I got my ears pierced with a gun the first time when I was 4. I asked my mom for them so she took me to Wal-Mart (when they still had the piercing thing in the jewelry department.) I got scared right as the chick put the gun around my ear and I started crying. Instead of being a mature adult handling a child, she told me to quit being a baby and pulled the trigger thing. My head twitched when it made the click before the stud even went through. My piercings ended up crooked.
They were out by my 5th birthday, which was only 3 months later because no matter how many times I “rotated and cleaned” them, they did not heal. All was fine.
I wanted them again at 7 years old. Mom took me to Claires. They gave me a disgusting crusty-ass teddy bear. The piercings were crooked and went diagonal through my ears. I left them in.
I got my second holes done at Claires when I was probably 8. The backs started to grow into my ears so my mom brought me to my step-dad’s tattoo shop (YEAH SHE WAS MARRIED TO A TATTOO ARTIST AND STILL DID THIS TO ME) and he got me awesome-ass studs. Fixed my problem, but not without pain. He had to use pliers to get the earring all the way out.
I got the 3rd holes done when I was 11-ish. It is barely in my ear. If I wear a normal stud, you can see the back while staring at me head-on.
I got lucky. But with everything considered, the “luck” is not worth the trauma.
I’ve never had much luck with piercing guns, you’d think id have learned sooner. thank god i have now!
1st time i was in primary school, not sure what age, and i got my ears pierced at claire’s. The healing went well there was no problems. then we tried to remove the earrings and couldn’t, we went to the shop again and were told that the earrings had been faulty in the packaging and they had to remove them with pliers. i was in so much pain and couldn’t put earrings in again. they healed up.
second time i decided to get them done again, so i could wear earrings like my friends did and it hurt a lot, the woman blamed the fact that i have ‘thick ear lobes’ i blame the blunt object being forced through flesh when thats not how i wanted it done. fortunately there was no further problems with healing or changing.
I then decided to get the top of my ear done and went to the local tattoo and piercing studio. the woman told me that the gun was the best way to do it and that it hurt less than the needle, having been stupid and not researched beforehand I agreed. I soon found out after a google search this is not true it should not be done and can shatter your ear. that didnt happen but i had this done almost 2 years ago and it still gives me grief at times. I’ve never changed it because I’m scared to take it out in case it hurts.
Then i got my nose pierced, wasn’t given the option to get it done with the needle and being a shy person didn’t want to say ‘actually I won’t bother just now I’ve changed my mind’ I sat down and let the woman put a stud in my nose with a piercing gun, the same stud (not the exact one) that she shot into the top of my ear. i suffered with it in for two weeks before putting a real nose stud in. it was painful, uncomfortable and hideous because it was obvious that it was not a nose stud and i hated it for the whole time i had it in. ive never been back in that shop. thats 3 piercings gone/done wrong from there, i don’t plan to be back.
then i got my second piercing in my lobes which i got done in claires on a whim. thankfully they have gone ok, though I did get them done in august and theyre still a bit of a bother now. I’m hoping they aren’t going to be bad for too long I’ve sorted them out as well as I can and am monitoring the situation well.
so what have i FINALLY learned from my experiences? Don’t do it. I hope this will convince someone else not to get pierced with a gun. it is not worth the hassle it causes.
I am so thankful that I found your tumblr. I first had my ears pierced when I was 11, now 24 I decided that I wanted my second set of lobe piercings done at the dreadful Claire’s, totally on a spur of the moment decision. Unfortunately I did not anticipate the awful pain that awaited me within the ‘healing’ process..
After cleaning my ears three times a day with salt water solution, four days in to the cleaning and healing process, my ears became swollen and painful. One earring began to embed, and I began losing sleep due to the pain of sleeping on either ear.
I began to research online about Claire’s and piercing guns (finding your blog also) and realised my ear was reacting to the trauma of having a blunt object pushed through it. I managed to salvage one piercing but took the other out after it healed as (not surprisingly) it was at an angle and made it difficult to put an earring in at all, even with Vaseline.
I have just had my third and one second hole done on the weekend just gone by a professional, with a needle. The healing process in comparison is incredible, no swelling, no pain, nothing!
I wanted to share my story in hope others read this and avoid getting pierced with a gun. No one should have to go through that pain, especially little kids, let alone a 24 year old!!
Keep up the good work at spreading the word.
Thank you so much! I am glad my blog helped you. :D
My niece, age 8, is thinking about getting her ears pierced. Her mom (my sister-in-law) assumed this would involve a piercing gun and she seemed okay with it.
I have shared my personal experience with piercing guns (failed childhood ear-piercing, re-pierce during college, painful) and also my very positive experience with taking my own daughter to a reputable body-piercing studio when she was 8 to get her ears pierced (she didn’t cry & her piercing healed easily.) I have also sent my SIL a link to a well-reasoned argument for professional piercing and against piercing guns. I hope she makes the right decision!
Feel free to submit your own stories regarding piercing guns (or other bad ways of getting piercings done). Submissions that advocate the use of piercing guns in any way will be automatically denied.
What part of this was difficult to understand, folks? If you send in a submission that at any time says, “Well you know sometimes they’re OK…” DELETE.
Simple as that.
I just got my ears pierced for the first time 2 day ago at Claire’s … big mistake!When I went to clean them they would not move forwards or backwards and I couldn’t see the post at all. They are on way too tight! Worse than that, the left one is at a really bad angle and the back hole is totally crooked. I can tell it feels different than the other, and it is obvious in the mirror. Luckily they are not red and don’t really hurt except when I briefly tried to loosen the back. But still I can feel they are too tight and the left one is slightly irritated. I found piercing/tattoo shops intimidating which is why I choose the mall … but not anymore! Not after researching piercings and reading all the horror stories about guns.
Tomorrow I am going straight to a real piercing shop (only after going to Claire’s and asking for my money back!) and hopefully having them change my studs to proper fitting jewelry, and redoing the crooked back hole. Thank you for spreading awareness about these awful torture devices and the amateurs that use them!
i am in so much pain
i got my ears pierced a few days ago, and two ladies did them at the same time
i guess they had the guns set to different settings, or something?
but either way, one of my earrings is on waaay too tight and it HURTS and i can’t clean it properly and i can’t get the back off.
it hurts and i dont know what to do.
GO TO A PROFESSIONAL PIERCER. Honestly, it’s what you should have done in the first place, but they can help your ear much more than those inexperienced putzes with mutilation devices could have.
If you have no professional piercer you can see right away, then do this, but only as a last resort. If they used the butterfly backings (they look like this), then have a friend or family member use a pair of thin jewelry pliers to gently pull the two loops apart. This will release the backing, and you can take the earring off.
The reason I say to use this as a last resort is because infection can spread very quickly when the jewelry is removed from a possibly infected piercing.
Always go to the pros. They can sterilize the area immediately and remove any nasties before they infect you.
I’m speechless. How do you convince yourself to use a piercing gun when you clearly have professionally done piercings already? Just…. fucking why???