Tough calls…

First I want to say that this isn't a “funmail”. I totally understand where this piercer is coming from and appreciate his concern, and it's one I've heard quite a few times before. The reason I'm bringing it up here is that it's something I really want all piercers (and all practitioners of all kinds) to read.

They were concerned because a person had written an experience about them, not saying anything specifically slanderous about them, but just an overall negative experience that didn't speak well for the piercer because of some omissions. I don't have any reason to believe this piercer is any worse than usual, and, in fact, judging by the civilized tone, I suspect he's a really nice guy. Here's an excerpt:

"She kindly forgot to mention the numerous times that I told her the way she wanted to place the multiple tongue piercings wouldn't work due to being extremely close together. But alas... I'm only the lowly piercer and my advice wasn't good enough for her and she INSISTED on the placement that I told her would not look good or work. (Actually, about four other people in the shop told her as well that it wouldn't work)."

I told him the same thing I've been telling everyone:

"I totally understand where you're coming from, but let me suggest something: You are the piercer and the professional and you are far more qualified to know what will work than some customer. If the customer asks you for something that you know is a bad idea, and you still do it, then ultimately it's you that's responsible for that, not them...

You know what I mean? If you go to a plastic surgeon and ask them for a "bad idea" procedure, they won't do it. If they do, they'll be hit with malpractise charges.

(Sorry I don't have something better to tell you)...


I'm very serious about this — if you are a practitioner, you may not act irresponsibly on the public without facing the consequences. It doesn't matter if they beg you. It doesn't matter if they offer to pay you extra. It doesn't matter what the reason is. If you believe a procedure is unsound, do not do it. You're the expert, not them.

The sign of a great practioner is not just in the procedures they achieve, but more in the procedures they turn away.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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