So this is a photo I made around a month ago and posted on facebook. It spread around pretty quickly and I heard it made its rounds on this website too. But I figured I’d repost it and include a link to my blog on my website that has the whole story. So here you go, the whole story can be found here,

EDIT: For the people that still have questions as to why you should do more research when getting a body piercing. please feel free to join my group on facebook. There is a wealth of information being talked about in there from myself some of the best body piercers in the world.

Say NO to Gun Piercing

By Lexci Million • Jul 24th, 2006 • Category: ModBlog

As a piercer, I’ve always been a huge anti- piercing gun advocate. The main reason stems from the first major incident I ever encountered on my lifelong friend Jaime.

When Jaime was 18 years old, she had her upper helix pierced from a friend who took a “course” on how to use a piercing gun.

Within a week, Jaime had developed an infection so bad she required emergency medical attention. Her doctors said it was “worse than a staph infection” and likely came from residue of someone else’s tissue left over on the gun despite the machine being “disinfected” between uses.

Jaime’s cartilege literally liquefied due to swelling and the infection eating away at it. She had to have an incision sliced down the back of her ear and packed with gauze so the wound could be cleaned and the infection and necrotic tissue could be scraped out.

After the infection was brought under control, Jaime underwent plastic surgery to reconstruct the cartilage. The surgeon had to remove cartilage from her ribs and literally carve out the shape of her ear to rebuild it.

1 & 2 - Jaime’s ear at the height of it’s infected state
3 - Jaime’s other normal ear
4, 5, 6 - Jaime’s ear today after reconstructive surgery.

Here is one of my friends. One year ago. He made an ALLERGY of silicone tunnels. He wanted to stretch the lobe, went to 24mm, his lobe was doing good…. 

But pink silicone didn’t like him !

After that, longs weeks to have a healed lobe. Antibiotics from his doctor. 

Now he can wear silicone sometimes, but not the same as the type that gave the allergy. There is some different kind of silicone tunnels, so be careful when using them ! If one doesn’t fit you, try another one, from another seller ! But you better have to wear organic, wood, steel !


You too, try to explain to your friends they don't do right...

A girl in my maths class told me she was piercing her helix during a break, I fully explained to her the consequences if she pierced the wrong spot, if it wasn’t sterile and the fact that she can’t even take care of her already infected piercings. She ignored me saying ‘it won’t happen to me, I’ll be okay’. I then showed her this blog and she said 'EW, I’ll wash the safety pin in the bathroom then’ (which doesn’t even have soap of ANY sort, none the less it’s a SAFETY PIN) and I was just dumb-founded by her stupidity.


That’s what you all should do. Try to explain to people who are commiting these things to themselves. If they still want to do their shit then, it’s THEIR problems. But YOU tried. you tried to explain it’s the wrong way. 

Come on the way of the risks, infections, unsterile material, blood, etc etc….

It’s with PREVENTION that we maybe can HELP people avoiding doing these things to themselves… or on their friends…


We will never repeat it too many times  :

Using a gun on cartilages is BAD.

 (other parts of the body, same thing ! BAD BAD BAD !)

Not only because it is unsterile, not only because it make a hole with the jewel itself and break the skin, not only because people who do it don’t have any formations for how to pierce, but because the jewel is NOT adapted to the cartilage !

Lenght is not good. Material is not good (gold, or surgical steel, i’ve never seen titanium!), the ending is not good and compress everything. When the cartilage swell, the jewel is too short.

That’s why body piercers make the hole with a sterilized needle, put a titanium jewel in (labret or barbell with minimum 8mm longer) and preconize proper aftercares. It is NORMAL to have a swelling, that can least some weeks, the jewel has to be long for that !

Do NOT change the jewel after only 3 weeks

Do NOT turn it with unwashed hands ! (mostly of the infections come because you put your fingers on it, or for the girls, with long hair : when you replace your hair behind your ear, be careful, you contaminate your piercing with your fingers !)

Put good material when changing it, cartilage can take more than 6 months to heal properly. Sometimes rings (BCR, segment ring, spirales, horse ring) can make keloids, so put back a straight barbell with long lenght if necessary !

Keloids can be really hard to go away, be patient. 

And never pierce your cartilages, including tragus, with gun piercing. NEVER !

Even if it’s cheaper… 

Don't Pierce Your Daughter's Ears at the Mall

I intend on piercing my own daughter’s ears when she’s old enough, but unlike my own experience, I won’t be taking her to a piercing booth in a mall, and I especially won’t be having the piercings done with a piercing gun. The Association of Professional Piercers and Body Modification Ezine, two of the largest information sources on contemporary body modification, are BOTH against gun piercings. Why? I’ll tell you.

You Get What You Pay For

Earlier on this blog, I made a post about the awesome front-facing Anatometal barbells and captive bead rings which can accommodate their customizable gem clusters.

Today, while walking past a body jewellery stand in the mall, I noticed a similar style of barbell in the display, and decided to have a closer look. What I saw was a total insult to the art of body jewellery manufacturing, and an insult to the customers who are too short on cash to afford the real thing. The material was “stainless” (not implant grade) steel, and the rings’ finishes were scuffed and scratched, nowhere near the acceptable standard for body jewellery. The gem section, meant to be the focal point of pieces, was of the worst quality I had ever seen. The gems were foil-backed, and discolored from the glue that held them in place. They were also dull, foggy and covered in scratch marks, and every ray of light reflecting from the surface further showed the glaring imperfections. The employee could not tell me what the gems were made from, the company that made the jewellery, or where it was manufactured.

Personally, I would never trust such a poor-quality product to be worn in my body. Whereas every piece from Anatometal is made in the US from implant grade materials with a mirror finish and hand-set gems, proudly guaranteed for life, the jewellery that I saw at the kiosk looked like a potential allergy hazard, as well as a bacteria trap due to its inferior finish, with gems that appeared to be ready to flake off at any minute. Doing the research and spending the extra money on a quality piece is much more cost-effective in the long run, as despite being immediately cheaper, the kiosk jewellery would likely cause irritation to one’s piercing and become damaged beyond repair within a few months of wear.

Hello my name is J and welcome to me throwing a fit because the guy that pierced my tongue had no idea what he was doing and pierced it in crooked as fuck. Remember kids, make sure they have a license before they come anywhere with you with a needle! Or at least check out their work. He went super fast and it’s rubbing against a nerve, and the bottom part of the barbell is grinding against the back of my gums. Also, make sure you get it done early enough in the day that if there is an issue you can call them and fix it, so you don’t have to wait till the next day to take out your jewelry and discuss getting it pierced again after it heals, or getting a refund.

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