November 19th, 2015 @ 10:50 am
i have no idea why, but i came across the betches a few months ago, forgot to link them and completely forgot about the site. my scatterbrain sucks sometimes… anyways, i rediscovered them again yesterday and i got to browsin’ and readin’, and came across this article about septum piercings.
the article made me laugh, and as someone that’s had a septum for like, 10 years… i flick my chin at these fashun bastards that wear it as some sort of a trend.
OKAY, SO… i know that septum piercings started as a tribal/society status thing, so technically it’s cultural appropriation (i’m a total hypocrite bc i fucking LOATHE subculture appropriation). however, for my subculture, it’s just always just been a punk thing (the first line of this article pretty much just sums it up). septum piercings are something either your face can just pull off or you really just can’t. there are plenty of norms that can pull it off and look good, but if you’re not into the subculture and your style doesn’t fit it, i feel like it just looks stupid. that was probably a super obv. statement, but i see thugged out girls on the train with them all the time and i’m just like “WHY?!”… it makes no sense, there’s no style flow. it’s just as bad as the fashun people (we can all thank givenchy for that bullshit – awful).
those look so stupid, who would or why would anyone actually try to wear these stupid looking things casually? oh right, the majority of downtown manhattan. ::: eyeroll :::
the small, ornate ones are just as bad, because only ppl that can’t pull them off, actually do wear them. oh, and don’t get me started on the bootleg fake (sorry, faux) ring wearing turds… laaaaaaame!
anyways, i came across this article, and it’s a (mostly) good example of faces that can actually pull it off (although the pretty url title and #’s: 5, 13, 14, 18, 23, 24, and 25 made me cringe – just, no… stop).
SEPTUM RING INFO:
a) GETTING MY SEPTUM PIERCED: it didn’t hurt…. AT ALL. i wish the internet would collectively realize that everyone’s body is different, so it might be excruciating for another person, but it wasn’t for me. in fact, my nostril was always the worst piercing to ever get pierced. i even had it done twice, and both times were awful. i bled like a stuck pig both times, at two different places (OOOH ALSO: getting it caught on polo shirts and towels was *the best* /sarcasm).
when i got my septum pierced, i didn’t feel it. the clamp kind of just put enough pressure to prevent the pain? i don’t know, but my eyes involuntarily dropped tears, and that was that.
b) AFTERWARDS/AFTERCARE: it was sore to the touch for a week, then it was fine. it was probably the least annoying piercing that i’ve ever had, tbh. if i could go back and do the whole piercings all thing over again, i would have only stuck to having done my septum, tongue and stretched my ears. everything else was painful and a pain in the ass in one way or the other (keloids, bleeding, gum depletion, i now look like i have a 2nd/mini belly button where it used to be pierced, etc.).
c) OMG LOOK AT ME: i was never one to show off my piercings for attention (aside from the facial ones i couldn’t hide, obv). i am not one of those OMG I NEED TO BE TRUE TO MYSELF AND MY PIERCING NEEDS TO BE IN EVERYONE’S FACE ALL THE TIME.
when i’m at work, at family functions, around elders and other people i respect, i put it away. i’m sure that people don’t care, but i care. my HR dept. has even told me i could/should wear it down at work, but i don’t like to. i feel like it’s almost rude. so for the most part, my septum is flipped up into my nose, hiding/sitting. it’s also a really small ring. when they first pierced mine, i had a larger ring and switched it out as soon as i could. i got a smaller ring (not gauge) and had the dude bring the horseshoe balls closer together so i felt less bull-like.
d) BLOWING YOUR NOSE: (once it’s healed, of course) you can blow your nose like anyone else. you can do it without it being a pain in the ass or it hurting or anything, if the ring is down/out of your nose. you don’t really notice after a while… just like anything else (ear piercings, tattoos, etc).
e) UNSANITARY CONDITIONS: i mean, you COULD wash it everyday with a little bit of antibacterial soap, or you could take it out and sterilize it with alcohol, etc. i usually just wash it with soap once a week or so. if it’s up, it usually doesn’t require a lot of cleaning. when it’s down, it gathers lots of fun/germy things.
the bottom line is: septum rings fucking STINK. sometimes at a low level, sometimes it’s reeeeally bad. there have been times where it’s smelled like straight dog shit in my nose. i’m guessing sweat? dead skin? food (yeah, gross, i know… but sometimes you just forget to put the ring up before you’re biting into a sandwich or a burger or something. it’s the truth.)? there are so many things that make it stink, google it yourself if you’d like. it’s just like earring funk smell, just 90x worse… and in your nose, so you can’t avoid it.
if yours gets stinky, you just wash it. it’s that simple. it’s either something you can or can’t deal with, but it’s gonna happen either way.
at the end of the day, it’s not something you just do, and it’s just there and you don’t have to maintain it… like everything else, you have to take care of it – there’s upkeep. i always just wish everyone would stop trying so fucking hard, and stop making these things trendy.