Some assbag that I went to high school with picked up “skin art” shortly after graduating and tattooed underaged children out of the guy he was “apprenticing” under’s house. Now, I don’t know. But, someone running a “shop” out of their house doesn’t seem too legit and well…for fucks sake, the guy can’t tattoo worth a shit. Just because you can draw on paper doesn’t mean that you can wield a machine and needle. BIG FUCKING DIFFERENCE. Hello! Anyways, someone jumped his gun for doing such shitty and illegal tattoos. Threatened his to go to his mommy or the police and bitch boy stopped. Praise everything for that. Again, everyone! The best tattoos are usually the most expensive and the shitty infested twice used needled ones are going for 25 a pop. Just wait or you’ll end up with something stupid and shitty like this.
To all of these 13-14 year olds stretching their ears, please please PLEASE DO IT RIGHT because blowout is the worst thing. I'm 14, and I absolutely could not fucking wait and skipped a size. My right ear is fine, but my left (already had a previous infection) is in so much pain and it stinks to high hell. Yes, I've learned my lesson. No, you're not going to be 'so fucking cool' with those big plugs in your ears if they're infected and gross. Do it right or not at all.
Hey i was wondering if you guys or any of the followers know of any reputable tattooists in Leeds?or failing that, nottingham? Its my first tattoo, and Ive put off gettng it for so long because i can't find the right artist. Thanks guys!
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Terminology rant time. Where I live in Indonesia (mostly non-English speaking country fyi) we’re not familiar with, and never really used to the term gauges, thank goodness! A lot of my friends use the words “plugging” though, as in place of “stretching”. It’s like “O hey I just plugged my ears to an inch I’m so rad! Now does anyone wants some plugging done?”
I'm only 14, but stupid people getting in home & unprofessional tattoos/piercings are dumb as hell. I want to get 4 tattoos when I get older, just as a start & with each one after a certain time, but I'm smart enough to wait till I'm 18 & to go to an actual shop with actual professionals. Why aren't the people on here!?
This is probably useless information but I figured I’d submit it any way. (:
I’ve seen a lot of posts about not getting tattooed under the age of 18, whether in a professional shop or not. Real professionals wouldn’t tattoo someone under the age of 18, blahblahblah. Which isn’t necessarily true. At least it isn’t in my case.
I have known and actually been interested in tattoos since I was 10. I originally got a tattoo about eight months after my 16th birthday, contemplating the tattoo for literally a year before hand. I went to the shop with a friend of mine, and my mother, and I made an appointment to get my wrists done with ‘Never shamed but never free’ on the left, and ‘Never feared for anything’ on the right. It was done several hours later by a man who has been tattooing for years, is normally booked 2-3 weeks in advance. Because I’ve got scars on my wrists from self harm, he was apprehensive before he saw them but when he saw them and learned they’re literally 4-5 years old, had no problem going over them. I’ve had these tattoos for about five months.
I returned to the same shop about a month and a half later to get my first big piece (three hour sitting), the day after I went to a concert. It was a memorial piece for a band member who had passed away two years ago. I’d wanted the tattoo for two years, the band has been in my life for seven years and they aren’t going anywhere. It’s not something I will ever regret because they’ve had such a huge impact on my life.
I’ve got another tattoo (pocket watch with words on my foot, two hour session) since, by the same girl who did my back piece, and she’s never been nothing but pleasant with me. As has everyone at the shop. My family is known at the shop and the girl who did my back piece has told me on several occasions that it was one of her favourites. Ever. Granted she hasn’t been tattooing for long but she’s an amazing artist and I’ll go to her for my big pieces, always.
As far as growing goes to morph my tattoos in any way, I laugh. Why? I have literally been the same height since I was 13 and in 7th grade. Now, I’m 17 and in 11th. As far as knowledge goes for taking care of them, I’ve never been one to get anything done without knowing what was to be expected. I’ve had 17 piercings, I’ve got 5 now, but they’re all healthy and are cleaned daily. As were my tattoos when they were still healing. My first lobe piercings are stretched to 9/16, second time around and goal size being 3/4. Eventually, the seconds will be up to a 00. Not everyone under age is incompetant and I’ve never done anything unprofessional. One thing I never understood was not getting something done right hence why I waited to go to a professional shop and made sure that everything I got, was done in a sterile environment, and by professionals.
Sorry for rambling but I just wanted to prove that not everyone who gets done underage or who does an underage tattoo isn’t a professional or doesn’t know what they’re getting into. Thanks. (:
Just to underscore the person who asked about stretching helixes: It's taken me almost ten years total to stretch my conches from the 14ga they were done at to the 8ga they're at now. Every. Single. Time. It felt like I'd been kicked in the ear. Usually, I waited about 3 years before another attempt, and ALWAYS had a professional do it. Honestly, it hurt worse to stretch them than it did to have them initially done. The "kicked in the ear" feeling lasted for about two weeks each time.
That’s a pretty long time! I stretched my conch from 14g to 4mm within a year with no pain at all! I got a selection of rounded edge plugs from 12g to 6g, and corresponding metal tapers (Which I never used.) I went up a size every three months using the taping method and seriously, it felt like nothing. Unfortunately, everyone’s pain threshold is different, meaning their cartilage stretching journeys will be significantly different.
My friend got two dermals on the back of her neck. The guy that pierced them said that nothing will reject only if they are done right. I was wondering if this is true? Also, he said that the only places you can get a surface piercings are the back of your neck and on your wrist. Is that also true?
True. Done properly and cared for properly, dermals shouldn’t reject. They will, however, need to be swapped out for fresh ones every 2-3 years.
False, you can pretty much put a surface piercing anywhere you’d like. They just probably won’t last more than a few months without getting nasty and angry.
what are your thoughts on rings v. barbells for fresh piercings? i have been pierced with both in various areas of my body but can't really tell which was better and have been given mixed reviews by various piercing professionals...
I had a tattoo done on my arm back in august, professionally. Its as if my tattoo is almost bulging out a bit still. Like i can physically feel the tattoo on my arm. It looks great, but i found this weird. Is this normal? __________________________________
Yupp! Normal. It can take a few months or more for your tattoo to become level with the rest of your skin. Also, if you scratch it at all, that’ll make it re-raise up.
My Story: I’ve had lip piercings since i was 16, but i’ve gotten all mine done professionally. My best friend in high school wanted hers pierced as well but didn’t want to go to a shop, for various reasons. I was 16 at the time, I researched as much as I could. Took every safety and sanitary precaution possible, new unopened piercing needle, gloves, sanitized work station, everything possible. I even had my uncle, who was a nurse, standing next to me the whole time. When it came down to it everything went as planned and perfect. The piercing came out straight and never got infected.
I’m not proud of doing an at home piercing because I look back now and I put my best friend in a lot of danger, whether I took every precaution possible. I strongly advocate professionals when I hear someone talking about doing an at-home piercing or modification. I was very knowledgeable on the subject but I don’t compare to someone that’s licensed. I GOT LUCKY! It wasn’t skill, or a common story, it was pure luck that her piercing came out the way it did.
I thought i’d come and share my own horror story with home tattooing! I got my first tattoo when I was 16 and it was done in someones kitchen. My ignorance and impatience has now left me with an unsymmetrical star type thing, unfortunately the star covers a large area and the only way it could possibly be fixed is laser removal. I would do anything to stop people from doing home tattoos! I know that i contributed to it by letting someone tattoo me etc but this is my point:
Im 19 and hate showing my arms off because of it.
I have a crappy tattoo for the rest of my life
My arm is so badly scarred that it hurts to touch
UNDERAGE IS ILLEGAL.
My tips to anyone would be: If you are underage, do not be impatient. Spend the time you have to wait until you can legally be tattooed thinking about what you want to get tattooed. Theres nothing worse than a tattoo you don’t like.
Also, go pro or go home. I left myself open to infection, the crap job i got, the scarring and the fact the guy knew nothing about proper aftercare.
I will be submitting a picture of this tattoo aswell in the hope that it puts more people off getting a home tattoo/unpro tattoo done. Please, don’t learn from your own mistakes, learn from mine.