“Try it with Tabby” is a weekly article chronicling the adventures of Tabitha Bower as she searches for out-of-the-ordinary and budget-friendly activities for Boise State students.
Spontaneity goes hand-in-hand with the college lifestyle,—especially that of traditional college freshmen, barely 18 years old and free, possibly for the first time, from parental restrictions. This newly acquired adulthood brings up the question: How should I exercise this coming-of-age?
A few things on the list of “things you can do now you’re a grown-up” are: buy cigarettes (don’t do it), vote (do it), porn (to each his own), tattoos and piercings.
While my thoughts on the first three can be summed up in parentheticals, tattoos and piercings are a bit more weighted and could use additional explanation. This week for “Try it with Tabby” I took an impromptu trip to Imperial Body Art to practice spontaneity.
It started much like any other Thursday afternoon. Classes were over and I had trekked to Papa Joe’s for a dollar PBR. With flash mob practice looming in my near future, the thought of embarrassing myself with my horrendous dance moves once again, on camera, left a bad taste in my mouth.
“Let’s just go get you pierced,” suggested Tasha Adams, managing editor of The Arbiter.
Despite my complete initial dismissal of this idea, minutes later we were en route to Imperial Body Art. And mere moments after, we were discussing placement and jewelry options with piercer Paul “Paulio”
For Adams, who had been dappling with the idea of gauging her ears but was squeamish at the process, gauge piercing was on the agenda.
“It’s gauging for wieners,” she said of the process. And without much ado, some heavy breaths and larger than average needles, Adams’ ears were gauged to 10mm.
“I love it, I am so excited it is finally done, I love it,” she said.
I was up next, decided on a diamond anchor, and delved into a dermal piercing (literally a skin piercing) under my left eye, after multiple recommendations by Adams.
“It is the easiest piecing that I have ever gotten and I’m not lying,” Adams said. “I would probably be a disco ball if I could because I love them so much, it was my favorite. All of the dermals, everywhere.”
And, as told by Adams, the piercing was painless, until the insertion of the anchor, the step Adams failed to mention in her pro-dermal campaign.
“It is shaped like a lopsided ‘T’ so he puts the long side of the T in first and then shoves the short side in,” Adams said. “I didn’t want to tell you about that shoving part.”
“Thanks,” I conceded, to which she responded simply, “You’re welcome.”
At this point you may be thinking, where do the tattoos come in? And to that, I would say take the advice of the very helpful, gentle-handed piercer Birnbaum.
“Most college students don’t have much money and tattoos are more expensive,” he said. “A lot of people go through a time of their lives when they are very impulsive and a tattoo is a lot harder to get rid of compared to a piercing.”
And as for my feelings the day after my impromptu piercing? While faced with the slight tinge of guilt in the wake of my financial irresponsibility, the love of my new dermal piercing and in-the-moment memory by far made up for it.