1.) The new ASL (American Sign Language) teacher at my high-school is a nice person, supportive, humorous, and a good teacher. He has a few piercings (nostril, a few in his ears), all of them well taken care of from what I can tell. But what I cannot stand is his constant giving of inaccurate piercing advice. He cut into a conversation I had with a friend about her wanting a Monroe piercing, claiming it would leave a “huge ugly scar”, and claimed that if I wanted my nape done, then I could ONLY get ANY surface piercing done with a flexible straight bar. Um, no. 90 degree titanium surface staple, if you please.
What’s awful: Inaccurate advice that some poor kid may take to heart. He won’t believe any other piercing advice but his own.
2.) This one happened today, actually. A newer friend of mine has stretched ears, and is currently at a 0g and plans to size up soon. They looked healthy at a glance, so I asked how she went about it. She frowned, looking embarrassed as the tells me she jumped from her 20g initial piercing to 6g in one go! Holy cow!
What’s awful: 20g to 6g in one go!
3.) There are literally ten people I know who have self-pierced. The worst one of all, I am sorry to say, is a very close friend. She has piercing guns from her aunt’s salon, claiming her aunt (who is a hair stylist, not a piercer) is a certified professional. No pro would pierce with a gun. And now a 16 year old has a piercing gun. She pierced her middle school aged little sister’s cartilage and lobes with it without taking any small secondary precautions The second worse case of self-piercing is when another close friend came in with a Monroe that she did with a sewing needle and an earring. Her mother noticed it as soon as she went home, don’t know how she planned not to get caught with it.
Why it’s awful: I think it speaks for itself.
And now to end on a high note. The replacement Polymer and Crystalline Engineering teacher we have this year has the healthiest stretched lobes I have ever seen in my life and he will stop to educate those who are doing it way wrong. His advice echoes what I’ve seen in your stretching FAQ, he abhors the word “gauging”, and abhors improper jewelry and home tattoos. He may only be at a 0g (and plans to stay there), but the time and effort that went into those perfect stretched lobes should not go unnoticed.
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