I think I have proven to not be the type of person that goes overboard with anything. Only my family does not know that. I am the odd ball, and things I do cause them to roll their eyes. That's just how it is.
So, even though I am 30, I am nervous about seeing my family any time soon. The first piercings I got at 16 to 18 no one noticed. The first facial piercing was a big deal (Nostril, I was 20) and I had to leave the dinner table haha. I found that very weird because usually my parents would not get into my business...I mean I had just gotten back from traveling all over Germany (Medieval Fairs), with strangers (to them) much older than myself. I had my own money too (while I was going to school still), but a little nose stud was an issue...that and a messy room could cause a big problem *shrug*.
I know many don't like piercings, and that is fine. But I always felt that body art can really compliment looks. The type I prefer personally is subtle, and even though I have 14 piercings, I don't feel they overwhelm me. It also depends on jewelry and placement.
I have actually been wanting a lip piercing since 2006. I even posted on LHC about it then. Back then I was very interested in a labret piercing (under the center lip), which I always found so beautiful on my friend. I ended up not getting it...for different reasons (I had a not so piercing friendly SO then too). But I caught myself thinking about it often still. I can't really explain why. I think it is me liking sparkly things (gemstones!) and the fact that you can attach them to your body lol.
A while back I had decided that a labret is not the best option for me, because of how my lower lip is shaped. The stud would have angled down according to piercers I had asked. I don't like piercings like Monroe or the side of the lip as much for me.
That is when I came across the Medusa piercing. At first I was not sure that it would suit me. I was not really aware of this type of lip piercing, but after looking at a bunch of nice pictures I got more interested. I glued a little gem on my lip, and I liked it :) So that is how I decided to get it.
I really like these Opal and gem stone cabochons.
As far as the pain level goes - this was my most painful piercing yet. Nape and Septum were less painful for me. Although it really is not any severe type of pain. You can easily get through it ;)
At the moment I am wearing a stud with a simple (big) bead end to avoid embedding. The bead is round and sticks out a bit too much imo. But in about 2-3 weeks, when the swelling goes down I can get the bar shortened (it is plastic so you just clip it) and another bead screwed on.
I plan to order something opal and anodized titanium soon though.
And now here are some pictures. iPot quality only. Once healed and with new jewelry I will take better pictures for sure. I have ink on my lip here still.