What do I tell them?

First of all, this brand is pretty intense. It was literally done with a household iron. They did more damage than they'd planned to and actually had to get a fair amount of hospital attention, but they're happy with the result and alls well that ends well, right?

What do I tell this next person? I get emails like this all too often, and it's probably because of stuff like this that schools get the wrong idea about piercing and choose to ban it.

From: muffinbomb
To: glider
Subject: A story and a question

Hello, my name is ****, and I'm a 16 year old high school student. I hope one day to be a professional body piercer, and I frequent BMEzine, in the past posting two stories about my ear gauging and tattoo experience. I am writing to you today about a friend of mine, who will remain nameless.

Two weeks ago, she decided to get a tongue piercing. She showed up in school two days later with her new modification; it looked alright, except the barbell was too short for a piercing that young; you could only see the beads on either side of her tongue. When I questioned her about why she didn't have a longer barbell to accomodate the swelling, she merely said "Oh, I'll get one." Besides that, however, the piercing seemed perfect. The placement was excellent, and there were no bruises or excessive swelling.

Later on in the day, I was speaking to another friend of mine, who's friend had done the piercing. I began to question her about the equipment he used. When I asked if he had used a piercing needle, she said no. So, I asked her, what DID he use? Her answer puzzled me at first. She responded with "The barbell." I figured she didn't understand the question, so I asked her again. She responded with the same answer. After another questioning, the reality sank in. This boy, not even 18, had FORCED a barbell through my friend's tongue. Even worse, my friend informed me that this boy had pierced his own tongue like this, along with a multitude of other people.

He didn't even have a clamp to aid him, he merely had the piercee stick out their tongue while he proceeded to ram the jewellry through their tongues. He even offered my friend a lip piercing, done in the same manner, which she thankfully refused.

Naturally, I was confused and angry. What kind of sadist could do something like that? Besides that, did he even know the consequences? Sure, my friend's piercing turned out fine. But forcing a blunt object through your body parts does not usually promote good healing. He could have ripped her tissue, or hit a vein, causing serious damage. If that happened, being 17 without a liscense to pierce would cause him even more trouble, if something had gone wrong. The friend who had told me about how he did this responded to the whole thing with "It was so cool watching, and her tongue made this really cool POP POP noise!"

Last time I checked, tongue piercings are NOT supposed to make a really cool pop pop noise.

Since I don't know this boy, I can't really do anything about this situation. At the same time, I wish I could. So I'm asking you, how do I let people my age know of the danger of young, unexperienced piercers? It's hard being in high school with situations like this. Everyone just wants to get pierced, but they don't think about the consequences of going to someone who doesn't even know what they're doing.

Those people who help with the reviewing of experiences have heard insane piercing techniques like this on a far too regular basis as well.

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

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