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Pros want to ban the piercing gun
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Posted 8/19/10 , edited 8/19/10
It's not really news to some of you, but professional piercers are keen to have the ear piercing gun banned.
Why?
It can't be sterilised properly, it causes tissue trauma, and 'piercers' wielding a gun are generally given 2 week long training in comparison to the 2-3 year apprenticeship a professional must go though.

If you go on Google and search 'ban piercing guns' a range of things come up - people saying it's all hype, and piercers are only interested in bringing customers to them rather than mall stores to people saying the very opposite.

"Is Using the Piercing Gun on a Minor Child Abuse?" Asks an article
and "This fact lead to several outbreaks of Hepetitis due to piercing guns." Claims a yahoo answerer
Note this claim is not sourced, although that doesn't necessarily make it a lie. (although tbf she cant spell for shit)

http://tattoo.about.com/cs/psafety/a/piercing_guns.htm

The above article, instead of throwing out seemingly outlandish claims, is written by a professional in the language of plain, simple and logical facts.

Despite the answer becoming more and more apparent as you read, the piercing gun will not be banned, at least in the near future. As far as British parliament and US congress are concerned, it has been being used in mall stores for many years without any serious issues being raised. I've looked for a long time for an article that tells of a specific case study where someone contracted a serious disease due to these things.

I would like to know what people who aren't very into body mods think of this, now that it's been drawn to their attention.
I would also like anyone with a story of being pierced with a gun (sounds painful out of context, eh?) to share their story, no matter how it turned out - just try to make it a good read.
I've heard so many people on piercing forums ranting about this, I just want to know what more "normal" readers think.

[tldr? piercing guns = bad. what do you think?]


Also, mods, I did indeed look this up nothing on this specifically and i didn't think it should go in a general piercing thread due to this being about law and ethics in addition to piercings.
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It's just a device that shoots a needle, what's so bad about it? Piercing by hand is just as 'abusive.' Well, if a person can't sterilize a needle properly, then that would be something. Maybe just make it so trained, experienced people can use a piercing gun? I dunno.
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Posted 8/19/10

Morbidhanson wrote:

It's just a device that shoots a needle, what's so bad about it? Piercing by hand is just as 'abusive.' Well, if a person can't sterilize a needle properly, then that would be something. Maybe just make it so trained, experienced people can use a piercing gun? I dunno.


Umm y'all read the article?
It doesn't shoot a needle it just rams the earring in.
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Oh lol, it would make more sense to get a gun that shoots needles like the ones you find at a doctor's office XD

I kept thinking of those whenever I imagine 'needle gun.'
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They should ban it. People think they use the gun everything will be A-OK so alot of inexperienced piercers will use it. If your gonna get pierced make sure you check to see if your piercer has any certification. Its just like getting a operation, you wouldn't just go in and have a doctor work on you with out any certification hanging from the wall would you?
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Posted 8/19/10 , edited 8/19/10
A piercing gun is a bad thing to use in any part of your body. It doesn't rely on the clean pierce of a sharp needle but rather a very rough and powerful blunt power (directed at the tip of your earring). As a result, it causes trauma than just a piercing wound. Trauma wounds generally take more time to heal and cause more harm.

If you go to a professional piercing parlor, you feel safe. They sterilize their needles for a good 10-20 minutes using a machine that thoroughly soaks the needle in every angle. I don't see how a gun can be sterilized properly with all the nooks and crannies.

Having piercing done with a needle is definately more expensive than a piercing gun - but this is one of those things you don't want to go cheap on. It's a piercing to your body - spend the extra money for the extra quality.


EDIT: If you plan on getting a cartlidge pierced, DO NOT use a piercing gun. It will shatter your cartlidge and you will have consistent pain in the area. My friend had a cartlidge piercing done with a gun 5 years ago. She says it still hurts if pressure is applied.
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The wife of my teacher is a prof. on piercing area and the is totally with this. (btw when i talk about my teacher i mean it as my teacher in the tattoo shop)

when she started she didn't want the damn thing becuase it's not accurate enoug it does more damage to the ear than you do it with a piercing needle.

i self had one when i was 10 it was shot with the damn gun that ear still feels strange while the one i got on a later age does not hurt at all nor feel strang and it's done by the piercing needle.

even when you want loops/tunnels/strechers (whatever you call them over there i call them tunnels) it hurst more on the ear that is shot than the one that was done by a Needle

well that is in my case
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Posted 8/19/10
Hmmm had all mine done with the gun and im fine... had abt.... 7 peircings with it? Im too much of a wimp for a needle so im glad of it. + never had an infection :3
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Posted 8/19/10

Keebie wrote:

Hmmm had all mine done with the gun and im fine... had abt.... 7 peircings with it? Im too much of a wimp for a needle so im glad of it. + never had an infection :3




then you are that 1 % that is very very very lucky but where are those 7 piercings it's not possible that you ear does not sustaned damage from the gun if the are allon the line like this



the gun used an immense ammount of force to go throu your ear while the needle is using one slim motion the gun actual come with a lot of pressure power and that is what can do real damage to an ear if you have a piercing like the above

it's actually forbidden to get a piercing with a gun on those parts of the ear
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Keebie wrote:

Hmmm had all mine done with the gun and im fine... had abt.... 7 peircings with it? Im too much of a wimp for a needle so im glad of it. + never had an infection :3




then you are that 1 % that is very very very lucky but where are those 7 piercings it's not possible that you ear does not sustaned damage from the gun if the are allon the line like this



the gun used an immense ammount of force to go throu your ear while the needle is using one slim motion the gun actual come with a lot of pressure power and that is what can do real damage to an ear if you have a piercing like the above

it's actually forbidden to get a piercing with a gun on those parts of the ear


I've had 4 in one and 3 in the other, 1 was a re pierce. I guess i am lucky, tho i was very careful to always clean them and not bash them n stuff ><
Posted 8/19/10
I've had a needle through my tongue, I think I can handle the ban -__-

Needles are much more precise and do a much better job than a gun.

I've experienced piercings with both needles and guns and there isn't much of a difference pain-wise.

They only use the gun for ears and sometimes the nose anyway.
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Posted 8/19/10

Keebie wrote:


NOtricious wrote:


Keebie wrote:

Hmmm had all mine done with the gun and im fine... had abt.... 7 peircings with it? Im too much of a wimp for a needle so im glad of it. + never had an infection :3




then you are that 1 % that is very very very lucky but where are those 7 piercings it's not possible that you ear does not sustaned damage from the gun if the are allon the line like this



the gun used an immense ammount of force to go throu your ear while the needle is using one slim motion the gun actual come with a lot of pressure power and that is what can do real damage to an ear if you have a piercing like the above

it's actually forbidden to get a piercing with a gun on those parts of the ear


I've had 4 in one and 3 in the other, 1 was a re pierce. I guess i am lucky, tho i was very careful to always clean them and not bash them n stuff ><


well it's not about the clean part

a gun does not causes an infection (if correctly cleaned and shot) it causes tissue dammage to the ear.
the cartilage recieves a lot of pressure when getting shot by a gun

specially in the upper area of the ear.
It will definitly causes the cartilage to tear not seen form the outside but they are there.

even if you don't feel a thing now if they are there it can only get worse a tear can expand and when that happens say bye bye to your piercings
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Posted 8/19/10 , edited 8/20/10

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I've had a needle through my tongue, I think I can handle the ban -__-

Needles are much more precise and do a much better job than a gun.

I've experienced piercings with both needles and guns and there isn't much of a difference pain-wise.

They only use the gun for ears and sometimes the nose anyway.


think again...


It's really not common... but it does happen.
Posted 8/19/10

Sunnyxx wrote:


Chained_Angel wrote:

I've had a needle through my tongue, I think I can handle the ban -__-

Needles are much more precise and do a much better job than a gun.

I've experienced piercings with both needles and guns and there isn't much of a difference pain-wise.

They only use the gun for ears and sometimes the nose anyway.


think again...


It's really not common... but it does happen.


Ah I see lol. I chose needle over gun its much better imo. People tend to want gun-piercings because they think its quick and painless. Putting a hole in your body is never painless though
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Posted 8/19/10 , edited 10/21/10

Chained_Angel wrote:

Ah I see lol. I chose needle over gun its much better imo. People tend to want gun-piercings because they think its quick and painless. Putting a hole in your body is never painless though


Those up there REALLY shouldn't be done with a gun.
Let me show you a pic of that navel 2 weeks later... and be warned, it's a bit gross.

http://www.primalurge.com.au/uploads/pics/Stud_Gun_Bad.jpg
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