $65 and I had a $10 off coupon.

At this shop, they were able to ( oxidize I think is the proper word? ) the jewelry to change the color of the bar. Mine was turned into an electric purple and it had an iridescent green gem. The piercer, Jamie, put the jewelry into a machine that printed out a card to clarify that the jewelry was sanitary then we went back to the room.

She took her time to make sure that the piercing laid at the proper angle ( I have an oddly shaped belly – button ) so she took about a half hour. I could tell that she was very dedicated to getting the job done correctly, I really admired that. She did not use a clamp, but the piercing did not hurt. She had me very calm and it just felt like pressure not pain.

I still get a bit of redness here and there, but overall the piercing seems to be healing very well! I would reccomend Exquisite to anybody. Their prices may seem higher, but you will know that your piercing is top notch quality.

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The Pride for My Belly Piercing

By Destiny from Goldsboro, NC.

It Was My Freshman Year in College. A new part of my life was just beginnning. A new part called womanhood. So what better way to show it than get some sort of symbol for it. I already had a tattoo ever since I was 14 so that wasn’t it. My bestfriend has two peircings and at the time I had none.

She had the snakebites and a belly button piercing. So I decided to get me a belly button piercing. We both went to the parlor on Ash Street and she sat with me while I got it done. As the procedure started, I began to question him about pain and infections and what to expect. He ensured me that it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought . So he marked the spot on my stomach and before you know it , it was all over.

I screamed because he didn’t warn me. But as I look back on it now I feel stupid. Because it was less pain than what I thought it was going to be. I had a half shirt on to keep my piercing from touching my shirt. That was the only pain really. But after a some weeks that all ended too. Afterall, te piercing was worth it and it made me proud. Its now a representation of me being a woman.

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