Well, no, but it can cause infection in your brain which can kill you. Food for thought.
Seriously, be a free spirit April, say no to tongue piercings. Get your navel done instead if you really must. I know someone who almost died because of such an infection; it's not to be taken lightly. SHe had her head shaved, got surgery, was in a coma for several weeks... And all this didn't happen immediately after the piercing was done; it kind of creeped up on her. The problem is that a pierced tongue doesn't really heal properly. Because the mouth is a bacterial playground, you are really playing with fire. Even dentists refuse to perform certain procedures without giving their patients some antibiotics first; that's how serious it is.
One more thing: they DO damage your teeth. I kind of like having all my teeth personally; helps with eating which I also like.
Ya know, I think maybe it would change the way some things taste. I'm not really sure how but I'm sure there would be some sort of reactions to acids and things like that. What are these things made out of? surgical stainless?
On a positive note: it would keep your mouth closed when working the line,Right? Wouldn't it heat up?
I very much agree with Anneke, I hope her person did not end up with permanent damage. Most don't recover fully from systemic infection.
Gosh, I wish I was 18 again!
April, good luck to you.
Again , well said Anneke . My 2 cents is to accept yourself for who you are and what you got . Be the standout in your generation and say no . I think you will be happier in the long run . Just my opinion . Good luck with whatever you choose and keep cookin.
Being a ex-punker, here is my take on it. I had numerous piercings for years. I also had a full mohawk, that when I fanned it, was 18 inches high (I couldn't even ride in a car without the seat in full recline). The day I turned on MTV and saw that a few bands were sporting mohawks again, I shaved mine off. The day I saw preppy little high-schoolers with piercings, I took mine out. I did these things as a statement of my individuality. Once they became mainstream, why bother? I was no longer an individual, but following the crowd, and I refuse to be a follower. I am a free thinker and like to show the world that I am. To this day, I cringe everytime I see all these kids with piercings. Not because I think they are stupid, but because its just another thing that no longer has any meaning, because it has become mainstream.
As a chef, I think tounge peircings are rather stupid. Sure it may not affect your taste, but why take a chance. Your taste is your livelihood. Pianists take care of their fingers, dancers take care of their legs, singers take care of their voices, chefs must take care of their sense of taste.
I have to agree with Pete, I own a Cafe' & Catering company and allthough I go out of my way to look past piercings, tatoo's and branding, I do have difficulty with some of my clients allowing Servers and Chef's at their functions, that have obvious "markings".
Don't get me wrong a good percentage of my staff, my best friend and my daughter all have one or more of the above and I am OK with it, however when we are serving the public we are covered up.
I have to agree whole heartedly about the individuality comment, it's pretty hard not to have the same as someone else!(Piercing/tatoo)
Had a young man who worked for me who had cracked two teeth having his tongue pierced. You can also damage nerve ending in your tongue that affect your feeling in your tongue.
Personally I have never seen someone who has had their tongue pierced that didn't unconscienciously suck on the durn thing. If they want to suck on something, buy a pacifier. Get a sucker.
Also, the sound of the bar clicking against their teeth is annoying. My receptionist had to take hers out as she was having diction problems with it in and the customers couldn't understand her.(Her mother had warned her that most mainstream companies weren't real impressed with them! LOL)
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!!
Of all the things that anyone could do to themselves, why would you want to put a nail in your tongue. I just don't understand the percieved importance of trends (which is really what it is, people can't do it to be original anymore). It's hardly even a fashion statement, nobody can really see it unless you show it to them.
On a seperate issue, as some people eluded to above, you may want to consider how people might pass judgement upon you. I will be the first to admit it but I think other people might agree that we often make a correlation between things like odd piercings and tatoos with level of intelligence.
Please forgive me if my response seemed a little harsh. I was not intending to offend anyone, I just stated what I think (and what I'm sure many other people think)
I always wondered about that.....if I wasn't so afraid on needles I would have gotten my belly button pierced. I have lots of friends who have those tongue rings, Ill ask around and post what I find. If youre gonna do it though....look for a pro. Gloves, serilized needles etc. There is a lot more hazards to it than just the idea of getting a piercing. Like Hepititus or HIV and a bunch of other stuff if the artist isn't legit. Think of it as a mini operation and you are shopping for the best doc for the job.
Why do you want one? Just curious not being judgemental.
ok, just to set the record straight here... I know that everyone seems to think that this whole tongue thing is to be different and rebelious but really I just think they're cute! And in Ohio you have to be eighteen to sign for yourself before someone legit will even go near your tongue no matter how much money you brought with you, so it's perfect timing. Besides, with a piercing if you don't like it you can always take it out.... so anyways I just wanted to clarify that...
Your a breath of fresh air. Pierce anything and everything you want! Just be careful. Some of us just forget the feeling! I thought my ink was cute when I was your age.
Although if my son decided to plunge a piece of metal through one of his body parts I think I would have to carry it a bit further and crucify him. Few yrs. before that I hope.
Let us know what you do, and maybe post pictures:bounce:
April, please do some research about what piercings are all about. Piercings, tattooings, and scarification all have much deeper roots than doing it to look cool or because they are cute. In most cultures, body modifications were a "rite of passage". They held meaning and signifigance. Suffering through the pain of the modification was only one step in a ritual meant to lead a child into adulthood. The early days of body modification, in the modern US, started with small groups of people who felt that part of modern society's problems lay in the fact that we had done away with such rituals. The rituals and the pain associated with these rituals were a spiritual experience involving meditation, introspection, and trances brought on by pain. In recent years, piercings have become the "in" thing. And most everyone has forgotten, once again, the meanings of these things. Here are some names of people who were at the forefront of the "modern primative" movement: Fakir, Genesis P-Orridge, Jim Ward, ManWoman, Jane Handel, and the grandfather of the "Modern Primative" movement, the Great Omi. I would also suggest you read "Modern Primitives" written as part of the RE/Search series of books. Until you understand the signifigance of what you are about to do, why bother?!
You know there is another "reason" why girls/guys get these and why the opposite sex loves them, don't you? Actually it was the original reason anyone got their tongue pierced. I couldn't post the reason here because of the content but I could PM the "reason" to you. Its not too hard to figure out though. You get the idea Im sure.
--- Ok, just to clarify, cause I think ya'll are getting the wrong impression about this. Really being not even 18 and just out of a two and a half year much too serious relationship I REALLY am NOT looking to atract any guys at all... thats one of the last things I need right now. And I'm not doing this for any other reason than I personally like the way they look, not for any other. I've been doing things for other people's reasons for far too long and now I do this for me... is that so horrible....
--april-- :cry: :cry:
Im not saying this is what you want to get it for. Im just talking about the piercing in general. Heck, I can't talk because I always wanted a tatoo around my belly button! One of those cute flowers, or cubic designs. ~Sigh~
You have your reasons for getting the piercing done and you do NOT have to explain yourself to us of all people. We'll hem and haw about it here but whatever decision you choose we'll support you. That's what friends are for.
Actually, I think we kinda forgot you were getting it and got carried away talking about piercings. And from reading our posts, we really don't know if it would affect your tastebuds. Doesn't seem to have done any damage to one of my friends. She still eats like a horse. Im sorry if all our posts were coming off as stodgy and judgemental to you because that is the last thing we wanted to project.
When you decide....you'll know what to do. Okay?
I went to MSN Chat to find the answer to your question and woooo the abuse I got. April, youre gonna have to find someone who has one and ask them. Im still smarting from that foray! Ow!