I had a bud whose PA was not a ring. It was a Master Lock. Once he was arrested for DUI. While removing his piercings he stated, "I hoped you've got a pair of bolt cutters" and dropped his pants. It almost cleared the the rooom.
I have 10 Ga. in my ears a tongue piercing. Used to have my nipples done but I took them out one night for a shower and forgot to put them back. By the next morning I could not get them back in.
The only problem I ever had was from tossing a 4x4 onto my deck. I overlooked the screw head sticking out. It caught one of the nipple rings..... That got my attention.
Basically, people have problems only when they get STUPID (like above). If you get your tongue pierced, then go to eating and drinking, you deserve to have problems. After my tongue was done, I started sucking on ice. Protein shakes were food for a few days and I practiced the recommended after care. Piercers give you after care recommendations for a reason.
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