I am thirty four years old and, therefore, probably too old to be wearing a nose ring. I am a professional, an educator, someone who (at least sometimes) wears suits to work. Nonetheless, I stubbornly do not feel like giving it up — and I do teach in Liberal Arts, which means I don’t really have to. I could probably get away with wearing Birkenstocks every day if I wanted to (but thank dog I don’t). I have been wearing the same plain surgical steel hoop in my nose for about the past 14 years. I decided, as some sort of nod to maturity (and also a desire for something new), to switch to a small sparkly stud I bought from Etsy. This would, I thought, be less conspicuous, and also pretty.
Let me just tell you what a giant pain in the ass this whole thing was. After finally removing the hoop (which was just a single piece of wire that had to be straightened out a bit to be removed), I tried for some time to insert the screw-shaped stud I’d bought to replace it.
As you can see in the photo, the screw is both an awkward (but clever) design, and a slightly thicker gauge than the hoop was. It was annoying and painful to put it in, but I figured once I’d gotten it there I was good to go.
Cut to two days later, when I woke up with my nose even more sore than it had already been and obviously inflamed and disgusting. Huh. I took the stud out, but could not get the hoop to go back (it was too bent up at this point and messing around with it was painful). I figured it was time to face facts: Just like Roger Murtaugh, I am too old for this shit. I would have to give it up.
But then, I was struck with inspiration: I would go to the mall. There is a Hot Topic in the mall. A Hot Topic that sells nose jewelry. Could I face the horrors of Hot Topic? Was the Hot Topic even still in business? I could and it was.
I walked right in, me, thirty-four years old, and tried to avoid having to talk to the teenaged boy working the counter. I guess the young people of Auburn are perhaps not the target market for exaggerated fishnet tights, manga lunchboxes, and Evanescence tee-shirts, because I was the only customer in the place. Of course, the teenaged boy (who, I feel like I should mention, had several facial piercings of his own, as is appropriate for a teenager) came over and had to help me choose a nose stud from the glass case, amiably chatting me up the entire time. He apparently could not see how mortified I was to be there: me! thirty-four years old! in a Hot Topic! Let’s just say I got out of there as fast as possible, before he could ask me if I was buying the nose jewelry for my kid or something.
There was a happy ending, though: after much washing and sterlizing and such, I managed to put in the smaller-gauge, L-shaped stud. It was approximately a thousand times easier to use than the screw-shaped stud I’d tried before, and because it was as skinny as my old hoop, it didn’t aggravate or stretch my nose at all.
Lessons learned: 1) check the gauge of any new body-peircing jewelry you buy; 2) Yes, Hot Topic is still in business, and 3) apparently I have determined that thirty-four is still not too old for this shit, at least for now.
Whee! I have a good friend who got her nose pierced BECAUSE she turned 39. I think I’m gonna follow her lead & do mine for my 35th birthday! (Since my rebellious “I’m getting my nose pierced because I finished my MA and turned my life upside down” nose stud fell out.)
I like both of these plans (the 39 plan and your 35 plan)! I’m glad I’m not alone in my face-jewelry-in-the-30s life plan.
My friend Katy had sooooo many issues with her nose piercing when we were in college. I don’t know how many times I walked into the bathroom and saw her giving her red nose a salt-water bath. It took months (MONTHS!), but she finally got it under control, and I don’t think she has changed the stud since. Probably good that she hasn’t, based on your story!
Probably so! I am hesitant to try changing this one ever again. At least I know what to expect now, and I can better avoid problems if I ever do decide to. I will say, the L-shaped stud would theoretically be much easier to change than either a hoop or a screw-shaped stud.
i took out my more visible piercings a few years back, my tongue stud and my left tragus piercing, and i almost never wearing regular earrings. last week i had a dream about getting my tongue pierced, it was odd. i still have other piercings that aren’t visible when i’m dressed, and i like it that way. with all my changes i’m going through i plan to change out my body jewelry soon as it’s time for some new stuff, but i’ll be heading to a local piercing/tattoo shop because i’m too much of a wuss to change those things out by myself. i’m glad you found something that works! i think it looks cute and not super obvious. i dig it more when it’s not so obvious as if someone’s looking for the attention. hot topic, i walk past that place in the mall and chuckle to myself about the good old days of shopping there.
It is probably very smart to have that done at a shop! I bet I could have avoided the hassle if I’d tried that instead — oh well! I used to have a tongue piercing, too, but I had to remove it once for a dental x-ray and I was never able to put it back. That was a weird one to lose because it just felt so strange not to have it there after having worn it for years.
i have to say, i really like having my nose pierced. i’ve always had a screw, but i have had a few mishaps along the way, mostly involving face washing and sink drains, and let’s just say i’ve learned to keep a spare on hand. because that hole? it closes quickly, even after all these years. i like the stud on you! aaaaand, i know you wrote this post before the india post, but it totally keeps to that theme 🙂