Originally Posted by beldaraan
For anyone considering piercings, do NOT get them done with a gun. Have a REAL professional do it with a sterilized needle and cork. .
I totally agree. When I had my tongue pierced, the guy talked me through the WHOLE process before even breaking out the needle.
I initially wanted my ring closer to the tip of my tongue, but he strongly advised against it; in fact, he flat out refused to pierce close to the tip. He said I would run the risk of ripping it out or biting on it more frequently. After I still said yes to piercing after his "speech", he took his time searching for veins and placing the "bullseye". He actually had to place my tongue ring at an angle to avoid hitting a large vein. After telling me that's what he had to do, he asked if I still wanted to proceed. He wore surgical gloves and used a hollow disposable needle. He presented and explained each piece of equipment before using it. He even had me lean against the wall so that I wouldn't flinch away, causing myself massive amounts of pain. The actual peircing part didn't really hurt!
Biting my tongue while eating hurts worse.
Once he secured the ring (barbell actually), my tongue went numb so I still didn't feel any pain. When all was said and done, he made me watch him destroy the needle and clean his "work station". I've gotten two tatoos from the same place (my mother got one tattoo from them, her friend got one tattoo from them, and a high school friend got two tattoos from them) ... and they always had us watch them clean their stations and destroy needles (I'm talking burnt/melted and placed in those HazadMat boxes like you see in hospitals), it's their shop policy!
So my advice for people thinking about piercing,
#1 REALLY, deeply think about it!!! I thought about my tattoos (2) and tongue piercing for over two years before I got them. After two years, I still wanted them, so I knew it wasn't a "fad". And I still know that it's not a fad because I still adore my tats and tongue ring.
#2 make sure you are comfortable with the people and facility. If you ever feel at least a little bit uncomfortable for any reason, LEAVE!! If you have questions, no matter how stupid you THINK they may seem, ASK THEM!!! If you don't feel comfortable asking, LEAVE!! If they don't answer you, LEAVE!! If they don't provide above satisfactory answers, LEAVE!!
#3 go for a place that uses disposable tools! Yes, these establishments are lot more expensive, but it's worth it!
Just my TwoCents!