Zani talks about her piercings
Zani: My very first piercing was my septum and it was because I originally wanted to get snake bites but my uncle was just like, "No, I will not have that" "That is horrible" like, and everything and I was like, well, you know, F him, I'm gonna get whatever piercing but then when I went into the piercing shop, I was just like, oh, maybe I really don't want snake piercing, like snake bites there and so I ended up just getting my septum but it was like the horseshoe type, which is easy for certain job interviews or if your work doesn't allow piercings, you can easily just flip it up and I was like, you know what, that's actually really smart and conventional and I remember I came home and my aunt was like, Oh, that's super cool. My uncle was just like---like he just had nothing to say but later he realized he was actually glad I chose that one because it's so easy to hide if I need to, but also, he just ended up coming around and liked it so that was really fun.
Jessica: [inaudible 2:32] for you.
Zani: Yeah, for me, because he knows I'm very stubborn person. If I really want to express myself in a certain way, like do something like that, then he already knows I'm just gonna go ahead and do it and ask later, even though I'm already in the process of doing it.
Jessica: I do and ask for forgiveness.
Jessica: What was your most painful piercing
Zani: Honestly, it has to be a long time ago about my nipples pierced that and doing them at the same time because I'm all about symmetry so it's like that'd be weird if I only got one and so it was like yeah, you know what, let's just do both, that's totally fine and you can't pull your body twice, I realize so that was very painful. The healing process was even just like barely a bump. I was just like, oh my god, no those are horrible.
Zani: Yeah, so that was honestly my most painful because otherwise, all my other piercings have always felt like just like a hard pinch and obviously with your tongue piercing since they do it like writing between the two muscles like all you do is salivate so it's like you just drool and you really feel nothing and I felt like that was like super crazy for me to learn when I got my tongue pierced. I was like, oh, all I did was drool. I literally felt nothing.
Jessica: My tongue piercing experience was different. I have both sides.
Jessica: It was like right there and I freaked it out. I'm like this is not a fun time.
Zani: Dude, I beg especially after you get your tongue anything like mouth-wise, you get it pierced and then you try and eat is the worse, especially after gaining a tongue piercing and you get food stuck under it and you're like, no, why?
Jessica: Yeah, exactly and I didn't realize really what twice the swelling really meant.
Zani: Yeah, same. Why did you give me that such long bar and I was like, Oh, that's kind of seems useless but then when it swells up, you're like, Oh, God, like, I'm glad now I have that because that would be very painful.
Jessica: At first you're like, I can't fit my tongue, my mouth because this bar is so big.
Jessica: And then you're like now I can't put my tongue in my mouth because my tongue is gigantic.
Zani: And then with it is like the healing process goes through, the swelling goes down and then you're like crap now I have this like a long bar in my mouth and then you have to come back in and at least hopefully you get like the right size bar.
Jessica: Yeah. It can be like I downsized my bar when we first all went into quarantine here in Oregon, so that was like two months ago, and -
Zani: Oh no!
Jessica: I know well, I downsized it but now, I've noticed that with tongues one thing that even though working here, like I didn't really anticipate is that you might have to downsize more than once.
Jessica: And you might have to downsize if you pierced your tongue twice at different levels, one side of my tongue was swollen and the other side of my tongue wasn't swollen.
Jessica: Oh! The bodies are interesting.
Zani: My inverse like having it so long because my lips swelling and then it went down and then I kept accidentally biting on it and I was like, I don't want chip it too so I had to go down like two times and because of big my lip is, they were just like yeah let's go any smaller because then it's just digging into your skin but then it's still like my uncle calls it a little, what is it called? It's like for golfing when you put the golf ball?
Jessica: Golf tee?
Zani: Yeah, that's what he calls it when I smile because it just sticks up into my golf tee.
Jessica: That's so funny. I had the same exact piercing and my lips are thin and so I went as small as you could go and it would still stick out and I would call it my rhino horn.
Zani: Oh, I love that!
Jessica: It's like out.
Jessica: But always dramatic and it would get stuck on straws.
Zani: Yeah, exactly.
Jessica: What advice would you give to someone before they get a piercing?