SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This is a girl I went to cosmetology school with, she has a few other tattoos all done by scratchers but this is by far the worst one. You’d think after 1600 of cosmetology school(50+ hours in health and safety/blood bloodborne pathogens/skin disease) she’d have enough common sense to not do something as stupid/ugly/dangerous as this.
WHAT’S AWFUL: It was done under horrible conditions by someone who doesn’t know what their doing, he’s not even wearing gloves! The lines are wonky, the lettering sucks, and it looks like it’s drawn on with pen.
But I saw this as a good thing to give to the blog, showing a microscopic view of hypodermic needles after multiple uses. Since they are constructed out of the same material that piercing needles are, you can see the damage reusing piercing needles can be.
Sorry, I couldn’t post this as a video for some reason. There was no ‘Submit’ button…
Submitter’s Comment: Okay, so I was lurking YouTube with the phrase ‘septum piercing’ since I’m getting one in a few days. During my hunt, I uncovered this… I just… I’m utterly shocked.
What’s Awful: Well, in this video specifically, he shows off some tools he ordered online to pierce his own septum. That should be awful enough, however, MY DEAR SWEET GOD… Check the comments. This kid confirms that he is TWELVE YEARS OLD. And that was ten months ago… So maybe he is thirteen now. Even so, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. Where are this kid’s parents?! He has snakebites and lobes stretched big enough to fit his pinky through. All of his videos seem to be mod based (I didn’t watch them all). I just find this so terrifying. I mean, I really know nothing in regards to body modification laws, and since they vary from place to place, who knows… Even with this kid planning on piercing his own septum, it is possible that all of his current piercings were done by a professional. Still, considering he is TWELVE, I’m doubtful… And even then, I don’t think a twelve year old — at the very least — should be stretching his ears. After a certain size (which I am pretty sure he has exceeded), those won’t shrink back down. A kid his age does not have the mental capacity (and I can back this up with research) to make these sorts of decisions because his ability to think in the long term and foresee consequences will not yet have been developed. This is a psychological fact. The aforementioned self-piercing aside, potentially permanent mods need to be left up to people who are psychologically capable of making these kinds of decisions. I just… Wow.
How It Can Be Fixed: I don’t know… I mean, I can’t see the state of his lobes or piercings. It is possible everything is fine and perfectly healthy. Still, I’d recommend that the kid downsize his lobes until he is old enough to make that kind of decision. Furthermore, he needs to be educated in how dangerous self-piercing is so that he doesn’t try that anymore. Oh, and his parents need to be seriously questioned for their judgement.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: This girl I know who’s 16, apparently, is tattooing herself and others, she has no experience and I’m assuming she uses the stick-n-poke method seeing as she hasn’t gotten a tattoo machine yet. She’s also pierced her septum and nostril with a safety pin.
WHAT’S AWFUL: This one’s fairly obvious, she’s tattooing herself (more than likely using the stick-n-poke method) and other minors with no experience and in an unsanitary environment. I feel bad for the poor souls who allow her to tattoo them.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Stop tattooing and wait until you can get a tattoo apprenticeship.
Yesterday, I noticed that one of my good friends (she lives in the dorm across the hall from me) came back from Thanksgiving break with her nose pierced - I knew that she had been wanting to get it done, so I figured she finally took the plunge!…until she told me that she did it herself after “taking a ton of shots” and her sister put Ora-jel (a numbing cream used for toothaches) on her nose to numb it before she pierced it. And as far as I know, she’s not doing anything to clean it/help it heal.
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I just can’t….Ora-jel?
WHAT’S AWFUL:Being blackout drunk while self-piercing…and using numbing cream
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED:Save your money up, go to a licensed piercing artist, and get it done properly.
You’re right, the concept is kinda dopey as hell.
Would you call your dentist “pompous” if they criticized you for pulling your own tooth? I don’t think ~snobbery~ really comes into play when peoples’ health is concerned. If you can come up to me and honestly say, “I don’t care that I’m putting myself at risk for MRSA and Hepatitis and other various diseases. I don’t care about my personal health. Getting a shitty tattoo done in my neighbor’s garage is TOTALLY worth the possibility of getting a terrible infection and going into septic shock!”, then you’re a joke. Sorry.
Personally, I don’t care what these peoples’ tattoos look like. I only care that they’re putting themselves and others in danger.
So I’ve had some pretty bad luck in the past with piercings and thought I would share a story with you. I’ve had 3 separate piercings done before (excluding my ears) and all have rejected/got infected. Maybe it’s something I’m doing, but I’ll share this and let you be the judge. So for my 18th birthday my boyfriend took me to a tattoo parlor to get my nipples pierced by a guy we knew. He’s done piercings on friends we knew before in the past and they have all turned out fine, so there was no need to question the quality of his service. I get there and he takes a look at my nipples, taking his time to mark where the needle would enter and exit. He prepped his table, using only new needles still in the pack and sterilized everything. He used gloves when piercing me and was very quick and efficient. I felt little pain (more like an intense sensitive feeling) and so I thought everything was fine. I followed the cleaning instructions, making sure not to soak with sea salt water too often so the skin didn’t dry out, yet I was noticing a problem with the piercings. I would go to school wearing a bra and by the time I got home my piercings would be so crusted over with goop and blood that it physically hurt to take my bra off and I would have to stand in the shower until the bra was soaked enough with water that I could peel it away. I thought maybe they were taking a while to heal because everything on the Internet I read said 6-12 months healing time. Finally after 9 months I went back to talk to someone. The guy who originally pierced my nipples wasn’t in that day so another guy too a look for me. Turns out I have flat nipples (meaning they don’t stand out unless stimulated) so when they were pierced it was done too shallow, with too small a bar, and the beads on the end were too big. This actually caused the jewelry to migrate and reject, splitting the edges of my nipple open. I was told if I had left them in any longer they would eventually split open entirely :( Needless to say I took them out immediately and now they are healed but I’m left with some nasty scars. I’ve been told using vitamin e oil to soften them might give me the chance to have them repierced, but it would have to be done so deeper and with a curved barbell instead of a straight one. I’m not saying the guy was awful, just that maybe he wasn’t as knowledgeable as I thought and use this as a cautious reminder to carefully plan your piercings and your piercer.
I also have flat nipples. For anyone reading this, that doesn’t mean you can’t be pierced or that awful things will happen. I did take one of mine out as I kept bumping it on things and it just didn’t really heal even after a year and I didn’t want to deal with it. Nothing to really do with my nipple shape.
aaaanyway. I know 12g seems scary to some of you, but it’s only .4mm larger than 14g and that can make a big difference with nipple piercings. Female nipples should be pierced at no smaller than 14g and optimally at 12g. And with straight barbells, unless perhaps it would relieve the pressure of having either flat or inverted nipples. Male nipples should be pierced no smaller than 16g and optimally at 14g. Straight barbells, preferably.
And when you get pierced, watch out for strange extended irritation like the OP. Your nipple piercing probably shouldn’t be really really crusty like that after about the first week or so. It took a while for mine to completely stop, but the crusty flood usually ends after a week, maybe two. Another thing I found helpful was to put clean gauze between nipple and bra and even hold it in place with paper medical tape. (I’ve found that paper medical tape is a lot less harsh with the adhesive and your skin. I know some people have sensitivities to all adhesives, but for someone who just doesn’t want to rip their skin off, paper tape is good.)
SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: I actually found her because she copied one of my tattoos. Curious, I checked out her blog and found this. She also has loads of other terrible tattoos. Apparently she pierced her wrist herself, and this is the result.
WHAT’S AWFUL: Self piercing. It’s crooked. The fact that she hasn’t taken it out.
HOW IT CAN BE FIXED: Take it out and don’t pierce yourself at home!