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March 07, 2003

Sadism, anyone?

The other day I got to tag along with Eugene as he went to have more holes poked through him for purely aesthetic gain. The plan was to have his other nipple re-pierced and enlarge the gauges of the rings in his ears. It was to be a veritable game of musical chairs with small metal rings. “Ok kids, when the music stops, jam that ring into the closest bit of flesh you can grab!”

Anyway, we went into the palace o’ piercing – actually called Sixosixo I think – that had been highly recommended by some of Gene’s other pierced pals. It didn’t take long to see why. The place had a really good vibe, with more of an emphasis on the tribal origins of body piercing and less on the … scarier stuff.

First, we encountered Janella. She was really beautiful, short dark hair, golden bullring through her nose, wild look in her eye, etc. She talked to Gene awhile as I looked around in awe, trying not to stare open-mouthed at the syringe salesman who had just walked in with holes in his head big enough to fit my forearm.

Enter William, the piercer himself. Certainly not as scary as I would imagine some piercers to be, he continually looked peaceful and serene. He had dark skin and amazing dreads that fell past his waist, kept out of his face by two of the locks that had been tied together. He had a nose ring, and a barbell going through the bridge of his nose. (owww!) I noticed other scars on his eyebrow and nose, remembrances of piercings past.

So, onto the actual event. Gene opted for an extra piercing in the cartilage of his ear, and so all the ear stuff was first. No big deal. Not even a flinch from Gene on the cartilage. I sat off to the side, biting my lip and bouncing my legs around in anticipation of the main event.

Anyway, William eventually had Gene lie down on the table and got ready to do it. There was a little bit of prep, but then William just told Gene to breathe in and out, and then jammed that needle thing right through. Gene was hilarious. For about 3 seconds, every muscle in his body seemed to tense up, his face turning bright red and sporting a fierce, teeth-baring grimace. His hands had a vice grip on his belt, and little beads of sweat formed instantly on his forehead. And then…it was over. Gene’s face returned to normal, and William finished up and closed the ring. Nipple officially pierced.
I will say for the record that Gene took the whole thing in stride. That did NOT look comfortable at all. I asked him later why he didn’t yelp – as I certainly would have – and he laughed at me.

Anyway, I very much enjoyed the event, and it brought up some questions as to whether or not I am harboring some sadistic tendencies. Sean and Gene both marveled at my pre-piercing bloodlust. I guess I can’t really claim to be a sadist, as I was not particularly aroused by another’s pain, but hell…it was pretty damn cool. Something to think about, at least. Hmmmmm.

Posted by kati at March 7, 2003 09:43 AM


Yay! I'm glad you guys got to meet William and Janella. Paul (the other piercer) is pretty cool (and has some badass tattoos to ogle), but personally I prefer chatting with William.

Posted by: Jacob at March 7, 2003 10:55 AM

later, gene cried like a little girl.

Posted by: didofoot at March 7, 2003 11:47 AM

1. dido lies. (as you inevitably know)
2. The place is called SixSixOOne if you'd like to patronize this phenomenal establishment. They're at 6601 Telegraph.

Posted by: gene at March 7, 2003 01:07 PM

Until recently they were known as Gottsi. As such, all Gottsi anecdotes you may have heard are now the legal property of SixSixOOne.

Posted by: Jacob at March 7, 2003 01:50 PM

I really did like William, and he was good to chat with. If I was an avid piercer of my own flesh, I would want him to do it, but alas I am not.

Posted by: kati at March 7, 2003 03:09 PM

in the face of a libel lawsuit, i retract my slanderous statement about gene. he only suffers in manly, stoic silence.

Posted by: didofoot at March 7, 2003 03:23 PM

ok, chiming in late here, but i have a great william story. i went to get holes in both my ears stretched, and one went in much easier than the other. "that's odd," i said. "not really," quoth william. "you see, it's just like when one leg is a little longer than the other... one foot is a little bigger than the other... one breast is slightly larger than the other..." at this, he motions around his chest, giving me a full visual of his appreciation for the asymetrical. what a guy.

Posted by: erica at March 17, 2003 05:10 PM

William did some piercings for my husband and I recently- he had a most peaceful vibe and an excellent touch.

Posted by: seabee at May 6, 2003 04:37 PM

I'm looking into re-piercing my belly button (nice horror stories with that one, if anybody wants them) and was trying to find the phone # for Gottsi and happened upon this site. Kati, you should really write stories for a newspaper or something! Most people wouldn't be able to put such detail to a simple story- or make it interesting.

Posted by: Rin at July 11, 2003 12:13 PM

awwww. shucks. that's awfully nice of you.

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i never cease to be impressed by the attractiveness level of that shop. i wonder if it's part of their hiring policy?

Rin, i can give you gottsi's number if you still need it. but then, so can everyone else here.

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I went to Gottsi today, and Gene came with me.
And William was there, as relaxed as ever.
He spent like 2 hours piercing me.
He pierced me. again and again. all over my body.
I loved it.

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