My neighbor’s mom is kinda old, I estimate around 60’s or in that area. She has hep C from a tattooing party that her and some friends had IN A HOUSE when they were younger. She doesn’t drink, but is in stage 4 liver failure because she thought a few wonky tattoos from a (presumably) high or drunk “friend” using the same needle over and over was worth the risk.
The first picture of her back is what caught my attention. This is something that always drives me nuts about tattoo artists that have absolutely no idea what they are doing. I am very familiar with the Japanese language and am an eternal lover of body mods, and so I just couldn’t stay quiet on this issue.
What’s Awful: In addition to the issues she already posted, the biggest one is actually that it doesn’t say anything. It does not mean ‘love’ (ai) it’s just a bunch of marks that kind of look like Japanese / Chinese kanji. The character for Ai is the same in both languages and they are pronounced only slightly differently.
As you can see there is a whole lot of differences in either case. I can not count how many people I have seen with something they think says peace/love/tranquility/ect and in actually is gibberish, a completely different word or just random marks.
How it can be fixed: I would highly suggest going to a reputable tattoo parlor and getting this fixed. PLEASE, if you or someone you know are thinking about going to get another language that you are not familiar with tattooed onto your body, be sure to do as much research as possible and if you can, consult someone who is familiar with the language just to be safe!
Got a little story! (sorry for the length, couldn't really shorten it much.)
Submitter’s comment: So a couple days ago, a friend asked me and my boyfriend to come with him and friends to get his cousin’s ear pierced. So we all went, and well, turns out he was getting pierced for free. Completely for free, in a shop. Oh and the girl piercing? She was 16. Her father was the owner, and he lets his 16 year old daughter pierce in his shop. That horrified me. Anyway, he obviously hasn’t taught her very well, she used one pair of gloves, didn’t run the needle through the autoclave, and she was opening up drawers, searching through things, and PICKED SOMETHING UP OFF THE FLOOR with her gloves on and never changed them, then proceeded to do the piercing. She also gave him standard earrings with butterfly backings. The worst part? (in my opinion.) After, my boyfriend asked me if he should get his done. I gave him a death stare and said no. By the end of the day, our friend’s ear looked like it was about to swallow that earring whole.
What’s awful: One pair of gloves, touching potentially very unsanitary things and not changing gloves. Didn’t autoclave the needle or the jewelry. Used a short earring with a butterfly backing, allowing no room for swelling. A FREE PIERCING DONE BY A 16 YEAR OLD IN A TATTOO SHOP.
How it can be fixed: Take out that awful jewelry, let your ear heal, get it repierced in sanitary conditions by a professional piercer. Learn the motto: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a 17 year old girl I know in my high school. I asked her if she got it done in a shop (knowing that she was under 18 and there was no way she would have gotten it done professionally.) and she said “Pretty much. He’s a certified tattoo artist but doesn’t have a certified shop. Plus I’ve known his family.. blah blah.. excuses that don’t clean up his dirty basement.”
WHAT’S AWFUL: That “shading”? The “W”? Everything?
SUBMITTERS COMMENT: This man has pierced his ear with the gun you use to attach price tags to clothing.
WHAT’S AWFUL: After being jammed through clothing all day, some of which could be (pre-worn) returns or thrift store items, the last place the tagging gun needs to be is THROUGH YOUR EARLOBE. Unbelievable unsanitary, not to mention the leftover clothes fibers that will now be living in his “piercing”.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take that out, and hope it heals/doesn’t get infected.
I went to a popular chain in Canada(and maybe the USA?) called Merle Norman to get my nose pierced earlier in the week. The place itself is fine, they do hair nails and piercings, in separate rooms. I got the piercing done and everything went fine, but then when talking about aftercare, the piercer told me NOT to use salt water because it would dry out the piercing and cause irritation and instead she tried to sell me alcohol based “aftercare” garbage. It left me to wonder how someone who is employed to pierce people for a living actually shunned salt water…
I decided to tell my story of a recent bad experience I had at a shop. I live in Colorado and I’ve always really wanted a second pair of holes in my earlobes. I swore this would be my last piercing (on my ears) and decided to do it late May of this year. I went to the shop I’ve went to for my last two piercings. They were good, the employees are nice and they also did two of my mother’s piercings also (though she had hers done multiple times for different reasons). So I had no reason to feel nervous about them. I felt I could trust them so when I went I unfortunately got a new employee there to do my piercings. First of all: he couldn’t mark my ears evenly. The hell? Was he not trained or just not used to doing lobes or anywhere else that needed precise evenness? Secondly, he was extremely rude. After I got fed up with him always making them uneven he had ME try to do it myself! Then he had the gall to get mad at ME because I didn’t think they were straight! So, I just have to sit and accept uneven piercing because I hurt your feelings? No, the hell, way. He actually even called me a bitch during this which I have NEVER been called before in my life and there was no reason for him to call me this under the circumstances. This whole process of moving the markings around took about 30 minutes believe it or not. So eventually I decided to leave. However, he caught me before I drove off. He said I had to pay the 20 dollars because he had already opened the jewelry. Seriously? So I decided to just go in and get it over with. I got them as even as possible and he pierced me.
I basically did a partial self piercing because I was the one who tried to make the marks even. He wouldn’t help me. So, of course, they ended up being crooked anyway, but not as much as they would have been if he had done them ironically. Luckily I made a complaint about the jerk and got a refund so at least this amateur job was free.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:
If a bad situation like this happens to you just don’t get it done by them. I was unlucky because he was the only piercer there. But I COULD have asked to possibly reschedule and get it done by someone else later on if I was thinking. (I probably DIDN’T think about that because the front counter people were gone.) Report the jerk amateur and ask for your other options.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: The other day, one of my coworkers came into work with a new nose piercing, claiming she did it herself in her bathroom at home. She did hers and my supervisor’s nose. (Both have quite a few body modifications so I thought they were knowledgeable in this!) I didn’t say anything to her, until the next day. I would like to point out at this time that I work at a humane society. We are surrounded by cats and dogs; who poop and pee and (some) vomit everywhere. Most of them have fleas, tapeworms, ear mites, URI’s and kennel cough. GERMS AND BACTERIA GALORE. We are a building literally full of unsanitary conditions. The day after she pierced her nose, she came to work and pierced her nose AGAIN in the BATHROOM of the humane society. So not only in a building with animal germs and bacteria, but in a bathroom with human germs and bacteria. It wasn’t even pierced correctly; rather than going in toward the face to double pierce it, she went straight down toward her mouth. So she has two vertical holes in her nose. She also took the ring from her tragus and put it into the second hole, which I’m sure is disgusting. I laid it on her, telling her that this has to be the most unsanitary place to ever pierce anything. She just rolled her eyes and blew it off.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Piercing yourself in extremely unsanitary conditions; also piercing it completely wrong.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Pay the money and get your nose pierced in a CLEAN area.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: a girl i know has been wanting a mermaid tattoo for a long time, and she couldn’t wait to turn 18 so she had it done without parental consent. she got it done at this run-down tattoo shop that a friend of her boyfriends works at. this tattoo artist doesn’t ask for id, and the shop is completely unsanitary, but this poor girl wanted a mermaid on her so bad that she would let anyone do it.
WHAT’S AWFUL: LOOK AT IT. The mermaids arm only has two fingers on it. The tail is disproportional. The shading in the hair is terrible and doesn’t even look like the artist filled all of it in. The “mermaid” looks like it has a bloody mouth rather than lips. The water behind the mermaid doesn’t look like water. I could go on and on, but I’m pretty sure you all can see the flaws.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: So, this beautiful gem showed up on my Facebook newsfeed. The girl who got it was PROUD to say she got it done at a Halloween party. Before getting it done, she was asking people if she could do it at their houses, because her mom wouldn’t let her do it at home, something about her grandma getting annoyed or something.
WHAT’S AWFUL: It’s not shaped like Minnesota at all. It goes on a downward slope where the state outline does not. It was clearly done free-hand, as the shading on the letters are not even, not even on the two ‘N’s.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: An old friend recently added me on facebook, so I went through her pictures to see what she had been up to the last couple years and I stumbled upon this.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Everything! Having your friend (a complete unprofessional) tattoo you in the unsanitary environment that is your home. The lines are simply horrid; her friends also support her and her bad decisions! She also possesses a “diamond” behind one of her ears that is just a complete blob.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is one of the most famous Tokyo street style icons. It’s not the first time she has awful-looking piercings, her body, especially her chest, is covered with scars from previous rejected piercings.She wears them until they get badly infected, she takes them out and then she gets another one and so it continues.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Wrong jewelry for a surface piercing, also it looks infected.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take it out and let it heal?
MODERATOR’S COMMENT: That doesn’t look infected. That looks irritated and like it’s rejecting, though. Time to take it out and go to someone who knows what they’re doing…
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I don’t have source because this is just a story;
but in middle school there was this girl who ended up getting suspended because one day she pulled a thumb tack out of the bulletin board and proceeded to pierce people’s cartilage with it. And it didn’t stop there. I walked into history class and someone had their leg up on the table and she was ‘tattooing’ a heart on them, with the same thumb tack, and some ink she took from a broken pen.
Even back then, I knew how dumb it was. I think one of the girls ears got infected or something, but it was just plain stupidity.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Came across some girl from my school on facebook. Found this gem.
WHAT’S AWFUL: For one, this was done when she was in 9th grade, making her 14. That isn’t legal here in Canada, even with parental consent. Secondly, this is done is someone’s dirty kitchen. Yeah he is wearing gloves but it is still being done in an unsanitary enviornment.