How To Get A Nose Piercing With Brian Keith Thompson Of Body Electric | Macro Beauty | Refinery29

How To Get A Nose Piercing With Brian Keith Thompson Of Body Electric | Macro Beauty | Refinery29


I like to pierce on the one single exhale. Most of it is all in your head. Pain is temporary. Vanity is forever. My mom has this thing where her grandma would always tell her, “If God wanted a hole on your body, he would’ve put it there.” Just to get my ears pierced, I had to wait until I was in tenth grade. And I begged for them. My name is Melissa and I’m getting a nose piercing today. So I have both ears pierced, but two holes on this side. I had my cartilage done. My nose done and my belly button. I had my nose piercing for a little over a year but I kind of got tired of where the piercing was placed. I really love wearing hoops and mine hung way too low for me. I’m definitely looking forward to going to someone who knows what they’re doing. We’re going to clean you up, mark you up, and then pierce you up. My name is Brian Thompson. I own Body Electric. I’ve been piercing for about ten years now. If my Commanding Officer was to see me now, he would say I was an idiot. This is not in Marine Corps regulation except for my haircut. That’s what drew me to tattooing and piercing is that I could manipulate and change my body the way I wanted to and nobody had a say in it. There’s two sides of piercing. There’s the actually physical act of of piercing and then there’s decorating, knowing where to put it. I am a decorator. Placement is definitely important when it comes to piercing. When you get a piercing done, it shapes your face. If it’s in a weird spot, you might feel uncomfortable or you might feel like you look weird. I don’t myself use a piercing gun. That’s not to say that the gun doesn’t work. It does. But me, if I’m going to decide, I’m going to get pierced with a needle every single day. I’m not going to use the gun. When the piercing gun is used, it is basically using blunt force trauma. It is taking a stud, that is fastened to a point, and using the spring loaded force of that gun to puncture it through your earlobe. You’re going to see the fibers eject from the backside, where the actual jewelry exits. That’s happening to your ear as well. Right after you’re pierced, you’re going to have more swelling. Inflammation causes pain. So then you’re going to have more pain. It’s going to take longer to heal, especially if you have sensitive skin. Now a puncture is going to heal slower than a cut. A needle may be round, but it’s still cutting. It’s basically like a circular, tiny little scalpel. A piercing needle, its one mission on this planet, is to do what? Pierce the body. A piercing needle is hollow. It pierces quicker, and without any kind of drag. It doesn’t remove any tissue, it just opens a space. Right now I’m just setting up a little bit of ink for marking, sterile lubricant, and a little bit of soap for scrubbing. When I get set up to pierce, nothing is pre-sterilized, I do it all while you wait. Gauze, the needle, jewelry, toothpick I use for marking, everything runs through this machine. It’s this button, there we go. Once it’s complete, I bring the client back. That’s when we pierce. Alright so, what I’m going to do is get lined up and once I am, I’m going to have you take a big deep breath, okay? In through your nose, slow and concentrated, out through your mouth. Okay? Your right eye’s going to water. Okay. Just let it happen. Take a deep breath all the way in. All the way out. I like to pierce on the one single exhale. Deep breath in, exhale, that’s when I pierce. First, it’s a sharp pinch. You have a lot of nerve endings on your nostril. It’s a very sharp pinch, but it subsides very rapidly. The next is you’re going to feel warmth in the area. Blood is rushing in the area. The eye immediately waters. Well done my dear! So, when you’re getting your nose pierced, it happens quickly. It’s a pinch. It’s the anticipation that makes it feel like it’s going to be a lot worse. But it isn’t. Everybody’s eyes waters. Even Bruce Lee if he got his nose pierced, his eyes would’ve watered too. If you build it up, and make it about the negativity of the pain, then I think you’re going about it all wrong. You should look at it in a positive light. Can I do this? A slight change made such a big difference. He moved it up a little bit and to the side, and I think it looks so much better. If you really want to do it, then sit down and make it happen. You can always take it out.

100 Replies to “How To Get A Nose Piercing With Brian Keith Thompson Of Body Electric | Macro Beauty | Refinery29”

  1. i’ve wanted my second hole piercing done for so long and after i watched this i went and go it done🤪, also i got it done with a fun but it wasn’t spring loaded so it didn’t hurt at all!

  2. i got my ears pierced three times and they all closed. The first time was at claire's (wtf) that one closed. The second time it was at pagoda piercing, because i used to do gymnastics my holes closed again, i could not get the earring in my one ear. and the third time was also at pagod and it closed again. i would like to try to get them pierced again but i doubt my parents would let me because of how many times they closed. Anyways i'd have to wait because i have basketball.

  3. I just wanted to mention that septum piercings specifically barely hurt if done correctly. I'd get my septum pierced 10 more times than stretch my ears further / get any piercing w a gun 🙄

  4. Wow waiting till tength grade is such a long time ….
    I have to wait till I’m 18
    😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  5. i got my nose pierced at body electric, but you had to pay around $200 for Brian to do the piercing. So i just went without an appointment. It's the same thing only i waited for around 40 minutes and got the piercing done by a different guy working there.

  6. I was surprised at how well I took my nose piercing. Won’t lie, it hurt. However, I found the actual penetration wasn’t as painful as just the needle sitting there. I will say that while it hurts, it’s very bearable. Nothing to be anxious at all about. And I love my piercing! Totally worth it

  7. Idk why I can feel the pain when the needle It pops into their ear as shown in the video.. doesn't you guys feel the same?

  8. I know the dangers of getting pierced with a gun, but I always have to since there’s no one these days who pierce with needles ;(

  9. I've gotten my tongue and nose pierced. They cleaned everything in front of me and they used a pen. Everyone is different. It is a very sharp pinch that lasts for two seconds. And both my eyes watered, my brother got his done before me and his eyes watered as well

  10. and this is why I didn’t get my ears pierced for free at Claire’s and went to a tattoo parlor. Earring guns are a hell nah.

  11. The first time I got my ears pierced was with a gun and I puked and fainted only 10 minutes after and then got an ear infection a week later.

  12. I didn't experience pain or swelling with my gun ear piercings, they did have discharge and took MONTHS to stop having scabs :/ I have never experienced needle piercings but they sound much better

  13. I got my nose pierced on Friday the 13th it was very rough ! And felt like it was done wrong!! I had a hoop! And I took it out about an hour ago! Now I’m watching this !! Oh the irony! Lol

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