Wrist piercing – sub dermal piercings on my left wrist

healed

I had a surface bar piercing procedure done about a month ago on my left wrist. I had originally intended to go in for a tattoo on my left ankle – a rotting, dead corpse hand with yellowing fingers grasping my leg and pulling me down with blood dripping from the fingernail rake marks, all in full color. It’s going to be a masterpiece!

arrange

Unfortunately, it would take about four hours to ink and an hour to draw so I decided to go for an unconventional piercing instead. My policy regarding piercings is simple – it has to be concealed (or at least concealable) due to my line of work. I have pierced most of my face since I was 15 and I only have my tongue and nipple piercings left.

doing

I came to this tattoo place to get my nipples pierced about three months ago and asked about flesh stapling and other hardcore or extreme piercings that they do. They couldn’t do it back then but I noticed they have some paraphernalia for it now. However, they still couldn’t do proper flesh stapling so I went for the next best thing – three surface piercings down my left wrist. The piercing guy told me I’m the first one to do this, so I’m the guinea pig.

measure

I like the sound of that. ;)

paraphenalia

Thus, I signed the indemnity form and proceeded with the surface piercing.

test

I originally planned for three similar length and gauge surface piercings but the piercer told me it would look disproportionate due to the widening of the arm, so he suggested 22 gauge, 24 gauge and 26 gauge bars in ascending order so it’ll look straight. It turned out to be an excellent suggestion.

Surface bar piercing is the exact “opposite” of flesh stapling. Flesh stapling allows the “bar” to be visible, but the “ends” to be invisible while surface bar piercings has the “ends” visible while the “bar” goes under the skin.

intro

The skin is clamped together at the wrist and then pierced through with a large needle before the surface bar is inserted and the end screwed in. The entire bar goes under your skin so you can feel it beneath your skin, somewhat akin to a sub dermal implant.

This is the process flow of the surface bar piercing procedure:

drawing

The site of the piercing (in this case my left wrist) is marked with a pen with horizontal and vertical lines as a guide for the three bars going in.

clamp

The skin around the wrist is clamped together – not a very easy task for the first one since it’s located quite high up on the arm. The clamp marks alone took over a week to heal!

pierce

A very thick needle is poked through the skin from A to B so it goes under the skin between the two points.

cork

It is temporarily stopped with a cork for safety purposes.

through

The surface bar is then inserted all the way in…

undone

…before the clamp is released, putting the entire bar under the skin and leaving the ends up. The side of the surface bar is screwed in with a ball.

disinfect

I did all three in a row which amazed the staff, as did my tolerance for pain. I don’t mean to brag, it’s none of that macho shit, but I honestly don’t feel much pain at all. It hurt a little after a couple of days though, especially when it snags on clothes and hair. I look a little like a porcupine at the wrist, but I kinda like how it looks now.

done

It’s supposed to take six (!!!) months to completely heal but I think mine is pretty much healed now. It doesn’t hurt anymore, even when slightly snagged. It’s different and I get a lot of double takes and people commenting about it (one guy even wanted to take a photo of it) when I go out.

montage

It’s technically a transdermal implant since part of it is inside the skin and part of it is outside and is considered a little on the extreme side, so that’s something you might want to consider if you’re doing this.

…a video of the third and final wrist piercing going in.

complete

This is what it looks like when it’s done.

photo

It looks horribly painful especially for virgins to the world of self-mutilation, er…I mean body modification but it’s not as painful as it looks. :)

Look at my pretty nails!

elianto nails

I was out shopping with Faye in Miri when she came across a shop selling nail polish and other manicure paraphernalia. She’s a big fan of these things and actually considered being a manicurist at one point in her life.

elianto interior

Elianto has a wide range of different nail polish colors and Faye wanted to try them on but she only had 10 fingernails…

elianto mine

…so she started using mine.

I had to rush to Guardian to get a bottle of nail polish remover before going to work the next day.

Envy Health & Beauty

envy

Envy Health & Beauty is having their official opening on the 10th of May, 2008. It’s owned by two of my friends – Joyce and Mary. Four of us were invited to a pre-opening sneak preview of the place and offered a free facial worth RM 50.

testers

Thus, Katherine, Chiew Keing, Sheau Lih and myself trooped down to Envy to be the first guinea pigs. ;) I’m kidding, Mary has a lot of experience in doing this and so does Joyce. It’s just not open until this Saturday so they invited four of their closest friends to get a complimentary facial.

fluffy slippers

You change into fluffy slippers when you enter the establishment – red ones for females, blue ones for males. I didn’t even know it was color coded coz I wore the red ones. Heh!

chairs

The interior of Envy is very tastefully decorated and exudes a nice, clean and relaxing atmosphere. There are lounge chairs, bean bags and couches in the waiting room, which is meant as a place for friends to hang out and relax.

futon

My favorite is the futon chairs and carpet seating area.

display

There is also a glass display cabinet showcasing the two major products they carry.

usana

Usana is one of the latest nutritional fads to hit Sibu.

sense

SenSe is the beauty product line that they are using in their in house facials.

facial room

The facial room is the highlight of this establishment and it has three beds with see through privacy curtains for a maximum for three simultaneous customers at once.

lights

There is mood lighting for each of the beds…

sound

…and soft, relaxing music playing for a stress free ambiance.

mary and me

It was soon my turn to get the facial and I got Mary to do mine.

facial

It took about 30 minutes or so to get everything done.

before

This is the Before shot.

after

This is the After shot.

envy thanks

Thanks to Joyce and Mary of Envy for inviting us in for a pre-launch preview and a free facial! :)

Envy will be opening on the 10th of May, 2008.

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