I Got A New Nipple Ring And I Really Want To Show It Off More, But I'm Not Sure How To Do It Without Randomly Flashing People

I’ve had my nipple piercing for almost two years now and I am hankering for a change. The world of nipple rings is expanding as we speak and I want to try them all.

Jul 13, 2013 at 9:00am | Leave a comment

 
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As close as the general pop gets to my treasure chest…unfortunately. Photo by Miliken Gardner.

 
Getting my nipple pierced was the most exhilarating 10 minutes of my life.
 
I had my nose pierced in high school, but I had to take it out my freshman year of college because I tried to wear a safety pin in it for Halloween (I’m an idiot), and it got super infected. I mourned the loss of my sparkly little nose stud, but I tried to rationalize some shit that my natural beauty was enough without my little facial adornment.
 
For the next three years I was way too broke to even think about spending $50.00 on something painful and ornamental when I could be spending it on cigarettes and bourbon. I bought my clothing used and by the pound, and I ate leftover sandwiches for hungry students off of a table in the dining hall affectionately referred to as “The Scrounge” (look up Reed College… I can’t explain). Reinstating my nose stud was a luxury that I had to postpone until I could purchase food that someone else hadn’t already taken a bite out of.
 
After graduating I moved back home to Los Angeles, and started working at a café. Since I wasn’t paying rent I could save a little bit, and was determined to get my nose piercing redone. I stopped wearing earrings sometime around 2009, and I needed a new jewelry fix. I love necklaces, bracelets, anklets and rings especially, but I also tend to operate on jewelry binges. I want to wear everything at once for three days and then nothing at all for a week. Body jewelry allowed me to always sport a bit of bling without the hassle taking off 17 rings every time I washed my hands.
 
I took my childhood friend Molly with me to Body Electric to do the deed, a fabulous and highly professional shop on Melrose in LA. I’ve known Molly since I was born. We lived on the same block, have the same taste, and I can always count on her to be down to chase an adrenaline rush with me. As we were waiting in line perusing various body jewelry displayed in the case and casually flipping through the sample tattoo books, a new burning desire bloomed in the pit of my stomach.
 
“Will-you-get-your-nipple-pierced-with-me!?” I said in one exasperated breath.
 
“Uh, I don’t know. I mean, maybe. Wait, let’s go to the bathroom,” Molly tried to process my manic request. 
 
We giggled our way to the single bathroom and both lifted our shirts standing next to each other in front of the mirror. With our breasts exposed and uncontrollable glee spreading across our faces we decided which nipple we were each going to choose, as we only wanted to pierce one side. I picked the right because I was going to get my nose pierced on the left, and she went with the left because “it just felt right.”
 
We smoothed out our shirts after the demi-strip down in toilet and marched out proud. We both added “single nipple piercing” to our request forms.
 
I offered to go first because the blood was streaming so fast through my body that I couldn’t wait another second, and also I thought it was only fair since this whole harebrained adventure was my idea in the first place. I opted to get my nose done first because I was familiar with that kind piercing pain. I was done in a pinch, and soon I was unclasping my bra and lifting my shirt. The amazing piercer, James, marked my nipple and sort of awkwardly massaged my nip so that he could get the tong-like clamp in the proper place.
 
I have inverted nipples so I was a bit worried that the piercing wouldn’t be possible, but James assured me that he specialized in piercing flat and inverted nipples so I was in good latex-covered hands. In fact, one of the reasons that I was attracted to the nipple piercing is because it is a way to keep an inverted nipple “standing out” short of getting plastic surgery.
 
James expertly stabbed my nip and pushed the piece of jewelry through in one fell swoop, but it felt decidedly different than the nose piercing. Whereas my nose piercing felt like a quick puncture, with my nipple I could feel the needle slide through my flesh like a stick of butter, and it was much more painful. Soon after me, Molly followed suit and we both were sporting small steel barbells bedazzling our tender nipples. My whole breast ached for about three hours post-piercing and then I had to be super careful not to bump or catch the barbell on anything without experiencing extreme shooting pain for the following 6 months.
 
I’ve had my nipple piercing for almost two years now and I am hankering for a change. The world of nipple rings is expanding as we speak and want to try them all. My only hesitation to buying up several nipple rings is that generally the only people who get to see my favorite body mod are my boyfriend and I.
 
Although I live in NYC where female non-sexual topless-ness is completely legal, there are times when wearing shorts above my knee still makes me feel uncomfortable walking around the city alone. Baring my boobs is not really an option for me.
 
I would love to model my beautiful nipple jewelry finds just like someone may want to Instagram their catbird second knuckle rings. (Unfortunately Instagram is rudely very anti-female-nipple and I don’t want to risk the closure of my account.)
 
It’s summer; can I get away with a sheer shirt and no bra? Should I take to gratuitous flashing at parties just for a little public nipple ring exposure? While I decide how I can show off my nipples without risking sexual assault, I will share a few selections from my coveted nipple ring wish list. 
 
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Will this rip my shirt?

 
Let’s start with this edgy little number. I first saw this piece while I was a dresser for Rodarte during last season’s fashion week. Basically, my job is to quietly and efficiently dress and undress beautiful teenage girls in very expensive clothing. This means that I end up having to see them all butt-naked, but trust me; it gets very boring within an hour.
 
One of the girls I was dressing was sporting this spiky barbell and I had to ask about it. I felt a little awkward commenting on her body since I was fully clothed and she was only wearing a nude thong, but she was chill and told me where she bought it (Canada, ugh). I love the gold. I love the spikes, and I think it would be a hot contrast to my porcelain ample bosom. 
 
I’ve had a barbell for a while so I am kind of hankering for a ring, just to see what the fuss is all about. I love this one in rose gold. Who doesn’t love rose gold? It’s pink, it’s gold, and it’s super sexy. This one is so pretty and the little ball accents remind me of the traditional Indian jewelry that I love.
 
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Should this be the knocker for my knockers?

 
Finally here is the winner. I first saw this hanging from my very classy friend Elizabeth’s septum. I loved the piece so much but I knew that I would never get my septum pierced so it really bummed me out. Just as I thought I would only be able to admire it from afar, I was styling a photo shoot for my friend, and one of the models was wearing the same piece in all it’s tiny chain glory hanging from her right nipple. I was so excited that I practically ran to Body Adorned in NYC to buy it. 
 
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This was also featured in a Nars satin lip pencil campaign. Two things I die for in one picture.

 
I’m over the top happy with my new look, but I’m still asking myself how should I show off my nipple ring? Do you think “secret” body mods are worth spending hundreds of dollars on? What other body jewelry should I start pining for? Tell me about your nipples.