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« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2005 04:59:54 PM »

CatyX - when you say "professionally proper," what exatly does that mean???

Claire's, walmart, and the piercing pagoda are not...  proper.  And if a place actually uses a gun, i would not recommended going there!  You never know what other unsafe practices they use....  (this is strange, though, as i personally have never heard of a piercing studio that actually promotes gun use.)
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« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2005 07:29:40 PM »

I'm stuck- I've looked all over the internet

CatyX-
Try asking around.  My piercers are not actually on the internet anymore (they used to be).  I work at a coffee shop so it's easy for me to just ask people who are ordering where they get their piercings done.  If you are looking for a good place, most people I have asked are very polite and actually very eager to recommend their favorites (I know I am, I hand out their number and have it in my cell phone).

Brewster-
It's really odd that your Mom grounds you.  I wonder if she or a relative had a traumatic experience or something.  Probably not, just me stirring up drama.  Anyway, still really odd.
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« Reply #32 on: July 09, 2005 08:11:08 PM »

boy i wish i knew this before i got my ears pierced...i have 3 holes in each ear from the mall. I havent had any problems (well once one hole hurt but i just put some disinfectant on it and it got better) but looking at these i would definitely have gone with a pro piercer...
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« Reply #33 on: July 10, 2005 10:00:06 AM »

i'm with ya, flip flop!  I tend to think that almost everyone who is pierced has at least 1 lobe piercing that was gunned...  It's a totally different story to get your ears gunned when you don't know better, but to get them gunned when you know the risks of it and such..  wow! 
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« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2005 01:38:14 PM »

Yeah.  She did take another one of my sisters to get her ears pierced when she was 1 year old . and she screamed.  But
A. That piercing was DONE with a GUN!
B. SHE WAS A BABY! Of course she screamed!  This sister, is 11!  Nearly a teenager!

And my moms ears were pierced by her mother.  With a needle and thread.  Jah.
So no, no one has had a "traumatic" experience besides our older sister, when she was a BABY.  And that was all because of a GUN.
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« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2005 12:17:31 PM »

right, to clear all this lot up, i will weigh out the pros and cons of equipment:

Gun:
1. the stud is NOT sharp, if you look at a piercing stud, the end is flat.
2. those things move at around 150mph
3. As has been said before, do you see an autoclave? if not, things are not sterilised properly.
4. The metal in those studs is not good quality...at all. you should be piercied with Titanium, Niobium, Zircon or PTFE, these are all virtually nickel free. Gold, no matter what carat is NOT nickel free.

Needle:
1, THe needle is sharp, it will cut cleanly through the ear rather than blasting its way through
2. Needle generally equals autoclave.
3. Needles are got out of sterile packaging, usually in front of you, so therefore, you know that they are sterile
4. needles are one-use
5. the clamps can be sterilised, and all other equipment can be disposed of in biohazard rubbish, something i have never ever seen at any of the 'gun' places.

I hope this clears it up, GUN = BAD NEEDLE = GOOD

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« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2005 12:29:30 PM »

another difference is the needle is hollow, and therefore when it is pushed through the skin, it gouges out the flesh leaving an actual hole, instead of pushing through and merely displacing the flesh as a stud does. 
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« Reply #37 on: July 11, 2005 12:34:38 PM »

another difference is the needle is hollow, and therefore when it is pushed through the skin, it gouges out the flesh leaving an actual hole, instead of pushing through and merely displacing the flesh as a stud does. 
actually this isn't true, the needle creates a (clean) crescent shaped cut. But the gun crushes the tissue (ouch).
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« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2005 12:53:04 PM »

So I'm going to admit it.  I got my cartilige pierced by a gun in Europe.  Twice.  But I couldn't find places to get it done!  And I had to have my European piercings!  In Paris, I found one place, and I showed up, and they barely spoke English, which of course I don't begrudge them, because, you know, Paris.  But they told me they were going to charge 55 Euro to do my cartilige, and even though they were all sitting around they told me I would have to come back 45 minutes later.  So I just couldn't.  The Claire's was 3 subway stops away, and they were quick and it's healed fine.  And then in London, well... my excuses aren't as good in London.  I was staying down the street from the Victoria station, and the Claire's was right there, and the really nice (and really cute, I might add) British guy showed me his license from his piercing school and we made him laugh about tales of girls in American malls talking on their cell phones while piercing people and well I did it, and it healed fine too.  I know, I know.  Bad Mer.  But desperate times call for desperate measures. Smiley
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« Reply #39 on: July 11, 2005 02:19:23 PM »

another difference is the needle is hollow, and therefore when it is pushed through the skin, it gouges out the flesh leaving an actual hole, instead of pushing through and merely displacing the flesh as a stud does. 
actually this isn't true, the needle creates a (clean) crescent shaped cut. But the gun crushes the tissue (ouch).


 ... "The piercing needles are hollow rather than solid so that they actually cut a tiny hole through the skin being pierced rather than punching through the skin."  from http://www.howitworks.net/how-body-piercing-works.html    All piercing needles are hollow unless they are specially ordered for certain circumstances.
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