Diana’s Nose Piercing at Ink Monkey Tattoo & Piercing (Los Angeles, USA) [Bucket List Item COMPLETE]

Diana's Nose Piercing by Thomas at Ink Monkey Tattoo and Piercing in Los Angeles, California

It was a busy day. I’d sung at least thirty rounds of the “hand-washing song,” created an hour’s worth of child’s flower crowns, and devoured the first Milky Way candy bar (it was cheat day!) that I’d tasted in as long as I can remember. We’d just finished volunteering with friends at the Arts and Literacy Festival in Santa Monica. But this was the moment I was waiting for.

I’ve wanted this since college, and I finally mustered the courage upon our latest return to Los Angeles. After two months abroad in Costa Rica and Mexico, we returned to the States with me itching for change. The day after our plane touched down, we hung out with a few of our best LA friends — two of which happened to have nose piercings — and I made my decision. I’d do it the next weekend, and for fun, they’d come too!

I hopped up, like a child visiting the dentist, onto the reclined chair that would support me while the needle went through. I chuckled as I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror — flower crown still in place — and leaned back in my seat to listen to an overview of the piercing steps and my only instructions: keep your eyes closed. Want to watch the gnarly video of my nose-piercing experience? YEAH ya do!

picking out jewelry at Ink Monkey Tattoo and Piercing in Los Angeles, California

picking out my jewelry

My Nose Piercing by Thomas at Ink Monkey Tattoo & Piercing

Here’s a little overview of my nose piercing experience, including detailed photos and video from the piercing room.

In the Piercing Room

From my perspective — with a view of the inside my eyelids — it went something like this:

Eyes closed. Deep breath in, “Ow, OW! …okay… not so bad. Now it feels kind of like thread is being pulled through after the needle went through (Nope. that was actually still the needle — the third/fourth photo below. Good thing I kept my eyes closed.) Annnnnnnd okay, we’re done! Open my eyes? A small bucket of tears spill out of my right eye, and I have something new in my peripheral vision. Looks good. Awesome! Phew. I’m done.

The length of time it took you to read that is about how long the process took in real life.

Photos from the Piercing Room

From an observer’s perspective, it went more like this:

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nose piercing Ink Monkey Tattoo steps

It still hurts a little, but we’re done!

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the video Ian took of me getting my nose pierced. Like I told you — It’s pretty gnarly. Consider yourself warned…

Video from the Piercing Room

And Now That It’s Done…

I love it! My nose was sore for about an hour afterward. I had a headache, too — though I think that was from the festival — but even that subsided after a couple hours. It’s just one day afterward and it’s just a little tender to the touch. I have to clean it twice a day for now, and keep it in for four months before I change it, though honestly I’ll probably just stick with this one.

Thomas, my piercer (is that a word?), was great! I’d recommend him to anyone in LA looking to have this done.

That’s it for piercings for me. I’ve now got my nose, my belly button, three in one ear, two in the other — though I really only ever wear one set of earrings at a time — and no desire to get any others. Plus I have the satisfaction of completing one more thing from my bucket list!

my nose piercing at Ink Monkey Tattoo and Piercing in Los Angeles, California

Piercing complete!

Would you ever get your nose pierced? Are piercings or tattoos on your bucket list?

This article was handcrafted especially for you during our travels in the U.S.

About the Author

Diana Southern
In March 2014, Diana called it quits on her traditional American working life and set out to explore the world with her partner in crime (and love of her life) Ian Norman. They now live a sustainable life of full time travel, working for themselves and seeking adventure at the same time. Here on North to South, Diana documents their journey in achieving and maintaining this "road less traveled" way of life.

6 Responses

  1. Alison April 27, 2015 / 1:44 am

    Nicely done! I also have my nose, belly button and then just the usual one-hole in each ear. My nose ring is definitely my favourite! 🙂

    • Diana Southern April 27, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks Alison. I think my nose piercing is my new favorite, too! But it’s definitely going to take some getting used to. I keep forgetting it’s there and going to scratch my nose without thinking (ow!) 🙂

  2. Victoria April 28, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Awesome! We got our tattoos at Ink Monkey before we left on our trip (and then more tattoos south of the border). A piercing is definitely on my bucket list!

    • Diana Southern April 28, 2015 / 9:59 am

      Cool! It’s nice to know someone who’s gotten ink there, in case I decide to do it in the future. How long have you had your tattoo from Ink Monkey? Did they do a good job?

      • Victoria April 28, 2015 / 10:11 am

        We got the tattoos about a month before we left, so the middle of September 2013. They did a great job and the tattoos have held up great, especially considering we got them on our feet!

        • Diana Southern April 28, 2015 / 10:26 am

          Great to know — thanks! Do you happen to have any photos on your blog? 😀

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