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Why you should skip the piercing gun and go to a professional

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Why you should skip the piercing gun and go to a professional

Unless you’re an MMA fighter, blunt force trauma isn’t something to mess with. When you get a piercing with a piercing gun, it is just that. Essentially it’s shoving a dull piece of metal through your cartilage or earlobe at high force. Ouch! When getting a piercing done it is always best to seek out someone who knows what they are doing. No one wants a crooked or potentially infected piercing.


Needles used in professional piercing are very sharp and completely sterile. They are made to create a clean and even piercing. When using a piercing gun, it is impossible to completely sterilize the entire gun, they aren’t pulling out a brand new one for each use. Needles from a professional shop are sealed and are only meant to be used once. This means with proper aftercare there is an extremely low risk of getting an infection.


If you go to a kiosk or some random pre-teen trinket store using a gun, chances are they don’t know what the hell they are doing. Professional piercers are very well trained, they spend years apprenticing under a seasoned veteran before piercing on their own. They continuously are gaining knowledge and perfecting their craft. Professionals are taught how to pierce in a way that is as painless as possible, quick and proportionate to the individual. Piercings aren’t one size fits all, they vary in placement per person. That’s one of the perks of going to a quality piercing shop; your piercing will look badass and specifically placed to look great on your body.

12 and under

Getting your child’s ears pierced can be a stressful experience but it doesn’t have to be. Bringing your kids to a mall kiosk to have some under trained, underpaid 18 year old will only add to the stress. If you choose to get your child’s ears pierced, going to a professional shop will make the experience calm and efficient. Professionals will slow down and take the time to talk you through the entire process, eliminating any anxieties you both may have.

Shops like Platinum Ink have specific piercers that are happy to pierce metal heads of all ages. After their piercings are fully healed you can let your little monster pick out a sick new pair of earring at Metal Illness, We will even change them for free so you don’t have to.

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Disclaimer: All content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with your individual piercer or a doctor for your specific questions or needs.

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