SUBMITTER COMMENT: I was with my buddy this summer and he last minute decided to get a tattoo. So, he chooses this painting he had on his wall, and brings it straight to the nearest person with a machine. I was with him for the line-work, and honestly I cringed when I saw it. But I didn’t have the heart to tell him how bad it looked. And it isn’t even finished yet.
What’s Awful: Not a single straight line in sight. The lines are very dodgy and broken (and in all honesty I did watch the tattooist inhale a couple joints before starting), and not to mention it was preformed out of an unsanitary home.
Hey! I just got my septum redone on Thursday and I know that everyone has a different healing times for their piercings, but I just didn't want to buy extra bigger jewlery if I didn't need it. Here's the problem, i requested a staple horseshoe so i can put it up for work. But i have sores on both sides of my nose (directly below the septum where the horse shoe ends la, and i was just wondering should i buy longer jewlery with a longer wearable area or should i just see if its initial swelling?
That happened to me too. It could be the staple is too narrow for your nose, or it could be swelling making that the case. If you can get back to your piercer, all you need to do is tell them that the staple is rubbing your nose raw inside and ask if they can widen up the bottom a bit, so the jewelry will go from being like |_| to more like \_/ (but probably not that wide, you get the point i hope). You shouldn’t need to buy longer wearable, just get them to widen the bottom part of it. Hopefully that’ll help you out.
My family keeps telling me I wont be able to make a living if I pierce and dont have a side job. I'm not asking how much you earn but do you live comfortably? Is it possible to intern while getting paid? Or is it expected to be free work? I just want some reassurance that I'm making a choice that I can be happy while still sustaining myself.
I’d say I live comfortably but I’d attribute that to a number of factors. The biggest being that I do have a second job. Even though I own my studio I only take a small salary, its my baby and I have to make sure its “fed and clothed” before I take care of myself. Hell, my employees make more money than I do… haha! If I didn’t make jewelry on a regular basis I would barely have money to put food on the table after paying rent, utilities, and taking care of my fur kids.
I’d say there is a good chance your family is right. There are only a few piercers I know who make a really good living just piercing. Most of us don’t have insurance let alone a savings. I’ve had a second job off and on for a good part of my professional career. I like working, I don’t see anything wrong with putting in time to acquire the funds for the things I want in my life. Then again at this point in my life I am lucky enough to have two jobs that I not only love but am able to dictate the hours I work and the pay I receive.
I think paid apprenticeships are becoming a bit more common these days. I wasn’t so lucky, during my one year apprenticeship, I only saw payment after scrubbing tools and tubes and that was maybe 80 bucks a week if I was lucky. I put my self through my apprenticeship by painting houses, building decks and refinishing expensive patio furniture for rich people. I’d work 6am til 3 and then would be in the studio from 4 - 9pm or later. It sucked but I knew it would be worth it.
I think at this point you need to decide if you think its worth it to you. Its not my job to reassure you of your dream. I have no clue what makes you happy or what you need to sustain yourself. My wants and needs are probably pretty different than yours. Regardless of what I say or what my experiences may have entailed, If you really want it you’ll go to great lengths to acquire what you want/need in life.
Did you know? Silver jewelry should only be worn in 100% healed piercings. Sterling silver is made of 92.5% silver and 7.5% “other metal” (most common: copper). Nowadays, it’s rare that sterling silver contains nickel, but to be on the safe side, people with a nickel allergy should avoid wearing silver.
The piercing shop near me does cartilage piercings. We asked if it's with a needle to make sure, and they said that it's done with a gun but with a special gun for cartilage that won't shatter it. I'm going to find somewhere that does it with a needle but my friend went with them for her piercing. I'm concerned, is this "cartilage gun" a real thing and if so how does it compare to needles and normal guns?
That is a load of BS and don’t listen to and “piercer” who says otherwise is full of it.
I’m not sure where you’re located, but especially if you’re in the US, you should be able to find a piercer using this.
Submitter Comment: When I was 18 i thought it would be the coolest thing ever to get my whole body tattooed but i couldnt afford it. So i made the mistake of allowing somebody to do it out of my apartment.
The guy did use gloves and sterile needles but used tap water to clean the needles to change colors which i learned can put bacteria into your arm and you can loose you arm. The whole thing was shaded with a liner!! and there isnt a proper line done in the whole tattoo. 13 hours of pain and a story for life i warn you. GO TO A PROFESSIONAL
How It can be fixed:
I was lucky enough to find my current artist who was friendly and patient about figuring out an idea to cover up this horrible quarter sleeve that i had gotten. Take your time and dont rush into getting whatever idea pops into your head your going to go through many different ideas and you need to think it through. I finally did after 2 years with this horrible tattoo and im finally happy.
Is there any reason why I shouldn't buy jewelry from places like Spencers?
Quite a few actually.
You won’t be getting implant grade titanium, implant grade steel, solid 14K or 18K gold.
You won’t be getting jewelry with a flawless, mirror finish.
You won’t be getting internally threaded jewelry.
You won’t be getting a lifetime warranty.
You won’t be getting jewelry that is custom fit for your anatomy. T-shirts aren’t one-size-fits-all, why should your jewelry?
But most importantly it won’t look as good as Anatometal, BVLA, or the few other quality companies. And you won’t be supporting a corporate business that doesn’t actually care about you or your safety instead of a small local business such as your local, reputable piercer.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is meant to be a tattoo of a Dragon Ball Z character, done by an “artist” who isn’t licenced to do tattoos.
WHATS AWFUL: Where do I start with this one?! It was done in a clearly unsanitary room (which looks like a living room from the “artist’s” other photos), by someone who has no experience or knowledge of tattooing. The lines are awful, the face is awful, the shading is awful… it’s just not a very good tattoo and I would be extremely disappointed if this had been done to my body. Hopefully this person will be able to get it covered up well by a professional.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is all work from an ex-friend of mine, who apprenticed through his senior year of high school and just started tattooing.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Oh where to start? The footprint tattoo, left footprint looks terrible, the writing looks like he freehanded it, and the shop shown in the background looks very unsanitary. (He told me it was so cramped you could only tattoo two people at one time). The skull is a little better but still, shading is bad and lines are wonky. The triangle is all sorts of crooked, when asked about it he said that the “position on the neck blew it out of proportion”. The writing and shading on the last two are just downright terrible and the cross behind “walk by faith” doesn’t look like a cross.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Think of a different profession, because sooner or later someone is going to get mad at you for messing up their body. Get better at tattooing if you’re going to work in a professional shop.
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Submitter’s Comments: Was trolling around Zjebany page again, looking for fails.
What’s Awful?: Doz meat legz! And then be proceeded to stretch the meat legs? WTF O_O! I’m not sure what’s on his face… it looks like an extremely poorly placed cheek piercing that’s been stretched? His whole ear just looks like it hates being attached to him.
How Can This Be Fixed?: Take all those tunnels out, get reconstructive surgery. Take that thing out of your cheek asap! Or at least clean all the funk and crust off… at least!
The thing on his face is a sort of new surface anchor/implant type thing"skin tunnel". I wish i knew where to find the diagrams explaining how it works or even how to look for where they might be, but i forget what the guy who came up w/ it is calling them. In any case, it doesn’t look happy either.
When I was about 5 years old my Mom took me to the hair salonto get my ears pierced. They used a gun and didn’t wear gloves. The piercing gun was so awful that it jammed and pulled out the jewelry. So I had to get my left ear done twice.
and this was their golden aftercare advice:
clean with rubbing alcohol twice a day
spin the jewelry/pick off any crusties
wear jewelry on the tightest setting so the back doesn’t fall off during swelling
Not only that, I also was allergic to the shitty jewelry they pierced my ear with so my ears were so irritated that it took four years for them to settle down - four years. I was just a kid and I thought it was my fault so I hid it from my parents.
The only reason my ears settled down was because I realized my skin grew to the back of my studs for the third time so I ripped them out. There was so much scar tissue from constantly getting infections that my holes stayed open and the next jewelry I put in just happened to be stainless steel, which finally closed the book on the problems.
I’ve since educated myself and now have 30+ piercings and only get pierced by professionals with needles - and I’ve never had a piercing issue since.
Let’s talk for a minute about the vast majority of commercially available jewelry marketed for pierced ears. Below you will see a picture of 14K gold jewelry that supposedly is safe and comfortable.
1. The edges of the jewelry appear sharp and the finish is less than mirror finish. Open grooves in the backing and the rough, sharp edges can damage piercings and harbor bacteria and debris.
2. The wonderful 14K gold stamping. The stamping is on the post of the earring, and the crevices and edges are a perfect breeding ground for nasty pathogens.
3. Super sharp threading on the post. I have seen this sort of threading go as far up as 3/4 of the way up the post, essentially causing the piercing to constantly be irritated and damaged. Rubbing this threading even against normal skin can cut into the surface… OUCH!
4. The 14K gold means quality, right? WRONG! The karat only tells you of the percentage of gold in the jewelry in GENERAL. It does not specify if the post, backing, front design or any other part of the jewelry is gold, or even if it is plated! Plated gold can flake off and cause rough edges and expose the wearer to the metals under the plating, which can contain lead (toxic), nickel (a common metal causing reactions), copper and other “stuff” to make the jewelry harder, brighter and more “gold looking”.
Long story short, the jewelry going through your body should ALWAYS be implant grade, with a mirror finish and no rough edges, and not have imprints or other marks where bacteria can colonize. We love using neometal threadless titanium labrets, which come in many different lengths (for chubby or thin lobes) and tons of threadless top choices! Stop by today and pick up some truly safe, implant grade quality jewelry and see what a wonderful difference it makes!
Submitter’s comment: This is my friend of about 4 years now and her boyfriend. The girl’s step dad tattoos out of their home, where they smoke and eat. Tattoos people of age only but does very sloppy work. She says he’s been tattooing for 30 something years now. She has mentioned to me before she would like to go to another tattoo artist because he’s sloppy but doesn’t want to hurt his feelings and she doesnt have to money. She’s also pierced herself at school.
What’s awful: Wonky lines, Very unsanitary, sloppy sloppy work.
P.s. Love this blog. lots and lots. it’s taught me a lot about my own modifications.
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Submitter’s Comments: Was cruising on Zjebany Piercing on Facebook and saw this….creation.
Why It’s Awful?: Horrible, incorrect jewelry. Those look like skin divers but I might be wrong, along with bioflex barbells in a ‘surface piercing.’ What’s that black thing lining her neck?! It looks like those plastic things you tie/lock your luggage with when you go on a plane.
Hi! In reference about the question you were asked about one needle used to make four separate holes, why exactly is it that the same needle cant be used in the same sitting on one client? Just super curious. thanks :)
The cutting portion of the needle will become extremely dull after being used once compared to being unused. A dull needle will cause more unwanted trauma and discomfort for the piercee as opposed to a new unused needle.
Piercing needles are very finely sharpened, they are not designed to be used for more than one puncture. Here are some pictures that illustrate how quickly a beveled needle dulls from use. These are pictures of syringe needles (very similar in design to piercing needles) under magnification after use.
(I realized I hadnt sourced it so I resubmitted it)
I found these while scrolling through my face book sometime in November Its from a 15 year old girl I used to be close friends with & she has been tattooing herself & friends She has no licencing or practice yet went straight on to tattooing people The top two are an example of the larger pieces shes done on herself, where as the others are what she has done on other people